Food and Wine in Hungary


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Duration
14 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

PAMPER YOUR BODY AND SOUL Drink and Dine in Hungary

This tailor-made gastronomy tour offers the participants a deeper insight into the unique Hungarian gastronomy. We visit several wine regions, test a wide range of Hungarian varieties, learn how to cook Hungarian dishes while visiting the beautiful Hungarian countryside and immerse ourselves in the history and traditions of this ancient land.
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We are sure you have heared about Gulyás, but did you know it is a soup? You are familiar with the Tokaj, right? You can learn the secret of how Tokaj wine is made during a cellar visit with a local winemaker. Are you ready for a Dobos Cake? How about blending your own Bull’s Blood in Eger? While you are experiencing all these culinary delights we will show you the largest freshwater lake in Europe (Lake Balaton), also the Hungarian Great Plain. We will experience a traditional Hungarian horse show, explore several World Heritage Sites like Pécs, Hollókő, Budapest, Pannonhalma and the Tokaj region. Come and join us.

What's included

Destination
Budapest , Central Europe , Hungary
Departure Location
Budapest, Hungary
Return Location
Budapest, Hungary
Price includes
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels in double rooms
  • Transfer between the airport and hotels
  • In-depth sightseeing program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Professional local guides throughout the tour
  • Meals according to the program
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • International flights
  • Free time entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
  • Day 2 - Budapest
  • Day 3 - Budapest
  • Day 4 – Buda and Hollókő
  • Day 5 – Eger
  • Day 6 - Tokaj
  • Day 7 – Hungarian Great Plain
  • Day 8 – Pécs
  • Day 9 – Villány
  • Day 10 – Lake Balaton
  • Day 11 – Herend and Pannonhalma
  • Day 12 – Gödöllő, Lazar Farm
  • Day 13 – Danube Bend
  • Day 14 - Departure
Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Budapest

Arrival to Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square, Millennium Underground Railway etc.

Transfer to the hotel and settle in.

Orientation at the hotel.

Welcome dinner in a local restaurant – your first chance to eat a traditional Hungarian dinner and taste some Hungarian wines – many more to follow…

Day 2 - Budapest

Market and first cooking class

In the morning we will explore the Heroes’ Square and City Park area, including the Vajdahunyad Caslte.

Visit the Grand Market hall, the best place to grab a „Langos” – Hungarian fast food with sour cream and cheese and to shop for the cooking in the afternoon.

We will cook together in the afternoon, so by dinner time you can taste what we have prepared.

Early dinner, then possiblity to attend a concert.

Day 3 - Budapest

Ready for the Strudel?

Guided walk in the downtown of Budapest including the Szabadság Square, the area of the Parliament and also the St. Stephen Basilica.

Lunch in a Strudel place, where we can learn how to make strudel.

Afternoon is free for independent exploration or for visiting one of our spas.

Dinner on your own.

(optional programs: thermal baths, visit museums, Opera House, Parliament etc.)

Day 4 – Buda and Hollókő

2 World Heritage Sites in one day

This moring we will explore the Buda Castle, which has a mediavel feel even today. Then we drive to Hollókő, a World Heritage Village, which is famous for the folk traditon.

For lunch we will taste the Palóc soup and visit the village afterwards.

Drive to Eger and in the evening we will learn how to blend the Bull’s Blood ourselves along with dinner. You will also know more about the local grape varieties like Kékfrankos, Kadarka etc.

Day 5 – Eger

Turkish tradition – how is it connected to Bull’s Blood?

In the morning we will take a guided walk in the town of Eger, including a visit to the fortification, which was the place of a great victory over the Ottomans in 1552. We will also explore the famous library of the local colleage, and enjoy an Organ Concert in the Basilica.

Lunch on your own.

Free afternoon to visit the Minaret (northernmost such building in Europe), or the Turkish Spa, or the labirinth under the city.

Gourmet dinner in town with wine testing. Eger is famous for Bikavér (Bull’s Blood), which is a red wine, but now the white Eger Star is having more and more admirers.

Day 6 - Tokaj

The King of Wines, a Wine for Kings

Drive to Tokaj Region, on the way enjoy a morning soak in the cave spa in Miskolctapolca.

Upon arrival to Tokaj Region (also part of the World Heritage) we will visit a wine cellar, where we will learn from a local winemaker, what is the secret of this very unique wine. After lunch and testing we will also learn about the Jewish Heritage of this neighborhood.

Overnight in Tokaj in a Wine Hotel.

Day 7 – Hungarian Great Plain

Puszta = Hungarian Great Plain

Travel through the vast agricultural lands of the Hungarian Great Plain, where we produce most of the vegetables including the Hungarian peppers, which is used to make the most important Hungarian spice, „the Paprika”.

Stop in Kecskemét, beautiful Art Nouveau town, center of the Great plain.

Then travel on to Pécs.

Dinner in a local restaurant – having a „Cirfandli” – local wine variety.

Day 8 – Pécs

Zsolnay, Vasarely, Csontváry – all these names will mean something to you after this day.

This morning we will visit the Roman burial Chambers, which made Pécs a World Heritage Site – these chambers are from the 4th century. We will also learn about the Ottoman heritage of the city by visiting one of the Mosques, which serves as a Roman Catholic Church today.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

For the free afternoon you can choose from the several museums of the city.

Dinner on your own.

Day 9 – Villány

The mediterranian wineregion of Hungary

Visit Siklós and the castle, followed by a tour of a wineyard and cellar with a local winemaker. Villany is one of the best redwine region of our country.

Stay in a local hotel and enjoying a real local gourmet wine dinner.

Day 10 – Lake Balaton

To swim or not to swim

Travel to lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Enjoy a fish lunch and taste some wines from the region.

We will visit the Abbey in Tihany, which was founded in 1055.

We will spend the night among the vulcanic hills of the Balaton Upperlands, which is a Nature Protected Area.

Day 11 – Herend and Pannonhalma

Porcelain and Religion

We will visit the most famous Hungarian Porcelain Manufactury in the town of Herend, where they make everything by hand even today. After the tour of the Manufactury, we will visit Pannonhalma – World Heritage Site, the first monastery founded in Hungary in 896. Also a great wine region.

Day 12 – Gödöllő, Lazar Farm

Royalty and Horses

We will explore one of the favourite castles of Sisi, the Empress of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. After the Gödöllő visit, we will participate in a Horse show, where you can learn about the equestrian culture of the Hungarians. Followed by a great meal with Gipsy Music.

Day 13 – Danube Bend

Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom

Explore the Danube Bend, where every stone is connected to the Hungarian History.

We will end our program with a dinner cruise to enjoy the illuminated city of Budapest.

Day 14 - Departure

Good-bye

Departure.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

More about Budapest

Besides its stunning natural setting with rich architectural and historical heritage, the city offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sites. Humankind has played a role in shaping the pretty face of Budapest. Architecturally, the city is a treasure, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest carries a fin de siècle feeling, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you can see today was built.

Divided in two by the Danube, Budapest is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and piece. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture, its majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Massive murals, small pop-up sculptures and ruin bars full of random décor – Budapest is brimming with urban art. Striking paintings brighten the city’s old firewalls and passers mood.

While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation in the Hungarian cuisine, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street-food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations marked in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all. Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and, despite a fallow period under the communism, the city is once again commanding attention. So, too, are Hungary's excellent wines – from Eger's complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj, a favorite of emperors and presidents. Even if you aren't the type who waxes poetic about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes, you'll likely enjoy the lively Budapest wine bars. Keep a special eye out for grape varietals indigenous to Hungary, including kadarka and kékfrankos (red), and furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white).

Budapest is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been an experience here since the time of the Romans. The array of bathhouses is generous – you can choose from Turkish-era, art nouveau and modern establishments. Some people come seeking a cure for whatever ails them, but the majority are there for fun and relaxation.

Budapest has something for everyone – from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and a nightlife that is unrivalled in Eastern and Central Europe.

More about Central Europe

At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe.

Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…. Wander the darkly Gothic alleyways of Prague, admire the baroque excess of Salzburg or take in the colourful old-Venetian influence on the Slovenian port of Piran. Poland and the Czech Republic seem to have more than their fair share of medieval masterpieces, but you can find narrow lanes and quaint townscapes throughout the region – from Bern, Switzerland to Bardejov, Slovakia. Smaller gems such as Bamberg, Germany are often far from the tourist radar. On mornings when the mists lie heavy and crowds are few, you might imagine yourself in an earlier century.

Nourishing yourself is more fun in a great atmosphere, and Central Europe's abundance of outdoor cafes, beer halls and coffee houses offer just that. When the temperatures rise in spring, outdoor tables proliferate along with the daffodils and tulips. Enjoy a plate of pasta while admiring the Slovenian coast, nosh pierogi (dumplings) on a Polish cobblestone street or dip into fondue lakeside in Switzerland. Beer gardens across the region offer an opportunity to enjoy hearty food, a convivial atmosphere and a good brew alfresco. Once the weather cools, move inside to a boisterous beer hall. Or, for something a little sweeter, try a cake at a coffee house or pastry cafe. The most famous are in Vienna and Budapest, but you'll find many options – and other interesting places to eat and drink – all across the region.

With mountains covering so many Central European states, it's no wonder that the outdoors holds such an attraction in the region. The Alps rise to their highest in Switzerland, with jagged, Toblerone-like peaks such as the Matterhorn, and march on through southern Germany, across Austria and south into Slovenia. You can hike, bike, ski or just ride the gondolas and funiculars to enjoy the Alpine views. Other mountains, like the Swiss Jura and the Polish–Slovak Tatras, offer no less adventure. There are also sculptural sandstone 'rock towns' in the Czech Republic to climb, waterfall-filled gorges in Slovakia and Slovenia to hike and the bucolic Black Forest in Germany to walk. There's a new part of nature to explore almost around every corner.

More about Hungary

Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).

Hungary’s scenery is more gentle than striking. But you can’t say the same thing about the built environment across the land. Architecturally Hungary is a treasure trove, with everything from Roman ruins and medieval townhouses to baroque churches, neoclassical public buildings and art nouveau bathhouses and schools. And we're not just talking about the capital, Budapest. Walk through Szeged or Kecskemét, Debrecen or Sopron and you’ll discover an architectural gem at virtually every turn. Indeed, some people go out of their way for another glimpse of their favourites, such as the Reök Palace in Szeged or the Mosque Church in Pécs.

Budapest is a vibrant capital city with an outstanding cultural life and magnificent historic spas: a true metropolis that offers unforgettable experiences in every season. It is famed for its breathtaking architecture and photogenic river scenery.

Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe's most exciting capital after dark are Hungary's major drawing cards.

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Food and Wine in Hungary

Duration
14 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

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