Lake Balaton figure eight bicycle tour

Type:Self-Guided
Participants:Min. 2 participants
Grade:Moderately easy
Length:7 nights
Distance:270 km
Dates:01/05/2017 - 30/09/2017
Cost: € 530
Starts:Balatonfenyves
Ends:Balatonfenyves

Description

On this figure eight shape tour you will cycle around the enchanting Lake Balaton. The tour starts at Balatonfenyves, then leads through Keszthely, Szigliget, Badacsony, Káli Basin of Balaton Uplands area, Tihany and Balatonfüred. From Balatonfüred pedal around the Northern Bay and discover the Riviera of Balaton. Then follow on the
southern shore of lake to Balatonfenyves , where the tour will ended. Lake Balaton and its surroundings is the most beautiful region of Hungary. Balaton – often called as the "Hungarian sea" – is the biggest lake in Central Europe; its water is velvety smooth and tepid, warming up quickly in summer to reach a temperature of 20-26 °C. It is rich in natural beauty spots, historic values and folklore traditions, it is a popular resort area both for Hungarian and foreigners. The length
is 77 kilometres and its width ranges from 4 to 14 kilometres. Numerous sandy beaches along the shore make it an ideal place for holiday. The trip around the lake will make you amazed by natural beauties. On the sunlit slopes running towards the lake there has been grape and wine production going on since centuries. Either by bicycle or on foot but you will surely find the most fabulous and wonderful face of lake and one of the memorable moments will call you back here!

Map

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Balatonfenyves

ruins of Valcum Castrum at FenékpusztaArriving individually to the resort place Balatonfenyves, a wonderful nature reserve situated in south coast of Lake Balaton, in the heart of hunting ground Nagyberek (Marshland).
Accommodation in a three star Hotel in Balatonfenyves.

Day 2: Balatonfenyves - Keszthely, Hévíz (42 km)

On the road to Keszthely stop at Fenékpuszta, and visit the ruins of Valcum Castrum, the roman fort from 4th century. Follow to Keszthely. The town is not only a bathing resort but also a cultural center of the Lake Balaton. Here you can find the wonderful Festetics Palace. The baroque palace is open for public, visitors can admire here the reach collection of local-history museum. Sightseeing in Keszthely. Afternoon trip to the Héviz Spa, and bathing in the Thermal Lake. Héviz is a world famous spa resort near the Lake Balaton. The 36°C water is rushing up from 39 metres deep and is excellent for handling rheumatic diseases. Accommodation in Keszthely

Day 3: Keszthely - Szigliget – Badacsony (~ 40 km)

You will ride on the shore of Lake Balaton through Szigliget to Badacsony. On the road you can enjoy one of the most beautiful view of Hungary , walk up to the ruins of fortress on Szigliget Hill . The village has a unique atmosphere with its houses creeping up the hillside and its green groves.
Accommodation in Badacsony.

Day 4: Badacsony – Balaton Uplands – Tihany – Balatonfüred (40 km)

From Badacsony cycle towards to Köveskál where you can explore the natural values of amazing Kali Basin in Balaton Upland.
After returning to the lake, you will cyce through the Tihany Peninsula, a Landscape Protection Reserve.
Visit the famous Benedictine Abbey and Church of Tihany, was founded in 1055. Protruding deep into the lake, the 5 km long and 3,5 km

wide peninsula is of vulcanic origin and has a profusion of rare plants and animals. The 18th century houses of the Open-air Ethnographic Museum, the traditional rural houses of Ófalu and the Potter's House evoke the life of fishermen. You can enjoy one of the most beautiful view of Lake. From Tihany cycling towards follow to Balatonfüred. The grand Balaton resort is the first medicinal and recreational resort of Hungary. This is the place where the first Balaton steamship started. The first yachtsmen's association was set up here. Accommodation in Balatonfüred.

Day 5: Balatonfüred

Today you have a day off to relax on a beach or discover the sights of Balatonfüred SPA .

Day 6: Balatonfüred – Northern Bay, Riviera (60km)

This day the group can select from two option, the first is for experienced bikers while the second is a light (lazy) tour.
l./ Northern Bay round tour: 1 hours cruise to the south shore of Balaton to Siófok. From here cycling around the lake back to the Balatonfüred.
2./ Relax in Balatonfüred and make a light tour in the nearby Csopak wine region.
Accommodation in Balatonfüred.

Day 7: Balatonfüred - Szántód – Balatonfenyves (50 km)

For a change, first a boot-ride to the southern side of the lake, then ride through popular spots of southern shore include Balatonföldvár, Balatonlelle, Fonyód, Balatonfenyves back to Keszthely. In spite you should fulfill one of the longest riding distance of the tour on this day, you will have still enough time to stop for relax and reaching the lookout tower of Sipos Hill in Fonyód . Do not miss to climb up on the hill and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Balaton. Accomodation in Balatonfenyves

Day : Departure

Individual departure depending on the timetable.

Gallery

Fonyód Keszthely Héviz Balatongyorok Szigliget Szigliget Badacsony Szent György Hill Csobánc Káli Basin Káli Basin, Kornyi Lake, „Human Comedy” by Imre Veszprémi Füred Palóznak Lovas Csopak Balatonalmádi Tihany Tihany Lake Balaton Balatonboglár  Fonyód, Szaplonczay promenade, Winds of Balaton by Mihály Pál
Fonyod
1. Fomyód, Bélatelep beach
Keszthely
2. Keszthely, Festetics Castle
Heviz
3. Hévíz, Thermal Bath
Balatongyorok
4. Balatongyörök, Szépkilátó
Szigliget
5. Szigliget, ruins of castle
Szigliget
6. Szigliget, beach in the afternoon
Badacsony
7. Volcanic Hill of Badacsony
Szent Gyorgy Hill
8. Volcanic Hill of Szent György
Csobánc
9. “Witness Hill” of Csobánc
Kali Basin
10. Bus stop in Káli Basin
Kali Basin, Kornyi Lake, „Human Comedy” by Imre Veszprémi
11. Kali Basin, Kornyi Lake
Füred
12. Our cyclists at Balatonfüred pier
Palóznak, Calvary
13. Palóznak, Calvary
Churches of Lovas village
14. Churches of Lovas village
Csopak
15. Csopak, wine cellar
Balatonalmadi
16. Balatonalmádi shore
Tihany
17. Tihany bay and Balatonfüred
Tihany
18. Tihany, statue of girl with flag
Lake Balaton
19. Northern Shore of Lake Balaton
Boglár
20. Balatonboglár, spherical lookout
 Fonyód, Szaplonczay promenade, Winds of Balaton by Mihály Pál
21. Fonyód, Winds of Balaton

1 - 7     8 - 14     15 - 21

Dates

Available:

from 1st of May till 30th of September 2017


Price

Participation fee:

EUR 530 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 165

Extra night in Budapest:

EUR 50 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 35

Bike rental:

EUR 70


Services

The participation fee includes: 7 overnight in 3-star hotels, in double room with bath or shower, breakfast, information material, route description, daily luggage transportation from hotel-to hotel. Extensions are available on previous request either at Balaton or in Budapest.

Tour Identifier: CYLB088