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Magnetism of the Eastern “Puszta” Flatlands Tour

  • Soft Cycling through the Upper Tisza-region, Along the Triple Frontier of East Hungary.

     - Guided & “all-inclusive” cycle tour with luggage transport -
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  • Duration

    9 days / 8 nights

    Cycling distance

    324 km /203 miles
    5-6 hours of cycling/day

    Difficulty

    Manily flat,low traffic, silent roads

  • Support

    2 experienced leaders: one cycling guide,
    one driving the support van

    Start city

    Budapest(Hungary)

    End city

    Budapest(Hungary)

  • Tour Price

    IN DOUBLE ROOM/PERSON(NORMAL BIKE INCLUDED)
    €946
    IN DOUBLE ROOM/PERSON WITH ELECTRIC BIKES
    €996
    SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
    €157

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)
Included Services
  • 6 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast in 3-and 4-star hotels and country inns, free Wi-Fi internet in 99% of the hotels, en-suite rooms with bath or shower/WC
  • 6x buffet breakfast
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Service and luggage van with our driver for complete technical support
  • Bicycle transportation in a special bike trailer
  • Personal welcome with the tour info
  • Options for discussion about the cycling stages on the spot
  • Help in case of a breakdown or/and bicycle change on the spot quickly and for free
  • Carefully selected routes
  • Route maps and information brochure per booking on the spot
  • The driver/guide is reachable via cell (mobile-) phone /Service Hotline/ for additional information and requests and in case of emergency as well. (= on-site tour hotline)
  • Transportation of cyclists according to the program.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE (own organization):
    - Your arrival and departure between Vienna and your home and Budapest and your home, before/after the tour.
    - Travel insurance (accident and health), as well as your official free European Health Insurance Card(European guests only).

    Optional (not included in the tour price,extras):

    -City bike tour in Budapest
    -Lunch and drinks during cycling
    -Extra night before/after the tour