|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||22 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||May 23, Aug 15, 2014|
|Start city:||Budapest, Hungary|
|End city:||Budapest, Hungary|
On this tour, you cycle in untouched nature and woods, through charming villages, picturesque landscapes and historical wine regions, and along the River Danube, Lake Ferto, and Lake Balaton. Visit the most famous castles and Romanesque churches, nicest medieval towns, thermal baths, and small museums of Western Transdanubia. Stay in wonderfully located historic houses and castles, and taste excellent Hungarian wine and gourmet local food, all with first class comfort and service.
A great feature of this tour is the nice accommodation. You will stay in castles, mansions and historic buildings. All are selected for their antique or unique atmosphere, quiet and beautiful location, lovely wellness possibilities, kind hospitality, and high standards. They are small intimate 3-or 4-star hotels.
Hungarian cuisine and wines form an important part of this tour. You will have buffet breakfasts, gourmet dinners in small, but outstanding restaurants or wine cellars, where you can taste the finest local specialities and wines. You will also be offered drinks during cycling, and picnic lunches featuring typical homemade Hungarian food always at beautiful spots.
Routes and sights
This tour combines visits to lovely historic towns, castles, museums, churches and thermal spas. You cycle along the most beautiful and quiet routes and through unspoilt woods and nature reserves with picturesque landscapes. You ride along quiet country lanes, cycle and forest paths, or river embankments, with very low or no car traffic.
All our tours are led personally by the 2 owners of the local company. They will make you thoroughly acquainted with Hungary's history, life, flora and fauna. One of them will cycle with the group, showing the way and the sights, and helping you if you have any kind of trouble. The other drives the support minibus, providing full technical background and catering service en route. They both speak fluent English (and Hungarian).
The comfortable, air conditioned minibus, is available for the whole group at any time. It provides the opportunity to cycle only along the nicest and most quiet areas of the routes, avoiding unpleasant conditions such as car traffic, rain or steep hills. The minibus also ensures that you can have flexible cycling distances every day. Of course your luggage will also be transferred.
The group size ranges from 6 to 15 people. Because of the small size, you can stay at charming small hotels, intimate restaurants and visit secret places where the crowd can't get in. The atmosphere is more friendly and will provide personal attention.
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Day 1: Arrival in Budapest
The first hotel in Budapest is at the woods on top of Buda hills, with a lovely environment. You will meet your tour guide, have information about the tour and dinner in the hotel.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 2: Budapest to Gyor
Today begins with a sightseeing tour in Budapest, and a bus transfer to Gyor to the hotel in the heart of the antique part of the city. Swim in a nice thermal bath at the River Danube and walk around the ancient town to see the Cathedral, Baroque houses with lovely oriels, and the Carmelite cloister of the 18th century where you will stay.
Overnight in Gyor.
Day 3: Szigetkoz (30 miles/48 km)
Today's ride takes you through a peaceful watery world, a paradise for birds, anglers, and for cyclists. Riding along idyllic landscapes, through charming villages on the banks of the Danube, you end up at a beautiful thermal bath. After a refreshing bathe, you arrive at your hotel, where you enjoy the luxury of a 400-year-old Renaissance castle.
Overnight in Hedervary.
Day 4: Hansag (34 miles/55 km)
Today you visit an amazing Romanesque church and cycle in the untouched nature of Hanság, a mysterious marshland that is part of the Ferto-Hanság National Park. After reaching Lake Ferta, you stop at the splendid Esterházy Palace in Ferto, and get to the small Castle Hotel where you stay two nights. You will have dinner in a special gourmet restaurant in the area.
Overnight in a lovely Castle Hotel near Sopron.
Day 5: Sopron, Lake Ferto (14 miles/23 km)
The day begins with a walk in the wonderful antique world surrounded by the original city walls in town Sopron. Today's route cycles through a lovely wood to Lake Ferto, one of the most interesting wild water areas of Central Europe. You will take a boat trip, and look at a quarry with enormous halls and a beautiful view of the Lake. Taste some of the finest wines of the region with dinner in an excellent restaurant.
Overnight in a lovely Castle Hotel near Sopron.
Day 6: Sopron to Koszeg (38 miles/61 km)
Today you visit a castle, where Count István Széchenyi, known as the "greatest Hungarian", lived in the 19th century. The museum shows his outstanding work developing Hungary, and many world-famous Hungarian inventions. We ride further towards the foothills of the Alps, to an old watermill, which is an enchanting hotel now with a lovely swimming pool, surrounded by a beautiful park with ancient trees.
Overnight in Koszeg.
Day 7: Koszeg (22 miles/35 km)
After a walk in the pretty town of Koszeg, "the Sub-Alpine jewel-box", you cycle in the wonderful forests of the Írottko Naturpark with smashing views, passing by museum-cellars. Tonight you have wine tasting in an old cellar at a unique iron-curtain museum, and arrive at a lovely small Castle, which was owned by an eminent statesman of Hungary in the 19th century.
Overnight in Boszak.
Day 8: Castle to Castle (35 miles/56 km)
You continue the tour in beautiful nature along sleeping hamlets, softly undulating lands and green woods. We stop at a charming village church and a small restaurant to taste some local specialities, and we arrive at a quiet place near Héviz, and stay at a nice Castle Hotel for two nights.
Overnight in Misefa.
Day 9: Keszthely and Heviz
In the town Keszthely at Lake Balaton, you visit the beautiful Festetics Castle with an English Garden, rich furniture, and its greatest treasure, the Helikon Library. Later you go to Hévíz, a rather unique and famous health resort of Europe, where you can dip into the second largest natural thermal lake of the world, decorated by beautiful water-lilies. After getting cured in the healing water, you have a nice rest in our hotel.
Overnight in Misefa.
Day 10: Lake Balaton (39 miles/63 km)
The highlight of today is Lake Balaton, the biggest lake in Middle Europe and the most visited resort of the country. Cycling along the Northern Side, you enjoy some of Hungary’s most beautiful landscapes, breathtaking panoramas of the lake and the volcanic hills at Badacsony, riding among vineyards around the lake. After reaching Tihany, you have a pleasant opportunity to swim and stay at a lovely hotel.
Overnight in Tihany.
Day 11: Tihany to Budapest (9 miles/15 km)
Tihany Peninsula is a most attractive point of Balaton, where you will visit the Benedictine monastery. Its foundation document from 1055, and the grave of the king who founded the abbey, have made it famous. After enjoying another wonderful view, walking among the old thatch-roofed houses and souvenir shops, you cycle through Balatonfüred, and take a bus transfer to Budapest, where you will have a farewell dinner in the hotel.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 12: Departure
After enjoying breakfast in the friendly atmosphere of your hotel, you will leave with wonderful memories for a lifetime.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Art’Otel Budapest
Day 2: Hotel Klastrom, Gyor
Day 3: Hedervar Kastely Hotel, Hedervary
Days 4, 5: Gyogy- Kastely Hotel Balf, Sopron-Balf
Day 6: Hotel Oreg Malom, Csepreg
Day 7: Hotel Rex Clinic
Day 11: Art’Otel Budapest
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Merida Hybrid bike, 24 speed
Bikes come equipped with:
Helmets are not provided but may be available on request for no extra cost. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
This tour follows picturesque routes on very quiet roads or cycle paths, mostly on tarmac, and a few distances on smooth gravel paths in the woods. The tour is mainly flat with some rolling areas. Approximately 89% of this tour is on quiet roads, 10% on dedicated bike paths and 1% on dirt or gravel roads. This tour is appropiate for hybrid bikes.
Hungary is a rather flat country with some hilly areas. The highest point is about 3,280 feet (1,000 m). Hills higher than about 656 feet (200 m) are usually called mountains. The routes selected are mainly flat and sometimes slightly undulating routes where longer downhills outnumber short uphills. On the rare occasions that there are some hard uphills, the group takes the bus.
The tours are designed for everybody who can cycle 13-40 miles (20-65 km) a day at a leisure pace. With a suitable fitness level you will not have any difficulties, but if you never do any sport activities at home, some regular training in advance is recommended in order to make your tour more enjoyable. However, if you get exhausted at any time, the support bus is always available for the whole group, so you can cycle as much of the daily distances as you wish. If you are uncertain, please don’t hesitate to ask us for any further advise.
"I wanted to be sure you knew that I had a fantastic time because of the charming leaders, Peter and Marietta. They are truly special, and very responsive to the likes and requests of guests. The trip was exactly as described in your materials, and I appreciated that. I can't recommend them more highly and I hope to go on another trip with them in the future."
"It was WAY more than we expected! Our guides were fabulous...every detail was attended to...their knowledge of their country extraordinary, they were pleaseant, fun, accommodating, etc,etc,etc!! The bikes were comfortable and easy to ride...the mileage was pleasantly interrupted by sights of the country...museums, cathedrals, charming towns and back country roads. Not to mention the castles we stayed in, and the thermal waters we enjoyed! We would definitely book another tour."
- Penny C.
"This posting will be brief as there is not much to say other than this was an absolutely wonderful trip. Certainly, the weather helped as it was sunny and warm each day of the excursion. I was told that this was unusual in that there is usually one or two days of slight rain but, I'll take all the luck I can get. The tour owners/guides, Peter and Marietta, have every detail sorted prior to guest arrival. They plan and provide three meals per day and their selection does not disappoint. The support van and bike trailer allow ample room for guests and luggage.
The bicycles are in excellent shape and ride comfortably. The accommodations are unique and comfortable - plenty of thought was placed in making the arrangements. Some hotels were better than others but all were clean, friendly, welcoming and well located. Both Peter and Marietta are "history nuts" and provide frequent, interesting facts about Hungary and the specific region within which you are cycling. The group was well taken care of and all needs met with near perfection. I highly recommend this company, this tour and plan to do another tour with Tradnatura in the near future."
Tour Start and End: Budapest, Hungary
Nearest airport: Budapest, Hungary
For your convenience the tour company can arrange transfers in Budapest between your hotel and the airport or stations. If you need such a service, please tell us the exact details of your arrival/departure latest 30 days before your tour start.
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Hungary, a small, landlocked country in Central Europe, has much to offer visitors. Its capital, Budapest, is referred to as both the "Pearl of Danube" and "Little Paris of Middle Europe." Overlooking the Danube River, the two communities of Buda and Pest were connected by the Chain Bridge in the 19th century forming Budapest. Highlights of the city include Castle Hill on which Buda Castle sits, Hungarian State Opera House, Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian Parliament Building.
Hungary also boasts Lake Balaton, Europe’s largest freshwater lake. A major outdoor destination for locals and tourists, the fifty-mile lake offers countless trails for cycling and hiking along with a wide-range of water sports. Vineyards surround the lake where you can enjoy Hungary’s famous white wines while tasting Hungarian goulash and strudel.
Tradnatura Sport is a small family company, owned by two Hungarian: Marietta and Peter. Based in Budapest, Tradnatura features fully guided and supported, all inclusive cycle tours, which offer an enjoyable experience with perfect comfort. All their tours are designed and led personally by Marietta and Peter, who will show you the nicest places of Hungary by leisure cycling in small groups.
Tradnatura's special strengths include personal attention and service, fully guided all inclusive tours, accompanying support van for the whole group, a guide cycling with the groups and very comfortable bikes. Cycling in small groups, their tours have a family feeling, cycling past castle hotels with special atmosphere, historic sights and scenic routes.
TRADNATURA SPORT- TERMS AND CONDITIONS
If you cancel your booking
If you wish to cancel your holiday after it has been confirmed, you must send us a written cancellation, signed by the same person who has signed the booking form. The date of your cancellation will be the time when we receive it, and the following cancellation charges will be due:
Cancellation more than 60 days before tour start Deposit only
Cancellation between 60 and 42 days before tour start 25% of total price
Cancellation between 41 and 28 days before tour start 50% of total price
Cancellation between 27 and 14 days before tour start 75% of total price
Cancellation between 13 and 0 days before tour start 100% of total price
If you are unable to come on your booked holiday, you can transfer your booking to another suitable person, but a new booking form must be completed for the replacement person. Should this change cause any additional cost, it has to be covered by you or the other person.
If we alter your holiday
Sometimes, we may find improvements to our plans, and make small changes to everyone’s benefit. If rearly we may have to alter an itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to offer alternative arrangements maintaining our quality standards. In the unlikely event of any significant alteration of your tour, you will be notified as early as possible, and if these changes are unacceptable for you, we will offer an alternative holiday, or a full refund of all your money you have paid us.
If we cancel your holiday
We require a minimum of 4 guests to run any tours. If we need to cancel your trip we will inform you no later than 30 days before departure. If the guests are less than 6, we may send only one guide to lead the group, instead of cancelling the tour. You will be advised of this prior to departure. We also may cancel your tour, if we are forced to do so by unusual or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In both cases we will do our best to offer you a suitable alternative tour. If this is not acceptable to you, you will receive a full refund of your money that you have paid us. We cannot refund any incidental costs you may have incurred by your booking (air tickets, insurance, etc.), in case of any kind of cancellation or alteration of our tours.
We would like to treat you and all our clients on a fair way. Before you make your booking, please make sure that you read carefully the Tour Descriptions, Geneal Information, and these Conditions! All the tour bookings and contracts made between our clients („you”), and TradNatura Sport Ltd. („we” or „us”), will be subject to the terms set out in these conditions.
If you alter your booking
If you want to change any details of your holiday after your booking has been confirmed, you have to do it in writing. We will do our best to help you. If you wish to change your holiday within 60 days of departure, we will have the right to apply the cancellation charges set out below. If you decide to change or cancel any details of your holiday after the tour commences, we cannot accept liability for any additional costs, and there will be no refund for any unused elements of the tour.
Our tour prices are based on accommodation in twin or double bedded rooms. If you request a single room, you have to pay a single room supplement. If you wish to share your room, we will try to find a suitable room-mate for you, but we cannot guarantee to find a suitable person. If we cannot find anybody, you have to pay the single room supplement.
Passport or visa
You must have a valid passport to enter and leave Hungary. If you are a national of any countries of the European Union or Switzerland, your Identity Card is enough, but only if your nationality is in your ID card.
So, British, Irish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic nationals need to have a passport, as well as citizens from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. (A Visa is required only for stays longer than 90 days.) If you are from any other countries please check with the local Hungarian Embassy or Consulate, or we can also help.
Fitness and Health
People taking part in our tours do so at their own responsibility, and we suppose that they are in good health. If there is any doubt about your fittness or ability of participation in an activity holiday, please consult your doctor.
Travel and Health Insurance
We strongly recommend that you have an adequate travel and medical insurance to cover unexpected costs due to tour cancellation or interruption, accident, illness, injury or loss, and ensure that your policy covers you for the sport activities you will do on our tours. Such insurance is not included in our holiday prices.
We are very happy to satisfy all your special requirements you may have, such as: extra nights in Budapest, any special dietary, non smoking room, extra wishes connected with bikes, bringing your own bike, and arranging your transport to your hotel in Budapest. Please help us, and send us all these demands when you make your booking, or possibly not later than 60 days before your arrival. Of course we will do our best to arrange everything for you, but later it may be difficult or not possible!
We can not be held liable for anything caused by unusual or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, that is known as „force majeure”, and we cannot cover any extra costs caused by any such cases. Touring by bicycle could carry some risk. We cannot accept any liability for death, accident, injury, illness, or any other inconveniences suffered by you, and for any loss or damage to your luggage or property on our holidays, unless it is caused by a negligent act or omission of us. All persons taking part in our tours must agree to observe local laws and traffic rules, and you are asked to abide by the safety advices given by your tour leaders (us). When you book, you must inform us about any medical conditions that may affect your ability or other people on the tour.
We will not increase the price of your holiday once your booking has been confirmed, except due to changes of exchange rates, or increases of accommodation or other costs. Should the increase be more than 10% of the holiday price, you will have the right to cancel your tour, and receive a full refund of all money you have paid us. Once your holiday has been paid in full, no increases of the price will be done.
We do our best to make your holiday most enjoyable. However, should you have any complaint during your tour, please notify us as soon as it arises, and we will make every effort to resolve the problem. If you are still not satisfied, please write us within 28 days of your tour end. This contract is governed by Hungarian law.