Budapest Food and Wine Holiday

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Experience the beautiful city of Budapest on our Budapest Food and Wine Holiday. Hungary may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a wine holiday, however, the country’s grapes have a lot ot offer wine lovers. From big-bodied Villány reds to flinty Somló whites and sweet golden Tokaj, there’s something to suit every palate. Gastronomy doesn’t stop at goulash here either — Budapest is a fine food capital and on this holiday you will sample some of the best Hungarian food on offer.

Highlights

Day 1

On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Mercure Nemzeti MGallery where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel: The 4*+ Mercure Nemzeti MGallery The 4*+ Hotel Nemzeti Budapest is a 4-star+ property offering modern rooms in a historical building. All stylish,air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, a minibar and a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower cabin. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided. In the early evening, meet your local guide for transfer to Callas Café Restaurant for a welcome dinner. The Callas Café Restaurant is located next to the Opera House and offers modern luxury in a historical setting. The palace was designed by the architect Vilmos Freund in neo-renaissance style in 1880. The building, which is a national monument today, was completed one year before the opening of the Hungarian Opera House. The palace regained its function as a café in the 2000’s and it is now a popular Budapest eatery

Day 2

This morning join your local guide for a guided city tour of Budapest. Your sightseeing tour will visit all the main attractions of Budapest. Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents. Tt is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles. The city’s primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city. The tour will stop for lunch at the Fakanal Restaurant located in Budapest famous Market Hall. After lunch the tour continue on to the Budapest Wine Festival located in the Castle district. Over the past years the Budapest Wine Festival has truly come of age and is nowone of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary. Enjoy many popular events, including a Wine University, a wine auction, an arts festival and several live performances. Last year the festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest wine festivals in the country. The Wine Festival in Buda Castle Hill is an experience for everyone who wants to learn about the art of wine making. Spend the afternoon tasting some of the best Hungarian wines, meet notable wine makers and enjoy Hungarian gastronomy and folk music all in a breathtaking setting. The venue – magnificent Buda Castle, situated on the western bank of the river Danube, with its stunning views – is really a truly stunning venue.

Day 3

This morning, meet your local guide and depart Budapest for a wine tasting experience in the Hernyak Winery in Etyek, known as the Hungarian Napa Valley. Located approximately 30km from Budapest, Pinot Noir is grown here, in addition to native grapes. The Hernyák family invite us into their estate’s cellar for a tasting, and we continue to their open kitchen for lunch, looking out on their vineyards as we dine. Enjoy a regal visit here today, tasting five wonderful wines and enjoying a three course lunch. We return to Budapest after lunch and you have the afternoon free for independent sightseeing. You are free for an independent dinner this evening, please be sure to ask yourlocal guide for recommended restaurants.

Day 4

Today, you have the morning free for relaxation or shopping. In the late afternoon, meet your local guide for a wine tasting session at the Cultivini Wine Bar,Hungary's Premium Wine Tasting Experience. It is still unclear who it was that first said, “Life is too short to drink badwine." Everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy the very best wines. Hemingway once also said, “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” These two statements are a good basis for CultiVini’s Philosophy. Enjoying wine is much more than tasting and drinking. It is going deeper to grapes, history, terroir, and an experience to help understand the soul of the wine. CultiVini provides an opportunity for everyone, from novice to expert, to taste the best Hungarian wine. They present premium wines from the most typical local grape varieties as well as comprehensive information about all Hungarian wine regions, wines, and wine producers. This allows you to get a full overview of Hungarian wines and wine making without having to visit each producer individually. Through Hungary’s turbulent history, exceptional wines of all types have been produced, although they are still largely unknown outside its borders. CultiVini hopes to have a part in changing this. After a wonderful wine tasting experience, we continue on with the evening’s festivities to our dinner cruise with live music where you can relax and watch the beautiful Budapest skyline as you enjoy a relaxing buffet dinner. Return to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 5

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Inclusions

• Return flight from Dublin, airline taxes

• Four-nights’ bed and breakfast in the four-star+ Mercure Nemzeti

• Dinner on evening of arrival

• Half-day sightseeing tour of Budapest with lunch included

• Visit to the Budapest Wine Festival

• Wine tasting experience in the Hernyak Winery in Etyek

• Wine tasting session at the Cultivini Wine Bar

• Dinner cruise with live music and buffet dinner

• Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Mercure Nemzeti MGallery where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel: The 4*+ Mercure Nemzeti MGallery                                                                         The 4*+ Hotel Nemzeti Budapest is a 4-star+ property offering modern rooms in a historical building. All stylish, air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, a minibar and a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower cabin. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided. In the early evening, meet your local guide for transfer to Callas Café Restaurant for a welcome dinner.  The Callas Café Restaurant is located next to the Opera House and offers modern luxury in a historical setting. The palace was designed by the architect Vilmos Freund in neo-renaissance style in 1880. The building, which is a national monument today, was completed one year before the opening of the Hungarian Opera House.  The palace regained its function as a café in the 2000’s and it is now a popular Budapest eatery

Day 2

This morning join your local guide for a guided city tour of Budapest.  Your sightseeing tour will visit all the main attractions of Budapest. Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents.  Tt is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles.  The city’s primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city. The tour will stop for lunch at the Fakanal Restaurant located in Budapest famous Market Hall. After lunch the tour continue on to the Budapest Wine Festival located in the Castle district. Over the past years the Budapest Wine Festival has truly come of age and is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary. Enjoy many popular events, including a Wine University, a wine auction, an arts festival and several live performances. Last year the festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest wine festivals in the country. The Wine Festival in Buda Castle Hill is an experience for everyone who wants to learn about the art of wine making. Spend the afternoon tasting some of the best Hungarian wines, meet notable wine makers and enjoy Hungarian gastronomy and folk music all in a breathtaking setting. The venue – magnificent Buda Castle, situated on the western bank of the river Danube, with its stunning views – is really a truly stunning venue.  

Day 3

This morning, meet your local guide and depart Budapest for a wine tasting experience in the Hernyak Winery in Etyek, known as the Hungarian Napa Valley. Located approximately 30km from Budapest, Pinot Noir is grown here, in addition to native grapes. The Hernyák family invite us into their estate’s cellar for a tasting, and we continue to their open kitchen for lunch, looking out on their vineyards as we dine. Enjoy a regal visit here today, tasting five wonderful wines and enjoying a three course lunch. We return to Budapest after lunch and you have the afternoon free for independent sightseeing. You are free for an independent dinner this evening, please be sure to ask your local guide for recommended restaurants.

Day 4

Today, you have the morning free for relaxation or shopping.  In the late afternoon, meet your local guide for a wine tasting session at the Cultivini Wine Bar, Hungary’s Premium Wine Tasting Experience. It is still unclear who it was that first said, “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”  Everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy the very best wines. Hemingway once also said, “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” These two statements are a good basis for CultiVini’s Philosophy. Enjoying wine is much more than tasting and drinking. It is going deeper to grapes, history, terroir, and an experience to help understand the soul of the wine. CultiVini provides an opportunity for everyone, from novice to expert, to taste the best Hungarian wine.  They present premium wines from the most typical local grape varieties as well as comprehensive information about all Hungarian wine regions, wines, and wine producers.  This allows you to get a full overview of Hungarian wines and wine making without having to visit each producer individually. Through Hungary’s turbulent history, exceptional wines of all types have been produced, although they are still largely unknown outside its borders. CultiVini hopes to have a part in changing this. After a wonderful wine tasting experience, we continue on with the evening’s festivities to our dinner cruise with live music where you can relax and watch the beautiful Budapest skyline as you enjoy a relaxing buffet dinner. Return to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 5

This morning, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight.

Accommodation

​The 4*+ Hotel Nemzeti Budapest is a 4-star+ property offering modern rooms in a historical building. All stylish, air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a

flat-screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, a minibar and a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower cabin. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided.

Extra Information

Price is per person and based on 2 sharing. Single supplement applies. Travel insurance is not included in the offer. Please enquire for insurance if required. A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of €250 per person is required to book (no cc surcharge applies). Tour balances is due 10 weeks before departure (2% surcharge if paid by credit card). Prices, taxes, flight times & availability are subject to change at airlines discretion. Tour is inclusive of cabin baggage.

  Cost per person: €869pp
  Number of nights: 4
  Dates available: Departure date: 07 September 2017

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