It is said, that God created the region of the upper Tisza in a good mood. This tour takes you to the eastern part of Hungary (Great Plain). This landscape at the river Tisza is surrounded by the tributary streams of the river Bodrog, Szamos and the Kraszna. The Tisza - second largest river of Hungary – enters the country with high speed from the direction of the Ukraine and from this point, it flows through the whole country with lower and lower speed. The cycling tour starts not far from the legendary Tokaj-vineyard and goes towards Sárospatak (“Athens on the bank of the Bodrog”) and then to the region of Nyírség (loose translation: land of the birch). This area is known as the main apple garden of Hungary. The region was untroubled during the time of Turkish raids (16th - 17th centuries). Several small village churches remained almost completely in their original roman or gothic style. Many villages on the banks of the upper course of the river have their several hundred years old bell towers made of wood and thousand years old churches, far away from the mass tourism. On our last cycling day we arrive in the city of Debrecen. The second largest city of Hungary is the most important centre of the Hungarian Protestant Church. It is also called by the locals as the “Protestant Rome”. Fascinating sceneries, typical town structures and many traces of the old Hungarians. The nation, who had been an ancient tribe of fierce horsemen until thousand years ago when they became the Christian ruler of the surrounding Carpathian-Basin. The extremely impressive image of scenery and culture of the whole cycling tour is topped with some refreshing thermal spas as well.
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST – Individual arrival latest until 6pm in Budapest. Tour briefing with the guide and dinner.
Day 2 – ST. ELISABETH, THE MIRACLE WITH THE ROSES– Bus transfer towards the Tokaj region, adjusting and handing over the bikes. Cycling towards Szabolcs. (earth fortification) We cross the river Tisza on a ferry and cycle towards the historical city of Sárospatak. St. Elisabeth was born here 800 years ago. Sárospatak became the loving names, like “Athens on the bank of the river Bodrog” and “Residence of the Muses”. Wine-tasting with the legendary Tokaj-wines.
(Stage approx. 24 miles / 38 km)
Day 3 – BIRTHPLACE OF THE BÉRES-DROPS – During the cycling we visit an archaeological park from the time of the Conquest of Hungary. Soon we cross the river Tisza again and we reach the city of Kisvárda. The world-renowned invention of the local-born scientist – Dr. Joseph Béres – has been the embodiment of healthiness. The “Béres-drops” were invented in the 70s. Bathe in the open-air thermal spa.
(Stage approx.: 41 miles / 66 km)
Day 4 – IN THE CHARMING THREE-LAND CORNER – Cycling to the Tisza-ferry in the village of Lónya with its many sights. (Protestant church with its painted coffered ceiling, bell-tower, park). Marvellous biking towards Vásárosnamény. This is the place where three rivers meet and there is also a natural sandy beach at the wild-romantic river Tisza. /Hotel for 2 nights/
(Stage approx.: 40 miles / 64 km)
Day 5 – THE FANTASTIC CIRCLE – Today’s highlight is the visit of the late-roman church of Csaroda. The church is surrounded by well-kept, typical local gardens and by village houses. Our way goes on towards Vámosatya and to Gergelyiugornya, a settlement next to the Tisza at Vásárosnamény. We would like to end this day at the water.
(Stage approx.: 33 miles / 52 km)
Day 6 – VISIT AT THE GREEK-CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE SITE – Today’s cycling stage runs through the region of Nyírség, the “Land of the birch”. We visit the main cathedral of the Hungarian Greek-Catholic church in the pilgrimage destination of Máriapócs. The days ends in Nyírbátor where the first international street theatre festival took place here in 1992.
(Stage approx.: 35 miles / 56 km)
Day 7 – WONDER OF DEBRECEN – There is a very charming stage waiting for you in the morning on the last cycling day of our tour. After this a short bust transfer takes you to Debrecen. (20min.) and you have time to explore the city. (pedestrian zone, University city , „ Debrecziner Sausage”) The big Protestant church is a symbol of the Hungarian Protestant Church and it is also called as the “Rome of the Protestants”.
(Stage approx.: 30 miles / 48 km)
Day 8 – HEADING TO BUDAPEST – Goodbye to Debrecen. Transfer back to Budapest, free time with enough time to stroll around in the downtown. Goodbye dinner in the hotel in Budapest.
Day 9 – Individual departure after breakfast or exploring Budapest’s – possibly staying for additional night/s - Maybe participate at the 4-hours Budapest City Bike Tour (extra booking)