Headwater - Cycling the Danube from Vienna to Budapest

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Enjoy meandering rides along the Danube from Austria to Hungary

This is a classic ride linking two historic cities. Your journey starts in Vienna, which requires little introduction, with its abundance of famous sites, entertainment and culture. The River Danube serves as the spine of the cycling route as you meander back and forth through woodland, farmland, avenues of walnut trees, wide flat landscapes and shady hills. A night is spent in the pretty city of Bratislava and in the lovely town of Gyor, as we head towards the Danube Bend at Esztergom. The end point for the trip is the city of Budapest with time to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and enjoy the stunning architecture.


  • Meander along the Danube
  • Cycle 3 countries in one week
  • Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star hotels
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 80% cycle path, 20% road
  • Mainly quiet roads and cycle paths, but some busier points when entering/leaving the cities.
  • Gentle hills on some days
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs.


  • Countries visited: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Flights from London (available on request)
  • Electric E bike available on request, please enquire for prices. 
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
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Trip Notes

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Days of Cycling

The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads and designated cycle paths, however, there are some sections on busier roads. Much of the route is gently undulating, but there are some steeper hills.

Day by day breakdown
Day 268.0km/42.0miles
Day 344.0km/27.0miles
Day 441.0km/25.0miles
Day 555.0km/34.0miles
Day 657.0km/35.0miles
Day 756.0km/34.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Start Vienna

    Make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is left free to explore Vienna at your leisure. It is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all of the culture, architecture and inspiration that you could wish for in this wonderful part of Europe. Highlights that you may consider include visits to the grand Schonbrunn Palace, Sigmund Freud Museum and a tour in the Vienna State Opera House. Don't miss a visit to one of the many wonderful coffee shops to enjoy the typical cake Sachertorte!

  • Day 2

    Cycle to the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum; stay in Bratislava

    This morning you receive your bikes before setting off on your first day of riding.

    On leaving Vienna the route takes you through extensive flood plains, which have turned into small ponds offering a rich habitat to countless species of birds, animals and insects. You will follow the Donauinsel, a long, thin island and continue to one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum. Much of the track is gravel/grit but is comfortable to ride on. You end your day in Slovakia's pretty capital city of Bratislava, where there are plenty of options for a hearty meal and a drink after your ride.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cross the Hungarian border; cycle through charming villages to Mosonmagyarovar

    You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory today, before crossing the Hungarian border in Rajka. The cycling takes in charming villages, where you can still find thatched-roofed farm houses, in an area almost completely influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the Szigetkoz (a small Rye island) towards Mosonmagyarovar; the charming old 'city of 17 bridges'. The city centre is noteworthy for its impressive collection of baroque buildings.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Cycle to Hedervar castle; onwards to the pretty town of Gyor

    Today you follow a flat cycling route as it takes you through the outstanding natural surroundings of the island between the Danube and the Mosoni Duna (Small Danube). Make a stop to see Hedervar Castle, located in the middle of protected parkland. Arrive in the charming colourful town of Gyor with time to take in the many sights and breathtaking historic centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle towards Komarom; option to stop at the National Stud farm in Babolna

    Today's ride follows a gently rolling landscape towards Bony, ending in Komarom. It is possible to take a detour to Babolna, a well cultivated town with a beautiful inner city, famous for the National Stud horses which are bred in the inner courtyards. The final part of the route takes you back to the Danube and onwards to the divided town of Komarom/Komarno, where you can enjoy a relaxing spa visit if you wish!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Follow the riverbanks along the flat Danube valley, towards Esztergom (known as 'Hungarian Rome')

    Today you pedal along riverbanks in the flat Danube Valley, passing quaint villages and lush vineyards. Fitter cyclists can choose a route over Tata, but be aware this is more strenuous and there are no shops and restaurants along the way. Those interested in the history of the area should plan some time for the Roman archaelogical site of Kelemantia, where a military camp stood from the 2nd to the 4th Century. The absolute highlight of the day however, is Esztergom (also known as Hungarian Rome), with the largest basilica in the country. Take some time for a comprehensive visit, before boarding a riverboat to Visegrád.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ride round the Danube Bend to Szentendre; bike or boat to Budapest

    Leaving Visegrád, you reach the Danube Bend, probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. Here, the river winds its way through the Visegrad Mountains and makes a sharp turn towards the south. The Royal Palace and castle of Visegrad, and the open air museum are well worth a visit, as is the old Baroque town of Szentendre. Here you can choose to cycle onwards to Budapest (approx 25km) or take a leisurely boat ride into the centre of the city and appreciate the stunning architecture (boat only runs on a Saturday from September onwards).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Budapest

    End your trip in Budapest. There is much to see in this iconic city and we are pleased to book additional nights for you if you wish. Hungary's capital is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th Century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with the flat Pest. The city is easy to explore on foot; don't miss the chance to visit one of the city's famous thermal baths or walk up to the dome of St Stephan's Basilica for a fantastic panoramic view!

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.
Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast.
Lunch and Dinner: there are numerous restaurants along the route with a selection of menus of two or more courses and the route notes will provide more details to help you decide. Self-guided cycling also lends itself really well to picnics. You can stop wherever you please, in a spot that suits you and eat your lunch taking in your chosen view.


The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall, although relatively low, is possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 54km (34 miles)
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: surface: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads and designated cycle paths, however, there are some sections on busier roads. Much of the route is gently undulating, but there are some steeper hills.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

On many occasions in the route it is possible to shortern the day's ride by taking the train or a boat - this will be detailed further in the route notes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Please note that helmets are obligatory for adults cycling outside cities in Slovakia, and at night or if there is bad visibility you are required to have either reflectors or a safety vest.

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 12 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. Please be aware that some of the cycling on this route is along busier roads so any children must be confident at cycling alongside traffic. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

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On this trip we use well selected charming 4-star hotels and a 4-star pension, generally family owned.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Prices are based on two people sharing a twin room but reductions for using multi-bedded rooms to suit your party may be available on request.

Additional Nights

Extra nights can be booked, subject to availability, in Vienna and Budapest. Please ask our sales team for details.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
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Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Charlie Miller

    This is not for the faint hearted

    Getting out of Vienna went pretty smooth for me ( but not for everyone ) and the run up to Bratislava went well apart from terrible wind and rain, Hotel was good but didn't let you check in until exactly 3pm ( on the dot ) The next few days you dotted back and fore between Slovakia & Hungry and you were never really sure where you were, Hotels all a good standard but all the people on trip in different hotels which is a pain, getting in and out of some the places wasn't easy and you need to be good at map reading as instructions very confusing. Day 3 i think it was was very much dirt tracks and farm tracks and with all the rain it was mud and lots of it, ( hard going ) there were also sections of main road which are pretty broken up at the edges, you dont spend much time on or near the Danube but there is still lots to see, but no cafes or places to get hot drinks or snacks. This is a lot harder than Passau to Vienna. Please note this is note an Exodus trip and you end up with company euro cycles who were very good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots of lovely places and most of the people are nice, i think Bratislava was high light but weather was just lashing down so hard to say, as weather in Budapest was great but to many people and traffic a nightmare

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not Applicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are 4, 3 corner hotels in Budapest and the one i had wasn't on the map supplied, Traffic in Budapest a nightmare, hotels pretty good standard and people all very nice, but can be a bit strange.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When you are in Slovakia you can use euros but when you cross the river and end up in hungry they are reluctant to take euros and if they do they give you change in HUF and exchange rate varies from person to person.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    John Sumner

    Enjoyable 200 mile trip

    Four over 60's went on this mainly flat, 200 mile trip in early September. The sun shone (25 degrees), there was no headwind and Bratislava & Budapest are great places to visit. We stayed 2 extra days in Budapest which was well worth the extra cost. While the scenery is not as interesting as the Passau to Vienna ride this route mainly follows Route 6 cycleway along the top of the flood defence dams at the side of the Danube and is very popular. Most days there are wayside cafes for coffee & cakes. Not everything went smoothly - the route notes were supposed to be provided 4 weeks before, when chased they arrived in pdf format the week before (GPX files for my SatNav were supplied & a great help). My e-bike had not been ordered / missed by the bike supplier (depends who you talk to) but following a sleepless first night the bike did arrive the following morning. The route notes were good & took us away from main roads where possible, a couple of roads were closed which tested map skills. The ferry from Esztergom to Visegrad on the last day did not run (only runs on Saturdays from September) so we had to stay in Esztergom overnight & cycle to Vac for a train ride to Budapest instead. Overall we had an enjoyable time and will look to go with Exodus again for the next ride.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting in the restaurant area in Bratislava (excellent food) watching the world go by.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A - self guided ride

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Insist on the route notes 4 weeks in advance. Take copies of the route so everyone can follow them. The separate "Hotel to Route Start" documents are not always very clear (and sometimes just plain wrong!) so print out a Google map for each one. The Hotel Devin in Bratislava is in a great location. There is a Tesco minimart in Mosonmagyarovar, eat at the Simbad restaurant. The Hotel Bella in Komarno is not 4* but the restaurant is excellent. Visit the lovely spa at the Hotel Bellvue in Esztergom before 6pm after then they shut most of it down & avoid the evening buffet style meal, get a taxi into town. Check what day you arrive in Esztergom - if not a Saturday you will arrive at Budapest main railway station & have to find your own way to your hotel. Print a Google map before you set off. The express train takes 20 minutes but has 5 steep steps to negotiate. The stopping train takes 40 minutes but is easier to get the bikes on.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked the route notes to include details of cafes (or lack of them).
  • Reviewed September 2018
    David Agnew

    Cycling the Danube, Vienna to Budapest (self guided)

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Exodus self-guided ride I recently completed from Vienna to Budapest. In particular the cities of Bratislava, Gyor and Budapest. The hotels were very good and baggage transfers worked well. However, anyone contemplating this ride should be aware of the the ride does not quite meander along the actual Danube. Most of the route is on the flood plain, some distance from the river and on some days you don’t see the Danube at all. The ride is very flat through fairly featureless agricultural land. In late spring and early summer the corn would all be green and the sunflowers would be spectacular. However, during the rest of the year a fair bit of the ride would be a bit mundane.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Riding into Bratislava and Budapest.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A (self guided). The person doing the briefing in Vienna was good and the support person responded immediately to the one phone query we made.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The maps and guide notes are reasonably good but not exceptional. There were places where they were not quite up to date due to road or cycle path upgrades. Definitely take your own GPS device or have a GPS App such as Maps.me on your cell/mobile phone so you can see exactly where you are if things get confusing. Notes said you buy ferry tickets on ferry, but you actually have to buy them at the shop next to the ferry ramp. The odometer on my wife's bike was faulty from day one and eventually did not work at all, so if you were trying to marry up kilometre markers per the guide maps using this device we would have been in trouble. Parts of the ride, particularly between Gyor and Komarno are on basic farm tracks. We rode this section after heavy rain and parts of the tracks were very muddy and covered with water in places. This was probably unusual. There was nothing you could describe as a hill anywhere on the ride.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The overnight stays are on the railway line. Consequently, on days of heavy rain you do have an option of taking the train to the next destination. We did this on one occasion and it worked well. Its worth spending some time looking around some of overnight stay locations, particularly Bratislava and Gyor. I would therefore recommend arriving by early afternoon to give sufficient time to look around. We used online reviews to choose restaurants in the overnight stay locations.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Dave Ram

    Not a vacation and adventure

    Incredible journey through forests, farms, hamlets and cities! Truly the greatest way to experience a new culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spending 10 quality days with my daughter exploring this beautiful part of the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were self guided

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your GPS is up to date and your phone is charged. Maps and directions can be challenging at times, many roads have no signs and kilometer markers on your bike will be off as soon as you make a single side trip or wrong turn. GPS got us back on track multiple times.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Research the towns along the way. Many are spectacular and we didn't leave enough time to explore them.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Ian Hill

    Vienna to Budapest cycling

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably riding into Budapest along the Danube and catching sight of the Hungarian Parliament building, which is a stunning sight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The people we met in hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants were generally very welcoming and helpful.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Philip Hill

    Cycling the Danube???

    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?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Vernon Rows

    Vienna to Budapest by Bike

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We are very glad that Vernon really enjoyed this trip. Although the emphasis is on the cycling, we try and allow for time to visit the various sites nearby and should any of our clients like to, we will happily arrange additional time at the beginning or the end of the trip if this is requested at the time of booking. The trip manager has taken all of Vernon’s feedback on board and is currently looking into the possibility of employing GPS systems to improve our clients’ navigation of cycle routes. We trust that when in place, this will positively enhance our clients cycling experiences. Exodus Customer Services

  • Reviewed October 2013


    Excellently organised trip, the maps were on the whole easy to follow, although we had waypointed the hotels on a GPS so we had a good idea of where to go, and how far we had to go. We did find out that the Canadians had slightly different routes to ours, and the American maps were slightly different again. The hotels (well, the ones we got to - see later) were all really good, and the staff friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were lots of good moments (and one very bad moment - see later): Actually finding our way in Bratislava, crossing borders, cycling further than we'd ever cycled before in a day, and not feeling any pain the next day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and helpful group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Advice for travellers:  Just outside Babolna I somehow fell off my bicycle and broke my ankle. After dialling the emergency services on 112 I reaslised I was wasting my time - they did not understand a word of English. We had to flag down a car to speak to them.  It still took 90 minutes for an ambulance.  However, the people we flagged down went and got an English speaking person and a van for our bikes (although mine was confiscated by the police). Do make sure your mobile phones allow international calls - we could not call the RadReisen rep as he had an Austrian mobile number.The next piece of advice is the most important.  Under no circumstances admit liability for falling off your bike!  I was subsequently fined 15,000 HUF for causing an accident.  Even though nothing else was involved. Blame the road, a bird, fox, badger, anything but yourself! The hospital in Tatabanya was not as modern as hospitals I have been used to.  I was offered surgery there, but chose to go back to the UK.  Make sure you have adequate insurance - I needed 3 seats on the plane going home.  Also make sure you're not sqeamish about giving yourself injections - I had to do that to prevent DVT.  On the plus side, the Hungarian crutches are far superior to our UK NHS ones! Also make sure you get a fit to fly certificate - the insurance company were excellent in sorting that out too.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Hungarian people are really friendly - the man with a van took my partner and her bike to our hotel in Tata and wouldn't accept any money.  The English speaking girl that the driver who we flagged down got sat with me in the ambulance and acted as interpreter with the paramedics.  They were such lovely people - it's a shame we didn't get their details to properly thank them afterwards.Both Exodus and RadReisen were very good in assisting us, and booked us into the Budapest hotel for 2 nights so we didn't have to get to the intermediate hotel. So, for the 2/3 of the trip we completed we thought it was excellent.  It's now 2 months since my accident and I still can't walk, but I'd like to do this trip again to actually complete it!
  • Reviewed August 2011


    A relatively easy cycle ride on cycle paths and mainly quiet roads, accommodation and bicycles excellent. Whilst we were not by the Danube as much as we'd expected, particularly when we were, the scenery was fantastic.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final days cycling which involved 3 ferries across the Danube and, for us, a ferry trip from Szentendre to Budapest ( we were advised by the local Rad Reisen rep to do this rather than cycle into Budapest)We stopped at Lipot and went to open air thermal baths and these were excellent- remember swimming costumes that day  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Self guided so no leader but the representative from Rad Riesen covered all important details at the beginning

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Suggest an extra night in Vienna at the beginning and 1 or 2 nights in Budapest at the endFor us, the airport bus would have been better than the recommended train route to the hotel in Vienna Take swimming costumes for Lipot.Beware that differences between Exodus trip notes and information from Rad Riesen can lead to confusion especially when negotiating routes out of towns.In particular, we were advised to take the train from Tata to Koragom and then cycle along the north of the Danube in Slovakia to Estergom rather than following the route advised by Exodus that day. We were also advised to catch a ferry into Budapest from Szentendre. The instructions for finding the tickets were not very clear.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall, very good value holiday and, in particular the bikes and accommodation were fineWe have been on several Exodus holidays and intend to go on more 
  • Reviewed July 2011


    First of all I would say we had not been on bikes for 20 odd years but the cycling was still a lot tougher than expected when combined with very hot weather (fairly fit mid 30 - 40 year olds to put that in context).  Looking at the route map and title of the trip I had expected 40-50 percent directly along the Danube but you can't actually see the river for most of day 1.  Only the final day was what I expected really - cycling along and crossing a beautiful river.  The quality of the food especially in the smaller hotels way exceeded expectations.  It's also going to seem like extortion buying drinks back in the UK after seeing the prices on this trip! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights: Vienna's elegance and the Danube in Budapest.The quality of food was very impressive 10/10.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Self guided but the bags were delivered to the hotels, on route, on time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would advise:1.  Don't under estimate the hot sun making the cycling far tougher than expected2.  Bring your own map(s).  Ambiguous trip notes sent us on the wrong path a few times that could have easily been corrected with a decent ordnance survey type map rather than retracing steps.  The map provided was not good enough to correct inevitable errors on route and caused quite a few extra unwanted miles.  When going into / leaving the larger towns get hold of a map with street names before hand as this will save a lot of time if you slightly misunderstand what the trip notes are saying.  This should all be provided really. (I would add others doing the same route made similar errors, so not just us!) 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As mentioned it was a slightly frustrating holiday given the quality of maps and directions causing extra miles and wasted time.  Notes appeared to be out of date (prices quoted for the ferry crossings being one example).Although a lot of time is spent on the roads the drivers are extremely considerate to cyclists, often letting you go when they have the right of way.    

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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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