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Budapest & Lake Balaton


Two-centre holiday in Hungary

See some of Hungary's greatest delights on this holiday that blends vibrant cities with dazzling scenery. Begin with a three-night stay in romantic Budapest, set on the banks of the mighty Danube, then travel along the shimmering shores of Lake Balaton to call at a string of pretty towns and spend two nights in its blissful surroundings.

Budapest Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'
  • Visit Baroque artists' enclave Szentendre
  • Spend two nights on beautiful Balaton, Europe's largest freshwater lake
  • Visit the world's largest porcelain factory
  • Explore ancient Veszprem's wonderful old town
  • Enjoy a lake tour, taking in Balatonudvari, Keszhely's neo-Baroque Festetics Palace and wine-producing Badacsony

  • Three nights' accommodation at Lion's Garden Hotel in Budapest, and two nights' accommodation at Hotel Annabella in Balatonfured, Lake Balaton
  • A guided tour of Budapest
  • A full-day tour of Lake Balaton
  • Return flights to Budapest
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Budapest Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Budapest

Fly to Budapest, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach into the heart of the city and your hotel. Spend the rest of the day settling in to your surroundings or, depending on your arrival time, head into the capital to explore - our Tour Manager will be happy to help with suggestions.

Day Two: Discover Budapest on an included tour

See the magnificent sights of Budapest on this morning's included tour. Divided by the great Danube, this beautiful city of two halves comprises elegant Buda on the western bank of the river and vibrant Pest on the east. See the former Royal Palace, the spectacular Parliament buildings and the buzzing metropolis of Pest's Belvaros, or old town. We'll then head out of the city to the beautiful Danube Bend, where the Baroque town of Szentendre occupies a stunning riverside setting.

Upon returning to Budapest during the afternoon, you're free to spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps joining our optional excursion this evening to see a colourful folklore show.

Day Three: Enjoy the chance to visit the Szechenyi Thermal Baths

Today is kept free for you to enjoy the delights of Budapest. Perhaps visit vast St Stephen's Cathedral, the ornate Opera House, the fascinating Museum of Fine Arts or marbled Heroes Square. An optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit the Szechenyi Thermal Baths, one of Europe's largest spas, set within the tranquil surroundings of leafy City Park.

Day Four: Travel to Lake Balaton and call in Herend and Veszprem

Today we leave the city behind and travel towards the glistening shores of Lake Balaton. Known to Hungarians as "Balcsi", the lake is Europe's largest body of fresh water and is popular for bathing thanks to its warm waters and exceptionally shallow depth. Our first stop of the day is at the famous porcelain factory at Herend, where you'll enjoy a mini-factory tour. We'll then continue to ancient Veszprem, home to a beautiful old town in which great St Michael's Cathedral punctuates the skyline.

Arriving on Balaton's exquisite shores, a last visit is made to the wooded nature reserve of the Tihany peninsular, Hungary's first national park. After enjoying the views we'll continue to Balatonfured for a two-night stay.

Day Five: Explore Lake Balaton on an included tour

Explore the magnificent lake on today's included tour, calling first at Balatonudvari, where the heart-shaped tombstones in the local cemetery are an arresting sight, before heading on to the town of Keszthely. After a chance to explore and to see vast Festetics Palace, we'll complete our day with a visit to Badacsony, sitting immersed in vineyards beneath the striking volcanic rock pile after which it is named. Enjoy lunch (payable locally) and a wine tasting in the bustling town before returning to the hotel for a relaxing final evening.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to idyllic Balaton and the hotel, and transfer back to Budapest Airport for the return flight, at the end of a marvellous few days.

Budapest and Lake Balaton Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of at least three-star standard.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes upon arrival and one hour 45 minutes on the return.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Changes to your hotels

This holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to your hotel, or the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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