Wandering in the Balaton Uplands area
|Participants:||Min. 2 participants|
|Dates:||15/04/2013 - 31/10/2013|
Day 1: Arrival at Balatonfüred
Individual arriving in Balatonfüred, the first health resort centre and spa of Hungary. Getting acquainted with the sights of resort area.
Day 2: On the Blue Trail of the Balaton Upland in Csopak wine region (17km)
Today you will walk along hillsides full of vineyards of famous Csopak wine region and nice villages from Balatonarács to Balatonalmádi. Back to Balatonfüred by train.
Day 3: Tihany peninsula (14 km)
During the tour you will discover not only Tihany village, which one of the oldest settlement in the region, but the varied landscape and the unique geological value of the Tihany peninsula: the natural beauty of the lakes, the hill sides and mountains covered with vineyards, forests, the geyser cones arose as the results of post volcanic activity. Follow the next nature trail: Landing place of ships - Ciprián spring - 'Monks' flats' - Óvár - Kiserdő - Inner lake -Mountain Apáti - Levendulás - Mountain Nyereg - Mountain Csúcs - Research house - Geyser field - Stone depot - 'Golden House' - Inner lake - Old village .Visit the picturesque village and the Benedictine Abbey church. The monastery of the Benedictine Order, was established by King Andrew I in 1055. The roman hall crypt saves the tomb of the king. Other places worth to see: Echo Hill, Open-Air Museum, Pottery workshop. Return back to Füred by ship.
Day 4: Káli Basin (19 km)
Transfer to Hegyestű and climb up the basalt cone (Sharp Needle - 337m). Walk down to Köveskál, with reconstructed historical buildings and wine cellars. Follow the blue tourist sign up to the Eötvös Károly look-out tower in Fekete hill (369m). Near the village Szentbékkalla, walk on the sea of stones. Visit the ruins of historic fortress on the top of Csobánc hill (375m). Through Gyulakeszi walk down to Tapolca, where you will overnight. Getting acquainted with Tapolca.
Day 5: Witness hills of Tapolca Basin (21 km)
Start from Tapolca in direction Raposka village and climb up to the most beautiful examples of basalt organs of Szentgyörgy hill (415 m). Walk through the top of hill and down on the blue line you reach the Lions's Head Well close to the baroque Lengyel chapel and Tarányi winepress-house. Arriving Szigliget visit the ruins of fortress on the top of Castle Hill (242 m). Look around the charming village with romantic peasant houses and old vine cellars. On the road toward Badacsony you will reach the remains of medieval Avas church. In Badacsony a nice excursion path goes around the top of hill (438m). Travel back to Tapolca by train (10 min).
Day 6: Across Keszthely mountains (18 km)
Transfer to Lesenceistvánd. Walk on the blue line along Csákánytető (286m) and Kőorra (399m) with excellent view of Balaton Upland. Proceed on the blue line through the village Vallus, then Szék hill (351m) and Pórakháti valley and Nagymező (Great field). From the Festetics look-out tower you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Keszthely bay. Accommodation in Keszthely.
Day 7: Keszthely
You can visit many sights of Keszthely, like the renovated city center, Georgikon Manor Museum, Balaton Museum, Roman Catholic church, and the Festetics castle, the largest baroque castle of Hungary. The island beach in Lake Balaton provides good opportunities for swimming or you can try the water of world famous Hévíz , Europe s largest natural thermal lake is only 5km away from here ,
Kis-Balaton wetland (Little Balaton) with the reed beds is a paradise for birds. We can arrange guided bird-watching tours for groups on previous request for extra cost.
Accommodation in Keszthely.
Day 8: Departure
Departure or extra nights on request
from 15th of April till 31th October 2013
EUR 660 / persons sharing the double room
Extra night in Budapest:
EUR 55 / persons sharing the double room
Extra night with half-board in Keszthely
EUR 60 / persons sharing the double room
Single Supplement in Keszthely:
Tour Identifier: WABU081