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Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Budapest
Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia - Trip code CSPB Cycling
Days 15
Deposit From £157
Was From £2029
Now from £1565
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

On this self-guided holiday through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary you'll cycle along the Danube on Europe's most famous cycle path. Pedal through lowland forests, wide floodplains and follow the Danube River through three capital cities. This wonderful cycling trip from Passau to Budapest combines unspoilt nature, hidden artistic treasures, charming monuments and peaceful cycling.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 14

    • Trip staff

      None

    • Transport

      Bicycle

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      Accommodation

      1 nights standard guesthouse

      13 nights standard hotel

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      Cycling grade:

      Easy

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Trip starts in Passau

    Your holiday starts in the German town of Passau, close to the Austrian border. After checking in to your hotel and picking up your bicycle from the local bike shop, the rest of the day is free to explore this pretty university town. Known as the 'City of Three Rivers', it is here that the Danube is joined by the Ilz and the Inn. We recommend a visit to St. Steven's Cathedral in the Old Town. This Baroque building is home to Europe's largest organ, with an impressive 17000 pipes. If you are lucky, you may time your visit with a lunchtime or evening concert. We also recommend walking up to Veste Oberhaus - the ancient fortress that dominates the city from the hilltop. Now a museum of history and folklore, spectacular panoramic views are afforded from the tower. Your bike will be delivered today or tomorrow morning and you will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Bike to Schlogen; View the impressive 'Schlogen Bend'

    This morning, there is time to explore more of Passau before jumping into the saddle to commence your journey to Schlogen. Cycling alongside the picturesque Danube, it is easy to see how this trail gained its reputation as one of Europe's most famous cycle paths. You cross the river by ferry from Engelhartszell to Uferhausl (ticket paid locally and not included in package) and from here cycle following the river up to Au, on the opposite bank to Schlogen. From here take the ferry across the river (ticket included). On arrival in Schlogen, a 30-minute walk will lead you to an impressive panoramic viewpoint over a bend in the Danube, where it alters course by almost 180 degrees.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 42 kilometres (120 metres ascent, 140 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 3 - Cycle to Linz; Enjoy a dip in a lake

    A 20 kilometre ride along the shady riverbank takes you to the village of Auscach. Here, you may choose to visit the Fischermuseum, with its interesting exhibition on the Danube's historic fishing trade. Further along your route, there is the opportunity to swim in a couple of the picture-perfect lakes that you pass, so make sure you pack your swimming gear for this. Today's journey takes us to Linz. Although this is the second largest industrial town in Austria, it has a pretty city centre. We recommend a visit to the Neuer Dom - the largest cathedral in Austria which was only completed in 1924. Alternatively, you may choose to relax in the Hauptplatz, sampling the famous Linzertorte - the oldest known cake in the world. As you explore the town, look out for the house where Mozart composed his Symphony No. 36, otherwise known as the Linz Symphony.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 51 kilometres (130 metres ascent, 156 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Bike to Perg via the Mauthausen Memorial

    Leaving Linz through the park along the Danube, you will continue your journey along the river. 18 kilometres into your route, you may choose to take a 10 kilometre detour to the Abbey of St. Florian (entrance ticket included) - an impressive example of Baroque architecture and art. After crossing the river by ferry (May to August) from Enns to Mauthausen (ferry ticket included), another option is to visit the sobering Mauthausen Memorial. Here you will find a well-presented visitor centre which details the atrocities that took place at this concentration camp. As one of the first Nazi 'death camps', conditions here were at the harshest end of the spectrum and survival was not expected. Your base for tonight is Perg - a small town near the river.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (114 metres ascent, 139 metres descent) plus options to do an extra 4 kilometres to Enns, 6 kilometres to Mauthausen or 12 kilometres to St. Florian.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Guesthouse

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 5 - Cycle to Marbach; Admire its UNESCO-listed abbey

    We start today's ride through the Strudengau region and after a short while reach Grein, a quiet village on the river where we recommend a visit to Schloss Greinburg - a castle with stunning panoramic views, which also hosts an interesting navigation museum. From Grein you catch the ferry across to Uberfuhr (ferry ticket paid locally and not included in package). The next village you encounter along today's route is Ybbs. Just before the village you can choose between cycling across the river dam bridge and going directly onto Marbach where you will spend the night, or first cycling into Ybbs to visit the quirky bicycle museum where you can admire (and try out) many types of two-wheeled transport.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 64 kilometres (113 metres ascent, 149 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 6 - Discover Austria's famous wine region

    Further along the peaceful banks of the Danube the first place on today's ride is Melk, with its UNESCO-listed Baroque abbey - one of the largest in Europe. Benedictine monks have been living here since 1089. We also recommend visiting the abbey garden and the impressive library. Today, you cycle through the Wachau Valley, well-known for its picturesque rolling hills. This is the most famous wine region in Austria and, as you ride through the villages on your route, don't miss the chance stop off and sample some locally-produced vintages. Before your arrival at your night stop in Krems, you may choose to spend some time in glorious Durstein. This little town is a tourist haven, due to its picturesque setting and traditional architecture. The 12th century English king, Richard The Lionheart, was held prisoner here at Kuenringer Castle, the ruins of which still overlook the town.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 54 kilometres (215 metres ascent, 220 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 7 - Cycle to Greifenstein; train to Vienna

    Cycling today will lead you along the Danube to the historic city of Tulln, founded by the Romans. Your ride continues to Greifenstein, a suburb of Vienna where we may like to visit the castle. You continue the journey to Vienna by train (taking your bike with you). Your luggage will be delivered to the hotel in Vienna. The train leaves you at Westbahnhof station and from here you may choose to use public transport to head directly into town and explore. Vienna is packed full of fantastic sights and architecture. After your week of cycling, we think you definitely deserve a slice of chocolaty Sacher Torte, maybe even at the famous Hotel Sacher. Claiming to be the sole custodian of the original 19th century recipe, the hotel ensures that its formula remains a well-kept secret.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 61 kilometres (99 metres ascent, 114 metres descent).

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 8 - Free day to Explore Vienna

    Today is left free for independent sightseeing. The city of Vienna remains a testament to the once immensely rich and powerful Habsburg dynasty and its architectural treasures are many, with impressive statues and public buildings at every turn, interspersed with tasteful gardens. You may choose just to spend a few hours walking around, soaking up the atmosphere, or you might take in a couple of the wonderful museums, or perhaps visit the world-renowned Schloss Schonbrunn, the enormous summer palace of the Habsburgs. Whichever you choose, Vienna will certainly provide a wonderful break from the saddle.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 9 - Cycle paths from one capital to the next, Vienna to Bratislava

    The hotel is just 100 meters from the cycle path, once you have left the hotel start cycling in the metropolis of Vienna but not for long, soon you will find yourself in the greenness of the Donauauen National Park. Pass the Schonau and Orth castles then cycle on to the Habsburg Castle in Eckartsau. We recommend a detour to castle Hof, a magnificent castle which was built at the behest of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia; its impressive park and the gorgeous architectural monuments are definitely worth a visit. Continue cycling via Hainburg to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 68km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 10 - Explore Bratislava on foot, cycle to Mosonmagyarovar

    Spend the morning in Bratislava, wander through cobbled streets, and admire the Baroque architecture. Today's ride starts by leading you away from the capital along a cycling path and soon cross the Slovakian Hungarian border near Kunovo; via Dunasziget a village which was once located on an island in the middle of the Danube. Reach the small town of Mosonmagyarovar where you spend the night.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 45km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 11 - Country lanes and cycle paths to Gyor

    Start by cycling across two of Mosonmagyarovars seventeen bridges on your way out of the town. Soon you pick up signs for the Eurovelo Route 6 and follow excellent cycle paths and quite country roads for most of the day. You will see yellow rapeseed fields bordered with deciduous trees. Stop to visit the village of Hedervar and its castle which has been converted to a hotel. Further on, partly along the idyllic Danube you arrive to Gyor, the 'metropolis' of west-Hungary, a dynamically developing city with a Baroque city centre. Once you have checked in to your hotel and left the bikes we suggest you visit the town hall which used to have a prison in the basement, the Diocesan Treasury to view its medieval manuscripts or try out one of the town's thermal baths.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 45km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 12 - Abandoned railway line, border village and baroque Cicov

    Not far out of Gyor follow an abandoned railway line for a while and then more country lanes past farmhouses and through forested land. Back on country roads you cross the Hungarian Slovakian border by cycling over a bridge on the Danube to the border village of Medvedov. Follow the beautiful Slovakian bank to the baroque city Cicov and further via Zlatna to the Slovakian/Hungarian city of Komarno/Komarom situated on both sides of the Danube connected by the Elisabeth Bridge.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 64km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 13 - Cycle past farming villages and take the ferry to Visegrad

    This morning you take the bridge back to the Hungarian part of the city; passing the Roman fort Kelemantia and isolated farming villages. Cross the well-known Gisela Bridge to Esztergom, you may wish to stop here and visit the cathedral. Follow the right bank of the Danube through more villages then cycle paths following signs to the ferry, cross the Danube then continue cycling on the right bank of the Danube to Nagymaros from where you catch the ferry to Visegrad.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 69km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 14 - Cycle to Budapest and explore by bike or on foot

    Explore by bike Szentendre-Island situated in a bend on the Danube and some 31km long. Continue by ferry to Szentendre-City which is about 20km from Budapest. Soon the Budapest skyline starts to come into view, and your ride that started in Vienna is nearing its end. Once you arrive to the Hungarian capital you are free to sightsee by bike or on foot. The city consists of two parts: Buda and Pest. Buda is the older, more graceful part, with cobbled streets and medieval buildings, whilst the latter is the modern business centre. We recommend visiting the Basilica of Saint Stephen and the Parliament buildings before crossing the Chain Bridge to the Castle District and Watertown. Here lie Buda's most ancient gems - Castle Hill with the Old Town, Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace.

    Your total cycling distance today is approximately 45km

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 15 - Trip ends Budapest

    The trip ends in Budapest this morning after breakfast.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Austria

    Climate

    Austria has a variable climate with frequent changes of weather from day to day. Expect a contrast of warm summer days with the possibility of showers at any time.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    German

    Germany

    Climate

    Germany has a variable climate with frequent changes of weather from day to day. Expect a contrast of warm summer days with the possibility of showers at any time.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Christian

    Language

    German

    Hungary

    Climate

    Summer days are generally quite hot and sunny with usually between 9-10 hours of sunshine daily. Winter days are usually quite windy and temperatures are regularly around or just below freezing. Night time temperatures can drop quite low in the hills whilst most rain falls in spring and early summer. Sudden rain showers can, however, occur at any time of the year.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Christian

    Language

    Hungarian

    Slovakia

    Climate

    Summers are short in the mountains. July to August is the hottest period, when daytime temperatures average 20-22°C, though it may be much cooler in the early morning or late evening. During the winter, snow and ice is not uncommon, with snow generally starting in December and continuing to early February. Mountain weather is notoriously changeable and it can be cold at any time of year, so be prepared.. Early July is the best time for flowers.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Slovak

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Day 1 - In Passau visit the Oberhaus Museum (www.oberhausmuseum.de). Entrance costs around 5 Euros.
    Day 2 - It is worth stopping at the Fisher Museum in Aschach (museum.aschach.at). Costs around 2.5 Euros.
    Day 3 - In Linz visit the Linzertorte Konditorei (www.linzertorte.at).
    Day 4 - Explore Sanct Florian abbey (en.wikipedia.org/wikit._Florian_Monastery). The entrance fee is included in the package. Alternatively stop at Mauthausen camp (http://en.mauthausen-memorial.at/). This costs around 5 Euros (guided tour best to book in advance).
    Day 5 - Today visit the Schloss Greinburg (www.schloss-greinburg.at). Entrance costs around 4 Euros.
    Day 6 - The Ybbs - Fahrrad Museum (www.ybbs.gv.at/kultur-tourismus/museen.html#c1511) costs around 4 Euros.
    Day 7 - On arrival into Vienna perhaps try the sightseeing wheel at Prater (http://www.wienerriesenrad.com/). The cost is around 9.50 Euros.

    Clothing

    Bring cycling gear such as quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts and cycle gloves. The weather is changeable in this part of Europe so bring a mix of breathable light layers and warmer clothes. A waterproof cycle jacket is recommended in case of rain. A light windproof jacket is always useful.

    Footwear

    If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. SPD cycle shoes are not well suited to tours that combine sightseeing with cycling.
    Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.

    Luggage: On tour

    Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage during transfers by public transport so don't overload yourself. Luggage transfers between hotels are normally arranged by the hoteliers. Mark your bags clearly and leave them at the place and time arranged with them. When travelling on public transport you should always take your luggage with you.

    Luggage transfer

    Included between each hotel.

    Equipment

    On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.

    Tipping

    Local fees
    The following ferry journeys are not included in the holiday package and you will be required to purchase these locally:
    Day 2 - Ferry Engelhartszell-Uferhausl - 2.20 Euros per person
    Day 5 - Ferry Grein-Uberfuhr - 2.40 Euros per person
    Day 5 - Ferry Krummnussbaum an der Westbahn Fahre-Marbach - 2.20 Euros per person
    Other ferry crossings (days 2 and 4) and the train journey from Greifenstein to Vienna are included in the package and tickets will be supplied locally.

    Austria

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Dinner price
    £27
    Beer price
    £2.85
    Water price
    £1.8
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP, USD and Euros cash are accepted at exchange offices and banks.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    All main towns and cities have ATM's for cash withdrawal.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Credit cards are widely accepted.
    Travellers Cheques
    Travellers Cheques can be changed in main banks.

    Germany

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Dinner price
    £18
    Beer price
    £3
    Water price
    £1.3
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP and USD are readily exchanged.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    ATMs are readily available throughout Germany.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Most major credit cards are accepted, but ask first.
    Travellers Cheques
    Can be exchanged at banks and exchange shops.

    Hungary

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £10
    Dinner price
    £18
    Beer price
    £1.5
    Water price
    £1.1
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Hungarian Forint2
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    British Pounds Sterling and US Dollars can be exchanged locally for Euros
    Where To Exchange
    GBP, USD and Euros cash are accepted at exchange offices
    ATM Availability
    All the main towns and cities have ATM's for cash withdrawal
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Credit cards are widely accepted
    Travellers Cheques
    Travellers Cheques can be exchanged in the main banks

    Slovakia

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £7
    Dinner price
    £15
    Beer price
    £2
    Water price
    £1
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    British Pounds Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are accepted at exchange offices and banks
    Where To Exchange
    Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
    ATM Availability
    Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival, but please be aware that some ATMs will charge 5% commission and outside of the main cities ATM's can sometimes be difficult to find
    Credit Card Acceptance
    At most shops and restaurants
    Travellers Cheques
    Travellers Cheques can be difficult to exchange
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bicycle

    Recommended airport

    Vienna or Linz.

    Flying to your destination

    We'd recommend flights into Passau and return from Budapest, which are served by both budget (including Easyjet, Ryanair) and non-budget airlines (including British Airways) from multiple airports in the UK.

    Accommodation notes

    Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

    Arrival and departure information

    At the start of your trip you can fly into Vienna or Linz Airports.

    By public transport from Vienna airport to Passau
    The suburban railway (S-Bahn) is an economical way of travelling to the centre of Vienna (3.90 Euros). Line and timeschedule www.wienerlinien.at
    There is an ICE direct train From Wien Hauptbahnhof train station in Vienna to Passau Hauptbahnhof. Trains every hour from 09.15 and the last train departs at 17.15 (duration 2.16hours).
    www.oebb.at
    There are later trains with EN (Euro night train) or regional trains with connection stops.

    At the end of your trip you can fly back from Budapest.

    Get a bus to Budapest airport using the local bus. Details can be found here ;
    http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/access_and_parking/by_public_transportation



    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Germany: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    Austria: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Austria

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tickborne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Germany

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tickborne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Hungary

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tickborne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Slovakia

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Tick-borne encephalitis is recommended by some medical sources if travelling in certain areas of Europe, at specific times of the year. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Cycling information
    CSPB Chart
    General cycling information
    On this journey you cycle 657 km over 12 days, an average of 55 km per day. The terrain is almost completely flat. 95% of the route is on paved cycle paths without traffic and 5% on gravel tracks. We have graded the route as easy.
    Bike included
    7 gear European city bike or 21 gear Hybrid bike.
    Bike information
    Your included bike is either a 7 gear European city bike (e.g. Schauff, Kettler or KTM) or a 21 gear Hybrid bike and will be the correct frame size for your height. Each bike is fitted with a lateral pannier bag as well as a map note holder on the handlebars. A lock is included. All you need to bring is your own helmet. Please note it is not possible to fit your own seat or pedals on the bikes. You will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike.

    Cycling grade
    Easy
    Additional Information
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    Why book this trip

    Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a pump, lock, spare inner tube and tyre levers. All you need bring is your own helmet.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Fri 26 Apr 2019 - Sun 28 Apr 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
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    Price from £1565
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    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 3 May 2019 - Sun 5 May 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
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    Price from £1565
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    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 10 May 2019 - Sun 12 May 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1565
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    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 17 May 2019 - Sun 19 May 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1565
    Save was
    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 24 May 2019 - Sun 26 May 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1565
    Save was
    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 31 May 2019 - Sun 2 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1590
    Save was
    Single room option +£465
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 7 Jun 2019 - Sun 9 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1590
    Save was
    Single room option +£465
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 14 Jun 2019 - Sun 16 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1590
    Save was
    Single room option +£465
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 21 Jun 2019 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 28 Jun 2019 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 5 Jul 2019 - Sun 7 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 12 Jul 2019 - Sun 14 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 19 Jul 2019 - Sun 21 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 26 Jul 2019 - Sun 28 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 2 Aug 2019 - Sun 4 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 9 Aug 2019 - Sun 11 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 16 Aug 2019 - Sun 18 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 23 Aug 2019 - Sun 25 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 30 Aug 2019 - Sun 1 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 6 Sep 2019 - Sun 8 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1651
    Save was
    Single room option +£472
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 13 Sep 2019 - Sun 15 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1565
    Save was
    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    CSPB_2019
    Price from £1565
    Save was
    Single room option +£464
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Passau
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Budapest
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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