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Highlights

  • Exploring the city of Budapest on the sparkling Blue Danube River
  • Soaking up the views as you walk through the vineyards and forests of Bükk National Park
  • Indulging in the robust Hungarian wines and stopping in at little wine cellars
  • Relaxing at one of the thermal spas—including a cave bath at Miskolctapolca

Explore the tranquil and majestic city of Budapest and the Bükk National Park, where you’ll find miles of hiking trails, vast cave complexes, relaxing thermal baths, historic castles, robust red wines, timeless villages, lakes and waterfalls.

Hungary’s North offers so much for walkers to discover— forested peaks interspersed with friendly villages, vineyards producing great wines, topped off with some truly relaxing thermal baths; it’s a wonder that this region isn’t better known!

Your tour begins in the friendly capital city of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city on the banks of the sparkling Blue Danube. Spend time exploring the magnificent Buda Castle and Royal Palace and Saint Stephen’s Basilica. Don’t forget to stop at one of Budapest’s terraced cafés or cukrászda (confectioneries).

Next, head by train to Bükk National Park as you reach the pretty town of Eger, best known for its castle, thermal baths, historic buildings and ‘Bulls Blood’ wines. Stay here and explore the pedestrianised Baroque town centre with views to the Bükk Mountains.

Your walk begins as you enter a region cloaked in vineyards. The village of Noszvaj is known for its many wine cellars and provides a pleasant stop en route to Felsőtárkány. This wooded area is home to some of the largest stags and wild boar in Europe, as well as eagles and falcons. The Balla Cave near Répáshuta contained the remains of bear, hyena and buffalo, as well as centuries-old stone tools. Paths wind through forests of beech and past waterfalls, with the most famous being the ‘Veil Cascade’ which descends over a natural staircase. Continue to photogenic Lillafüred, with its castle overhanging the lake and perhaps visit one of the impressive three caves on an optional guided tour.

Your final walking day heads towards Miskolctapolca, which is centred around the thermal baths. Discover the thermal Cave Bath complex; the perfect soothing end to a wonderful walking experience in Hungary! Take the train back to Budapest for an easy onward journey.

Your self-guided walking tour of Bükk National Park includes 7 nights accommodation (in 3* hotels and 1 homestay), 7 breakfasts, baggage transfers, train transfers Budapest-Eger and Miskolc-Budapest, a detailed information pack with route notes and maps, a welcome meeting and emergency support.

DAY 1: Arrive Budapest

Arrive in the ‘Pearl of the Danube’; Hungary’s capital is an absolute delight. Enjoy wandering around the grand buildings and sweeping bridges, soaking up the atmosphere and perhaps find a coffee bar with traditional Hungarian folk music. Wander up to the Royal Palace and admire the Parliament buildings, as well as Saint

Stephen’s Basilica.


On arrival at your hotel you will have a welcome meeting with our local representative. They will give you all the information you need including detailed route notes, maps and local information and answer any last minute questions you may have.


Overnight: Hotel Medosz***, Budapest


The Hotel Medosz offers clean and comfortable rooms it is an ideal place from which to explore Budapest, being close to the underground. The Hungarian State Opera House is a 5 mins walk, Parliament is a 10 mins walk, and Keleti Railway station an approx. 15 mins taxi ride.


DAY 2: Explore Budapest. Train to Eger

Today you can look forward to exploring Budapest further—with its famous ‘Chain Bridge’ and thermal baths, café culture and impressive grandiose architecture.


Take an approx. 2 hour train journey to Eger, one of the oldest Magyar settlements in Hungary. Transfer by taxi to your hotel. The centre of the town is overlooked by a fortified castle, and the town flourished as a centre of Renaissance. Visit the central basilica and wander the pedestrianised streets as you soak up the Baroque charm. Eger’s Turkish baths are also well worth a visit—start your walking tour on a relaxed note! This evening, try a glass (or two!) of robust Eger wine.


Overnight: Hotel Aqua Eger***, Eger


Enjoy your stay in this friendly and charming hotel, which has a good restaurant  offering local delights such as venison carpaggio, wild boar tenderloin and pike-perch fillet.


DAY 3: Bükk National Park, Felsőtárkány

Follow the path eastward out of Eger and deep into the Bükk National Park. Passing by vineyards, keep your eyes peeled for the area’s famous watermelons—apparently the best in Europe! Crossing over several rivers, you’ll come to the village of Noszvaj, known for its many wine cellars—this is the ideal spot for a waterside break and to try the local wine.


As you continue north-west note the change in landscape and walk through cool green forests to Felsőtárkány, with its photogenic small lake, Szikla. Experience authentic Hungarian cuisine at your homestay tonight (included).


Walk: 19km, 345m ascent, 630m descent, 5h30 approx.


Overnight: Homestay, Felsőtárkány


DAY 4: Valley of Szalajka Creek to Szilvásvárad

Following a hearty Hungarian breakfast, start your second walking day. Keep watch for some of Europe’s biggest game—large stags and wild boar roam free in this area. You may even catch a glimpse of a moufflon.


Leaving Felsötárkány, walk along the river under the dappled shade of beeches and oaks. Just a few kilometres further, reach a small lake and follow the path to a  prehistoric cave (Istállóskő) where the remains of a cave bear were found.


Today you might also like to stop at the open-air museum of nature (free of charge). A highlight of the day is walking through the Valley of Szalajka Creek, which has several lakes and waterfalls. You’ll want to stop at the pretty 'Veil cascade' which flows over a natural rock staircase.


Walk: 24km, 640m ascent/descent, 5-6hrs


Overnight: Szalajka Inn***, Szilvásvárad


Relax in the hotel’s hydromassage pool and whirlpool, or retreat to the Finnish sauna after today’s walk. The a la carte restaurant serves delicious Hungarian fare. Rooms are simply furnished and comfortable.


DAY 5: Walk to Répáshuta

Szilvásvárad is best known for breeding the pure white Lippizaner horses, which have a history linked to Lipicia in Slovenia as well as the Viennese Riding School. Depart the village by means of a small local train which crosses the valley.


Wind your way along trails framed by centuries-old forests of beeches, and pass near soldiers' tombs, evoking poignant remembrance of past wars. You will also see long-abandoned limestone furnaces.


As you travel through lush countryside on today’s walk, revel in the splendid panoramas. You may even spot eagles and falcons which inhabit the area. In the south of Répáshuta, your stop for the night, a small path will lead you to the cave of Balla where bones of bear, hyena and buffalo (as well as stone tools) were discovered.


Walk: 25km, 530m ascent, 780m descent, 5-6hrs


Overnight: Vadasz Etterem, Répáshuta


The village of Répáshuta is set in a valley off the road between Eger and Lillafüred, surrounded by forests. This comfortable hotel is simply furnished with a great restaurant serving hearty portions of traditional Hungarian cuisines (dinner is included tonight).


DAY 6: Walk to Lillafüred

Spend today walking across a photogenic karst area with panoramic vistas of calcareous outcrops—this region is geologically fascinating.


You will be hiking towards Lillafüred, located in the heart of a small wooded valley where two powerful rivers meet before flowing into a lake.


Lillafüred is unmistakable, with its fairytale castle looming over the lake. If you have time, why not hire a small boat and relax on the lake. Lillafüred also has several beautiful waterfalls which cascade from beneath the castle (now a grand hotel). As you’d expect from a karst region, there are (three) caves which stretch several hundred metres long and you can take an optional guided tour to view the impressive stalactites hidden beneath the ground.


Walk: 22km, 310m ascent, 600m descent, 4h30


Overnight: Hotel Tokert***, Lillafüred.


Restored Weidlich Villa, on the banks of Lake Hamori, is home to this lovely family-run hotel with just eight rooms and an on-site restaurant.


DAY 7: Thermal Baths, walk to Miskolctapolca

Follow the peaks southward, while passing close to the mountain village of Bükkszentkereszt in the national park, where you turn eastward and gradually descend to Miskolctapolca, a charming rural village, centred around the famed thermal baths.


A real treat is a soothing dip in the Cave Bath, a thermal complex installed in natural caves. Rest and relax here in the wonderfully warm and mineral-rich waters—the perfect end to your hike through Hungary.


Walk: 19km, 300m ascent, 4h30 approx.


Overnight: Fortuna Hotel***, Miskolctapolca


Hotel Fortuna is found in the heart of Miskolctapolca, just 400m from the thermal caves. There is a restaurant, bar and café as well as a terrace.


DAY 8: Train to Budapest. Onward Travel

Your adventure finishes after breakfast, with a transfer to Miskolc station from where you will take the train back to Budapest (2 hrs train journey). Please ensure you check with us so that you have enough time to connect to any onward flights. 


Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point before, during or after the walk.

Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in Hungary—with comfortable, centrally-located hotels. You will stay for 6 nights in 3* standard hotels and 1 night in a homestay (bed and breakfast type accommodation). All offer comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.



 

 

 



Hotel Medosz - Budapest



Hotel Medosz - Budapest

The Hotel Medosz offers clean and comfortable rooms it is an ideal place from which to explore Budapest, being close to the underground. The Hungarian State Opera House is a 5 mins walk, Parliament is a 10 mins walk, and Keleti Railway station an approx. 15 mins taxi ride.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Aqua Eger - Eger



Hotel Aqua Eger - Eger

Enjoy your stay in this friendly and charming hotel, which has a good restaurant offering local delights such as venison carpaggio, wild boar tenderloin and pike-perch fillet.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Szalajka Inn - Szilvásvárad



Szalajka Inn - Szilvásvárad

Relax in the hotel’s hydromassage pool and whirlpool, or retreat to the Finnish sauna after today’s walk. The a la carte restaurant serves delicious Hungarian fare. Rooms are simply furnished and comfortable.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Vadasz Etterem - Répáshuta



Vadasz Etterem - Répáshuta

The village of Répáshuta is set in a valley off the road between Eger and Lillafüred, surrounded by forests. This comfortable hotel is simply furnished with a great restaurant serving hearty portions of traditional Hungarian cuisines.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Tokert - Lillafüred



Hotel Tokert - Lillafüred

Restored Weidlich Villa, on the banks of Lake Hamori, is home to this lovely family-run hotel with just eight rooms and an on-site restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Fortuna Hotel - Miskolctapolca



Fortuna Hotel - Miskolctapolca

Hotel Fortuna is found in the heart of Miskolctapolca, just 400m from the thermal caves. There is a restaurant, bar and café as well as a terrace.


 

 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This holiday is also available for solo walkers at a supplement as some of the costs are then not shared with another traveller.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of between 19-25 km following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be exposed so require a good head for heights and sure-footedness in places. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this tour.


Navigation

Much of the walk is not way-marked however you will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. You will also have a welcome meeting on the evening of Day 1 where you can ask any questions, and our team in Hungary and the UK are available to offer advice.



Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


General Information

The kilometres and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Availability

This tour is available from the start of April to mid-July, and from mid-August to end of October.  Mid-July to mid-August 2017: due to high hotel prices in Budapest during this period, and minimum 2 night stays, availability during this period is difficult. If you must travel over this period, please contact us to discuss, as a supplement is likely payable. 


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of between 19-25 km following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be exposed so require a good head for heights and sure-footedness in places. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this tour.


Navigation

Much of the walk is not way-marked however you will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. You will also have a welcome meeting on the evening of Day 1 where you can ask any questions, and our team in Hungary and the UK are available to offer advice.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


General Information

The kilometres and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from Budapest

By Air - In addition to airlines such as British Airways, many low cost airlines fly into Budapest Airport including Jet2, easyJet, Wizz Air, and Norwegian.


From the airport: The closest train station to Budapest Airport Terminal 2 is Ferihegy, with trains operating to and from the Nyugati railway station in Budapest. Nearly 100 trains per day, including InterCity services, provide easy access to and from the city in less than half an hour, for a few hundred HUF. From the Ferihegy train station, Terminal 2 is accessible by bus number 200E.


If travelling from within continental Europe you can check train timetables to Budapest at www.bahn.co.uk (Deutsche Bahn).


Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury. It is always advisable to book insurance as soon as you confirm your tour.

Getting to/from Budapest

By Air - In addition to airlines such as British Airways, many low cost airlines fly into Budapest Airport including Jet2, easyJet, Wizz Air, and Norwegian.


From the airport: The closest train station to Budapest Airport Terminal 2 is Ferihegy, with trains operating to and from the Nyugati railway station in Budapest. Nearly 100 trains per day, including InterCity services, provide easy access to and from the city in less than half an hour, for a few hundred HUF. From the Ferihegy train station, Terminal 2 is accessible by bus number 200E.


If travelling from within continental Europe you can check train timetables to Budapest at www.bahn.co.uk (Deutsche Bahn).



Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury. It is always advisable to book insurance as soon as you confirm your tour.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels and 1 homestay.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • 2 dinners (day 3 & day 5)
  • Luggage transport as per itinerary.
  • Welcome meeting and briefing.
  • Detailed route descriptions with maps and a pre departure information pack.
  • 24-hour assistance by phone.
  • Train tickets Budapest-Eger and Miskolc-Budapest.
  • Taxi transfers Eger station to hotel on Day 2 and from hotel to Miskolc train station on Day 8.

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to/from Budapest airport.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Local train tickets (Szilvásvárad and Lillafüred—payable locally only.
  • Entrance fees to caves/baths (pay locally).
  • Lunches, dinners & snacks.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable.
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable.
  • Additional nights.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised in order to confirm availability. We will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This itinerary is graded moderate and suitable for regular walkers.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation as per the itinerary, so you only need to walk with a day pack.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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5.0

I would recommend a friend to go to Bukk

By andy

from glasgow

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  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

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    • Holiday
    • Relaxation

    Comments about Macs Adventure Budapest & The B�kk National Park:

    This walk from the ascent through vineyards and orchards on the slopes overlooking the old fortress town of Eger, hiking along the scenic trails and lovely villages of the Bukk National Park to Miskolktapolca was very enjoyable included a beautiful descent into Lillafured, sunny butterfly filled meadows and lovely shaded forest paths.
    Sarah at Macs was very helpful in rearranging my dates, and with Judit at Puzzle Tours provided a good information pack, accurate maps and route notes. The trails are very well marked. The hotels were good, the homestay had a friendly and welcoming host, her delicious meal and palinka were much appreciated. All the bag transfers and taxis went well even though the train from Budapest was late.
    Budapest is a beautiful city with many wonderful sights. The hotel was in a good location a short walk from interesting buildings such as Terror House, Franz Liszt Museum and the Hungarian Opera House. There are also a selection of good restaurants and bars in the area.

     
    4.0

    Nice and easy hike through the Bükk National Park

    By Kaspar & Katharina

    from Basel, Switzerland

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    • Great Accommodations
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      Comments about Macs Adventure Budapest & The B�kk National Park:

      This is an easy walk with relatively short day stages and little ascents and descents, especially for experienced walkers. Therefore we had enough time to enjoy the lovely accommodations in small villages in the Bükk National Park. We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed the local food and wine. A good trip to enjoy the Hungarian countryside, and the great city of Budapest.

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      Budapest and Bukk National Park

      By David

      from Washington, D.C. USA

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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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        Comments about Macs Adventure Budapest & The B�kk National Park:

        The Budapest/Bukk National Park trip/hike was excellent and I highly recommend it. It provides a great opportunity to combine a variety of experinces: Budapest (big city), Egar (town), small towns/villages in the rural Hungarian countryside, and good hiking in beautiful scenery. The trip was well organized from start to finish and Judit at Puzzles Tours does a great job in conjuntion with Mac's. Her introductory meeting upon arrival in Budapest is a nice touch. Nikki at Mac's answered all questions promptly by e-mail or phone. All hotels/inns/home stays were more than adequate and many were special,quaint and charming. I especially liked the home stay. The hotel in Budapest is in a good, fun neighborhood. It is centrally located for public transportation which is very good in Budapest. Food throughout trip was excellent. Budapest is a wonderful city full of atmosphere, history, beautiful architecture and sights, small cafes and opulent coffee houses. I extended the tour to stay there an extra two days and I am glad that I did. Try the thermal baths!! Egar is a pretty Baroque town and the time alloted there on the hike (afternoon and night) was enought to see it. Nice thermal baths there, too. I very much enjoyed the hike itself. Challenging without being exhausting often through peaceful forests with some grand views. I think you have to be in at least pretty good shape to enjoy the trek. There are some steep patches both up and down along with even streches. Basically you are hiking up over the high elevations from village to village which are in the valleys. Although written directions are good and useful, I would suggest participants have good map reading ability. I relied on the excellent, detailed map that was provided when in doubt. Trails were well marked by posting on the trees and also on the map itself. Each village was memorable in its own right. In beautiful Lillafured try to take a row boat out on the lake and/or ride on the Forest Train. Language was never an issue. Unfortunately, I speak no Hungarian but many young people speak English. I was able to use my limited German at the home stay. The people I met were friendly and helpful. I once was given directions by several older people who were harvesting in the forest. We communicated by map and hand signals and they sent me off with a glass of home made wine! I left Hungary with special memories and apprecation for the people and country. I am very glad I went.

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