23. May - 02. June
15 - 25 August
Length: 11 days / 10 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 305-357 kms/ 191-223 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Budapest
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: Bus transfer to Gyor where we walk around the ancient town to see the Cathedral, Baroque houses with lovely oriels, and the Carmelite cloister of the 18th century. We ride in the Szigetköz 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. (cyicling 21-32km/13-20m appr)
Day 3: We stop at an amazing Romanesque church, and cycle in the untouched nature through the Hanság, a mysterious marshland. After reaching Lake Fertö, we walk around 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. (cyicling 57km/36m appr)
Day 4: 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. (cyicling 22km/14m appr)
Day 5: 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 stay at a lovely small hotel in a nice park with a lovely swimming pool and restaurant. (cyicling 53km/33m appr)
Day 6: After a walk in the really pretty town Köszeg, we cycle in the wonderful forests of the Írottkö Naturpark with smashing views, to an old cellar with a unique iron-curtain museum. We stay in a small Castle built in the 19th century with very nice rooms in a small park. (cyicling 38km/24m appr)
Day 7: We continue our tour in the nature along sleeping hamlets and softly undulating lands, through beautiful woods. We stop at a charming village church, and we arrive at a quiet place, where we stay two nights at a nice Castle Hotel with lovely swimming pools. (cyicling 46-66km/29-41m appr)
Day 8: 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 9: 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 lovely family hotel we can enjoy a delicious dinner in their cosy restaurant. (cyicling 53-74km/33-46m appr)
Day 10: 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 our farewell dinner. (cyicling 15km/9m appr)
Day 11: After enjoying breakfast in the friendly atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with really nice memories.
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