Balaton Cycling Tour 576 , 7 Days

The tour offers an exceptional experience, cycling around the largest lake in Central Europe,
The Balaton Lake. The tour starts in Siófok, the popular holiday destination with several beaches
and good climate. Hungarians often call the town "The Capital of Balaton".

Day 1. Arrival in Siófok (there is a good train connection between Budapest and Siófok).
Overnight in Siófok right at the lake shore.
Checking the bicycles.

Day 2. Siófok – Balatonkeresztúr aprx. 63km (39,5miles)
After breakfast the tour starts on the Balaton bicycle path “Balatoni Körút” to the west. On the southern shore we pass the villages, which are mostly resort towns, and arrive in Balatonkeresztúr.
Overnight in Balatonkeresztúr.

Day 3. Balatonkeresztúr – Badacsony aprx. 43,5km (27miles)
After breakfast the tour continues from your hotel, crossing the Kis Balaton (Little Balaton) the huge wetland habitat.
In 1979, the Kis Balaton was included in the list of "Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat".

On the way there, a stop in Keszthely is to be made. Though settled since at least Roman times. One of its main tourist attractions is the Festetics Palace, which was built in 1745 in baroque style.
Overnight in Badacsony.

Day 4. Badacsony – Tapolca – Badacsony aprx. 35km (22miles)
After breakfast explore the Tapolca Basin, with the basalt hills (the basalt quarries opened here in 1903 has finally been closed down) and the town of Tapolca with the famous lake cave.
Overnight in Badacsony.

Day 5. Badacsony – Tihany aprx. 50km (31,25miles)
Breakfast in your hotel.
The most characteristic part of the Balaton Uplands was granted protection - perhaps at the last moment - when a protected landscape area in the Káli Basin was established in 1984 on an
area of 9,111 hectares.

Finally we arrive in Tihany, on the historical Tihany peninsula. The center of the district is the Benedictine Abbey, which was founded in 1055.
Overnight in Tihany.

Day 6. Tihany – Balatonfüred - Siófok aprx. 59km (37miles)
Breakfast in your hotel.
Your final tour day leads you back to Siófok, and offers a nice and easy ride, along the popular holiday villages of the Northern shore, like Balatonfüred, Balatonalmádi.

Balatonfüred is a favorite location for coarse fishing. With the State Hospital of Cardiology in Balatonfüred, it boasts the largest cardiac-rehabilitation center in Hungary.
People come here to enjoy the mild micro-climate, beautiful scenery, the local wine, and sailing and swimming facilities, as well as to revive the two-century-old tradition of socializing around spas, bathing and vacationing.

Arrival in Siófok, overnight.

Day 7. End of the tour
Breakfast and time to say good bye to one of the most remarkable places in Hungary.


Practical information (how to get to the meeting point)

The train connection from Budapest to Siófok is very easy and quick, there are direct trains, which takes aprx. 1,5 hours.
There is a public direct bus service from the Budapest airport to Downtown and metro station (Bus 100 E) in each 20 minutes from early morning to 1.20 AM. That bus goes to Deák tér (Deák square) where the metro can be taken to Déli Pályaudvar (Déli Railway station). From there the train leaves to Siófok.
Other possibility is to take a taxi from the airport and travel to the Déli Railway station. It takes aprx. 45-60 minutes, depending on the traffic.
At Siófok train station is the meeting point from where you will be transferred to the hotel.

Tour highlights: Balaton lake, Festetics Palace, Tapolca, Tihany peninsula

Recommended travel period of the year: May - October

Nessesary equipment: We strongly recommend you wearing a helmet during the cycling. You can bring your own helmet or rent on of ours. Cycling gloves, breathable clothes, waterproof gear, cycling shoes/trainers. (for list with recommended items see “General” in the trip dossier).


Price Includes:
2 nights accommodation in Siófok in 3* hotel
1 night accommodation in Balatonkeresztúr in 3* hotel
2 nights accommodation in Badacsony in 3* hotel
1 night accommodation in Tihany in 3* hotel
6 breakfasts
Local taxes
Bicycle rental for 5 days
Two way transfer from the train station in Siófok train station to the hotel
Luggage transportation
Side bag with repair kit
24 hours assistance by phone
Tour description,information,maps

Not Included:
Single supplement (amount is depending on the departure date)
Rental of pannier bags and helmets
Entrance fees
Meals not mentioned as included
Drinks and tips

Additional Services:
Half board supplement: 78€ / person
Half board includes 6 dinners on a two-course menu or buffet dinner without drinks
Supplement for electric bicycle: 162€ / bicycle
Four star accommodation supplement: 204€ / person in double room
Single supplement for four stars stay: 260€ / person
Half board supplement on four stars: 120€ / person
(in some cases we can not guarantee 6 dinners-with the confirmation of the booking we’ll let you know the possibilities and final prices)
GPS guide renting fee: 18€ / device
We can guarantee 1 device per reservation or group
Taxi transfer Budapest – Siófok (one way)
1- 6 persons HUF 47.000 / grp (aprx. 150€)
7-19 persons HUF 72.000 / grp (aprx. 230€)


Balaton Cycling Tour (Rated 4.85 / 5 Based on 13 Reviews.)
Price
576 EUR
Duration
7 Days
Single Supplement
114 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Luggage's transportation is included on Saturday's and Wednesday's departure. Luggage's transportation by any other departures: 230€ / group
Price
474 EUR
Duration
7 Days
Single Supplement
96 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Luggage's transportation is included on Saturday's and Wednesday's departure. Luggage's transportation by any other departures: 230€ / group

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Group Size
Minimum 2 pax
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