Prague to Budapest Cycling

Trip Length 9 Days
Group Size 4-13
Difficulty
Starting from
$3,299 for REI Members
$3,599 for non-members
Departures May 2020-Sep 2020
Mon���Fri 7am���5pm PT

Spend nine days pedaling through the magnificent countryside on a journey from Prague to Budapest.

Journey through worldly capital cities as we explore the heritage and architectural masterpieces of four central European nations. Beginning in the Czech Republic, we travel through Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, passing enchanting castles, picturesque medieval villages, thick forests and gorgeous countryside. Our trip offers the chance to experience a unique blend of European culture, all from the seat of a bike.

After arriving in Prague, ride rolling hills between Postupice and Tel?, passing through the lush rolling hillsides of central Bohemia. We spend a full day exploring the countryside surrounding Tel?, picture perfect in all its pastel-colored, gingerbread rooflines and cobblestone streets. We continue through fertile vineyards, thick forests and fields of shoulder-high sunflowers, visiting enchanting towns and impressive castles. Each twist in the road brings a new scenic vista or the wave of a friendly farmer. Our evenings are spent enjoying delicious regional cuisine and sampling outstanding local beers and wines among equally outstanding company.

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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!

Activities

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.

  • Road Cycling
  • Cycling

What's Included

All accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bi-lingual cycling guide; support staff; support vehicle; sightseeing as noted in the itinerary; wine tasting on Day 4; bikes (24 speed hybrid touring bikes, equipped with a small bag for your camera and map, water bottle rack).

Accommodations

Hotels/Inns, 8 nights

Your wheels for the journey

Every great tour begins with a great bike, and our top-flight fleet has been carefully curated for your cycling adventure.

Want to bring your own bike?�� You can do that too.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Prague, known for its exciting history and architecture.

Your trip begins today in Prague, Czech Republic. Arrive at any time and transfer on your own to the group hotel. Check in, rest or enjoy the sights of Prague. Meals on your own.

Day 2

Ride rolling hills between Postupice and Tel?, a quaint 13th-century city. ?

Meet your group and trip leader at 9am, dressed in your cycling clothes and ready to ride. After introductions we load our luggage into a support van and drive to Postupice, where we hold a cycling orientation and bike fitting. Today's ride is a bit hilly, and the scenery is absolutely superb. We cycle to Na?eradec, a small village in the Bohemian Moravian Highlands. Following lunch, we transfer to Horn��� Cerek and then continue our ride to Tel?, 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 13th-century town. All meals included.

Transfers: About 2 hours; Cycling: 27 miles; Hours in the saddle: 4; Terrain: rolling hills.

Day 3

Bike in the countryside near Tel?; tour the town's grand architecture.

Tel? is a picture-perfect village with pastel-colored facades, gingerbread rooflines and cobblestone streets. Almost completely encircled by tranquil ponds, the village has inspired painters and poets alike. We spend the day cycling the surrounding countryside, then return to spend another night in Tel? to fully absorb the ambience of its main square. The evening is free to explore, and dinner is on your own tonight so you can enjoy your favorite regional specialties. 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, tasting at a local cellar.

We cycle through the wine country of lovely South Moravia. There are many castles found in this area; Lednice and nearby Valtice are two of the best with elegant gardens and numerous wine cellars. After exploring the countryside on our bikes, we arrive at the little town of Mikulov, perched in the hills of the Palava Mountains and surrounded by wineries. Following dinner, we visit a local wine cellar to taste wines made from grapes harvested from the region?s vineyards. All meals included.

Transfers: 1 hour; Cycling: 37 miles; Hours in the saddle: 6; Terrain: rolling hills. Optional cycling add 8 miles; hours in the saddle: 1.5.

Day 5

Cycle along the Morava River to Slovakia's Devin Castle.

We cycle along the Morava River in Slovakia, passing through a few villages leading us to Devin Castle, just outside Bratislava. We enjoy a picnic lunch and the lovely views before transferring to the scenic Hungarian town of Sopron, where we spend the next two evenings. The remainder of the afternoon is free to rest or explore before we meet for dinner. All meals included.

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.

A delightful day of cycling in the rolling countryside around Sopron includes a jaunt around Neusidler am 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 and lunch included.

Transfers: 1.25 hours; 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 may still be seen. Our ride ends is Gy���r in the midafternoon. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or to enjoy the famous thermal baths of Gy���r. Any guests wanting to arrive into Gy���r earlier are welcome to transfer by van, following our lunch break. All meals included.

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.

We cycle through the Hungarian hills to the UNESCO town of Pannonhalma. For the past millennium, Pannonhalma has been the site of a lovely and significant Benedictine abbey. We tour the abbey and learn about Hungary's oldest monastery. In the afternoon, as we wind down our tour, we come together for a celebratory meal with our guides. Cold beer all around for a week of great biking! Following lunch, we transfer into Budapest and bid farewell to our guides at our hotel. There is typically time in the late afternoon to take a walk and perhaps see the City Park and Heroes' Square. Overnight in Budapest. Breakfast and lunch included.

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, which you will enjoy on your own schedule. Transfer on your own to the Budapest airport, or continue your explorations of this beautiful city. Breakfast included.

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 choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Bicycles

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 (men's and women's frames); 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 and/or your own bike seat (don't bring the post).? Your guides will install them on the provided bike.

Collection of selected R E I Co-op cycling merchandise and snacks laid out to pack for a bike tour

What to pack

Contact Us

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 REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.