06 - 16. June
04 - 14. July
12 - 22. Sept
26 Sept - 06 Oct
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 291 kms/182 miles, daily 19 - 48 kms/12 – 30 miles.
This is a wonderful holiday for lovers of nature, antique buildings, history, and culture. We will stay in wonderfully located luxurious 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Budapest 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 from the highest points we roll down through very nice woods with some panoramic viewpoints. We visit a small crystal workshop and a horse carriage museum near Parád, and we get to Szilvásvárad, where the famous Lipizzan horses are bred. We stay here 2 nights in a lovely castle hotel. (cycling 34km/21m approx.)
Day 3: We continue our ride among the wonderful Bukk Hills, stop at a look out tower to watch the panoramic view, and cycle along the Szalajka Valley, where we stop at interesting sights, the Veil Waterfalls, picturesque lakes full of trouts, a Rock Spring, a Forest Museum, and the stables of the Lipizzan horses. After all these you can enjoy the lovely swimming pools and atmosphere of our castle. (cycling 35km/22m approx.)
Day 4: 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 another World Heritage Site, the Tokaj wine-region, where the noblest sweet wine of the world, the Aszu is made. We stay here 3 nights in a luxurious castle hotel in a nice park with a refreshing swimming pool. (cycling 50km/31m approx.)
Day 5: We go to Füzér to see the breathtaking view of a medieval castle on the top of a volcanic hill. We cycle through untouched woods, among the hills and picturesque vineyards of the Tokaj wine-area, where we sample excellent wines in one of their unique cellars, which were hollowed out of the volcanic tuff in the 13th century. Then we get back to our hotel to taste a real Hungarian Goulash. (cycling 45km/28m approx.)
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 get back to our castle hotel where we taste their lovely wines and dishes. (cycling 31km/19m approx.)
Day 7: We cycle in a peaceful area along beautiful oxbow lakes near the River Tisza, and stop at a castle of the Rákóczi family. Some more cycling, and we have a delicious lunch with some great wines in a gourmet restaurant. After 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. (cycling 48km/30m approx.)
Day 8: We ride among the Bükk Hills, through very beautiful woods and colorful meadows, where we might even see the Lipizzan stud. We roll down the hill to a small village near Eger, where we stay 2 nights in a small family hotel, with lovely surroundings at the wood, and a very friendly atmosphere. 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. (cycling 29km/18m approx.)
Day 9: We visit Eger, one of the nicest Baroque towns of Hungary, where we take a walk among the antique buildings, visit the medieval castle, the cathedral, and as we are in the home of the famous „Bull’s Blood”, we will taste this special red wine in one of the best local winemakers’ cellar.
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. (cycling 19km/12m approx.)
Day 11: After enjoying breakfast in the nice atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with very nice memories.
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