Total tour distance: 142 miles
Daily tour distance: 23 miles
Difficulty: 50 / 100
Vinociped has combined freedom and authenticity to create customized wine and bike tours in Hungary, where both romanticism of the countryside and relics from the past are presented.
The scenery is the Balaton Uplands National Park, where already the romans started to plant grapes and the ancient hungarinas founded the first villages. Thousand years history, culture and nature make a unique mixture of this land. The strong wines, sandy beaches, delicious hungarian meals and the beauty of the nature make you wonder here.
We use our own experience and local knowledge to collect the right sights and hidden values for you. We haven't planned this trip above a desk, but in the saddle of our bicycles to make it safe and unique.
The stress is on cheerfulness and experience rather than strict timetables. We combine the bike-, wine-, cultural-, rural and ecotourism to offer unique trips to everybody who likes the active and funny way of travelling. There are no rules and the limit is your imagination.
Day 1: Veszprém
Our first day starts in Veszprém in the City of Queens. The accomodation is in a relaxing place nearby the Castle and the Old Town. Discover the Saint Michael Cathedral where the hungarian queens were crowned. Enjoy the historic places and the unique atmosphere of Veszprém and discover this lovely town before the first cycling day.
Day 2: Veszprém - Balatonfüred (38 km)
After the square breakfast take the full equipped bicycles and start the trip to the lake Balaton. This day we meet with the idyllic landscape, the charming villages and the lake. After a while we change the built bicycle road for the old Roman road which goes next to the coastline. We will see everywhere grapefields which were planted in the Roman times. The accomodation stand still in Balatonfüred the capital of lake Balaton. The most common words in connection of this city are history, culture, wine, and hospitality.
Day 3: Balatonfüred - Badacsony (50 km)
We start cycling today in western direction following the coastline on the built cycle road. We can stop for a bath almost everywhere. This day is about the nature, sunshine and the water. The accomodation will be in Badacsony in a charming pension at the foot of the vitnessing mountain Badacsony. This winearea is the oldest in hungary and the wines are excellent together with the local meals.
Day 4: Badacsony - Szentbékkálla (30 km)
We start the day with a museum visit to experience how did the people live in the XIX. Century in this area. After this we use the Roman way and the Balaton cycle road to reach Szigliget. In Szigliget we visit the 250 years old Eszterházy Winemuseum and climb up to the Castle which was used in the Turkish war in the XVI. Century. From here we roll across the land of extinct volcanos, the so called vitnessing mountains which are in the heart of the Balaton Uplands National Park. We will cycle trough the oldest hungarian villages and our accomodation will be in an authentic village in Szentbékálla.
Day 5: Szentbékkálla - Tótvázsony (36 km)
We use this day hidden roads which go trough charming little villages like Köveskál, Szentantalfa, Óbudavár. We discover the beauty of Balaton Uplands National Park and the idylic landscapes with grapefields. Today we go trough Nivegy valley winearea which played an important role in wine export soon in the roman times. We finish the trip in a nice quiet hotel in Tótvázsony at the foot of Bakony mountain.
Day 6: Tótvázsony - Balatonfüred (39 km)
We roll down to Pécsely and Aszófő to reach the city central of Tihany where we could spend a whole day without boring. We visit the 950 years old Benedict Abbey which was built to the top of the extinct vulcano. From here we can take a look down to the middle of the peninsula to the old caldera and the Inner lake. After the sights of Tihany we are heading to Koczor Winecellar for square picnic lunch and winetasting. After lunch we shortly reach the accomodation in Balatonfüred.
Day 7: Balatonfüred - Veszprém (34 km)
On the last cycling day we use the Balaton cycling road which leads next to the coastline. We will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing bath or an ice cream as many times as we want. We follow from Balatonalmádi the embankment to take a last look to the lake and we turn in direction of Veszprém. This day is an ideal cool down after the whole biketour. We arrive in Veszprém in the right time for a nice walk or shopping. The dinner gives us the opportunity to enjoy the nice dishes together with the wine and say goodbye .
Day 8: Veszprém
Our journey ends after breakfast.