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This handcrafted Hungarian experience is unlike any other. You will bike, hike, and kayak your way through breathtaking Hungarian landscapes and experience the untapped wine and food culture Hungary has to offer. One of the highlights of this tour is the fine Hungarian wine, one of Europe's best-kept secrets. From old wine cellars to small family vineyards, the quality of the wines will never disappoint. The warm people and friendly wines of Hungary await you!
During this holiday, you will stay overnight at deluxe four-star hotels and a winery or guest house. In Hungary, these are great values with a number of deluxe amenities. All accommodations include private bathrooms and a variety of other services. You will stay at Oliva Hotel in Veszprém on day one, spend the second and third nights at Anna Grand Hotel in Balatonfüred, relax after a long day four in Gergely Winery Bed and Breakfast in Szentantalfa, take a well sleep on the next two days at Hotel Neptun in Badacsony, and your last night at Hotel Moments in Budapest.
Anna Grand hotel shaped 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.
The Gergely Wine House is situated on the shore of Lake Balaton, seven kilometers from Zánka, on the Szent Balázshegy in the heart of the Nivegy Valley, at the border of Szentantalfa and Balatoncsicsó villages. For the sake of Hungarian wine culture and the preservation of your health, they recommend their wines to all those who need bio wine and love good Hungarian wine.
It is located on the stunning World Heritage site of Andrássy Avenue, only a few steps away from the Hungarian state opera house, the Saint Stephen’s Basilica, and several other spectacular sights of Budapest. You can visit their beautifully renewed four-star hotel with 99 elegant and tastefully decorated rooms in three different categories.
You will enjoy the meals in their modern and cozy Bistro Fine restaurant offering a wide selection of quality wine and tasty Hungarian and international specialties.
In the center of Badacsony, there are 13 double rooms, one family room and one apartment, and a garden for 80 people. Private parking, cable television, and free Wi-Fi are available in the entire building. From the Badacsonytomaj wine bar restaurant, the Neptun pension is approximately 1300 meters away.
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, 20 Mediterranean-style rooms await you. The location of your 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. Your rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a minibar and Wi-Fi. Business guests can accommodate up to 45 people and those who are looking for a refreshment in the wellness area with a Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, and various massages.
Hungarian wine is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. You will bike quite routes, hike through the lush forest, and kayak in the waters of Lake Balaton. At the end of each day, you will experience amazing dining experiences and relaxing spas as well as the homemade goulash and strudel. During this holiday, you will bike about 40 kilometers per day or hike about 10 kilometers per day. Cycling is rated as easy, hiking as moderate, and paddling as fit since it requires some experience.
Your tour starts as you arrive in Veszprém, the city of queens. Your hotel is located near the castle and the Old Town. You will 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.
After the breakfast, you will begin your first ride toward Lake Balaton. You will ride through charming villages and along the lake itself. Your lunch will be at a fisherman's house in Balatonalmádi. Your 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 the lunch, you will 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. Your dinner will be at a small bistro that fuses traditional flavors with modern techniques.
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. You will 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.
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 the lunch, you will hike into the Nivegy Valley with amazing views of the lake.
Tonight, you will be staying at a very special bed and breakfast lodge on the top of the Saint Balázs mountain. Your dinner will be a very special experience including local foods will be slow cooking in an outside oven well before your arrival. In case you were wondering if this experience could be any better, the bed and breakfast lodge is also an operating winery.
After the breakfast, you will start the day with an easy bike ride to Zánka. Here you will leave the bike and start a 20-kilometer 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 hundred meters from the beach. Another dinner of authentically rich flavors awaits you, accompanied by the world-class wines only found in this region.
Today's bike route will take you by extinct volcanoes in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You will ride hidden roads through charming little villages like Szigliget, Hegymagas, and Nemesgulács. Your lunch will be at the Eszterházy wine cellar and, of course, will include a wine tasting.
After the 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.
After the breakfast, you will 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 Synagogue. You will end your day with a beer at Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub.
You will continue your stay in Budapest and visit some of the famous spas if time permits. Otherwise, you will be transferred to the airport.
Caprine and similar hybrids include high-quality hybrid Caprine, Neuzer, Hauser, Merida, Giant, or Altrix bikes with 24 Shimano gears, front suspension, and light aluminum 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. Helmets, the water bottle, the front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights, repair kit, pump, extra tube, and Garmin GPS navigation are included.
Pedals are flat or with cages. You may bring your own clipless pedals to have installed.
Both are 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 five-meter long with backrest and steering rudder. Watertight compartments help to ensure your daily gear stays dry.
During this tour, you will explore the town and discover the Saint Michael Chapel on the first day, ride toward Lake Balaton through charming villages and along the lake itself on day two, visit Hungarian history and culture in the Tihany Peninsula and its Benedict Abbey on the next day, and take a short bike ride to Fövenyes and the Skrabski Winery and hike into the Nivegy valley for day four.
On day five, you will ride to Zánka, kayak 20 kilometers on the water, and stop at Badacsony. Your bike route will lead you to the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park, ride hidden roads through charming little villages like Szigliget, Hegymagas, and Nemesgulács on the next day.
On the last two days of the tour, you will walk to the Heroes Square and the House of Terror Museum, take the first underground transit in Continental Europe to the House of Parliament, and continue on to the market by the river and then the Dohány Street Synagogue.
The tour will take place in Veszprém, Balatonfüred, Tihany Peninsula, Szentantalfa, Badacsony, Szigliget, and Budapest in Hungary.
You will be served seven lunches including three home-made picnic lunches, seven dinners including three of them at wineries, and unlimited high-quality wine with dinners as well as three wine tastings at the best wineries in the area. They are included in the prices. You will have a dinner on day one, three meals on the next six days, and a breakfast on the last day of the tour.