Welcome to Tihany


The peninsula itself is a nature reserve of hills and marshy meadows with an isolated, almost wild feel to it. Two inland basins are fed by rain and groundwater: the Inner Lake (Belső-tó) is almost in the centre of the peninsula and visible from the village, while the Outer Lake (Külső-tó) to the northwest has almost completely dried up and is now a tangle of reeds. Both basins attract considerable bird life.


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$421.20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Wine Tour around Lake Balaton from Budapest

Lake Balaton wine tasting tour with your private, English speaking driver/guide will be a very exciting, all day program with wine tasting, sightseeing and upon request a castle visit. With us you will be treated as a VIP. This  bespoke, private tour will take place on the North shore of the beautiful Lake Balaton, Hungary's and Central Europe's largest freshwater lake. We have many years of experience providing unique tours with the help of our local experts and the good relationship we have built up with the wineries over the years, you will be able to see the real Hungary with real people. From Budapest it will be a 1.5 hour drive with a stop off at the historical town of Szekesfehervar on the way.Your tour will start and finish at your Budapest hotel. Balaton wine region is one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. Wine production dates back to the beginning of the 1st century started by the Romans. The region is known for its specific white wines showing local particularities; its most widely grown variety is the Olaszrizling and Furmint. With plenty of sunshine and rich, fertile soil this region is great for grape growing. You will have a chance to taste some delicious wine accompanied with Hungarian cheese, some delicious salami and sausages hosted by local wine growers while discovering the countryside. Throughout your journey you will visit little known boutique vineyards as well as some more prestigious wineries around the famous Csopak and Tihany, which is famous not only for the 1000-year-old Benedictine Abbey, but for one of the most beautiful views to the Lake Balaton and its natural beauties. Here you can have a nice lunch in one of the traditional restaurants then continue the journey along Lake Balaton to sample some more wine while enjoying the best panoramic views over the terraces of the different wineries. You will taste in 3 different wineries along the way on Lake Balaton.The price is calculated for 1-3 people in a car, if you are between 4-7 people please book this tour twice so we can send our minibus.  

$521.36 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Lake Balaton Full Day Private Wine Tour

Start your tour with a hotel pick-up in Budapest and travel to the North Shore of the Lake Balaton in the company of a private tour guide. Highlights: see the beautiful Tihany Peninsula - formed by volcanic activity visit Balatonfüred, a charming spa town enjoy excellent Hungarian wines from the best wine terraces of the Lake Balaton enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the Lake Balaton and relax with our Door-to-Door service Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Easy to reach from Budapest, this full day tour will visit the Tihany Peninsula, which is famous not only for the 1000-year-old Benedictine Abbey, but for one of the most beautiful views to the Lake Balaton and its natural beauties. Take a short walk through Tihany village, stopping at folk art shops, that offer a unique selection of the Hungarian Folk-art gifts, textiles and delicatessen products. Continue your tour to Balatonfüred, (situated only 10-15 minutes drive from Tihany) the first spa town and tourist resort in Hungary and stroll along the Tagore Promenade. After exploring these two beautiful places we would like to invite you to lunch. Continue the tour and visit one or two wineries in Csopak and/or Palóznak, where you will get to taste local wines accompanied with cold snacks. Sample fine wines while enjoying panoramic views over the lake from the best wine terraces of the Balaton. Full of fine wine and food, you will be transferred back to Budapest for a drop-off at your city centre hotel or location of choice.

$185.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private day to Lake Balaton and levander experience by car

Lake Balaton, or as locals like to call it, the ”Hungarian sea”, is the largest lake of Central Europe, an important element of the hydrology of Hungary. From Budapest, it can be reached in an hour by car. It is 77 km long, its width is between 1,3 and 14 km (7,8 km on average) and its surface area is 594 km2. On the sunny slopes of Balaton Uplands, a lot of grapes and fruits are grown.  Our first stop will be Balatonalmádi, a popular resort town near the northeast corner. The view point gives us a fantastic view over the Lake. The next stop is Csopak,  It is famous for its wine, usually and traditionally made of olaszrizling. Here we will see the beautiful vinyards. The oldest holiday resort on Balaton’s shore, the ”capital of the northern shore”, Balatonfüred is our 3rd stop on this tour. A walk under the shady trees of Tagore promenade is an eternal experience for every visitor. We will continue our journey to  the lake’s eastern basin which is separated from the rest of the lake by the Tihany Peninsula. Tihany is one of the most beautifully located settlements in Hungary, a town rich in spectacular landscapes and natural conditions. Its main sight is the Tihany Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, which was founded by King Andrew I in 1055, in honor of Saint Aignan of Orleans and Virgin Mary.  You will have a traditional Hungarian lunch at one of the Csárda's (not included in the price). The “csárda” is a Hungarian restaurant with a folkloric atmosphere. Originally it would have been an inn, often situated outside the village, which was frequented mainly by travelers.  The whole afternoon is dedicated to the levander. We will see the fields in Tihany, the levander house by the lake and we proceed to Dörgicse, to see the most beautiful fields in Hungary. You will not want to go back to Budapest after so many nice ecperience.

$185.37 Private & Custom Tours

Lake Balaton Private Guided Day Tour Plus Lunch, from Budapest

Lake Balaton, or as locals like to call it, the ”Hungarian sea”, is the largest lake of Central Europe, an important element of the hydrology of Hungary. From Budapest, it can be reached in an hour by car. It is 77 km long, its width is between 1,3 and 14 km (7,8 km on average) and its surface area is 594 km2. On the sunny slopes of Balaton Uplands, a lot of grapes and fruits are grown. Our first stop is Herend. Those who are on their way to Herend can catch sight of the special, stately building complex – accommodating the Porcelanium Visitor Center (closed on every Monday) – right from a distance. It goes without saying that the mission of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory is also evident from here: to provide, apart from producing fine porcelain, ideal conditions for popularizing this special profession and technology as well as to pass on the tradition of applied arts. Herend is the center of artistic porcelain production in Hungary. Until quite recently only a select few could explore the mystery of the creation of these wonderful examples of masterful craftsmanship. Today this is an opportunity open to everyone. After Herend we continue our visit by the lake. You will have a traditional Hungarian lunch at one of the Csárda's. The “csárda” is a Hungarian restaurant with a folkloric atmosphere. Originally it would have been an inn, often situated outside the village, which was frequented mainly by travelers. The lake’s eastern basin is separated from the rest of the lake by the Tihany Peninsula. Tihany is one of the most beautifully located settlements in Hungary, a town rich in spectacular landscapes and natural conditions. Its main sight is the Tihany Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, which was founded by King Andrew I in 1055, in honor of Saint Aignan of Orleans and Virgin Mary. The oldest holiday resort on Balaton’s shore, the ”capital of the northern shore”, Balatonfüred is located just a five-minute drive from Tihany. A walk under the shady trees of Tagore promenade is an eternal experience for every visitor. The next stop is Csopak,  It is famous for its wine, usually and traditionally made of olaszrizling. Here we will see the beautiful vinyards. Our last stop is Balatonalmádi, a popular resort town near the northeast corner. The view point gives us a fantastic view over the Lake.  In the summer season you can visit one of the vineyards of Balaton. The Balaton area produces mostly crisp and aromatic white wines, though the southern shore is producing an increasing amount of reds.

$750 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sailing on Lake Balaton, Hungary

Lake Balaton has always been an area of pristine cleanliness and natural beauty and only allowing low impact watersports such as sailing and windsurfing ensures that it remains as beautiful as ever. This day promise the adventure of some hours sailing on a Bavaria 34 yacht, with skilled personal, and a glass of Hungarian wine as welcome drink. After you water experience, enjoy  lunch in a local restaurant, take a bath in the lake on a private beach, or  walk in the Old Village of Tihany, see the old houses of the once-upon-a-time fishermen and craftsmen, and visit Tihany Benedictine Abbey, a real cultural gem of Hungary.

$500 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Lake Balaton from Budapest

Visit Veszprem, the ancient city of the Hungarian queens. The nearby Herend Porcelain Manufactury, where since its foundation in 1826 luxury, hand painted and gilded porcelain wares are produced for the aristocratic customers throughout Europe, including English Queen Victoria, Prince William and Princess Kate will be the next stop.On the way to Balatonfured stop to taste some Hungarian wine in Csopak and admire the Old Watermill of Paloznak. In the Afternoon take a walk in the Marine Yacht Port of Balatonfured, see the enchanting 19th century villas - Horváth house, where the legendary Anna Balls of Balatonfured are held, Jókai, Vaszary and Blaha Villa - of this legendary holiday town, take a walk on the Rabindranath Tagore Corso at the shore of the Lake Balaton, visit the Kossuth Thermal Spring at the famous Sanatory of Cardiology and the Wine Museum in Szechenyi Castle of Balatonfured.Tihany Peninsula, which is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage, awaits us with the ancient benedictine archabbey, founded in 1066, the enchanting thatched roof houses of Tihany Old Village and lavender gardens of Tihany. Lunch can be arranged on request in Balatonfured, nearby the yacht marine port, or Tihany's Old Village, where there are plenty of possibilities to see craftsmen in work. In Balatonfured the famous Anna Ball is held in the end of July every year. Beside, Balatonfured organizes romantic "Walking in the Reform age" programs, where citizen of the town vivify the times of the 19th century in period dresses, Wine feast Week and the legendary Blue Ribbon Regatta on the lake Balaton.