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Wine and Bike in Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

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  • 7 nights | 25 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1275
  • Self-guided from: €915
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour description

Replace your beach umbrella with a shaded forest pathway, and explore the romantic Hungarian countryside first-hand. Riding through Hungary's Balaton Uplands on a bicycle allows you to experience the area as a native, not just a tourist. Discover extinct volcanoes. Follow winding paths through hidden villages, forests, and grape fields. There's just nothing like riding your bike with a cool breeze on your face.

Along the route, take a rest in the shadows of the historic walls and learn about battles, local heroes, and legends. It’s a pleasure to share the Hungarian history with you. Don’t be too shy to stop to take photos!

Besides the scenic cycling routes, you'll enjoy traditional Hungarian meals like goulash and homemade strudel. And don't forget one of the highlights of this tour: the local wines!

Taste the full-bodied wines from the sunny hillsides along your path. The hospitality of these local vineyards and quality of the wines will not disappoint you, even the selections from old wine cellars or small family-run vineyards.

Your guides are natives to the area who can show you the hidden values of the Uplands. They focus on a stress-free, leisurely-paced experience and a fun tour of their homeland. Their passion for active bike travel, and their commitment to their culture and ecotourism will thrill you and your travel companions.

Tour description

Replace your beach umbrella with a shaded forest pathway, and explore the romantic Hungarian countryside first-hand. Riding through Hungary's Balaton Uplands on a bicycle allows you to experience the area as a native, not just a tourist. Discover extinct volcanoes. Follow winding paths through hidden villages, forests, and grape fields. There's just nothing like riding your bike with a cool breeze on your face.

Along the route, take a rest in the shadows of the historic walls and learn about battles, local heroes, and legends. It’s a pleasure to share the Hungarian history with you. Don’t be too shy to stop to take photos!

Besides the scenic cycling routes, you'll enjoy traditional Hungarian meals like goulash and homemade strudel. And don't forget one of the highlights of this tour: the local wines!

Taste the full-bodied wines from the sunny hillsides along your path. The hospitality of these local vineyards and quality of the wines will not disappoint you, even the selections from old wine cellars or small family-run vineyards.

Your tour operators are native to the area and have put together an itinerary to really show you the hidden values of the Uplands. Their focus is on a stress-free, leisurely-paced experience and a fun tour of their homeland. Their passion for active bike travel, and their commitment to their culture and ecotourism will thrill you and your travel companions.

Daily program

The itinerary differs slightly based on the hotel category booked.  Both itineraries are detailed below.

Category A itinerary

Day 1: Veszprém
Our first day starts in Veszprém in the City of Queens. The accomodation is in a relaxing place nearby the Castle and the Old Town. After a refreshing shower take your camera and discover the Saint Michael Chapel wich is famous because our first queen Gisel and after Her every hungarian queen were crowned there. Enjoy the historic places and the unique atmosphere of Veszprém and discover this lovely town before the first cycling day.

Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred (24 miles/38 km)
After the square breakfast take the full equipped bicycles and start the trip in direction of the lake Balaton. This day is a special one because this is the first meeting with the idylic landscape, the charming villages and the lake. Until Balatonalmádi we use the built bicycle road. After it we change it for the old Roman road which goes next to the coastline. We will see everywhere grapefields which were planted in the Roman times. The wine and vital hotel stand still in Balatonfüred the capital of lake Balaton. The most common words in connection of this city are history, culture, wine, and hospitality.

Day 3: Balatonfüred - Tótvázsony (20 miles/32 km)
We start the cycling to the city central of Tihany where we could spend a whole day without boring. We visit the 950 years old Benedict Abbey which was built to the top of the extinct vulcano. From here we can take a look down to the middle of the peninsula to the old caldera and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany we are heading to Koczor Winecellar for lunch and winetasting. We climb up to Tótvázsony at the end of the day.

Day 4: Tótvázsony - Badacsony (30 miles/49 km)
We roll across the land of extinct volcanos, the so called vitnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park.We use this day hidden roads which go trough charming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. Lunch & winetasting at the excellent Gergely Winecellar. After lunch we roll down to the 1000 years old wine region, Badacsony.

Day 5: Badacsony - Szigliget - Badacsony (17 miles/27 km or 27 miles/43 km)
On this day we visit in Badacsony the Szegedy Róza House and Museum in which we can see how did the people lived in the XIX. Century in this area. After this we use the Roman way and the Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget we visit the 250 years old Eszterházy Winemuseum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the türkish war in XVI. Century.

Day 6: Badacsony - Balatonfüred (31 miles/50 km)
This day we will follow the bicycle road which goes along the coast. We can stop for a bath almost everywhere. A cold beer or ice cream helps to push the pedals and get closer to Balatonfüred. The picnic lunch is again a home made Hungarian dish by chef Joseph at Wineflowers Winecellar. The whole day is about the cycling, sunsine and the lake.

Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém (22 miles/34 km)
On the last cycling day we use the Balaton cycling road which leads next to the coastline. We will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing bath or an ice cream as many times as we want. We follow from Balatonalmádi the embankment to take a last look to the lake and we turn in direction of Veszprém. This day is an ideal cool down after the whole biketour. We arrive in Veszprém in the right time for a nice walk or shopping. The dinner will be the last moment to enjoy the holiday and Hungary because the next day is the end of the tour.

Day 8: Veszprém
Our journey unfortunately ends after breakfast.


Category B itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Veszprém
The first day of cycling starts in Veszprém, the City of Queens. The accommodation is in a relaxing place nearby the Castle and the Old Town. After checking in, take your camera and discover the Saint Michael Chapel, which is famous because it is where the first Hungarian queen, Gisel, and every Hungarian queen after her were crowned. Enjoy the historic places and the unique atmosphere of Veszprém before the first cycling day.

Day 2: Veszprém – Balatonfüred (24 miles/38 km)
Following breakfast head out on the bikes in the direction of Lake Balaton. This day is the first meeting with the idyllic landscape, charming villages and lake. You'll cycle on a dedicated bicycle path until you reach Balatonalmádi. From there you'll use the old Roman road that goes to the coastline, passing grape fields planted in Roman times. The day's final stop is Balatonfüred, capital of Lake Balaton. The most common words in connection with this city are history, culture, wine, and hospitality.

Day 3: Balatonfüred – Badacsony (28 miles/50 km)
Today you start cycling west following the coastline on the built cycle road. You can stop for a swim almost everywhere. This day is about the nature, the sunshine, and the water. The accommodation will be in Badacsony in a charming pension at the foot of mountain Badacsony. This wine area is the oldest in Hungary and the wines are excellent with the local meals.

Day 4: Badacsony – Szentbékkálla or Szentantalfa (19 miles/30 km)
A highlight today is Badacsony, featuring the Szegedy Róza House and Museum. From Badascony you follow the Roman way and Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget you visit the 250 year-old Eszterházy Wine Museum and climb up to the Castle, which was used in the Turkish war in 16th century. From here you cycle across a land of extinct volcanoes, the so called "Witnessing Mountains" that are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. Cycling through the oldest Hungarian village, you will spend the evening in the authentic village of Szentbékálla.

Day 5: Szentbékkálla or Szentantalfa – Tótvázsony (22 miles/36 km)
Today you use hidden roads that go through charming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. Discover the beauty of Balaton Uplands National Park and the idyllic grape field landscapes. From there, you go through the Nivegy Valley wine area that played important role in wine export in the Roman times. Finish the day in a nice quiet hotel in Tótvázsony at the foot of Bakony Mountain.

Day 6: Tótvázsony – Balatonfüred (24 miles/39 km)
Today you cycle to Pécsely and Aszófö on the way to the city center of Tihany. Visit the 950 year-old Benedict Abbey, built on the top of the extinct volcano. From there you have great views of peninsula, old caldera and Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany, you head to Koczor Winecellar for picnic lunch and wine tasting. You spend the evening in Balatonfüred.

Day 7: Balatonfüred – Veszprém (22 miles/34 km)
On the last cycling day you use the Balaton cycling road, which leads you towards the coastline. You will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing swim or an ice cream any time you want. From Balatonalmádi, you follow the embankment before you turn toward Veszprém. This day is an ideal lighter day of cycling, arriving in Veszprém with time for a nice walk or shopping. The dinner will be the last moment to enjoy the holiday and Hungary before the tour ends.

Day 8: Veszprém
Depart after breakfast

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 19, Jul 7, Sep 22, 2018 (minimum 8 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1275
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€219
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€140

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Sep 30, 2018 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Category A: 4-star hotels with wellness/spa facilities
Per person, double occupancy
€1015
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€219
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€140
Transfer
Roundtrip from/to airport, per van (1-8 persons)
€275
One way from/to airport, per van (1-8 persons)
€150
Category B: 3 to 4-star hotels and charming country inns
Per person, double occupancy
€915
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€199
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€140
Transfer
Roundtrip from/to airport, per van (1-8 persons)
€275
One way from/to airport, per van (1-8 persons)
€150
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Vinociped Terms and Conditions

Cancellation fees:

  • Up to 28 days prior to tour start: 10% of tour price*
  • Between 27 and 8 days prior tour start: 50% of tour price
  • Between 7 and 1 days prior tour start: 80% of tour price
  • At tour start (during office hours CET)/NO SHOW: 100% of tour price
  • *mimimum 50 EUR

Content of Contract, Information and other services

The customer is liable by himself for the adherence to all regulations on travel documents and visa, customs regulations, exchange control legislation and sanity regulations valid at the time of travelling.

Participation at ones own risk, the price does not include insurance. Any participant is liable for the adherence to traffic regulations and has to be equal to the physical demands of the journey selected. Minors have to be accompanied by their parents or entitled adults. Reaching beyond his duties, the tour operator has to provide sufficient information on his services. The tour operator has got the right to modify the route in case of danger or any special circumstances.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 11
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4.2
  • Hotels or boat 4.6
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 4.3
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.9

Reviews

Pamela Jo June 22, 2018

Wonderful experience

We had a great time in Hungary. Gabor is a terrific host even for a self guided ride. great cycling and even better wine!

BruceB September 24, 2017

Really great trip

We loved Hungary, it is a beautiful part of the world and riding through the countryside and winelands was just the break we needed. The bike tour organisation was great (we went self guided), the bikes were very well maintained and our hotels were perfect. What I enjoyed most was the food - we elected to go with the package inclusive of dinner. I would highly recommend this tour!

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, founder and president July 19, 2018
Bruce, thank you very much for your review and ratings. I'm glad you had a great time! I did the tour a few years back, and the food is indeed great. For this tour, we always recommend that clients take the dinner package.
charles September 14, 2017

`A relaxing week exploring good food great wine in good company

Gabor and his team plan and run this trip very well with a great eye for the detail and a passion for the region and region's wine.
The cycling is generally on dedicated cycle tracks and the route has been well planned which helped us enjoy the views , good food, some interesting sights and the vineyards
A mixed age group of 11 cyclists were all happy with the variety of the route and the pace was fine for all.
Every day had different highlights of views , places to see and comfortable smaller hotels to stay together with around 30k of cycling.
Equipment was excellent ( we chose electric bikes which were almost brand new and light in design and easy to use).
Transfers to and from Budapest well organised and Gabor and team very knowledgeable to answer questions both on the balaton area where the cycling is and also ideas for onward travel and other areas in hungary.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president July 19, 2018
Dear Charles, Thank you for your feedback. I did this tour several years ago, and I'm glad to read you had as much of a great time as I did. And I agree that Gabor and his team do a great job!
Icebikers August 8, 2017

Hungary was on my list, cycling is good way to travel there!

The tour was wery well organized and a great way to see and visit many places. I did like very much the vine farms and restaurants on my bike tour.

Aussie jeff August 8, 2017

Top planning and execution

Perfect route to see Hungary and the elements of country\villages

ArmannI August 8, 2017

Nice tour in beautiful country

Perfect way to experience wine tasting and beautiful country (north side of the lake Balaton )

peyster June 30, 2017

I am 68, don't bike much, and loved the experience.

The tour was all that I had hoped for.
I picked this tour in part because I am 68 years old and, because of where I live, don't bike much. I went self guided partly so as to not hold up a group. As it turned out the riding was no problem. The longest day was 50 K, and while there were some hills, nothng arduous. So my main consideration turned out not to be an issue and everything else was fantastic.
The highlights, apart from the scenery, were the accommodations, the food, and the guys who ran the tour. The places we stayed, especially the Grand Anna Hotel, were outstanding. The breakfasts and food we ate on the way were what you would expect in Hungary: and since we were riding, we felt free to eat all we wanted. The tour operators were like friends or family; they couldn't do enough.
My wife fell ill on the fourth riding day - not sure why, but those things happen when you travel and eat and drink freely. The host who would normally transport the baggage took her and her bike to the last two hotels and also took her to a doctor and got her a priscription.
The biking might be too easy for someone more fit than I, but we were given good maps and could have explored all of the countryside we desired.
We flew to Budapest five days before the tour started and took the train to Veszprem. Budapest merits at least that much time, and getting the train is a piece of cake.
I don't make many good decisions, but taking this tour was one of my best

Agnes June 14, 2016

Best girls biking trip to date!!!

This bike tour far exceeded our expectations. Our guides Gabor, Kornel and Akos were amazing. They treated us like royalty, the food was delicious, the wine tasting was great and the cycling was awesome. Hungary is a beautiful country and Gabor taught us so much about it's history. It is so nice to have all your meals and wine included. We had so much fun that is was very hard to say goodbye on our last day. I have done cycling tours in many countries and this is by far the best. Keep up the good work Gabor, don't change a thing!!! I highly recommend this tour to everyone!!!