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Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

1. Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

Your half-day tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Enjoy a drive to the Etyek wine region, just a half hour outside Budapest. En route you’ll learn about Hungary’s fascinating history and hear about the country’s long and rich wine tradition. After arriving in Etyek village, you’ll visit 2 unique wineries. These small, family owned boutique wineries produce about 15,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. Tour the cellars and taste 4 wines at each of the wineries. Finish the day with a rustic, 3-course home-cooked meal. Savor classic Hungarian dishes and discuss your wine discoveries as you enjoy your meal, perhaps enjoying some wine with your food. After the tour and meal, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

Jewish Budapest: 3-Hour Small Group Tour with Historian

2. Jewish Budapest: 3-Hour Small Group Tour with Historian

Discover one of the most popular areas of inner Pest. The 7th district is where Jewish culture has bloomed for over 200 years and today hosts the largest and most active Jewish community of Eastern Europe. As a highlight of the tour, visit the Rumbach Street Synagogue and discover the neighborhood of the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the largest in Europe and one of the largest synagogues in the world.  Walk through the Jewish Quarter, on the streets of the former Ghetto, which hosts synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants, and kosher shops. Hear local stories of this neighborhood and about Budapest. During your walk, visit the Carl Lutz Memorial, dedicated to one of the Righteous Among the Nations, who is also known as Hungary’s Schindler. Then pass by the lively Gozsdu Passage and visit the Rumbach Street Synagogue, built in 1872 by Viennese architect Otto Wagner. Apart from the largest Synagogue of Europe, and the other two most important Synagogues, hear local tips about the ruin pubs and nightlife. Learn about the street art and other secrets of Elizabeth Town.

Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

3. Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

On this amazing 2.5-hour walking tour, get acquainted with the historical core of Buda, the oldest part of Budapest. Experience more than 1100 years of Hungarian history coming alive in front of you through your history buff tour guide's presentations, and learn all about the local significance of the Buda Castle: a district where thousands of people live and many more go for romantic strolls, enjoying the superb views and lights. You will walk through the winding alleys and experience breathtaking views from the ramparts. Be ready for the fascinating historical stories about Buda Castle from the Middle Ages to World War II.  Explore the whole complex of the Buda Castle District including the Royal Palace, Savoy Terrace, Matthias Fountain, Palace Gardens, Alexander Palace, the Hungarian Presidential Palace, Matthias Church, and get panoramic views of the Parliament & the Pest side from Fisherman's Bastion. As an added bonus to round off your experience, enjoy delicious coffee during the coffee stop.

From Budpaest: Páty Wine Village Tour with Tastings

4. From Budpaest: Páty Wine Village Tour with Tastings

Experience the perfect wine tour for those who wish to venture outside of Budapest and discover the wine regions of Hungary. Start the tour by getting picked up from the meeting point in central Budapest and set off for the small wine-producing village of Páty, which is just a 20-minute drive outside of the city. Here, find a variety of old, astonishing cellars, which were built as early as 1880. These typical cellars can be found only in this region and have the feel of the Hobbit burrows in the Shire from the Lord of the Rings. On the way to Páty, listen as your guide gives you an introduction to Hungary's 1000-year-old wine tradition. When you arrive in the region, visit at least 2 wineries, one of which is known for making organic wines. Meet the winemakers and head to their cellars for a tasting of at least 4 glasses of wine at each location. Enjoy an interactive tasting experience where you will have many opportunities to ask questions and get to know the local producers. At the final wine cellar, the host will prepare a tapas plate of olives, ham, sausages, and different cheeses all produced in the region by local farmers. After the program, return to Budapest and get dropped off back at the meeting point where your memorable day will conclude.

Budapest: Hands-On Strudel Making Class

5. Budapest: Hands-On Strudel Making Class

Delight in a 2.5-hour hands-on culinary experience making traditional strudels in a small group. Delight in a hands-on culinary experience making traditional strudels. Bake 2 different strudels with your choice of filling and enjoy eating them afterward. Make your way to the local partner's private apartment in the center of Budapest. With your professional chef, discover the history of the strudel, a typical Habsburg Empire dessert whose origins can be traced to the Turkish influence in Hungary. Learn about the dessert's importance to wedding dinners in the countryside, as well as about wider Hungarian cuisine, customs, and everyday life. Then, delight in learning the local partner's mother's recipe, which makes the stretched version of the strudel. Stretch the elastic pastry by hand until it is very thin, under your chef's guidance. Fill your strudels with typical fillings — such as poppy-seed with pumpkin, sweet or salty cabbage, and sweet cottage cheese cream — and then put them in the oven to bake.  While you wait, taste some other typical Hungarian bites and enjoy some Palinka (fruit brandy), Hungarian wine, soft drinks, mineral water, tea, or coffee. When your strudels are ready, sit down and savor them together with your group. Finally, take the recipes home with you so you can recreate the strudels for your family and friends.

From Budapest: Half-Day Cheese & Wine Tour to Etyek

6. From Budapest: Half-Day Cheese & Wine Tour to Etyek

The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel by an air-conditioned minibus. You will then be taken to the Etyek wine region, only a 30-minute drive from Budapest. During the journey, learn about Hungarian history and the history of winemaking in the country. Discover that Hungary has a long and rich wine tradition with quality wine production going back for centuries. Upon arrival to Etyek village, you will visit an artisan cheese making workshop. You will taste 5-6 differently aged cheeses paired with regional white or red wines. During your tasting, you will learn about different methods of cheese making. After the tasting, you will go on a short tour of the facility to see the traditional tools for cheesemaking as well as visit the cheese aging chamber. After visiting the cheese facility, the tour continues to traditional local wineries in the region. These small, family owned boutique wineries produce about 15 to 20000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and in the cellars only. Taste 4 local wines at each of the wineries and visit the wine cellars. Finish the day with a rustic, 3 course home-cooked meal. Savor classic Hungarian dishes and discuss your wine discoveries as you eat. After the tour, enjoy a drive back to your hotel in Budapest.

Budapest's Highlights by Bike with Goulash Meal

7. Budapest's Highlights by Bike with Goulash Meal

Discover Budapest's most attractive sites by bike including Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Thermal bath, St.Stephen Basilica, Chain Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and much more. Visit breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites with local English-speaking guides on 15 different scenic stops. Learn about the city of Budapest and the people that call the Hungarian city home. By the end of the tour, you will have a thorough understanding of Hungarians and their lifestyle. Digest Budapest's exciting history through entertaining stories and savor the city's appetizing cuisine. Exploring Budapest by bike is a great way to orientate yourself in the city, whether it's the beginning of your stay or the end of it. End the tour with an unforgettable Hungarian goulash in a cozy restaurant.

Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

8. Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

See the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour-long tour. The program is recommended for those who only have a short time, or want to explore the city alone and just require an orientation. During such a city tour, you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly, where you want to go back to or you can simply measure the distances.   Highlights in the tour include Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, the House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, and the Central Market Hall.

Budapest: Hungarian Whisky, Gin, and Pálinka Tasting

9. Budapest: Hungarian Whisky, Gin, and Pálinka Tasting

Once you have gathered with your group and guide outside the Ritz-Carlton, your experience to encounter and taste the national Hungarian spirit of palinka will begin. It is known that vodka is associated with Russians, whisky is with the Scottish, gin is clearly English, Zubrowka is Polish, and Becherovka is for the Czechs, and through this experience you will learn all about how palinka is the national drink of Hungary.  Visit the Agardi Distillery, only a 45-minute drive from Budapest. Throughout the journey your guide will explain why palinka is an important part of the history and culture of Hungary. During your tour you will taste 6 different types of palinka, as well as an Agardi gin and whisky.

Budapest: Private Tour with a Local

10. Budapest: Private Tour with a Local

With this welcoming tour, transform your way of traveling to make it as much about the people you meet as it is the places you see. Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his or her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, discover the easiest ways to get around and learn about the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 461 reviews

Exit outside Budapest which allows you to discover the outdoor landscapes and the pleasures of the serenity of the wine villages. Very nice welcome. A great discovery of the wine-growing talents of Hungary.

Miki was excellent guide. He knew a lot about wines and making wines already. He asked vintner all our questions and we felt really exclusive since he takes only a few person for these trips.

Susan our guide was a very friendly, informative and fun person who made our trip worthwhile. We would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about Hungarian wines.

It was a great experience with good wine and good food. The guide was very nice and also knew his way around very well. Really recommended for wine lovers

What a fantastic tour... the wine was outstanding but so was the scenery, the conversations, and our guide Tamas.