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Castles and Wines in Northern Hungary

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 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: 1917 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1917 Euro (EUR)

Dates in 2013:
08 - 18. June
20 - 30. July
31. Aug. - 10. Sept.
14 - 24. Sept.

Length: 11 days / 10 nights

Start and Finish: in Budapest

Level of support: Fully guided and supported

Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, flat or undulating with some hills

Cycling distance: Total 275 kms/172 miles, daily 19 - 53 kms/12 – 33 miles.

This is a wonderful holiday for lovers of nature, antique buildings, history, and culture. We will stay in wonderfully located castles, have superb gastronomic experiences in small but outstanding hotels and restaurants, and taste very special wines in some of the best cellars of the world-famous Tokaj, and the historic Eger wine-regions.

Itinerary:

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

Day 2:
We get to the Mátra Hills, and we roll down through very nice woods with some panoramic viewpoints. We visit a small crystal workshop and a horse carriage museum, and we stay in a beautiful castle in Szilvásvárad, where the famous Lipizzan horses are bred.

Day 3:
We arrive at the Aggtelek Karst Hills, where we take a tour in the wonderful Stalactite Caves. It is peerless throughout Europe, and part of the World Heritage. We cycle along nice fields and hills with beautiful views, and get to a small village where we stay in a small castle hotel.

Day 4:
We ride to a small village, where the Bible was printed first time in Hungarian in 1590. Cycling along beautiful landscapes we get to a hidden village, where we stay in a hunting lodge with a very friendly atmosphere. We go to Füzér to see the breathtaking view of a medieval castle on the top of a volcanic hill. After this we enjoy our delicious home made dinner in our small hotel.

Day 5:
We cycle through untouched woods, among small hills and picturesque vineyards of another World Heritage Site, the Tokaj wine-region, where the noblest sweet wine of the world, the Aszu is made. We sample excellent wines in one of their unique cellars, which were hollowed out of the volcanic tuff in the 13th century, and we stay in a beautiful castle hotel.

Day 6:
We visit one of the most valuable fortified castles of Hungary, built throughout the 16-18th centuries, where the various parts represent the styles of the different ages. After this experience we cycle in a quiet natural environment along the River Bodrog, and we stay in the same castle hotel near Tokaj.

Day 7:
We cycle in a peaceful area along beautiful oxbow lakes near the River Tisza, and stop at the castle of the Andrássy family. After some more cycling and a short bus ride, we take the narrow-gauge railways to Lillafüred where we stay at a Renaissance Palace Hotel at a picturesque lake between beautiful hills.

Day 8:
We ride on the Bükk Plateau, through very beautiful woods, and colorful meadows, where we can even see the Lipizzan stud, if we are lucky. We roll down the hill to the Szalajka Valley, go up with the narrow-gauge railways, and walk down along the beautiful stream. We stay near Eger in small family hotel, with lovely surroundings at the wood, and a very friendly atmosphere.

Day 9:
We visit Eger, one of the nicest Baroque towns of Hungary, and we go to a very special thermal bath where beautiful swimming pools are waiting for you. As we are in the home of the famous „Bull’s Blood”, tonight we have a fantastic wine tasting and dinner in a century-old wine-cellar of a very kind family, who are one of the best wine makers of the country.

Day 10:
We get through charming villages to the capital of a special ethnic group: the Matyó people, who have the most ornamented traditional costumes in Hungary. We visit here a few small museums in nice old thatched village houses, and we get to our hotel in Budapest, where you can have some rest before we have our farewell dinner there.

Day 11:
After enjoying breakfast in the nice atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with very nice memories.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 10 nights accommodation in high quality castles, mansions, small hotels
- 10 breakfasts and 3 course gourmet dinners, with drinks and excellent wines
- Picnics and drinks during cycling
- 3 x wine tasting in ancient cellars
- Full English speaking guiding throughout the tour
- Full technical support, special trailer for the bikes and luggage
- Air conditioned support bus for the whole group
- All the bus transfers, sightseeing tours, visits of the program
- 2 narrow gauge train rides
- All the museum, castle, cave, church, bath tickets of the itinerary
- Very good quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, suspension, and panniers
- Souvenir water-bottle and TNS t-shirt
- Sights, most beautiful and 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: 24

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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