Prague to Budapest Cycling

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Dates: Apr-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 9

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

REI member: $2,999

Non-member: $3,299

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $849

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 26 – May 4
  • May 31 – Jun 8
  • Jun 14–22
  • Jun 28 – Jul 6
  • Jul 12–20
  • Aug 9–17
  • Aug 30 – Sep 7
  • Sep 6–14
  • Sep 20–28

2015

  • Apr 25 – May 3
  • May 30 – Jun 7
  • Jun 13–21
  • Jun 27 – Jul 5
  • Jul 11–19
  • Aug 8–16
  • Aug 29 – Sep 6
  • Sep 5–13
  • Sep 19–27
  • Sep 26 – Oct 4

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Group Size: 4-13

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Cycling

Accommodations:

Hotels/Inns, 8 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Take a bike tour combining worldly capitals and traditional farms and villages
  • Cycle through picturesque countryside with vineyards, forests, and castles
  • Visit 4 gems of central Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary
  • Tour vibrant cities and towns like Prague, Budapest, Telc, and Pannonhalma
  • Join a fully-supported cycling trip. Leave the details to us!

Our Prague to Budapest cycle tour offers a well-rounded blend of European culture, from worldly capital cities to exquisite towns of Baroque and Renaissance origin. This is an unforgettable journey through four central European nations; beginning in the Czech Republic, traveling through Slovakia, Austria, and ending in Hungary.

We bike past enchanting castles through the picturesque medieval villages and lush rolling hillsides of central Bohemia. Along the way, we pass through fertile vineyards, thick forests, and fields of shoulder high sunflowers. In addition, we visit the enchanting UNESCO towns of Telc and Pannonhalma. Each twist in the road brings a scenic vista or the wave of a friendly farmer. In the evenings, we enjoy authentic regional cuisine and sample outstanding local beers and unique regional wines.

Prague and Budapest, two of Europe's most vibrant cities, are ideal bookends to this fabulous route.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Prague, known for its exciting history and architecture.
  • Day 2 - Ride rolling hills between Postupice and Telc, a quaint 13th c. city.
  • Days 3 - Bike in the countryside near Telc; tour the town's grand architecture.
  • Day 4 - Ride through South Moravia's wine country, visit impressive castles.
  • Day 5 - Cycle along the Morava River to Slovakia's Devin Castle.
  • Day 6 - Explore the countryside around Hungary's charming city of Sopron.
  • Day 7 - Pedal by villages and farms en route to Gyor's historical city center.
  • Day 8 - Our route leads us to Pannonhalma, home to a famous Benedictine abbey.
  • Day 9 - Bid adieu to Budapest and depart for home.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Prague, known for its exciting history and architecture.

    Your trip begins today in Prague, Czech Republic anytime. Transfer on your own to our hotel for the evening. Meals on your own.

  • Day 2 - Ride rolling hills between Postupice and Telc, a quaint 13th c. city.

    Start the day dressed in your cycling clothes and ready to ride when you meet the group this morning! After introductions we load our luggage into the support van and drive to Postupice, where we hold a cycling orientation and bike fitting. We cycle 24 miles to Pacov, a scenic town in the Bohemian Moravian Highlands.. For those up for more cycling, there is an optional 15 mile ride to Pelhrimov. Today is a bit hilly, and the scenery is absolutely superb. From Pelhrimov, we transfer by van into Telč, a UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage city with Baroque and Renaissance architectural features of outstanding quality. We spend the next two nights in this picturesque 14th century town. All meals included.

    Van transfers: ~2 hours; Cycling: 24 miles; Hours in the saddle: 4; Terrain: rolling hills. Optional cycling add 15 miles; hours in the saddle: 2.

  • Days 3 - Bike in the countryside near Telc; tour the town's grand architecture.

    A full day is spent exploring the countryside surrounding spectacular Telč, picture perfect in all its pastel-colored, gingerbread rooflines and cobblestone streets. It is almost completely surrounded by tranquil ponds and is a town that has inspired painters and poets alike. Be sure to climb the church tower for the terrific 360° view. We’ll spend another night in Telč to fully absorb the ambience of its main square in the evening. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Cycling: 25 miles; Hours in the saddle: 4.5; Terrain: rolling hills. A wide range of additional mileage options are available to suit all riders.

  • Day 4 - Ride through South Moravia's wine country, visit impressive castles.

    Today we cycle through the wine country of lovely South Moravia. Of the many castles found in this area, Lednice and nearby Valtice are two of the best with gorgeous gardens and numerous wine cellars, one of which we will enjoy touring. Wine was first brought to southern Moravia from France in the 13th century and the quality of the wines here is quite good. Overnight in the Czech village of Hlohovec. All meals included.

    Cycling: 45 miles; Hours in the saddle: 6; Terrain: rolling hills. Optional cycling add 13 miles; hours in the saddle: 1.5.

  • Day 5 - Cycle along the Morava River to Slovakia's Devin Castle.

    This morning we cycle along the Morava River in Slovakia, passing through a few villages leading us to Devin Castle, just outside Bratislava. Our shuttle takes us next to the scenic Hungarian town of Sopron where we spend the next two evenings. You have the option of biking part of this transfer. All meals included.

    Van transfers: ~3 hours; Cycling: 30+ miles; Hours in the saddle: 4; Terrain: flat to rolling, partly on a bike path.

  • Day 6 - Explore the countryside around Hungary's charming city of Sopron.

    Today is a delightful day of biking in the rolling countryside around Sopron including a spin around Neusidler see, part of which is protected by UNESCO for its bird sanctuary. With its baroque and Gothic architecture and colorful history, Sopron is not only a step back in time it is one of the most charming cities in Hungary. Its inner town is dominated by several medieval churches, 13th century houses with gables and spacious courtyards and narrow streets. Overnight in Sopron. Breakfast, lunch included; dinner on own.

    Cycling: 37 miles; Hours in the saddle: 5; Terrain: flat to rolling, partly on a bike path.

  • Day 7 - Pedal by villages and farms en route to Gyor's historical city center.

    The Hungarian National Park of Ferto-Hansag offers cycling on fairly flat terrain. From Osli we ride through typical Hungarian plains and small villages, and past farms where farmers using horse-pulled wagons can still be seen. Our ride ends is Györ in the mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or to enjoy the famous thermal baths of Györ. Any guests wanting to arrive into Györ earlier are welcome to transfer by van, following our lunch break. All meals included.

    Van Transfer: 1 hour; Cycling: 35-38 miles; Hours in the saddle: 4; Terrain: rolling hills in the morning, mostly flat in the afternoon.

  • Day 8 - Our route leads us to Pannonhalma, home to a famous Benedictine abbey.

    Cycling through the Hungarian hills, we wind our way to the UNESCO town of Pannonhalma. For the past millennium, Pannonhalma has been the site of a lovely and significant Benedictine abbey. The present church of Pannonhalma, a crowning achievement of Gothic style, was built at the beginning of the 13th century. Archeological findings under the floor of the basilica indicate the original church dates back to the 11th century. We enjoy a fascinating tour of the abbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary's oldest monastery, before stopping for a mid-afternoon celebratory meal with our guides as we begin to wind up our trip. Cold beer all around for a week of great biking! Following lunch, our van transfer (2 hours) takes us into Budapest where we bid farewell to our guides at the hotel. There is typically time in the late afternoon to take a walk and see a bit of the city (check out the City Park and Heroes' Square). Overnight in a city hotel, dinner on your own. Overnight in Budapest. Breakfast, lunch included.

    Van transfer: ~2 hours; Cycling: 21 miles; Hours in the saddle: 2.5; Terrain: rolling to hilly with long climb to abbey on top of hill.

  • Day 9 - Bid adieu to Budapest and depart for home.

    The tour concludes after breakfast. Independent transfer from our hotel to the Budapest airport. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. 

Price Includes

All accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bi-lingual cycling guide; support staff; support vehicle; sightseeing as noted in the itinerary; bikes (24 speed hybrid touring bikes, equipped with a small bag for your camera and map, water bottle rack).

Not Included

Round-trip airfare; airport/hotel transfers; 3 dinners; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature; optional gratuities to guides. Please bring your own bike helmet.

Bikes

We provide 15" Suntour SCUD 24-speed hybrid touring bikes (unisex frame); 17", 19", and 21" Leader Fox Sumava Gent 24-speed hybrid touring bikes (unisex frame); and 23" and 24" Merida Crossway 24-speed hybrid touring bikes (men's frame). These heavy-duty bikes are perfect for this type of trip. All bikes have medium tires, flat pedals, upright handlebars, a rear bike rack and bag, and water bottle cage. You may choose to bring your own pedal and shoe system, or your own pedals with baskets/toe cages, and/or your own bike seat (don't bring the post).

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3], however there are many hills in this region, and we keep you on the go the entire day.  This is a trip for active people in good health.  The countryside near Prague is more hilly than that near Budapest - regular conditioning prior to the trip is essential.  Most days also involve a van transfer ranging in length from one to three hours. Please refer to the daily itinerary for daily cycling times and distances.

Weather

The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary typically experience mild temperatures in the spring and fall, warming up by 15-20 degrees in the mid-summer months. May and October temperatures range from the high 40s at night to the mid-60s during the day, with a limited chance of rain. June through September, expect temperatures from the low 50s at night to the mid-80s during the day. High humidity can compound the challenge of mid-summer heat.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Prague to Budapest Cycling Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • 24-speed hybrid bikes with flat pedals
  • Rear rack bag
  • Water bottle cage
  • Route map
  • Group bike pump
Required Gear
  • Helmet
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle are recommended
  • Daypack or carry-on bag
  • Luggage tags and locks
  • Security wallet or money belt
Footwear
  • Cycling shoes (see “Things to Consider”)
  • Walking shoes or sandals
City Clothing
  • Sweater and/or light jacket and/or windbreaker
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat
Cycling Clothing
  • Cycling jerseys, short and long sleeve
  • Cycling tights or pants
  • Cycling shorts
  • Cycling raingear, jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Cycling vest
  • Arm and/or leg warmers
  • Cycling gloves, both short and long fingered
  • Headband, sweatband, beanie, etc.
  • Cycling socks
Travel Accessories
  • Sport/cycling sunglasses
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Water bottle(s) or hydration pack
Optional Fied Gear
  • Camera + memory, batteries, charger
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter
  • Ear plugs
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Laundry bag, cord and soap
  • Bike rear view mirror
  • Bike computer
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Saddle or gel seat cover
  • Favorite energy snacks / drinks

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications and a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • We recommend bright-colored bicycle clothing for visibility and safety.
  • Always test your clothing layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding.
  • If you are not bringing a shoe and pedal system (optional), you will need a shoe designed for cycling or cross training to be used with the provided flat pedals (toe clips are optional). Consider these features: lightweight, closed toe, designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. Stiff soles protect your feet while riding and support the full length of your foot to reduce cramping and fatigue.
  • If you bring your own saddle, please bring only the seat and not the seat post. Seat posts are not universal and will likely not fit the bike you'll be riding. You are welcome to bring a gel seat cover for use on the provided saddle.
  • Formal attire is not required at restaurants. Comfortable, casual clothes are appropriate for sit-down meals. We suggest bringing slacks, shorts that are mid-thigh or longer, skirts, or summer dresses in fabrics that are easy to wash and wear.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresPrague to Budapest Cycling
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Group camaraderie (11)
  • Activity level (10)
  • Guides (10)
  • Accommodations (9)
  • Well organized itinerary (9)

Cons

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        • Casual adventurer (6), Avid adventurer (4)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (10), Active adventures (7), I liked the itinerary (7), Good value (6), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (6)

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      5.0

      Prague to Budapest, Autumn 2013

      By Carol Morris

      from Dryden, NY

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

          We planned our trip to include an extra day in Prague, and two extra in Budapest. I think this is a minimum; I would have enjoyed another day in Prague. I wish we had done more pre-trip planning to maximize our time in each city.

          What was great - the guides! the food! the hotels! The cycling was very nice; not too different from what we have at home, except of course for the architecture and age of the buildings. The tour included several side trips, through a palace, to a wine-tasting, etc., which were very nice.

          I did feel a bit pressed for time - to meet for lunch, and to get to the van in the afternoon, etc. Although the itinerary suggests optional rides, I don't think anyone in the group -even the fastest riders - were able to take advantage of these.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • My husband is the cyclist - I prefer to ride horses. He chose the trip based on the itinerary and reviews.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Everyone gathered together to give me a surprise birthday party, complete with party hats, horns, a cake and champagne! Totally unexpected and a wonderful end to a long day of cycling.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • I have been on several tours, and have never had a problem keeping up with the group. However, this trip was more demanding (especially the first two days) than I had expected. I wish I had trained better, but weather and a mid-summer cold kept me from getting in as much training as I could have. Also, I will bring my own seat next time.
           
          5.0

          Cycling at its best!

          By SCGemini21

          from Imperial Beach, California

          About Me Casual Adventurer, Workout Fanatic

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Additional Activities
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

          • Falling Down
          • Maps Were Hard To Follow

          Best Uses

            Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

            If you are planning this trip, exchange money when you get to your location. Often the exchange rates are better there and they don't charge a commission. The US locations charged commissions to exchange money. Best to start with a low amount and then you can get more if needed. I started with $200 and exchange it for Koruna and had more than enough. I did the same in Hungary for Forint and it was a good amount. Anything I had left over, I used at the airport for snacks for the trip home.

            It would have been nice to be able to contact other members of the group prior to arriving. Some of us stayed extra days and it would have been nice to coordinate maybe sharing rooms etc...Or being able to get together for dinner when we arrived before the trip started.

            Know the weather for your destination. It was pretty chilly a few of the mornings and it even rained one day. Layering definitely helped. As we rode it got warmer and we were able to take off thermals & jackets etc... but it is hard to get warm once you start off cold.

            Also, bring clothes other than your cycling gear. You don't have to go crazy, but we went out to dinner most nights after riding and I didn't bring enough clothes. I thought it was going to be grab food and pass out type thing, but we actually went to restaurants. Yes, you can do laundry, but it was chilly & the air was moist so things didn't dry fast. I brought jeans and a couple of shirts, but I should have brought a few extra.

            Also don't go on this trip planning to lose weight! LOL :) Our group thought with all this riding we were going to lose a few lbs. Not so. The food is delicious and they don't skimp on the servings. I think I may have gained a few pound if anything!

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, REI Reputation
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I chose this trip because the dates fell within my fall vacation at work. I also have never been to the Czech Republic or Hungary, so this was a great way to see both!
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • The whole thing was wonderful! I met 15 new people from all over that I hope to keep in contact with and maybe even ride again with in the future. Our guides, Monika & Jiri were great. Very knowledgable. Ondrej our driver always had a smile on his face.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • If you are going to buy new pedals do so before the trip & use them to break them in. Its not fun falling off the bike because your clips are too tight :( OH, yeah. If you fall, get back up and keep riding. You only get to do this once, your scrapes & bruises will heal. I should know. I fell 4 times LOL
             
            5.0

            Just about perfect amount of cycling!!!

            By Chicago traveler

            from Chicago

            About Me 3x A Year World Traveler, Avid Adventurer

            Pros

            • Accommodations
            • Activity Level
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Quality Equipment Provided
            • Well Organized Itinerary

            Cons

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                Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                I brought a heart rate monitor and loved to check my heart rate every time we went on a steep hill. The guides were so attentive and careful with us. The driver is a magician. I really can't complain about anything.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • The itinerary was wonderful. According to the itinerary, there would be an equal amount of cycling and sightseeing.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Too many highlights: The guides were very very knowledgeable in the history of the cities, the picnics were great (grill your own sausage), the cities of Sopron and Telc, the rides into the sunflower fields.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • No need to bring a great amount of snacks. The guides provided us with enough amount of snacks before the rides. Also, the least amount of suitcases, the better. One more advice, try to make a stop in Vienna, Prague and Budapest. All are marvelous cities.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ideal way to travel and explore

                By Nondi

                from Louisville, KY

                About Me Casual Adventurer

                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Activity Level
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                    I am most compelled to do this review because i was concerned about my fitness level prior to the trip, so maybe i can add some specifics for others. I am 56 years old and have a moderately active life style (garden,walk, play tennis, bicycle occasionally). My husband is an avid cycler and routinely does 50 to 100 mile trips. So going on this trip with him was daunting. I basically followed REI's training suggestions and was well prepared. By the time we left for the trip i was on my bicycle 5 times a week, the longest continuous ride i did was 32 miles and this was over "rolling hills". Having done this, i did not feel over-exerted on the trip, but instead felt fit and ready to go everyday. My husband was able to go faster, at his pace, and farther on a couple days. We are all given maps in the morning and Tomas, our guide, went through them in detail so if the group breaks up then there is no problem getting to your destination. Even though there was wide variance in ability in our group we all ended up together in good time for lunch, for refreshment, or the ending spot.

                    The first 2 days, and the last day, have "the hills". They are mostly gradual ascents through forests and over plains. The hardest day was a day riding on the flat with wind at our face all day. We went the last trip offered (end of September into October) and our weather was cool to chilly starting in Prague to temperate and mild towards Budapest. We had one afternoon of rain and we able to get in the van when we'd had enough. Tomas did an amazing job of watching over us. Sometimes i was convinced the bikes had GPS on each one, but he swears they didn't. Milan, our driver, did an equally amazing driving job (you should see him back the trailer into a little narrow archway of our hotel entrance in the medieval city of Sopron) and he puts out a scrumptious lunch. He doted over our bikes so the tires were always filled and the chains oiled.

                    I enjoyed this trip tremendously. I think the Czech Republic and Hungary have it all over France and Italy. There can not be a better way to experience a foreign country than this type of trip that allows you to get out of the cities and savor the countryside, the local restaurants, the small towns.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, Destination
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • We wanted to go to Hungary, and to travel there in an active way (hiking or biking). REI was really the only company we found that offered anything in this area.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The scenery in Czech Republic was wonderful, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia, too. Every morning on the bike i would look around and say, ahhh, i am cycling in"____". It felt really good to say that. Also, the wine tasting in Moravia was a special, and very fun, experience. I would do that again, and again.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Do train on your bicycle before you go. Even though this was not difficult cycling, I did enjoy the trip more because i had followed REI's suggestions on how to prepare physically for the trip.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great mix of cycling and sightseeing

                    By Weekend Adventurer

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                        The hybrid bikes provided are perfect for the terrain, but it was a big adjustment in expectations for those used to riding road bikes. They are heavy and sluggish compared to road bikes.

                        I was concerned that as an avid but slow cyclist I wouldn't be able to keep up and I would feel pressure from others in the group. While most people were faster than me, no one was in a hurry and there was plenty of time to stop and take pictures and cycle at my own pace. The guide was also really good at giving me space to ride at my own pace.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I wanted to see Central Europe and didn't want to be on a tour bus. I wanted to get off the beaten path and experience the culture. REI organized everything. All I had to do was follow the instructions and show up ready for a great time.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • This is my second REI trip and the group camaraderie has been outstanding both times. Our group really bonded and we even spent all of the "on your own" evenings together as a group. The trip has the perfect mix of cycling vs. sightseeing and downtime.
                         
                        4.0

                        General

                        By mbrown

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided

                        Cons

                        • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                          The trip was really great. I will definately recommend it to others. The only part that was difficult and at times frustrating was the directions. They really need to be written by a native english speaker and then actually followed by someone other than the writer. The directions were very confusing.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • I've wanted to do this trip for a while. It was on my big list of places to go.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • The people were great. Lots of fun. Great guides. It was great to see all the places out of the city. I loved seeing the different cultures and really got to understand some history about the places we were visiting.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Don't go during the hotest part of the summer. It is tough to bike and handle the heat. I suggest going in the Spring or Fall.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Wonderful; beautiful towns; biking okay

                          By RB cyclist

                          from Denver Co

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guide Martina great
                          • Guides
                          • Guide Thomas great
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                          • Biking limited and flat
                          • Regional cuisine is soso
                          • Too much van time

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                            REI verbally and in itinerary listed van transfers as only 1 in the middle of the trip and 1 at each end. This was incorrect and most every day involved a 45-60 min van transfer at the beginning or end of the biking or both. More days were flat than not; this is not a hilly area. 90% is doable on a road bike easily; the bikes they provide are heavier hybrids - so it is not as much a biking vacation where you bike from town to town as some biking in between towns.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Destination
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The guides were wonderful and the group was really great. The small towns of Telc, Sopron, and Gyor were beautiful to visit and in the fall at least off the main tourist tracks. (Prague was still crowded; Budapest not so much). This is an area of Europe that because of language was for me better seen with guides, and though some things were lacking (below), we still had a wonderful and fun time.

                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome Experience!

                            By RadProf

                            from Columbus, OH

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                                Overall this trip was great! The accommodations were good. Most places were really nice (especially the first and last, and the chateau). The towns that we stayed in were really neat to see and most days we had an opportunity to explore at least a little bit. It's helpful to read up a bit about the towns you will visit if you want to get the most out of your visit. We spent extra time in Prague and Budapest on our visit which was awesome! Would highly recommend that. Have gear so that you can layer...we had a couple days that were cold in the morning and absolutely beautiful in the afternoon. They give you packs for your gear. Food was great and they had great snacks in the morning to eat before or after lunch while you were still riding. Definitely grab one or two. I had a camelbak which was great. I definitely drank through it a few times and had to refill at lunch. It made it easier too so that I didn't have to reach down for a water bottle.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • We were looking for a fun honeymoon adventure that incorporated something we like - cycling - with an adventure across Europe!
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Picking fruit from the trees on the side of the road, conquering the hills, seeing the smaller towns and beautiful countryside, yummy food (especially the beef stroganoff), and the group camraderie.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Well organized tour

                                By monkeycanfly

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                • Food

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                                  Meeting great tour companions, established good rapport relationships with most.
                                  Lack of time on the way to explore big cities on the way.
                                  Too much meaty meals -- I believe that was the traditonal for Central European food where red meats are regularly served.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • 1. Never been to central Europe. 2. I want to participate with a renown tour group. 3. Iterernary sounds very promising.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • Adventure through dump sites and unknown territories as result of wide-spread flooding along Danube River.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Be ready for unpredictable weather conditions in central Europe with pouring rains and sudden change in temperature and weather.

                                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  What hills?

                                  By What hill?

                                  from St. Louis MO

                                  About Me 2nd time Adventurer

                                  Pros

                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Transport was excellent
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Prague to Budapest Cycling:

                                      I liked that at most meals we were given options. Options at 100% of the meals would have been perfect. We only spent significant time in the bus traveling on two days and you could see easily on the bus.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • To train in an interesting environment for future bike trip.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Making it up any hill.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Toe clips and your own seat would add to the trip. If not, bring the bag balm, your seat may thank you.

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