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Hungary - The Danube Bend Walking Holiday
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Hungary - The Danube Bend Walking Holiday

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Despite a history of varying fortunes Hungary retains a valuable cultural and environmental heritage, which people come from all parts of the world to enjoy. A particularly popular destination with outdoor enthusiasts, Hungary is a mainly rural country boasting stunning scenery including mountains, forests and the sparkling Danube.

The Danube Bend, a region of peaks and river towns, is where the hills on both banks force the river to turn sharply and flow southward. It is arguably the most picturesque stretch of the Danube. Round the bend is the tiny town of Visegrád, Hungary’s 'Camelot' in the 15th century and home to Renaissance-era palace ruins and a forbidding hilltop fortress. 

The small town of Visegrád will be your home for this holiday. One of Northern Hungary’s oldest cities, Visegrád is a popular spot among nature lovers as the area is covered in woodlands and elevated sites, giving incredible views of the river and its surroundings.

This 7 night adventure includes five walks through the beautiful Hungarian landscape with an expert local walking guide. 

 

During this holiday, the group will be divided into two parties; moderate and challenging, depending on the participant’s fitness levels, during all five walking days. The moderate walks will be a between 7km - 11km with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 6 hours. The challenging walks will be between 12km – 20 km, with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 6.5 hours.

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Hungarian Forint (Ft)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Budapest Airport is located just approx. an hour and a half away from your hotel.
Climate

Hungary has a temperate, transitional climate and the weather is generally very pleasant. January is the coldest month; June, July and August are the hottest.

Food & Drink
Hungarian food is hearty and comforting with stews, goulashes, dumplings and cheeses common features on the menus. Meals are usually washed down with one of the cool refreshing beers that Hungary is famous for.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 356.00 Ft
  • Beer: 370.00 Ft
  • Glass of wine: 450.00 Ft
  • Light meal: 1,500.00 Ft
  • Soft Drink: 259.00 Ft
  • Bottled Water: 150.00 Ft
  • (€1 = approx. 300 Ft)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles & boots
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

 

Holiday highlights

Budapest City Tour

Budapest became one city after the unification of the cities Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the river in 1873. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe and during your panoramic city tour you will witness the glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, the beautiful Crown Bridge and the gothic castle of Buda.

The Danube Bend

Located just north of Budapest and close to Visegrád, the Danube bend is a nature lover’s paradise. The area is covered in woodland and the elevated sites give visitors incredible views of the river and its surroundings. 

The Pilis Mountains

a popular mountainous region in the Transdanubian Mountains, popular with skiers during winter, and walkers and hikers during the remainder of the year. Your walks through the mountains will end in the small picturesque village of Pilisszentkereszt where you can experience the typical Hungarian way of life. 

The Buda Hills

a range of low hills, dotted along the skyline of Budapest. The area is rich in flora and fauna, with a few small residential villages. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Hungarian Forint (Ft)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Budapest Airport is located just approx. an hour and a half away from your hotel.
Climate

Hungary has a temperate, transitional climate and the weather is generally very pleasant. January is the coldest month; June, July and August are the hottest.

Food & Drink
Hungarian food is hearty and comforting with stews, goulashes, dumplings and cheeses common features on the menus. Meals are usually washed down with one of the cool refreshing beers that Hungary is famous for.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 356.00 Ft
  • Beer: 370.00 Ft
  • Glass of wine: 450.00 Ft
  • Light meal: 1,500.00 Ft
  • Soft Drink: 259.00 Ft
  • Bottled Water: 150.00 Ft
  • (€1 = approx. 300 Ft)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles & boots
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Hungary

Evening

Travel to Hungary

Upon arrival in Budapest, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in the town of Visegrád, a small castle town situated to the north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Visegrád (7 nights)

Day 2 - Visegrád Hills

Morning

Visegrád Hills

Embark on a 1 hour orientation tour along the banks of the Danube with your local expert guide before beginning a walking tour of the Apalykut Valley and surrounding areas. There will be a moderate and a challenging route this morning, taking the same path but at different paces. Explore the waterfalls the fishpond and the arboretum. Close to the Ördögmalom waterfall, you can enjoy the ‘Kneipp-experience’ by walking barefoot on the small rounded rocks in the river bed.

Afternoon

At leisure or Visegrad Castle

In the afternoon, those who chose the moderate route will return to the hotel by foot where the remainder of the day will be free for further independent exploration. Those who chose the challenging route will continue walking up towards Visegrád Castle. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 7 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 100 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 20 km / Duration: 6.5 hours / Incline: 750 m)

Day 3 - Nagymaros & Zebegény

Full Day

Nagymaros & Zebegény

This morning, take the ferry to the town of Nagymaros with your local expert guide. There will be a moderate and a challenging route today. The moderate route will set out from Nagymaros towards the town of Zebegény, a picturesque historic town located in Pest county. The challenging route will also walk from Nagymaros to Zebegény but will encounter more difficult terrain, embarking on an ascent of St Mihaly Mountain. Those who tackle the summit of St Mihaly Mountain will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the area and the chance to see the River Danube from above, where it takes its famous bend. From Zebegény a return ferry ride will be taken back to Visegrad. (Difficulty: Moderate route / Distance: 8 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 200 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 20 km / Duration: 6.5 hours / Incline: 600 m)

Day 4 - The Danube Bend

Full Day

The Danube Bend

Today there will be a moderate and a challenging route exploring the Danube Bend and its most spectacular geological features. Keep your eyes peeled for the moss and lichen clad rock formations which provide a resting place for different birds, including the saker falcon and the raven, along with mammals like the pine marten and the wildcat. The moderate route will take a walk with less inclines along the Lukács ditch, while the challenging route will leave from Dömös and walk to the Rám-gulch. Both groups will meet at a picnic spot place close to the Rám Mountain. Afterwards the moderate route will return via the Téry road and the challenging route will return via the Lukács ditch. Both routes will reunite at Dömös and from here make their way back to the hotel. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 11 km / Duration: 6 hours / Incline: 300 m) (Difficulty: Challenging route / Distance: 13 km / Duration: 6 hours / Incline: 400 m)

Day 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

You will have today free to spend at your leisure. You might like to sit back and re-charge the batteries after your walking days or you can also try rowing, take a ferry boat along the Danube, relax at the thermal bath at Leányfalu or explore the trails that lead to Vac, one of the lesser known Danube Bend towns. Your local guide will be on hand to make some suggestions to suit your taste.

Day 6 - The Pilis Mountains

Full Day

The Pilis Mountains

This morning take a coach to Pilisszentkereszt village with your local expert walking guide. Today there will be a moderate and a challenging route exploring all the Pilis Mountains have to offer. The moderate group will take two short, but very scenic walks; the first along the Dera Creek and the second, through the Holdvilág Ditch. The challenging route will climb up to the highest peak, Pilis, following the famous serpentine road. Upon reaching the top there are stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas. There will be time to take it all in before descending back down towards the starting point of Pilisszentkereszt village. (Moderate route - Distance: 8 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 200 m) (Challenging route - Distance: 20 km / Duration: 6 hours / Incline: 500 m)

Day 7 - Buda Mountains & Budapest

Full Day

The Buda Hills & Budapest City Tour

This morning you will transfer by coach to Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, for a panoramic city tour, taking in the main highlights, followed by a walk in the Buda Mountains. The panoramic coach tour will end at Huvosvolgy and from here you will ride on the Gyermekvasút, or “Children’s Railway” in to the Buda Mountains, a low mountain range of numerous hills which dot the Buda side of Budapest. There will be a moderate and a challenging route available. Both routes will end with a chairlift ride back towards Buda Valley to end the days walking. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 8 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 200 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 12 km / Duration: 6 hours / Incline: 600 m)

Day 8 - Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Enjoy some final time at leisure before an afternoon guided transfer from Visegrád to Budapest airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Visegrad 4

Hotel Visegrád overlooks the Danube River offering free Wi-Fi access, and spacious rooms. Also featuring an indoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tubs with direct views of the Danube.... read more read more read more

Hotel Visegrád overlooks the Danube River offering free Wi-Fi access, and spacious rooms. Also featuring an indoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tubs with direct views of the Danube.

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Hotel Visegrad
2025 Visegrád, Rév u. 15


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