Bike Tour on Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Bike Tour on Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Bike and Wine in Hungary

Hungary Bike Tours

Bike Hungary through Balaton Uplands National Park

  • Bike and wine in Hungary? Yes! The Balaton Uplands National Park is one of the youngest national parks in Hungary. However, its 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. On a bike, you are transformed from a tourist, to an active participant in your surroundings.

    HIghights:

    • Combining biking, wine, culture, history, and ecotourism
    • Full bodied local wines
    • Good 3 and 4 star accommodations according to booked category many with wellness facitlities
    • Balaton Uplands National Park

    This tour allows you to choose between self-guided or guided.

    You can also customize, so please ask.

    Be sure to check out our full list of bike tours in Hungary.

  • 2019

    Self-Guided

    Category A: £ 886 $ 1,518 1109 NOK 10628 kr 9810 $ 1,275

    Single supplement: £ 224 $ 383 280 NOK 2683 kr 2477 $ 322

    Category B: £ 803 $ 1,376 1005 NOK 9631 kr 8890 $ 1,156

    Single supplement: £ 224 $ 383 280 NOK 2683 kr 2477 $ 322

    Guided 

    Category A:  £ 1122 $ 1,924 1405 NOK 13465 kr 12429 $ 1,616

    Single Supplement: £ 224 $ 383 280 NOK 2683 kr 2477 $ 322

    extra options

    E-bike: £ 116 $ 199 145 NOK 1390 kr 1283 $ 167

    Half board supplement (self-guided option): £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150

    Budapest dinner cruise: On request

    Additional nights in Veszprém: On request

    Additional nights in Budapest: On request

    From (price depends on season): £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92

    Airport transfers (price valid for up to 8 people)
    (From/to  Budapest airport or any hotel in Budapest  to Veszprém)

    One way: £ 128 $ 219 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184

    Roundtrip: £ 232 $ 397 290 NOK 2779 kr 2565 $ 334

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport

    Local Travel

    A transfer between the Budapest Airport and the city of Veszprém is included in the tour price for the guided tour. This transfer can also be ordered for the self guided tour for a supplement. Ordering the transfer is recommended due to public transportation costs and travel time.

    From the airport, it is best to catch a taxi if you are staying overnight in Budapest. There are fixed fares approximately 5000 HUF / person. It takes 20 minutes to reach Budapest central. First take the bus to the metro station Kőbánya/Kispest and there go to city central. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes to city central.

    Helpful link from the airport to the city central:

    http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/transport_and_parking/by_public_transport

    From Budapest you can reach the starting city (Veszprém) by train or bus, but it is a pit complicated. By 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. We do recommend booking our organized transfers.

    Useful link for train travel: http://www.mav.hu/english/index.php

    Useful link for bus travel: http://www.volanbusz.hu/en/

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature for the area: April 60/41º, May 70/51º, June 75/56º, July 79/59º, August 79/59º, September 71/52º, and October 59/43º.

    Remarks

    Free WiFi is included in the hotels


Tour Dates

Self Guided: Daily from April 1 to September 30, 2019
Minimum number of participants: 2
Guided: June 29 and August 31, 2019
Minimum number of participants: 8

Special guided tour dates can be accommodated so please do not hesitate to ask.

Skill Level

This tour is rated as easy to moderate and can be guided or self-guided. Hungary is a rather flat country with some hilly areas. The highest point is about 1000 m. Hills higher than about 200 m are locally referred to as mountains! Your route is mainly flat but you will encounter some hills, where longer downhills outnumber short uphills. You will cycle on designated bike paths (asphalt) and low traffic bicycle friendly roads (asphalt) and some good quality dirt roads. Average daily distance is 25 miles.

Where You’ll Stay

Two categories are offered on this tour. Both categories feature small family owned hotels. The location of each overnight is carefully chosen, either close to the centers of the towns, close to the lake, or in quiet charming villages, close to the nature). We will gladly send you a sample hotel list for each category.
Category A: 4 star facilities as much as possible. If the hotel is rated 3 star, you are accommodated in upgraded rooms.
Category B: Three and four star hotels
As well note the slightly different itineraries for each category.

What’s Included

  • Category A self guided
  • Self-guided:
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (1 night in a 3 star hotel)
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course), with excellent wines (unlimited wine consumption)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Service hotline
  • High quality hybrid Merida, Giant, or Altrix bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminum frame
  • Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
  • Maps
  • Detailed GPS navigation and road book (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
  • Free WiFi in hotels
  • Category A guided
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (1 night in a 3 star hotel), with familiar atmosphere, high quality and superb surroundings.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course) with excellent wines (unlimited wine consumption)
  • 6 wine tastings
  • Two cycling guides
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transfer, full technical service and a trailer for the bicycles
  • High quality hybrid Merida, Giant, Altrix bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminum frame
  • Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
  • Maps
  • Detailed road book in English (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in guided
  • Bus transfer from/back to the airport
  • Free WiFi in hotels
  • Category B self guided
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4-star hotels and charming country inns
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course) with excellent wines (unlimited wine consumption)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Service hotline
  • High quality hybrid Merida, Giant, or Altrix bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminum frame
  • Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
  • Maps
  • Detailed GPS navigation and road book (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
  • Free WiFi in hotels

What’s Not Included

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TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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CATEGORY A ITINERARY

Day 1: Veszprém
Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (38 km)
Day 3: Balatonfüred - Tótvázsony, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 4: Tótvázsony - Badacsony, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Badacsony - Szigliget - Badacsony, 17 or 26 mi. (27 km or 43 km)
Day 6: Badacsony - Balatonfüred, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 8: Departure

*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 - Tótvázsony, 20 mi. (32 km)
You begin cycling to the city central of Tihany where the whole day could be spent sightseeing. Visit the 950 years old Benedict Abbey which was built at the top of the extinct volcano. From the top, the view reaches to the middle of the peninsula, the old caldera, and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany, cycle to Koczor Winecellar for lunch and winetasting. Climb up to Tótvázsony at the end of the day.

Day 4: Tótvázsony - Badacsony, 30 mi. (49 km)
Cycle across the land of extinct volcanos, the so called vitnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. Today you'll ride along hidden roads which go trough charming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. Lunch & winetasting at the excellent Gergely Winecellar. After lunch you'll continue on until reaching the old wine region, Badacsony.

Day 5: Badacsony - Szigliget - Badacsony, 17 or 26 mi. (27 km or 43 km)
On this day, visit the Szegedy Róza House and Museum in Badacsony, in which you can see how people lived in the XIX. Century in this area. After this visit, use the Roman way and the Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget, visit the 250 years old Eszterházy Wine museum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the Türkish war in XVI Century.

Day 6: Badacsony - Balatonfüred, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you'll follow the bicycle road which goes along the coast. There are multiple opportunities to stop for a swim. A cold beer or ice cream helps you press as you pedal closer to Balatonfüred. The picnic lunch is again a homemade Hungarian dish by chef Joseph at Wineflowers Winecellar. The whole day is about cycling, sunshine, and the lake.

Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém, 21 mi. (34 km)
On the last cycling day, you use the Balaton cycling road which leads next to the coastline. You will have the opportunity to stop as many times as you wish for a refreshing swim or an ice cream. Cycle along the embankment from Balatonalmádi and take in one last view of the lake before turning in the direction of Veszprém. This day is an ideal cool down after the whole bike tour. After arriving in Veszprém you can explore or do a little shopping. 

Day 8: Departure
You cycling tour ends after breakfast. 

CATEGORY B ITINERARY

Day 1: Veszprém
Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (38 km)
Day 3: Balatonfüred - Badascony,  31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Badascony - Szentantalfa, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Szentantalfa - Tótvázsony, 22 mi. (36 km) 
Day 6: Tótvázsony - Balatonfüred, 31 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém, 23 mi. (34 km)
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate. 

Day 1: Veszprém
Your first day starts in Veszprém in the City of Queens. The accomodation is in a relaxing place nearby the Castle and the Old Town. After a refreshing shower take your camera and discover the Saint Michael Chapel wich is famous because our first queen Gisel and after Her every hungarian queen were crowned there. Enjoy the historic places and the unique atmosphere of Veszprém and discover this lovely town before the first cycling day.

Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred, 23 mi. (38 km)
After breakfast, your cycling begins in direction of the lake Balaton. This day is a special one because this is the first meeting with the idylic landscape, the charming villages and the lake. Until Balatonalmádi , you will cycle on a dedicated bike path. Afterwards, you cycle the old Roman road which follows the  coastline. Vineyards dot the landscape. The accomodation will be in Balatonfüred the capital of lake Balaton. The most common words used to describe this city are history, culture, wine, and hospitality.

Day 3: Balatonfüred - Badascony,  31 mi. (50 km)
You continue to follow the coastline westerly, again on a dedicated bike path. You can stop for a swim almost anywhere.. This day is about the nature, sunshine and the water. The accomodation will be in Badacsony in a charming pension at the foot of Mt. Badacsony. This wine area is the oldest in hungary and the wines are excellent with the local meals.

Day 4: Badascony - Szentantalfa, 19 mi. (30 km)
On this day you visit Szegedy Róza House and Museum in which you can see how people lived in the XIX. Century in this area. Afterwards,  you follow the  Roman way and the Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget you visit the 250 years old Eszterházy Winemuseum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the türkish war in XVI. Century. From here you pedal across the land of extinct volcanos, the so called vitnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. You will cycle trough the oldest hungarian villages and your accomodation will be in an authentic village in Szentantalfa.

Day 5: Szentantalfa - Tótvázsony, 22 mi. (36 km) 
Following remote and quiet roads, the route leads throughcharming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. You discover the beauty of Balaton Uplands National Park and the idylic landscapes dotted with vineyards.  You go through the Nivegy valley wine area which played an important role in wine export in the roman times. You end you day in a quiet hotel in Tótvázsony at the foot of Bakony mountain.

Day 6: Tótvázsony - Balatonfüred, 31 mi. (39 km)
You descent to Pécsely and Aszófő to reach the city central of Tihany. You visit the 950 years old Benedict Abbey which was built on top of an extinct vulcano. From here you can enjoy the view down to the middle of the peninsula to the old caldera and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany, the route leads to  Koczor Winecellar for a picnic lunch and wine tasting. After lunch the accomodation in Balatonfüred is just 25 minutes away.

Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém, 21 mi. (34 km)
On the last cycling day, you use the Balaton cycling road which leads next to the coastline. You will have the opportunity to stop as many times as you wish for a refreshing swim or an ice cream. Cycle along the embankment from Balatonalmádi and take in one last view of the lake before turning in the direction of Veszprém. This day is an ideal cool down after the whole bike tour. After arriving in Veszprém you can explore or do a little shopping. 

Day 8: Departure

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES BASED ON HOTEL AVAILABLITY AND LOCATION.

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