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A lovely holiday, a great route, very good hotels, well organised and supported. We had the time to go at our own pace, do some sightseeing en route but more at our destination towns/cities each day.
Probably riding into Budapest along the Danube and catching sight of the Hungarian Parliament building, which is a stunning sight.
As this was a self-guided trip, we didn't have a group leader as such. But Jozef, our support, was very helpful, friendly and informative about the route and things to see along it, as well as being in charge of transporting our luggage every day, not to mention giving us a lift to the start of the route and saving us riding the extra 6 miles from our hotel.
Make sure you keep in touch with where you are on the map as well as following the written directions.
Learn to say Good Morning, Hello and Thank You in German, Slovakian and Hungarian, as this will put smiles on lots of faces.
The people we met in hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants were generally very welcoming and helpful.
My son and I cycled from Vienna to Budapest in early June. We had a great time. The accommodation was fabulous all the way and the cycles were high quality. The map and other information was very helpful and although we didn't need it, help would have been at hand if anything had gone wrong. Most of the cycling we did was on quiet roads or cycle lanes which made us feel fairly safe. My only warning to prospective cyclists on this holiday is just to point out that not much of it is actually along the Danube, probably because there just isn't a decent path going along it I guess. Our highlight was Gyor. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it's a real gem. Bratislava is really charming and Budapest is a city built on a grand scale. Vienna? We weren't so impressed. Just a little bit too la di dah for our taste but a city you have to see especially if like us you are big fans of "The Third Man." Yes, the wheel is still there and yes we did go on it. You have to, right?
Getting to the end. This is strictly cycling for beginners, but that is what we were and it was a relief to get home unharmed.
The trip was great. We arrived in Vienna three days before the bike trip and stayed with a distance cousin that I had contacted through my genealogy. We toured the city seeing Schombrunn castle, Kloisterneiburg cathedral, a Vienna concert as well as the downtown, The bike trip was difficult as we only travelled at 13kpm av. while younger people travelled at over 20kpm. We often arrived at our destination late in the afternoon and found that it was too late to tour buildings that were about to close. I enjoyed the view because we were not near the river but travelling through beautiful farm country and small towns much of the time. We also spent three days in Budapest which I think was about the right amount.We would have enjoyed taking the boat into Budapest on the last half of the last day except the boat did not operate in September on the Sunday that we were there.
Schombrunn Castle in Vienna was excellent. The buildings in Budapest were nearly all decorated with some sculpture and were located on the river. A river cruise is part of the Hop on and Hop off bus ticket in Budapest.
We were on a self guided tour. There was no leader. Our luggage was always waiting for us at our hotel when we arrived. The accommodations were great and the breakfasts were always a great meal to start the day.
Take along an electronic device with GPS capability and Google maping. It will help. We were older travelers( early 70's) so eBikes might have helped us. Read the directions in the map book closely. The directions are good and accurate (one exception on day two caused us to do a detour which was unnecessary). Also the rides on days 4, 5 and 6 of our tour were along the edge of busy highways for a portion of the trip which was too dangerous for us. We took the train which provided excellent service for those last three days. It also rained on each of those days. The rides through the countryside were great and better than along the Danube which cannot be seen anyway because of tree growth. Wind can be a killer but we did not experience any.
The Hop on and Hop off bus ticket in Budapest was easy to use and gave us easy access to many of the sights of the city. We also found that the tram system was easy to use although there is no ticket transfer and you must purchase a new ticket for each ride and transfer on the tram. You are expected to stamp the ticket yourself once on the tram. You do not need to show your ticket unless asked which I was only once on ten rides.
The trains in Hungary permit the transport of bikes in designated cars. Cost was $1.75 per bike on top of the fare. ticket. The designated bike paths were generally very good usually paved on the path
Then you will need to make your own way to the next hotel by public transport, or pay for a taxi. Please remember you will also have your bikes, which need to be safely transported as well. You can also phone the local taxi company (details in route notes) who transport your luggage, and see if they can give you a lift. Please note this may not always be possible.
Usually by a local representative or a taxi company. You will need to leave your luggage at the hotel reception between 08:00hrs and 10:00hrs on days of hotel change - the route notes you receive with your final documents will confirm the exact time. It must be marked with the luggage labels (provided by Exodus or at the start hotel), CLEARLY VISIBLE, showing your name and the total number of bags that you are having transferred.
In country bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size, and as there are limited amounts of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Although we do not have a 'group flight' as we would normally do on our guided trips, we will do our best to provide as much information as possible on helping you get to the start point, whether that is by train, bus, aeroplane or car. Please consult the trip notes for more details or ask a sales consultant.
Not at all. With self-guided cycling you have the whole day and can take things at your own pace, and stop wherever you choose to. The route notes will make suggestions, but in the end you can go as slowly or as quickly as you like!
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
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