Authentic Hungarian experience - Cycling, wine, sunshine & spa's around Lake Balaton.
9th-15th Sept 2012 - £394
Join us for a week long cycling tour around Lake Balaton (the largest lake in central Europe and most beautiful region of Hungary) as we visit some of the towns, traditional villages, castles, spa's & vineyards around its shore.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights - Length: Approx[masked] leisurely miles [masked] km's)
This will be pretty easygoing cycling over majority flat terrain (and mostly on vehicle free paths), covering around 30-55km per day, which will enable us to take our time enjoying the moment, soaking up the gorgeous views of the forested hillsides & allow plenty of time to relax, explore the lake's beaches, flora & fauna, visit attractions & take recreational activities.
We will visit vineyards (trying various local whites and reds), taste traditional Hungarian dishes, enjoy relaxing thermal baths, swimming in Lake Balaton and for those with an interest, sailing is an option. There will also be opportunities other activities along the way.
Relaxing in Jacuzzi, Sauna, heated pool after the bike rides, indulge in a refreshing, calm massage or just chat into the dusk, enjoying the spectacular sunsets over the lake next to a glass of wine.
6 Nights accommodation in comfortable 3* Hotels in twin rooms with private (shower/WC)
All breakfast, 5 dinners (2 and 3 courses as well), 1 (outdoor oven cooked) lunch and 3 wine tasting at local vineyards
Use of wellness section (indoor heated pool, different saunas, jacuzzi, hydro-massage,..etc.) during the tour in 2 Hotels (2 nights)
Transport from Budapest airport - Lake Balaton - Budapest by private coach
Luggage transport following us round from Hotel to Hotel
Bicycle hire with accessories (helmet, repair kit, some tubes, front bag) and emergency service help & bike replacement if necessary
Fully guided tour
… and of course the typical great uDare vibe! A relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere soaking up the food, wine, landscape, activities, chilled fun with the best kinda people! ;-)
Flights, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, attraction entrance fees and any other activities
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3) If you are just paying the deposit now, please send a 2nd instalment of £122 by end of June & the final £122 by end of JULY.
Lake Balaton is located in western Hungary, halfway between Budapest and the Austrian border.
It’s water is velvety smooth and tepid, warming up quickly in summer to reach a temperature of 20-26 °C. It is rich in natural beauty spots, historic values and folklore traditions, making this long lake the holiday spot of choice for generations of Hungarians, Austrians and Germans alike.
Balaton is the biggest natural sweet-water lake in Europe with water surface of 600 square kms (232 square mile). The length of the shoreline is approximately 200 kms (125 miles).
The southern shore of the lake is known for its shallow water beaches and its spectacular panorama.
The northern shore has hills and the most beautiful region with its meadows, forests and ravines. The area is well known for its wines and therefore nice vineyards surround it.
Hévíz – Thermal Bath
Keszthely (Festetics Palace)
Sunset from Fonyód
Traditional fish soup
View from Fonyód
Our meeting point will be Budapest Airport – Arrivals on 9th of September (on Sunday) at 12:00 Mid day *Everyone needs to be here for this time for onward transport
Day 1 – ARRIVAL TO BUDAPEST – then the transfer minibus takes us to the north side of the Lake Balaton (approx. 1,5-2 hour) - accommodation on Tihany.
Tihany is a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton on the Tihany Peninsula (Hungary, Veszprém County). The whole peninsula is a historical district.
The center of the district is the Benedictine Abbey, which was founded in 1055 AD by András (Andrew) I, who is buried in the crypt. The still functioning abbey is a popular tourist attraction due to its historical and artistic significance. It also has the best view of Lake Balaton. Tihany's inhabitants have the highest per capita income ,and the town has the highest housing prices in the whole of Hungary.
Check in to the Hotel and enjoy our afternoon. Program will be discussed later with plenty of options to explore the historic, architectural, and natural treasures of Tihany and the peninsula under the same name. (swim in the lake, relaxing on the beach, get on the bike and explore the village, go sailing, etc. ….)
In the evening we'll enjoy an open fire traditional dinner outside on the Hotel's private island.
Day 2 – START OUR BIKING TOUR FROM NORTH TO EAST SHORE - After breakfast and receiving of our bikes, we'll begin our cycling tour along the Balaton bicycle path in an easterly direction. Cycling along the northeast bay of the Lake. We will go through Balatonfüred, a city of imposing vacation villas built for Hungarian high society in the Belle Epoque era. Later, continuing east, The Holy Right Chapel with its gold mosaics is located in Balatonalmádi. During this stage you will pass by an impressive yellow soil wall.
Enjoying panoramic views all the way along the shore, we will arrive to Siófok early afternoon where we will check into the 3* Hotel that we'll be staying at for the night, before getting transported to a nearby vineyard for an evening of wine tasting
(Stage: around 33 miles / 55 km)
Day 3 – ALONG THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF THE HUNGARIAN SEA – After breakfast the tour continues clockwise around the lake. Cycling on the south lakeside towards Fonyód, we'll pass typical, picturesque Hungarian resort villages. This will be an ideal section spend some time swimming in Lake Balaton, make the most of the beautiful sunset panorama of Balaton & the wellness facilities at our Fonyód wellness hotel.
Chance for a sailing trip.
(Stage: around 27 miles / 43 km)
Day 4 – THE CAPITAL OF BALATON, ON THE WEST SHORE.
Biking to Keszthely, the town is notorious as a thermal bathing resort, which we'll make the most of. It is also a cultural center for the Lake & is the location of the wonderful Festetics Palace, where you can admire the historical collection of the baroque palace. Sightseeing in Keszthely. Afternoon trip to the Héviz Spa, and bathing in the Thermal Lake. Héviz is a world famous spa resort near Lake Balaton. The 36°C water is rushing up from 39 metres deep and has been long believed to banish all mannor of ills by locals.
Hotel Accommodation in Keszthely (Wellness Hotel). Jacuzzi, sauna wellness facilities freely available to us along with good value massage option.
(Stage: around 23 miles / 36 km)
Day 5 – ALONG THE NORTH-WEST SHORE – Early morning we start off riding along the northern lakeside, passing by some amazing dormant volcanoes, splendid panorama's and wonderful vineyards. Leaving the southern shore, we reach Szigliget (on the top of the 239 meter high Várhegy hill stand the ruins of the medieval fortress) and Badacsony, described as “the most beautiful landscape of Hungary. The lakeside slopes are covered mostly in grapevines.
Late afternoon we'll have an option to visit a viewing point or just relax in the town. We finish the day with a 3 courses dinner and a wine tasting (included in the price)!
Accommodation for the night in Badacsony will be in a small wine hotel.
(Stage: around 19 miles / 30 km)
Day 6 – THE REST OF THE NORTHERN SHORE – So commences our final day of cycling. From the interesting Badacsony hill, we'll continue towards The Káli basin. This time we move away a bit from the Lake. This place will surprise you with some marvellous geological formations and natural treasures. Tiny, peaceful villages and the fresh air make the Káli basin a very pleasant hiking & biking area. We'll stop for lunch at a local vineyard. Here we can enjoy the fabulous view to the lake and Kali basin and a wine tasting with great outdoor oven cooked traditional lunch.
After the break we roll down the hills to get back to the Balaton cycle path. The Tihany peninsula, with its rich in sights and attractions ahead of us. We say goodbye to our bikes to enjoy the last night in the area in Tihany itself.
Hotel Accommodation in Tihany with a fine farewell dinner to enjoy our good memories.
(Stage: 32 miles / 50 km)
Day 7 – OUR LAST DAY - After breakfast the transfer bus will take us to Budapest (approx. 1-2 hour. Arriving to Budapest around 11:00am-12:00pm). For return flights
*The trip officially ends here but for anyone wishing to stay on for an extra night/day in Budapest, Istvan can help arrange accommodation if you require & both Wolf & Istvan will be staying an extra day too, so there'll be more options for anyone staying longer. * Please mention to the organisers if you are planning to stay longer ;-)
Recommended Flights (Not included):
London Stansted to Budapest (Ryanair)
Dep Sunday, 9th September 2012 - 8:40am
Arr Sunday, 9th September 2012 - 12:00pm
Cost: 41.74 GBP (checked on 10th of May)
London Luton to Budapest (WizzAir)
Dep Sunday, 9th September 2012 - 8:15am
Arr Sunday, 9th September 2012 - 11:45am
Flight W6 2202
Cost: 57.99 GBP (checked on 10th of May)
* Both flights arrive within 15 mins of each other, so Istvan will be waiting at arrivals from 12pm onwards to rendezvous with our arranged transport.
Return: (just recommended)
There are more options: if you want you can book an earlier flights on Saturday (but please be aware that we will arrive to Budapest around 11:00am-12:00pm, so you will need time to get to the airport) or stay 1 more night and explore the capital with us.
Budapest to London Stansted (Ryanair)
Dep Saturday, 15th September 2012 - 21:15pm
Arr Tuesday, 15th September 2012 - 22:45pm
Cost: 35.00 GBP (checked on 10th of May)
Budapest to London Gatwick (EasyJet)
Dep Saturday, 15th September 2012 - 20:20pm
Arr Saturday, 15th September 2012 - 21:55pm
Flight EZY 8426
Cost: 69.44 GBP (checked on 10th of May)
Budapest to London Gatwick (EasyJet)
Dep Saturday, 15th September 2012 - 16:25pm
Arr Saturday, 15th September 2012 - 18:00pm
Flight EZY 2076
Cost: 76.16 GBP (checked on 10th of May)
Travel tip:Please check with the Hungarian Embassy if you need a visa to travel there. Hungary is within the Schengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents, including visa.(if you need any help with that let us know). It is also essential that you take out travel insurance that covers cycling and other sport (adventure) activities.
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