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Private tour from Budapest to a top hidden treasure region of Europe: Lake Balaton provided by My Personal Budapest

Private tour from Budapest to a top hidden treasure region of Europe: Lake Balaton

Private tour from Budapest to a top hidden treasure region of Europe: Lake Balaton
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Seeing just Budapest in Hungary is not the wisest thing to do.  Lake Balaton is the essence of Hungarian rural beauty. Hungary's version of Provance. And our favourite region in Hungary. You will enjoy stunning views, tiny villages with century-old whitewashed houses, amazing formations of nature. Balaton Uplands has been chosen by Mastercard users one of the Top 15 Hidden Treasures travel destinations of Europe. The 10 hour tour is filled with beauties of nature, interesting history and very good wine! The beauty of the nature, the great gastronomy, the fresh wines, the charme of the villages and the historical and architectural heritage of the region are all good reasons to make a visit here
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-10 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Your educated and knowledgeable private guide is with you the whole day and narrates on the sights you see. You will travel in your guide's car (has AC) or in a minivan (has AC too) - Pick up is at 9.00 am at your hotel. - Then we drive to Lake Balaton (80 min from Budapest), your introduction to this beautiful lake will be a scenic 10 minutes ferry ride from the southern shore to the northern shore. Ferry tickets are included. - next you will experience the beauty of Tihany: the pearl of the Balaton is the Tihanyi Peninsula. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated landscape protection area of the country. On its smaller hill a church and a monastery were founded in Tihany as early as nine centuries ago. The tour includes a visit to Tihany Abbey. You will also watch a great video on Tihany's history and formations of nature. (all entrance fees are included) - next, we drive to Balatonfüred, a noble town with lots of mansions and a picturesque promenade.  Balatonfüred was always beloved by artists and writers, not by accident. You will make a walk along the pretty promenade and observe the beautiful villas and mansions. - if weather permits, you will discover one or two totally off the beaten track treasures of the region (modest walk) - your day by the Hungarian sea will be completed by a visit to a a winery in either the Csopak-Balatonfüred or in the Badacsony wine region. Each winery has a great location and view over the lake. Besides great wines the wineries also serve tasty food.  You can taste 5 to 7 very good wines of the region and hopefully find your favourite one. The estimated cost of the wine tasting along with food is eur 25/person At the end of the day we drive you back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-10 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Your educated and knowledgeable private guide is with you the whole day and narrates on the sights you see. You will travel in your guide's car (has AC) or in a minivan (has AC too) - Pick up is at 9.00 am at your hotel. - Then we drive to Lake Balaton (80 min from Budapest), your introduction to this beautiful lake will be a scenic 10 minutes ferry ride from the southern shore to the northern shore. Ferry tickets are included. - next you will experience the beauty of Tihany: the pearl of the Balaton is the Tihanyi Peninsula. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated landscape protection area of the country. On its smaller hill a church and a monastery were founded in Tihany as early as nine centuries ago. The tour includes a visit to Tihany Abbey. You will also watch a great video on Tihany's history and formations of nature. (all entrance fees are included) - next, we drive to Balatonfüred, a noble town with lots of mansions and a picturesque promenade.  Balatonfüred was always beloved by artists and writers, not by accident. You will make a walk along the pretty promenade and observe the beautiful villas and mansions. - if weather permits, you will discover one or two totally off the beaten track treasures of the region (modest walk) - your day by the Hungarian sea will be completed by a visit to a a winery in either the Csopak-Balatonfüred or in the Badacsony wine region. Each winery has a great location and view over the lake. Besides great wines the wineries also serve tasty food.  You can taste 5 to 7 very good wines of the region and hopefully find your favourite one. The estimated cost of the wine tasting along with food is eur 25/person At the end of the day we drive you back to your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 30385P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, wine tasting (appr. eur 25/person)
  • additional entrance fees in case they apply (if we visit the Balaton Uplands National Park, we discuss this on the tour day, this depends on weather and if you want this)
  • Gratuities
Duration
8–10 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • All centrally located hotels, rentals, AirBnb-s....
  • Ports:
  • All Budapest ports
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, wine tasting (appr. eur 25/person)
  • additional entrance fees in case they apply (if we visit the Balaton Uplands National Park, we discuss this on the tour day, this depends on weather and if you want this)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • All centrally located hotels, rentals, AirBnb-s....
  • Ports:
  • All Budapest ports
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8–10 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Sarah M
8 contributions
Do not do this tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
Goodness. This tour was one of the worst tours I have ever been on in my life. The tour guide was not informative and often times ignored some basic questions I had. He also asked very personal questions that made both my husband and I uncomfortable. We are newlyweds and he offered some strong opinions about relationships and then proceeded to ask if we had sex before marriage. We had to keep asking him what we were doing for the day and it seemed as if he was making it up as we were going on. Our tour took place on Monday which apparently means a lot of things are closed. We would’ve been happy to reschedule to an earlier date knowing this but we were never informed that this was the case. This was a complete waste of money and very overpriced. I would never recommend this tour to anyone.
Written October 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
akkorirokhamuszaj
Thank you for your review. I am sorry about your experience. I understand how you feel about the tour, but as you can see form all the positive reviews, we always try to to our best to provide the best possible experience. As for the intimacy question: you are right, I should not have asked that. I never asked something like this in past 10 years, and I won't do it in the next 10 years either. As for your questions: there must have been some miscommunication, because I really like to get questions and always anser all of them. As for the „places closed”: we unfortunately could not do the optional, wine tasting part of the tour. This has never happened. I was surprised too, but because of the Covid situation, I was unable to find a winery that we could go to. (I was calling all the possible places in the region the day before, as I told you too.) So I offered wine tasting in the restaurant. We usually try to reschedule for weather (if possible), but we will pay attention to this detail too in the future.
Written October 14, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Grietje W
1 contribution
Private tour place 1
Jul 2021 • Family
Much information about the history, very good english speaking, very nice guy and very trustfull I recommend him to everybody
Written August 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Agnes C
Victorville, CA1 contribution
Great trip
Excellent tour. Attila was a great tour guide. Very thoughtful. We had the best time. I recommend him and the tour.
The Balaton was beautiful.
Attila took us to the best restaurant in the area to try a delicious authentic Hungarian fish soup.
He also took us to a beautiful winery that looked like the ones in Tuscany, Italy. What a view.
We tasted some of the best vines, and of course we bought some for home as well.
Written June 25, 2021
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Natalie S
2 contributions
A tour we’ve never forgotten
Mar 2021 • Couples
5 years on and we still still talk about this amazing and truly unforgettable tour that Andras took us on (Feb 2016). He showed us around Lake Balaton and gave us the opportunity to speak to locals via him. Andras’s passion and excitement to share his mother country with us is something we will soon not forget.
Written March 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TheWelcomes345
East End, Grand Cayman12 contributions
Amazing Day Trip to Lake Balaton
Feb 2020
What an amazing trip, my husband and I were met at 9am in the morning outside our hotel by our driver/tour guide András. He was very friendly spoke great english and was very down to earth. We had great conversation on the drive to Lake Batalon, and he shared great information about Hungary and Batalon specifically, and he assured us that he was very flexible with our tour and that we could pretty much do whatever we were more interested in, so that our trip was most enjoyable. We had a nice, short ferry ride over the lake and visited Tihany which had amazing views and a beautiful historical Abbey, followed by a stop for a cup of coffee at a local cafe. Then drove through quaint villages and then stopped for a stroll along the lake front of Batalonfured, followed by a wine tasting a Figula Winery. We had a final stop to take some snapshots of the lake from a great lookout point and then headed back to Budapest. I highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a quiet day trip to see a different side of Hungary. Special thanks to András for sharing his knowledge and passion for Hungary.
Written March 14, 2020
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Jeanne M.
3 contributions
Fantastic Tour of Lake Balaton with Balazs Levay
Oct 2019
Wow! What a great day. Our superb tour guide, Balazs Levay, picked us up at our hotel in Budapest and whisked us off to the beautiful Hungarian countryside. I consider this the best day of a 10 day European visit including a Danube Viking Cruise. The ferry ride was amazing and the Abbey was one of the most beautiful we saw. Balazs easily adjusted the schedule to meet our desires so we fit in a little shopping, a wine tasting, a visit to a resort town, and then a fabulous dinner at a local restaurant. You cannot go wrong with Balazs Levay as your tour guide. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. He carries our highest recommendation.
Written October 31, 2019
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Joy Lyon
2 contributions
Lake Balaton and much much more with Balazs Levay
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was the best tour we have ever had. Our tour guide was amazing! He was so flexible about doing whatever we wish and made this day so much fun! We went to Lake Balaton, which is gorgeous, Tihany to the church was so pretty over looking the lake. The highlight was a wonderful winery where we had a tasting an lovely lunch.
Just beautiful. We attended a festival and then had a fabulous traditional dinner! We hated to say goodbye to our wonderful tour guide, Balazs Levay we just wanted him to go on the rest of our vacation with us!!!!
Written October 24, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cajunt
St. Augustine, FL19 contributions
Fantastic tour to Lake Balaton!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had the best day with András! He picked us up promptly at our hotel and we drove to Lake Balaton. The lake and surrounding area are beautiful. We visited a monastery, quaint villages, and a winery.András was interesting, engaging and informative. He is eager to share his passion for Hungary. By the end of the trip we felt like we had spent the day with an old friend. I highly recommend this tour.
Written October 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TravelBugSDC
Pleasant Hill, CA5 contributions
Wonderful Day to Lake Balaton
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had a wonderful day at Lake Balaton. Our guide and driver were prompt and picked us up at our Airbnb. They both spoke English and were very courteous and informative throughout the tour. The van was clean and large enough for our party of six adults. We visited the village in Tihany, ate at a beautiful winery on top of a hill, St Donat, and visited a lakeside resort. It was a nice day away from the city with beautiful views of the countryside.
Written October 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nancy K
Jupiter, FL21 contributions
Get out of town (Budapest) for a day and see the beautiful countryside
May 2019 • Couples
With Attila as our tour guide, we spent a marvelous day in the countryside outside of Budapest and into the Lake Balaton region. In addition to Lake Balaton - crossing the ferry to the Abbey and shopping village were wonderful! Lots of lavender gifts, marzipan candies, and Hungarian homemades. The scenery is just beautiful. The Abbey is both historical and lovely to visit. Again, the scenery! We then visited a volcano park where we did a short hike for amazing views. Our lunch at the Szent Donat Pince restaurant and winery was simply delicious, very high-quality, and paired with Magna wines. Again, the views provided in a restaurant with a full-glass wall overlooking the countryside were beautiful.

This trip may be a little hard to find on-line, but it is SO WORTH IT!!!
Written June 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Incredible Dinner and unique experience.
Our family had an wonderful time meeting Andras and his parents. His mother prepared an absolutely delicious meal.
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Day trip
This was our second time on this tour we were here 2 years ago ! So wonderful both experiences! Very knowledgeable
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Best ever tour with Attila!
Wow... couldn’t have started any better and didn’t want it to end! Attila picked us up on time and with a friendly
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Relaxing way to see Budapest and more
I had been to Budapest 2 years before and done a tour with Andras. This time we did the tour with Attila. If you ar
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Second time on this tour for some
It was second time on this tour for some in our group and first for one other. There are many things one does on v
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This very kind guy shows you the real beauties and pleasures of the city
András is a jung hungarian guy who love live life and he can show you. He knows all secrets and he can bring you to
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Absolutely Excellent!
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Brilliant and personal
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Private tour from Budapest to Lake Balaton and Tihany
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Sightseeing that affects the heart.
We were delighted to be met by our Guide Andras promptly at our holiday apartment. He explained that he had grown u
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My husband and I had a great day with our guide Balázs . He was prompt with our departure and delivered a great ove
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Excellent Tour
I highly recommend András and crew for a fun packed private tour of the Best of Budapest. He and his crew were sup
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