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
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
Your walk begins as you enter a region cloaked in vineyards. Continue to an increasingly wooded area home to some of the largest stags and wild boar in Europe, as well as eagles and falcons. Paths wind through forests of beech and past waterfalls and continue to photogenic Lillafüred, with its castle overhanging the lake and perhaps visit one of the impressive three caves on an optional guided tour.
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: 17km, 345m ascent, 630m descent, 5h30 approx.
Dinner & 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 before following a pleasant cycle path into the beautiful Valley of Szalajka Creek.
Walk: 18km, 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 Bánkút
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.Walking uphill most of the route you will cross shaded beech woods and the lovely ‘Huta’ meadow.
Walk: 12km, 530m ascent, 180m descent, 3-3.5hrs
Dinner & Overnight: Feher Sas Fogado, Bankut
Bankut is a popular holiday spot offering many options for short circular walks when you arrive.
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 or enjoy circular walks exploring Hamori Lake and it’s pretty surroundings.
Walk: 15km, 110m ascent, 170m 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.
This tour is available to start on any day of the week from April through to October subject to availability.
Grade & Terrain
This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of between 12-18 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.
The walks are way-marked and 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 or the next morning (depending on time of arrival) where you can ask any questions, and our team in Hungary and the UK are available to offer advice.
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).
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 https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml (Deutsche Bahn).
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.