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Prague to Budapest Ride

from $3,449.00

Visit four historic capitals from the Czech Republic to Hungary

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 14
All about the Prague to Budapest Ride.

Cycle through landscapes of four countries; the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. This trip combines peaceful country lanes with well-marked cycle paths, including sections along the Danube, to showcase the best of Central Europe. Our itinerary meanders past castles, through rustic villages, along rivers and past lakes as we discover the former territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Highlights include UNESCO sites, national parks and the famous wine-making region of Moravia. Exploring the gentle countryside, rural towns and historic capitals by bike is a great way to sample the changing atmosphere and individual flavors of each region.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts included
* 10 nights in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite
* Airport Transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental

8 days cycling with full vehicle support

Group normally 5 to 14, plus local leader, assistant guide and support driver. Min age 16 yrs

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle along rivers, through forests and national parks
  • Discover four countries steeped in history
  • Enjoy Central European culture, cuisines, wines and beers

 

  1. Day 1 Start Prague; optional sightseeing.

    The tour will start in Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital, in the late afternoon. A short walking tour is included in the evening today as we head out for dinner in Prague. If you wish to explore this beautiful city in more detail we recommend booking an extra night pre-tour, or requesting an earlier arrival time.Your leader can also point out highlights on free maps from the hotel for those interested in visiting the city’s top attractions such as Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or Wenceslas Square. Prague is also the perfect place to just wander through the alleys of the pretty Old Town, sample world-renowned Czech beer or try hearty local cuisine.*Hotel Lunik (or similar)*

  2. Day 2 Transfer to Ceske Budejovice; cycle to Cesky Krumlov by the Vltava River.

    We transfer 150km to Ceske Budejovice to collect our bikes. Our first day is a relatively short one to warm us up, as we cycle to Cesky Krumlov on the Vltava River. A feature of the old town here is the narrow, crooked streets and the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. There may be time to visit Cesky Krumlov Castle, one of the largest in Central Europe, which overlooks the town from its strategic position on a horseshoe bend in the river.*Penzion Prelat (or similar)*

  3. Day 3 Ride through the forests and hills to mediaeval spa town of Trebon.

    Leaving Cesky Krumlov behind us we head out into the hilly countryside. Our route flattens out as we enter the Trebon Basin, a lowland area of forests, meadows and lakes. Our destination is Trebon, a mediaeval town of Renaissance architecture, now also known as a spa town. There is also a neo-gothic tomb set in an English-style park plus a good number of cafés and restaurants in which to relax and enjoy a hearty meal. Many local dishes here make use of the famous Trebon Carp. Transfer (approx. 45 minutes) to our hotel in Jindrichuv Hradec.*Hotel Concertino (or similar)*

  4. Day 4 Cycle through the Trebon Basin along Greenways Trail to UNESCO town of Telc.

    Today we pass a number of man-made lakes as we follow sections of the Greenways Trail, part of a network of hiking and cycling trails in the Czech Republic and Austria. Our ride finishes at the Renaissance town of Telc, registered on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1992. From here we transfer (approx. 60km/1hour) to Znojmo on the banks of the river Dyje, often seen as the gateway to the wine-making area of South Moravia.*Hotel Lahofer (or similar)*

  5. Day 5 Cycle past vineyards to Mikulov.

    Today’s ride aims to discover the rich fertile flatland of the region of Moravia, home to an abundance of vineyards and wine cellars. We cycle until Mikulov, a real gem located directly on the border with Lower Austria. Worth visiting are the town’s pretty castle, the town square and the surrounding architecture. In the evening we enjoy a wine tasting. Overnight in Mikulov.*Hotel Galant (or similar)*

  6. Day 6 Ride into Austria through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice, the Versailles of Southern Moravia; continue to Poysdorf and transfer to Vienna.

    Today we enter Austria through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice, known as the ’Versailles’ of Southern Moravia; we continue to the wine-producing town of Poysdorf, from where we transfer the final 47km to Vienna. Once checked into our accommodation the centre of the city awaits, just a short metro ride away or approx. 20 minute walk. Austria’s capital is a hive of architecture, history and culture with a lively café and bar scene and great range of restaurants.*Hotel Boltzmann (or similar)*

  7. Day 7 Free day in Vienna; morning optional guided bike ride around the city.

    Today is free to explore the beautiful and former imperial city of Vienna. It’s old centre is bursting with cultural, historic and architectural wonders as it was the former HQ of the Hapsburg Empire. The city is brimming with sights for all tastes including the majestic Schoenbrunn Palace (summer palace of the Hapsburgs),the popular Kunsthistoriches Museum and Hundertwasser Hause as well as countless breathtaking churches, cathedrals and concert halls!No visit to Vienna is complete without a visit to one of it’s many famous cafés for coffee and cake or soaking up all the culture this city has to offer in one of Vienna’s many parks or beer gardens.An optional guided bike ride around the city is available for those who prefer a more active morning.*Hotel Boltzmann (or similar)*

  8. Day 8 Follow the Danube Cycle Path to the Donauauen N.P.; into Slovakia and on to Bratislava.

    We join the Danube Cycle Path, following a quiet route out of the city and into the Donauauen National Park, past the red-tiled turrets of Castle Orth and the chateau at Eckartsau. We cross the border at the town of Hainburg and enter Slovakia, winding our way towards the capital Bratislava, strategically positioned along the Danube.*Hotel Falkensteiner (or similar)*

  9. Day 9 Morning sightseeing in Bratislava; cycle to the Slovakia-Hungary border and continue through Halaszi to Hedervar; transfer to Esztergom.

    In the morning we have some time to explore Bratislava, wandering through the narrow cobbled streets of the charming old town of Slovakia’s capital city. Due to it’s strategic position on the Danube, it has previously been an important economic, cultural and political centre of Central Europe. Whilst the old town is quite compact, it is packed with beautiful 18th Century buildings and sights such as St Michael’s Gate and the mediaeval city walls.We then continue our ride and cross the border into Hungary, cycling through peaceful rolling countryside before arriving in Hedervar, a small village of around 2000 inhabitants. From here we transfer to our hotel in the pretty town of Esztergom.*Panzio Bazilika (or similar)*

  10. Day 10 Follow the Danube beneath Visegrad Castle, ride through rolling hills to Vac; transfer to Budapest; free time for sightseeing.

    We depart Esztergom mid morning and begin the ride with a 4km section of a cycle path alongside the Danube before joining the road. Our route meanders over rolling countryside and through rural villages until we reach Vac, where our cycling ends. From here we transfer approximately 45 minutes to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, famous for being blessed with many hot springs and their delicious ’Magyar’ cuisine.The remainder of the day is free to explore this grand city situated majestically along the Danube. Budapest is a history & architecture lover’s dream to explore. It offers an eclectic mix of attractions such as the Szechenyi Baths (Europe’s largest medicinal bath), Fisherman’s Bastion for breathtaking views of the Danube and Parliament building, the House of Horrors museum where you can learn about the city’s dark past during Communist times or simply enjoy a glass of one of Hungary’s excellent wines in a local café and soak up the atmosphere of a truly unique European capital.*Lion’s Garden Hotel (or similar)*

  11. Day 11 End Budapest.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast. If you wish to explore this fascinating city in more detail we recommend booking an extra night post tour, please ask our sales team for details.

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Where you stay

Hotels & Pensions

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We use a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and small pensions during our ride, chosen for comfort and convenience. Our city hotels may be a short walk or ride from the city centre. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. Some hotels offer spa and wellness centres.

Hotel Lunik- Prague

Penzion Prelat- Cesky Krumlov

Hotel Concertino -Jindrichuv Hradec

Hotel Lahofer- Znojmo

Hotel Galant- Mikulov

Hotel Boltzmann- Vienna

Hotel Falkensteiner- Bratislava

Panzio Bazilika- Esztergom

Lion’s Garden Hotel- Budapest

Single supplements are available upon request.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

The cuisines of Central European countries possess many similarities yet still retain their own strong gastronomic traditions and dishes. Hearty soups, noodles, dumplings made from wheat or potato, meat dishes consisting of pork, beef and game are all staples across the region. You will also find a large variety of sausages and vegetables such as mushrooms, potatoes and peppers featuring prominently in many dishes. Dairy products such as cheeses and creams are heavily used in the region too. Desserts are plentiful and varied with each country having their own unique sweets and cakes. And of course the Czech beer is world renowned for it’s quality and taste. Many of the countries visited on the trip also offer good quality wines and local spirits that are worth tasting along the way!

The breakfasts during the trip are usually continental with a choice of eggs.

Each day we will stop en route for lunch. Lunches are the main meal of the day in Central Europe and we usually have a hot lunch at a restaurant or café.

Vegetarians can be catered for, as are other dietary requirements although there may not be the same choice or variety as you have at home. Please advise us upon booking.

The leader will accompany the group to a restaurant each evening, but will provide recommendations for those wishing to explore separately.

Water is provided for each day cycling and can be topped up regularly throughout the day, so please ensure you take your own water bottle(s).

This trip is classified Road-Activity level 3

The route is undulating and requires a reasonable level of fitness. There is full vehicle support, minimising the amount you need to carry, and giving the option of a rest should it be needed. However, please be aware that there are some sections (approx. 10%) where the vehicle cannot follow the group, for instance along narrow forest cycle paths or through vineyards. We aim to use mainly quiet roads and cycle paths where possible, but sometimes we need to pass busy sections in order to reach the quiet roads on the other side.
The optional city tour of Vienna by bike is on some busy city centre roads and cycle paths.

Average daily distance: 56 km (34 miles); Number. of days cycling: 8; vehicle support 90%; Terrain and route 100% tarmac/easy gravel roads.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Fabulous - Exceeded Expectations

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Budapest blew my mind. I could never have imagined such a historic city and its culture. Everywhere I turned I was in awe. I want to go back.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The guides were outstanding. All trip support was outstanding. The leader, Juan, kept everything moving, resolved any problems quickly and provided lots of relevant information along the way. He was always upbeat, ready to listen and provide whatever was needed. What an excellent representative for Exodus. Andy, who rode the back line, provided excellent support, encouragement, and humor. He was very good in keeping me encouraged. Juan and Andy - thank for all the support and encouragement you provided.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Really look at your fitness level. I did not pay enough attention to the trip notes, specifically the hills, and did not have the required fitness for the trip. I "made it" with only a few short trips on the bus but I would have enjoyed the journey so much more if I did not struggle as I did. So, before you do this trip, practice your hills and make sure you can stay in the saddle for consecutive days. And make sure you have the right gear.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was travelling alone and while I have done so before, it always brings some level of worry. I never felt alone on this trip. It was a great group and there was comraderie and support from other riders throughout. I could not have had a better group and will miss that.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Cycling in four wonderful countries

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On day six on our way from Telc to Mikulov (a very hot day) we stop in a small river and Dana and some of us jumped in the water. It was so hot that we didn’t care. It was fun...
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana was excellent. Since she was the only leader in our group she was always making sure that everybody was accounted for.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy your trip.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Almost all the riders had issues with the bikes, chains coming out. Maybe the Company should consider new bikes.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A terrific cycling holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the night in the wine cave sampling local wines with the vigneron himself, a jolly old fellow. Vienna was gorgeous, as was Bratislava and the southern part of Czech Republic, including Cesky Kromlov and Telch were superb.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guides Dana and Peter were informed, friendly and professional, but the atmosphere was casual and relaxed.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The days are generally light-moderate cycling for someone who cycles reasonable regularly and has moderate aerobic fitness and strength. The longest day approx 70km of rolling hills was a solid workout. Recommend this trip without hesitation.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

If you like historical buildings/towns this is a brilliant trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visit to Cesky Krumlov was a total surprise and absolutely stunning.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader , Dana, was good ,giving lots of info on recent and distant history of the various places we visited (which in itself is quite remarkable as we went through 4 different countries) and booked up some good restaurants to eat in at the end of the day. It was hard work for her as there was only her on the cycling bit, and the driver of the bus seemed a bit lacking in motivation although he knew his stuff about the bikes.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Best Holiday For a Long Time

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to finish each day of the ride, unscathed (not one bingle for any of our group) and without getting on the bus whilst the others finished the days ride.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana is a legend! She is a fantastic cyclist and guide. Her depth of knowledge around the history of each of the towns and cities and countries we visited was tremendous, She is well suited to this work.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it!!! You don't have to be a Le Tour experienced rider, just average and you will be fine. The knowledge that if it does get that little to difficult the bus will meet throughout the day to pick anyone up. It was apparently unusually hot for June, however as northern Australians, our heat tolerance is reasonably high. Some of the others struggled though, being prepared with a hydration backpak would be a very good addition to your outfit.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We really couldn't fault anything that we did. We loved the local restaurants that Dana chose for us, the extra riding tours in the larger cities took us to places we would not have found otherwise in the short time we had in each. There was one thing that we would suggest Exodus changes; that is the hotel in Budapest, not for the rooms or location, but for the breakfast hall. It was like a feeding frenzy with the amount of tourist buses that came and went whilst we were staying, very difficult to get a table and as hard as the staff tried to keep up, it was a bit of a nightmare.

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