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Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

1. 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.

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Lake Balaton and Herend 9-Hour Tour from Budapest

2. Lake Balaton and Herend 9-Hour Tour from Budapest

This 9-hour tour from Budapest takes you on a discovery of Herend and Lake Balaton. You first head to Herend, where you will visit the world’s largest porcelain manufacture, founded in 1826. After a guided tour through the rooms you'll be treated to a coffee and can choose to go shopping. Next you will drive to Lake Balaton, 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. At the end of the tour you'll return to Budapest.

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Budapest: Lake Balaton & Herend Porcelain Private Day Tour

3. Budapest: Lake Balaton & Herend Porcelain Private Day Tour

Enjoy a lovely day trip from Budapest to the beautiful Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in all of Europe. Continue the tour to the famous Herend Porcelain manufacturer, where the renowned, hand-painted porcelain is produced. Enjoy an interior tour and get acquainted with the  production process before enjoying some free time and a memorable coffee break using the original Herend porcelain cups. Continue the tour with a short drive to the Tihany Peninsula, the first Hungarian nature reservation area. Pay a visit to the stunning 1000-year-old Benedictine Abbey and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views from the promenade, before making your way to a nearby restaurant to enjoy your lunch under the grape vines (optional). On the way, stop briefly at folk art shops to admire some hand-made arts and crafts products. On your return journey to Budapest, stop in at the very first Spa and Holiday Resort of Hungary in Balatonfüred.

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The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

4. The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

Marvel at the beauty of the lake on a scenic, 10-minute ferry ride to Tihany peninsula. Upon arrival, experience the beauty of the peninsula up close. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated protected area in Hungary. On its smaller hill, a church and a monastery were founded as early as nine centuries ago. The tour includes a visit to the most famous abbey of Hungary, as well as to Balatonfüred, the capital of the northern shore. Balatonfüred was always beloved by artists and writers and for good reason; the pretty promenade and beautiful villas and mansions will very likely steal your heart. While there, your guide will show you one or two totally off-the-beaten-track treasures of the region. At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your hotel in Budapest.

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Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

5. 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. 

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Lake Balaton: Sunset SUP Tour Tihany

6. 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.

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From Budapest: Somló and Northern Balaton Wine Day Trip

7. From Budapest: Somló and Northern Balaton Wine Day Trip

This day trip will give you an insight into a region you would have a hard time reaching on your own. Visit two wineries and enjoy an authentic Hungarian three-course lunch. You will try 5 to 7 wines at each winery and cheeses and/or cured meats will accompany your final wine tasting. Somló and the Northern Balaton region are definitely worth taking some time to explore if you are fond of nature. This off-the-beaten-track tour is complete with a light hike and some additional sightseeing stops. Your  tour guide will help you discover this magical region. Your guide will meet you inside the lobby of your central Budapest hotel. Travel to the beautiful Somló and northern Lake Balaton areas, about 165 kilometers from Budapest and an approximate a two-hour drive in your air-conditioned minivan. Feel free to ask your guide to customise your itinerary to fit any personal preferences you have. Admire the vine-covered landscapes, and during the course of the day visit three traditional and modern country wineries to gain a balanced picture of Somló's wines and how they are produced. Tour a vineyard to see the grapes close up. Expect to sample both traditional and contemporary wines, with the focus on unique Hungarian varieties like furmint, juhfark, harslevelu, and welschriesling. Between wineries, enjoy some time trekking in the lovely vineyards. Around midday, savour a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant or at a winery. Venues and menus change regularly, but lunch typically includes staples such as broths, stews, roasts and traditional desserts. At your last winery, complement your tastings with selected cured meat and artisanal cheese, both perfect accompaniments for your wine. Then, return to Budapest where your private tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

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Keszthely: The 'Best Of' Walking Tour

8. Keszthely: The 'Best Of' Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of the quaint city of Keszthely with an informative guide, and marvel at picturesque spots. Enjoy magnificent views across neighboring Lake Balaton, one of the largest lakes in central Europe. Absorb the baroque majesty of Festetics Castle, and learn the captivating history of this impressive building. Listen to amazing stories about the hidden secrets of Keszthely's streets from a charismatic local expert.

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What people are saying about Lake Balaton

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 103 reviews

Very fun activity. Nice to see the sun go down like this. It is a pity that the photographers, who went on a pedal boat, had more eye for their own girlfriends, and therefore took few pictures of the other participants. Bring a bottle of water and possibly your own mobile phone to take pictures (in a special waterproof bag)

Gabor was an excellent guide and we would enjoy his touring each day.

Gabor really took care of us and listened to our interests. We did everything scheduled and then some. He even took us back to Herand Factory a second time to pick up something we asked them to get us. I would hire for every day if we could. I recommend this tour and Gabor with the highest praise.

It's a little uncomfortable, but it is an experience that should be done. The team is great and helps you. It's just a lot of fun. Gladly again.!!

Our guide was very attentive and courteous. He explained the area we drove through and made every effort to insure we saw all that we wanted.

It was fun

SUP is not difficult due to the good instruction of the guides. It's a lot of fun and you can paddle through the nature reserve in peace.