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The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

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

Arriving to the lake we take you to a spot which has one of the best panoramas at the lake. The city 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.  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. Tihany is both a gorgeous peninsula on the lake, and the a lovely, quaint, historic village on the peninsula. At the top of the village, a church and a monastery were founded as early as nine centuries ago. We have an option here to visit the church and the exhibition about the history of the region and the Benedictine monastery, where they keep the oldest Hungarian written document (which is almost 1000 years old). At the end of the day, marvel at the beauty of the lake on a scenic, 10-minute ferry ride from the Tihany peninsula. After that you will be driven back to your hotel in Budapest.

Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

2. 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

3. 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.

Tihany: Stand Up Paddleboarding Course at Lake Balaton

4. Tihany: Stand Up Paddleboarding Course at Lake Balaton

You will get a quick overview about different boards and paddles and what equipment is best for you. Choosing the right size SUP board and paddle is essential. Before you hit the water, you will learn the first steps on a simulator. From starting in a kneeling position, getting up and finding the right stance and position on your board, to the correct handling of your paddle. After practising those things on the beach you will learn how to carry and launch your SUP. The rest of the time you will practise those learned things on your board with your instructor assisting you. After an hour with the instructor, you are ready to paddle on by yourself into the National Park right next to our SUP centre. The program consists of one hour lessons with instructor and one hour of independent paddling.

From Budapest: Lake Balaton Private Sailing/Tihany Peninsula

5. 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.

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 Full-Day Tour from Budapest

7. 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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What people are saying about Tihany

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Excellent, intelligent, informative, friendly, courteous, and fun loving guide! We had a great time despite a bit of rain. Got to see the beautiful lake and stopped at a waterfront cafe for coffee and a pastry. Walked along lake promenade stopping at local vendor stalls. Wonderful Hungarian lunch. Great and safe driver with a large, super comfortable car. BOOK THIS TOUR. YOU WONT REGRET IT!

We had a really great time at this paddle boarding lesson. By the end of the lesson we felt confident and were enjoying being out on the water on the paddle board. Andreas was a great teacher. Very patient with lots of helpful tips to improve our technique. We would really recommend this activity.

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.

Amazing guide! Took me to the best restaurant and best sites. Highly recommend this tour. He was the kindest human ever and was super helpful

Great guide- so knowledgeable, considerate and friendly. Highly recommended