Cave rowing adventure and legendary hilltop town


Forget lazy Sunday and get ready for a long, awesome day by the Hungarian Sea! Take a classy ferry ride to the lakeside town of Tihany, climb to the highest spot of the land for a view to die for and explore the thousand year old church with your insider local guide. As the highlight of the tour you will embark on a journey to explore the underground waterway of the Tapolca cave system than take a nosedive into the annual Tihany Garda Festival for an original, local culinary experience!
 
 
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Let us take you to the mesmerizing Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Central-Europe on a day where unforgettable adventure and exhaustion is guaranteed!
 
The tour starts from the west end train station in Budapest at 7:45AM so make sure to keep last night as light as possible booze-wise and prepare for a long day of lakeside endeavors.
 
A tour bus will take the multi-cultural bunch on an original Hungarian road trip and believe us, a Hungarian road trip is an experience in itself.
 
First stop of the tour will be Szántód, the quiet little town by the lake that is most famous for its ferry port and the higher density of pubs and restaurants than population. Step into the cosy boat with your fellow travellers and embark on a journey towards the Tihany Peninsula, one of the most spectacular places of Hungary.
 


Before we conquer this gem of the Balaton however, our journey will introduce us to a new kind of wonder at the town of caves and waters. Let us take you back to ancient Roman times in the town of Taploca with a history dating back to the 1st century!
 
The country’s fourth largest, and arguably most impressive cave system is located here which you will have an exceptional opportunity to explore. Take a deep breath climb into a rowboat and head out to the underground tunnel system to live out your inner adventurer. Explore the majestic natural formations and the amazing fauna of the caves (no bats, no cave dwelling monsters though, don’t fret!) but watch your head! The underground tour will take you through narrow and low tunnels in the caves.

                                             


Once the squinting caveman group has emerged from beneath, it is time for that long-awaited adventure tour into the stunning high grounds of the Balaton just for the sake of contrasting experiences.
 
The tour bus will arrive at the bottom of Hill Tihany from where the expedition will commence.
Grab your gear and head straight upwards all the way to the tallest lookout of the region, to the great watchtower of Tihany and feel your superiority take charge as you look down upon all lands and beings.



From up here, you will have the perfect view of the whole lake and realize why they call it the Hungarian Sea. You will also be able to see the historic town of Tihany, the next destination of the tour, the place for some more adventure and once in a lifetime experiences.

Hiking further up at the hilly town, Tihany’s most important icon will slowly reveal itself to you: the breathtaking panorama of the Balaton with the Abbey of Tihany, a picturesque church with a history of close to 1000 years and one of the most memorable of any religious buildings of the country.



Following exploration, it is time to prepare your palate for a uniquely Hungarian culinary experience. The popular Festival Garda will have its annual gathering by the Abbey with an uncanny opportunity to experiment with the famous Hungarian fish dishes prepared for the fish cooking contest. Chase the taste of home-made delicacies down with a few glasses of fresh Hungarian wines straight out of Balaton wineries to crown this local culinary experience. The party mood will be delivered by famous local musicians playing songs that are guaranteed to make your legs get funky.



Once you board the bus, still feeling dizzy from either the wines and those shots of palinkas the locals have made you try, or simply the massive adventures of this eventful day, you are allowed to take a long nap in your comfy bus seat as you swiftly travel back to your home in Budapest.
 
Price: 38 / 11500 HUF
 
Program includes:

Bus ride from and to Budapest
Ferry ride between Szántód and Tihany
Guided rowboat tour at the Tapolca water caves
“Watchtower” lookout with a tour guide
Guided tour of Tihany
Garda Festival
 
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