This is the second of two volumes describing the Danube Cycle route, a 1717km cycle ride following the lower part of the Danube, Europe's second longest river. This guidebook describes the route from the vibrant Hungarian capital of Budapest through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania to the river's delta on the shores of the Black Sea.
The cycling is generally level with a few gentle gradients, mostly on quiet country roads or riverside flood dykes. The 32 stages vary from 30-100km, with some longer excursions and surfaces are mostly asphalt and in good condition, suitable for hybrid or touring cycles.
Cycling infrastructure is generally good in Hungary, Croatia and Serbia. In Romania, where there is no waymarking and often long distances between places to sleep and eat, this guidebook gives a detailed route description, maps for each stage at a cycle-friendly a scale of approximately 1:150,000 and a listing of all places offering accommodation.
En route you will see spectacular gorges, medieval fortresses, poignant memorials to the recent Yugoslav civil war, vineyard-clad hillsides and rural areas where crops are still planted and harvested by hand and the main means of transport is the horse and cart. Off-route excursions enable short visits to be made to Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and the Danube delta.
Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 20 years. Mike has cycled the C2C route across northern England as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.
CONTENTS Map key Overview map INTRODUCTION Background The route Natural environment Preparation Getting there and back Navigation Accommodation Food and drink Amenities and services What to take Safety and emergencies About this guide THE ROUTE Hungary Stage 1 Budapest to Rackeve Stage 2 Rackeve to Solt Stage 3 Solt to Kalocsa Stage 4 Kalocsa to Baja Stage 5 Baja to Mohacs Croatia Stage 6 Mohacs to Osijek Stage 7 Osijek to Vukovar Stage 8 Vukovar to Ba?ka Palanka Serbia Stage 9 Ba?ka Palanka to Novi Sad Stage 10 Novi Sad to Stari Slankamen Stage 11 Stari Slankamen to Belgrade Stage 12 Belgrade to Kovin Stage 13 Kovin to Stara Palanka Stage 14 Stara Palanka to Golubac Stage 15 Golubac to Donji Milanovac Stage 16 Donji Milanovac to Drobeta-Turnu Severin Romania Stage 17 Drobeta-Turnu Severin to Gruia Stage 18 Gruia to Calafat Stage 19 Calafat to Bechet Stage 20 Bechet to Corabia Stage 21 Corabia to Turnu M?gurele Stage 22 Turnu M?gurele to Zimnicea Stage 23 Zimnicea to Giurgiu Stage 24 Giurgiu to Olteni?a Stage 25 Olteni?a to C?l?ra?i Stage 26 C?l?ra?i to Ion Corvin Stage 27 Ion