Balaton Uplands Wine and Bike
Hungary Bike Tour
The Balaton Uplands National Park is one of the youngest national parks in Hungary. However, it's rich history dates back thousands of years to when the Romans planted the first vineyards and the ancient Hungarians founded the first villages. These beautiful, historic vineyards, sandy beaches, and the beauty of Balaton National Park make this a very unique tour. This tour allows you to choose between self-guided or guided.
Where You’ll Stay
Overnight accommodations in high quality, 3 star hotels with the option to upgrade to 4 star hotels at an additional cost.
- Valid for both Guided and Self-Guided
- Accommodations for 8 nights in 3-4-star hotels
- High quality, 24 speed hybrid bikes equipped with water bottles, front bags, mudguards, rear packs, panniers, and lights
- Detailed roadbook in English which includes tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants
- Airport transfer on Day 1
- Transfer to Budapest on day 7
- Guided Only
- Two experienced bilingual guides
- Full board: 8 breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, 6 three course dinners
- Support vehicle
- 6x wine tasting
- Luggage Transfer
- Entrance fees and tickets for excursions
- Half board: 8 breakfasts, 8 three course dinners
- Luggage transfer
- Service hotline
- Detailed GPS navigation
What’s Not Included
- Entrance fees and tickets for excursions
- Self Guided: Daily from April 1 to September 30, 2013
- Guided: May 4, May 25, June 22, July 6, July 27, August 24, and September 21, 2013
An easy, guided or self-guided bike tour on well maintained bike paths that are mostly flat with occasional hills. Average daily distance is 24 miles.
- Arrival in Veszprém
- Veszprém - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (38 km)
- Balatonfüred - Badacsony, 30 mi. (50 km)
- Badacsony - Szentbékkálla, 18 mi. (30 km)
- Szentbékkálla - Tótvázsony, 22 mi. (36 km)
- Tótvázsony - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (39 km)
- Balatonfüred - Budapest
*All distances are approximate.
Day 1: Veszprém
The first day of this cycling vacation begins in Veszprém. This city is often called the "City of Queens", because Hungary's first queen, Gisel, and every Hungarian queen after her was crowned here. After settling into your room, you are free to explore the city. Take some time to enjoy the historical and the unique places of Veszprém before beginning the first day of cycling.
Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (38 km)
After breakfast, you will begin to cycle to Lake Balaton. The beautiful landscape, charming villages, and the beautiful scenery surrounding Lake Balaton is a picturesque sight. You will cycle this pike path until you reach Balatonfüred. The route changes to an old Roman road which follows the coastline. Along the route, grape fields which were planted in the Roman times, are visible. Today's route will end in Balatonfüred, the capital of lake Balaton, a city known for its history, culture, wine, and hospitality.
Day 3: Balatonfüred - Badacsony, 30 mi. (50 km)
Today's route takes you on a bike path that follows the coastline. You are free to stop anywhere you wish to swim and relax. This day is dedicated to nature, sunshine and the water. Tonight's accommodations will be in Badacsony, at the foot of the Badacsony Mountain. This wine area is the oldest in Hungary and the wines are excellent paired with the authentic, local cuisine.
Day 4: Badacsony - Szentbékkálla, 18 mi. (30 km)
Today in Badacsony will be an opportunity to visit the Szegedy Róza House and Museum. After spending some time at the museum, you will cycle on an old Roman road and the Balaton cycle road to Szigliget. In Szigliget, you will visit the Eszterházy Wine Museum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the Turkish War. From here, the route takes you across the land of extinct volcanos and the vitnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You will cycle trough the oldest Hungarian villages and end the day in the authentic village of Szentbékálla.
Day 5: Szentbékkálla - Tótvázsony, 22 mi. (36 km)
Today you will use hidden roads which go through charming little villages such as Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. On today's route, you will discover the beauty of Balaton Uplands National Park which is full of beautiful grape fields. You will cycle through Nivegy valley wine area which played important role in wine export in the Roman times. Today's cycle tour will end in a nice, quiet hotel in Tótvázsony, at the foot of Bakony Mountain.
Day 6: Tótvázsony - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (39 km)
You will cycle down to Pécsely and Aszófő and reach the city central of Tihany where you can spend a whole day exploring. A visit to the Benedict Abbey which was built to the top of the extinct volcano is highly recommended. From here, you can take a look down to the middle of the peninsula to the old caldera and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany, you will head to Koczor wine cellar for a picnic lunch and wine tasting in the square. After lunch, you may head to the hotel in Balatonfüred which is just 25 minutes away.
Day 7: Balatonfüred - Budapest, 20 mi. (34 km)
Today is a transfer to Budapest to the Best Western Hotel Parliament. The hotel, located in the very center of the city, is close to the Danube River and the Castle District of the city. Today you are free to enjoy and explore this capital city.
Day 8: Budapest
Enjoy a walking tour or see the highlights of the city from a double decker bus. A diverse gastronomical experience is also guaranteed at one of the many restaurants and cafes throughout the city.
Day 9: Departure
Tour ends after breakfast.