Danube cycling holiday, self guided
Please note: high season is from 8 May to 24 September and a supplement applies.
For families or groups we can offer private departures and tailored itineraries, and discounts may be applicable.
Description of Danube cycling holiday, self guided
This Danube cycling holiday is self guided, along this iconic river, starting in Germany and cycling through Austria, Slovakia and finally Hungary. The first eight days of the trip are cycling through Austria, taking in beautiful landscapes such as the vineyards and villages of Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, or Donauauen National Park . As well as the great cities of Linz and Vienna.
Other great cities along the Danube that you visit include Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and Budapest, the capital of Hungary, where you finish your journey. Cycling along the natural artery that links these fascinating countries gives you time to not only take in their varied landscapes, but also their histories.
Please note that the price of this holiday includes accommodation in 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, with an option to upgrade. We also include 14 breakfasts, 12 dinners and bike hire, with 21 or 7 gears. As this is a very popular route with families we can also sort out trailers and tag alongs for you.
PlanetThis self-guided cycling journey follows the Danube Cycle Path, a trail that hugs and follows Europe’s second longest river, the Danube. The existence of the path helps to promote cycling, a relatively impact free form of travel. Your impact on the landscapes and communities encountered are minimal as most self-guided departures run with only 2 people.
The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest in Europe and yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environments we travel through.
Our environmental sustainable principles
True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term. Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our responsible travel guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
Global warming and carbon balancing
The root cause of global warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleIt is our belief, shared by our local partners that regional economies should benefit from tourism. The trip utilises locally owned inns and hotels situated along the cycle path. Since 1997, Austria has offered the "Hundertwasser" eco-label for businesses in the tourist industry. This is the Austrian symbol for environmental protection, guaranteeing compliance with high environmental standards, and we aim to work with partners who display this symbol.
Our responsible travel principles
Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses. We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect. We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travellers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access. We strive to educate our travellers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.