Aerial view of Prague, Czech Republic

Prague to Budapest Ride

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Trip code: 
MVZ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Road Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–15

Cycle the heart of Europe including four historic capitals

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.

Highlights

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

Key information

  • 10 nights in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 5 to 15, plus local leader, assistant guide and support driver. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Local bike hire

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 420 22 20
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Pace:

Approximately 3 to 6 hours cycling per day

Terrain:

80% tarmac, 20% gravel cycle paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 232.0km/20.0miles
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 470.0km/43.0miles
Day 563.0km/39.0miles
Day 655.0km/34.0miles
Day 870.0km/43.0miles
Day 958.0km/36.0miles
Day 1045.0km/28.0miles
Aerial view of Prague, Czech Republic

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start 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.

    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)

     

     

  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Czech Republic

No visa required for British passport holders.

Hungary

No visa required for British passport holders.

Slovakia

No visa required for British passport holders.

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Czech Republic

There are no specific health risks.

Hungary

There are no specific health risks.

Slovakia

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

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).

Weather

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer. Temperatures are usually between 15-25 degrees (but can be hotter at the height of summer) and rainfall although relatively low is possible throughout the year.

Budapest

Prague

Is this trip for you?

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.

Call for general departures:
020 420 22 20
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Accommodation

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.

Call for general departures:
020 420 22 20
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Robert Pocknall

    Cycle Trip - Prague to Budapest

    A very good trip for our small group of 7. We averaged about 60km of cycling per day and that was ok, except when it got windy and we had a couple of wet days, which slowed progress. The group got on very well and we did experience different levels of cycling capability, so there was some waiting periods for some, but no-one worried about this. Day planning was excellent with the guide co-ordinating things well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through the forests of Czech Republic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana was excellent, communicated well, socialized well and is obviously very knowledgeable about this part of Europe; thanks Dana, come to NZ some time and see us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be cycling fit prior to commencing the trip and take clothing for all weathers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Yes! This trip we found was very expensive for what we got (we have been on other trips in different parts of the world), not at all discounting Dana's efforts on our behalf. We think that the least Exodus could do would be to supply each cycling participant with a complimentary 'cycling t-shirt' as a reward for cycling with Exodus. This would be excellent marketing for Exodus and we think would encourage people to book again with Exodus in the future. We have received this gesture from other cycling groups. We note also that Exodus do have clothing available on their website but no discount for 'paying travellers'. Please consider this comment seriously and if you want to refer back to us, you have our email address. Thanks and remember to look after Dana, she is wonderful.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Robin B.

    Another great trip with Exodus!

    To start, I would have given an excellent review but for the fact (1) that it's not very well vehicle supported because of where we were riding. No one had any issues, but for those who would like or are used to significant vehicle support, this is not. It is less than posted in the website; and ((2) the bikes were not very good. (We did the Vietnam bike ride and that was fully supported and had much better bikes). But, the bikes were serviceable. That being said, the trip was wonderful as the route was beautiful, the places were interesting, the guides were nice, and Peter had a wealth of knowledge about the places. And, to boot, our fellow riders were a great group. The weather varied, so be prepare for heat and rain. And, the small towns frequently did not take credit cards so be sure to bring lots of cash (or get it from ATM). The hotels were fine but I think some US travelers would find it significantly different from what they're used to if, for example, they went with Backroads. For example, a couple of the places had no hair dryers, and one only provided soap. But, we wouldn't trade this trip for one with the US companies. You ride more with exodus and you get more days. And, who needs a hair dryer when you're going to have helmet hair anyway? But, I know some people care. I wished the trip was longer so you could have spent, for example, another night in Vienna. We arrived early and spent time in Prague before the trip started and stayed an extra day in Budapest at the end. We highly recommend that, if you can swing the time. (I guess we'll have to come back on our own and do Vienna again!) Overall, great trip. Our second with exodus. Our first was through Vietnam-that was an awesome trip!!! We'll be back!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Vienna-magical! Loved the symphony and the palace!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was great. Hard working, sweet, and knowledgeable. I think we may have overwhelmed him at times with our antics!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nope
  • Reviewed June 2017
    James Stewart

    Prague to Budapest Cycle

    The riding and scenery, including all towns/cities we stopped at were off-the-dial fabulous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were too many great moments to single one out. While the major cities more than lived up to their reputations, the wonder of the smaller places we had not heard of was a most welcome surprise - especially the absence of tourists there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Extremely caring but not the right leader for our cycle trip. He was unfamiliar with the route and his cycling skills were not great. For example, he would often stop without leaving sufficient space for all others to stop safely.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    learn the rules of group riding before the trip and obey same.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only major complaint is that it regularly took 8+ hours to cycle less than 3 hrs, with the result that we always arrived at the day's destination too late to have any time to chill. The rides should be more regulated with fewer, or at least shorter, stops, other than in places that deserved long stops. Also the trip should start with a brief lesson on the rules of riding in a group - ignorance of these rules resulted in several accidents.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Peter Perlmutter

    Prague to Budapest via Bratislava and Vienna

    A collage of cycling and walking tours, learning local histories and enjoying old cities, castles and rivers, mixed with meeting and making friends with the touring group. And don't forget the food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was no single "ahh" moment - there were many, with each turn in the cycling path or new vista in sight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter not only led the ride and walks, but provided constant narration about what we were looking at. Always ready to answer questions and always working to make our program great. His enthusiasm, if not patience, shone through and was contagious

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Aside from being in good riding shape, open your mind to the places and people with whom you are traveling.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were two other staff members, Josef and Hynek who also contributed to the trip's continuity and 'bon ami'
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Barbara Dean

    A Great Ride!

    The best way to see the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary is by bike and taking this fabulously guided tour. These countries are well versed in cycling and have bike paths that go for miles and miles and are in good condition. There is some cycling that happens on main roads but cars are very accommodating of cyclists. The most difficult terrain is in the first couple of days with a lot of undulating hills. For this it is best if you have some cycling experience. Strangely enough the terrain turns flat about half way through the trip which is good for a while but believe it or not as scenic as the countryside is, you'll find yourself wishing for the odd hill or two just for variety and believe me that's not something I thought I ever would have said. Transfers on the bus are minimal compared to other trips which is good because the bus is small and we had an excellent driver so safety was never an issue. The accommodation included a mix of hotels and pensions. You can expect twin beds which is noteworthy if travelling as a couple. This is the European way and in most cases the beds could be pushed together if you wanted. On only one occasion did we have beds with the springs being not far below the surface and in another there was no hot water which was disappointing after a long days cycle but on the whole they were very satisfactory and everything was well organised upon our arrival. They were also centrally located which was a bonus in the bigger cities. The spread at breakfast was excellent at every stop. However, I should mention that if you're gluten free like myself, it is more of a challenge. I picked up some supplies in Prague and carried them with me. Also, the restaurants and cafes we stopped at also don't cater to gluten free and throw in vegetarian and it can get tricky. Our guide was really helpful in trying to ensure I at least got something at lunch and dinner. There are regular stops near shops to pick up supplies. You will find the bikes themselves to be heavier than what you're used to but you soon adapt. They were safely locked away each night and spares are carried in case there are any problems along the way. Our starts in the morning were at reasonable times which is great if like myself you're not a morning person. At the end of each day, the following days information would be shared. There are plenty of breaks throughout the day starting with morning coffee, followed by lunch and an afternoon break on longer ride days. There were a few occasions were it would have been better to push on especially when it was pouring rain and you were soaked as stopping for a lengthy time only allowed you to get cold. My suggestion would be to poll the group and possibly do shorter stops especially when the weather is bad. Our group spent almost the entire trip together including at night and free time. Dinners were often followed by nightcaps in the hotel bar. A great way to end the day! It was extremely helpful in the bigger cities that our guide gave us an overview as it really helped us get our bearings for our free time. Our morning tours of some of the smaller towns were a great start to the day and the scenery was spectacular.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Surviving the two days of hills and pouring rain and wind when you at times couldn't see what was in front of you. The beauty of the places we visited and the overwhelming sense of history. Getting to know the various people on the group and hearing their stories. Seeing my own cycling ability improve over the days. Stepping out from the metro in Budapest and seeing the Buda side of the city in the late afternoon.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana our group leader was fantastic. She was a wealth of historical information which she was more than willing to pass on to us and educate us about the history behind the countries we were travelling through. Also, her ability to speak the languages was naturally beneficial especially when it came to my getting fed. There were 15 people in our group with a range of cycling abilities and she did an excellent job of keeping us all on track and getting us from A to B each day. She stayed with us at times when she didn't have to and really she was just a lot of fun. Her back up, Hainek was also a lot of fun. He could be relied upon for great discussions on world affairs and knew all the best spots for ice cream. He held up the rear of the group with good grace and always had a smile.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have water protected rain gear from top to bottom. We ended up using shower caps over our helmets but had nothing to protect the legs and feet. The temperature was cool the morning so prepare to have some layers. Saddle bags were provided so you don't need to being one and for the women, bring your own saddle if you can, I wish I had!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall a really great, enjoyable trip and I look forward to the next one!
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Lisa Payne

    Stunning, fantastic holiday

    Gorgeous architecture, scenic and peaceful cycling route and (mostly) fabulous weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is a tough call as it was ALL so stunning however Bratislava was a real treasure and it was possible to see most of it in the short time we were there. Shopping and wandering through the streets was beautiful and visiting the UFO Tower to see incredible sights over all of Bratislava as well as enjoying the restaurant (with excellent service and delicious local cocktails) was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We just loved Dana. She was amazing, very organised and really managed the tour so that is suited everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy - it's a marvellous trip!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would like some more information on activities to do in our spare time upon arrival in each place. Also the joining instructions are incorrect in Prague - the airport bus does not join the metro at the place mentioned - apparently this changed 2 years ago.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Fred T Hatch

    Prague to Budapest bicycle

    It was a good trip. We rode about 30 miles/day, sometimes with hills (northern Czech Republic), but later fairly flat. The riders were in good shape. There were opportunities to rest throughout the day, having beverage/snack/lunch breaks. The lodgings were fine and clean. The breakfasts provided at the lodgings were very good & varied to suit most traveler's desires. There was good information provided as we traveled about the culture & history of the area. The other travelers were very friendly throughout the trip. It is a very good value for the dollar (or pound or Euro).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I feel that the information provided regarding the cultures & histories about the various areas was most interesting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader was very informative & helpful. I can't think of anything that she could have done better. The assistant leader taught me some things about riding my bicycle which was very helpful. The van driver was very helpful as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready to bicycle. Although nice, this is not a leisurely trip as after bicycling all day, the riders have about 90 minutes to shower & dress so that they can go out to dinner with the others. If you are looking for something more leisurely, check out Exodus' bicycle trip from Vienna to Budapest.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Often the seats of the bicycles were lowered at the end of the day in order to get them into the van. We were not informed of this &, as they had been lowered only a little, were not aware of the change until it started showing up with sore knees. As a result a day and a half of bicycling had to be foregone with the time spent on the van or in the hotel. Also, prior to booking this trip, the information person led us to believe that it would be easier than it was.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Kara Brown

    Four Countries in 10 days !

    This was my 12th holiday with Exodus (my 9th cycle tour) and one of the best, so it is not often I feel that I wish to write a review, so here goes ! This tour is a great way to see four countries and four capital cities of central Europe, all in just 10 days. Our group comprised a friendly bunch - a mix of English, Australian & Americans and with me, the token Scot of the group !We were lead by a very professional team of Dana along with Hynek and driver Lubos.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a few highlights and memorable moments on this trip. A few of them were: - 1) the free day in Vienna, and I would recommend the morning bike tour round the city centre. We all took this optional tour and it was worth it to see the highlights of the city, and still leaving the rest of the day to see the sites in your own time. 2) I also really enjoyed the cycle from Vienna to Bratislava. I cannot think of any other tour where you cycle from hotel to hotel (capital city to capital city !). 3) Cycling along the Danube, particularly on the last day which included a short ferry ride. 4) The most fun evening was the wine tasting, which we all really enjoyed !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana was a lovely person and a great guide. She ran a trouble free tour in a friendly and very professional manner. Assisting her was Hynek who was also great at the back of the back of the group. Our driver Lubos was always there to help with loading/unloading the bikes & luggage and was always keen to try & improve his English !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The first three days or so were hilly but after that the ride is flat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it !
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Victor Cheng

    Well managed bike tour

    A well planned tour, very enjoyable and educational.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Riding through the Czech National Forest. Seeing and learning the history of the iron curtain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very accommodating, mature and approachable. It's a real bonus that Jan is from Slovakia and he understands the history and background of the nearby countries. One of our fellow rider had a 'minor' accident on the trip and had to receive medical attention. I think the leaders handled the situation very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get into decent cycling shape before going on this trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's obvious that this trip had gone through a few iterations of improvements. I think Exodus does it part to conduct its tourism business in a socially and culturally responsible manner.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Ali Eastwood

    Fabulous trip

    This has turned out to be one of my favourite Exodus trips. Packed with beautiful scenery, fascinating history and varied riding to suit everyone, it's a real treat. Jan, our guide - supported by the ever-smiling Hynek and Lubos - made everything run brilliantly and created a really fun trip for us.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Czech countryside was a lovely surprise. It's hilly at the start but nothing too tough if you're reasonably fit and we had some lovely downhills too and some cracking views. Every day had special moments, often the surprise of suddenly finding yourself in a forest or the joy of seeing the vastness of the Danube in the last few days.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan was absolutely superb. He was incredibly knowledgeable about all the areas we visited and our group really appreciated his thoroughness. We also loved the frequent inpromptu stops to pick and eat whatever fruit Jan spotted en route. Top tip - if you want to try lots of fruits you might not get at home make sure you ride near Jan! Jan was also great company - loads of fun - and I also really liked that he wanted everyone to ride at their own pace. This meant everyone felt comfortable and as a smaller group we made really quick progress.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip has a great mix of country and city and it's a brilliant way to get to know something about 4 different countries in just 11 days. It's definitely worth travelling to Prague the day before - it's a lovely city and very welcoming and accessible. Budapest at the end feels very big, busy and urban in contrast to the rest of the trip but I enjoyed having some extra time to explore it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The wine and beer tasting evenings were a nice bonus. We had some great evening meals too - including for veggies like me. Prepare yourself for massive portions!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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