1. Who can participate in this Epic adventure?
Anyone who likes biking in a beautiful environment rich of natural and cultural sights, who likes tasting excellent local foods and wines, who likes nice beaches and astonishing panoramas and who likes meeting other people from around the world. We can recommend this journey also to families and seniors because the stretches are not particularly strenuous.
2. How much time is needed to complete it?
The trip itself lasts for 5 or 6 days but we recommend arriving in Budapest at least one day earlier than the starting date. Not only because the tour starts in the morning but also because you should not miss visiting at least the main sights of Budapest, either.
3. Is registration needed and how much does it cost?
Yes, we need a registration in order to be able to calculate with the group size and inform the service providers. Registration is free of charge but we will ask a 10% advance payment of the costs because we have to reserve the accommodation and programmes in advance.
4. I want to ride my own bike through the adventure. Can I do that?
Of course you can ride your own bike but, please, be aware that we do not have the ability to deliver bikes from Budapest to the lake and vice versa. So you would need to bring your bike to the start point at Siófok by yourself.
5. How many people will form the group?
We think that the maximum group size shouldn’t be larger than 16 people because it is ideal for having an enjoyable common journey but flexible enough for the rich schedule. .
6. What if I don’t want to start from or don’t want to return to Budapest?
You are free to do so. We can arrange a meeting in Siófok to join the group and we can also help you to find connections from Siófok to any destination.
7. What if I cannot stay with the group for the whole adventure because of my other schedule?
That’s fine. Please, just let us know what dates you can make at registration so that we can arrange it and can also make a customized cost calculation for you
8. Will I need a sleeping bag at the accommodation? What should I bring and what shouldn’t?
No. The accommodation we will stay in are very decent, they will provide bedclothes and towels. It is recommended to bring your own towel and swimming gear because hopefully we can enjoy the spa and beautiful beaches of Balaton. You will also need to bring wet weather gear and a dry change of clothes, as localised rainstorms can whip up very quickly along the route. Otherwise nothing special is required for accomplishing the adventure. If something is missing, you can source them from countless shops and some supermarkets around the lake.
9. What will we eat along the route?
The catering infrastructure of the lake is very developed. You can find a very wide range of possibilities to get food from little kiosks to high quality restaurants and from tiny grocery stores to huge supermarkets. Every beach provides at least five different type of dishes like fish, hamburger, pancake, lángos, chicken, gulyás and so on. Otherwise the wine tastings we plan are provided with dinner so if you register for the tastings you will not have to worry about staying hungry at the end of the day. The accomodation do not provide breakfast with the room but if we order it, they can arrange it on the spot or nearby.
10. How much money shall I bring for the adventure?
If you order breakfast and dinner, only 15-20 € per day can be enough for lunch and the various optional programs. If you don’t, it can go up to 30-50 €. And if you go out to the night life (which is also very lively), the sky is the limit…
Hungary uses Hungarian forint (abbreviated as Ft or HUF). There are loads of ATMs and changing offices around the lake but major business cards and in many places even euro is accepted.
11. How much luggage can I bring for the adventure?
During the cycling you will just need to carry what you need for the daily stretch and for the beach. A small day rucksack to carry your swimming gear, wet weather gear, towel and valuables. Everything else will be taken by minibus to the accommodation you will stay in that night. So theoretically you can pack as big luggage as you want but in practice the capacity of the minibus is limited. Therefore we can accept one big bag per person to carry in the minibus.
12. What physical condition does this adventure require?
We believe that a healthy person with normal physical condition at any age from 12 can perform this adventure. There are hilly stretches on the Northern shore of the lake but nothing too demanding. Each day is on average 45 km. You don’t have to be top trained but we recommend to make some cycling before starting otherwise your second and third days can be little unpleasant because of sore muscles and buttocks.
13. Can I have a day off if I want due to any reason?
We will not force you to sit on the bike and push the pedals. If you feel like a day off to relax due to soreness or bad weather or anything else, the minibus will take you to the next stage where you can meet your group again for the evening programs. But the minibus is not a taxi, it will not carry you to other destinations.
14. What voltage is used in Hungary?
In Hungary the common voltage is 230V. Make sure whatever electrical devices you bring can handle 220V-240V, otherwise you will need a transformer.
15. Do I need a visa to Hungary?
Hungary is a member of the EU and belongs to the Schengen zone. So all EU citizens can enter with a valid ID. There are numerous bilateral visa waiver agreements with third party countries. You can check the relevant information here
16. Can I know the other members of my group in advance?
Yes, after registration we will share the contact information of other group members unless someone wishes to opt out. And, of course, you will also be asked if your data can be shared with other group members.
17. Are there only English speaking guides?
No, we have also friends speaking very good German. So if it is needed, we can form a German speaking group. And we can provide guidance in other languages as well.
18. Is this a travel agency?
No, we arrange this trip for fun and making new friends. The guides and the drivers are volunteers as well. They don’t get a salary, only their basic costs like accommodation will be covered by the group.