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Scenic Hungary

Program

A perfect extension to your Budapest visit – Six days / five nights

  Day 1. Budapest-Gödöllő-Eger
  • Depart from hotel to Gödöllő
  • Gödöllő was favourite summer retreat of the imperial Hapsburgs where you tour the baroque Palace Grassalkovich with a guide.
  • Drive through the picturesque Mátra Mountains, site of Hungary's highest elevation (Kékes 1015 metres).
  • Early afternoon arrival in Eger, fabled for its wines and legendary resistance to the invading (and eventually occupying) Turks and Hapsburgs.
  • Check in to hotel and take a walking tour of historic Eger, a town replete with architectural records of past ages reminding you of those who have once ruled Europe (castle, minaret, county hall, cathedral).
  • The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, a good chance to relax in the spa of your hotel.
  • Dinner (3 course meal) in a local restaurant.
  • Overnight in Eger.
  Day 2. Eger- Mezőkövesd-Kecskemét
  • Check-out.
  • Depart for Mezőkövesd, a small town which has been a traditional regional marketplace for centuries. The local Matyó folk artists are famous for their richly decorated national dresses and embroidery work.
  • After shopping, continue to Kecskemét, birthplace of the famed composer and music educator Zoltán Kodály and home of the esteemed music center named after him.
  • Soon after checking in to your hotel, start your walking tour to see sights like the Kodály Institute, Calvinist Church, Old Church, Cifra Palace, Town Hall, etc.
  • Take a short trip in the late afternoon hours to Lajosmizse for a typical local meal (three course menu, wine, live gypsy music).
  • Overnight in Kecskemét.
  Day 3. Kecskemét-Kalocsa-Pécs
  • Check out.
  • Depart for the ancient town of Kalocsa, land of the red gold, more commonly known as paprika. Walking tour of the Archiepiscopal Palace incl. library, the Baroque Cathedral, Folk Art Museum and the renowned wall-paintings of Kalocsa women.
  • Continue to Pécs, the most romantic city of Transdanubia.
  • Check in to your overnight hotel and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Good chance to spend some time in town and feel the special multi cultural atmosphere of the place. Visiting one of the museums featuring the works of the famous painters Vasarely or Csontváry, or exploring the celebrated Zsolnay porcelain factory museum and to marvell at its items on display is highly and whole heartedly recommended.
  • Have your delicious three course dinner in the hotel.
  • Overnight in Pécs.
  Day 4. Pécs - Keszthely – Hévíz
  • Check out followed by city tour of Pécs
  • (Catholic Church, the former mosque which is Hungary's largest monument from the Turkish age, Cathedral, All Saints' Church, Mosque of Jakovali Hassan)
  • Continue to Lake Balaton nicknamed the Hungarian Sea, which happens to be the largest fresh water lake in Central Europe. Its natural beauty alone attracts crowds, so no wonder it is also the most popular holiday resort of the country.
  • First head for the western edge of the lake to reach the oldest town of the region, Keszthely. Interior visit of the magnificent baroque palace of the Festetics family, including its marvellous and stunning library holding 52000 volumes, many of which are ancient manuscripts and codices and rare editions.
  • Dinner in hotel (three course meal).
  • Overnight in Hévíz.
  Day 5. Hévíz - Tihany - Herend - Veszprém – Balatonfüred
  • Check out
  • (You have the chance to dip in the world famous thermal and medicinal waters of Hévíz in the morning before checking out.)
  • Drive along the northern shore of Lake Balaton prized for its wines and proceed to the village of Tihany located on a peninsula formed by a long extinct volcano. From a look out place by the side of the Tihany Abbey Church founded in 1055 and built on the edge of the rocks one can enjoy a truly magnificent view of the lake.
  • Take a walk at your next stop in the nearby town of Balatonfüred, unofficial capital of the lake region, before checking in to your overnight hotel.
  • After checking in you proceed to Herend, home of the world famous porcelain factory founded in 1839. Visit the factory museum dealing with the history of the place and the porcelain manufacturing in general, displaying award winning items produced for special occasions and international fairs of the past. Do not miss the factory outlet before saying Good Bye to Herend and proceeding to your next destination Veszprém, town of the queens of Hungary.
  • Take a walking tour of this charming town to see sights like Castle District, Gizella Chapel, Cathedral, etc. then return to your overnight hotel in Balatonfüred to enjoy a delicious farewell dinner (three course meal).
  Day 6. Balatonfüred - Pannonhalma - Győr – Budapest
  • Morning check out.
  • Drive through the Bakony Mountains on your way to the oldest Hungarian building in exsistence, the Pannonhalma Abbey and Monastery founded in the late nine hundreds. The Abbey is a very imposing hilltop structure whose archives hold rare documents and ancient records from the earliest centuries of the Hungarian state. Its library boasts more than three hundred thousand volumes, out of which seventy are codices from the 11th century. Its art gallery contains a precious collection of 16-18th century paintings, some are genuine masterpieces.
  • Your next and final stop is in the town of Győr. A nice historic town full of baroque and neo classical style buildings. The famous French statesman Napoleon also spent some time in town in 1809. Take a refreshing walking tour in old downtown to see sights like the Church of Carmelites and the Cathedral holding the sacred relic of a golden herma of St. Laszlo 11th century king of Hungary.

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