Tokaji & Budapest, Hungary
Bike around the lovely vineyards, learn about vintages and the diversity of the volcanic soils, meet the winemakers and explore the hundred years old cellars in Tokaji and Neszmély wine regions - the wine of kings and the king of the wines!
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Dates: 5 days upon request
Cycle From Vineyard to Vineyard
If you love the taste of fine wine and appreciate the feeling of riding a bike, this Tokaji and Budapest Wine Cycling experience is for you. Feel the air going through your hair as you cycle from one historic and beautiful vineyard to the next one. Every day you will meet the winemakers, see and hear how they produce their wine and, of course, have a tasting.
Along the way you will see the real local side of Hungary and as you are cycling, you will be fully immersed in their countrysides, towns and cities. The best way to see anywhere (we think!) is on two wheels and on this fully supported trip you are not only indulging your tastebuds at the gorgeous wine based meals, but also organically seeing the best sites of Hungary.
Who said drinking wine was bad for you?
On this unique wine cycling experience you will spend a couple of days in Tokaji, Hungary’s world famous wine region and taste “the wine of the kings and the king of the wines!” World-class wine, gentle countryside, gastronomic pleasures – it’s only in Burgundy where all 3 are combined in such a majestic manor.
Day 1: 15km
Upon arrival at Budapest, you will meet at the hotel for 2pm for the start of this great wine cycling experience. After a bike fit, you will have a Budapest sightseeing tour by bike where you will see the most important and beautiful buildings of Budapest – including Buda Castle, Gellért Hill, the Danube Promenade and glorious Parliament. After this, you will cycle through Margaret Island, cross the Árpád-bridge and discover the baroque squares in Óbuda.
After a transfer back to the hotel you will have dinner followed by a Hungarian wine crash course.
Day 2: 20km
Today you will leave the hotel at 8am to head to the historic wine region of Tokaji! After a 3 hour transfer you will arrive at a small village called Rátka for your first tasting with the Árvay Family. Winemakers Angelika and her father, János are both proud owners of several awards and certificates and they will introduce you not only the Tokaji region and traditions, but will explain the diversity of the volcanic soils and their importance.
You will start your journey through the botrytised sweet wine world with some late harvest and aszú wines. After a cold lunch you will ride through the most important wine villages of the region towards your wine hotel, where you will have a wine tasting and dinner.
Day 3: 25km
Today the sunny vineyards of Mád are waiting to be discovered! With a professional local wine guide you will have a cycle tour in the most important vineyards of Mád - the village that produces high quality Tokaji wines. Today you will taste the wines and have a picnic lunch with local produce.
In the afternoon, treasures are waiting to be explored in a six hundred years’ old cellar labyrinth of the Holdvölgy Winery. After you will bike back to the hotel and freshen up for a gourmet wine dinner in one of the most prestigious local restaurants with the wines of the iconic winemaker of the region, Mr. István Szepsy.
Day 4: 20-25km
Today starts with a cycle tour of Tokaji. You will bike along the Tisza river - the second longest and the slowest river of Hungary. Ending with lunch in a typical Hungarian ‘Csárda’, you can taste the famous Fishermen’s’ soup. After lunch you will transfer back to Budapest where an optional Wine Bar Tour can be booked.
Day 5: 30km
The last day starts with a drive to the Neszmély Wine region. Here you will grab your bikes one last time and start pedalling through the blocks of houses of the former mining town of Tatabánya. It won’t be long before we arrive to the stunning little town of Tata where you will cycle around the Old Lake visiting the English Garden and cycle further along a small stream to the Danube River. After a short climb uphill, you will have a wine lunch at one of the region’s top wineries. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the Danube from the terrace of their restaurant. After lunch you will head back late afternoon to Budapest to catch your evening plane.
4 nights 4* accommodation
6 wine tastings & 5 cellar visits
21 gear touring bike & guide
3 dinners & 4 lunches
How to get here
Fly to Budapest airport and make your own way to the hotel for 2pm. Budapest has excellent transport links but we can arrange transfers for groups upon request.
For the departure day, please book flights for after 2pm.
If you love wine and exploring the country on two wheels but want more a challenging ride, see our other cycling experiences here.
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Why not visit during St Stephen's Day on the 20th August - Hungary's national holiday! Experience unique vineyard tastings & be in the capital city of Budapest for the festivities! Click here for more.