Type of tour:Self-guided
Level:3
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:27 Miles/day average
Dates: Jun 6; Jul 11, 25; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5, 2015
Tour price:£515
Start city:Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
End city:Tokaj, Hungary
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Eastern Slovakia to Famous Wine Region in Hungary
Tatras to Tokaj

Tour Description: Self-guided

This spectacular journey through Central Europe takes us from the Vistula to the Danube, traversing a landscape steeped in tradition, history and fine wines. Traveling from the architectural splendour of Krakow, we cross the alpine landscapes of the Tatras Mountains, down to the Hungarian steppes and into the famous winelands of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region. Crossing the Carpathians we enjoy some exhilarating and gentle cycling along the scenic Hornad Valley, leaving cliff-top castles, rural villages and historic towns in our wake. Beginning our journey in Krakow we head towards the mountain resort of Tatranska Lomnica, nestling amongst the jagged peaks of the High Tatras National park.

From here we cycle through dense pine forests and alpine meadows en route to the historic towns of Kezmarok and Levoca. We visit the imposing ruins of Spis Castle, a UNESCO site whose high vantage point affords us some spectacular views across the surrounding landscape. Traversing the quiet country lanes that follow the course of the Hornad River we then head through the Carpathians, the scenery becoming more tranquil and rolling as we head into the warmer climes around Kosice, Slovakia's second city and a vibrant mix of old and new Europe. Continuing south from here we join the course of the Bodrog River as it meanders through a terrain of vineyards and villages towards the Hungarian border.

Next stop is Satoraljaujhely, occupying the northern uplands close to the Zemplen Hills and Hungary's most northern town. A disused railway then takes us through the famous wine producing landscapes of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region, en route to the picturesque town of Tokaj.

The end of our journey sees us traveling to the heart of Hungary's vibrant capital, where an afternoon orientation tour allows us an opportunity to discover Budapest's historic gems.

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