West Hungary Castles And Spas Cycling Tour MC03

12 Days From £0 (1,865 USD)

Join this fabulous cycling tour and ride along the River Danube, Lake Neusiedl and Lake Balaton. Discover famous castles, medieval towns of Győr, Sopron, Kőszeg and Keszthely and stay in wonderfully located castles and historic houses.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Budapest, Hungary
End Location: Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: 2010: 28 May-08 Jun 09, 20 Jul, 17–28 Sep
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

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Years In Business: 16

Tour Highlights
Budapest - Your hotel is situated right at the woods on the top of the Buda hills. Its lovely environment and swimming pool, sauna, or massage possibilities will make you feel well, and relaxed quickly. You will meet with your guide, have a welcome drink, information about the tour, and dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.

Budapest to Gyor - Guided sightseeing tour in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. After a short break, bus transfer to Gyor - "the town of rivers". Our hotel is situated in the heart of the antique part of the city, with a unique atmosphere. We enjoy here a lovely thermal bath, right at the confluence of the River Danube, Rába and Rábca. Later we take a walk around the ancient town to view the Cathedral on Chapter Hill with a famous reliquary of a 11th century Hungarian king, the Episcopal Castle, Baroque houses with lovely oriels, and the Carmelite cloister dating back to the 18th century, where we stay.

Miracles of Szigetköz - An enchanting watery world, embraced by the arms of the Danube, a peaceful region, where the wind of modern times hasn’t swept through yet, a paradise for birds, anglers, and – as it is flat – for cyclists too. We will ride along idyllic landscapes, charming villages off the beaten track among the labyrinth of dead branches, oxbow lakes with water-lilies, willow woods, dams, paths and byways, we will end up at a beautiful thermal bath in Lipót. After a refreshing bathe, we will get to Hédervár, where we can enjoy our stay in real luxury, surrounded by the special atmosphere of a 400 year old Renaissance castle.

Day 4: Hansag - the Mysterious Marshland

Flying back from the 16th to the 13th century will take a few minutes with our bus to Lébény, where we stop to see the amazing sized Romanesque church. Cycling from here on the Little Plain, in the untouched nature through the Hanság. The large wetland world, which has preserved its original look, belongs to the Fertö - Hanság National Park, and the UNESCO World Heritage. After reaching Lake Fertö, we stop in Fertöd at the splendid Baroque palace, built by Miklós Esterházy in the 18th century, in Versailles style. The Castle Hotel in Balf, where we stay two nights, is connected with a small thermal bath, and a medical center, which was founded in the 18th century. Dinner we have in the most special restaurant of the area.

Sopron, Lake Fertö - Short transfer to Sopron, the town that has won the Europa Prize for its well protected monuments. We take a walk in a wonderful antique world, surrounded by the original city walls. We cycle from here to Lake Fertö, one of the most interesting wild water areas of Central Europe, a steppe lake. Observing almost 300 bird species, or fishing more than 30 kind of fish, sailing, boating, swimming are popular activities here. We take a boat trip, and then rolling along the lake, we arrive back to Balf. We visit the quarry of Fertörákos with enormous halls, and a beautiful view of Lake Fertö, and we taste some of the finest wines of the historic Sopron region.

Balf to Bozsok - Just a short ride, and we get to Nagycenk, where "the greatest Hungarian", Count István Széchenyi, a prominent statesman of the 19th century lived. It is really worth seeing the museum in his former castle, which gives us a good insight into his life and shows his outstanding work promoting Hungary’s transport, industry and agriculture, not to mention some of the world-famous Hungarian inventions. We stop to see a 300 year old watermill, and then we push the pedals further through beautiful woods and quiet villages towards the foothills of the Alps, and arrive at a romantic 17th century castle, in the middle of a marvelous park in the wood, surrounded by ancient trees, where we stay two nights.

Köszeg and the Irrotkö Natural Park - Short bus ride to Köszeg. It’s hard to find any prettier town in Hungary than this little one. Let’s take a walk around "the Sub-Alpine jewel-box", as they call it. Every house in the town has its own story. Rich decorations like graffito, or fresco-coat of arms, and various styles make them individually remarkable. The central square, surrounded by the city walls, takes us back to the Middle Ages. A great success was to defend the castle against the Turks by Captain Miklós Jurisics in 1532. We cycle in the wonderful forests among the hills of the Írottkö Naturpark with smashing views of the area. We stop at the museum-cellars in Cák, and ride back to our hotel. Tonight we have wine tasting and dinner in an old cellar with an "iron-curtain museum" among picturesque vineyards at the Austrian border.

From Castle to Castle - Today we continue our tour in the nature along sleeping hamlets and softly undulating lands, through beautiful woods with a botanical garden. We will see the Benedictine abbey church in Ják, and a small village church in Csempeszkopács. Both are significant memories of the Romanesque architecture. Riding further to South by some small lakes, we arrive at a quiet place near Héviz, and stay at a charming little Castle Hotel for two nights.

Keszthely and Heviz - A day of leisure. We take our bus to Keszthely, an old town at the Lake Balaton, where we visit the castle of the Festetics family. It’s one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces of Hungary with a scenic English Garden, rich furniture, and its biggest treasure, the Helikon Library, which has wonderfully preserved its original shape. After some walk or rest in the town, we go to Hévíz, and dip into the 33-34 C degrees water of the second biggest thermal lake of the world. It is the most famous health resort of Hungary, well known in Europe as well. The wooden buildings and plenty of water-lilies on the lake make the sight even more beautiful.

Lake Balaton - The largest lake of Middle Europe, and the most visited resort area of the country, the "Hungarian Sea". It is very pleasant to swim in the 20-25 C degrees warm water, and sailing, windsurfing, fishing is also much liked here. We cycle along the Northern Side, and enjoy some of Hungary’s most beautiful landscapes. The breathtaking panorama of the lake and the volcanic hills at Badacsony-historic wine region cannot be compared with anything else. A great number of beautifully renovated old thatched village houses make the area even more picturesque at Szigliget, and in the Káli Basin, which is a peaceful nature reserve, decorated with unique formations, like "stone seas" and "basalt organs" of the surrounding hills. Riding among vineyards all around, we reach Tihany. Here we stay at a pleasant hotel right at the shore, with a great opportunity to swim.

Tihany to Budapest - Tihany Peninsula is another most attractive point of Balaton. Arriving at the top, we visit the Benedictine monastery. Its foundation document, the oldest written memory we have containing some Hungarian words, and the grave of the king who founded the abbey, can be seen in the crypt, and makes it famous. After enjoying another wonderful view, walking among the old thatch-roofed village houses, and souvenir shops, we cycle through Balatonfüred, an old health resort town, towards the end of the lake, and a sad moment, when we finish riding. We take a bus transfer to Budapest, where we have a farewell dinner in our hotel.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-11 nights accommodation mainly in 3 or 4 star castles, mansions or historic houses, (2nights in a 2 star castle, in a superb surroundings), in quiet areas with familiar and antique atmosphere, always with private facilities.
-11 times breakfast, and 3 course gourmet dinners, always with drinks and excellent wines.
-Excellent picnics in beautiful spots in the nature, and drinks during cycling.
-2x wine tasting in lovely wine cellars.
-Full English speaking guiding during cycling and the programmes of the whole tour, with 1st class service of 2 professional and friendly guides, one cycling with you, and one driving the back-up bus.
-Full technical support, and special trailer for all the bikes, and to transport all the luggage.
-Air conditioned support bus for the whole group, during the whole tour.
-Boat trip on Lake Fertő.
-All the museum, castle, church, and bath tickets, written in the programme.
-Very good quality hybrid bikes with 24 gears, suspension, and panniers.
-Souvenir water-bottle and TNS T-shirt.
-Sights - Most beautiful routes mainly in nature reserves, or woods, mostly with low or no car traffic.
-Transfers in Budapest between your hotel and the airport or stations.

Optional (Not Included)
-Extra nights in Budapest
-Airport-hotel transport in Budapest

Excludes
-Your travel between Budapest and your home, before and after the tour
-Travel and health insurance
- Flights

Cycling Distance Total 328 kms/ 203 miles, approx. 15-63 km/ 9-39 miles/day.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival in Budapest
Day 02. Budapest to Gyor
Day 03. Miracles of Szigetköz
Day 04. Hansag - the Mysterious Marshland
Day 05. Sopron, Lake Fertö
Day 06. Balf to Bozsok
Day 07. Köszeg and the Irrotkö Natural Park
Day 08. From Castle to Castle
Day 09. Keszthely and Heviz
Day 10. Lake Balaton
Day 11. Tihany to Budapest
Day 12. Depart