|Bike Tour No. 21/G.
Rivers, Spas, Paprika & Art Nouveau- where mix the fragrance of apricot brandy, garlic and salami -
Crisscrossing through the Hungarian South-Great-Plain
- Guided cycle tour with luggage transport -
|Duration:|| 8 days / 7 nights
|Cycling Distance:|| Total 285kms / 178miles, approx. 35-65kms / 22-41miles/day
(Daily cycling about 4 - 6 hours - by moderated speed)
|Level of difficulty:||Definite easy cycling on flat terrain. Quiet roads, mostly with low traffic, a few times excellent cycle path network. Some beautiful (bitumenized) routes in nature are at the river dyke, sometime between little villages and woods, barely with gravel paths. A guided tour with luggage transport and with a number of other services. This tour is good appropriate for all age class.
(Level 1 – Easier cycling)
|Level of support:||1st class service of 2 experienced & kind leaders: one cycling with you, and one driving the support bus/van to transport all the luggage. Continuous technical support and special trailer to transport every bicycle and spare bikes. English speaking guiding during cycling and the programs of the whole tour.|
|Start City:||Budapest (Hungary)|
|End City:||Budapest (Hungary)|
|Prices:||see you below|
|Motto to this tour:||„In soda it is better than whisky and in tea it is better than rum.”
(Edward/Prince of Wales/1936 about Apricot Brandy of Kecskemét)
|Description:||This is the land of sunshine ( 2065 hours/year) and the lowest part of the Carpathian basin (lowest point 75,8 m), the confluence area of rivers Körös, Kurca, Maros and Tisza. During the tour you will get acquainted with the natural values of area: the flood lands of the Maros, the Körös-Maros National Park, the Mártély Landscape Protection Reserve, the Pusztaszer Landscape Reserve and the Bugac-Puszta National Park. We take a visit the Ópusztaszer National Historical Memorial Park and the imposing towns as Szeged and Kecskemét. If you are not against the culinary delights, then you have to taste the genuine fish-soup of Szeged. Are you interesting in the peculiar products of this county? Well known ‘Hungaricums’ of the area include: the onion and garlic of Makó, red peppers (hot paprika) and Pick Salami of Szeged and the Apricot Brandy of Kecskemét.|
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Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST. Individual arrival in the capital of Hungary, in Budapest. Overnight stay in the Hotel of Budapest.
Day 2 – FROM BUDAPEST TO SZEGED.The tour guide will welcome you at 8:45 a.m. in the hotel. Route briefing, then joint transfer from the hotel in Budapest to Mórahalom, where your cycling adventure begins. The town is just 12 km from who isolated the vitamin C, extracted from paprika (red pepper). He was awarded with the Nobel Prize in 1937 in biochemistry.
(approx. 42 km / 26 miles cycling)
Day 3 – SPECIALITIES OF SZEGED AND BEYOND. Visit of the town, was rebuilt after the great flood of the Tisza River in 1879. Ring roads & generous buildings, many in the Art Nouveau style. We will visit the downtown with the famous cathedral, the pedestrian zone with the fantastic main square and synagogue. Pick salami and hot paprika (“red gold”) are well-known brands of Szeged. Cycling to Mako, the onion- and garlic capital with the most beautiful & best spa in Hungary. Definitely recommended: test it!
(approx. 35 km / 22 miles cycling)
Day 4 – WORLD OF RIVERS AND THEIR TOWNS. In Hódmezővásárhely you will encounter the attractive City Hall, having on its walls pictures of great Hungarian personalities. The highly refined building of the MH Bank represent the Eclectic style, while the Synagogue represents the Hungarian art nouveau style. You will cycle through the most beautiful area of the river Tisza, the Mártély landscape Protection Reserve (Ramsar Site), characteristic for the floodplain wetlands of southern Hungary. Arrival soon in the town Szentes, located on the left bank of the River Tisza, and on both sides of the River Kurca. Next up Csongrád, lies at the mouth of the Tisza and Körös Rivers. You can visit the unique Great Plain folk architectural monument complex in its original size. These are thatched-roofed, whitewashed 250-year old fishermen houses. Taste the reputed varieties of the local vineyards, Kékfrankos and Kadarka wines.
(approx. 54 km / 34 miles cycling)
Day 5 – MONUMENT IN THE NATURAL RESERVE. Today you will cycle through the Pusztaszer landscape reserve area. This is a important region for water birds during migration and during the breeding season. Visit of National Historical Memorial Park museum complex & Skanzen, which provides many exhibitions: archaeological, ethno-graphic, natural scientific, Hungarian historical, water works and the most famous sight, the monumental round-panorama painting of A. Feszty - this is one of the biggest in the world. The Hungarian tribes involved in the conquest of the Carpathian Basin held their first legislation congress 1100 years ago.
(approx. 37 km / 23 miles cycling)
Day 6 – ART NOUVEAU NEARBY BUGAC-PUSZTA. The land is characterised by sandy forests with acacia, pine, flat meadows with special flora and little lakes. The small settlements in the area conserve the traditions of the land typical farm structure, natural conditions, values of peasant's life. Our “puszta-exploration” by bike leads us towards Kiskunság National Park. In this natural area lives typical horses, grey cattle’s, and spiral horned “racka” sheep. Overnight stay in Kecskemét, its surroundings are the biggest fruit garden of the country. Much of the fruit will be distilling to become the flavourful apricot brandy.
(approx. 65 km / 41 miles cycling)
Day 7 – HOMETOWN OF “WHISTLING” APRICOT BRANDY. Walking tour in Kecskemét, that is rich in historical monuments. The fantastic main square is made up of four into one another going large squares. The name of the city originates from the word „Kecske” (meaning „goat”), and „mét” means district. The goat can be seen in the city coat of arms with the motto of the town : „Neither height, nor depth frightens us.” In Kecskemét born the famous composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály (was the best friend of Béla Bartók). From here restful bicycling to the final destination of the today’s stage, then coach transfer to Budapest. Free time. Overnight in the Hotel of Budapest.
(approx. 52 km / 33 miles cycling)
Day 8 – Individual departure after breakfast or exploring Budapest’s, additional night/s. Maybe participate at the 4-hours Budapest City Bike Tour (extra booking, see prices below).
Optional (not included in the tour price, extras):
• Hire of our ladies and / or gents touring bikes with Shimano 21-speed gears and V-Breaks for the cycling days, prices see above.
(more bicycle-info you can find here: http://www.velo-touring.hu/fahrrader_en.html)
• Additional nights, prices see above.
• Lunch and beverages during the cycling tour. (to manage on the spot)
• Dinner in Budapest Hotel (= 2 X, to manage on the spot)
• Sightseeing in Budapest per bike or per bus upon request
Price: 22,00 EURO per Person, inclusive: bike rental, and on request bike helmet and yellow safety vest. (The reservation is recommended at the booking!)
Price to 18 years: 15.00 EURO per person
The tour is guaranteed by four full paying adults.
Start: at 09:30 o’clock from our partner hotel.
End: about 13:30 o’clock at our partner hotel.
NOT INCLUDED (in your own organisation):
• Your arrival and departure between Budapest and your home, before and after the tour.
• Travel insurance (accident and health) as well as your free European Health Insurance Card.
|Included in the bike rental
Prices of additional nights (Extra nights) in our contractual Hotels in Budapest:
|Price per person per night in EURO, include breakfast and local tourist tax:||EUR|
|in Double room with private facilities:||42,00|
|in Single room with private facilities:||60,00|