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Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

1. Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Spend the day in the lovely landscapes of Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake on a full-day tour of Lake Balaton. Depart Budapest and travel by air-conditioned coach to the small town of Balatonfüred. Located on the north shore of Lake Balaton, the town’s highlights include as sightseeing trip by “nostalgia train.” Next, take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Balaton, before some free time to take a stroll along the picturesque promenade and enjoy some lunch (own expense). Drive to the Tihany Peninsula to see why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is rich with architecture and vineyards that produce the local wine. Get a unique view of Lake Balaton before going to the Abbey of Tihany, founded in 1055 by the Hungarian King András. Transfer back to Budapest for a drop off at your hotel and the end of the tour services.

Lake Balaton & Cruise

2. Lake Balaton & Cruise

This 9-hour tour from Budapest takes you on a discovery of Lake Balaton. You will drive to the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, and see the abbey founded in 1055 on the Tihany Peninsula. After a lunch break and some leisure time you'll go to Balatonfüred, home to the oldest spa in Hungary, where you can walk along the famous promenade then take a boat ride on the lake. At the end of the tour you'll return to Budapest.

Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

3. Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

Paddle along Lake Balaton and experience Tihany National Park from the water. After you have checked in at the reception desk, you will receive your SUP board, a paddle, and a life-jacket if you need one. Your guide will help you choose your board, and will make sure it is suited to your level of experience, size and weight. Enjoy a peaceful tour, as you paddle slowly across the water and spot wildlife among the reeds. Feel free to chat to friends, or simply relax within the serene landscape. If it is warm enough, take a break and go for a swim, or just lie back on your board. Depending on the wind (usually there is none) and your level of experience, you will paddle approximately 3km before turning around and finishing your enjoyable tour at the same location you took off from. 

Lake Balaton: Sunset SUP Tour Tihany

4. Lake Balaton: Sunset SUP Tour Tihany

Paddle along Lake Balaton and experience Tihany National Park from the water. After you have checked in at the reception desk, you will receive your SUP board, a paddle, and a life-jacket, if you need one. Your guide will help you choose your board, and will make sure it is suited to your level of experience, size and weight. Enjoy a peaceful tour, as you paddle slowly across the water and spot wildlife among the reeds. Feel free to chat with friends, or simply relax in the serene landscape. If it is warm enough, take a break and go for a swim, or just lie back on your board. Depending on the wind (usually there is none) and your level of experience, you will paddle approximately 3 kilometers before turning around and finishing your enjoyable tour at the same location you took off from.

Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

5. Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Escape the hustle and bustle of Budapest on a full-day tour of Lake Balaton’s northern shores. Following a pick-up from your hotel in the city center, transfer to the historic city of Veszprém, home of Hungarian queens and the famous Herend Porcelain Manufactury. Since its founding in 1826, the luxury, hand painted porcelain producer has served aristocratic customers throughout Europe, including Queen Victoria and Princess Kate. Next, stroll around the popular yachting town of Balatonfüred. See 19th-century villas, such as Horváth House, Jókai, Vaszary, and Blaha Villa. Take a walk along the Tagore Sétány promenade, named in honor of Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali polymath who was treated in Lake Balaton in 1926. Go to the Kossuth Thermal Spring at the State Hospital of Cardiology that put Balatonfüred on the map. Visit a wine museum to learn about wine’s new frontier, and see the handsome mansion of Széchenyi Castle in nearby Nagycenk. Discover the scenic beauty of the Tihany Peninsula (now on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and see the 11th-century Benedictine Abbey on a steep winding road.

Budapest: Lake Balaton and Herend Full-Day Private Tour

6. Budapest: Lake Balaton and Herend Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake on a private full-day tour from Budapest to Lake Balaton in the mountainous Transdanubian region of Hungary, and learn more about the historic porcelain industry of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Budapest, drive to the small town of Herend on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Best known for its porcelain manufacturing, the town dates back to Roman times, but reached notoriety during the Habsburg Empire, when the Herend Porcelain Manufactory was founded. Visit the factory to learn more about porcelain technology during a guided tour through is various rooms. Then, pick up a few pieces to take home as gifts and souvenirs in the factory store. Next, take a scenic drive of the Tihany Peninsula, stretching deeply into the waters of Lake Balaton. Enjoy enchanting panoramas in all directions, and stop at the 950-year-old Tihany Abbey in the small village of Tihany. Stop to take a walk along the famous promenade at Balatonfüred, the oldest spa resort of Lake Balaton, before your return transfer to Budapest.

Lake Balaton and Herend Guided Tour

7. Lake Balaton and Herend Guided Tour

Have drive to Herend,the world's largest Porcelain Manufactory, founded in 1826. See a movie and enjoy a guided tour indicating the fine steps of porcelain making. Take a look at the a museum where a huge collection of Herend porcelain is exhibited. Enjoy your time for a cup of coffee and shopping. Admire Lake Balaton, known to be the largest fresh-water lake of Central Europe. Have a pleasant walk on Tihany Peninsula enjoy breathtaking views, Visit Tihany Abbey and its splendid surroundings. Stroll the famous promenade of Balatonfüred,the oldest spa resort in Hungary and enjoy its remarkable 19th century historic buildings.

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What people are saying about Balatonfüred

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4.8
(24 reviews)

Enjoyed a pleasant drive to Lake Balaton complete with a short train tour of one of the towns, a boat ride on the lake, visits to important sites and knowledgeable guides. I’m glad we selected this tour to eliminate the headache of planning a visit on my own.

A very delightful day. We enjoyed the tour at Herend Porcelain Co. The guide was very informative,polite and very informative. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

That was a really nice, great tour! George our guide was great, very charming and funny!!! We would do this tour again and again, preferably with George!

We really enjoyed the day trip. Everything as in the description. Our guide gave us a lot of information. I can really recommend the excursion.

very nice trip with excellent driver and guide, i really recommend