Danube Bike Tour
From Vienna to Budapest
The Danube is one of the world’s most storied waterways, a centuries-old trade artery lined with towering hills, graceful vineyards, and stately capitals. More majestic than mighty, more grand than great, the Danube deserves its admiration. And there is no better way to explore it than by bicycle, as its banks offer some of the best bike paths anywhere in world, with delightful villages and views nonpareil. On this Danube bike tour you’ll cycle the left bank and right, pedal the famous ‘Big Bend’ in Hungary as well as Szentendre Island, and wander a little farther afield to discover some lesser-known but equally compelling corners of the region. Capping it off with a night in Budapest at one of Europe’s most magnificent city palace hotels will leave you anything but blue.
Signature Hotels: This trip uses premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they've had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
Vienna to Budapest
6 Days / 5 Nights
Price per person from: $5,495
Single supplement: $500
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Start your first ride in the village of Gross-Enzersdorf on the north shore of the Danube. Enjoy lunch in Gottelsbrun at a characteristic Austrian gasthaus and ride along the shore of Lake Neusiedl arriving into the small wine region of Gebirge. Take part in a wine tasting before an unforgettable dinner at the hotel.
Pedal south to Sopron, a lovely tree-lined city across the border in Hungary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before riding back to the hotel either directly, or along a scenic, longer option. This evening head into nearby Eisenstadt for a guided visit to its ornate Esterhazy Palace.
Ride back to the shores of Lake Neusiedl and the town of Rust for a private cruise. More flat riding on tree-lined roads awaits and by mid-morning we'll enter Hungary via the Ferto-Hansag National Park. Pause for a picnic before pedalling across the Danubian plain to our next hotel and a tasting of delicious local brandies.
Take a loop ride through the steeple-marked villages surrounding the village of Hedervar this morning. Lunch will be a beautiful picnic right on the banks of the Danube before spending the afternoon either back on the bikes or relaxing at the hotel.
Ride from the riverside hamlet of Szob along a stretch of uninterrupted bike path hugging the Danube’s left bank. Arrive for lunch in the town of Vac and continue on to Szentendre, a bustling market centre. Cruise on the Danube into Budapest and our splendid hotel before venturing out into the city for a dinner finale.
After a breakfast worthy of the hotel’s grandeur, you will depart at your leisure to head home or explore more of this vibrant city!
Taubenkobel, Schuetzen am Gebirge
Famed most for its superb restaurant, the classy hotel side of Taubenkobel is often overlooked. Showing his versatility, it was Chef Walter Eselböck himself who stepped out of the kitchen to design the rooms, matching his culinary prowess with decorative excellence in the creation of this Relais & Chateaux property. View hotel website »
Hedervary Kastely, Hedervar
Built as a noble mansion in the 16th Century, this intimate property has in recent years been converted to a very comfortable hotel with a decidedly Hungarian feel. The hotel sits amid acres of private forested grounds. View hotel website »
Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest
A bucket-list property if ever there was one, the Gresham Palace ranks among the most grandiose and awe-inspiring hotels in Europe. Recently named the #1 hotel in all Europe by T+L readers, it truly has to be seen to be appreciated. View hotel website »
Most of the riding on this trip is perfectly flat, although there is a very occasional short, gentle climb, particularly on the second day. The daily distances average 50 km (31 mi.). There are two layover days, which allow for some shorter routes and, for avid cyclists, longer options.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches and all dinners, including wine chosen by the combined experience of our B&R guides and our chefs
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Travelling with B&R is an over-the-top experience. It seems that every moment from biking in the breathtaking countryside to the luxury hotels, the food, the wine, the other travellers, and the excellent guides—all are the most memorable. The hardest part of the trip is the return to reality!”
— Betsy Sampliner
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