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Budapest and the Danube Bend

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Country
Hungary
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January - December

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest
Day 2: Budapest
Day 3: Visegrád
Day 4: Visegrád
Day 5: Departure

 

Overview for Budapest and the Danube Bend

Explore in a slow and relaxed pace beautiful Budapest, and continue to Visegrád on the Danube Bend for some easy grade hiking and sightseeing.


Itinerary for Budapest and the Danube Bend

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Day 1: Arrival in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ with its grand buildings and elegant bridges, a vibrant city, full of history and culture. Let yourself be tempted by the thermal baths, including the famous Gellért. The Fishermen’s stronghold on Buda’s hill will offer you a splendid sight of the Danube, the impressive Chain Bridge and the magnificent architecture of the Parliament. Enjoy the cosy cafes or try the famous local wines in the evening.

Accommodation: a 3 or 4-star city hotel in Budapest downtown (Medosz or similar)

Day 2: Buda Hills

Today, you make an excursion into the woods of the Buda Hills. Enjoy the cog railway and forest train rides, walk through shady forest paths and climb the ‘Elizabeth viewpoint’ on top of ‘János-hegy’. You can take in splendid views of Budapest during the downhill chairlift ride.

Walking for the day: 5-7 km, 3-4 hours on forest trails, up to 300 m elevation gain.

Accommodation: a 3 or 4-star city hotel in Budapest downtown (Medosz or similar)

Day 3: Visegrád

The Danube Bend, maybe the most spectacular region of Hungary is just a short ride from Budapest. Take a train or ferry to arrive in Visegrád, once a royal residence (40 minutes by train). Take your time to explore the freshly restored Renaissance monuments and enjoy a walk on the Danube bank.

Walking for the day: 5-8 km, 3-4 hours city walks.

Accommodation: Patak Park Hotel or similar

Day 4: Visegrád

Today you will take a circular walk in the mountains around Visegrád and take in the beautiful sights of the Danube Bend and its surroundings from the citadel.

Walking for the day: 7-9 km, 3-4 hours on forest trails, up to 200 m elevation gain

Accommodation: Patak Park Hotel or similar

Day 5: Departure or Onward Travel

Return to Budapest Airport by public transport or continue your journey in Hungary.

Hotels for Budapest and the Danube Bend

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3 to 4-star hotels as indicated in the itinerary. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Medosz, Patak Park Hotel

Meals

Breakfast is included. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or restaurants in the town near your hotel.

Travel for Budapest and the Danube Bend

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Budapest.

Please be aware that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking. 

Transfers to/from Airports


Private Transfers

Airport transfers by train are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car or bus transfers. Visegrad is easily accessible from Budapest by bus or ferry.

Hungary: Country Info

Language: Hungarian. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Hungary is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Budapest and the Danube Bend

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Difficulty Grade: Easy

This tour combines relaxed city walks and sightseeing with some forest trail walks near urban areas, so no special skills or experience is required. The only more challenging section is the steep uphill walk to the Visegrád citadel (Day 4) (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available year-round, from January till December. Please note that chairlift and forest train services can be suspended in bad weather. Most pleasant months are April, May, June and September.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

Weather

The climate in the region is continental. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 20 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Budapest and the Danube Bend

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in hand-picked 2 to 4-star hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 3-day Budapest travel card
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to the standard trip price. Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Train (EUR 2-4) from Budapest Airport to Budapest centre on Day 1
  • Train (EUR 3-6) to Visegrád on Day 2
  • Train (EUR 3-6) from Visegrád on Day 4
  • Train (EUR 2-4) from Budapest train station to Budapest Airport on Day 5
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums, tickets for chairlift and forest train

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • 1 extra night in Budapest before the walking holiday
  • 1 extra night in Budapest after the walking holiday
  • ‘All-in’ four-day Budapest extension (included 3 overnights on a B&B basis, 3-day travel card, city tour, coffee & cake, spa entry)

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