Prague to Budapest cycling vacation

“Our only cycling vacation from Prague to Budapest, taking in Austria and Slovakia too on an 11 day small group vacation. With four capitals, in many ways this is a capital trip. ”

Highlights

Prague | Ceske Budejovice | Cesky Krumlov | Vltava River | Trebon | Telc | Vienna | Danube Cycle Path | Donauauen N.P | Czech Canada NP | Wine cellars of Moravia | Bratislava | Esztergom | Budapest

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Our top tip:
Be organised in your packing as you are transferring a lot on this trip. Bring your own helmet.
Trip type:
Small group, max 16 people, min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate, 9 days of cycling, 30-70 kms/day.
Accomm:
2-3* pensions and hotels.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, all breakfasts, transport and luggage transfers, tour leader, airport transfers. Note: bike hire is extra.
Meals:
Lots of lovely local restaurants en route. Budget £10-15 per meal.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
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Accepted
Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Prague to Budapest cycling vacation

Environment

Activity:
Nature is a tremendous asset to us all, so we strive to maintain the diversity of local ecosystems and the beauty of nature for future generations. As a cycling trip, we have a minimal impact on the environment; however we still take care to ensure that our itineraries do not interfere negatively with the environment in protected areas, national parks and buildings of historical significance. During our stay we take care to avoid damaging nature, such as by harming plants and animals, or littering. We also take care to maintain the natural tranquillity of the areas we visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We prefer family run hotels to big international chains, so we will be spending 10 nights in locally owned and staffed hotels and pensions. All breakfasts are included and this will include locally sourced produce as much as possible. There will be a number of restaurants on offer in the evenings and many serve regional specialities- from dumplings in Austria to the Magyar cuisine of Hungary. We are keen to establish genuine connections between clients and locals, celebrating authentic cuisine and putting money directly in the community’s pocket.

Local Craft and Culture:
En-route we cycle through number of beautiful renaissance towns where we can visit castles, walk through beautifully maintained chateau´s gardens and admire the stunning architecture of the villages of southern Bohemia. On the Czech – Austria border we visit a museum dedicated to the Communist era and Iron Curtain. We also cycle across fertile vineyards where we have the opportunity to visit a family run wine cellar. Together with a local wine maker we can taste some of their best wines and appreciate this regional craft.

Activity:
Nature is a tremendous asset to us all, so we strive to maintain the diversity of local ecosystems and the beauty of nature for future generations. As a cycling trip, we have a minimal impact on the environment; however we still take care to ensure that our itineraries do not interfere negatively with the environment in protected areas, national parks and buildings of historical significance. During our stay we take care to avoid damaging nature, such as by harming plants and animals, or littering. We also take care to maintain the natural tranquillity of the areas we visit.

A Fair Deal:
We have established a long term partnership with a local operator, who is committed to promoting tourism as a means of income throughout Central Europe, in particular to the rural communities on the tour. Your guides are native Central Europeans and in exchange for their local expertise, they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Prague to Budapest cycling vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Unesco heritage sites

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be sure to book an extra day in Prague and Budapest

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Being a cycling vacation, it was more environmentally friendly and we supported the economy by selecting local restaurants. However, it would be better if there were fewer van transfers

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was an excellent vacation and I am very glad I was a part of it. I will certainly look at other vacations from Responsible Travel in the future

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