A JOURNEY THROUGH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
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- 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
- Accommodation for 10 nights in single or double rooms in 3-4* star category downtown hotel
- 10 breakfasts and 12 meal
- 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, 1st June, Monday
- Day 2 – Kecskemét, Mohács, 2nd June, Tuesday
- Day 3 - Pécs, 3rd June, Wednesday
- Day 4 - Villány, 4th June, Thursday
- Day 5 – On the way to Balaton Lake, 5th June, Friday
- Day 6 – Lake Balaton and Tihany, 6th June, Saturday
- Day 7 – National Park – Balaton upperland, 7th June, Sunday
- Day 8 – North-Western Hungary, 8th June, Monday
- Day 9 - Győr, 9th June, Tuesday
- Day 10 – Back to the capital, 10th June, Wednesday
- Day 11 - Departure, 11th June, 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.
Explore the Hungarian Great Plane
After breakfast we will drive to Ócsa, to visit a 13th century church and the village museum.
Our next stop will be Kecskemét, a beautiful example of the market towns on the Hungarian Great Plain. The city is famous for Art Nouveau architecture, the Zoltán Kodály Musical Institute, the Mercedes factory and the barackpálinka (apricot brandy).
We will have lunch in the town and take a stroll.
Then we have a longer drive to the town of Mohács, which is known by one of the most consequential battle in Central Europe in 1526, when the former Hungarian Kingdom was cut up into 3 pieces.
Dinner on the way.
Then drive to the city center of Pécs, overnight in a centrally located hotel.
Discover the world heritage Roman burial sites
After breakfast enjoy your first “classroom” Hungarian culture and language lesson, then take a guided tour in the city of Pécs.
Pécs is part of the World Cultural Heritage, since they discovered several Christian burial chamber from the Roman period (2nd century). We will visit some of these chambers, we will also visit he Basilica, the former Mosque, which functions as a roman catholic church today.
Free afternoon to visit museums (Zsolnay Museum, Vasarely Museum, Csontváry Museum, etc.).
Overnight in Pécs.
Enjoy the best red wine of Hungary
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson. Take our bus to explore the Villany Wine region. Visit quaint little villages, learn about the gastronomy.
Enjoy a snack lunch with local producers.
In the afternoon we will visit 2 wine cellar in Villany, where we will learn about the history of the wine region, about the technologies they use. We will finish our day with a winetasting dinner.
Overnight in Pécs.
Visit a dear farm and see the lake from above
After breakfast drive to the Zselic region, which is a beautiful countryside with rolling hills. We will visit a deerfarm in Bőszénfa, where we will also enjoy lunch.
Then drive to Lake Balaton – largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. We will stop in Siófok, where we will go up to the water tower to enjoy the view of the lake.
Then we will take a boat across the lake to reach Balatonfüred. Overnight in the atmospheric upper lands of Balaton in the National park. Dinner served in our accommodation.
Lavender, Abbey and the lake
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson, then drive to Tihany. We will visit the small town, including the Abbey, which was founded in 1055. The founder Andrew the I. is buried in the crypt of the Abbey and in the founding charter of the church you can see the first Hungarian worlds written. We will also enjoy the view of the blossoming lavender fields.
Lunch on your own.
Afternoon: free time to explore.
Dinner in our accommodation.
Overnight in the Balaton upperland.
Hegyestű – the sharp needle – something you have not seen before
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson, and then or take an excursion day to the National Park including a visit to Hegyestű – Geological Site. The norther shore of the lake had a strong volcanic activity in the past, that created the unique landscape, we have today.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight in Balaton upperland.
Pannonhalma, another World Heritage Site
After breakfast we will travel to the town of Queens – Veszprém. We will take a walk in the old town, then drive through Zirc, the center of Cistercians, we will also see from a distance the fortress of Csesznek.
Lunch in Pannonhalma followed by a guided tour in the World Heritage complex, which is the first monastery founded in Hungary in 996.
Arrival to Győr in the evening – dinner independently.
Overnight in Győr.
The baroque beauty
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson we will take a guided walk in the beautiful downtown area of Győr. The town has a great location at the confluence of 3 rivers.
Lunch on your own.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Győr.
Wow – Hungarian folk dances are so lively
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson we will travel to Budapest.
Lunch on your own.
Farewell dinner with learning some folk dances.
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.
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Shared room in twin or double: 2600 USD/person
Single room: 2950 USD/person
Preliminary registration: 15th Dec, 2019
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Final registration: 5th February, 2020
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