The southern region of Hungary is a mixture of landscape and culture: hilly country, sun-gilt vineyards and a lot of historical sites and monuments. Southern Transdanubia – according to its geographical setting – has a unique Mediterranean climate in Hungary. First, you will experience panoramic views of the "Hungarian Sea" (Balaton lake), the untouched scenery of Danube-Dráva National Park. You cycle on the Red-Wine-Route of Villány, in the River Dráva region along the Croatian-Hungarian border as well as in the wildlife reserve at Gemenc in the end. (near the River Danube). Welcome on the second oldest tour of our product-range.
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST –Individual arrival in the Hotel of Budapest latest until 6pm. Presentation of the tour by the guide and dinner.
Day 2 – AT LAKE BALATON -Bus/Van transfer to the south shore of Lake Balaton. Handing over of the bikes. Cycling along the south shore, through Siófok. Panoramic view to the north shore, possible bathing stop. Passing the harbour of Balatonföldvár (the Tihany peninsula opposite), towards Balatonboglár/lelle.
(Stage approx. 51 km / 31 miles cycling)
Day 3 – LAND-INWARDS FROM LAKE BALATON -We cycle through sleepy villages and small roads in the Southern Transdanubia. The region is a mixture of undisturbed forests, meadows and sandy “puszta” (flatland) areas. Plains and valleys between gentle hills characterize this region, south from the Lake Balaton, until Kaposvár.
(Stage approx. 61 km / 36 miles cycling)
Day 4 – MANORS OF THE FESTETICH AND THE ESZTERHÁZY –We start southwards towards Pécs with our bikes on a forest cycle-path through the nature reserve of Zselicség. Deciduous- and conifer trees, reserved flora and fauna, “one-way-villages”. Pécs (in Latin: Sopiané) is located at the southern feet of the Mecsek hills. Pécs was an “European Capital of Culture” in 2010. / Hotel for 2 nights! /
(Stage approx. 60 km / 36 miles cycling)
Day 5 – REST-DAY IN PÉCS ("SOPIANAE") SIGHTSEEING -Sightseeing. Pécs (UNESCO World Heritage Site) has a series of impressive sights and it is the birthplace of the Hungarian Art Nouveau. Roman catacombs, wonderful Christian churches, Turkish monuments, artistic Zsolnay-ceramics in Art Nouveau, nice bars and sidewalk cafes – this is all Pécs. Overnight in the same hotel as the previous night.
Day 6 – CYCLING, BATHING AND RELAXING –Short transfer to the region of Ormánság. We cycle along little forests, orchards and vineyards to the spa resort of Harkány. The beautifully situated open-air thermal bath of Harkány is beloved because of its healing water. You have time here to bathe, relax and wander around the bathing resort.
(Stage approx. 47 km / 29 miles cycling)
Day 7 – ALONG THE RED WINE ROUTE – First we cycle to Siklós and visit the castle (bearing the same name). We have a beautiful panorama from here. The soil and the Sub-Mediterranean climate help in growing the most delicious red wine grapes of the country. Finally we arrive to the heart of the wine region, Villánykövesd. We have a wine tasting of these first-class wines in a pretty wine cellar.
(Stage approx. 53 km / 32 miles cycling)
Day 8 – WILDLIFE RESERVE AND BUDAPEST – After a coach transfer we start cycling northwards on an embankment of the River Danube along the unique nature reserve. Hungary’s largest wildlife reserve, the Forest of Gemenc is a unique flood-area-forest, it is the feeding ground of many big games and birds. Finally a bus/van transfer to Budapest. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Budapest.
(Stage approx. 39 km / 24 miles cycling)
Day 9 -Individual departure after breakfast or exploring Budapest’s, additional night/s. Maybe participate at the 4-hours Budapest City Bike Tour (extra booking).