Wine & Biking Vacation: Budapest And Balaton, Hungary

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Hiking, Biking, Meet The Maker
Included
Hotel, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Adventure, Cultural, Fitness
Minimum Drinking Age
21
$
2,525
03
/ Person
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Activity Overview
We welcome you to this unmatched handcrafted Hungarian experience, where you get a chance to Bike, hike, and kayak your way through the amazing Hungarian landscapes. You will experience the unexploited food culture and wine that Hungary has to offer. This trail grants you a chance to hike through the lush forest, bike through quite routes, and kayak in the waters of Lake Balaton. At the end of each day, you will experience stunning dining escapades and relaxing spas. You will also enjoy the homemade goulash and strudel. The fine Hungarian wine is renown as one of Europe's best-kept secrets and a wine tour marks the highlight of this excursion. You will get a chance to tour old wine cellars as well as small family vineyards, where the quality of the wines never disappoints. You will interact with the warm people, as the friendly wines of Hungary await you.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Vezprem
The tour starts the moment you arrive in the City of Queens, Veszprém. Your hotel is located close to the Old Town and the castle. You will explore the town where you will discover Saint Michael Chapel, famous for crowning several Hungarian queens. Dinner will be served at a highly-rated original Hungarian restaurant, the Oliva Restaurant.

Day 2 – Balatonfüred-Veszprém
After taking your breakfast, you will start your first ride on your way to Lake Balaton. You will ride through lovely villages as well as along the lake. Lunch will be served at a fisherman's house in Balatonalmádi. Our much-awarded local cook and friend Joseph, will prepare typical Hungarian dishes for you over on an open fire in a bogrács, a traditional Hungarian pot. After lunch, you will trade your bikes for kayaks where you will enjoy a relaxing paddle along the lakeshore with spectacular views of old lakefront vineyards. Your hotel for the night is situated in Balatonfüred, which serves as the capital of Lake Balaton. Balatonfüred region is famous for its hospitality, culture, history, and wine. Dinner will be served at a small bistro that fuses traditional flavors with contemporary techniques. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner inclusive.

Day 3 - Balatonfüred-Tihany Peninsula.
You will be fully involved in Hungarian culture and history as you explore the Tihany Peninsula and its UNESCO World Heritage site, the Benedict Abbey. You will enjoy a relaxing ride in the morning and afterward hike along the western edge of the peninsula as you admire its spectacular views. After the hike, you will enjoy another special picnic lunch with Joseph, the local cook. You will enjoy a wine tasting experience. Dinner will be served at Koczor Winery. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner inclusive.

Day 4 - Balatonfüred-Szentantalfa.
The day starts with a brief bike ride to the Fövenyes and the Skrabski Winery. You will enjoy private lunch that includes unique homemade dishes prepared by Joseph as you taste more of top-quality local wines. After taking your lunch, you will hike into the Nivegy valley where you enjoy the amazing views of the lake. At night, you will be staying at a very special Bed and Breakfast on the top of the Saint Balázs mountain. Dinner will be a very special experience where local foods will be cooked slowly in an outside oven well before you arrive. The Bed and Breakfast also operates a winery which makes this experience unique. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner inclusive.

Day 5 – Badacsony-Szentantalfa.
Immediately you take your breakfast, you will start the day with a simple bike ride on your way to Zánka, where you will leave the bike and start a 20 km journey on the water by kayak, as you enjoy spectacular sceneries on the north shore of the lake. On your way, you will stop at some beaches where delicious food and cold beer await you for lunch. Badacsony, a region famous for its millennium history of winemaking, is your destination. Your hotel is located just a few hundred meters from the beach. You will enjoy another dinner of genuinely rich flavors that await you. You will also taste world-class wines only found in this region. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner inclusive.

Day 6 – Szigliget-Badacsony.
You will take a bike route on your way to the extinct volcanoes in the center of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You will ride through hidden roads that take you to adorable little villages like Nemesgulács, Szigliget, and Hegymagas. Lunch will be served at the Eszterházy wine cellar which includes a wine tasting experience! After taking your lunch, you will hike to an 800-year-old castle that overlooks the 'Hungarian Tuscany.' The bike ride back to Badacsony takes you through a favorite route for many locals. You will enjoy another special dinner and an excellent winery experience. You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner inclusive.

Day 7 - Badacsony-Budapest.
After taking your breakfast, you will be transferred to the iconic city of Budapest. A walking tour of the city is tailored to show you the actual side of Budapest. Once you arrive at the Moments Hotel, you will take a walk to the Heroes Square, where you will stroll to the House of Terror Museum. This tour gives you a chance to better understand the Hungarian people and their history, though the experience may be uncomfortable at times. You will have lunch at Menza Restaurant, followed by an underground tour. You will take the inaugural underground transit in Continental Europe on your way to the House of Parliament. The city excursion will proceed to the market by the river and then to the Dohány Street Synagogue. You will end your day at Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub where you will be served a beer. The trip is inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 8 - Budapest and departure.
If time allows, you can prolong your stay in Budapest and visit some of the famous spas. In case otherwise, you will be transferred to the airport. You will be served Breakfast inclusive. We wish you Safe travels!
 
Practical information
Level 3 [Fit] – more consistent rolling countryside; some notable hills with longer distance rides. Longer rides/hikes like 45-60km+ for cycling and 12-20km+ for hiking, 4-6 hours.

Need to Know:
- flying into and out of Budapest recommended; European stop over usually necessary
- this tour is multi sport with a good amount of paddling; some experience strongly recommended
- good hiking shoes recommended, but minimal cycling gear necessary; we recommend functional fitness wear
This off the beaten trail adventure takes you well out into the Hungarian countryside for a very authentic experience where English is not widely spoken.

Rates are based on minimum of 6 participants.
For groups of more than 8 contact us for rates.

Lodging
Accommodation: Deluxe 4 star and 1 winery/guest house. In Hungary, these are great values with a number of deluxe amenities. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other services. Hotels included:
- Night 1: Oliva Hotel**** Veszprém
- Nights 2&3: Anna Grand Hotel**** Balatonfüred
- Night 4: Gergely Winery B&B; Szentantalfa
- Night 5&6: Hotel Neptun**** Badacsony
- Night 7: Hotel Moments**** Budapest
 
Included
  • Expert, bilingual guide
  • 6 nights in 4 star hotels (4 hotels with spa and wellness)
  • 1 night in a B&B Winery
  • 7 lunches (3 home made picnic lunch), all lunches are warm
  • 7 dinners (3 at wineries)
  • Unlimited high quality wine with dinners
  • 3 wine tastings and dinner at the best wineries in the area
  • Transfer to the dinners and back to the hotel
  • 5 days cycling, hiking and kayaking on the best scenic routes of Lake Balaton
  • High quality bicycle rental (incl. helmet, front bag, rear panniers, water bottle), high quality kayak rental (life vest, paddle, waterproof bag)
  • Maps, route descriptions
  • Transfer from the airport to Veszprem
  • Transfer from Badacsony to Moments Hotel (Budapest)
  • Transfer from Moments Hotel to the airport
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transfer, full technical service and a trailer for the bicycles
  • All the entrance fees and tickets, as noted in itinerary
  • Free wi-fi internet in the hotels
  • Transportation as in program
  • Orientation on day 1
  • Riding routes with maps and cue sheets, and suggestions for visitation and dining
  • Bike delivery, pickup, and fitting
Not Included
  • Airfare, other meals not mentioned, travel insurance, personal expenses.
Rates
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$
2,525
03
Price per person for Double Occupancy based on minimum 6 participants:
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306
74
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Timing
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On Jun 25, 201812:00 PMPublic Tour
On Aug 11, 201812:00 PMPublic Tour
On Sep 8, 201812:00 PMPublic Tour
Daily12:00 PMPrivate Tour - Please inquire your dates to us
Duration
8 Days, 7 Nights
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Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Fantastic Trip! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great..."
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I have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Eastern Europe and wanted to tell you how pleased we were with all your arrangements. The service on the ground was really amazing. Tom was always easy to reach with the cell phone that was part of our gear, and more than accommodating. The hotels that we stayed at surpassed our expectations in every case. And the breadth of exposure to Czech history ... more and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time.
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