From Kisköre, go up the Tisza River with your canal boat to Tiszalök whose impressive hydroelectric power station is located on the river. On the way, you will cruise on Lake Tisza, in the heart of the natural area of Hortobágy National Park and the Great Hungarian Plain (better known as Puszta).
Located in the heart of the Hungarian Great Plains region, our Kisköre boating holidays base is located on the shores of Lake Tisza – Hungary’s largest artificial freshwater lake. Set sail on board your spacious and stylish canal boat for an adventure discovering the preserved landscapes that surround the River Tisza.
Kisköre: a great place to enjoy before you’ve even begun your boating holiday!
With its sandy beach, waterslides that drop straight in to the Tisza and fish-rich waters, Kisköre is a paradise for those who love life in, on and around the waterways. Spend some time here before setting off on the rest of your boating holiday.
Abádszalók: a seaside resort on Lake Tisza
This bustling town on the south shore of Lake Tisza, facing a vast bay, is a popular boating holiday spot for families. Arrive on your self-drive canal boat (no previous boating holiday experience needed!) and enjoy its beautiful sandy beach and giant water slide as well as leisure activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding and being towed around at high speed on inflatables!
Tiszafüred: a spa resort on the shores of Lake Tisza
The largest city bordering Lake Tisza, Tiszafüred is a paradise for lovers of water sports. Enjoy swimming at the beach, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing and much more. Don’t miss a soothing swim in the thermal waters at a temperature of 39 degrees.
Poroszló: nature explained on Lake Tisza
You’ll find everything you want to know about Lake Tisza with a visit to the Ecotourism Centre of Lake Tisza Poroszló. It houses the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe and also includes a games area and a 3D cinema.
Tiszacsege: found at the entrance to the Hortobágy nature reserve
Situated at the gateway to the Hortobágy National Park on the left bank of the Tisza River, Tiszacsege enjoys a privileged location for exploring the vast steppes (grasslands) of the Hungarian "puszta". The waters of the thermal baths attraction (with two indoor and outdoor pools) are known for their medicinal properties.
Tiszaújváros: the best place to enjoy a thermal tradition!
Did you know that hot baths are part of Hungarian culture? A stopover in Tiszaújváros is great for experiencing these thermal baths. Relax here or, if your crew is a little more energetic, test out the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wave pools, giant slides and more at this excellent holiday attraction.
Tiszadob: visit the charming Andrássy Castle
Set on the banks of a tributary of the Tisza River, the 19th-century Andrássy Castle is charming with its neo-Gothic and romantic-inspired architecture. If you’re exploring this area during your canal boat holiday then a visit to what is a labyrinth of greenery in the castle gardens is highly recommended.
Tiszalök: enjoy an impressive nature walk alongside the Tisza River
As you arrive in Tiszalök onboard your self-drive canal boat the imposing and impressive hydroelectric power station that sits on the Tisza River confronts you. There is also a long wooden footbridge and trail – moor up and set off on foot to enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful surrounding wetlands.
Bodrogkeresztúr: watch migrating birds from the deck of your canal boat
A boating holiday along the Bodrog River sees you and your crew settled among vineyards, meadows and marshes in the heart of the Tokaj-Bodrogzug protected area, home to many migratory birds. From the deck of your canal boat (no license needed!) scour the banks looking for eagles, corncrakes and storks. The village also hosts several Tokaj wine cellars.
Sátoraljaújhely: navigate to the border of Slovakia
Your canal boat holiday on the Bodrog River will take you to Sátoraljaújhely on the border with Slovakia. If there are thrill-seekers amongst your crew then head to the country park of Zemplén Kalandpark. Here you’ll find the longest summer bobsleigh track and the longest chairlift in Hungary but also a ski resort, a zip line and much more!
Sárospatak: an unrivalled view of Rakóczi Palace from your canal boat
Continuing your navigation on the Bodrog River leads to the Vörös torony (Red Tower), a former medieval dungeon that stands imposingly on the shore and that dates back to the fifteenth century. Although you’ll get an excellent view of it as you approach by the water, we still recommend a visit to the Rakóczi Palace, rebuilt from the sixteenth century and displaying excellent Renaissance architecture. Other must-sees are the reformed college (Református Kollégium), the great Gothic church of Vártemplom and for crews with children the swimming baths of Végardó Fürdo.
Tokaj: at the heart of famous Hungarian vineyards
In Tokaj, the meeting point of the rivers Tisza and Bodrog creates a unique microclimate which is credited as the reason behind the unique flavour of Tokaj's world-famous wines. At the inescapable winery of Rákóczi there are thousands of oak barrels of this iconic, white wine ageing in the humid atmosphere of galleries that are dug into the volcanic rock. Why not visit before embarking on your boating holiday – stocking up with sweet Tokaji Aszú for the rest of your journey! Also, to find out more about what Louis XIV called "the wine of kings and the king of wines" take time to discover the Tokaj museum.