Guided Tours

Guided Surface Tours in and around Aggtelek
 
Eco-Tours
Ecological tours on botanical and zoological themes run year round, as well as special seasonal tours such as the Leafy Forest Tour and the Fragile Beauties Tour. Special tours are also organised in honour of specific holidays on the environmental calendar such as World Water Day, Earth Day, World Day for Preservation of Historical Monuments, European National Parks Day, the Day of Birds and Trees and World Meteorology Day. Both the common and the rare bounties of nature in all their splendour are highlighted on these tours: flowering plants, fire salamanders, butterflies, orchids, birds of prey... The tours are guided by Aggtelek National Park staff. Advanced booking is only necessary for spots on the special tours, not the regular tours.
 
In addition to the Bódvarákó settlement, Esztramos was also once the site of extensive mining operations.  Due to the mines, this area used to be closed to visitors. One of the most beautiful landscapes of the area opens up over the Bódva Valley from the top of this 300 meter (984 foot) hill. Guests may only visit the site in the escort of either an Aggtelek National Park tour guide or ranger.
 
Tickets to visit the former mining territory cost 400 HUF/person. However, if you have already purchased a tour of the Rákóczi Cave on the day, this gains you access to the rest of the site for free (with escort).
 
Tickets and Information:
Tel: (+36)-48-350-011
Email: aggtelek@tourinform.hu
 
This 4-hour special guided tour focuses on the zoology, botany and cultural history of the protected Kelemér peat-bog lakes. The tour is completed with visits to the Mihály Tompka Museum and Kelemér’s Calvinist church, a protected monument. Besides the tour, visitors can also participate in lectures on nature protection at the Peat-Bog House and open-air biology lessons.

Registration
Advanced booking is required at least 7 days in advance.
Mr. János Szilágyi, Tel: +36-30/631-1722
E-mail: aggtelek@tourinform.hu

Tickets and Tour Departure: Peat-Bog House, Táncsics Mihály u. 129, Kelemér
Ticket Price: 700 Ft/person
Discounted Tickets (students, retired persons): 400 Ft/person
Further information about Kelemér and its environs can be found here.
 
Discounts
Students, senior citizens, members of the Hungarian Hikers Association, the Hungarian Naturefriends Association and the Hungarian Karst and Cave Research Society are entitled to a 50% discount from the tours upon presentation of their ID at a ticket office. One free chaperone ticket is available in cases where there is a child under 6, groups of more than 15 children, or a handicapped person.
 
During the walk through the village, visitors can admire the harmony between Aggtelek’s natural and man-made cultural environment. Guests will learn about the ancient settlement that once stood here, gain an understanding of the characteristic features of the folk architecture and buildings, and study the characteristics of the traditional peasant farming methods and tools.
The tour departs from the Baradla Cave entrance in Aggtelek, continues through the village proper, and eventually winds back to the starting point approximately 2 hours later.
 
The route: Baradla Cave entrance (Aggtelek) – Baradla-tető– Tó-hegy (karrmező) – Aggtelek Lake – bell tower – Calvinist church – cemetery– working farmhouse – Baradla Cave entrance.
Tasting of local delicacies in the village can be arranged independently.
Ticket Prices: 800 Ft/adult, 600 Ft/students and retired persons
 
Advanced Booking:
This tour is organised by the Aggtelek local authority.
Contact: Mrs. Szűcs Istvánné
+36-30/435-4788

Guided Surface Tours in and around Jósvafő
 
The following tours are available with advanced booking:
1. Village Museum (with local guide)
Jósvafő’s Village Museum won “Museum of the Year” in 2007!
Ticket Prices: 500 Ft/adult, 300 Ft/students and retired persons
 
2. Guided Cultural History Walk
This 500 m walk (50 m change in elevation) meanders around the village for approximately 1 hour.
Route: Calvinist church – old town square – local museum.
Ticket prices: 700 Ft/adult, 500 Ft/students and retired persons
Departure: from the old town square in front of the local museum (Ófalui-főtérről, tájház előtti tér)

3. Short Guided Old Village Walk
The 1.5 km walk (100 m change in elevation) lasts approximately 2 hours.
Route: bell tower and cemetery with carved wooden grave markers – Jewish cemetery – Calvinist cemetery (observation point with view) – Calvinist Church – Hussite House   – Manor House Environmental Education and Hucul Horse Riding Centre – Jósvafő Environmental Education School – old village square – local museum.
Ticket Prices: 1000 Ft/adult, 700 Ft/students and retired persons
Departure: from the old town square in front of the local museum (Ófalui-főtérről, tájház előtti tér)

4. Long Guided Old Village Walk
The 2.5 km long (100 m change in elevation) tour lasts approximately 3 hours.
Route: Baradla Cave entrance (Jósvafő) by the Tengerszem Hotel and Restaurant – Baradla Lower Caves and Jósva Spring – Tengerszem Lake – mill sluices –  Nyitott Szín* – bell tower and cemetery with carved wooden grave markers –Jewish cemetery – Calvinist cemetery (observation point with view) – Calvinist Church – Hussite House – Manor House Environmental Education and Hucul Horse Riding Centre – Jósvafő Environmental Education School – old village square – local museum.
Ticket Prices: 1100 Ft/adult, 800 Ft/students and retired persons
Departure: Baradla Cave entrance (Jósvafő)

The ticket price includes the fee for the tour guide, necessary entrance fees and all other incidental expenses.
If you wish to expand your above-ground tour options, please also explore the local cuisine, horse drawn carriage (or sleigh) rides, environmental education, ethnographic and art programmes.
 
For more information and advanced booking:
Mr. Béla Berecz
Tel: +36-30-331-1722
E-mail: berecz_bela@freemail.hu
 
*a wooden bungalow that is constructed so that it's roof and walls open up and create a comfortable and scenic space for various activities, such as folk arts, tasting local delicacies and concerts.
 
The 3-6 hour roundtrip from Jósvafő takes visitors through the exceptional karst topography of the region. Along the way, you will become acquainted with some local residents, the cultural history, traditional ways of life, and if you desire, the local cuisine. The Szőlőhegy Vineyards are approximately 3 km from the village.  
Learn about the natural treasures and cultural history of the Gömör-Tornai-karst Region on this approximately 4 hour, 4.5 km walk (150 m difference in elevation).

Departure: This guided tour is only available by advanced booking. Please meet in the old town square of Jósvafő in the garden of the small wooden house called “Nyitott Szin.”
Optimal group size: 5-40 people.
Ticket Prices: 1200 Ft/adult, 800 Ft/students and retired persons. Includes the fee for the guide, visit to the vineyard, and all incidental costs.

Tasting the local cuisine and wines, educational programmes, and ethnographic courses are available upon request, the costs to be discussed with the guide depending on your requirements.
 
Booking and Additional Information:
Mr. Béla Berecz
Tel: +36-30/3311-722
answering machine/fax: +36-48-350-053
E-mail: berecz_bela@freemail.hu