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The Best of Hungary’s Food & Wine: Budapest & Tokaj

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Day 1
Arrival | Budapest Paprika - Budapest, Hungary

Arrival into Budapest, where you will find your driver waiting for you outside baggage claim to transfer you to your deluxe hotel in the city center.

On the way to the hotel, you will pass by sights of historical significance, including St. Stephen’s Basilica, a cross between Neo-Classical and Renaissance-style architecture completed in the late 19th century and one of Budapest’s noteworthy landmarks.

Over the centuries, Budapest flourished as a crossroads where East meets West in the heart of Europe. Ancient cultures, such as the Magyars, the Mongols, and the Turks, have all left an indelible mark on this magical city. Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River, are characterized by an assortment of monuments, elegant streets, wine taverns, coffee houses, and Turkish baths.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Your hotel has an amazing rooftop bar – perfect for sunset!

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Hotel: Aria Budapest

Day 2
Budapest | Budapest Boat Ride in Budapest, Hungary

This morning you will meet your driver and guide to explore the other side of the city—the hilly and green Buda side. First head up to Gellert Hill for sweeping views of the city. If you want to see one of the historic baths, step inside the Gellert Hotel. Their gorgeous art nouveau bath is visible via windows from the lobby.

Afterwards, head to the castle district anchored by Buda’s historic Royal Palace, the former Hapsburg palace during the 19th century and rebuilt in the Neo-Classical style after it was destroyed during World War II. A stroll through the castle area, known as Varhegy, will take you to the Fisherman’s Bastion for the most impressive views over Pest, across the Danube. Here you’ll see the Matyas Church, a Neo-Gothic reconstruction dating from 1874 and in which many organ and choral concerts can be heard.

Afterward, head into the countryside. You will drive to the closest wine region to Budapest and one of the country’s youngest. The Etyek region is noted for its sparkling wine production and today your tour will focus on the area’s small family-run wineries. The village is located only 30 minutes or so outside the city. You will have the opportunity to taste the wines at one of the boutique wineries, known for their chardonnay, sauvignon blancandpinotgris. Wineaccompanimentsincludelocallymadebread,meatandcheese.

You will have ample time for a leisurely countryside lunch, looking over the beautiful countryside. Payable locally.

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This evening, meet your guide for a short stroll to the boat launch for your private one-hour cruise along the Danube. You will be cruising on one of the finest private motorboats in the city and you will have the opportunity to see all the majestic buildings and bridges of Budapest at their best, lit by thousands of white lights.

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Hotel: Aria Budapest

Day 3
Budapest | Budapest Terror Haza - Budapest, Hungary

This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Today you can explore the beauty of Central Pest. Begin with a visit to the Budapest Market Hall. Built in the 19th century, the covered market boasts soaring metal columns, high walkways and beautiful produce shops. More than being a place where one can purchase some handcrafted and typical Hungarian souvenirs, it’s a market where locals go to purchase their produce and meats – a meeting place for many and a place where you can enjoy authentic local flavor. Today’s visit will allow you to taste some of the best local meat, cheese and produce from our favorite vendors.

Afterwards, you will have an overview of Pest. As you drive today, you will see Andrassy Boulevard. Driving this beautiful boulevard will give you a glimpse into the stunning architecture that Budapest is known for, especially the beautiful art nouveau buildings that have been preserved.

Finish this afternoon with a visit to one of two fantastic museums here.
For history lovers, you can visit the House of Terror near the State Opera House which used to be the headquarters of the Arrow Cross Fascist Association prior to World War II. After World War II, the building was used as the Communist Party Headquarters, and was used by both organizations as one of the most notorious prisons in Hungary . T oda y it’ s an exhibit about life under fascism in Hungary . It’ s a graphic and powerful reminder of the brutality of the regime.

Alternatively, you may choose to visit the newly reopened Fine Arts Museum. A portion of this has reopened just recently after being closed more than three years and the entire complex is being redesigned to be the Budapest Museum Quarter project. The Museum of Fine Arts is Hungary’s premier gallery of non-Hungarian works of art from ancient history up to present times. You will find Egyptian, Roman and Greek exhibits along with a very nice collection of Italian art ranging from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries. The collection of Spanish Masters is extraordinary.

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Hotel: Aria Budapest

Day 4
Budapest - Eger - Tarcal | Budapest - Eger - Tarcal Eger, Hungary

This morning meet your driver and guide to make your way out to the Tokaj region.

Your first stop today is the town of Eger, one of the most wonderful baroque towns in Hungary. It boasts a 1000-year-old bishop’s seat, a glorious past and a valuable group of monuments. Eger is more than a town of thermal baths and students; it is also a town of wine: the excellent red and white wines from this historic wine- producing region are measured in century-old cellars. Upon arrival you will have the opportunity of visiting one of its many wine cellars.

Afterwards, visit the Nagy T emplom Cathedral, the second largest cathedral in Hungary . You may want to take a stroll down the picturesque street of Kossuth Lajos, lined with Baroque and Rococo buildings ornamented with tilted iron balconies. We recommend you have lunch along the pedestrian precinct pleasantly filled with charming restaurants, pubs and confectioneries.

Afterward, continue on to Tarcal in the heart of the Tokaj region. Your destination for the evening is the

Andrassy Residence Wine & Spa, located in an 18th century Baroque-style manor house. ample time to enjoy some of the hotel’s spa services, if you like.

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Hotel: Andrassy Residence


Day 5
Tokaj & Surroundings | Tokaj & Surroundings

Today your guide and driver will meet you to begin your exploration of the Tokaj region. This relatively small wine region was named to UNESCO’s World Heritage list back in 2002 – one of only a handful of wine regions to achieve this. In fact, the winemaking here dates back to the Roman Empire!

Begin with a short drive to the town of Tokaj, the heart of the region. This is the birthplace of Tokaj Aszu, a legendary wine known worldwide. It’s a super sweet dessert wine, but, in the past several years, local vintners have also started producing a delicious white called Furmint.

Have a stroll through this small town and visit the owners of Erzsebet Winery. This family winery was one of the first female winemakers in Tokaj. Today you can see their historical cellar dating from the 1600s and taste some of their best wines.

After time for lunch in one of the town’s bistros, head to the small Swabian settlement of Hercegkut. Swabians from Germany established this village in the 18th century and even today their children learn German as well as Magyar. Nestled in among the surrounding mountains, two of the streets here feature cellars that dive right into the hillside, giving the triangular entrances the look of a hobbit village. Today you will visit the cellars of the Götz family cellars. Step in to their underground ripening cellar and taste selections of their best varietals. One of the family will tell you a bit about the village, their family’s heritage and what they produce now.

Afterward, head back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

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Hotel: Andrassy Residence

Day 6
Mád | Mád Tokaj Region

MeetyourguideanddriverthismorningforashortridetothetownofMád. Itsimpressivebaroquesynagogue and Jewish building complex are one of the best preserved in all of Hungary, dating back to 1785. For those interested in Jewish History, it is also possible to visit the Jewish Cemetery in Mád, the largest in the region.

Mád is well known for their gastronomy, with many restaurants focusing on local ingredients and dishes designed to pair exclusively with local wines from the region. Today you will visit one of the town’s most famous wineries –MádWine. Thevintnersherehavebeeninvolvedinwinemakingforgenerations.

Today your vintner hosts will take you right into the vineyards in their trucks. It’s possible to stop at some of the more scenic spots for photos. You’ll eventually arrive at a small shelter in the middle of the vineyards where a cold picnic lunch is laid out for you. Walk a bit through the vineyards and the vintners can explain the origin of the Tokaj grape and, if you like, you can even taste of these grapes with “Noble rot”. Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies and taste a selection of the very best from the vineyard.

Afterwards, head back to your hotel and enjoy your last afternoon at leisure. worth a stroll before you head back to Budapest.

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Hotel: Andrassy Residence

Day 7
Tarcal - Budapest | Tarcal - Budapest Hungary, Budapest

This morning you begin your journey back to Budapest. to explore on your own.

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Hotel: Aria Budapest

Day 8
Departure | Budapest Sunset - Budapest, Hungary

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

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