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Prague to Budapest Ride

Visit four historic capitals from the Czech Republic to Hungary



At a glance

* 10 nights in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite
* 8 days cycling with full vehicle support
* Group normally 5 to 14, plus local leader, assistant guide and support
driver. Min age 16 yrs
* Travel by private minibus

 

Visit four historic capitals from the Czech Republic to Hungary

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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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

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

 

Food:
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).

Start destination: Prague

End destination: Budapest

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

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)*

Day 3

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)*

Day 4

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)*

Day 5

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)*

Day 6

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)*

Day 7

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)*

Day 8

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)*

Day 9

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)*

Day 10

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)*

Day 11

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.

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Customer Feedback

Prague to Budapest

Summary:
Exceeded expectations. Great guides, driver and fellow cyclists. Tour is an
interesting combination of rural and great cities.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Our last meal as a group. Good companions

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent combination of cycling know how and narrative about the history of
what we were seeing which included his experience of living under communism.
I think he should make sure group is engaged before giving a briefing. Saying
“ Gather around the map. I want you all to know where we are going.” once
or twice would make all the difference. As well, if possible face people on
the bus when relating some interesting history or giving some crucial
information. Otherwise some miss key parts of what is being said.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Kick back and enjoy.

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Prague to Budapest ride

Summary:
Great ride through the rolling hills of Czech of republic and on through to
Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Many interesting stops along the way. Glad I
did some training before the ride as we had some windy days.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Riding along the old Iron curtain.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Peter and Dana were great. I required my brakes to be switched to
accommodate my hands and even though I had some bike problems and switched
three different bikes, Peter gladly switched for me.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do some training, will make the trip much more enjoyable.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Thought everything was well organized but personally would have had shorter
stops along the day and arrived at the towns earlier to enjoy more of the
towns.

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Cycling in four wonderful countries

Summary:
This was my second Exodus trip and it was great as the first one. Dana was
delightful, always willing to assist you with any request. She was assisted
by Lubos. A very good driver and mechanic, always with a smile in his face.
We started the trip in the busy city of Prague , after a few days in the city
I was so happy to get away. We got to the lovely town of Cesky Krumlov, it
was a very relaxing day. After the first day the cycling got more
challenging, we cycle through the hilly countryside. It was beautiful but
really hilly. I’m not that good at hills since I lived in “FLAT”
Florida.
All the cities we stop in the Czech Republic were memorable; Trebon, Telc,
Mikulov. I will love to visit them again. The tour of the winery in Mikulov,
so much fun. The Czech Republic beer and ice cream unforgettable.
The cycling tour of the city of Vienna is a most. And in the afternoon go and
jump in the Danube.
The ride from Vienna to Bratislava was beautiful, a very long relaxing
ride.Then we’re in Hungary, time go so fast. Finally the magnificent city
of Budapest. Just AMAZING!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
On day six on our way from Telc to Mikulov (a very hot day) we stop in a
small river and Dana and some of us jumped in the water. It was so hot that
we didn’t care. It was fun…

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Dana was excellent. Since she was the only leader in our group she was always
making sure that everybody was accounted for.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just enjoy your trip.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Almost all the riders had issues with the bikes, chains coming out. Maybe the
Company should consider new bikes.

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4 capital cities and 3 currencies in just 10 days.

Summary:
First few days of cycling are quite difficult as there are a lot of hills.
For the rest of the trip the cycling is mostly very easy and flat. You will
visit 4 countries and have to get used to managing 3 currencies.
Food is fresh and portions are big. Bratislava is by far the smallest capital
on the trip.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling from the hotel in Vienna directly to the hotel in Bratislava in a
day. Not difficult but very statisfying.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you want to see Prague go a few days early, as there is not really anytime
to sight see on the trip. There are a lot of hills on the first few days.
Even though you will say in 3 and 4 start hotels they tend not to have any
soap or shampoo in the rooms.

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Excellent First Trip

Summary:
This was my first Exodus trip and wasn’t sure what to expect. From the
first day of arrival the Exodus team Peter and Danke were exceptional in
every aspect of the planning, logistics and guidance through the trip. The
equipment (cycles) and were high quality and fit for a dual on and off road
experience. I’m so impressed by the trip and the support that I have plans
for two further in the next 18 months. A truly inspiring experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The cohesiveness of the guides and our group on tough days where the weather
was poor and the terrain challenging. We all stayed together.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Peter was exceptional in terms of his support, knowledge of all locations and
accessibility for all group members for the slightest thing. He really showed
exceptional professionalism and commitment throughout the tour.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Feel free to take your own seats and pedals as that’s where you spend most
of your time riding! Comfort is critical so use what you are used to. Also
check the temperature ranges to ensure you have suitable clothing to
accommodate those changes.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I have no hesitation in recommending Exodus and would be happy to receive
queries from clients regarding this trip.

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Best Holiday For a Long Time

Summary:
First time in Europe and first Exodus trip. Fantastic!!! We loved the
itinerary and where it took us. The backroads through farmland, orchards,
vines and forests were just sensational, so picturesque. Had to keep
pinching myself that this was real. Dana and Peter, our guides were awesome,
and the bikes were great. The few times they let us down Peter was able to
get them going again or swap it out for a spare bike on the trailer. The
accommodation varied from basic to very well-appointed, but the beds in
every one were as comfortable as ours at home.
All in all we learned a lot of history, enjoyed sensational company with our
11 fellow bike riders and relished in our first taste of Europe

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to finish each day of the ride, unscathed (not one bingle for any of
our group) and without getting on the bus whilst the others finished the days
ride.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Dana is a legend! She is a fantastic cyclist and guide. Her depth of
knowledge around the history of each of the towns and cities and countries we
visited was tremendous, She is well suited to this work.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just do it!!! You don’t have to be a Le Tour experienced rider, just average
and you will be fine. The knowledge that if it does get that little to
difficult the bus will meet throughout the day to pick anyone up.
It was apparently unusually hot for June, however as northern Australians,
our heat tolerance is reasonably high. Some of the others struggled though,
being prepared with a hydration backpak would be a very good addition to your
outfit.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We really couldn’t fault anything that we did. We loved the local
restaurants that Dana chose for us, the extra riding tours in the larger
cities took us to places we would not have found otherwise in the short time
we had in each.
There was one thing that we would suggest Exodus changes; that is the hotel
in Budapest, not for the rooms or location, but for the breakfast hall. It
was like a feeding frenzy with the amount of tourist buses that came and went
whilst we were staying, very difficult to get a table and as hard as the
staff tried to keep up, it was a bit of a nightmare.

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A great cycling holiday

Summary:
This is a wonderful trip through beautiful and historic villages, town and
the cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. And a beautiful countryside
between vineyard, sunflower fields and a peacefull forrest. Our guides Dana
and Peter was excellent. Great humor, knowledgeable, friendly and a rock on
the bike.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit to the wine cave. A very fun evening with tasted of many good
wines.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Dana, Peter and our driver was very good and professional.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take this trip if you have any interest in central/eastern Europe. The
countries have undergone a fantastic development after the cold war and the
fall of communism.

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A terrific cycling holiday

Summary:
This is clearly a carefully chosen itinerary made up of backroads through
picturesque country side, forests, along rivers, across plains, through
sleepy country towns and into the big cities of Vienna and Budapest. There
are plenty of opportunities to sample local produce and learn about the
history of this part of central Europe.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I loved the night in the wine cave sampling local wines with the vigneron
himself, a jolly old fellow.
Vienna was gorgeous, as was Bratislava and the southern part of Czech
Republic, including Cesky Kromlov and Telch were superb.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our guides Dana and Peter were informed, friendly and professional, but the
atmosphere was casual and relaxed.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The days are generally light-moderate cycling for someone who cycles
reasonable regularly and has moderate aerobic fitness and strength. The
longest day approx 70km of rolling hills was a solid workout. Recommend this
trip without hesitation.

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If you like historical buildings/towns this is a brilliant trip

Summary:
The cities, towns etc we visited were amazing. We started in Prague which is
a popular resort, so popular I was glad to get away. But then on the first
day we arrived at Cesky Krumlov, (didn’t he use to play for Chelsea?) which
is an amazing Gothic town and a UNESCO site, I’d never previously heard of
, but could easily return to and spend a long w/end there imbibing some of
the excellent Czech beer. There is an optional walking tour of the town which
is well worth going on.
The next town we reached , Trebon, was also very interesting, and well worth
a walk around.
And then came another UNESCO , Telc with yet another fantastic cobbled town
square.

A couple of days later we arrived in Vienna which just shouts opulence. Do go
on the optional bike tour of the city as it gives you a good idea of where to
head to when you get free time. A couple of us went to a classical concert
(not usually my kind of thing) in one of the large churches where they played
classical music’s greatest hits (Vivaldi etc) and where the acoustics are
simply amazing. Oh, and don’t forget the cakes to die for or of !

We then got to Bratislava, another interesting place where the leader takes
you on another optional walking tour; worth taking again.

Eventually we arrived in Budapest and by this time I was beginning to suffer
from cultural overload but managed to squeeze in a visit to the parliament
building and the basillica before retiring to the bar.

Oh , I nearly forgot the cycling bit of the trip; it’s graded as 3 but could
easily be a 2 as there were very few hills ; a considerable amount of the
time is on cycle-only tracks which is great if you want to natter to your
fellow cyclists but does mean there is only a limited amount of vehicle
support. The trip notes say there is only 10% without vehicle support but it
was considerably more than that .
Fortunately, the vehicle war around when we rode through an almighty
thunderstorm when the hairs on your head stand up , then curl, and possibly
smolder, even for the’follickly challenged’ like myself .

Also, there was the fact that there was no “tail gunner” mechanic, which
meant that if there was a mechanical, the whole group had to stop whilst
running repairs took place. The bikes themselves, were more “upright” than I
am used to but proved to be very good for my back ; unfortunately they seemed
to be prone to the chain coming off and jamming ; couldn’t possibly be
anything to do with the ability of the cyclists themselves !

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit to Cesky Krumlov was a total surprise and absolutely stunning.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader , Dana, was good ,giving lots of info on recent and distant
history of the various places we visited (which in itself is quite remarkable
as we went through 4 different countries) and booked up some good restaurants
to eat in at the end of the day.

It was hard work for her as there was only her on the cycling bit, and the
driver of the bus seemed a bit lacking in motivation although he knew his
stuff about the bikes.

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Beautiful riding and excellent guides

Summary:
This is a wonderful trip through superb countryside stopping in lovely
villages, towns and of course the cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Our guides Dana and Peter were the best – knowledgeable, friendly, capable of
fixing any problem. We would highly recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through the beautiful forests of Czech Canada

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both leaders were excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take this trip if you have any interest in central/eastern Europe

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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