CASTLES AND SPAS BY CYCLING INTO ROMAN TIMES


Bike tour in the former Roman “Province Pannonia Superior”

Taking this bicycle tour, you will ride through West-Hungarian landscapes with refreshing air, untouched nature and woods, charming villages and favorite wine regions of Hungary, along the River Danube and the historical “Iron Curtain”. Taste excellent Hungarian wine, enjoy the mixture of Hungarian and international dishes and visit some important cities of the ancient Roman Empire.

Overview

You will see antique Colonies, castles, Romanesque churches, nicest medieval towns and spas of “Province Pannonia”.

Holiday highlights

  • Biking on beautiful stages between the oldest towns and at two Lakes of West-Hungary.
  • Visit in the magnificent baroque palace of the prince family of Eszterházy.
  • Sopron, the only Hungarian town where almost the entire city centre has survived from the middle ages. The town is the place of the first piano concert of Francis Liszt.
  • You should visit the Spa of Sarvar, a member of the "Royal Spas of Europe".
  • Cycling through the climatic health-resort Velem and the museum-cellar village of Cák.
  • Biking on beautiful stages at the historical “Iron Curtain” and in unspoiled countryside.

Special value

  • A special good value for money.
  • A full program of guided biking day of the day.
  • Accommodation in double or twin rooms with private facilities. (shower/WC)
  • Half Board – breakfast and evening meal. We are always able to cater for vegetarian diets. Lunches can be bought from local shops.
  • More sightseeing walking tours in colonies of Roman Empire and in medieval towns of Hungary.

Castle and spas


VELO-TOURING | H-1118 Budapest | Elöpatak u. 1. | Hungary, Europe
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Guided Cycling Itinerary


  • 1st class service of 2 experienced & kind leaders: one cycling with you, and one driving the support bus/van to transport all the luggage.
  • Taste excellent Hungarian wines, enjoy the mixture of Hungarian and international dishes.
  • We provide relaxing holidays: choose biking one day and bathe in the spa at the afternoon, or take a vespertine walk on the bank of the lake or in the historical downtown.
  • Our leaders are competent and friendly, welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

Easier bike tours - The difficulty range for this holiday:

  • Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, mainly flat or undulating, with slight inclines in some areas. (Level 2)
  • Quiet roads, mostly with low or no car traffic. Some beautiful routes in nature reserves or woods.
  • Cycling Distance: Total 385kms/ 240miles, approx. 34-64 kms / 21-40miles/day
  • A hard training isn’t necessary but some tours, particularly in hilly areas, considering on slight inclines in some areas.

Local Transport

  • The cost of local transport to and from the cycling is in the tour price included.
  • On some days the cycling start and finish at the hotel.
  • On other days we’ll use the hired transport to explore the surrounding area.

Free Time

Each days is a few free time if other short programs are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around or in the hotel, walk independently, or visit local places of interest.

Castle and spas


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Accommodation

Bedrooms

All bedrooms have
  • en-suite bathroom with bath or shower
  • hairdryer (only in some hotel)
  • towels
  • telephone
  • colour television

Facilities

  • restaurant
  • terrace
  • bar area.
  • eisure suite with a sauna and spa pool.(only in some hotel)

Food

Our holidays at the hotels in Hungary are on a Half Board basis and include in the majority buffet breakfast and evening meal.
The hotels offers a selection of hot and cold dishes with a mixture of Hungarian and international dishes. (Starter is selected of salads, or soup and other hot dishes, main course and also vegetarian options)

Drink

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’)

Lunches ( Payable locally )

Upon request the Follower-bus will carry fruit juices, mineral water and other refreshments as well as all the necessary ingredients for a rich picnic full of vitamins. This way besides the regular drink-stops, after arranging it with the Tour-leader, the group can have a various (warm/cold) picnic outdoors at an idyllic place at lunchtime. These services (picnics and drinks during the biking), however, are to be paid extra.
For self supporter are again and again shops in the overnight places, where you can buy ingredients for your private picnic lunch.

Evening

Each evening your cycling leaders will tell you about the daily programs for the next day and answer any questions you may have. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Places of overnights

Situated on West-Hungary’s, embedded are in the „Pannonian Landscape”, the nice renovated downtowns are attractive bases from which to explore the local area.
In several town centers you’ll find a good selection of shops, bars and cafés.

Shops & Facilities

There are several little supermarkets, bakers, cake shops within a few minutes walk of the hotels from which ingredients for a packed lunch can be easily obtained. Reasonable exchange rates can be obtained at the bank a short walk. Money change is in some hotels possible too. There are several ATM machines within walking distance.

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VELO-TOURING | H-1118 Budapest | Elöpatak u. 1. | Hungary, Europe
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Program

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

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Start City:Budapest
End City: Budapest
Cycling Distance:Total 385kms/ 240miles, approx. 34-64 kms / 21-40miles/day
Days cycling of around 5-6 hours.
Level of difficulty:Easy to moderate, mainly flat or undulating, with slight inclines in some areas. Quiet roads, mostly with low or no car traffic. Some beautiful routes in nature reserves or woods. (Level 2 – “Easier Cycling”)
Level of support:Fully guided and supported. (English speaking guiding throughout all the trips with 1st class service of 2 experienced & kind leaders: one cycling with you, and one driving the support van to transport all the luggage. Full technical support and special trailer to transport the bikes)
Tour code: Bike Tour No. 19.

Taking this bicycle tour, you will ride through West-Hungarian landscapes, untouched nature and woods, charming villages, along rivers and lakes and the historical “Iron Curtain”. You will see antique Colonies, castles, Romanesque churches, nicest medieval towns and spas of “Province Pannonia”.

DAILY PROGRAM:
Day 1 – Arrival in BUDAPEST. -
Your hotel is situated on the Buda side of the capital city, at the foot of Sashegy hill. It is easily accessible from all directions and is just a short drive away from both the city center and the historic castle district. Its modern environment and swimming pool, sauna, or massage possibilities will make you feel well and relaxed quickly. Tour briefing 18:30 o’clock with the guide and dinner.

Day 2 – BUDAPEST TO GYŐR (“Arrabona”). -
After the breakfast coach transfer to Babolna, home of the Arabian National Stud in Hungary, a historical place of Equestrian culture and secret techniques of renowned Hungarian horse breeding. Bike ride to Győr, "the town of 4 rivers", home of more historical monuments in Hungary. We take a walk around the ancient town to view the Cathedral with reliquary of a 11th century Hungarian king, the Episcopal Castle, Baroque houses with lovely oriels. Győr has a brilliant thermal bath, which is right at the confluence of the River Danube, Rába and Rábca.

(approx. 34 km / 22 miles cycling)

Day 3 – CYCLING AMONG MIRACLES OF “SZIGETKÖZ”. -
We start to the ancient fortress city Mosonmagyarovar, an enchanting world, embraced by the arms of the Danube, a peaceful region, a paradise for birds, anglers, and - as it is flat - for cyclists too. We will ride along idyllic landscapes, charming villages. Refreshing time surrounded by the special atmosphere in the park of the 400 year old Renaissance castle of Hedervar. Owing to the renovation in a authentic style, its beautiful park with ancient trees, it is called: "Pearl of Szigetköz". Swimming option in the lovely thermal bath in Lipót. Further to Mosonmagyarovár (”Ad Flexum”) situated at the western gate of Hungary

(approx. 54 km / 34 miles cycling)

Day 4 – THE MYSTERIOUS MARSHLAND AND SOPRON (“Scarbantia”). –
Back to the 13th century will take a few minutes with bus to Lébény, where we stop to see the amazing sized Romanesque church. Cycling from here on the “Little Plain”, in the untouched nature through the Hanság, or as the locals call it: the Hany, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. We take a wonderful ride through alder woods, along bog meadows, small lakes and rivers, with more stops regarding the exceptionally rich flora and fauna of this area from the like marsh orchid to the Hungarian gray cattle. We stop in Fertőd at the splendid Baroque palace, built by Nicholas Esterházy in the 18th century, with a park in Versailles style. Short busride to Sopron, today‘s destination, is the only Hungarian town where almost the entire city center has survived from the roman and the middle ages.

(appr. 58 km / 36 miles cycling)

Day 5 – FROM SOPRON TO SPA BÜK. -
Sopron, the town that has won the Europa Prize for its well protected monuments. Walking through the Fire Tower (symbol of town), a wonderful antique world, listed buildings and cultural memories. After a short ride, and we get to Nagycenk, a village, where "the greatest Hungarian", Count Stephen Széchenyi, a prominent statesman of the 19th century lived. It is really worth seeing the museum in his former castle and the neat castle garden. Cycling along nice fields and woods we stop to see a nice manor house in the middle of a marvellous park, surrounded by ancient trees. Biking further to Bük Spa resort, is one of the Hungarian biggest baths name is well-known in Europe. From the 1900s oil-searchingdrillings were made around Bük, and medicinal water was found.

(appr. 55 km / 34 miles cycling)

Day 6 - THE NATURAL PARK AT THE “IRON COURTAIN”. –
At first bike ride to Kőszeg. Every house in the town has its own story. Rich decorations like sgraffito, or fresco-coat of arms, and various styles make them individually remarkable. The central square, surrounded by the citywalls, takes us back to the Middle Ages. A great success was to defend the castle against the Turks by Captain Nicholas Jurisics in 1532. We cycle in the wonderful forests among the hills of the Írottkő Naturpark with smashing views of the area. We stop at the museum-cellars in Cák, passing by a small resort Bozsok, to look at the Roman aqueduct. Cycling along the former "Iron-Curtain”, parallel at the Austrian-Hungarian border. Overnight in Szombathely, the oldest city in Hungary, was the capital of the Pannonia Superior province of the Roman Empire.
(“Colonia Claudia Savaria”)

(appr. 60 km / 37 miles cycling)

Day 7 - CYCLE TO TOWN OF SPA & FORTRESS. –
We continue our tour in the nature along sleeping hamlets and softly undulating lands, through beautiful woods. We have two stops to see the Benedictine abbey church (a basilica) in Ják, and a small village church in Csempeszkopács. Both are significant memories of the Romanesque architecture. Biking further to Sárvár, with its gate tower and the vaulted bridge that spans the fortress moat is a part of Hungarian national heritage. The centuries-old plane trees of the park of the Arboretum located next to the castle. In 2004 Sárvár became a member of The Royal Spas of Europe and the Spa won the EUROPESPA-med quality award 2007.

(appr. 64 km / 40 miles cycling)

Day 8 - PANNONIAN LANDSCAPES, THEN BUDAPEST. -
A wonderful cycling route leads us through lovely villages. Stork nests decorate the roofs and the masts. In this nice district was the romantic poet Dániel Berzsenyi born in 1776. At the through road is waiting the Transferbus and transported us to the hotel in Budapest. In the end we have a goodbye dinner with a glass of wine. Overnight in hotel of Budapest.

(appr. 60 km / 37 miles cycling)

Day 9 - After enjoying breakfast in your hotel homeward journey or additional nights in Budapest.


VELO-TOURING | H-1118 Budapest | Elöpatak u. 1. | Hungary, Europe
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Travel Information

  • Fly to Budapest and catch ‘shuttle bus’ (Airport Minibus Service) to Hotel
    (Airport-Hotel to and back approx. 20,- EURO)
  • It is maybe possible to fly to Vienna & then train trip to Budapest.
    Train station is located near of the starting Hotel in Budapest.

Others

Discounts available under 18's as in the case of our other bike tours.
Discount for groups according to a separate agreement.
Custom Tours and Group Programs & Custom Programs for Bike Clubs is possible.
An inquiry is enough - Don't hesitate to contact us!

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VELO-TOURING | H-1118 Budapest | Elöpatak u. 1. | Hungary, Europe
Tel. & Fax: (+36)-1-319-0571 | E-Mail:pedal@velo-touring.hu

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Dates

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Travel dates 2016:

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Start City: Budapest
End City:  Budapest
Prices: see you below:
Tour Deposit: (€) EUR 100,-

What’s Included:

  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels or guesthouse, always with private facilities
  • 8 X breakfast.
  • 8 X dinner.
  • English speaking guiding during cycling and the programs of the whole tour.
  • 2 guides - one cycling with you, and one driving the back-up van/bus.
  • Luggage transfer from one hotel to another. (no limit of luggage pieces)
  • Full technical support and special trailer for all the bikes, included transport your own bikes along the way too.
  • All the bustransfers, private guided sightseeing tours, and visits as per program description. (Entrance fees not included)
  • Service Telephone (cell phone) at the bike tour guide.
  • Carefully selected routes.


TOUR PRICE

In double room per person:(€) EUR 976,-
Single room supplement:(€) EUR 182,-
Bike Rental: (€) EUR 48,-
Electric bike:(€) EUR 98,-

Included in the bike rental:

  • Usage of one of our 28" male/female touring bikes with Shimano 21-gear system & two-sided bike bags for the important things during the cycling days.
  • 7-gears ladies’ bikes and 3-gears men’s bikes with coaster-brakes are available upon request (advance reservation needed!)
  • Technical assistance and immediate repair, and/or spare bike during the tour.
  • 20“, 24“, and 26“ children‘s bikes, „Tag-a-Longs“, as well as bicycle trailers for babies became also available
  • More Information & Pictures find you here

Optional (not included, extras):

  • Bike rental from 2. to 8. day - complete 48, - EUR (further above)
  • Museum, castle, church, and bath tickets (the entrance fees).
  • Lunches during of biking.
  • Extra nights in Budapest. (prices see below)
  • Sightseeing in Budapest per bike or per bus.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Your travel between Budapest and your home, before and after the tour.
  • Travel and health insurance.

Additional night (extra night) in Budapest

  • We book gladly supplementary nights in our contractual hotel before and/or after your tour.
  • Prices per Person, rooms with private facilities and breakfast
  • In double room in Budapest: 46, - EUR
  • In single room in Budapest: 64, - EUR

Attention! Due to the very customer-friendly prices of this tour our popular benefits and discounts for regular guests, group discounts and discounts for children, etc. will be calculated only in a limited amount. Details please enquire!

Castle and spas


VELO-TOURING | H-1118 Budapest | Elöpatak u. 1. | Hungary, Europe
Tel. & Fax: (+36)-1-319-0571 | E-Mail:pedal@velo-touring.hu

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