|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||28 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: May 2, 16; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 11, 18 ; Aug 1, 8, 29; Sep 12, 26, 2015 (minimum 4 persons)|
|Start city:||Budapest, Hungary|
|End city:||Budapest, Hungary|
Sunshine and dry continental air define the climate of the Hungarian region this bike tour travels through. Above all, this tour is not a simple "Wellness Offer" as much as an opportunity to enjoy this spas and thermal waters in the context of a cycling holiday. And every night, you will stay where you can bathe or swim in the curative waters.
In the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe, where Hungary is located, the crust of the earth is very thin so the thermal waters rise very easily from the core of the earth to the surface. There is a saying in Hungary that all you have to do is push a stick into the ground to reach the thermal water rich in minerals and trace elements. Thanks to this natural phenomenon and, with more than 400 hot springs and 200 thermal spas, Hungary is a world leader in spa vacationing.
In fact, thermal waters in Hungary have been used for curative purposes since Roman times, who developed an extensive bathing culture around the hot springs. All Hungarian spas have chlorine-free mineral pools of varying temperatures of 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit (28-38 Celsius). The hot springs gush into the surface at very high temperatures and have to be cooled off to different temperatures suitable for bathing and swimming. On this tour, suitable for those of all ages, you will can enjoy the healing waters of Hungary!
This self-guided tour includes special VELO-TOURING Service: The holiday includes the services of a guide/driver who follows the group in a back-up van. This service and luggage vehicle accompanies the cyclists discreetly on the daily stages, so in case of technical problems our driver can be called via phone and he will be there to help as soon as possible. Thus he offers a mobile bike-repair service the quickest roadside assistance without any additional charges. The drive will also meet with the cyclists at pre-arranged points along the way, organises visits en-route, and helps with advice if needed.
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Day 1: Arrival in Budapest
Individual arrival in Budapest.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 2: Doba - Puszta/Berek-Spa (27 miles/43 km)
The transfer bus takes you near Szolnok, located at the River Tisza. Following the distribution of bikes, a beautiful stage awaits following the embankment of the Nature Reserve. You then cross the Tisza on a ferry and continue through calm villages until reaching Kunhegyes. After a short bus transfer to the hotel, enjoy the evening in the thermal spa/swimming pool.
Overnight in Kunhegyes.
Day 3: The Lake Tisza and Tiszaorveny (30 miles/47 km)
Today begins with a sightseeing tour in Kunhegyes, followed by a cycle route heading towards Abádszalók at Lake Tisza, cultural landscape of the World Heritage. Because of the barrage, it is the second largest lake in the country. Again passing beautiful nature scenery, you reach the destination of the day, Tiszaörvény, where one of the most effective thermal springs of Hungary comes to the surface.
Overnight in Tiszaörvény.
Day 4: Bird Reserve in the National Park (26 miles/42 km)
Today you cycle towards the strictly protected bird-reserve of the Lake Tisza. Traveling by boat on the romantic water world, you reach the embankment that is ideal for cycling. Soon you reach Máta, the center of the riding life. The Nonius breed is bred in stud farms in Mata. There will be plenty of time for swimming and relaxing.
Overnight in Mata.
Day 5: Wildlife Park Hortobagy (27 miles/43 km)
In the morning, you can take a "Puszta-Taxi", a covered horse carriage Journey to see the horses, gray cattles, spiral-horned sheep and the typical dwell of this region. The short grass is ideal for birds and unique plants. Continuing towards Nádudvar, a popular place among open-air thermal-bath fans, but also beloved by hunters, is perfect for a pleasant bath!
Overnight in Nádudvar.
Day 6: Cycling and Bathing (24 miles/39 km)
Today you visit Hajdúszoboszló, the largest open-air thermal spa of Hungary with 17 pools and other facilities. Leaving you head towards Hajdúszovát. Enjoy your last opportunity for bathing in Kaba with its well-cared, local open-air spa. The days ends in Nádudvar again, with dinner following at the hotel.
Overnight in Nádudvar.
Day 7: Set out for Budapest
Saying goodbye to Nádudvar, you continue on to the Puszta. The bus will take you to Budapest and give an exploratory sightseeing tour of the city. In the evening, enjoy free time, shopping, or countless other activities Budapest offers. Goodbye dinner in the hotel in Budapest.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure after breakfast.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
Saturdays: May 2, 16; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 11, 18 ; Aug 1, 8, 29; Sep 12, 26, 2015 (minimum 4 persons)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel Rubin, Budapest
Thermal Hotel Szivek, Berekfurdo
Club Hotel Hortobagy, Hortobagy-Mata
Hotel Trofea, Nadudvar
Hotel Rubin, Budapest
Interested in visiting other locations before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking) include:
Bike come equipped with the following at no additional cost:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The Puszta is as flat as a table. It lies 288/295 feet (88-90 meters) above sea level. Easy daily stages, suitable for all age groups. Approximately 60% of the tour is on quiet roads, 30% on dedicated bicycle paths, 7% on roads shared with traffic and 3% on dirt or gravel roads.
Tour Start and end
Nearest airport and train station: Budapest, Hungary
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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.
Velo-Touring, the oldest and first professional and juridical registered Travel Agency of Hungary has been a specialist of organised cycling tours through Hungary and Austria for 20 years. Velo-Touring ensures the careful selection of the quiet and car-free cycling routes throughour each country. They are versatile, flexible and able organize scheduled and custom tours.
Located in Budapest, Hungary in Central Europe, Velo-Touring strengths include their 200 bikes and 5 special bike-trailers, as well as the opportunity to bike as part of a small, friendly multi-national groups of like minded people, where you can welcome the comfort of good accommodation and spas at the end of each day's cycle route.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We are pleased for your interest in a VELO-TOURING® tour arrangement and we thank you for your confidence in us.
You can register for a tour by telephone or in written form (postal mail, fax or e-mail also by using the booking form) and sending it to us or one of our partner travel agencies.
Or: Please print out the “Booking Form” (http://www.velo-touring.hu/buchung_en.html#anmel) and fill it out with block letters (or the WORD file itself), and send it to us per E-Mail, per Fax, or in a stamped envelope per Post. You also have the option to register for a tour online, using our electronic booking form, located on the web sites of each tour. Just click the chosen starting date with the mouse.
The registration is binding when we have sent you the booking confirmation.
2. Payment of the travel price
After receiving the confirmation from us, a prepayment of 10% of the travel price (max. EUR 150,- per person) has to be made. The remaining amount (or the whole travel fee) has to be paid without further notice at latest 30 days before the start of the tour. The whole amount has to be paid immediately in case of registering for a tour less than 30 days before the start of it. If necessary, we have to charge handling fee of EUR 10,- per booking in case of a short-term bookings (7 days before the tour start or less). Easier payment system: You can pay the tour price in form of a bank money transfer in EURO on one of our bank accounts. You receive all the bank account details (IBAN No., SWIFT/BIC-code, etc.) with your booking confirmation. We send the travel documents usually approx. 10 days before the tour start, after your payment completely arrived according to the contract. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us anytime.
Services are listed on our web site (www.velo-touring.hu/index_en.html) for each tour. The bike rental fee in not included in the tour price anymore. In case of using our bike, a supplementary fee will be charged. So if you are using you own bike, this extra fee will be not charged, and your bike can be transported with our trailer during the duration of the bike tour for free. The tour fee is per person accommodated in double rooms (DR). Single travellers have the possibility to book a single room for a surcharge (see the single room supplement section in the price chart). The supplement is, however, not depending on the quality of the room. On request for guests who are travelling alone we can book 1/2 DR (half of a double room) together with another guest, and we can also book a triple-bedded room for 3 adults, both according to the availability. Nothing will be refunded for services that have not been used (e.g. in case of interruption of the tour).
4. Withdrawal from the tour
We will charge you a handling fee of 10% of the tour fee (max. EUR 150,-) per person in case you withdraw from a booked tour at least 30 days before the start of it. In case of withdrawal between the 30. and 21. days we will charge you a cancellation fee of 30% of the tour fee per person. Should you withdraw after the 21. day before the start of your tour, regretfully we will have to charge you 50% of the tour fee. The cancellation fee in case of withdrawal between the 14. and 7. day before the tour is 75%. Upon withdrawal after the 7. day we will charge you 90% of the tour fee. In case of withdrawal or no-show on the starting day of the tour, or cancelling after the tour has begun, interruption of the tour, we will charge you 100% of the tour fee (there is no back payment). (– Exception is the case when an individual agreement about the settlement of the ex-gratia basis has been made. –)
Should you – despite our greatest carefulness during the planning and realisation of our tours – have a reason for complaint, please make the tour guide or us aware of this fact immediately. Furthermore you have to bring your claim against us within one month after the predictable end of the tour according to the contract. Our guides are not entitled to admit claims. Court of jurisdiction is the court at the registered office of the organiser.
6. The obligation of the traveller to co-operate
The traveller is obliged to take reasonable measures to minimise possible damages. Each participant is personally responsible to be able to cope both mentally and physically with the requirements of the chosen tour. Also each participant is personally responsible to follow the road traffic regulations.
VELO-TOURING® is liable for the conscientious organising and carrying out of the cycling tours, as well as for the accurate briefing and training of the tour guides. We select our various service providers (like ship companies, bus companies, Hotels, etc.) very carefully. At the same time we are transmitting between the traveller and the transport- and hotel companies. So we take only limited liability for the fulfilment of the services done through these companies. The liability is limited to the direct damages. Other damages (like accidents, loss, material damages, delays or other irregularities) are at your own risk, although third parties are liable towards you on their own. You take part in the cycling tour on your own responsibility. Participation for underage persons is allowed only with attendance of a legal guardian. If a tour has to be cancelled because of such reasons that we cannot influence (vis major, strikes, war and warlike events, etc.) the already paid amounts of the participation fee will be refunded. Should visits included in our program be impracticable due to reasons that we cannot influence (like renovations of churches, roadblocks, constructions, etc.), we cannot be held responsible. We reserve the right to cancel a tour if there are not at least 6 participants for it. Normally this can be foreseen by the 4th week or at the very latest 2 weeks before the start of the tour. We inform you immediately in this case and refund the effected payments. Further claims are not recognised. Oral arrangements not confirmed in a written form by us are void. Our liability is limited to the double of the travel fee as a maximum regardless of the legal ground, provided the damage has not been caused neither intentionally nor in a grossly negligent manner by us or in case we are held responsible due to the default of one of our chosen service providers. We take on no responsibility for activities and trips, which are organised by the tour leaders or third party companies and which are not included in the booked tour’s official program. Their terms and conditions do not apply to us.
8. Travel insurance for accident, sickness and luggage
Our offer does not include any accident or sickness insurance. We are in principle not liable for claims as a result of lost or damaged luggage. If you would like more protection against diverse risks, you should take out a private luggage and/or travel cancellation insurance.
9. Travel Documents – Miscellaneous
For all our cycling tours you will only need a valid passport. German and other citizens of the European Union can use their valid ID cards too. Travellers are personally responsible for following the entry, health and currency regulations. Services and prices are subject to change without prior notice, just as corrections of mistakes, misprints and miscalculations.
State: December 2010
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