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

$342.52 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Gastronomy tour around Keszthely & Lake-Balaton

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Keszthely Market, Keszthely, Zala County, Western TransdanubiaWe will start with a brief introduction of the city and the region itself. I will show you around in places you most probably didn't see before and you will get a better understanding of the people living here.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Festetics Palace, Keszthely, Zala County, Western TransdanubiaIf you haven't been here before it is a MUST see. Aside from the palace, there are a lot of attractions surrounding the place. The visiting of the gardens are free. If you wish to enter all the buildings it's 12 EUR for Adults and 6 EUR for Youth (6-26).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gyógynövények Völgye ökológiai gazdaságI will take you to a special place deep in the forest, to introduce you to people, who show you a truly natural way of life. They will teach you how to make your own herbal medicine and you'll be able to get some local snacks and pet some animals.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Szentmihálypusztai Lovastanya - Reiten, Ungarn, Reiturlaub am Balaton, MangalicaIf you wish I can take you to a special horse-farm where you'll have the chance to see even more animals and mor from the "farm life" and even ride horse-carriges if you wish to do so.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kisgörbői PálinkaházI will take you to a place where you'll be able to try out some of the finest locally made Pálinka. A simply magnificent drink and beautiful views to accompany it. After the tasting You'll have the oppurtunity to procure these fine drinks.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tátika CastleI will take you to a forgotten castle ruin, where I can tell you some folklore stories about the region lake balaton and even the unknown story of this castle. The forest covered ruin on the hilltop is surely going to help you immerse yourself in the epic tales, which are about to take you on a travel back in time.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Party Csóka Étterem és KávézóWhat better way to end the day, then eating some good quality food from one of the most renowned places in the vicinity, accompanied by the most beautiful view of lake-balaton. I try to end the day during a sunset to give you the oppurtunity to see the "Golden bridge" over the lake. It is a truly magnificent sight, which is mentioned in plenty of books and poems.Duration: 2 hours

$342.52 Cultural & Theme Tours

Medieval History & Explorer Tour around Keszthely and Lake Balaton

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Festetics Palace, Keszthely, Zala County, Western TransdanubiaFestetics palace is a truly unique place. It gives us a good insight about the history of the people and this region. If you haven't seen this place with all it's facilities, this is a MUST. Even if you did see the place I'm sure, that with my knowledge of the place you are going to see it in a completely new perspective. 12 EUR for Adult & 6 EUR for youth (up to 26).Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Balaton MuseumBefore we are going to go more into the nature to explore, I'm going to show you all the archeological finds from this region. After this we are going to go to the places where these finds were discovered to see some more remains.Admission 3 EUR / person .Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fenékpuszta ringing and Bird Rescue StationAfter gathering the theoretical knowledge, we go and see some roman ruins where we can understand the how life was back in those times.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Star Castle Museum, Balatonszentgyorgy, Somogy County, Southern TransdanubiaWe are going to a very unique place where you can see a very special castle, which is also a farm and also an interactive museum. Here you can see the history of the medieval Hungarian Hussars and their great battle against the Turkish forces. We also grab some snack to give us some energy for our further travels.Admission is 4 EUR/ person (kids free)Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Party Csóka Étterem és KávézóAfter a long day of exploring, we deserve to eat the finest meal the region has to offer (accompanied with quality local wines of course). Don't be afraid, quality does not come with a high price.Aside from the magnificent views, we'll have time to reflect on the day.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Sumeg Castle, Sumeg, Veszprem County, Central TransdanubiaDepending on the actual date, we might visit Sümeg castle to see historical re-enactments of medieval battles set in a truly authentic setting. However sadly this is not available every single day, so we have to plan ahead. Or as an option B we can stroll around in Sümeg castle which is one of the biggest intact castles of the region. Or we could even decide to explore other castles in the region (there are plenty, and I know the history and story for each of them.)8 EUR for adult 4 EUR for kids.Duration: 2 hours

$141.97 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tapolca Cave Lake and castle tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy), Veszprem, Veszprem County, Central TransdanubiaYou will visit the historic town of Veszprem on your way to the cave as it is on routeDuration: 1 hourStop At: Lake Cave, Tapolca, Veszprem County, Central TransdanubiaYou will explore the cave of Tapolca with your own boats.Duration: 1 hour

$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

$105.39 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

$274.02 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