This guided walking holiday explores the old volcanic Balaton Upland National Park, ideal for not very exhausting walking and relaxing.
Each days is a few free time if no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently, or visit local places of interest.
Our holidays at the hotels in Hungary are on a Half Board basis and include in the majority buffet breakfast and evening meal in buffet form.
The hotels offers a selection of hot and cold dishes with a mixture of Hungarian and international dishes. (Starter is selected from the buffet which has a variety of salads, plus soup and other hot dishes, main course and also vegetarian options)
The hotels has a bar serving Hungarian and international beer, local wine and spirits, palinka’s too. ( for example the typical ‘Apricot Brandy of Hungary’)
There are a number of shops in Balatonfüred, Tapolca and Keszthely, where you can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch. On other days it may be possible to drink in local cafés; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Each evening your walking leaders will tell you about the choice of Dates & Pricess for the next day and answer any questions you may have. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
Situated on Hungary’s beautiful lake Balaton Coast, the nice renovated holiday resort is an attractive
base from which to explore the local area.
The town itself centres on the promenade and harbour, where you’ll find a good selection of shops, bars and cafés.
There are several little supermarkets, bakers, cake shops within a few minutes walk of the hotel from which ingredients for a packed lunch can be easily obtained. Reasonable exchange rates can be obtained at the bank a short walk. There are several ATM machines within walking distance.
Walking Distance: Total 62miles / 98kms , approx. 5 to 14 miles (8 – 21kms) per day.
Days walking of around 4-6 hours.
Difficulty range: No high terrain maximum around 400-500 metres. Up to 900ft of ascent in a day, generally on good paths and tracks. (Level 2 - “Easier Walks”)
Holiday type: Guided walking.
Our brand-new walking holiday is in a versatile regions of the Balaton Uplands National Park and the landscape protection areas which can be found on the northern side of Lake Balaton.
During the tour you will walk on the most picturesque paths of the area, like the Lake Balaton Blue Tour and Blue Tourist Path of the Country. Admire the views right along the Balaton lakeside on walks in the resorts of Balatonfüred ("Mecca of heart complaints") and Keszthely.
By the end of tour you will be familiar with extinct volcanoes, basalt organs, geyser cones, stone seas, caves, springs, lakes, forests with old threes, lookout towers, vineyards, peasant houses, wine cellars, baroque castles, romantic chapels, fortresses, rare birds and exotic animals of Balaton Uplands Area.
A highlight of the week is the visit in Heviz – a geological unique of the World & Europe is the 30 degree Celsius warm thermal lake.
Day 1 – Arrival in Balatonfüred at the lake. - Individual arriving until 7pm to Balatonfured in the starting Hotel of the tour (distance from Budapest:140 km), the first health resort centre and spa of Hungary. Getting acquainted with the sights of resort area. Tour briefing with the guide and dinner. Upon request we will reserve gladly for you overnight/s in Budapest or in Balatonfüred before or after the walking tour. /Hotel for 3 nights/
Day 2 – On the Blue Trail of the Balaton Upland. - (10.6miles / 17km) Today you will walk along hillsides full of vineyards of famous Csopak wine region and nice villages from Balatonaracs to Balatonalmadi. Back to Balatonfured by train.
Day 3 – The mystery Tihany peninsula. - ( 9.4miles,15km) During the tour you will discover not only Tihany village, which is one of the oldest settlements 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.
Day 4 – Through of the sea of stones. – (12miles , 19km) St Georges Hill hiking holiday in the Kali Basin. Transfer and then climb up the basalt cone. Walk down to Koveskal, with reconstructed historical buildings and wine cellars. Follow the blue tourist sign and near the village Szentbekkalla walk on the sea of stones. Walk down to Tapolca, where you will stay overnight. You can walk around the lake Mill and maybe take a small boat trip on the cave lake. /Hotel for 2 nights/
Day 5 – The volcanic “witness hills” of Tapolca Basin. - (14miles , 21km) Climb up to the most beautiful examples of basalt organs of the hill (415m). Walk to the top of hill and down to a baroque chapel and by winepress-house. Arriving in Szigliget visit the ruins of a historic fortress.(242 m). Look around the charming village with romantic peasant houses and old wine cellars. On the road you will reach the remains of a medieval church. In Badacsony a nice excursion path goes around the top of hill (438m). Travel back to Tapolca by train (only 10 min).
Day 6 - Keszthely - at the Lake again. – (11.4miles, 18km) After a short transfer walk on the blue line across Keszthely mountains with excellent views of the Balaton Upland Park. Proceed on the blue line through the village Vallus, then up Szik hill (351m) and Nagymezo (Great field). From the Festetics look out tower you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Keszthely bay. Accommodation in Keszthely. /Hotel for 2 nights/
Day 7 - The historic Keszthely and two lakes. - (5miles , 8km) Visit many sights of Keszthely, like the renovated city centre, Roman Catholic church, and the garden of the Festetics castle, the largest baroque castle in Hungary. Walking further to the lake of world famous Heviz, Europe’s largest natural thermal lake. Free time to bath or for coffee/tee. Wit the local bus back to Keszthely town. (The beach at Lake Balaton provides good opportunities for swimming as well)
Day 8 - Homeward journey or reservation of extra night/s in our contractual hotels in Keszthely, in Heviz or in the Hungary’s capital Budapest . Extension (additional nights) possible on your own cost to book. (prices on request)
Discounts available under 18's as in the case of our bike tours
Discount for groups according to a separate agreement
|Tour Price per person||EUR|
|In double room||698, --|
|Single room supplement||159, --|
Optional (not included, extras):
We book gladly supplementary nights in our contractual hotels before and/or after your tour. (supplementary booking required, prices on request)