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Wine and Bike in Hungary's Balaton Uplands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 25 people
Destination(s): Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Food & Wine  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 609 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 889 Euro (EUR)

Visiting, seeing, getting acquainted is much different than getting it ready-made. Riding on a bicycle you can easily become a native from a tourist. Just replace the beach umbrella with a shaded forest pathway in such a beautiful Hungarian land where both romanticism of the countryside and relics from the past are presented. As we are local people we can show you the hided values and the stress is on cheerfulness and experience rather than strict timetables. We combine the bike-, wine-, cultural-, rural and eco-tourism to offer unique trips to everybody who likes the active and fun way of traveling. We show you the way, everything else depends on you! The visited places will remain memorable for you. Our intention is to see your smile while you are on holiday!

Hide from the hot sunshine in the shadows of the trees because nothing is better than riding on your bike along the picturesque landscapes and feel the cool breeze on your face. Enjoy every moment of the holiday with your family and friends and share these experiences with everyone. On our bike tours something You can’t miss is the Hungarian goulash and the home strudel. Taste the full bodied wines from the sunny hillsides. The hospitality and the quality of the wines will never disappoint you even in old wine cellars or at small family wine yards. It’s well known that good wine needs no bush! We promise we will never leave anyone out!

Take a rest in the shadows of the historic walls and listen to our stories about historic battles, local heroes and legends. It’s a pleasure for us to share the Hungarian history with you and sure, you will never boring. Discover the extinct volcanoes. Let yourself lead by the small winding paths trough hidden villages, forest, grape fields. Don’t be shy to stop to take photos! Give yourselves up the nature and don’t worry, anybody will disturb you! Take a look at the landscape from the hillside and find pleasure in the unique sights. The lake is always shining in different color and attracts the glance of the tired cyclist.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Veszprém. Our first day starts in Veszprém in the City of Queens. The accommodation is in a relaxing place nearby the Castle and the Old Town. After a refreshing shower take your camera and discover the Saint Michael Chapel which is famous because our first queen Gisel and after Her every Hungarian queen were crowned there. Enjoy the historic places and the unique atmosphere of Veszprém and discover this lovely town before the first cycling day.

Day 2: Veszprém – Balatonfured 38 km (24 miles). After the square breakfast take the full equipped bicycles and start the trip in direction of the lake Balaton. This day is a special one because this is the first meeting with the idyllic landscape, the charming villages and the lake. Until Balatonalmádi we use the built bicycle road. After it we change it for the old Roman road which goes next to the coastline. We will see everywhere grape fields which were planted in the Roman times. The accommodation stand still in Balatonfüred the capital of lake Balaton. The most common words in connection of this city are history, culture, wine, and hospitality.

Day 3: Balatonfurd – Badacsony 50 km (28 miles). We start cycling today in western direction following the coastline on the built cycle road. We can stop for a bath almost everywhere. This day is about the nature, sunshine and the water. The accommodation will be in Badacsony in a charming pension at the foot of the witnessing mountain Badacsony. This winearea is the oldest in Hungary and the wines are excellent with the local meals.

Day 4: Badacsony – Szentbékkálla 30 km (19 miles). On this day we visit in Badacsony the Szegedy Róza House and Museum in which we can see how did the people lived in the XIX. Century in this area. After this we use the Roman way and the Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget we visit the 250 years old Eszterházy Wine museum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the Turkish war in XVI. Century. From here we roll across the land of extinct volcanoes, the so called witnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. We will cycle trough the oldest Hungarian villages and our accommodation will be in an authentic village in Szentbékálla.

Day 5: Szentbékkálla – Tótvázsony 36 km (22 miles). We use this day hidden roads which go through charming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. We discover the beauty of Balaton Uplands National Park and the idyllic landscapes with grape fields. We get off the bikes in Kékkút to drink from the fountain which was the favorite of Theodora the Roman queen. Today we go trough Nivegy valley wine area which played important role in wine export soon in the roman times. We finish the trip in a nice quiet hotel in Tótvázsony at the foot of Bakony mountain.

Day 6: Tótvázsony – Balatonfured 39 km (24 miles). We roll down to Pécsely and Aszóf? to reach the city central of Tihany where we could spend a whole day without boring. We visit the 950 years old Benedict Abbey which was built to the top of the extinct volcano. From here we can take a look down to the middle of the peninsula to the old caldera and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany we are heading to Koczor Winecellar for square picnic lunch and wine tasting. After lunch the accommodation in Balatonfüred is just 25 minutes.

Day 7: Balatonfured– Veszprém 34 km (22 miles). On the last cycling day we use the Balaton cycling road which leads next to the coastline. We will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing bath or an ice cream as many times as we want. We follow from Balatonalmádi the embankment to take a last look to the lake and we turn in direction of Veszprém. This day is an ideal cool down after the whole bike tour. We arrive in Veszprém in the right time for a nice walk or shopping. The dinner will be the last moment to enjoy the holiday and Hungary because the next day is the end of the tour.

Day 8: Veszprém. Depart after breakfast.

Price Includes:
- Self-Guided:
* 7 nights accommodation at 3, 4-star hotels and charming country inns with familiar atmosphere, high quality and superb surroundings
* Half board: 7 breakfasts, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course) with excellent wines (unlimited wine consumption)
* Luggage transfer
* Service hotline
* High quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminum frame
* Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
* Maps
* Detailed GPS navigation and roadbook (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)

- Guided:
* 7 nights accommodation at 3, 4-star hotels and charming country inns with familiar atmosphere, high quality and superb surroundings
* Full board: 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches in the nature, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course) with excellent wines (unlimited wine consumption)
* 6 wine tasting
* English speaking guiding during the whole tour with 2 professional and friendly guides
* Two guides cycle with you
* One attendant drives the support car
* Luggage transfer, full technical service and a trailer for the bicycles
* High quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminum frame
* Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
* Maps
* Detailed roadbook in English (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
* All the entrance fees and tickets of the sights written in the programme
* Highlights - The unique low or no traffic routes in the Balaton Uplands National Park and the excellent wines of this area
* Bus transfer from/back to the airport.

Note: Minimum number of 8 people required for guided tour to operate.

Dates:
- Self-Guided:
* Daily: May 1 - September 30
- Guided:
* May 14, 30
* July 7
* August 1
* September 12.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Self-guided:
* Tour Package: EUR 609
* Single room surcharge (1person, 1 room): EUR 125
- Guided:
* Tour Package: EUR 889
* Single room surcharge (1person, 1 room): EUR 125.

Note: Please contact us for the additional nights prices.

About This Supplier
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