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Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube

The course of the Danube has shaped some of the richest cultures in Europe.

  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube

We’ll follow Danube shores, crisscrossing the fabled river to pedal amidst undulating farmlands and traditional Hungarian and Slovakian villages, pausing to picnic along babbling streams, admire formal gardens, and ponder vestiges of ancient Rome. We’ll quickly see that tradition prevails here, cherished by big-hearted locals who demonstrate the secrets of their rich culture—mouth-watering strudel, palinka brandy, home-cooked meals and hospitality, bold horsemanship and more. What’s more, we’ll punctuate our thrilling exploration with stays at two of the Leading Small Hotels of the World.

Cultural Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Danube
  • Explore the royal cities of Esztergom and Visegrad
  • Savor a tasting of palinka, Hungarian's national brandy
  • Prepare strudel in a private home
  • Enter into everyday life during a home-hosted lunch
  • Stay at two of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and a country manor house
  • Enjoy a Hungarian picnic of marhaporkolt stew
  • Thrill to a Hungarian horse show over lunch

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 - 35
Average Cycling Time: 2 - 4 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Budapest
May 70°  Jun 75°  Jul 79°  Aug 79°  Sep 71°  Oct 59°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Budapest
May 2.8  Jun 2.4  Jul 1.6  Aug 2.8  Sep 2.8  Oct 2.4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in a countryside manor house and 3- and 4-star inns
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in a countryside manor house and 3-, 4- and 5-star inns
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • Day pass to the Budapest public transportation system
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Bratislava – 2 nights for only $245 • Post-trip: Budapest – 2 nights for only $295

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with local brandy and hors d'oeuvres
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $345 | Land Only Single Supplement: $195

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Vienna

Depart the U.S. for Austria. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed in your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive Vienna / Transfer to Bratislava, Slovakia

VBT Air Package guests: Upon arrival at Vienna International Airport, proceed through immigration, claim your luggage, and clear customs. If your luggage is delayed, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. (Please note: Also make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you.) After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. They will transfer you by van to your Bratislava hotel. (Transfer time is approximately 60 minutes depending on traffic.)

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Bratislava during your stay.

Hotel: Hotel Arcadia

DAY 3: Bratislava, Slovakia / Warm-up ride along the Danube / Pálinka tasting & welcome dinner

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Hotel Arcadia in Bratislava at 10 am. (Frantiskanska 3, Bratislava; tel: +421 2 5949 0500). Please contact the hotel to advise of any travel delays or changes so the staff can pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: This morning, join your fellow travelers and VBT Trip Leaders for a brief orientation and a short walk with your bicycles through Bratislava's historic pedestrian streets. The Danube bike path is just a short walk from our hotel. We begin our tour by cycling across the Danube under Bratislava's Novy Most (New Bridge), which is famous for its striking UFO Café offering panoramic views from the top of the bridge.

We continue on the bicycle path along the Slovakian (south) shore of the Danube. After a short ride, we arrive in the town of Cunovo, where we find a Danube lock and dam whose wall is perfect for a leisurely ride. At the end of the dam, the unusual Danubiana Meulensteen Modern Art museum (closed on Mondays) juts into the river. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the restaurants on the dam. Upon returning to the Danube shores, you may notice one of Slovakia's Olympian rafters practicing in the artificial rafting canal.

We leave Slovakia via small country roads and pedal across the border into our first Hungarian town, Rajka. From Rajka, enjoy a quiet ride on back roads through the beautiful Hungarian countryside before arriving in the town of Dunakiliti-Tejfalusziget. Here we stop at a local distillery to learn about and sample pálinka—Hungary's national fruit brandy. Afterwards we shuttle to the village of Röjtökmuzsaj and settle into our accommodations in a Hungarian manor house.

In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders at our welcome reception, followed by a hearty Hungarian dinner.

Hotel: Szidonia Manor House
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 24 miles (38 km)

DAY 4: Pan-European Memorial Park / Fertod Lake UNESCO World Heritage Site / Sopron

After breakfast, we cycle to the thermal city of Balf where we pass the UNESCO-protected linden tree alley of the Nagycenk Szechenyi castle—once home to the noblest family in Hungary's history. A scenic ride leads us further into the Fertod lake region, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We pause at the Pan-European Memorial Park for our picnic lunch. This park along the former Iron Curtain commemorates the dramatic year of 1989, when most of the communist regimes collapsed in Europe. Hungary played a major role in this historic period as the country opened its borders to Eastern German tourists who did not want to return to their homeland after their summer holiday in Hungary. On this very spot many East Germans found their freedom on August 19, 1989.

After lunch we cycle to Hungary's westernmost town of Sopron. Its unique history is reflected in a blend of Roman, medieval, Baroque and modern architecture. After our independent visit of Sopron you may either shuttle back to our hotel or continue riding for the afternoon.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.

Hotel: Szidonia Manor House
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 20 or 41 miles (32 or 66 km)

DAY 5: Esterházy / Esztergom

This morning we ride to the spectacular 18th-century Esterházy Palace—often referred to as “Hungary's Versailles.” Our tour of the castle includes insight about the famous composer Josef Haydn who worked in the palace as a court musician for the royal family.

Next, we transfer to the small village of Neszmely, where a resident with a love of her country’s hearty cuisine invites us into her home. She will share her secrets for making the perfect strudel during a Hungarian cooking demonstration.

Later in the afternoon, as we approach Esztergom, you'll be amazed by our distant views of the city’s colossal Basilica. Esztergom was Hungary's capital for over two centuries, and you'll have time for a short ride in the area. This evening, explore Esztergom at your leisure from our ideally located accommodation. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Hotel: Bazilika Alatt Panzio
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 6 or 21 miles (10 or 33km)

DAY 6: Slovakian countryside / Danube / Visegrad

Today, we cross the bridge over the Danube from Esztergom to the Slovakian city of Sturovo. Spend the morning reeling through bountiful farmlands before descending back to the shores of the Danube. As we continue along the International Danube Bike Path, enjoy some of the most spectacular vistas of the Danube.

We re-enter Hungary at the town of Nagymaros. Here, we board a ferry for the short ride across the Danube to the historic village of Visegrad. As you view Visegrad Citadel towering above us, you'll understand how the city got its name—Visegrad is Slavic for “High-Castle.” We bicycle through the lush forests at its base toward our picnic spot and a special lunch. We'll help our host and chef prepare a typical Hungarian feast over an open fire. While our lunch is cooking, you might stroll along one of the forest paths to view the beautiful streams and waterfalls.

After lunch, we set off on our return ride to Esztergom. Tonight, we dine in a local restaurant.

Hotel: Bazilika Alatt Panzio
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 29 or 47 miles (47 or 76 km)

DAY 7: Danube cruise / Vac / Szentendre Island

Cross back into Slovakia this morning for a relaxing boat ride on the Danube. Arriving in Nagymaros, we cycle around the Danube Bend to the town of Vác. There'll be time to explore this quaint town before taking a ferry to Szentendre Island, set in the middle of the Danube. With peaceful villages and a pastoral setting, this island is a cyclist's heaven. We'll stop at a wonderful horse farm to enjoy lunch and watch a show performed by skilled riders in traditional Hungarian costumes.

After lunch, we wheel around Szentendre Island before crossing back to the mainland and our bike path. Our accommodations for our final two nights are directly on the bike path, overlooking the Danube's shores. Enjoy a wonderful swim in the hotel's pool before dining on your own, either on the hotel's terrace overlooking the Danube or in the town of Szentendre.

Hotel: Holiday Beach Budapest
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 21 or 29 miles (34 or 47 km)

DAY 8: Skanzen / Szentendre

This morning's spin along the Danube Bike Trail leads to the Skanzen open-air museum. Here, recreated villages reveal the typical architecture and lifestyle of each of the seven regions of Hungary. Enjoy time to explore the museum, then cycle back to the town of Szentendre. Here, you'll meet a local artist and have time to explore the many stores and art galleries, with time to pause for lunch on your own.

Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for an unforgettable evening and a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Holiday Beach Budapest
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 12 or 20 miles (19 or 32 km)

DAY 9: Budapest / VBT No-Air Package ends

After breakfast, we'll conclude our Danube odyssey with a ride on the Danube Bike Trail, passing the third-century Roman ruins of Aquincum. Continuing toward central Budapest, cycle through Margaret Island, one of the finest parks of Europe, enjoying views of its beautiful rose and Japanese gardens. We arrive at our hotel in Budapest—the Andrassy Mamaison—at about 11 am, and our tour comes to an end.

VBT No-Air Package guests: Our tour concludes at the hotel after this morning's bicycle ride. The hotel will help you book a taxi at your own expense to the airport. Important: Train or air departures from Budapest prior to 1 pm are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you are responsible for your own transfer arrangements from the last hotel.

VBT Air Package: Spend tonight at the Mamaison Andrassy Hotel, one of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet containing recommendations on what to do during your stay in Budapest. Your included day pass for Budapest's renowned public transportation system makes it easy to explore.

Hotel: Mamaison Andrassy Hotel
Meals: B
Daily Options: 10 miles (16 km)

DAY 10: Depart for Home

*After breakfast, transfer to the Budapest airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight**. Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time. VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” or with the hotel's reception desk the night before your flight.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Szidonia Manor House

Originally constructed in the 16th century – – this simple manor house was later rebuilt in 1750 into a romantic and classical style castle. In 1926 the Hungarian ambassador to the Vatican became the new owner of the castle. He reconstructed the castle to its 20th century comforts. During his ownership a park was developed around the castle along with a swimming pool. The main salon furniture comes from the Amsterdam palace of Louis Bonaparte – brother of Napoleon. The home has played host to royal counts, archbishops and prime ministers throughout the ambassador’s family ownership until their deportation in the 1950’s. One can still sense an atmosphere of old times, yet enjoy all the modern comforts and amenities of this castle hotel.
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Holiday Beach Budapest

This unique, boat-shaped hotel was designed with providing recreation for body and soul in mind. Set in a peaceful area on the “Roman Bank” of the Danube River, it offers gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, a bathing house with sun terrace, pool bar, sauna, Jacuzzi and tennis courts. Savor both international and Hungarian cuisine in the restaurant and at the open-air grill-terrace. And enjoy the outdoors in privacy from the balcony or deck of your room.

Arcadia Hotel

Your Bratislava extension will be enhanced by a stay at the Arcadia Hotel, one of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and the first 5-star hotel in the city. Set in the middle of Old Town Bratislava, close to the city’s main attractions such as the Opera House, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Castle and Hviezdoslav Square, this lovely, carefully restored 13th-century building exudes a historical ambiance while also providing modern amenities. Admire the arched hallways and painted glass ceiling of the foyer before continuing to one of 34 guest rooms, each furnished in a classic historical style. At the hotel’s Restaurant L’Olive, choose from Slovakian and international delicacies, as well as an excellent wine list. While here, you might also enjoy the 24-hour Library bar with its open fireplace, the Lobby lounge and the Arcadia Spa, featuring a fitness center, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath and private Jacuzzi.
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Bazilika alatt Panzio

Set at the base of the hill on which the centuries-old Basilica of Esztergom is located, this intimate, charming inn was totally rebuilt and reopened in December 2007. The location provides easy access to the town’s museums, galleries and restaurants, as well as the Basilica of Esztergom. Enjoy the breakfast restaurant and perhaps take advantage of the spa on site. Your room offers a minibar, satellite TV and Internet connection.

Mamaison Andrassy Hotel

Located in Budapest’s exclusive Embassy neighborhood on the Pest side of the city, the Mamaison Andrassy Hotel was designed and built in a Bauhaus style by Alfred Hajos in 1937 and renovated in 2007 to feature a sleek contemporary interior design. During your stay here, you will discover why it was the first hotel in Hungary to be accepted to the collection of Leading Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Admire the stunning Art Deco style of the hotel’s Baraka Restaurant, which features a sunny terrace overlooking Andrássy Avenue—the Champs-Elysées of Budapest—and creative cuisine that blends East and West. Your spacious room, with its warm and cozy décor includes a satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, minibar and Internet access.
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  • Best VBT Trip Yet!

    We have done four VBT tours, and tours with other companies as well. This was the best of the best. The guides were extraordinary in their attention to detail, knowledge of the area, enthusiasm for sharing the culture and the history of Slovakia and Hungary, sheer energy, and "people skills." Each and every site we visited was interesting, made more so by the information provided by the guides. Cultural activities and special meals delighted and surprised us every time. Our fellow travelers were spirited, fascinating, and fun; it was a pleasure to meet and travel with each of them. Food was fresh, delicious, local, and authentic. Our only disappointment was in the amount of cycling on busy roadways (necessitated by the site locations), however VBT provided hi-viz reflective vests and we felt safe. Routes along the river and in the woods were idyllic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 08, 2014
    Posted by: JSmith
    From: Massachusetts
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A tour with a little bit of everything!

    Seeing Hungary and Slovakia by bike was really a great experience! We had really terrific guides who had great passion for the history of their country and went out of their way to be there for the group when needed. It was fun and interesting to meet other riders who shared stories of other biking vacations and had some helpful tips for us. We enjoyed being immersed in the cultures of the various towns and cities where we went. We especially enjoyed the cultural side trips to do things such as palinka tasting, strudel and bread making, having a meal cooked for us in the forest etc. The people at those places were always very welcoming and friendly and it was a nice way to be exposed to the cultures. It was also a nice break from the biking. We needed that because we happened to be there during an unanticipated heat wave..:-). In the cities, there was plenty to see and do, including some really spectacular churches. The bikes were comfortable and always ready to go in the morning. The course was more like 50% paths and 50% roads and there were more hills than anticipated, but all doable. We did see beautiful countryside landscapes and some unforgettable vistas! We had some really good food along the way, decent accommodations, and lots of great conversations about our days on the bike. We ended our tour in Budapest, a truly wonderful city which was amazing to explore. I would definitely recommend having a couple of days there to experience it. VBT did a great job and we'd definitely consider other trips with them!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: LisF
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best of the Danube

    Best of Danube was wonderful..Even though it rained most of the trip, it was a fun challenge...Country side was lush & green, small towns were always cute and so very clean..no litter..How refreshing..Our guides were amazing, always having a plan B just in case weather got worse!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 10, 2014
    Posted by: CCCB1
    From: Arroyo Grande, Ca.
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Chilly in October!

    I have been on many VBT tours. Unfortunately, on this one, it was unusually cold temps and strong winds! But nevertheless pleasant biking and interesting places to see. The guides were excellent and went out of their way to talk to us and show us aspects of their culture. They also kept a great sense of humor for those of us who were struggling a bit! Hotels would have been lovely in warmer weather. Scenery was not spectacular, as on some other VBT tours, but comfortable riding on bike trails most of the time. A great way to see Slovakia and Hungary!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 02, 2013
    Posted by: caroline1
    From: Bonita Springs, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Loved experiencing Slovakia and Hungary for the first time

    Every VBT biking trip I have taken is quite different and this one is no exception. This trip is not for the serious biker who wants miles and speed (trails and roads are bumpy) but instead for one who wants to experience a culture maybe new to them. The guides were great representatives of their region and eager to share it with us. We had a lot of planned events which were fun and even better were the unplanned interactions with the people who lived there. Enjoyed very much our extension in Budapest which is a beautiful city with an excellent transportation system which was near our hotel and we used it heavily.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: September 25, 2013
    Posted by: Grant
    From: Fort Myers, FL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This was my first biking trip and I enjoyed it very much.

    Our guides were absolutely great. They were the best part. I think we stayed in 5 different hotels and 4 of them were very good if not excellent. I would have liked sunshine every day but I guess I can't blame you for that. I was a little disappointed in the scenery for first few days. I wanted to see the Danube River the whole time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 25, 2013
    Posted by: Tischia
    From: Indy
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent guidance from our guides along with patience for this first time traveler!

    I was a first time traveler with VBT recommended by friends. The experience was completely satisfactory.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 25, 2013
    Posted by: clara
    From: ripon wi
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • One of my very best travels, with one of the best co. I've experienced.

    I have traveled Africa twice, Peru, Western Europe, Canada, Vietnam and Cambodia and this by far is one of my two favorite companies to travel with.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 10, 2013
    Posted by: georgie
    From: tx
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Another VBT Success!

    Our recent VBT trip to Slovakia and Hungary was simply awesome. Having never been to Eastern Europe, this was a whole new experience for me. Bratislava and Budapest are wonderful cities. While still struggling from their years under communism, it is clear they are both rebounding wonderfully. The post-trip extension to Budapest should not be skipped. As with my five previous trips with VBT, this was another success! The flights were well arranged and comfortable. The hotels from our first night in Bratislava through our last night in Budapest were superb. They ranged from an old castle in Hedervar to a modern resort on the outskirts of Budapest. All top notch. Throughout the trip, our guides – Chubby and Mat – never failed us. Excellent guides indeed. Both Hungarians, they were always a source of insight into the history and culture of their wonderful land and people. Our days were filled with great cycling, often along the Danube, only interrupted by the sights along the way. Two highlights would have to be the strudel making demonstration and competition as we neared Esztergom, and a horse show and luncheon another day. In Budapest there are so many sights one really must not skip the post trip extension. Perhaps the one sight that was most fascinating was the House of Terror. Excellent account of the terror the people endured under Nazism and then Communism. While recounting some awful times, it also highlighted the strength of the people, as well as a reminder to us Americans have fortunate we are! If I had one complaint it would have to be the weather. Beautiful sunny days, with just a few clouds. But was it hot! Over 100 degrees at the end. But VBT can’t control the weather. Cubby and Mat made sure we had plenty of water and snacks, so we did OK. The heat was extremely unusual, by the way. Would I recommend this trip? Without a moment’s hesitation!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 08, 2013
    Posted by: JimD
    From: Upstate New York
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Appropriately rated easy tour with true Eastern European flavor.

    Tour exposed group to the food, countryside, towns and architecture unique to this area of Eastern Europe. Attention to detail was as good as we have experienced on previous VBT bike and walking trips. Locally based guides are very knowledgeable and added to the enjoyment of the Hungarian experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 22, 2013
    Posted by: Paul7
    From: Shelton, CT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • invigorating and interesting trip

    The trip was well planned and mostly on bike paths, the Hungarian tour leaders were informed and interesting and the bikes were comfortable. The landscape around the Danube is beautiful and we were introduced to many aspects of the cuisine and culture in this heart of Europe One hightlight: Our stay in Hedevar Castle was beautifully lit by candlelight one evening when electricity was lost in a heavy rain - misadventure turned into a memorable event.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 30, 2013
    Posted by: Admirer
    From: Hanover New
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent birds0eye view. Well designed

    Well conceived & operated. The 2 guides couldn't do enough to ensure a pleasureable tour. Their concernn & arrangements following a trail crash were exemplary. An alternate to Margaret Island &/or Skanzen might be the Buda Hills with cable car, Cog railway & Railway History Park. Thanks for all your arrangements. Other recommended tours are Bike & Barge, Czech Republic, Provence & others.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 25, 2013
    Posted by: BikingBird
    From: Windsor, CA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • There's a good reason VBT is rated tops in its field

    Our guides Csaba and Zoltan were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their country. They were expert bike mechanics, safety conscious and fun to be with, and worked tirelessly to be sure the biking and entire experience were enjoyable and memorable for each group member. Hungary and Slovakia are beautiful in the spring and so rich in history that it's impossible to absorb it all in a few short days. The accommodations were comfortable with great ambiance and centrally located. And the food was delicious. A great value for the money. Can't wait for my next VBT experience. The hard part will be choosing from the impressive array of destinations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2013
    Posted by: SJAL
    From: Iowa
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fun Add On's

    A highlight for me on this VBT trip though Hungary and Slovakia was the fun and interesting tours they arrange each day. My favorite was learning how to make Poppy Streudel with the local women on the farm. It reminded me of the adventures that they make contestents do on "The Amazing Race".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 12, 2013
    Posted by: DLSinBenicia
    From: Benicia, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Adventuring Off the Beaten Path

    We have enjoyed traveling to many European destinations, some with VBT and some independently, but neither of us had ever visited Slovakia or Hungary. We were delighted with our experiences on this tour. The biking was relaxing as we rode mainly on designated bike paths through rural areas. There were very few hills and the quiet farmland and forest routes were wonderful. Our guides were wonderful company and shared their experiences growing up first under communist governments and then as the nations developed post 1989. We are history buffs and loved learning about this part of the world that has seen so much conflict. The hotels and provided meals were great, with the hotels in Bratislava and Budapest being especially luxurious. We enjoyed our day in Bratislava, but Budapest is not to be missed. The city lights over the river at night were enchanting. If you are ready to experience something off the beaten path, this tour is for you.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 02, 2013
    Posted by: Jane67
    From: Louisville, KY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A good adventure along the Danube to Budapest.

    Having been on 5 VBT tours to 4 different sites (twice to Andalusia), I compare tours to each other. 5 stars to Andalusia, 4 stars to the Tuscan Hills and to the old Sicily tour of the past to the Aeolian Islands, and finally 3 stars to the Danube tour. Don't let the 3 stars discourage you-- this is a great way to see Hungary. I recommend taking a day off from biking to explore Ezstergom, a beautiful city to explore on foot. And Budapest is more spectacular than I expected-- take the post trip extension.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 26, 2012
    Posted by: James
    From: Boulder, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour was a great first biking tour for me.

    The tour through Slovakia and Hungary along the Danube was a very enjoyable way to see this part of the world. The biking was a lot of fun, the guides were friendly and helpful and our fellow travelers were great. We had a range of biking abilities and it all worked out well. The variety of other experiences during the tour (boat ride on the Danube, strudel making, the horse farm) were also a lot of fun. We took the post-trip extension in Budapest and loved it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 07, 2012
    Posted by: Sally59
    From: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • An absolutely wonderful trip

    This was our first VT tour, and it was excellent in every way. We chose this tour largely because of the schedule and availability, but couldn’t have been happier. The most pleasant surprises were Bratislava (which we knew nothing about, and found to be a fascinating and charming city), Hedervary Castle, Esztergom, Szentendre, and especially Budapest (called by many the Paris of Eastern Europe, for good reason). The accommodations, activities and support were superb. Our tour companions were a wonderful group, who had a lot to do with our enjoyment of the trip. Not to be ignored, though, were our excellent tour guides, Csaba and Natalia, who were nothing short of wonderful. Knowledgeable, positive, great ambassadors for Hungary, and really enjoyable people to be with. Thanks, Csaba and Natalia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 02, 2012
    Posted by: MikeinColorado
    From: Littleton, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Unforgettable tour

    A wonderful way to experience the tastes, feeling, sights, & smells of Hungary and Slovakia.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2012
    Posted by: Ken6162
    From: Parker, Colorado, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Old world accommodations at their best!

    In the midst of post Soviet industrial complexes, we wound our way through old world charm along and near the Danube, enjoying the architecture of long ago days. Easy riding allowed us to take in the fields and towers. The people were welcoming, wanting to share their lives and culture.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2012
    Posted by: Suz45
    From: Chatham, MA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A Very Differnt World Seen On a Bike

    My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by all the little historic Towns we traveled through on the banks of the Danube. Cycling from Brataslava, Slovakia to Budapest, Hungary and all the great places in between, provided us with a glimpse of what Eastern Europe has to offer. Our guides, Chauba and Suzzanna, were very special and well informed and lots of fun. They really play a big role in making this trip well worthwhile.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: StanleyO
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful experience, from start to finish!

    Visiting Hungary was a mix of old and new. VBT associates helped guide our tour choice based on our needs. Our guides Immersed us into the culture of the country and communities to give us a flavor of a land rich in its own history. The daily rides were scenic and pleasantly paced for full enjoyment of the area. Accommodations, food, guides and experiences were all top notch. A great way to see this beautiful country.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Lois
    From: Pennsylvania
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • You Really Want to do a VBT Tour

    Everything about this VBT cycling tour said do it again from the administration, to the hotels, to the food and equipment to delivering this satisfied customer to the airport at the end of the “ride.” The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the history, culture, food, myths and politics of the countries. They clearly enjoyed sharing their broad, detailed knowledge with the group. Many of my fellow travelers had taken prior tours with VBT and most were planning to do so again in the future, in fact I am writing this endorsement from another VBT cycling tour. You might do the same.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: GBikes
    From: Marlborough, MA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • EXCELLENT!

    RIDING THROUGH THESE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WAS AN EXPERIENCE. THE ROUTE WAS VERY COLORFUL & RATHER EASY ALONG THE DANUBE RIVER. TRAVELING THROUGH VILLAGES ADDED SOME VARIETY TO THE RIDE. THE LEADERS WERE FANTASTIC & ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU ESPECIALLY WHEN I LEFT MY FANNY PACK WITH ALL MY ID & MONEY IN IT, 15MI BACK BUT WAS RETRIEVED BY THEM. I WOULDN'T HESITATE DOING THIS TOUR AGAIN!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: MAXIE
    From: NJ
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • So much fun despite the weather!

    Nobody expected the rainy weather, but it did rain for most of our stay in that area where it rarely rains in July. VBT, despite its remarkably well-organized tours, can't control nature but one thing they do well is to move onto a well-thought plan B that brings as much enjoyment, and yes, we cycled under the rain, and it was a lot of fun. One thing that I regret about this tour was not to have spent more time in Budapest; in retrospect we should have taken the trip extension, and spend more time knowing this fabulous city.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Graciano
    From: Beverly Hills, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our first one and it was a total Joy.

    Excellent people, food, biking, shopping and travel. What else can you ask for except another trip which we did. We just signed up for our 3rd trip. Thank you so much!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: MRGE7
    From: Nicollet, MN 56074, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The tour guides were outstanding

    I loved everything about this trip, the guides had the best personality, the accommodations were excellent, and the cultural experience was over the top. The biking was not difficult but I enjoyed the ride everyday and was able to add extra miles when I wanted more time on the bike.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Mary1116
    From: Tiverton, RI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Historical journey

    These leaders offered tremendous historical background and anecdotes to the history most of us know. Very thoughtful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Mae1
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Good riding, good food, good hotels, good travel experiences

    Slovakia and Hungary off beaten path and thereby broaden experience of other cultures - fun to compare to more often visited European sites. Local guides skilled, knowledgeable and personable. Riding mostly on bike paths with ever changing views of the Danube (somewhat blue). Countryside and urban experiences provide nice balance. Accommodations generally comfortable if not luxurious. Food and drink not exotic but enjoyable. Mushroom soup in Bratislava to die for!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Giddy
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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