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Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:05 pm
by Julian


1. Julian
2. Sarah (loud)
3. Steve
4. Ross
5. Maggie
6. Sarah friend
7. Gordon
8. Amanda

(I initially limited it to six, but can likely get one or two more going. I put people on the above list when they've booked their flights - seems the fairest way of doing it!).


Original Post Below


Following my Facebook discussions with some members, I'm proud to announce the Hike Norfolk trip to Hungary :) (I'm postponing the Eastbourne trip to another date, hope that's OK). This follows the extensive recce performed by Jonathan and myself, which I think was a great success.

The trip will take place from Friday 15 to Monday 18 September 2017. I have in mind people have limited holidays and limited finances, and have based the trip around that.

The intention is to get a cheap flight to Budapest on something like Friday 15 September, ready to enjoy the beautiful Hungarian capital. There's lots of nice Hungarian restaurants (I have one in mind, lovely goulash!) to enjoy on the Friday. We can also go on a walk to St. Margaret's Island along the river in the day, depending on flight times.

On Saturday I suggest that we get the train to Visegrad (it's nice, wi-fi and power!) and go walking in the hills overlooking the Danube. The train station is on the wrong side of the Danube, so there's a short ferry journey to get to Visegrad to add to the excitement (all cheap). There are some historic buildings to visit, including where the Visegrad group was first established in around the thirteenth century.We can stay there on Saturday night, and I have another restaurant in mind (great fish platter!).

On Sunday we shall do so more hill walking (I say hill, but it's not ridiculous) and maybe go on the Alpine Coaster :) Then on Sunday evening we'd get the train back to Budapest and go to another restaurant after a beautiful evening walk.

On Monday, depending on flight times, we'll have another walk (there's a theme here....) before getting lunch (there's another theme here) and then going to catch our flights back to the UK.

So, I've written a helpful FAQ about this trip!

Q. Who is welcome?
A. Anyone who is a member of the Ramblers.

Q. Who will be leading the trip?
A. Julian, unless I can get someone to delegate to.

Q. Are there snakes?
A. Very good question. There possibly are, but I am trained in the art of talking loudly to scare them off.

Q. Are there lizards?
A. Yes, lots, but they're sweet.

Q. Will the train have snakes?
A. No, the trains are modern and have high entrances so the snakes can't get in. They might be able to jump in, but they'd make a noise and we'd be able to escape quickly.

Q. Isn't this expensive?
A. No, not really. It's possible we can get a plane fare from £50 to £70 return from Stansted. Meals are about £8 per person, hotels around £20 per room.

Q. Do the hotels have snakes?
A. Not in Budapest, but I'll be asking tough questions of the ones in Visegrad.

Q. Will we all catch the same plane?
A. In an ideal world. It might be worth one person driving and parking at Stansted, then the cost being shared out, if the numbers work out.

Q. What's the maximum trip size?
A. I'd like to limit this to six people. Primarily because the restaurants aren't necessarily large, and we have to get everyone on an affordable plane ticket (bar Richard, who would likely fly BA business class).

Q. Will I have to wear a hi-vis jacket?
A. No.

Q. Will I have input into the decision making process?
A. Probably not, dictatorship causes less arguments in my experience.

Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. No.

Q. Can I bring my snake?
A. Definitely not.

Q. I don't know what my holidays are, I can't commit yet.
A. No problems, we can't book the flights yet as it's too early to get the cheap fares.

Q. So shall I put my name down?
A. It'd be great if those interested could post or let me know, so I get an idea of numbers.

Q. Will this definitely go ahead?
A. Yes.

Q. I'm worried others will fill the places up before I can commit.
A. We'll play it by ear.

Q. Are you worried that no-one will come and you'll look unpopular?
A. Yes, but I'll find someone else to blame.

Q. Are the walks reccy'ed?
A. Sort of.

Q. Are the trains expensive?
A. No.

Q. I'd like to go on a different date.
A. That's very lovely, but I'm settled on this date :)

Q. What is the accommodation like?
A. It's cheap to get a hotel, I can make recommendations.

Q. Shall I wait to see who else is going?
A. No! Post away now! :)

Q. Have people really asked these questions?
A. Yes. Me.

Q. I'm quite dithery and so I don't know yet.
A. No problems Clive :)

Q. Will the walks be difficult?
A. No.

Q. Do I need a passport?
A. Yes. But you don't need a visa (unless you're not a local Norfolk boy or girl).

Q. Are we hiring a fleet of cars when we get there?
A. No.

Q. How do we get from the airport?
A. Bus. Unless you're Jonathan ;)

Q. What airline will we be flying?
A. Probably Ryanair.

Q. I don't like Ryanair.
A. BA and other airlines fly there too.

Q. Are the toilets free in Budapest?
A. Ah, I've discovered where the toilets are, there will be no paying for that!

Q. Is there any need for this ridiculous wall of text?
A. No.

Q. Do you speak Hungarian Julian?
A. No. I'm still trying to learn Polish and asking Lucas irritating questions about pronunciation.

Q. Do they sell alcohol in Budapest?
A. Yes, and I shall be there testing it.

Q. Am I welcome?
A. Yes. Seriously, everyone is welcome.

Q. What if more than six people want to go?
A. We'll work it out. But we'll aim for six to start off with.

Q. What will be do about snacks?
A. They have Aldi shops.

Q. Will we get a boring history lecture throughout the day?
A. Yes.

Q. I'm worried about snakes still.
A. So am I.

Q. I have another question.
A. Post away and let me know!

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:34 pm
by Steve
I'm up for this adventure Julian.

If it helps I'm happy to drive to Stansted from Norwich and could give 3 /4 people a lift.


Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:44 am
by SarahL
Thank u Julian for the most excellent description : I'm a bit disappointed about the lack of snakes but would love to come if I can get time off work - so let me know when flights open so I can decide :)

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:26 am
by Sarahharper
I am in, thank you

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:55 am
by Clive
If this is when the Eastbourne trip was gonna take place,I could potentially go,as i have already booked a Friday and Monday off....
Not too dithery i feel!... .having said that,i still need a passport. :D

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:39 am
by Julian
Steve : Excellent, many thanks. I should point out at this point (I've never used the word point twice so closely together) that I like to make a point (see what I did there?) of arriving at the airport very early as I worry about missing my flight. Even though it is point to point (I'll stop now) and so there are no connections to worry about.

Sarah L : One of the options we can do on the Monday, time permitting, is Budapest Zoo for those who are desperate to see snakes.

Loud Sarah : Excellent! :)

Clive : Yep, Eastbourne has been shunted out of the way for this trip. Get that passport sorted now though!!!!!

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:07 pm
by Banialuki
This is tempting. I'll see if I can squeeze this in for this year.

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:27 pm
by heatherboonhomeo
So excited yes yes yes please Im not working that weekend. Thanks Julian for this. promise not to bring snake or dog. Are we allowed chickens ?? :D

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:36 pm
by MandaW
I'm still definitely interested! Really hope I can make it - would be great to catch up with some of you!

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:38 pm
by Julian
Excellent Lucas, Amanda and Heather :)

With regards to bringing chickens to make our own chicken bakes, this is a brilliant idea. Hungary doesn't have Gregg's (yes, really, I know that's surprising) and so I would be willing to support this idea. However, they will need to be put under the seat in front of you on Ryanair, they're a bit funny about shoving them in the overhead lockers.

With regards to moving forwards, I will post and let people know when the flights are reduced (always a random game that....), and when people book a flight I'll mark them as confirmed as going. There is the option of using WizzAir from Luton to Budapest as well. To be honest, if I can spot a fare which is £50 return, I'll likely to go for it rather than risking it, but cheaper options should work out for those who have more nerve than I have.

Very exciting - glad it looks popular, I would very much like semi-regular trips to Europe for some walking excitement.

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:38 pm
by rpmay
Please add Laurence and I to the probably list!

I have been planning to do a similar long weekend in northern Romania, I'll pencil that in for 2018.


Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:11 am
by Murdock11
I am unable to go on this lovely trip ,just a idea ,I going to stanstead on national express bus from Norwich think I paid £30 pound return ,I just find it very easy just a thought guys :D

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:04 am
by Julian
Yes, there's also the advantage that the bus goes straight to the terminal and you don't have to get the shuttle bus in.

Recently, there has become an option to get the train to Stansted from Norwich for around £22 return, but it requires a little bit of split ticketing and doesn't work for morning departures (unless you get there the night before at 1am, which I've been known to do....).

I've been keeping an eye out for cheap return fares to Budapest, but we're slightly early yet, but I'll keep everyone informed!

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:29 pm
by Julian

OK, I've booked my flights for this trip. I'm going from London Stansted on the evening of Thursday 14/09/2017 on the 18.00 flight as there's currently a £24.99 single way price offer on Ryanair. However, I'm willing to come and collect people at the airport if I think they're a bit incompetent and might get lost, or at the city underground network where it meets with the airport shuttle bus if I think they're only slightly incompetent.

I'm returning with British Airways on Monday 18/09/2017 to London Heathrow on the 19:10 flight (this likely isn't the cheapest option for anyone, but I've got Avios to get rid of!).

Now, you may be horrified to hear I'll be there a day earlier than I mentioned :) (well, someone might be). If anyone wants to come with me on the Thursday, that's lovely, and it'll likely be cheaper.


Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:06 pm
by Ross
Hello, just wondering if anyone has booked there flight back yet? If so which flight have you booked? I have yet to book mine

Many thanks,


Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:48 pm
by Steve
Hi Ross

Rynair flight FR8369 back to Stanstead at 21:50 on Monday 18 September for me, Sarah & Maggie ( poss a couple of others too).

Cheers - Steve

Re: Hungary - 15 to 18 September 2017

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:32 pm
by Ross
Hi Steve,

Cheers, if I was too book on same flight, would be possible to grab a lift back to Norwich?