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Budapest: Underground Caving Adventure Tour

1. Budapest: Underground Caving Adventure Tour

Experience the natural splendors of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through Hungary’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition. Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary. In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 200 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 32 kilometers long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest. The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association). Enjoy the perfect activity for groups, families, or solo travelers looking to make some new friends. Bond through an interactive adventure, where cooperation can definitely make your way easier.

Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

2. Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

Paddle along Lake Balaton and experience Tihany National Park from the water. After you have checked in at the reception desk, you will receive your SUP board, a paddle, and a life-jacket if you need one. Your guide will help you choose your board, and will make sure it is suited to your level of experience, size and weight. Enjoy a peaceful tour, as you paddle slowly across the water and spot wildlife among the reeds. Feel free to chat to friends, or simply relax within the serene landscape. If it is warm enough, take a break and go for a swim, or just lie back on your board. Depending on the wind (usually there is none) and your level of experience, you will paddle approximately 3km before turning around and finishing your enjoyable tour at the same location you took off from. 

Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

3. Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

Spending the day cave-exploring is one of the lesser known ways to enjoy Budapest. This tour is for for those who want something more active and less touristic than museums and ruin pubs. Join us and discover the most characteristic caves of Budapest, nestled within the beautiful Buda Hills, 35-40 minutes from the city center. Follow professional English-speaking guides, members of the Hungarian Caving Association. With their guidance you will have access to some parts of the caves where most of tourists can’t enter. We will visit two caves both of which are equipped with pavement and artificial lighting, although there are some ladders to climb. Their distance from each other is 800 meters and our visit will cover 500 meters in each caves. Both caves have a special thermal origin caused by an up welling of warm mineral rich water from a deep level, unlikely to the word’s most caves which are mostly formed by solutional activity via down flow of water. Our first site is Szemlő-hegyi Cave, also known as the underground flower garden of Budapest, as the mineral-laden waters have created forms such as cauliflowers, pea stones and popcorn, with walls of mineral deposits that are unique to Europe. Because the caves enjoy a steady temperature of 10 degrees Celsius with pure - dust and allergen free - air along with 100% humidity, the lowest level of the cave is succesfully used to heal respiratory problems. An interactive exhibition about caves and an outdoor rock exhibition with an educational trail makes the experience even more colourful. As there is no underground connection between the two caves, we will take a pleasant pavement walk of about 10-15 minutes to the Pál-völgyi Cave. Marvel at the longest cave system of Hungary, around 32 kilometers, known for its lofty passageways and great difference levels. Here, find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations and glittering calcite crystals. Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves many hidden exits. Both caves have a cafeteria, so you can have a coffee-pause or refreshments in Szemlő-hegyi Cave, or after the tour you can chill at the moody beer terrace of the Pál-völgyi cave.

The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

4. The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

Marvel at the beauty of the lake on a scenic, 10-minute ferry ride to Tihany peninsula. Upon arrival, experience the beauty of the peninsula up close. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated protected area in Hungary. On its smaller hill, a church and a monastery were founded as early as nine centuries ago. The tour includes a visit to the most famous abbey of Hungary, as well as to Balatonfüred, the capital of the northern shore. Balatonfüred was always beloved by artists and writers and for good reason; the pretty promenade and beautiful villas and mansions will very likely steal your heart. While there, your guide will show you one or two totally off-the-beaten-track treasures of the region. At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your hotel in Budapest.

Budapest: Hungarian Puszta and Kecskemét Full-Day Tour

5. Budapest: Hungarian Puszta and Kecskemét Full-Day Tour

Discover the water habitats of the Puszta grassland biodome on the Great Hungarian Plain on a full-day scenic tour from Budapest. Depart the city center for the Kiskunság National Park, located in the Danube–Tisza Interfluve. Marvel at the landscape of saline plains and sandy lowlands, salt lakes and the backwaters of the Tisza River. See remote farms, and learn about the traditions of animal husbandry and agriculture. Look out for the rich and rare flora and fauna. Along the way, you will visit a farmhouse and watch an equestrian show. There’s also the chance to take part in a horse-cart ride. Savor the typical gastronomy of Hungary, such as authentic pálinka (fruit brandy), goulash made in a cauldron, and stew prepared on an open fire. Continue to Kecskemét, famous for its apricot brandy, colorful Art Nouveau buildings and Kodály method of musical education. Take a walking tour of the city center to see the highly decorated buildings, tile-roofed Town Hall, and 600 year-old Franciscan church of St. Nicholas. Go to the József Katona Theater, named after one of Hungary’s most famous poets and playwrights, and see the rococo Old Church, the tallest building on the Great Plain. Marvel at the ceramic tiles on the façade of the Cifra Palota (Ornamented Palace), and appreciate an outstanding example of Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture.

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What people are saying about Budapest

This was one of the coolest excursions I have ever done! I found the caving adventures in Budapest while randomly googling things to do and chose the more adventurous one instead of the walking one. It was incredible and an adrenaline rush; we were truly climbing through the cave and squeezing ourselves through tight spaces. Our guide (Salid I believe? I don't know how to correctly spell his name) was the best. He was helpful and very friendly and told fun stories along the way. This is definitely not for the claustrophobic or faint of heart, but other than that, it felt safe yet exhilarating and I HIGHLY recommend this adventure while in Budapest.

Great adventure! However like others have said, this is not your typical tourist activity. I would recommend being in fairly good shape. It’s about a 2.5hr trip through the caves with no water; and it gets fairly warm down there.

It's so much fun and it was worth every penny! We would do it again anytime. Footwear: You shouldn't wear the newest and sportiest shoes, as it could be a bit slick in between.

great tour with a fun leader who loves to be in the caves.

It was amazing! had a great time:) Best day of my travel.