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Hungary's Balaton Lake 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour

  • 7days
  • Hungary

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Balaton Lake in Hungary 7-day Cycling Tour

Enjoy the largest lake in Central Europe, which is often affectionately referred to as the Hungarian Sea. Admire the pretty countryside along the shores of the lake while meeting friendly people and savouring genuine Hungarian hospitality in the villages. Whereas the northern shore is dominated by picturesque vineyards at the foot of the Badacsony mountain, the southern shore is flat with friendly beaches. Perhaps the best-known highlight of the area is the Tihany peninsula, which extends from the northern shore far out into the lake and which is home to several interesting buildings - including a Benedictine Abbey. Constant investments in the cycling infrastructure are making the lake increasingly attractive to cyclists. What more could you need for a delightful cycling holiday

Tour Character: Level 1

Well-developed asphalted cycle path around the lake, on several stages country roads with very little traffic. Also very suitable for families. This cycling tour however is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Individual requests are in special cases possible (e.g. handicapped accessible room) All distances are an approximate distance for the recommended cycling tours.

Highlights:

  • Benedictine Abbey Tihany
  • Tagore Promenade in Balatonfüred
  • Festetics palace in Keszthely
  • Wine-growing region Badacsony
  • City Centre Székesfehérvá
  • Boat ride on the lake
  • Swimming in Lake Balaton

Included in the Lake Balaton Cycling Tour:

  • 6  nights (main season) 4* hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 6 x half board surcharge, 92 EUR
  • 1x ferry Szántod-Tihany
  • 2 x ferry Tihany-Szántod
  • 3 x train Siófok-Fonyód
  • 2 x boat Fonyód–Badacsonytomaj
  • 1 x train Siófok-Székesfehérvár und retour
  • 1 x train Fonyód-Siófok
  • Service-Hotline ( also accessible on weekends)
  • Map and information material per room

Not included in the tour:

  • Benedictine Abbey Tihany approx.  4 EUR person
  • Festetics palace, Keszthely, approx. 8 EUR person
  • Local taxes, if due

Arrival/parking/departure:

    • Parking on the hotel premises approx. 4 EUR per night (recommended)
    • Departures Monday to Friday only 1-29 April + 4-31 October
    • Departures daily from 30 April-3 October 2020
    • For the period 26 June to 22 August 2020 an 8-day Lake Balaton Cycling Tour is also available

    If you would like to rent a bike (95 EUR) or e-bike (165 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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    • Day 1

      Siófok

      Arrival in Siófok and check in at the Premium Hotel Panorama. Siófok is a well-known and lively resort which in summer attracts throngs of foreign and Hungarian tourists who come to enjoy the lake. The town has two large beaches, the Silver Beach, which is popular with families and the Golden Beach, which is a magnet for the younger generation. Siófok has all the amenities you need for a comfortable holiday: Shops, cafés, restaurants etc.

    • Day 2

      Tihany Peninsula and the Spa Resort of Balatonfüred, approx. 55km

      Fahr Ride along the southern shore to Szántód, where the only ferry service across Lake Balaton operates. Cross the lake to the northern shore and disembark in Tihany, where the monastery and the church on the northern peninsula offer an unforgettable panoramic view over the entire lake. Enjoy the sweeping view over Europe’s largest freshwater lake from this vantage point on high. Continue to Balatonfüred. Treat yourself to a coffee on the Tagore Promenade which is almost one kilometre long, before taking the same route home via Tihany and the ferry to Siófok.

    • Day 3

      The flat southern shore of Lake Balaton, approx. 45km

      The day begins with a train ride to Fonyód from where you cycle back along the flat southern shore to Siófok. The southern side of the lake, which has a well-developed network of cycle paths and routes through villages close to the lake, is very popular with cyclists. It also provides an ideal opportunity to sample one of the delicious locally-produced wines in Balatonboglár or take a refreshing dip at one of the public beaches. A pleasant day’s cycling through the villages dotting the southern shore.

    • Day 4

      The northern shore of Lake Balaton and the wine-growing area of Badacsony, approx. 60km

      Begin the day again with another train ride heading west, transfer to the boat in Fonyód to cross the lake to Badacsony. The small village of Badacsonytomaj is located in the heart of the one of the most famous wine-growing regions in Hungary. There are plenty of wine cellars to visit and perhaps the most idyllic place to while away some time is the terrace of the Villa Kisfaludy on the upper slope of the basalt cone of the Badacsony mountain. In good weather, you can see far beyond the almost 80-km-long Lake Balaton. Cycle back along the northern shore through hamlets and villages to Tihany, where you take the ferry and return to the southern shore of the lake after an action-packed day.

    • Day 5

      Round Trip to the Third-Largest Lake in Hungary (Lake Velence), approx. 50km

      Today, you’ll be going northwards to the lovely old coronation city of Székesfehérvár. Take the train from Siófok to Székesfehérvár, and explore the charming baroque city centre, strolling past monuments such as the cathedral and the Garden of Ruins. Then it’s time to begin your cycle tour to Lake Velence, Hungary’s second-most popular lake after Lake Balaton. Ride around the lake before taking the train back to your hotel.

    • Day 6

      The Delightful Western Shore of Lake Balaton, approx. 57km

      Today it’s time to become acquainted with the western area of Lake Balaton. Take the train from Siófok to Fonyód and a boat to Badacsony. Continue on toward Keszthely by bike. In Szigliget you might want to make a detour to the ruins of a medieval castle perched at the top of a 239-metre-high hill. In fact, Szigliget is one of the most charming villages on Lake Balaton and is very popular with both holidaymakers and second-home owners who appreciate its tranquillity and location on a peninsula. From there, it’s not far to Keszthely, the lake’s western capital. The magnificent baroque palace built by the Festetics family is the third-largest palace in Hungary. Set amidst a beautiful park in the centre of town it is definitely worth visiting. From Keszthely, your tour takes you south through idyllic villages with many weekend houses to Fonyód, where you can take the train back to Siófok if you wish.

    • Day 7

      Siófok

      Individual homeward travel or extension.

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    Double rooms 479€
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    Oct 05 2020 Oct 11 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
    Double rooms 399€
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    Oct 26 2020 Nov 01 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
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    Oct 27 2020 Nov 02 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
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    Oct 28 2020 Nov 03 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
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    Oct 29 2020 Nov 04 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
    Double rooms 399€
    Oct 30 2020 Nov 05 2020 12 Single rooms 569€
    Double rooms 399€

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