Prague to Budapest Ride
Prague to Budapest
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 flavours of each region.
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Day 1: Prague
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.
Day 2: Ceske Budejovice
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.
Day 3: 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 medieval 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.
Day 4: 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.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: Lednice to Poysdorf & 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.
Day 7: Free day in Vienna
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!
Day 8: Slovakia 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.
Day 9: Bratislava 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.
Day 10: Vac to Budapest
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.
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.
Operated by Exodus Travels. *Valid on active tours only and applicable only to new bookings. Discount applies to land only price. Must be booked from April 30 to June 1, 2018 with date of first travel no later than December 31, 2020. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Prices may vary based on departure date. Trip prices will be quoted in CAD. Regular booking conditions apply. Other conditions may apply. Please contact us for further details. Trip style: Self-Guided Walking with Moderate Activity Level
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