For learning or improving your carriage driving in Hungary we think that Kecskemét and Szilvásvárad are the best places for you! At Kecskemét you can learn from Sándor Fülöp, who is one of the most successful four-in-hand competitors in Hungary and indeed in Europe. You will get 4 hours a day with Sandor with a 2 ibn hand and a 4 in hand. At Szilvásvárad you can drive pure blood Lipizzaners in the splendid surroundings of the Bükk National Park. We offer a 7 day programme with 6 nights accommodation, spending 3 nights at Kecskemét and 3 nights in Szilvásvárad in your choice of comfortable 4 star hotels.
Day 1: Fly to Budapest and transfer to Kecskemét for your stay in Hotel Aranyhomok.
Days 2 and 3: Have your driving lessons in the morning: 2 hours of 2-in-hand and 2 hours with a 4-in-hand. The afternoons are for relaxing and sightseeing.
Day 4: Leaving the hotel in the morning, have your driving lessons, then transfer to Szilvásvárad and check in at Hotel Szalajka-Liget or La Contessa.
Day 5 : Have 2 hours driving a 2-in-hand in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
Day 6: Leaving the hotel in the morning, have 2 hours driving a 4-in-hand in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
Day 7: Check out and transfer back to Budapest airport.
Your accommodation is 4* throughout the tour. The modern Hotel Aranyhomok offers panoramic views over one if Hungary's most beautiful Main Squares. Comfortable rooms, a pool, jacuzzi and sauna all await. There is a cocktail bar and two restaurants within the hotel but as it is so central there is also the chance to wander out into the town and discover some great local venues.
In Szilvásvárad you have a choice of hotel. The Szalajka-Liget is a 4* spa hotel with 27 rooms opened 5 years ago. Set in extensive grounds, where there are also larger accommodation apartments for families, the hotel boasts a swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms and various other spa treatments including an aroma cabin, a salt cabin and a relaxation area.
Close by in Szilvásvárad, at Csipkésút-NagymezÅ‘ is the National Stud Farm, famed for breeding of Lipizzaner horses. The Lipica stud moved here in 1952, after moving from MezÅ‘hegyes, Fogaras, Bábolna. One of world's most prestigious studs, it has 240 horses.
Or you can opt for the Contessa Castle Hotel. The history of the Castle of Szilvásvárad was determined by three noble families. In 1666 the worthy waradi manor was given to Lord Keglevich and his family as a feudal tenure. The forerunner of the castle could apparently be bound to Lord Béla Keglevich, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl. The Kegleviches occupied the castle for almost 230 years, until 1894, when it became the possession of the ErdÅ‘dy family for a short period. Later, when the castle occupation passed to the Pallavicini family, it got to be renovated according to neo-barock style. The Pallavicinies remained owners of the castle up to 1944.
Guests enter through a spacious Lobby, equipped with comfortable, luxurious sofas, accompanied by beautifully embroidered drapes and crystal chandeliers. Directly from the Lobby, our guests can get to the elegant a la carte Erzsebet restaurant. The main stairway, with its glistening 5-meter Swarovski chandelier, can be approached from both rooms. The ground floor gives place to the Salon – the place designated for smoking and two smaller conference halls. From the ground floor hall you can admire the Ceremonial yard adorned by magnificent roses. Restaurant Cyrano, offering the feeling of an English pub, is situated close to the wellness spa and swimming pool area, and is a perfect place for both young and old alike. All of the rooms are equipped with elegant Italian furniture, coloured LCD television with more than 50 channels, laptop-sized safe, mini bar, telephone, internet access, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, Yves Rocher cosmetics, vanity mirror.
The nearest airport is Budapest . Easyjet, Wizz Air, BA, and Malev are amongst the airlines flying to Budapest from the UK. As the capital of Hungary it is naturally well served by International Airlines from around the world.
We can include transfers or you may wish to hire a car from between 50 and 85 Euro per day.