A bike ride through the vineyards, and a glass of fine Hungarian wine and an afternoon nap
Fishing in Lake Balaton
The Tihany Peninsula and Benedict Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site
A Hungarian picnic lunch
Sunset over lake Balaton, with wine just around the corner
Good times with Hungarian wine
Monument to Imre Nagy, with the Hungarian Parliament building, Budapest
A field of flowers in the Hungarian countryside
It's always a good idea to be friends with the chef

Hungary - Trail to Table: Budapest and Balaton

from €2,085

This handcrafted Hungarian experience is unlike any other. Bike, hike and kayak your way through breathtaking Hungarian landscapes. And experience the untapped wine and food culture Hungary has to offer. Hungarian wine is one of Europe's best kept secrets. You will bike quite routes, hike through lush forest and kayak ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Bike Hike Kayak Foodie Tour 7N
  • Availability
    2018 June 25-Jul 2; Aug 11-18, Sept 8-15
  • Duration
    6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Distance
    Bike: 40km/day | Hike: 10km/day

Day 1 - Arrival day to Vezprem.

Your tour starts as you arrive in Veszprém, the City of Queens. Your hotel is located near the castle and the Old Town. Explore the town and discover the Saint Michael Chapel, where several Hungarian queens have been crowned. Dinner will be at Oliva Restaurant, a highly-rated authentic Hungarian restaurant. Meals: D

Olivia Hotel


Vezprem

Olivia Hotel

In the heart of the historic downtown of Veszprém, right in the city center, in a calm environment, a few minutes walk from the Castle and 20 Mediterranean-style rooms await our guests. The location of our rooms, the interior architecture of the hotel, the color scheme and the marvelous steps of the Mediterranean are a mood. The total capacity of the hotel is 45 people. Our rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a minibar and Wifi. Our business guests can accommodate up to 45 people, and those who are looking for a refreshment in our wellness area with a Finnish sauna, jacuzzi and various massages.

A bike ride through the vineyards, and a glass of fine Hungarian wine and an afternoon nap

A bike ride through the vineyards, and a glass of fine Hungarian wine and an afternoon nap

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Day 2 - Veszprém - Balatonfüred.

After breakfast, you will begin your first ride toward Lake Balaton. You'll ride through charming villages and along the lake itself. Lunch will be at a fisherman's house in Balatonalmádi. Our friend Joseph, a much-awarded local cook, will prepare traditional Hungarian dishes for you over on an open fire in a traditional pot called a bogrács. After lunch, you'll trade your bikes for kayaks and enjoy a relaxing paddle along the lakeshore with views of ancient lakefront vineyards. Your hotel for the night is located in Balatonfüred, the capital of Lake Balaton. Balatonfüred is known for its history, culture, wine, and hospitality. Dinner will be at a small bistro that fuses traditional flavors with modern techniques. Meals: B, L, D

Anna Grand Hotel


Balatonfüred

Anna Grand Hotel

Anna Grand Hotel shaped of ancient and modern stones is different than the others. As an art relic building it rises above the other hotel offers in Balatonfüred and just as every good place has its own story, Anna Grand Hotel also bears the marks of historic events of the past 200 years.

Welcome to Vezprem, the City of Queens

Welcome to Vezprem, the City of Queens

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Day 3 - Balatonfüred-Tihany Peninsula.

Today you will be fully immersed in Hungarian history and culture as you explore the Tihany Peninsula and its Benedict Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a relaxing ride in the morning, followed by a hike along the western edge of the peninsula with spectacular views. After hiking you will have another special picnic lunch with Joseph. A wine tasting and dinner will be at Koczor Winery. Meals: B, L, D

Anna Grand Hotel


Balatonfüred

Anna Grand Hotel

Anna Grand Hotel shaped of ancient and modern stones is different than the others. As an art relic building it rises above the other hotel offers in Balatonfüred and just as every good place has its own story, Anna Grand Hotel also bears the marks of historic events of the past 200 years.

Fishing in Lake Balaton

Fishing in Lake Balaton

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Day 4 - Balatonfüred-Szentantalfa.

Today starts with a short bike ride to Fövenyes and the Skrabski Winery. Today's private lunch will once again be prepared by Joseph and will include unique homemade dishes and a tasting of more top-quality local wines. After lunch, you'll hike into the Nivegy valley with amazing views of the lake. Tonight you will be staying at a very special B&B on the top of the Saint Balázs mountain. Dinner will be a very special experience - local foods will be slow cooking in an outside oven well before your arrival. And in case you were wondering if this experience could be any better, the B&B is also an operating winery! Meals: B, L, D

Gergely Winery B&B


Szentantalfa

Gergely Winery B&B

The Gergely Wine House is situated on the shore of Lake Balaton, 7 km from Zánka, on the Szent Balázs-hegy in the heart of the Nivegy valley, at the border of Szentantalfa and Balatoncsicsó villages. For the sake of our wine culture and the preservation of our health, we recommend our wines to all those who need bio wine and love good Hungarian wine!

The Tihany Peninsula and Benedict Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site

The Tihany Peninsula and Benedict Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Day 5 - Szentantalfa-Badacsony.

After breakfast, you will start the day with an easy bike ride to Zánka. Here you will leave the bike and start a 20 km journey on the water by kayak, enjoying spectacular views on the north-shore of the lake. Along the way you will stop at some beaches where cold beer and delicious food await you for lunch. Your destination is Badacsony, a region famous for its one-thousand-year history of wine making. Your hotel is just a few hundreds meters from the beach. Another dinner of authentically rich flavors awaits you, accompanied by the world class wines only found in this region. Meals: B, L, D

hotel neptun


badacsony

hotel neptun

Neptun Panzio and Hárskert Restaurant In the center of Badacsony there are 13 double rooms, 1 family room and 1 apartment and a garden for 80 people. Private parking, cable TV and free Wi-Fi in the entire building! From the Badacsonytomaj Wine Bar Restaurant, the Neptun Pension is approx. 1300 meters away.

A Hungarian picnic lunch

A Hungarian picnic lunch

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Day 6 - Badacsony-Szigliget.

Today's bike route will take you by extinct volcanoes in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You'll ride hidden roads through charming little villages like Szigliget, Hegymagas, and Nemesgulács. Lunch will be at the Eszterházy wine cellar and of course will include a wine tasting! After lunch you will hike to an 800-year-old castle overlooking what some call 'Hungarian Tuscany.' The bike ride back to Badacsony is a favorite route of many locals. Another special dinner is in store for you and an excellent winery. Meals: B, L, D

hotel neptun


badacsony

hotel neptun

Neptun Panzio and Hárskert Restaurant In the center of Badacsony there are 13 double rooms, 1 family room and 1 apartment and a garden for 80 people. Private parking, cable TV and free Wi-Fi in the entire building! From the Badacsonytomaj Wine Bar Restaurant, the Neptun Pension is approx. 1300 meters away.

Sunset over lake Balaton, with wine just around the corner

Sunset over lake Balaton, with wine just around the corner

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Day 7 - Badacsony-Budapest.

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the iconic city of Budapest. A walking tour of the city is designed to show you the authentic side of Budapest. After arrival at the Moments Hotel, you will walk to the Heroes Square, and from there you will walk to the House of Terror Museum. This experience may be uncomfortable at times, but after the tour you will have a better understanding of Hungarian people and their history. You will have lunch at Menza Restaurant and then the tour will go underground. You will take the first underground transit in Continental Europe to the House of Parliament. The city tour will continue on to the market by the river and then the Dohány Street Synagouge. End your day with a beer at Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub. Meals: B, L, D

Hotel Moments


Budapest

Hotel Moments

It is located on the stunning World Heritage site of Andrássy Avenue, only a few steps away from the Hungarian State Opera House, the St. Stephen’s Basilica and several other spectacular sights of Budapest. Visit our beautifully renewed four-star hotel with 99 elegant and tastefully decorated rooms in three different categories. Enjoy the meals in our modern and cozy Bistro Fine restaurant offering wide selection of quality wine and tasty Hungarian and international specialties. Let us make your stay with us enjoyable and memorable. We truly hope that you will always remember the pleasant moments.

Good times with Hungarian wine

Good times with Hungarian wine

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Day 8 - Budapest and departure.

Continue your stay in Budapest and visit some of the famous spas if time permits. Otherwise, you will be transferred to the airport. Safe travels! Meals: B

Monument to Imre Nagy, with the Hungarian Parliament building, Budapest

Monument to Imre Nagy, with the Hungarian Parliament building, Budapest

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 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.

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
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Prices
Hungary Trail to Table - Budapest and Balaton
Double Occupancy:
2085 €/person
Single Supplement:
272 €/person
Rates are based on minimum of 8 participants.
for groups of more than 8 contact us for rates.


Note: custom programs and dates are possible for groups of 4 and 6 as well with a supplement over the above rates.
Hybrid Bike Rentals are included. See the Bikes and Gear tab for details.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
Arrival Info: We recommend private transfers that we include and arrange in order to reach the tour start at Vezprem. Public transportation can be complicated. If you are staying in Budapest before the tour, it is best to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Budapest. There are fixed fares apprx. 5000 HUF / person. (approx $20) It takes 20 min. to the city center. Helpful link from the airport to the city central: Transport Info
If you would like to travel to Vezprem on your own, from Budapest you can reach the starting city (Veszprém) by train or bus. For train go to Déli Pu.(South railway station) and from there to Veszprém. For bus go to Népliget (central bus station) and from there to Veszprém. Train Info and Bus Info Note: From Veszprém bus station / train station catch a taxi to the starting hotel because bus timetables are written just in hungarian and it is complicated to find the hotels. We return you to Budapest for an included day and visit of the city at the end of the tour.
 
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

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
This is a guided trip with support transportation included. Specific departure dates are available for individuals and couples to book into. Private groups of 4 or more can request custom dates. - please inquire

Level: Level 3 Moderate; cycling is rates as easy, hiking as moderate, and paddling as 'fit' - requiring some experience
 
Dates: June 25-July 2, August 11-18, September 8-15. This is a guided tour with pricing on these departures based on 8 participants minimum. A departure can go with as few as 4 with a supplemental fee added.

 
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  • Local Coordinator

    Gabor is The "Stand up guy" who is committed to ensuring you have the best holiday of your life. In addition to being a jokester and funny guy, he is also a triathlete, and very knowledgable about the outdoors and local Hungariean specialities. Gabor is passionate about history, especially Hungarian history, and he loves sharing his knowledge with those interested in learning more. He is experienced, certified to conduct adventure tours, and knowledgeable around bikes, water, and the mountains - he will take care of you in each discipline!

    Reviews

    This is a new tour in 2018 - Come join us! Among all the Trail to Table tours - this one is the most value driven experience and 'off the beaten path' - be bold, your money goes much farther in Hungary and you will be amazed by the food, the wine, and the people!
    "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 and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time. "
    - Paula S./Canada

    "Fantastic Trip! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great..."
    - Tom M./USA
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Caprine and similar hybrids: High quality hybrid Caprine, Neuzer, Hauser, Merida, Giant, Altrix bikes with 24 Shimano gears, front suspension, light aluminium frame. The cycling on this tour is best on a hybrid bike and the ride distance are moderate enough that these bikes work well for the tour program. Bike rental is included in the tour rate.
    Included with bikes: Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights, repair kit, pump, extra tube. Also, Garmin GPS navigation

    Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed.

    Kayaks and kayakingBoth single and tandem options; these are the most comfortable kayaks for entry and medium level paddlers. Sea kayaks are the perfect choice at Balaton, as sometimes it has many waves thanks to its’ size and winds. They are generally 5 m long with backrest and steering rudder. Watertight compartments help to ensure your daily gear stays dry.

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