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.