Discover the hills, where the Danube bends

Type:Self-Guided
Participants:Min. 2 participants
Grade:Moderate
Length:12 nights
Distance:160 km
Dates:15/04/2017 - 31/10/2017
Cost:€ 1120
Starts:Nagymaros
Ends:Budapest

Description

On this tour you climb up the most characteristic hills of Börzsöny and Pilis and enjoy the splendid view from peaks Hegyes-tető, Csóványos, Prédikálószék and Dobogókő, you will visit historical places like Esztergom and Visegrád and explore picturesque villages like Nagymaros, Zebegény and lovely town of artists Szentendre, and the natural environment of delightful capital of Hungary, Budapest. The wooded ranges of Börzsöny and Pilis to the north of Budapest,
along the Danube Bend, are part of the Duna-Ipoly National Park. This beautiful wildlife area is full of water and springs, streams and castles, where you can walk along plenty of the marked routes, like the National Blue Walking Route. There are many protected species of plant and animals in the National Park. The fascinating Börzsöny is a range of hills, where the wanderer will find dormant volcanic peaks, deep chasms, and sudden cliff faces. The Börzsöny
and Visegrád Hills are volcanic origin (andezit) while the Pilis Hills are sedimentary origin, made of limestone and dolomit. The highest peaks of the Pilis - Visegrád Hills do not exceed 700 m. The Pilis Hill rich in karst water and there are more than 300 springs in the Börzsöny. The most characteristic vegetation type is dry oak forest. Interesting feature in the of landscape is the sweet chestnut. The woods of Pilis were important hunting areas for consecutive royal families.

Map

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Nagymaros

Arriving at Nagymaros, the starting station of tour. The pretty village situated on the north side of the Danube and at the foot of the Börzsöny hills with a beautiful view of Visegrád.

Day 2: Nagymaros - Zebegény - Nagymaros (20km)

Walking through Törökmező to Zebegény and visit the Memorial museum of István Szőnyi, where the famous painter of the Danube lived and worked. Then walking back on the path marked with blue signs up the Hegyes-tető Peak from the whole Danube Bend is visible and return to Nagymaros.

Day 3: Nagymaros - Királyrét (18 km)

Walk along the blue path from Nagymaros through Kóspallag to Királyrét. Accommodation in Királyrét ( means Royal Meadow and was the hunting ground of King one of the most beautiful meadow of the area). You will start here tomorrow the challenging journey into the Mount Csóványos.

Day 4: Királyrét - Csóványos - Királyrét (22 km)

Hiking up Mount Csóványos (929m) the highest peak in the Börzsöny, you will walk in beautiful surroundings far away from city noise. Back on the picturesque blue path towards Nagy Hideg Hill and finally arrive in Királyrét.

Day 5: Visegrád (8 km)

By crossing the Danube transfer to Visegrád, the small town in heart of Danube Bend has a rich history, as a royal seat , was the capital of Hungary in the 14th century. We can visit nowadays only the remains of the Water Bastion, Solomon's Tower, Upper Castle and the ruins of King Matthias Palace. Walking up to Nagyvillám lookout, you can test the nearby summer bob-sleigh on Mogyoró Hill and relax in the not far Lepence Valley thermal baths and swimming pool.

Day 6: Visegrád - Kis- bükktető - Visegrád (18 km)

On the whole day trip following the track Sajgóvölgy, Kisbükktető, Urak asztala (Table of Lords), Királyút (King's Road) you will discover of neighbourhood walking spots of Visegrád area.

Day 7: Visegrád - Dobogókő (23 km)

On this path you will walk through steep slopes and will big rocks, like Prédikálószék (Preacher-chair 642m) and Rám precipice ( romantic, adventurous but challenging 1 km long part) before gain on Dobogókő (699m), the walking centre of Pilis Hill. During this tour of experienced hikers you will enjoy the excellent views of the Danube, the mountains and the surrounding villages.
Accommodation in Dobogókő.

Day 8: Dobogókő - Pilisszentkereszt - Dobogókő (18 km)

This route leads from Dobogókő beside the highest point of Pilis called

Pilis-tető (756m) through a serpentine road with anyone view to Pilisszentkereszt, where interlocking a notch and turn back to the starting point north through the forested hills.

Day 9: Dobogókő - Esztergom (20 km)

Your marked hiking trail towards Esztergom will lead through on areas of peace and beauty of untouched nature with lush vegetation.

Day 10: Esztergom - Budapest

Sightseeing in the royal seat Esztergom, where the first Hungarian King, St. Stephen was crowned in 1000 AD. The Basilika of Esztergom is Hungary's largest church, where Franz Liszt conducted his famous Esztergom Mass. We can admire here the Bakócz chapel, the masterwork of the Hungarian Renaissance. The panorama terrace offers a great view of city. You can't miss to visit the rich collection of Christian Museum. The town is the seat of the Hungarian Roman Catholic Church. The bridge Mária Valeria leading across the Danube to Slovakia. In summer season (from end of May to end of August) you can take a romantic journey by boat from Esztergom to Budapest,during which you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river. Out of the summer season you can travel by train to Budapest. Accommodation in Budapest.

Day 11: Budapest - Szentendre - Budapest

Arriving in Szentendre after a 40 - minute ride by urban railway (called HÉV) from Budapest you can explore the sights of the cultural and tourist centre. In the small town of arts and artists, which situated on the bank of the Danube you will enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere only to be found here, admire the Serb Orthodox monuments, and select from dozen of museums of city, like the famous open-air folk museum or the popular pottery museum of Margit Kovács. You can walk between colourful houses, on narrow alleyways to the castle hill, taste the specialties of famed restaurants, cafés, confectioneries or make a deal in small shops, and handicrafts stalls.

Day 12: Budapest, Hills of Buda (15 km)

Whole day trip to Hills of Buda, the Natural Reserve, have rich wild life, despite of the closeness of the city. Travel by Cogwheel Railway he top of Széchényi-Hill then walk up to János Hill (Jánoshegy, the highest point of Budapest: 529m) and enjoy the splendid view of city from the look tower of Erzsébet Kilátó. Take the Children's Railway towards Hűvösvölgy. From there you can reach by walk the Hármashatárhegy and then Pálvölgyi cave, with beautiful stalagmit formations (where the temperature is around 8 Celsius !) and finally the Ancient Buda.

Day 13: Departure

Individual departure according your time schedule.

Dates

Available:

from 15th of April till 31th October 2017


Price

Participation fee:

EUR 1120 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 320

Extra night in Budapest:

EUR 50 / persons sharing the double room

Single Supplement:

EUR 35

Services

12 nights in double rooms with bath or shower in 3 stars hotels, half-board, 7 picnics, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, transfers of participants according program, tour description with maps.

Tour Identifier: WADB131