Castles and Wines around Lake Balatonoffered by supplier M18352 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring Cultural Journey
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1559 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1559 Euro (EUR)
- Level of support: fully guided and supported
- Level of difficulty: easy to moderate, mainly flat or undulating
- Cycling distance: total 240 km/150 m, approx. 16-58 km/10-36 m /day.
Taking this beautiful tour you will cycle around Lake Balaton, the most popular holiday area of Hungary, enjoy the most scenic areas, beautiful wine regions of Balaton, untouched nature reserves and woods, splendid castles, the healing Thermal Lake Hévíz, and interesting museums. You will stay in lovely spa and castle hotels, and taste excellent wines and local specialities in small but outstanding restaurants and wine-cellars.
Day 1: Arriving 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 visit the world famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory. After this experience we cycle down the hills to the Tihany Peninsula which is one of the most beautiful points of Lake Balaton with a famous Benedictine Abbey. After arriving at our lovely family hotel, we take a walk among the charming thatch-roofed houses and souvenir shops, enjoy a wonderful view, and have a delicious dinner in the cosy restaurant of our hotel (cycling 24 km/15 m appr).
Day 3: We cycle along the northern side of Balaton, the most visited resort area of Hungary. We can see some of Hungary’s most beautiful landscapes, the breathtaking panorama of the lake and the volcanic hills. Riding among vineyards all around, we reach the famous Badacsony wine region, and then we get to a beautiful spa hotel, where we stay two nights. (cycling 58 km/36 m appr).
Day 4: We cycle through beautiful woods to the small town Sümeg, which is famous for its medieval fortress, Baroque churches and Bishop’s Palace. We have a walk in the castle, and enjoy the panoramic view from there. We have a special wine tasting in a unique wine cellar, and we drive back to our hotel, where you can get relaxed in the swimming pool, or enjoy the beautiful view of Balaton. (cycling 37 km/23 m appr).
Day 5: In Keszthely we visit the beautiful Festetics Castle with a nice English Garden, rich furniture, and its biggest treasure, the Helikon Library. We go to Heviz, and dip into the second biggest thermal lake of the world. It is the most famous health resort of Hungary, and wellknown throughout Europe. The wooden buildings and plenty of water-lilies on the lake make the sight really beautiful. After getting cured in the healing water, we get to a nice Castle Hotel, where you can enjoy lovely swimming pools and the peaceful ambience with the surrounding park. (cycling 16 km/10 m appr).
Day 6: We ride along the beautiful Little Balaton, which plays an important role in preserving the water quality of Balaton. More than 30 different kinds of fish and more than 230 species of birds can be found in this National Park, where you can also see our Great Hungarian Grey Cattle, and Water Buffalos. Cycling through some hidden areas we reach Balaton, and ride along the shore to a really nice Hunting Lodge with a lovely swimming pool, and delicious game food. (cycling 57 km/36 m appr).
Day 7: We ride through nice resort villages along the southern side of Balaton. We stop at lovely viewpoints, beaches and marinas to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake. After a lunch break at the lake we get to Budapest, where we have our farewell dinner in a nice local restaurant. (cycling 44 km/28 m appr).
Day 8: After enjoying breakfast in the lovely atmosphere of your hotel, we hope that you will leave with very nice memories.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- 7 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star spa, castle and family hotels
- 7 breakfasts, and dinners with drinks and excellent wines
- 2 wine tastings in lovely wine cellars
- Picnic lunches and drinks during cycling
- Full English speaking guiding throughout the tour
- Full technical support, and special trailer for the bikes, and luggage
- Air conditioned support bus for the whole group
- All the bus transfers, guided sightseeing, and visits of the program
- All the museum, castle and bath tickets, written in the itinerary
- Very good quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, suspension and panniers
- Souvenir water-bottle and TNS T-shirt
- Sights, most quiet routes
- Free airport-hotel transfers in Budapest
- Your travel between Budapest and your home, before and after the tour
- Travel and health insurance.
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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...