Wine and dine trips and tours
from Budapest by bus
Day trip to Vác: a charming baroque town by the Danube
Vác is a picturesque little town an hour’s ride away from Budapest. Not yet discovered by mass tourism, it is a unique opportunity to witness the undisturbed life of a small Hungarian historical town. A wonderful corso by the side of the Danube offers great overview of the river. A ferry crosses hourly to the opposite island where restaurants and undisturbed island wildlife awaits the visitor. One major attraction of the town is a recently discovered funerary cellar under the Dominican church. The “mummies of Vác” have become a world sensation do to their undisturbed state, rich baroque garments and beautifully painted coffins. After visiting this literally cryptic exhibition, one can lament over the mutability of life in one of the most famous cake shops of Hungary on the opposite side of the main square. The Mihályi Patisserie offers the finest selection of designer cakes also sold by Café Cetral in Budapest. Several small villages around Vác offer an insight into local life and cuisine with generously portioned local dishes at affordable prices.
Film Studio and Wine Tasting Tour in Etyek wine region
One of the largest film studios in Central Europe can be found in Etyek, just a half hour bus-ride away from Budapest. The studio has a visitor center with guided tours. Exhibitions include a film history section, an interactive studio, where the basics of digital film production can be learnt and experienced. Guests can also tour film sets including a Brooklyn scene, sets from the popular TV series “Borgias” or the interior spaces of “Hellboy 2” by cinema legend Ridley Scott. After the visit guests can enjoy a wine tasting tour at the Etyek region wine cellars. Boasting of growing one of the best white wines of Hungary, the Etyek region is famous for its pinot gris and sauvignon blanc grapes. Sparkling wine is also produced out of these grapes, one of the most renowned brands selling them are the historical champagne producer Törley. The Old Wine Hill in Etyek is surrounded by small cosy wine cellars and restaurants where visitors are introduced to the secrets of wine-making to be followed by wine tasting. Traditional Hungarian food is served with the wines.
Tata and Neszmély: historic town visit and wine tasting tour by bus
Tata lies an hour’s bus ride away from Budapest. Situated by the side of a beautiful lake, this charming little baroque town offers many attractions and activities concentrated in a small urban area. Boats tours and kayak rental is available for those who want to experience nature, while a medieval castle and several museums and sites around the lake offer cultural adventures. One of the largest wine producer region lies a few kilometers north of Tata. The Hilltop Winery situated on top of a small mountain overlooking the Danube offers a wonderful vista of the region and also excellent wine tasting tours. Crispy fresh whites and rose are specialties of these sunny slopes. Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are some of the most well-known types, but highly acclaimed Pinot Noire and Merlot are also produced in the cellars. Hilltop is one of the largest wine exporters of Hungary, and has become a well-know brand in the UK. The restaurants of the region offer delicious traditional food in healthy portions.
Design your own tour: from cultural program to dining and wine
The above examples are just a few selected cases of the many available options when a cultural bus tour combined with fine dining and wine tasting is the desired form of relaxation and recreation. Apart from general interest destinations many niche attractions can be selected from thermal baths to active sports, farms or fine art and architecture tours. Please contact us with your specific needs, and we assemble a package for you with the finest selection of options included at an optimal price. Selecting vendors and service providers individually is not only troublesome and stressful, but also risky. With a thorough knowledge of the market and decades spent in the tourism industry, we can assemble the best destinations with the most trustworthy vendors below their street prices. We offer quality and reliability at high price/value ratios.
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