|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||20 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 30, 2014|
|Start city:||Budapest, Hungary|
|End city:||Budapest, Hungary|
Taking this cycling tour, you will ride in beautiful woods in the Mátra, Bükk and Zemplén Hills, enjoying fascinating views, picturesque landscapes, and the tranquillity of the most unspoilt areas of North Hungary. See the miraculous Stalactite Caves of Aggtelek/Jósvafo, and visit famous medieval Castles of Füzér, Sárospatak and the baroque town Eger. Along the route, you will pass through charming old village houses and have countless opportunities to visit museums. You will stay in wonderfully located castles and have superb food in small but outstanding hotels and restaurants. On top of all this, you will taste special regional wines in the old cellars of the world-famous Tokaj and the historic Eger wine-region.
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 same 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
Your hotel is centrally situated at the Danube, on Buda side with a lovely view. You will meet your tourguide, have information about the tour, and dinner in the hotel.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 2: Among the Matra Hills (21 miles/34 km)
The day begins with a bus transfer to the Mátra. From the highest point, you cycle down through very nice woods with some panoramic viewpoints. After visiting a small crystal workshop and a horse carriage museum, you arrive to a small village, where the famous Lipizzan horses are bred. Spend the evening at a luxurious castle hotel.
Overnight in a luxurious castle hotel.
Day 3: In the Bukk Hills (22 miles/35 km)
We ride on the Bükk Plateau, through very beautiful woods and colorful meadows, where we can even see the Lipizzan stud, if we are lucky. We roll down the hill to
the Szalajka Valley, go up with the narrow-gauge railways, and walk down along the beautiful stream.
Overnight in a luxurious castle hotel.
Day 4: A Magical World of Dripstones (28 miles/45 km)
We arrive at the Aggtelek Karst Hills, where we take a tour in the wonderful Baradla Stalactite Caves. It is peerless throughout Europe, and a part of the World Heritage. We cycle along nice fields and hills with beautiful views, and get to a small village, where we stay in a hunting lodge with a very friendly and peaceful atmosphere, and a
delicious home made dinner.
Overnight in Fuzerkomlos.
Day 5: The Zemplen Hills and Tokaj Wine Region (28 miles/45 km)
We go to see the breathtaking view of a medieval castle on the top of a volcanic hill, and then we cycle through untouched woods, among small hills and picturesque vineyards all around, to another World Heritage Site, the Tokaj wine region, where the noblest sweet wine of the world, the Aszu is made. We sample excellent wines in the
unique atmosphere of more kilometers long cellars, which were hollowed out of the volcanic tuff in the 13th century.
Overnight in a very beautiful castle hotel near Tokaj.
Day 6: The Rakoczi Castle in Sarospatak (20 miles/31 km)
We visit one of the most valuable fortified castles of Hungary, built throughout the 16-18th centuries, where the various parts represent the styles of the different ages. After this experience we cycle in a quiet natural environment along the River Bodrog, and we stay in the same castle hotel near Tokaj.
Overnight in Tarcal.
Day 7: Castle to Castle (30 miles/40 km)
We cycle in a peaceful area along beautiful oxbow lakes near the River Tisza, and stop at the geometrical central point of Europe. After a gourmet lunch with some excellent wines, and a short bus ride, we take the narrow-gauge railways to Lillafüred where we stay at a Renaissance Palace Hotel at a picturesque lake among beautiful hills.
Overnight in Lillafured.
Day 8: In the Bukk Hills and Wine Tasting (18 miles/29 km)
We ride in the Bükk National Park, through untouched oak, hornbeam, beech and pine woods and colorful meadows, and we get to a small village near Eger, where we stay in a small family hotel, with lovely surroundings at the wood, and a very friendly atmosphere. We will have wine tasting and dinner in a 100 year old wine-cellar of a very kind family, which has won the "Best winemaker of the year”, and many other international prizes.
Overnight in Eger.
Day 9: Eger, the Baroque Jewel, Thermal Bath, and Wine Tasting
Today you visit Eger, one of the nicest Baroque towns of Hungary. As you are in the home of a famous red wine, the "Bull’s Blood", you will have a fantastic wine tasting with one of the best wine makers of the country. We will have a delicious home made dinner in our family hotel.
Overnight in Eger.
Day 10: Folk Art (12 miles/19 km)
We get through charming villages to Mezőkövesd, the capital of a special ethnic group: the Matyo people, who have the most ornamented traditional costumes in Hungary. We visit here a few small museums in nice old thatched village houses, and we take a bus transfer to our hotel in Budapest, where you can have some rest before we have our farewell dinner there.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 11: Departure
After enjoying breakfast in the nice atmosphere of your hotel, you will leave with nice memories for a lifetime.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Art'Otel Budapest
Days 2 & 3: La Contessa Castle, Szilvasvarad
Day 4: White Rock Hunting Lodge, Füzérkomlós
Day 5 & 6: Grof Degenfeld Kastelyszallo, Tarcal
Day 7: Hotel Palota, Lillafüred
Days 8 & 9: Hotel Nomad
Day 10: 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):
Bikes come equipped with:
Helmets are available on request as part of the tour price. 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, in beautiful woods. It is leisurely, on mainly flat terrain with some hills. Approximately 100% of the tour follows quiet roads. This tour is appropriate for hybrid bikes.
Hungary is a rather flat country with some hilly areas. The tour follows selected mainly flat and sometimes slightly undulating routes, where longer downhills outnumber short uphills. On hard uphills, you take our bus. The tour is designed for anybody who can cycle 10-40 miles (16-65 km) a day at a leisure pace.
This tour is ideal for cyclists in average physical condition.
"We returned yesterday from our trip and it was fabulous. Peter and Marietta Beck were wonderful tour guides. I would recommend this tour to anyone. We stayed at the most beautiful inns and castles, ate really great authentic Hungarian food and just had a trip of a lifetime. Peter and Marietta truly found a way to combine cycling with history and adventure."
- Helga Grosskopf
Tour Start and End: Budpest, 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 at least 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.