Wines of Austria & Hungary
Day 1Welcome to Vienna, a beautiful city filled with history, art and, of course, music. Upon arrival, enjoy your deluxe city tour that features all of the best sites and attractions, including the Belvedere Palace, Donauturm, Imperial Apartments and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. After your tour, check into your hotel and relax, enjoying an evening at your leisure.
Day 2Start your day in the Naschmarkt for a glimpse of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood exotic spices and sweet treats, such as the world famous Sachertorte. Then its off to Klosterneuburg for a tour of the famous Monastery. The rest of the day will be spent in Gumpoldskirchen, a charming wine growing village that offers wine tasting in taverns that are found on every street.
Day 3Today you will taste the wines of Burgenland. Burgenland has many savvy restaurants to consider for a possible luncheon spot before visiting the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt.
Day 4This morning, you will begin your journey into the famous wine regions of Kremstal & Kamptal. You will have the opportunity to taste stunning wine made from both indigenous and international grape varietals. Part of the excitement today includes visiting the world renowned Grafenegg Castle. Your dinner event includes a Mozart concert performance.
Day 5Visit the wineries in the Neusiedlersee region today. You will love the regions sweet wines and also the velvety red Zweigelt. During your return to Vienna, you will tour a wonderful Nature Sanctuary and view endangered plants, animals and birds. This evening walk to a Plaka area and select a cozy Vienna restaurant.
Day 6After breakfast this morning, prepare for your journey to Budapest. In route visit the romantic and beautiful Wachau Valley for more excellent wine. Next is the impressive Benedictine Abbey which sits high on the hill overlooking the village of Melk and the Danube river. Complete this magical day by exploring the streets of Dürnstein before arriving at your splendid Budapest hotel. Enjoy an extravagant dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 7Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the Danube River. The Danube splits Budapest in half and distinctly defines both sides of the city. Enjoy a full day visiting the best attractions of this historic city and the capital of Hungary. In the afternoon, you will tour a medieval cellar for a taste of sparkling wine in the Etyek-Buda wine region located close to the city.
Day 8Make your way to the famous wine region and baroque town of Eger. Taste the famous Bulls blood (Egri Bikaver) and other incredible wines in the underground cellar/cave-system. A delightful dinner awaits your return and will be served at your hotel this evening.
Day 9Sip the wines of Matraalja today. This will be a truly unique experience since most of the wineries are scattered through a hilly forest. You will be served a tasty lunch and see miles of amazing scenery during your outing today.
Day 10Its off to Tokaj-Hegyalja to sample Hungarys most sought-after sweet wine, Tokaj (Tokay). This wine is known as the nectar of Kings and is even mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem. This day will linger in your memories for years to come. You will also experience the charming culture, friendly people and delicious cuisine. Consider a bowl of hearty Hungarian Goulash. The spicy enviting dish is endeared by all.
Day 11Start this morning with a transfer to Budapest where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. This evening, you will be special guests at a Hungarian folklore dinner show. Sleep well
. For tomorrow starts your flight home.
Day 12Say goodbye to the picturesque city of Budapest as you transfer to the airport for a flight home.