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12 Full Days in Hungary - Itinerary Help

My husband and I will be going to Hungary for 12 full days during the first 2 weeks in October. We'll be flying in and out of Budapest. We're planning to spend the last 6 or 7 full days in Budapest before we fly back home. We're planning to do a few day trips from Budapest, including the towns along the Danube Bend, and anything that is less than 90 minutes from Budapest. We need some help figuring out what to do the other 5 or 6 days, I would like an itinerary that would prevent me from backtracking to Budapest, so that we do not waste too much time on the road. We like to take our time and would prefer to stay in one place for at least 2 nights.

We're planning to take public transportation the entire trip.

I heard that Eger is beautiful, but will it be too crowded during our visit? I read in the RS book that there's a wine harvest. We both do not drink nor are interested in wine. So we prefer not to visit Eger if it's overcrowded with tourist during that time. Should we do Pecs instead? Looking at the map, it looks like Eger and Pecs are very far apart. If we want to do both towns, do we have to take a train and transfer in Budapest?

Thanks in advance for any suggestion.

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I will send you a link that will provide you with 5 days of sight seeing; including Szentedre on the Danube.

I am a little confused beyond that. Do you need help with 12 days or 7 days or......

90 minutes out of Budapest for overnight trips is a bit difficult a challenge. As for back tracking; all trains go through Budapest so if you stick to the trains its tough not to back track, but that still works. A few days in Budapest then a trip off someplace else for a night or two, then back t Budapest for a few days. Get an apartment so you can leave all but what you need for the one or two nights visiting other places.

Eger is an excellent idea and it wont be too busy. Look at spending two nights at the Senator Haus in the heart of the town. The manager is an old grouch but its part of the charm. Two hours by train.

Gyor and the Archabbey at Pannonhalma are good for two nights. Hotel Klastrom is a converted monastery. And while not quite 4 stars, still very nice and in the heart of the old town of Gyor. 1.5 hours by train to Gyor and then 30 minutes bus or taxi to Pannonhalma.

Vac, great little village on the Danube. 30 minutes by train if you get on the right train. A day trip

Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom on the Danube bend. about 40 minutes by train. This is the best explination of how to get there: http://www.budapestbylocals.com/budapest-day-trips.html All three makes for a very tough day. Esztergom on one day and Szentendre / Visegrad on another day is more enjoyable.

I love Pec, but its about 3 hours by train. Worth the effort. Stay in the slightly shabby, but marvelous period hotel: Hotel Palatinus.

This is the most obvious and easiest list, but there are a dozen others.