Hungarian Rhapsody

Hungarian Rhapsody

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the majestic cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Visiting the Basilica in Esztergom and the Danube Bend
  • Discovering the "Little Alföld" Protected Area, the Danube floodplain National park; and the Archaeological Park Carnuntum

Trip Summary

Wind your way from the elegant city of Vienna along the Danube Cycle Path. Crossing the Austria - Slovak border the cycle route passes vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathian Mountains into the capital, Bratislava. Using quiet country roads this itinerary continues into Hungary where you will pedal through numerous delightful towns. Explore the Baroque city of Györ and visit the unusual artist village of Szentendre and its outlying island before heading to Budapest.

Suitability

Daily cycling distances range from 26-85km / 16-53mi, with shorted options available on some days. The route is mostly flat, sometimes lightly hilly. The Austrian section is on well equipped bike paths whilst in Hungary you will cycle on country roads and side roads, sometimes unpaved. Route finding in Hungary is less straightforward and will require more map reading. Entering and exiting the cities (particularly Gyor, Eztergom and Budapest), there is some traffic to be aware of! The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness including older children. For parents pulling trailers or trail-a-bikes please be aware that the cycling effort required is increased depending on the weight of the children. If you are not experienced cyclists we recommend the Blue Danube Cycle which is more suitable for families. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Itinerary

Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore. Enjoy a stroll or visit a typical Heurigen (rustic wine taverns).

Meals:  Nil

In the morning you will meet our representative and receive your bike. From Vienna you take the Danube-Cycle-Path through the national park “Donauauen", which was established to protect the Danube floodplain areas and the large diversity of plants and animals found within this ecosystem. The route continues past the castles of “Orth” and “Eckartsau” before reaching the health resort town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Nearby you can view the Roman excavations of Petronell-Carnuntum, an important archaeological site. Overnight Petronell-Carnuntum or Bad Deutsch Altenburg.

Meals:  B,D

Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovak capital has an enchanting, sleepy old town in addition to magnificent modern buildings.

Meals:  B,D

Continuing along the banks of the Danube you soon reach the Hungarian border and continue through small farming villages to the enchanting landscape of the Szigetköz, an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of these untouched lowlands with their more than 500 tiny islands, you will find farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. Following a short train ride you reach Györ, an important city of the Hungarian lowlands with gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares.

Meals:  B,D

Following your departure from Gyor where you need to concentrate on the directions, you cycle today through the landscape of western trans Danubia, passing the national stud in Babolna. The stud is famous for its Arabian horse breeding and is definitely worth a visit. Continue cycling to Komarno, on the border between Hungary and Slovakia, the favourite village of King Matthias.

Meals:  B,D

Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small low-traffic roads through quaint villages. En route to Esztergo you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. In Esztergom you can admire the imposing Basilica, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary, and wander along the banks of the Danube before continuing to the Danube Bend.

Meals:  B,D

Amidst the hilly landscape, the Danube divides to create Szentendre island. Take your bike on the ferry across to the island (not included) and cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its handicraft boutiques and the open air ethnographic Museum Skanzen. From here you take a boat ride to Budapest and can enjoy the view of Budapest´s most popular sights.

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes in Budapest after breakfast. We can arrange extra nights for you in Budapest if you wish to extend your stay in this fabulous city

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (dinner not included in Vienna). Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which include regional specialities
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star inns and hotels with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis (option to upgrade to Category A accommodation, 7 nights in 4 star hotels + 7 dinners included - surcharge applies)
  • Luggage transfer (2 bags of max 30kgs, max bag weight 20kgs)
  • 21 speed bike rental equipped with pannier (7 speed bikes on request or if 21-speed is fully booked, children trailers (max 2 children, 60kgs) on request. Electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Train ticket Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (including bike)
  • 1 ferry trip (or train outside ferry operating season) Szentendre to Budapest
  • Emergency hotline

What's Not Included

  • Travel to Vienna and from Budapest
  • Dinner in Vienna, lunch and drinks
  • Helmet - can be purchased and provided locally (must be pre-booked & pre-paid)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferries and trains not listed as included
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

Reviews

This was our first self guided bike ride. Better than we expected. Basic bike skills plus practice before trip beneficial. We made a plan for each days riding the evening before and stuck to it - this proved convenient and gave us confidence to complete each days riding. We had a fantastic time doing this ride - highly recommended.

L & A Wright., Pelican Waters, QLD. Aust


This was an extraordinary holiday. You do not have to be a diehard cyclist as the bikes are very comfortable.

S. Smail, Croydon, UK, 05 Jun 2019


I highly recommend the Hungarian Rhapsody cycling tour. It is a great way to do a self-guided tour in a supported way - you choose which detours to take or how long to explore each place... so long as you get to your hotel each night. We met some great people en route and enjoyed the option of riding together or alone as desired. The accommodation was excellent, as was the food and the service from UTracks. Great fun!

P. Brake, Tasmania, 20 Oct 2016


A great trip! Cycling is a fabulous way to explore the countryside. The self-guided option gave us the freedom to stop as often as we wanted to, enjoy local coffee, ice-cream (& the odd beer) and explore the interesting places along our route. We would definitely choose a cycling holiday again.

D. Brackley, Hadden, UK, 18 May 2017


The rivers was so inviting for a swim, so often, it was hard to keep pedaling forward. This for us was such a grand adventure of discovery, seeing the beauty and historical magnificence of Eastern Europe - surprised.

C. Rhyne, NC, USA, 09 Aug 2017

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
Starting Point:Vienna
Finishing Point:Budapest
Activities:SELF GUIDED CYCLE
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:DHN
Prices From:GBP£950 Per Person
Single Supplement - Category B:GBP£180  Click for more information
Single Supplement - Category A:GBP£250  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge - Category B:GBP£190  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge - Category A:GBP£260  Click for more information
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