Explore the magical Lakes and Mountains of Bakony

Zirc, Hungary

Holiday overview

Destination

Hungary


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 670 pp


Duration

7 nights


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The Bakony Mountains lie in the very heart of Transdanubia, the most versatile part of Hungary, steeped in culture and characterised by densely forested ridges dotted with medieval fortresses and monasteries. Just north of Lake Balaton, this is a rich and varied landscape and a real paradise for walkers.

This holiday features stays in Budapest and two different areas in Bkony, with a choice of adaptable routes between 10km – 20 km, as well as walking between the Bakony hotels (18 km) over gentle mountains but with steep and rocky ascents at times.

 

Price:

£670 per person based on two people sharing.

Single room supplement: £130

Solo Walker £850

Extra nights in Budapest (B&B): £55 per person based on two people sharing.

 

Included:

7 nights accommodation in rooms with private bathroom

Breakfast each morning

Six dinners

Route notes and maps

Transfer from Budapest to Eger on first and from Miscolc Tapolca to Budapest on last day (both by train)

Return train tickets (Budapest/Zirc)

Transfer to Zirc train station for your departure

Luggage transfer between Bakony hotels.

Local back-up

 

Not Included:

Transportation to/from beginning/end of holiday
Drinks and personal expenses
Entry to museums or baths
Transfers except where specifically mentioned.

 

Departure Dates:

Choose the date you wish to start between April and mid October

Day 1 – Budapest

Welcome to Budapest! Depending on arrival time you may have time to explore the city in the afternoon. Budapest is the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ with grand buildings and sweeping bridges. Enjoy one of the thermal baths – the most famous, Gellért does not fail to impress. The Fishermen’s Bastion on Buda hill will offer you splendid views of the Danube, the impressive Chain Bridge and the City’s magnificent architecture. Overnight in Budapest.

 

Day 2 – Zirc

Today you take the train to Zirc (app. 2 hours, 1 change) where you will spend the following 3 nights. Zirc is the highest lying town of Hungary. The local sights are all within walking distance offering a real cultural experience: Cistercian Abbey, Monument Library, Bakony Museum and Arboretum. Overnight in Zirc.

 

Day 3 – Zirc

Begin your Bakony experience in the spectacular Cuha stream gorge. You may choose just to walk the first 8km today; after this you have several options to continue your walk and you are provided with route notes for various options as well as a train timetable should you wish to return to Zirc along the beautiful Cuha valley line by steam train. You will have to cross the Cuha stream several times today (we provide a ‘Plan B’ in case of high water level). Overnight in Zirc.

 

Day 4 – Zirc

You can choose between several walking options today, each with their own unique wonders; one of the circular walks for example will lead you to Csesznek castle, built 700 years ago on a magnificent cliff top. On your return visit Hubertus Inn at Gézaháza, a special place in the heart of the Bakony which has been visited by enthusiastic hikers for many decades. Overnight in Zirc.

 

Day 5 – Bakonybél

Today you move deeper into the Bakony Mountains and this untouched area reveals the history of the Benedictine monastery with the Holy source and calvary nearby, as you walk to Bakonybél (18 km). The Pannon Observatory, Hungary’s premier centre of knowledge for Astronomy is an unexpected find in this tiny village and features a telescope park and Planetary. Overnight in Bakonybél.

 

Day 6 – Bakonybél

From Bakonybél you have several walking options for the next two days (ranging between 10 to 20km). You may choose to walk along the Gerence creek to the ‘Killer lake’, to Vár-hegy or to Odvaskő cave, among other options. Overnight in Bakonybél.

 

Day 7 – Bakonybél

Climb the highest point of the Bakony Kőrishegy (709 m) today – or instead you may opt for a short bus ride and a city walk in the charming baroque town of Pápa (30 km). Overnight in Bakonybél.

 

Day 8 – Departure

Today you say goodbye to the Bakony following breakfast and are transferred to Zirc for your train back to Budapest (change in Veszprém). Do not arrange your flight for too early.

 

Getting There:

By Plane:

Budapest and the United Kingdom are very well connected with various airlines flying to Hungary’s capital city every day. The following low-cost airlines have good and generally, inexpensive flights from various cities in the country to Budapest:

Wizz Air: Birmingham, Liverpool, London Luton,
Ryanair: London STN, East Midlands, Bristol and Manchester.
EasyJet: London Gatwick,
Jet2: Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, East Midlands

Most flights from outside of Europe will come via major European Cities including London. There are currently no direct flights from the USA, but there are direct options from Canada.

 

By Train:
Budapest has three international railway stations and is well connected with nearby European Capital Cities.

 

Accommodation:

Comfortable smaller hotels and guesthouses with en-suite rooms. and a serviced apartment in Zirc.