Welcome to Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia

Then there’s Southern Transdanubia, where whitewashed farmhouses with thatched roofs dominate a countryside that hasn’t changed in centuries. Anchoring its centre is one of Hungary’s most alluring cities, Pécs, where a Mediterranean feel permeates streets filled with relics of Hungary’s Ottoman past and a head-spinning number of exceptional museums. Beyond, a clutch of medieval castles enchant and vineyard cellars beckon you to wine-taste your heart out.

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Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia activities

$160.77 Kid Friendly

Tapolca Cave Lake and castle tour

Those who are interested in the secrets of the underground world are invited to an exciting boat trip under the streets of the charming town of Tapolca. With a new visitor centre next to the cave will mean you will have a complex experience about what lies deep under the surface.The unique 300-meter-long cave system is situated west of Lake Balaton. It was opened to the public in 1912 after ten years of its discovery.Small boats can be hired to explore the cave system. Merely 15–20 m below the town a 5 km long cave system criss-crosses the Miocene limestone layers. This includes the 3.3 km long cave lake, which is mostly filled with karst water. The cave was discovered in 1903 during well digging. The mixture of the cold carst water flowing here and the thermal water upsurging from the deep dissolves limestone. Initially narrow passages, then smaller and larger niches can be seen while you are paddling your own boat.The temperature is about 18 °C in the cave all year round. Thanks to the new lighting system, now the Cave Lake awaits visitors with more beautiful lights.After exploring the cave lake you will be able to visit the unique castle nearby.This is a private tour with pick up and drop off at your Budapest Hotel.

$214.06 Outdoor Activities

Caving by Lake Balaton with transport from Budapest

In the Balaton Uplands National Park there is the strictly protected 6 km long cave system tucked away in the woods. Certain branches of the cave have been opened to the public. If you are curious to see this extraordinary underground world and interested in the history of the development of the cave and would like to admire the spectacular dripstones with our very experienced guide, then here is your chance. Depending on your personality and confidence you can choose between the standard tour of 1.5–2 hours and the advanced tour of 3.5–4 hours. Caving overall, helmet and headlamp are provided for you. You only need to appear at the base building, wearing boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and comfortable underclothes. As not only the cave but also the surface area are strictly protected, we approach the cave entrance on foot (an approx 40-minute-long walk uphill). Then crawling, sometimes on your belly or your back to explore the cave, yet the beauty you see is really worth it. You will see sleeping bats, stalactites and stalagmites. Your guide will make sure for you to thoroughly enjoy yourselves.Don't dress too warm under the overalls even during the autumn - spring periods. The climbing you have to do will make you warm.Advanced tour available only for adults for 6.000 HUF/personStandard tour is from 10 years of age and cost 4000 HUF/person

$104.88 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private tour from Budapest to a top hidden treasure region of Europe: Lake Balaton

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Szantod-Tihany Ferry, Szantod, Somogy County, Southern TransdanubiaWe first drive to Lake Balaton (80 min from Budapest), then take the ferry from the southern shore to the northern shoreDuration: 8 minutesStop At: Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag), Tihany, Veszprem County, Central TransdanubiaThe pearl of the Balaton is the Tihanyi Peninsula. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated landscape protection area of the country. On its smaller hill a church and a monastery were founded in Tihany as early as nine centuries ago.In Tihany you will walk around this charming and famous little town on the peninsula with the same name, you will also watch a great video on Tihany's history and formations of the nature, then you will visit the famous abbeyDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Apátsági Rege CukrászdaAn unforgettable view of Lake Balaton, while enjoying a coffee/tea/lemonade...etc. You can try the famous lavender products of the region, such as lavender beer, lavender lemonade, lavender gelato....Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Figula PincészetOptional activity: You can visit a winery in the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region. Each winery has a great location(view). One of our recommendations is the Figula winery.You can choose between tasting packages on the spot. All the wineries serve great food.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Tagore SétányWe then drive you to Balatonfüred to see this noble town with lots of mansions and a picturesque promenade. The pretty centre and the beautiful villas and mansions will very likely steal your heart!Duration: 1 hour

$276.60 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour to North Balaton Lake

Balaton wine region is one of the most outstanding wine-growing region where grape and wine production has is about two thousand years of history. Soil is varied sand and volcanic basalt that makes wine so charachteristic. The climate is mild, well-balanced with high humidity and sunshine hours over two thousand. Due to the proximity of Lake Balaton the southern slopes enjoy the water surface reflecting sunlight, so a very favorable microclimate emerged. The wines of Badacsony are typically strong, fiery and fruity next to the wines of Csopak which are graceful and holding delicate scents.Main types: Olaszrizling, Pinot Gris, Tramini, Muscat Ottonel, Rajnai rizling, ChardonnayDaily program: • Direct transfer and guidance all-day • Free information package about the sights and history of wine region • Presentation of modern and classical wine-making procedures in a big plant • Tasting special items in a magical wine terrace with gourmet plate of local products • Wine tasting in Paloznak on a terrace with view to Lake Balaton and the vineyard Program starts 8 am with hotel Pick-up, estimated daytrip program takes 10-12 hours

$276.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day South Balaton - Home of Champagne

Balatonboglár part of the wine-path of South-Balaton is an outstanding and qualitative wine-growing region, where wine-making was renewed in 1950’s years. Because of the proximity of Balaton the noon slopes from the water surface reverberating sunlight it may be enjoyed, a very favourable microclimate took shape so. The champagne making receives emphasized place in this area beside the traditional wine-making. We may meet easy-going, elegant, active champagnes and sparkling wines.Main types: White: Olaszrizling, Chardonnay, Királyleányka, Zöld Veltelini, Rajnai rizling, Tramini Red: Merlot, Kékfrankos és Cabernet SauvignonContents of the pack: • Direct transfer and guidance all-day • Free information package about the sights and history of wine region • Introducing all 22 region of Hungary via wine tasting in Radpuszta • Winery visit on top of Kis-hegy • Champagne-making practices • Fine-dining wine dinner Program starts 8am with hotel Pick-up, estimated daytrip program takes 10-12 hours.

$118.13 Transfers & Ground Transport

Lake Balaton & Herend Tour with Ferry Ride

Balaton is the most popular holiday destination among Hungarians because of its special location in the “Balaton-Highlands” and its large cultural and art heritage.The tour starts from your Hotel in Budapest, from where we will take you to the south side of Lake Balaton, to the city of Szántód. During the trip you will travel by our high class, comfortable vehicles, with your private tour guide to have the perfect excursion. After a short visit in the area we will travel by ferry through the lake to the other side, to Tihany, the most famous city in the Balaton region. On the way you will learn the importance of this lake and see a local’s point of view about the place. You will also find out, why it is called the “Hungarian Sea” and how popular the place really is.Tihany is a peninsula reaching into the lake, which provides an amazing view to the whole Balaton region. Here, you will visit the most important sights of the city, like the Tihany Abbey, the almost one thousand years old Benedictine monastery. Walk inside the building and enjoy the beauty of its frescoes and wonderful interior! The natural sights of the area are just as beautiful as the artificial ones. Stop for a few minutes to admire the unforgettable views from the shore and take a look into the Balaton Highlands National Park.The next destination of the full-day trip is Balatonfüred, a city near Tihany, which is one of the most popular holiday locations for locals and tourists as well. Here you will learn about different traditions of the region and the Hungarian way of celebrating a holiday. You will also visit the famous Tagore promenade, and the unique Heart Hospital, built in the 18th century. You will learn about the importance and healing powers of the city’s famous sparkling sources.The last stop of the tour is Hungary’s greatest manufacture, to the north of Balaton, the city of Herend. Here, you will visit the large and unique Herend Porcelain Manufactory, and discover how the world famous “Herendi” porcelains are being made. Learn about the importance of these products, learn about their history and how difficult they are to make. In the museum shop you can buy some really unique Hungarian souvenir!At the end of your long day, we take you back back to your hotel in Budapest, or anywhere in the city.