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The Highlights of Budapest, Lake Balaton and Tokaj regions in Hungary Tour

Tour ID: 1072
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours (Hungary)
Regions: Budapest and The Danube Bend, Lake Balaton, Northern Uplands
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
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Lake Balation - Hungary Tour
On this privately guided tour we will explore the Unesco Monuments of Hungary with a private local guide. During your time in Hungary most of your time will be spent in Budapest as it is the central point to the country. After arriving to Budapest we will continue to the Western Region of the country. Upon arrival we will get you acquainted with the city on a guided tour, with a stops at the Parliament Palace, Gellert Hill, Fisher Bastion and more. The next day we begin our journey to the Beautiful shores of Lake Balaton. On the way stopping in Herend to visit its Porcelain Factory. Pannonhalma to visit the Millenary Benedictine Abbey

Pecs Cathedral - Hungary TourThe next day we will take a ferry across the Southern Coastline of Szantod to reach Pecs. Pecs entered the UNESCO World Heritage list in the year 2000 and is now nominated for the European Capital of Culture in 2010. In the 4th century, a remarkable series of decorated tombs were constructed in the cemetery of the Roman provincial town of Sopianae (modern Pécs). These are important both structurally and architecturally, since they were built as underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above the ground. The tombs are important also in artistic terms, since they are richly decorated with murals of outstanding quality depicting Christian themes.

Budapest Fishermens Bastion - Hungary TourThen we will explore the Danube Bend, Hungary's finest landscape where the river passes between the hills and goes  south. Formerly the Royal property, the land was the scene of major historical events in Medieval Hungary. Then we will take a walk through the narrow streets of Szentendre passing by the Baroque houses and visit to the unique Marzipan Museum.

Tokaj wine region - Hungary TourWe will continue the tour the following day to the Tokaj wine region. Tokaj has a long tradition of making wine due to the fact it has been blessed with the perfect climate. Wineries, vineyards and small traditional towns are dotted through the region. Here you will have the opportunity to sample the famous wine. As well as the next day when we will explore Hungary's other famous wine region; Eger, before heading back to Budapest.


Tour of Hungary's Greatest Historical Monuments!!!

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1:
- Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from Budapest Airport and take you to your hotel
- Check in hotel
- Enjoy a guided tour to become familiar with a city on arrival. Highlights of the tour: Heroesâ™ Square/Millenary Monument, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Boulevard, Opera House, St. Stephenâ™s Basilica-interior visit, House of Parliament (optional interior visit), panorama-view from Gellért Hill, Castle Quarter, Matthias Church-interior visit, panorama view from the Fishermen's Bastion. (Optional Parliament-visit, closed on Mondays)
- Overnight in Budapest
ACCOMMODATION: Novotel Budapest Centrum**** or similar

Day 2:
- Breakfast
- Today we will head west, Towards Lake Balaton
- Guided tour in Pannonhalma including a visit to the Millenary Benedictine Abbey
- After the world famous Porcelain Manufacture of Herend
- Then you will have free time for lunch
- Arrival to Balatonfured, view of the Lake Balaton
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Balatonfured
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Annabella*** or similar

Day 3:
- Breakfast
- Today we will explore the South of Hungary
- Drive to Siklós (Historic castle and fort, Turkish monument)
- Visit to the Early Christian Necropolis of Pecs , city tour, visit to the Csontvary Koszta paintings, Cathedral, Museum of the Zsolnay Porcelain and Ceramics Factory
- Villany: country of the cellars and high quality wines, visit to the canteen of the golden medal priced Bock House and wine tasting
- Overnight in Pecs
ACCOMMODATION: Hunguest Hotel Kikelet*** or similar

Day 4:
- Breakfast
- After this tour drive back to Budapest
- On the way back stop for a photo of the interesting style of Paks Church (Makovecz design)
ACCOMMODATION: Novotel Budapest Centrum**** or similar

Day 5:
- Breakfast
- Full day excursion to the Danube Bend (8 hours)
- Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre are the chain of towns of archbishops, kings and artists in the Danube Bend. Esztergom is the birthplace of the first Hungarian king of St. Stephen. The town is well-known also about its medieval Royal Residence/museum. Visit the Basilica and the Christian Museum. Lunch in a hunting-style-restaurant in Visegrád.Visit the Citadel on the top of the hill. This former Royal Palace was built in Renaissance style by King Matthias in the 15th century. There is a beautiful view to the Danube Bend where the River breaks through the hills. Szentendre is a picturesque town of artists, museums and churches built in a Mediterranean & baroque style. Visit the unique museums of the town: Kovács Margit Ceramic Museum and Marcipan Museum.
In summer the tour can be completed with a return regular boat cruise on the River Danube from Szentendre to Budapest. Highlights of the trip: Margaret Bridge, Margaret-Island, House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, Fishermen♠Bastion, the former Royal Palace, Elisabeth Bridge, Gellért Hill on top with the Citadel and the Liberation Monument.
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Budapest
ACCOMMODATION: Novotel Budapest Centrum**** or similar

Day 6:
- Visit to the Royal Castle and Lazar Horse Park with horse show and lunch with local specialties www.lazarlovaspark.hu
- Ending the day in the wine region of Tokaj
- Tonight you will stay in a castle hotel situated in Tarcal near Miskolc in Northern Hungary, in the heart of the world heritage Tokaj wine-region. The hotel used to be an old mansion surrounded by a beautiful, huge park. On the first floor of the hotel the library and saloon are equipped with antique pieces of furniture, antique books, old paintings, chandeliers and a fireplace. The rooms are furnished in Empire-stlye.
- Overnight in Tarcal
ACCOMMODATION: Castle Hotel Degenfeld**** or similar

Day 7:
- Breakfast
- Visit to the historic town of Eger with the Fort and Museum for the heroic battle against the Ottomans, Cathedral, Baroque town center, Ottoman Minaret
- Wine tasting of the famous Bulls Blood red wine of this region
- Drive to the famous TOKAJ Wine region area and historic cultural landscape area
- Visit to a historic wine cellar, professional wine tasting
- Return to Eger
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Tarcal
ACCOMMODATION: Castle Hotel Degenfeld**** or similar

Day 8:
- Breakfast
- Drive back to Budapest
- Drop off at departures level and the final good-bye from your Hungarian Tour Guide

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Prices, Dates & What's Included:

Prices available upon request...

The Tour Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation
- (B) Breakfast daily, except on the day of arrival
- English-Speaking Local driver/guide for the duration of the tour
- Lazar Horse Park with horse show and lunch
- Winery Visits where specified in itinerary
- Local taxes

Not Included:
- Airfare
- Entrance fees
- Alcoholic drinks
- Gratuities
- Extra charges of hotel, eg. Laundry, telephone or fax charges, room service, etc..
- Insurance

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