This tour is focusing on the Balaton wine area, specifically on the north side of Balaton. Lake Balaton is Central Europe’s largest lake and is situated between the Drava and the Danube, about 100 km from Budapest. The lake is 80 km long and covers an area of approximately 600 km².
Lake Balaton is shallow and its average depth is only 3 meters while the maximum depth is around 11 meters. Lake Balaton is divided into 4 parts: the west side with Héviz, the north side with the charming small villages and vineries, the north- eastern side with Balatonfüred and the south / southern- eastern side with Siófok in the centre.
There are 6 wine areas around Lake Balaton. On the north side: Badacsony, Balatonfelvidék, Balatonfüred- Csopak, Nagy-Somló and on the south: Zala and Balatonboglár. Because the closeness of Lake Balaton the southern slopes get reflected sunlight from the water surface. The reflection of the sunshine makes the microclimate ideal for grape cultivation. The area is mostly famous about its white wines with fresh acids and mineral taste. The main grape varieties are: Italian Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Muscat Ottonel, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
The north side of Lake Balaton is also famous for its culture and history. Balatonfüred was one of the first tourist town at Balaton. The elegant main street with its magnificent Neo-Baroque architecture evinces the city’s long history. Tihany which is located in the neighbourhood is also one of Hungary’s oldest cities. The Kali-pool is situated on the west side of Tihany with lots of small villages that not only keeps Hungarian traditions alive with small-scale production of food, but where also many international (and Hungarian) artists have settled down and opened galleries.
The tour includes:
- Transport tour and return from the airport to the hotel
- Transport to the programs by bus
- 4 nights at a 3 or 4 star hotel
- Wine tasting at famous wine cellars in Badacsony, Balatonfüred and Csopak
- Boat trip on Lake Balaton
- Sightseeing in Tihany
- Lunch / dinner at the region’s best restaurants
- Possibility for water sports (kayak, canoe, water skiing)
- Possibility for bike tour
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