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Castles and Spas around West Hungary

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 15 people
Destination(s): Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1926 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1926 Euro (EUR)

Dates in 2013:
24. May - 04. June
05 - 16. July
27. Sept - 08. Oct

Length: 12 days / 11 nights

Start and Finish: in Budapest

Level of support: fully guided and supported

Level of difficulty: easy to moderate, mainly flat or undulating

Cycling distance: total 328 kms/ 203 miles, approx. 15-63 kms/ 9-39 miles/day

Taking this fabulous cycling tour, you will ride through untouched nature and woods, charming villages, picturesque landscapes and historic wine regions of Hungary, along the River Danube, Lake Ferto, and Balaton. You will visit famous castles and Romanesque churches, nicest medieval towns, thermal baths, and interesting museums of West Hungary, stay in wonderfully located castles, and taste excellent Hungarian wines and gourmet local food in small but outstanding restaurants.

Itinerary:

Day 1:
Your hotel is centrally situated at the Danube, on Buda side, with a lovely view. You will meet your guide, have information about the tour, and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2:
Sightseeing tour in Budapest, and a bus transfer to Gyor to our hotel in the heart of the antique part of the city. We swim in a nice thermal bath at the River Danube, and we walk around the ancient town to see the Cathedral, Baroque houses with lovely oriels, and the Carmelite cloister of the 18th century where we stay.

Day 3:
Szigetköz is a peaceful watery world, a paradise for birds, anglers, and for cyclists too. We ride along idyllic landscapes, charming villages embraced by the arms of the Danube, and we end up at a beautiful thermal bath. After a refreshing bathe, we get to our hotel, where we enjoy real luxury of a 400 year old Renaissance castle.

Day 4:
We visit an amazing Romanesque church, and cycle in the untouched nature through the Hanság, a mysterious marshland. After reaching Lake Fertö, we stop at the splendid Esterházy Palace in Fertöd, and get to the small Castle Hotel where we stay two nights. Dinner we have in the most special restaurant of the area.

Day 5:
We take a walk in the wonderful antique world surrounded by the original city walls of Sopron. We cycle through a lovely wood to Lake Fertö, one of the most interesting wild water areas of Central Europe. We take a boat trip, and we look at an interesting quarry with enormous halls, and a beautiful view of the lake. We taste some of the finest wines of the region with our dinner in the excellent restaurant again.

Day 6:
We visit a castle, where the greatest Hungarian, Count Széchenyi lived in the 19th century. The museum shows his outstanding work developing Hungary, and many world-famous Hungarian inventions. We ride further towards the foothills of the Alps, and a 17th century castle in a marvellous park. It is the island of peacefulness, where time stops, - and so do ourselves for two nights.

Day 7:
After a walk in the really pretty town Köszeg, we cycle in the wonderful forests of the Írottkö Naturpark with smashing views, passing by museum-cellars. Tonight we have wine tasting in an old cellar with a unique iron-curtain museum.

Day 8:
We continue our tour in the nature along sleeping hamlets and softly undulating lands, through beautiful woods. We stop at a Romanesque abbey church and a charming village church, and we arrive at a quiet place, where we stay at a nice castle hotel for two nights.

Day 9:
In town Keszthely at Lake Balaton we visit the beautiful Festetics Castle with rich furniture and the Helikon Library. Later we go to Hévíz, a very famous health resort of Europe, and dip into the second biggest thermal lake of the world, decorated by beautiful water-lilies. After getting cured, we have a nice rest in our hotel.

Day 10:
We cycle along the Northern Side of Lake Balaton, the most visited resort of the country. We enjoy some of Hungary’s most beautiful landscapes, breathtaking panoramas of the lake and the volcanic hills at Badacsony, riding among vineyards all around. We reach Tihany, where we stay at a small family hotel.

Day 11:
Tihany Peninsula is a most attractive point of Balaton, where we visit the Benedictine Abbey. It is famous for its foundation document from 1055, and the grave of the king who founded it. After enjoying the wonderful view, walking among the old thatch-roofed houses and souvenir shops, we ride along the lake a bit, and we take a bus transfer to Budapest, where we have a farewell dinner in our hotel.

Day 12:
After enjoying breakfast in the friendly atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with really nice memories.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 11 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star castles, mansions or historic houses
- 11 times breakfast, and 3 course dinners with drinks and excellent wines
- 2 x wine tasting in lovely wine cellars
- Picnics and drinks during cycling
- Full English speaking guiding throughout the tour
- Full technical support, and special trailer for the bikes, and luggage
- Air conditioned support bus for the whole group
- All the bus transfers, guided sightseeings, and visits of the program
- Boat trip on Lake Fertö
- All the museum, castle, church, and bath tickets, written in the itinerary
- Very good quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, suspension and panniers
- Souvenir water-bottle and TNS T-shirt
- Sights, most quiet routes
- Free airport-hotel transfers in Budapest.

Price Excludes:
- Your travel between Budapest and your home, before and after the tour
- Travel and health insurance.

About This Supplier
Location: Hungary
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2008
Client Request Served: 26

Our company is a small family company, owned and run by two Hungarian enthusiasts of old traditions, nature and sports. By leading many cycle tours in Hungary throughout the last 10 years, it has become our favorite passion for discovering the beauties of our countryside, and show as much as possible of them to our...

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