“Northern Hungary” – Our mountains are not too high but the scenery is wild, venturesome and untouched. Huge parts of it belong to national parks and the UNESCO World Heritage. We are still neither mountain-bikers, nor extreme sportsmen, so we have planned adequate stages throughout the tour. Our accompanying bus is always near the group and enables transfer for all participants. Two towns in the northeast will be of interest for wine connoisseurs: Eger is the home of the “Egri bikavér” (Bull’s blood of Eger); and Tokaj is the home of the Tokaj wines.
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST – Individual arrival in Budapest latest until 6pm. Tour briefing with the guide and discussion followed by dinner.
Day 2 – “BULL’S TRAIL” OF EGER – Bus transfer to Vécs. Handing over the bikes. We cycle between mountains, passing by hills until we reach Egerszalók with its hot spring, a unique natural phenomenon. Bathe and relaxation stop. Then we move on to the pretty baroque wine city Eger, the home of the red wine called “Bikavér”. Wine tasting in the “Valley of Beautiful Ladies”.
(Stage: approx. 22 miles / 35 km)
Day 3 – FROM EGER TO THE VILLAGE SPA – Walking around in the baroque city of Eger with its fortress. We cycle on towards Mezokövesd, centre of the Matyó-region (Volk art) ‘till we reach Bogács where we can relax in the thermal water. Pools with various temperatures await you.
(Stage: approx. 23 miles / 36 km, on foot: 3 miles / 5 km)
Day 4 – FROM THE WATERFALL TO THE CLIMATIC RESORT ON THE LAKESIDE – Coach transfer to Szilvásvárad, the entrance of the Bükk National Park. Ride on the narrow-track railway. Hiking through the undisturbed nature. Magnificent views on veil-waterfalls. Transfer to the Millennium Lookout tower that offers a superb panorama. We cycle over the plateau of the Bükk Mountains, the homeland of the Hungarian Lipica horses and go on towards the health resort Lillafüred /Hotel for 2 nights!/
(Stage: approx. 20 miles / 32 km, on foot: 5 miles / 8 km)
Day 5 – OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO THE CAVE-SPA– We cycle to Bükkszentlászló. Hiking through the forest ‘till Miskolc-Tapolca, to enjoy Europe’s only cave-spa with its crystal-clear, 30 °C warm water. It’s an adventure-complex! Being well-reposed we can stroll across the spa gardens. Overnight in the same hotel as yesterday.
(Stage: approx. 6 miles / 10 km, on foot: 6 miles / 10 km)
Day 6 – NORTHWARDS! – Cycling towards Ómassa with its trout breed. Hiking from this point. We cycle along the lake of Lázbérc (nature-reserve) that assures a pleasant picnic. After cycling on hilly landscapes a bus transfer takes is directly to the Aggtelek National Park, an international sanctuary as biosphere-reserve and it is part of the World Heritage /Hotel for 2 nights!/
(Stage: approx. 29 miles / 47 km, on foot: 4 miles / 7 km)
Day 7 – IN THE “HALL OF GIANTS” – WALKING TOUR IN “SALAMANDERLAND” – Morning hike until we reach the 4-creek-village of Jósvafo in the valley of springs and caves. We spend the afternoon underground, in the Baradla Cave. We have a guided walk of 1.6 miles (2.6 km) through the halls of the cave with its “Hall of Giants”. The cave is on the UNESCO list since 1995. Stairs take us to the 62 feet high “Observatory”. Deeply impressed we leave the underground world and return to our hotel of yesterday.
(Stage on foot: approx. 9 miles / 14 km)
Day 8 – THE WINE OF KINGS – THE KING OF WINES – We ride through Cserehát, a hilly region full of natural wonders. We visit a famous Calvinist church with a precious wooden coffered ceiling in Szalonna. Probably the most beautiful part of our cycling tour starts in Büttös, cycling very close along the Hungarian/Slovakian border. Shortly we reach our destination of the day: Tokaj. Here ripens the King of the Wines, Wine of the Kings. When the “Roi Soleil”, Louis XIV sat down to eat, the Tokajer had to be on the table. Wine tasting in a atmospheric wine cellar.
(Stage: approx. 38 miles / 61 km)
Day 9 – RIVER TISZA – We cross the river Tisza and cycle on the tarmac-covered but car-free embankment. A highly protected riverscape. At the gate to the Hungarian Great Plain lies Tiszaújváros/Polgár with a bridge over the river. Bus transfer to Budapest. Free time, followed by a pleasant farewell dinner in hotel in Budapest.
(Stage: approx. 32 miles / 52 km)
Day 10. – Individual departure after breakfast or staying extra nights.