Nóra ZÁVOCZKI | VIVID INCOMING
Our tour offers an exceptional experiance, cycling around the largest lake in Central Europe, the Balaton. The tour starts in Siófok, the popular holiday destination with several beaches and good climate. Hungarians often call the town "the capital of Balaton".
1. day Arrival in Siófok, there is a good train connection between Budapest and Siófok. Overnight in Siófok right at the lake shore. Checking the bicycles.
2. day Siófok – Balatonkeresztúr app 65 kms (40,6 miles)
After breakfast the tour starts on the Balaton bicycle path “Balaton Körút” to the west. On the southern shore we pass the villages, which are mostly resort towns, and arrive in Balatonkeresztúr. Overnight in a nice family hotel.
3. day Balatonkeresztúr – Badacsony app 54 kms (33,5 miles)
After the breakfast the tour continues from our hotel, crossing the Kis Balaton (Little Balaton) the huge wetland habitat. In 1979, the Kis Balaton was included in the list of "Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat". On the way there really worth stopping in Keszthely. Though settled since at least Roman times, the first historical evidence of the town Keszthely dates from a 1247 document. Since 1421, Keszthely has been a market town. One of its main tourist attractions is the Festetics Palace, which was built in 1745 in baroque style. The Balaton Museum displays geological and archaeological exhibitions and presents the history of Lake Balaton. Leaving the southern shore, we arrive to Szigliget and Badacsony, to “the most beautiful landscape of Hungary”. Overnight in Badacsony.
4. day Badacsony – Tapolca – Badacsony app 33 kms (20,4 miles)
After the breakfast we start to explore the Tapolca Basin, with the basalt hills (the basalt quarries opened here in 1903 have finally been closed down) and the town of Tapolca with the famous lake cave. Finally we arrive in Köveskál, a tiny small village in the heart of the Káli Basin. The most characteristic part of the Balaton Uplands was granted protection - perhaps at the last moment - when a protected landscape area in the Káli Basin was established in 1984 on an area of 9,111 hectares. Overnight in Köveskál
5. day Köveskál – Tihany app 35 kms (21,7 miles)
Breakfast is in our hotel. Today we continue our tour on the bicycle path, which leads all around the lake. Finally we arrive in Tihany, on the historical Tihany peninsula. The center of the district is the Benedictine Abbey, which was founded in 1055. From 1952 the first protected landscape area of Hungary was created in the most attractive, most varied and scientifically best researched area of the country. It covers 1,562 hectares, of which 195 is highly protected. Overnight in the nice private house, with wonderful view over the lake.
6. day Tihany – Balatonfüred - Siófok app 55 kms 34,18 miles)
Breakfast is in our hotel.
Our final tour day leads us back to Siófok, and offers a nice and easy ride, along the popular holiday villages of the Northern shore, like Balatonfüred, Balatonalmádi. Balatonfüred is considered to be the capital of the Northern lake shore and it has significant yachting life. It is also a favorite location for coarse fishing. With the State Hospital for Cardiology in Balatonfüred boasts the largest cardiac-rehabilitation center in Hungary. People come here to enjoy the mild micro-climate, beautiful scenery, the local wine, and sailing and swimming facilities, as well as to revive the two-century-old tradition of socializing around spas, bathing and vacationing. The main events of the two-month-long summer holiday season include a ball for first-time visitors with a beauty contest and a wine-tasting festival, both in August.
Optional way: Passing the lake with ferry boat and bicycling from Szántód to Siófok. In this case we ride app 15 kms (9 miles). Arrival in Siófok in our hotel, overnight.
7. day after breakfast the tour ends