9 Nights / 10 Days • Group Departure
- Bus tour of Budapest’s main points of interest
- Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter
- Plenty of free time to explore Budapest (we recommend sampling the famous baths)
- Wine tasting at a local, family-run winery, scenic drive around nearby Lake Balaton
- Guided tour of Eger, including a visit to the castle and catacombs
- Traditional goulash meal
- Guided visit to the UNESCO historic town of Hollókő, including traditional lunch and local food tasting experience
- Visit to historic Bock winery in Villány for a tour and tasting
- Choice of a dinner cruise on Danube or a symphony concert (TBA)
- 9 nights accommodation: 7 nts Hotel Ibis Centrum (Budapest), 1nt Hotel Flóra (Eger), 1nt Crocus Wine Hotel (Villány)
- 6 Dinners (most are at least three courses, including 1 glass of wine or beer and water), 1 Special Lunch (Day 7), Daily Breakfast
- All transportation as listed, all tours as listed, including local English speaking guide
- Entrance fees and activities as listed in itinerary
Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
August 20 – 29, 2017.
Ask us for private departures and other room options.
DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Arrive into Budapest this afternoon. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. There will be time to check in and freshen up before heading out to see the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant (included)
DAY 2 - Budapest
In the morning you’ll have a guided bus tour of Budapest – it will take about three hours, with stops in Hero’s Square and the Castle. Additional tour options will be available locally if you’d like to see more of the city. Otherwise, ask your guide for restaurant recommendations for lunch – you’ll have time to explore this friendly city before meeting up for dinner in a local restaurant (included).
DAY 3 - Jewish Budapest
Enjoy a walking tour of Jewish part of the city in the morning, visiting the Synagogue, Jewish museum and Emanuel memory tree before heading to the Shoe Memorial, found on the shores of the Danube. The rest of your day is open – be sure to check out some of the city’s terrific restaurants and nightlife.
DAY 4 - Free Day
There are no activities scheduled for today, so we highly recommend you check out the famously therapeutic spring-fed public baths of Budapest. There are many to choose from, but we suggest Széchenyi Baths (the biggest in the city), or another favourite, the Gellért Baths. Once you’re as relaxed as you possibly can be, there will be plenty of time to get ready for dinner (included).
DAY 5 - Lake Balaton
Today is a full day! Starting early, hop on the bus to go southwest of the city, driving around the hilly, scenic northern shores of Lake Balaton. This part of the lake is considered the most beautiful, and you’ll understand why as you head through vineyards, past beaches and glamorous high-rise hotels.
But beyond all of that, this region also has a fascinating past, evident during a stop in Tihany, one of the most beautifully situated and historic villages in Hungary. Here, King Andrew I founded a monastery and a royal burial-place in 1055, though many of the current buildings were completed in 1754. You’ll have free time for lunch and for browsing the little historic shops for crafts and souvenirs. Visits to the church are not included but can be arranged locally.
This afternoon, visit a local family-run winery in Balatonfüred to taste the local wines and learn more about the grapes. After the tasting, there should just be enough time for a stop to explore the local castle in Veszprém before we head back to Budapest in the evening, stopping on the way to enjoy a dinner of traditional Hungarian goulash (included).
DAY 6 - Eger
In the morning, check out of the hotel – it’s time to see more of the country. This morning, the bus will take you to the small town of Eger, a historic city in northern Hungary best known for its marvellous castle, thermal baths, and fascinating architecture (including the northernmost Turkish minaret), and – of course – the local red and white wines.
In Eger you’ll explore the town’s most remarkable landmarks, including the castle and its underground catacombs. There will be plenty of time for lunch before a short walk through the Szalajka valley, situated at the edge of the Bükk hills. Later, check into a local hotel for the night and stop at a nearby restaurant for dinner.
DAY 7 - Hollókő
Today you’ll visit Hollókő, a living museum village about 100 km from Budapest in the North of Hungary. The “Old Village” with its adjoining 141 hectare Nature Reserve was added to the Cultural and Natural UNESCO Heritages of the World in 1987. Nestled in one of the gentle valleys of Cserhát Mountain, the small, traditional village is a perfect example of the folk history of the region. See traditional regional costumes and taste local delicacies such as homemade brandy and local bread.
Lunch will be served in small family houses in the village where housewives, according to tradition, await with special dishes. Guests will get the opportunity learn about the lives of the hosting family. In the evening return to Budapest – you’ll check into in the same hotel as during the first part of your stay.
DAY 8 - Pécs-Villány
Check out of the hotel this morning – you’re off by bus to the UNESCO heritage site of Pécs. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the town’s many decorated murals and religious buildings such as the 15th century Bastion, city hall and grand palace. There are many local, family-owned shops here, boasting artisan pieces and beautiful crafted works, so there will be a little time to explore at lunch. But don’t take long! You’ll also want a quick stop into Siklos for a photo at the medieval castle before heading to the Bock winery in Villány for a tour and tasting.
The Bock winery is one of Hungary’s leading producers, with a long and remarkable history. The Bock family’s wine-making tradition can be traced back to the eighteenth century and spans over nine generations. The current owner of the family estate, József Bock, is a qualified mechanical engineer and took over running the winery after his father passed away. He has gradually built up a 55 hectare estate with plots of land in most of the very best vineyard sites in Villány.
Tonight dinner with wine is included – and you’ll stay in a local hotel.
DAY 9 - Budapest
In the morning, transfer back to Budapest by bus. You’ll stop at the Parliament house with your local guide before enjoying a last chance for some free time in the city. Explore all the places you want to revisit – before choosing from one of two great options for your last evening:
- Symphony (Program TBA)
- Dinner cruise on the Danube to take in a marvellous view of the Castle Hill and other historical buildings – all illuminated in the evenings. During the two and a half hour cruise, a 4 course dinner will be served.
DAY 10 - Departure Day
This morning you’ll check out of the hotel and bid Budapest farewell. There will be a group transfer to the airport (details provided locally).
- Matthias Church and Fishermen’s bastion: EUR 10,- / person
- Tihany abbey church and museum: EUR 5,- / person
- Opera performances TBD
- Ask us about affordable airfares and pre- or post-stay options in Europe.
ADDITIONAL DATES & DETAILS:
Ibis Budapest Centrum***
Ráday u. 3
Fürdő u. 5.
Crocus Gere wine Hotel
PLEASE NOTE: The hotels listed above may be substituted for alternatives of similar quality (based on availability).
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