Spend a day away from the crowds of the capital without having to join a massive tour group. This private tour takes you a short distance southwest of Budapest to Lake Balaton, a sprawling lake surrounded by charming towns and rolling countryside. Cruise through your day at a leisurely pace with only your private guide by your side. Take a ferry cruise across the lake, walk around the historic village of Tihany (home to the 11th-century Benedictine Tihany Abbey) and enjoy the picturesque views from the Balatonfüred promenade.
No stuffy tour buses: get around Balaton in your own private vehicle
Fees for the ferry and the Tihany Abbey are covered by your tour costs
Whether you’re staying in a hotel or on a cruise ship, transfers are included
Take the family: infant seats are available and this tour is stroller accessible
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Landing and facility fees
Food and drinks, wine tasting (appr. eur 25/person)
Meeting And Pickup
Select a pickup point
We pick you up where you stay, in Budapest.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Infant seats available
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum drinking age is 18 years
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Near public transportation
Please send a message after booking if you are interested in the wine tasting option.
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Great trip on an overcast day
Ojrs_L, Jul 2022
We travelled as a couple with a 7 month old. Our day started with our tour guide Baldrs meeting us in the lobby of our hotel and helping us into his classic car and helping us tuck in the toddler in the car seat Baldrs had provided upon our request.
As we continued to Lake Balaton on and around it Baldrs proved to be a great speaking partner providing a lot of interesting information and being quite proactive in our conversations. It was enjoyable to get insights into how Hungarians live and the history of the country and the region.
The 1st person interaction allows to hear things that you normally wouldn't hear in a guided tour meant for "everyone". It also allowed us to ask for the stopes when we needed them. Taking care of a 7 months old on a tour can be a hassle, but Baldrs was very helpful and we always had the possibility to feed the baby and change the diapers :)
Others have written here that the tour hinges on sunny weather and to a degree it is so. I have been previously to similar tours in other countries and the views provided in Sunny weather are breath-taking, but then again that is the main impression you'd take from the tour. There's more to these tours than the colours of the water.
The tour we took was on an overcast day and we even had very light rain in the early morning, but it was not an obstacle for our enjoyment at all. Tours like these, when you go out to countryside are always enjoyable even if the weather doesn't cooperate. Instead of being awestruck by the Lake shining in various colours on a sunny day you can still be delighted by seeing the countryside, enjoying the local towns and the information you hear while taking int he views of the Lake and it vastness.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful lake Balaton worth to visit
Wenying_C, Jul 2022
Beautiful lake Balaton, a day tour is not enough for this huge lake but surely we got some feeling about it. Our tour guide recommended to spend a couple of nights here, at least at Tihany peninsula- this is the heart of the beautiful lake. Next time definitely will stay there for a few days. Our guide took us on the bus driving along the lake to reach Tihany instead of taking ferry ride, it’s a very nice scenic ride, good to be flexible. Our guide Balazs is very good one with enthusiasm telling us stories of local cultures.
Excellent and informative
Galina_P, Jul 2022
Balacz, our tour guide and driver, was most knowledgeable and very kind! We enjoyed all the places he took us to. He showed us some hidden gems. Great day, overall!
Wonderful day trip in Hungary
Laurie_H, Jul 2022
We had several days in Budapest before the start of our river cruise. We booked this tour and had the best time! Attila provided an interesting and fun-filled day seeing Lake Belaton, a lovely lunch, and beautiful winery. It was a welcome break from city sights! Attila is awesome!
Better to go on a pretty day if you can.
Ruthanne_D, Jul 2022
The add on winery was the best part of the tour. We had a rainy morning and the monastery was under construction so not as much to see and enjoy as we had hoped for. Lunch restaurant a bit overpriced. Guide was friendly and had fun puzzles to do at lunch. He even gave us one to keep.
CatherineMitchell, Jun 2022
Attila was excellent, personalised the tour and always went the extra mile to help us enjoy the day. Very k owledgeable and yet felt like being with a friend. Saw a lot of sides to Balaton and the surroundings, thank you very much!
Tanja_R, May 2022
Atilla was a very nice guide. We had an enjoyable day exploring the Lake Balaton area and a wonderful lunch at a restaurant with an amazing view of the lake that he arranged
Venkataramana_P, Apr 2022
Balasz was very professional and friendly through out the tour..he was kind enough to answer all our questions.
Roam26597686953, Nov 2019
Our trip to Balaton was great except that it rained. Aside from that our guide was informative and friendly. We learned a lot about the region and its history. Take the wine tasting add-on excursion.
Een dag naar het Balatonmeer is een absolute aanrader!
Catharina_A, Oct 2022
Onze gids Balázs Levay haalde ons op de afgesproken tijd op bij het hotel en dat was heel fijn, omdat mijn man wat minder mobiel is. Onderweg vertelde hij ook allerlei interessante weetjes en aangekomen bij het Balatonmeer stopten we bij verschillende mooie uitzichtpunten.
In Balatonfüred namen we o.m. nog een kijkje in het Bodorka Balaton Aquarium. Daarna hadden we een voortreffelijke lunch in restaurant Baricska Csarda. Vervolgens gingen we naar het schiereiland en namen we een kijkje in de abdij van Tihany. Met de veerpont staken we over naar Szántód en reden we weer terug naar Budapest.
Alle lof voor deze uitstekende gids (die ook nog behoorlijk Nederlands sprak en verstond en dat graag ook even met ons wilde oefenen). Dankzij hem een topdag gehad!
Pilar, Aug 2020
Una visita muy amena, especialmente para escapar un poco de la ciudad y relajarse en una zona con más naturaleza. La visita a la Iglesia de la península de Tihany fue muy interesante, y después si hace buen tiempo tienes la posibilidad de darte un baño en el lago. En nuestro caso el día estaba muy bueno y pudimos disfrutar de una "playa" no muy concurrida para refrescarnos del calor del día. El guía muy amable y atento en todo momento, respondiendo a todas nuestras preguntas y charlando con nosotros para hacernos el viaje aún mas agradable. Muy recomendable si quieres ver una de las zonas más bonitas de Hungría.