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Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

1. Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Start with a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Then you'll get out on the river to enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of the Danube River.  On this tour, you will be going on a sunset trip on your stand up paddle (SUP) board from Lupa Island all the way to Romai. You will be able to see some of the city’s hidden parts from the water and enjoy the sound of nature as you float by. This is also the perfect time to meet new people. The water is clean and the temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius during summer, so during the tour, it’s also possible to go for a short swim if you wish.

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

2. Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

Embark on a full-day, guided hike just outside of Budapest through the Danube Bend, including hotel pickup and drop-off via an air conditioned and comfortable van. A memorable day for lovers of nature and the outdoors awaits. Spend the day in the volcanic Visegradi Hills, where the memory of the old volcano still pervades. The volcano is no longer active, so there remains no danger. The starting point of the hike is at a tiny, romantic village on the coast of the Danube, called Dömös. Begin with the steepest climb of the day while you're still feeling fresh. After the climb, you'll find yourself on a ridge that offers beautiful panoramic views over the river and surrounding mountains. As you look around, check out the huge volcanic rocks that were left behind after the ancient eruption. After a few hundred yards more, climb to Predikaloszek, the summit with some of the best views in Hungary. This place is very famous among locals and visited the whole year through by nature-lovers. Stop for a snack at the lookout and take in the amazing scenery. After refueling, a nice and long downhill trek is waiting for you through a wild and untouched valley. During the descent, observe the power of water; see how it created ravines in the soil of the forest. Before starting your climb in the canyon, refill your bottles with clear spring water from water reservoirs. The Ram Canyon is a great adventure for all ages, boasting a nice cool climate, great depth, and waterfalls to climb with the help of ladders and rails. Head back toward the starting point filled with positive energy and unforgettable experiences. The whole hike is just over 11 miles; the trip is recommended for experienced hikes, but manageable for anyone who is in good physical condition.

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. 

From Budapest: Danube Bend Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

4. From Budapest: Danube Bend Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

Start your day in Budapest, where your guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned van and your adventure will begin. First, stop at a romantic little town in the Danube Bend called Nagymaros. Climb up to the scenic Julianus Lookout Tower, where you can admire the stunning panoramic view of the river. Look for traces of animals, learn about the tree species that inhabit the mountain, and ask your guide any questions you might have about Hungary. Enjoy a 5-mile hike in the calm and green forest before arriving at the riverside. Stop to enjoy a local hamburger or vegetarian lunch before setting out on the rest of your adventure. After a short lesson about safety, technique, and rules on the river, jump into your canoe or kayak and glide down the lovely and calm Danube River. Admire the beautiful mountains and see the famous Visegrád Castle from the river. If the weather is nice, stop at a nice, sandy beach and take a refreshing dip in the water. Finish your day with a beer or a refreshing soft drink at a hippie bar on the river bank before returning to Budapest.

From Budapest: Szentendre Bike Hire with Boat & Train Return

5. From Budapest: Szentendre Bike Hire with Boat & Train Return

Take a bicycle in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest and ride through the City Center to the Danube. Bicycle ways and small downtown roads are awaiting you. You pass the main sights of Budapest like St. Stephen's Basilica, the Financial District, and Liberty Square before reaching the Parliament. Enjoy the stunning view of the river bank. A safe bicycle way will lead you on Margaret Bridge to Margarete Island, the green lunge of Budapest. The island is closed for private car traffic and offers plenty of attractions. Cross the Island to the north and at Arpad Bridge, you can pass under the bridge to a bicycle way leading you to Buda and directly into Oldbuda. Expect a short ride on cobblestones in an amazing relaxed atmosphere. You will follow the signage of the Danube Bicycle Trail, Eurovelo 6 to Roman Beach. Famous recreational area for summer evenings & weekends for the locals. Restaurants and bars at the Danube. Depending on the water level beaches! Follow through a magic forest and pass Lupa-Lake, an artificial lake with crystal clear water. The entrance is from the south-western side. Swimming, waterskiing, diving, etc. An entrance fee is required. Continue on a newly built bicycle way to Szentendre, an idyllic city at the Danube Bank. Here you will also find beaches, bars, and restaurants. Park the bicycle at the river and take a walk in the pedestrian areas. On Weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) at 17:00 hrs (5 p.m.) a boat leaves back to Downtown Budapest. Approximately 1-hour ride. Be prepared to arrive well in advance, in order to load the bicycles and get you a nice seat. The boat is only available on weekends and can be canceled because of water levels in the Danube. Alternatively, there is an excellent regional train connection to Budapest, Margaret Bridge, and Batthyany Square. The train takes bicycles as well.

LupaWake Basic Wakeboarding Experience with Pizza & Beer

6. LupaWake Basic Wakeboarding Experience with Pizza & Beer

Trying out wakeboarding has never been so easy. Spend a day filled with fun and adrenaline with this ticket to LupaWake wakeboard park. Whether you're wakeboarding for the first time or a seasoned pro, enjoy a water adventure including basic equipment, food, and drinks. There is also a "System 2.0" facility, dedicated to beginners and those who wanted to improve specific aspects and a 6-pole facility for the pros. After your intense training session, relax with food and drinks while overlooking the gorgeous LupaWake arena, watching as the sun glistens from the water and the wind blows against your face.

Lake Balaton: Sunset SUP Tour Tihany

7. Lake Balaton: Sunset SUP Tour Tihany

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 with friends, or simply relax in 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 3 kilometers before turning around and finishing your enjoyable tour at the same location you took off from.

Budapest: Danube River Rafting Experience and Drink

8. Budapest: Danube River Rafting Experience and Drink

The extraordinary sightseeing experience on river Danube! Spend an unforgettable afternoon on the Danube river with sightseeing from a super stable raft boat. See the city from a special point of view, without the crowdedness of the most popular places. We start our ride from the Northern section of Budapest and as we paddle down along the twist of the river, we pass by all the main attractions, which are perfectly visible from the river. Among other notable buildings, you will see the magnificent Parliament, paddle under all the historical bridges, admire the ridges of the Buda hills as they rise above the city. At the end of our trip we arrive at an intimate bar on the river bank, surrounded by a natural reserve and calm waters. You are our guest for a refreshing beer or a soft drink at the bar! This is a fully guided tour so I will tell stories about the sights and their role in the history of Budapest. Before we set sail I teach you the basics of paddling and how to behave on the river. I provide safety vests and dry bags in which you can carry your most important belongings. The boat we use is made for white water adventures, so super stable and almost impossible to tip over. The trip includes the drive from the meeting point to the starting point of the adventure. From the finish point you can easily get back to the city center either by public transport or by taxi.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Paddle boarding was so much fun, we had never done it before but we got used to it very quickly. It was lovely to see Budapest from the river. The guides were so friendly and took lots of photos of us. The only thing we would change is we would have liked a bit more info before the activity. For example we didn’t know we could bring our things on board in a dry bag, if we did we would have brought water and something to eat. But it was a amazing trip.

We all loved the SUP tour on the Danube.. really beyond expectations!! It was a special experience to paddle right through beautiful Budapest past the parliament building. the instructor was friendly and helpful.. as far as we are concerned, the tour is definitely recommended.

Amazing experience in itself!! This is so good honestly. So much fun. Great tour guide. Only thing that let it down was the full address that it gave you wasn’t the correct place so we ended up walking a lot! However if you click the link - the location is correct

Definitely best to do on a warmer day, and we didn’t return to the start so had to take our bags in wet bags they provided. It was good fun but quite hard to stand up! Provides lovely views of budapest while still having fun.

It was really fun, the guidors always made sure the weren't any people left behind alone for those that were struggling and they took pictures of us which was great since our phones were on the waterproof bags.