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Valtice - Vienna - Sopron - Bratislava

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Length: 377 km / 235 miles
Daily avg.: 54 km / 34 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Self-guided / semi-guided / guided tour

Road bikes version available

Day 1)
Prague (Vienna) - Valtice - Mikulov (40 km / 25 miles)

Own transfer by train from Prague (Vienna) to Breclav. On the platform meet our representative/guide who will drive you to Valtice where you get the tour briefing, bikes and information materials.
You will start your biking trip in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lednice-Valtice area, formerly the main estate of the Liechtenstein family, a designed landscape with magnificent chateaux, along with numerous 'follies', romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. From Lednice head for a bike path along the former Iron Curtain with a memorial to its victims. Arrive to Mikulov with its imposing castle, pilgrimage Holy Hill and the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2)
Mikulov – Vienna (55 km / 34 miles)

Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Ladendorf. Start your cycling day in the Wienviertel winegrowing region north of Vienna. Cycling through fertile farmland and vinyards gives you a view into traditional life centered around winemaking. You will finish the day in Vienna with its unmatched beauty of historical buildings, green parks, and the coffee and Sachertorte culture.
Overnight in Vienna.

Day 3)
Vienna – Eisenstadt (72 km / 46 miles)

Leaving the city of Vienna you will cycle along EuroVelo 9 trail southwards. Then you start curving around the Leitha Highlands to arrive in Eisenstadt, the capital of Burgenland, and the former main seat of the Esterhazy noble family. Employed by the nobles was the composer Joseph Haydn.
To shorten the distance it is possible to take a local train from Vienna to Himberg and then cycle to Eisenstadt (51 km / 31 miles).
Overnight in Eisenstadt.

Day 4)
Eisenstadt – Sopron (57 km / 35 miles)

The first half of this day you will cycle south to view the stunning Renaissance castle of Forchtenstein, another former Esterhazy estate. This historic site is well worth a visit to see the unique treasury. Then continue eastwards to leave Austria for Hungary. Arrive in Sopron, one of Hungary’s most outstanding destinations. You can enjoy history and culture of this town together with the world-famous local wines and spicy Hungarian food in one of its many wine-cellars.
Overnight in Sopron.

Day 5)
Sopron – Illmitz – Rust (58 km / 36 miles)

Today’s level cycling will be packed with sites rich in natural and architectural beauty. You will skim the National Park of Lake Neusiedl, which is a paradise for bird watchers. During the day you will visit the open-air village museum of Fertoszeplak, a World Heritage Site, and Fertod, the ‘Hungarian Versailles’. Later you will cross the border back into Austria and continue to Illmitz, the center of the National Park, arriving at the Neusiedl lakeside. There board the ferry which will take you to the World Heritage town of Rust.
Overnight in Rust

Day 6)
Rust – Neusiedl (51 km / 32 miles)

You will start another easy cycling day on the western side of the lake skimming its shallow shores and cycle through many little villages, like Purbach with an alley of more than 50 historical cellars, or Winden with its open-air gallery of sculptures. Today’s destination is Neusiedl.
Overnight in Neusiedl

Day 7)
Neusiedl – Bratislava (44 km / 27 miles)

You can start your day by visiting the Neusiedl Calvary before heading through more level terrain towards the Slovak capital of Bratislava. You will cross the border shortly after Kitsee. Bratislava has everything any European city can offer: imposing castle on a hill overlooking the city, the grand Danube River with embankment inviting romantic strolls, historical center with the coronation cathedral, museums, restaurants, opera, and concerts.
Overnight in Bratislava

Day 8)
Bratislava

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