Cycling along the Danube to Southern Hungary (Budapest-Pécs)

Type:Self-Guided
Participants:Min. 2 participants
Grade:Moderate
Length:8 nights
Distance: 355 km
Dates:01/04/2017 - 31/10/2017
Cost: € 840
Starts:Budapest
Ends:Pécs

Description

On this cycle tour you will roam the Southern land of River Danube in Hungary from Budapest to Mohács and the countryside of Southern TransDanubia with Mediterranean like climate between the hills of Villány and Mecsek. Beside the world heritage sites of Budapest and Pécs (Buda Castle District and the view of the Danube banks at Budapest and Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs) you will visit other historical places, like thousand-year-old archiepiscopal seat, Kalocsa and Mohács, the field of tragic battle - now a memorial park - where Turks crushed Hungarians in 1526. Hungary was liberated only 150 years later, after victory Prince Eugene of Savoy’s at Zenta in 1697. You will visit the statue of the strategic genius of Habsburgs in the Buda Castle and his baroque castle at Ráckeve. You can still find many relics from the
Turkish age; perhaps the best-known monuments are the thermal baths and Gül Baba Türbe in Buda, the mosques and the minaret in Pécs and the Malkocs bey mosque in Siklós.
You will visit old castles, the famous castle of Buda, the castle of Siklós, which is one of the best preserved castles in Hungary and the Barbican of Pécs, also with round bastion. During the tour you will cycle through historical wine region Villány-Siklós, where you can taste the excellent red wines in the wine cellars.
You can enjoy the delights of the spicy fish-soups of Hungarian cousin, made from fish of river Danube and cooked with paprika in „bogrács" (cauldron) in Baja restaurants. Near Siklós you can relax in the thermal water of spa Harkány.
You will have many possibilities to visit the
museums and exhibition, explore the cultural heritage of land where famous poets, composers, musicians and artist lived and worked.
This is especially true in case of Pécs, the two thousand years old town, which was the cultural capital of Europe in 2010.

Map

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Budapest

Individual arrival. Depending on arrival time, visit the sights of city: Váci Street, St. Stephen`s Cathedral, Heroes Square , the Castle District, Gellért Hill and the bridges of Danube. Accommodation in Budapest.

Day 2: Csepel Island, 47 km

Cycling out from the city on the bicycle road leads through Batthyány square, Gellért square, Lágymányosi bridge, along the Danube to Csepel Island. The legendary "Csepel" bicycles have been made here in the Weiss Manfred Bicycle Factory since 1928. Arriving at Ráckeve, the paradise of the lovers of fishing , you will visit the sight of village: the Serbian Orthodox church with Byzantine wall paintings dating from XV.th century and the famous Savoy Castle, was built for Duke Eugene of Savoy, after he defeated the Turks in the battle of Zenta in 1697, ending a 150-year Turkish rule of Hungary. Accommodation in Ráckeve.

Day 3: Ráckeve - Solt, 58 km

From Ráckeve ride on the left side of the Csepel Island, along the Old-Danube. When you pass the Tass flood gate, it is worth to make a detour to Szalkszentmárton and visit the Memorial House of Sándor Petőfi, the popular poet of the Hungarian War of Independence. In Solt-Révbérpuszta there is an Equestrian Center. If you arrive in good time, then you can join to a horse show and taste the local dishes and wines accompanied by folk music. In the garden of small farm museum you will find native animal breeds - racka sheep, grey cattle, mangalica pigs. In Crafstmen's house and garden you can buy the masterpieces of folk handicrafts. Accommodation in Solt.

Day 4: Solt - Kalocsa, 39 km

Leaving Harta and Dunapataj, you can make a 5 km detour to the Szelidi Lake; the salt lake was formed from an old branch of he Danube. After a bath in warm thereaputic salt water and relaxing in the sandy beach, follow your ride through the small villages or on the dike along the Danube to Foktő, then turn towards Kalocsa. Kalocsa is a thousand-year-old diocesan town, its archbishop Astrik delivered the crown from the Pope to István, the first Hungarian King. Visit the two major buildings at historical center of Kalocsa, the Archbishop's Cathedral, was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries and the baroque Archbishop's Palace with the frescos of Franz Anton Maulbertsch. Beside its historical building the town is famous throughout the world from its paprika, embroidery and high-quality folk-art. It is worth to see the Folk Art Museum and Paprika Museum too. Accommodation in Kalocsa.

Day 5: Kalocsa - Baja. 50 km

Cycle from Kalocsa through Gerjen, then Fajsz on the dike until the undercrossing of M9 bridge. Follow along the Danube to Baja. Alternatively you can cross the bridge here, and proceed along the Gemenc forest on a longer way (+11 km), while you arrive back to Danube at Baja. Baja is a picturesque town at the confluence of Danube and Sugovica rivers with many small islands. The multi-racial town is

keeping the cultural traditions of Hungarian, German, Serbian, Croatian inhabitants. Visit the Holy Trinity Square and observe the architectural variety of building and old churches. Walk on the natural riverbanks, Petőfi Island and Sugovica beach. Baja is often called as the capital of fish soup, you should not leave without enjoy the gastronomic experiences ! Accommodation in Baja.

Day 6: Baja - Mohács. 36 km

From Baja you will cycle along Danube into Mohács in a nice natural environment. Mohács lays at the southern part of Danube in Hungary. Cross the Danube by ferry to Mohács. The town is famous about “Busó Halloween”, a merry carnival to bury the winter and welcome the spring with horrifying masks. Dinner and Accommodation in Mohács.

Day 7: Mohács-Villány, 54 km

You will cycle from Mohács on the dike along Danube to Kölked. Do not miss to visit the Stork Museum of village! On the road to Villány is worth to stop at the Historical Memorial Site. It was designed by contemporary architect, György Vadász. The site commemorates the 'Mohács tragedy', the battle in 1526, when the Hungarian army was defeated by the forces of the Ottoman Empire and great part of Hungary came under Turkish occupation. After Mohács Hungary was torn into three parts. Dinner and overnight in Villány, the center of historical wine district, with fine red wines.

Day 8: Villány-Siklós-Harkány-Pécs, 70 km

On the road to Siklós you will cycle across the hills towards the Palkonya and Villánykövesd cellar rows, represents an exceptional treasure of folk architecture. In Palkonya you can find one of the finest round churches of Hungary. Stop at Siklós and visit the medieval castle, with well- preserved round tower bastion, valuable old frescos in the chapel and an excellent view of the land from the roof terrace of the Spanish bastion. Near the castle you can find the pentagonal mosque of Malkocs bey from Turkish era. You can taste the delicious products of traditional confectionery in the center of old town. The next station is the spa and open-air bath Harkány (32 km), where you can relax in the health-improving medicinal water before you proceed to Pécs. If the 70 km ride would be too long for you today, you can cycle back to Villány on a shorter way (18km) and travel by an afternoon train to Pécs (50 minutes). Pécs is a World Heritage location with many attraction, historical buildings, cultural treasures. One day may be not enough to visit the numerous interesting sights of city, like the Early Christian burial chambers, Barbican, 11th century cathedral, Bishop's Palace, Turkish mosques, minaret, fountains and museums of Zsolnai, Vasarely, Csontváry by walking on the famous Széchenyi Square, Király Street, Káptalan Street and Jókai Square.

Day 9: Departure

Departure. You can return by IC trains from Pécs to Budapest within 3 hours.

Gallery

Budapest Budapest Budapest Soroksar Domsod Petofi Tree Rackeve Danube Dunafoldvar Kalimajor towards  SzelidiLake Szelidi Lake Kalocsa Kalocsa Baja Mohacs Mohacs Villany Wine Cellar Siklos Castle Harkany Pecs Barbican Pecs Cathedral Pecs Zsolnay Well
Budapest
1. Budapest, night lights
Budapest Fisherman's Bastion
2. Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion
Budapest
3. Buda&Pest statue by Márta Lesenyei
Soroksar
4. Soroksár, cyclepath
Domsod Petofi Tree
5. Dömsöd, Petőfi Tree
Rackeve Danube
6. Ráckeve Danube, Szentgyörgypuszta
Dunafoldvar
7. Dunaföldvár, view from the castle
Kalimajor
8. Kalimajor, Teleki castle
towards Szelidi Lake
9. Road to Szelidi Lake
Szelidi Lake
10. Szelidi Lake, near Dunapataj
Komarom Fortress
11. Kalocsa, birdview of center
Kalocsa Cathedral
12. Kalocsa, Cathedral
Baja
13. Baja, town center
Mohacs
14. Ferry crossing at Mohács
Mohacs
15. Mohács, Histo- ric Memorial Park
Villany Wine Cellar
16. Villány, Wine Cellar
Siklos castle
17. Siklós, medieval Castle
Harkany
18. Harkány, thermal bath
Pecs Barbican
19. Pécs, Barbican (round bastion)
Pecs Cathedral
20. Pécs, Cathedral of St Peter & Paul
Pecs Zsolnay Well
21. Pécs, Zsolnay Well

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Dates

Available:

from 1st of April till 31th October 2017


Price

Participation fee:

EUR 840 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 195

Extra night in Budapest:

EUR 50 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 35

Extra night in Pécs:

EUR 42 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 30

Bike rental:

EUR 100


Services

8 nights in 3-star hotels and guest-houses, in double bedrooms with a bathroom, half board, daily luggage transportation from hotel to hotel, detailed route description, maps and information materials.

Tour Identifier: CYDS101