Bakony Mountains

Bakony Mountains

£850.00

Magical Bakony

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Comfort: Comfortable
  • Start/Finish: Budapest
  • Distance: 50km / 31mi
  • Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Availability: April – October

Walk in the romantic Bakony region

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Product Description

Price

£850

Dates

Spring & Summer

Difficulty

Moderate – Strenuous

Max Group Size

8 People

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Distance

50km / 31mi

The Bakony Mountains lie in the very heart of Transdanubia, the most versatile part of Hungary.

Its isolation, densely forested ridges, small closed basins and medieval fortresses and monasteries have protected the local inhabitants over the course of many stormy centuries.  Come and discover the many natural and cultural treasures with this leisurely 2-center walking holiday.

Once here, why not add a couple of days at Lake Balaton, the main summer attraction of Hungary – just about 30 km away.

Highlights: Budapest, ‘Pearl of the Danube’ – Zirc: Cistercian Abbey, Monument Library and Arboretum – Romantic Cuha valley – Csesznek castle – Bakonybél: Benedictine monastery, Pannon Observatory – ‘Killer lake’ – Veszprém, ‘City of Queens’ – Lake Balaton

Itinerary

Day 1 – Budapest

Welcome to Budapest!

Depending on arrival time you may have time to explore the city in the afternoon.  Budapest is the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ with grand buildings and sweeping bridges.  It is a particularly busy city, full of history.

If you have time, let yourself be tempted by one of the thermal baths – the most famous, Gellért will not fail to impress. you.

The Fishermen’s Bastion on Buda hill will offer you a splendid sight of the Danube, the impressive Chain Bridge and the magnificient architecture of the Parliament.  Enjoy the many coffee bars and be entertained by the wonderful Hungarian folk musicians.

Day 2 – Zirc

Today you take the train to Zirc (app. 2 hours, 1 change) where you will spend the following 3 nights.

Zirc is the highest lying town of Hungary.

The local sights are all within walking distance offering a real cultural experience: Cistercian Abbey, Monument Library, Bakony Museum and Arboretum.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 – Zirc

Start your Bakony exploration tour in the romantic Cuha stream gorge.

After the first 8 kms you’ll have several options to continue your walk – we provide tour map, route proposals and timetable if you choose to return to Zirc on a very spectacular train ride.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Important: you’ll have to wade the Cuha stream several times today ! We provide ‘Plan B’ in case of high water level.

Day 4 – Zirc

Choose from the several walk options we’d prepared for your walking days.

One of the circular walks may lead you e.g. to Csesznek castle, built 700 years ago on a cliff top excellent for protection.

On your return visit ‘Hubertus Inn’ at Gézaháza.  Overnight in Zirc.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 – Bakonybél

Today you move deeper into the Bakony Mountains by walking to Bakonybél (19 km).

This hidden place unfolds the history of the Benedictine monastery with the Holy source and calvary nearby.

The ‘Pannon Observatory’ with telescope park and Planetary is an unexpexted novelty in this tiny village! Overnight in Bakonybél.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 – Bakonybél

From Bakonybél we also provide walking tour options for the next full days (10 to 20km).

You may walk along the Gerence creek to the ‘Killer lake’, to Vár-hegy or Odvaskő cave, among others.

Overnight in Bakonybél.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 – Bakonybél

Climb the highest point of the Bakony,  Kőrishegy (709 m) today – or you may opt for a short bus ride and a city walk in the charming baroque town Pápa (30 km).

Overnight in Bakonybél.

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 – Back to Budapest & departure

Today you say goodbye to the Bakony and take your train back to Budapest (change in Veszprém).

Do not arrange your flight for too early!

(Inclusive Meals: Breakfast)

INCLUDED:

  • Welcome meeting
  • 7 hotel overnights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • Return train tickets (Budapest/Zirc)
  • Tour map
  • Route proposals
  • Luggage transport (Zirc/Bakonybél)
  • Transfer to train for departure (Zirc)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airport transfers
  • Local train/bus rides
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Picnic lunches are available on previous request.

 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:

Medium – 4 days for circular walks (10 to 20 km, optional), 1 walk between the Bakony hotels (18 km).

Over gentle mountains but with steep and rocky ascents at time.

Sturdy walking boots are a must PLUS: you’ll have to wade the Cuha stream several times!

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Additional Information

Self Guided

Self-Guided

Dates

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

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