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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. No prior experience of caving is needed to get the most out of this adventure. 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.

Budapest: 2.5-Hour Underground Cave Walking Tour

2. Budapest: 2.5-Hour Underground Cave Walking Tour

Venture away from the city’s beaten path to the Szemlő-hegyi and Pál-völgyi caves. Follow guides from the Hungarian Caving Association and get access to some parts of the caves that most tourists can’t enter.  Go 500 meters into the two caves, which feature an unusual up-welling of warm, mineral-rich water. Learn why the Szemlő-hegyi Cave is referred to as the underground flower garden of Budapest and see its unique rock formations. Explore the interactive exhibition and educational trail.  Continue to the Pál-völgyi Cave and marvel at Hungary's longest cave system, around 32 kilometers. 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.

Lake Balaton: Paddle Board Tour of Tihany National Park

3. 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. 

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

Rather intense caving. Don't go if you don't like tight spaces. Very fun group with a great guide who was exceptional at keeping the group calm and excited, while also acting as a source of information about the cave's history and surrounding landmarks.

Amazing experience! Didn’t know much about caving beforehand, but the guides knew the place perfectly and explained everything very well. Definitely not my last caving adventure!

Great fun. Really fun and good guide. Definitely an experience worth the money! If you have problems with anxiety and cramped spaces, however, I do not recommend it.

A very interesting look at 2 caves. I appreciated the contrast between the two. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.

It was the best experience of my life. 3 hours and i didn't want to leave the caves. I soo get it now!!!!