We took a self-guided tour, 2 weeks, along the Danube from Passau to Budapest. We booked our tour with Eurobike.at but the second week tour was done by another company, Radreise Freunde. The trip included hotels with breakfast, luggage transport, bike rental, and guidebook with maps.
Unless you decide to visit suggested sightseen which requires leaving the normal Danube path, the standard path was mainly level apart from the Wachau day (short up and downs) and couple of days in the second week with a few hills.
From Passau to Bratislava the path could be done traffic free or using quiet roads but from Bratislava to Budapest around 100km are using main dangerous roads, not suitable for families at all.
The trip is based on a book published by Bikeline on 2012, a bit out of date already but neither Eurobike nor Radreise take care of updating or adding new information, routes, sightseen, suggestions… to the trip at all. Because the information given is a copy/paste and it is not personalized, they don’t care about removing or recommending alternatives for Mondays when all museums are completely closed and cannot be visited.
Again from Passau to Bratislava is mostly signposted but from Bratislava onwards you better help yourselves.
Regarding to the bikes; we found several problems with them:
-they had so many visible crashes all over and didn’t look very modern at all as suggested on the website.
-Pedals very slippery in wet weather.
-not adequate tyres, very slippery as well, we fell down couple of times in asphalt surface.
-brakes were losing strength gradually and we were not able to stop the bikes properly.
-front suspension would be handy especially for the second week Vienna-Budapest.
-hand grips were completely out of place, age worn and when wet they were going all round and round in the handlebar.
-I wanted to use my own saddle so I asked for the adaptor which I supposed to bring with me because I wasn’t sure how it looks like. I received a very handy email from customer service with a picture on it’ so everything looks good. I bought the adaptor and take it with me but surprisingly the adaptor wasn’t needed at all on my bike (21 gear) and I checked other Eurobikes I have seen all along the trip (mostly when they are parked in the Hotels)and didn’t find any which requires the adaptor.
So here is how it works; labels are required on every luggage with the booked name on it and bags quantity; every morning we were told to leave the luggage in the lobby by 8:30-9:00 AM and on arrival the luggage will be ready on the lobby before 6:00PM.
The problems we found:
-The luggage is left completely unsecured in groups (depending on each company) too close to the main door, close to everyone going in and out from each hotel with nobody checking in on them.
In the second week, one of our bags was missing; after several calls, we find out that surprisingly the driver wasn’t even able to tell how many bags were collected from the hotel. So we understood that the collection guy just saw a group of bags all together in Latja Park Hotel and he just put them on the van without checking Eurobike labels were it states how many bags comes with each traveller and so can be checked the proper number of items which has to be collected and delivered to the next hotel, to Barokk Hotel Promenade in our case. So we coulnd’t know at the first instance if our bag was misplaced or it was actually stolen from the Hotel main door.
So basically the drivers don’t count the amount of luggage to be collected and don’t count the amount of luggage to be delivered in hotels so any luggage could be misplaced at any time very easily.
-Even if we were asked to leave the luggage by 9:00AM, the collection never happened before 10AM even in some hotels at 11:00AM the luggage was still in the lobby. That means we were forced to wake up early every day, even if there wasn’t any need for it, just because we had to leave the luggage on the lobby at the time specified. It really sounds ridiculous. At the end we booked the trip mainly because we thought we would be able to organize ourselves for the day without having any schedules to fulfil and having all day to reach the final point we wouldn’t need to wake up early. Even more, sometimes the forecast recommended safer ride closer to the afternoon than in the morning.
Regarding to the hotels, we booked with 4*Hotels and we were given mostly 3*hotels or none listed 4* hotels under the HOTREC Europe Hotel Association, so very questionable 4*.
Our recommendation is to book own hotels online as the bikes and book a taxi from there to deliver the luggage, I can assure you it would be more secure.