Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Start and finish: in Budapest
Level of support: fully guided and supported
Level of difficulty: rather easy, mainly flat
Cycling distance: total 198 km/124 miles, daily 37 - 63 km/23 - 39 miles.
Taking this beautiful tour, you will ride along the southern side of Lake Balaton, with fascinating views, and through unspoilt areas of South Hungary. You can watch the birds and the wildlife of a wonderful National Park along the Dráva and Danube. You will visit Early Christian Crypts, a 12th century Cathedral, a Turkish mosque, the Zsolnay Porcelain Museum in Pécs, one of the capitals of the Hungarian culture. You will stay in wonderfully located nice small mansions and hotels, and taste excellent wines in a gourmet restaurant of the historic Villány wine-region.
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: We have an easy cycling through nice villages along the southern shore of Lake Balaton, the most famous holiday resort of Hungary, and the biggest lake of Middle Europe. We will enjoy beautiful views of the lake, and we will stop at a nice beach for a refreshing swim. We stay in a nice Hunting Lodge with a lovely swimming pool at a quiet place near the lake.
Day 3: We will stop a small village which is very famous for its folk-art embroidery, and ride in the rural countryside among the Somogy hills, and the Zselic Nature Reserve. We stay at a lovely Hunting Lodge in the middle of the woods, where you can enjoy the peacefulness of the nature, and delicious game dishes.
Day 4: We cycle through sleeping villages in a very untouched area near the Dráva, the clearest river of Hungary, famous for its beautiful backwater forests, and very rich birdlife. We stop for a swim at a charming little Thermal Bath, and ride further in the Danube-Dráva National Park. Later we arrive at a very nice small hotel in Villány, the centre of the most popular red wine region of the country. We will have a wine tasting with a gourmet dinner in a fabulous hotel of a very kind family, which is one of the best wine makers of Hungary. We stay 2 nights here.
Day 5: We visit the most famous sights of Pécs, one of the capitals of the European culture: the wonderful 12th-century Cathedral, the Early Christian Crypts which are parts of the World Heritage, a Turkish mosque and the Zsolnay Porcelain Museum, and get back to our hotel in Villány.
Day 6: We visit a unique and very interesting Stork-Museum, where we can learn about the life of these lovely birds. We will take canoe tour on a small arm of the Danube, in peaceful and undisturbed woods with many birds. Then we ride on nice and quiet roads to a hunting castle, surrounded by a wonderful park with ancient trees, near the Danube. Even William II. Emperor of Germany, and Francis Joseph I. Emperor of Austria were guests here. We will also stay here one night, and taste some delicious game specialties served in Zsolnay china.
Day 7: We arrive at one of the largest flood plain forests of Europe, the Gemenc Game Reserve. This is a paradise for red deers and wild boars, and an ideal habitat for many birds. With the small forest train we get into the woods, and stop at a look-out tower to admire the beautiful scenery and the wildlife. After a delicious lunch we leave this lovely area for Budapest, and you can have a nice rest in the hotel, before we have our farewell dinner.
Day 8: After enjoying breakfast in the nice atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with very nice memories.
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