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Experience the wine, cuisine and culture of the Balaton Uplands by bike. Enjoy relaxed cycling through the Uplands National Park, passing numerous vineyards along the way. There are 7 extinct volcanoes on the north side of the lake, providing ideal conditions for growing wine producing grapes. You will also visit the 1000-year-old Benedictine Abbey on the Tihany peninsula, as well as the ancient castle ruins in Szigliget. You will also be the guest at a family dinner at Gergely Winery, complete with their own fine wines. This tour is designed to be a relaxing wine tour and bike tour of the Balaton Uplands.
Fly in and out of Budapest; transfers are included to Veszprem and from Balatonfüred. If you are arriving to Budapest in advance of the tour’s start, it is best to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Budapest (20 min & ~$20 US). See Transport Info.
Not Included: Choice of Hybrid or E-bike Rental
About: This tour includes deluxe 4 star hotels 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.
Kornél studied tourism and is a guide who has worked in Canada, Vietnam, Peru, the Azori Islands, Spain, Mallorca, who speaks English, German and Spanish. He loves yoga!
Ákos is a Mechanical Engineer and is responsible for the logistics and maintenance. He speaks English, is a cross country mountain biker and also a rower. He is truly the Mc Guyver of the team as he always has a solution!
Gábor speaks English, German and some Norwegian. He is a licensed triathlon coach and studied Economics with a specialty in marketing and tourism.
Need to Know:
Your tour starts as you arrive in Veszprem, the City of Queens. Your charming hotel is conveniently located near the castle and the Old Town area. Explore the town and discover the Saint Michael Chapel, where several Hungarian queens have been crowned. We recommend dinner at the hotel, which has a highly rated, authentic Hungarian restaurant. Enjoy regional items on a weekly menu such as dumpling soup, traditional pork stew and homemade plum jam!
Recommended: Arriving in Budapest at least 1 day early and booking a guided city tour with our local expert, Gabor. He is a historian and will give a very thorough and fascinating trip through Old Buda Pest! Inquire at time of booking. We include a transfer from Budapest to Vezprem.
Note: Transfer from either Budapest city or airport to Vezprem is included. If you add extra nights in Budapest, the airport transfer is not included. For that, we recommend an airport shuttle booked through your Budapest hotel.
Today you will ride through the Balaton Uplands at the foot of the Bakony Mountains, to the castle ruins in Nagyvazsony. The route is almost completely on a dedicated bike path and is mostly flat, with some light rolling hills towards the end of the ride. After visiting the enchanting medieval castle ruins, you will ride through quaint, small villages in the Balatonfured wine region. Your accommodation for the night is the storied Anna Grand Hotel, located just 150 meters from Lake Balaton and widely known for its luxurious wellness center. Dinner is on your own tonight, although we do recommend the buffet dinner at your hotel, which specializes in traditional Hungarian cuisine, using quality ingredients from local producers. Perhaps you can try some lángos and Hungarian goulash tonight!
Distance: 52 km / 32 mi
Highlights: Uplands landscapes, castle ruins, Balatonfüred wine region
Today’s loop ride will take you into the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You will ride an old Roman road past numerous hillsides covered in grapevines. This route passes numerous vineyards with great views of both the lake and the surrounding hillsides. Accommodation is back at the Anna Grand, where you can enjoy more offerings from the wellness center or take a stroll down the lakefront and enjoy a gelato. Be sure to save room for dinner! You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to/from a small village for a very special dining experience: a 3 course dinner (with wine) at a local eatery that boasts “straight from Grandma’s kitchen.” Simple meals made with honest, good local ingredients.
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 36 km / 22 mi
Highlights: Balaton Uplands NP, special dinner
This day is sure to create lifelong memories! From your hotel, you will take the bike path to the Tihany Peninsula to visit the 1000-year-old Benedict abbey. The road up to the abbey is quite steep, but not too long. After exploring the abbey, you will ride into the Nivegy Wine Valley, passing more vineyards with views of the ancient extinct volcanoes that give the soil the vital nutrients for growing grapes used for wine. Your final destination for the night is real treat! This family owned & operated winery is also a small inn and the owner is known throughout the area not only for his wine, but also his cooking. He has been featured on several local cooking shows and will have an incredible meal prepared for you this evening, including unlimited wine tasting in the cellar!
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 40 km / 25 mi
Highlights: Benedict abbey, Nivegy Wine Valley, winery visit & stay
Today we leave the winery and continue riding through the Nivegy Valley, passing more vineyards and small towns, enjoying views of the basalt mountainsides and surrounding ancient volcanoes. Your destination is Badacsony, which is beautifully situated at the foot of Badacsony Mountain. Here you can browse the numerous cute shops and markets on the lakefront or hike up to Róza Szegedy House, where the Hungarian poet Sándor Kisfaludy met his wife Róza Szegedy. Accommodation is at the Hotel Neptun, featuring a restaurant with an award winning chef from Budapest. Dinner is on your own but we highly recommend dining here this evening!
Distance: 30 km / 19 mi
Highlights: vineyard & volcano cycling, Badascony exploration, Róza Szegedy House hike
Today’s ride is short because you will need some energy and time to hike to the top of Szigliget Castle, situated on top of an extinct volcano. Here you will see the old castle ruins with amazing views of all 7 extinct volcanoes and Lake Balaton itself. Be sure to enjoy some freshly-made gelato at the bottom of the hike – the gelato here is considered by many as some of the best in all of Hungary! Accommodation is back at the Hotel Neptun with dinner on your own. Why not go out and try a local eatery and experience some more, local cuisine? There are many tasty places within walking distance.
Distance: 26 km / 16 mi
Highlights: Szigliget Castle hike with panoramic views
Enjoy a relaxing ride on the bike path along the lakeside, passing beautiful gardens, beaches, small lakeside towns, shops and more. Your destination is once again the refined Anna Grand Hotel. Tonight you will be transferred to a lovely winery for a special farewell dinner and wine tasting. This winery has been in the same family for six generations and is known primarily for their unique and impeccable white wines, which thrive in the area’s outstanding microclimates. A perfect ending to your incredible journey!
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 45 km / 28 mi
Highlights: lakeside riding, beautiful views, winery visit & meal
Today is your departure day but your journey doesn’t have to end here. We are happy to make additional arrangements for you, providing you with our inside tips and suggestions! Please inquire at time of booking.
Note: On return to Budapest, the transfer from Balatonfured to Budapest city center or airport is included; please allow 3 hours. If adding extra nights in Budapest, the airport transfer after extra nights is not included and can be booked with your hotel.
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Deluxe Four Star Hotels & Winery Guest House:
Hybrid Bike Rental: 115 euros
Road Bike Rental: not available on this tour
E-bike Rental: 265 euros
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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 and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time.
Fantastic Trip to Hungary! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great..