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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.

Budapest: Lake Balaton & Herend Porcelain Private Day Tour

2. 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.

From Budapest: Lake Balaton Private Sailing/Tihany Peninsula

3. From Budapest: Lake Balaton Private Sailing/Tihany Peninsula

Enjoy a relaxing day of sailing on Lake Balaton, one of the largest lakes in central Europe. Visit Tihany Peninsula, famous for its beautiful views of Lake Balaton. Make stops at the Benedictine Abbey and Tihany Village to explore the history of the area. Be picked up from your accommodation in Budapest and head toward the Tihany Peninsula, where you will make stops at the fishing village of Tihany and the Benedictine Abbey. Explore Tihany itself, and admire the authentic thatched-roof houses of the local fisherman in the village. See the Benedictine Abbey, and learn about its long history while looking at its medieval architecture. Wander through Tihany, taste lavender ice, or wine, and pick up some traditional pottery from local shops as a souvenir. Try a delicious Hungarian lunch and admire the beautiful landscapes and views of the area before returning to your hotel in Budapest.

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3.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

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.

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.