Wine & Bike in Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

4.9/5 (20)
7 nights
25 miles/day
Bike tour in Hungary
Rider Level: Recreational Client favorites

Wine & Bike in Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

4.9/5 (20)

Rider Level: Recreational Client favorites

7 nights
25 miles/day


Bike tour in Hungary

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  • Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

    This tour is no longer available. Please contact us for tour suggestions or check out our other tours in Hungary.

    Replace your beach umbrella with a shaded forest pathway and explore the romantic Hungarian countryside first-hand. Riding through Hungary's Balaton Uplands National Park 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 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.

    • Biking Hungary's Balaton Uplands National Park region
    • Swimming at Badacsony, Hungary. Sandor Somkuti@Flickr
    • Wine tastings at Badacsony, Hungary. Asok5@Flickr
    • <i>Palacsinta</i>, a Hungarian dish. Delaney Van@Unsplash
    • Badacsony, Hungary. LinuxMaster Club@Flickr
    • Shopping at Badacsony, Hungary. Sandor Somkuti@Flickr
    • Biking Hungary's Balaton Uplands National Park region
    • Biking Hungary's Balaton Uplands National Park region

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    Highlights

    • Cycle in the most beautiful parts of Balaton Uplands National Park
    • Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at family wine cellars
    • Feast on homemade traditional Hungarian dishes
    • Swim in the refreshing lake
    • Enjoy picnics in the natural scenery of the Balaton Uplands
    • Visit ruins and historic cultural sights
    • Experience Hungary like a native

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    Not sure which type of tour to book? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.

  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Gudrun Agisdottir)
    • Gergely Winery (photo by Gudrun Agisdottir)
    • Photo 1 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Photo 2 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Photo 3 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Photo 4 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Photo 5 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Photo 6 (photo by Boise cyclist)
    • Veszprem (photo by MeliBoiles)
    • Wheee! Down the hill from Veszprem to Balanfured. With an unlocked phone, buy a local sim card and track your ride! (photo by MeliBoiles)
    • This hotel, the Anna Grand, even has a bowling alley! (photo by MeliBoiles)
    • It doesn't get better than this! (photo by MeliBoiles)
    • Szigliget Castle (photo by MeliBoiles)
    • Balatonalmadi after lunch and sunning lake-side (photo by MeliBoiles)

    Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

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

    Category A itinerary *Also used for the Guided tour

    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 and wine tasting at the excellent Gergely Wine cellar. 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 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 homemade Hungarian dish by chef Joseph at Wineflowers Wine cellar. The whole day is about the cycling, the 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 bike tour. 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 the peninsula to the old caldera and the 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

    Surface and terrain

    Hungary is a rather flat country with some hilly areas. The tour follows selected flat routes. You'll experience an occasional hilly section, but the longer downhills outnumber short uphills.

    You cycle along paved bicycle paths, low-traffic, bicycle-friendly roads, and some good quality dirt roads (packed surface). Approximatley 50% of the tour is on quiet roads, 40% on dedicated bicycle paths and 5% of roads shared with traffic and 5% on dirt or gravel roads.

    The tour is designed for everybody who can cycle 13-35 miles (20-50 km) a day at a leisurely pace.


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    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Category A: 4-Star Hotels *used for the Guided tour

    Hotel Oliva, Veszprém
    www.oliva.hu

    Anna Grand Wine and Vital Hotel, Balatonfüred
    www.annagrandhotel.hu

    Hotel Neptun, Badacsony
    www.neptunpanzio.hu

    Bakony Hotel, Totvazsony
    www.hotelbakony.hu


    Category B: Basic Hotels

    Oliva Hotel, Veszprém
    www.oliva.hu

    Anna Grand Wine and Vital Hotel, Balatonfüred
    www.annagrandhotel.hu

    Hotel Neptun, Badacsony
    www.borbaratok.hu

    Gergely Winery and Inn, Szentbékkálla
    www.gergelyborhaz.hu

    Bakony Hotel, Tótvázsony
    www.hotelbakony.hu

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport: Budapest, Hungary
    Nearest train station: Veszprém, Hungary

    Budapest is well-served from North America directly and via many European gateways and by European low-cost airlines.

    The local company can organize transfer from/to the airport at an extra cost (must be booked in advance).

    Tips on getting to and from your tour


    Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

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  • Prices

    This tour is no longer available. Please contact us for tour suggestions or check out our other tours in Hungary.

    Included services

    Self-guided tour includes:
    These tours provide you independence and flexibility to set your own pace. We book your accommodation, move your baggage each day from hotel to hotel and supply you with a bike. You are equipped with Garmin GPS, maps, and a detailed guide of what to see along the route. We give you a roadbook and a GPS in which you find every important information about the accommodations, restaurants and the route.

    • 7 nights accommodation at 3- and 4-star hotels and charming country inns with familiar atmosphere, high quality, and superb surroundings
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 7 gourmet dinners at the best local restaurants (3 courses) with excellent wines (unlimited local wine)
    • Maps and detailed GPS navigation and roadbook (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
    • Luggage transfer
    • Service hotline
    • High quality standard bike with 24 gears, front suspension, and light aluminum frame
    • Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers
    • Free wi-fi internet in the hotels
    • Safe and quiet bike roads of the Balaton Uplands National Park

    Guided tour includes:
    Two experienced, bilingual attendants on bicycle and a support vehicle will guide each tour. We book your accomodation, move your baggage each day from hotel to hotel and supply you with a bike. In addition to transporting your luggage we are available to offer you assistance or give you a lift if necessary. We also carry water, tools, first aid kit and a handy. We give you a roadbook with tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants.

    • 7 nights accomodation at 3- and 4-star hotels and charming country inns
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches in the nature, 7 gourmet dinners (3 course) with excellent wines (unlimited local wine)
    • Luggage transfer, full technical service and a trailer for the bicycles
    • Maps and detailed roadbook in English (tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants)
    • 2 professional, English-speaking guiding during the tour (including cycling with you), and 1 attendant driving the support car
    • 6x wine tasting
    • High quality standard Merida, Giant, Altrix bikes with 24 gears, front suspension, light aluminium frame
    • Helmets, water bottle, front bag, mudguards, rear rack, panniers, lights
    • All the entrance fees and tickets of the sights written in the program
    • Transfers from/to airport or hotel in Budapest
    • Free wi-fi internet in the hotels
    • Safe and quiet bike roads of the Balaton Uplands National Park

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Standard bikes, 24-speed, with front suspension and light aluminum frame: Caprine, Neuzer, Merida, Giant, and Altrix
    • Child trailers available and included in tour cost

    Bikes available to rent:

    • Electrically assisted bikes*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bikes come equipped with:

    • Water bottle
    • Front handlebar bag
    • Mudguards
    • Rear rack with panniers
    • Lights
    • Repair kit with pump and extra tubes
    • GPS navigation system is available

    Pedals:
    The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. You may bring your own pedals if desired.

    Seats:
    Please let us know if you intend to bring your own seat, so we can ensure the post will fit the bike.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are provided as part of the tour package, but we recommend that you plan to bring your own helmet for safety and hygeine purposes.


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    Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

     Daily program Route Map 

  • Route Map

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


    Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Gudrun Agisdottir 5 months ago

      Nice trip 👌

      Very beatyful landscape all the hotel was and the local vine was so good.
      Gàbor our guide was so nice and helpful.

      •  (photo by Gudrun Agisdottir)
    • Gudrun Agisdottir 5 months ago

      Great trip 👌

      Beatyful landscape very good food and wines 🍷 hotels was charming.
      Nice whether rain for one day maby better to come week earlier. All the information that we got in the beginning was perfect thanks Gàbor Zàvodi for all your help.

      • Gergely Winery (photo by Gudrun Agisdottir)
    • PattyN October 4, 2019

      Wine, Food and Culture - and a Bit of Biking

      This was an amazing tour of the high quality food and wine in Hungary's Balaton region. There was a bit of biking involved, but mostly that was just to get to the next fabulous meal and wine cellar. My group also enjoyed the castles, monasteries and churches along the route, and Gabor's explanation of how they fit into Hungary's history and his family's experiences.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      hundreds
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Boise cyclist October 2, 2019

      Hidden Gem!

      What a great trip - Gabor was an amazing host and guide. Bright, entertaining and so knowledgable about the history and culture of the area. Food and wine were plentiful and delicious. The scenery was wonderful, biking through the vineyards and along the lakeside delightful at a leisurely pace on great bike paths and low traffic roads. The hotel selections were great and the local people we met all gracious and friendly. The E-bike option makes this tour a really easy cruising pace, but is not necessary, as the mileage distances and routes never felt excessive. Our entire group of mixed level cyclists all handled the routes without difficulty. The highlight for me was Gabor's knowledge of his country. Every day we were treated to detailed discussions about the sites we visited as well as insight into the history, culture and economics of the area, both from his perspective and also that of his parents and grandparent's generation's experiences. Gave me new appreciation for the complex history of Hungary. Heartily recommend the guided version of this trip. Thanks Gabor!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      12-15
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • Photo 2 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • Photo 3 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • Photo 4 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • Photo 5 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • Photo 6 (photo by Boise cyclist)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Marce August 9, 2019

      wonderful trip

      Great experience, upscale accommodations, inviting and easy country to visit, stunning hillside vineyard scenery and lakeside vacation activity at once elegant, lively and easy going.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 21 -28
      How many tours have you completed?
      only this one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Marce August 8, 2019

      Everything we were hoping for.

      We both loved this trip great biking, lodging wine and food

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 19-26
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Ro Riders June 14, 2019

      Ro's Riders: Our Wonderful Journey

      I want to start with appreciation for our in country tour operator. Gabor and his team went out of their way to make us feel at home (historical briefing, welcome drink, bottle of wine) in his country and to administer to all of our needs. (the weather was so bad one day (rain, 25 mile per hour winds, cold) that he arranged transportation to get us from one hotel to another). The countryside was beautiful and the route was easy to follow. The availability of bike paths for most of the trip was an added benefit. Very little road travel. The accommodations were well situated and excellent. The meal plan that we chose was a life saver. The food was very good and after a long ride, it's nice to have a drink, relax and eat in one place. We spent one night at a winery and that was special. We tasted all their varieties and then had the best meal of the trip. Having the opportunity to talk with the staff in a home setting was also special. The length and level of difficulty was as advertised and did not exhaust our 70 something group.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 12-19
      How many tours have you completed?
      7
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • clk14 September 7, 2018

      Beautiful and relaxing trip!

      The Balaton is a beautiful area to bike in and to vacation where the Hungarians vacation. Hotel Olivia and the town of Veszprém were perfect places to start and end the trip and we had perfect timing with a weeklong jazz festival occurring on both our start and finish evenings in Veszprém. We liked the Anna Grand Hotel but loved the rest of the hotels and had many wonderful dinners. We chose to go unguided because this summer we needed/wanted to relax and go at our own pace. If you want lots of activities and wine tasting, then go for the guided tours--based on our experience with the tour company, we expect the guided tours would be wonderful.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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!

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/8
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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!

      What was the date of your tour?
      7 September 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson, founder and president September 25, 2017

        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.

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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.

      What was the date of your tour?
      26th Aug 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson, Founder and president September 15, 2017

        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!

      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Yuvi September 3, 2017

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/29-9/3
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Icebiker1 August 22, 2017

      What was the date of your tour?
      1. week of July
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 1/5 Included meals
      • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • 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.

      What was the date of your tour?
      1. July to 8. July 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Aussie jeff August 8, 2017

      Top planning and execution

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

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • ArmannI August 8, 2017

      Nice tour in beautiful country

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

      What was the date of your tour?
      1/7 to 8/7
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 4, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      Two and RAGBRAI
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • 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!!!

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 25, 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      10
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • NancyR June 11, 2016

      Fantastic trip with great biking and wine

      This was a great way to explore Lake Balaton. Our guides were knowledgable, caring, and flexible. The biking was safe, the wine tours fun, the food and hotels beyond expectations. Learnt lots about the region and the history of Hungary.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 25-June 1/16
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • MeliBoiles October 19, 2015

      This tour was absolutely as dreamy as described!

      Our family of four (age 68, 55, 26 and 24) from Nacogdoches, Texas took this tour and will remember it dreamily for the rest of our lives. It was our "last hurrah" before 20-something kids got married and started having kids. Our personable tour directors picked us up in Budapest and took us off to our starting point in Veszprem--a gorgeous medieval town with colorful skyline. Every day we had a manageable ride--even for 68 year old dad--giving us wonderful lunch stop suggestions, and winery options. Take the guides' suggestions--they are awesome places! We were definitely off the beaten path, with villages along cobblestone Roman roads and dedicated bike paths most of the way. Hotels were small but elegant and the breakfasts and dinners very nice with quality local wines included. We were given bikes in good condition and a well-programmed GPS that allowed our son to guide us along the way through the quiet countryside, many times with lake views of Balaton. The trip put this beautiful country on the map for us, along with empathy for its history and people and all the trials they have survived. We chose this tour because it was one of the more affordable ones, but it left us with a lifetime of rich experience.

      How many tours have you completed?
      This is our only one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Veszprem (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • Wheee! Down the hill from Veszprem to Balanfured. With an unlocked phone, buy a local sim card and track your ride! (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • This hotel, the Anna Grand, even has a bowling alley! (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • It doesn't get better than this! (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • Szigliget Castle (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • Balatonalmadi after lunch and sunning lake-side (photo by MeliBoiles)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

    Wine & Bike Hungary’s Balaton Uplands

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