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- Accommodation for 10 nights in single or double rooms in Hotel Corvin Budapest – Sissi wing 3* star hotel
- 10 breakfasts and 8 meals
- Deluxe air-conditioned vehicles and tickets for the public transport
- In-depth sightseeing program
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Professional local guiding in English
- 6 culture and language lessons
- All taxes and fees
- 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 – Arrival, 4th May, Monday
- Day 2 - Heroes’ Square and City Park area, 5th May, Tuesday
- Day 3 - Castle district, 6th May, Wednesday
- Day 4 - All day excursion to the Danube Bend, 7th May, Thursday
- Day 5 - Downtown Budapest and the Parliament, 8th May, Friday
- Day 6 - One-day excursion to Eger, 9th May, Saturday
- Day 7 - Enjoy your free day and discover the city on your own, 10th May, Sunday
- Day 8 – Visiting the Jewish district, 11th May, Monday
- Day 9: Enjoy your free day and discover the city on your own 12th May, Tuesday
- Day 10 - Szabó Ervin Library, 13th May, Wednesday
- Day 11 - Departure, 14th May, Thursday
Arrival to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and transfer to Hotel Corvin Budapest.
Welcome orientation meeting and dinner in the hotel or in a local restaurant.
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will start with discover Pest by bus with a walking tour along the Andrássy Avenue and in the City Park (Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle).
Lunch in the City Park.
After lunch you are free to enjoy the healing water of Széchenyi Thermal Bath – the largest Spa complex in Europe or to visit one of the Museums.
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will discover the Castle district, visiting Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch explore the diverse halls of the Hungarian National Gallery or the Budapest Historical Museum located within the Royal Palace.
Rest of the afternoon is free for further exploration.
Embrace the Danube Bend
After breakfast we will visit Esztergom, the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries, and have a look at the largest Roman Catholic Basilica of Hungary today.
Lunch in Nagyvillám Restaurant in Visegrád enjoying the view of the Danube Bend.
In the afternoon we will visit Szentendre, a small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, the tourist capital of the Danube Bend. It is the Episcopal seat of the Eastern Church in Hungary. It is famous for its museums, art galleries and if you are interested, you have some free time to visit some of the galleries.
History and religion
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) enjoy a guided walk in the historical downtown of Pest, including the neighborhood of the Szabadság (Liberty) Square, visiting the Hungarian Parliament.
Lunch in the First Strudel House of Pest including a strudel demonstration.
Then continue your day visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica - the largest church in Budapest.
After breakfast, start your one-day excursion to Eger, a historical town in Northern Hungary. Today’s Hungarian lesson will take place on the way on the bus.
Walking tour in the city and in the famous fortress followed by lunch and wine tasting in a local winery. On the way home enjoy a traditional Hungarian Horse show followed by dinner. Return to Budapest in the evening.
After breakfast you are free for independent exploration. Your program leader is happy to give suggestions.
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) discover Budapest by a Jewish history walk: visit the Synagogue in Dohány Street, the former ghetto, and the Jewish Museum of Budapest.
Lunch on your own.
After breakfast you are free for independent exploration. Your program leader is happy to give suggestions.
Books and boats
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will walk through the Palace District - a central district of Pest, the eastern half of Budapest. In the end of our walk we will reach the Wenckheim Palace (built for Count Frigyes Wenckheim), today the Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library. During an expert led guided visit we will learn about the history of the building and the library and have a private view of some precious items of the Budapest collection.
Lunch on your own.
Farewell dinner on a river boat, spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the city view from the water during your boat trip on the Danube.
Then say goodbye to Budapest with a magnificent view from the top of Gellért Hill.
So long, farewell…
After breakfast transfer to the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
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.
More about this tour
Our base is our own hotel in Budapest: Corvin Hotel Budapest ****
For more details visit www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu.
Corvin Hotel Sisi wing*** - shared room in twin or double: 2000 USD/person
Single room: 2300 USD/person
Preliminary registration: 15th Dec, 2019
This is not a binding registration, it just shows, that you are interested in the program and you can send us your questions.
Final registration: 5th February, 2020
Full payment is needed to secure your place on the program.
In case you need to cancel your participation after that date, we can give you the following refund:
15 days or more before arrival: 50 %.
Within 14 days before arrival: no refund is possible.
I want to thank you and Emese for a wonderful trip you organized for us. In ten short days we were able to see so much of Budapest and a few outlying areas. We saw the important historic sites of Budapest, tasted the famous Tokaji wines, strolled through quaint Szentendre village and enjoyed a river cruise on the Danube. Every day we went to a different restaurant carefully selected by our hosts. Each had its unique atmosphere and gave us a chance to try a wide range of Hungarian delicacies. As you know, Hungarians love their food and no trip would be complete without trying gulyas soup, paprikas chicken, lecso, and makos strudel. The language classes at the beginning of each day also really helped. We learned a lot and were able to ask about things we had heard on our excursions. Overall, this trip exceeded my expectations and I look forward to future visits. - Dénes Geyer