SPECIAL EVENTS

2018 GRAPE HARVEST AT LAKE BALATON

Date: September 2018
Profile: Groups from 42 people
Hotel: 3*


Accommodation in 3-Star Hotel in Balatonfüred or similar


Program schedule

1st DAY

Arrival in the afternoon

Buffet dinner in the hotel.


2nd DAY

After breakfast, excursion to the West-Balaton region

Sightseeing in Keszthely, the capital of Lake Balaton

Keszthely is the largest and oldest settlement on the shore of Lake Balaton and in Roman times it was an important trading center. The most famous attraction is Festetics Palace. A museum is also located in the Baroque palace. The partly preserved original interiors are a real specialty - rare in Hungary, because most of the Hungarian castles were plundered during World War II. As part of a guided tour, you can visit 18 furnished rooms.

After the castle tour we take a walk through the old town with its Baroque houses and tempting cafés. A Gothic parish church from the 14th Century is located on the main square with beautiful frescoes and rose windows.

After the city tour we continue to Sümeg (30 km).



Knight tournament and medieval feast in Sümeg

The castle of Sümeg is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses of Hungary. After the Mongolian invasion in the 13th Century Béla IV (also called the second founder of the state of Hungary) commanded to set up new stone castles everywhere in the country to protect against another attack. The castle of Sümeg was built at that time. It gained importance through the connection to the bishops of Veszprém, especially in the Turkish period, where the bishop was forced to leave the seat of the diocese and he fled to Sümeg. After the 18th Century the castle was abandoned for a long time. Finally, in the 20th Century, it was repossessed and repaired. Today it is a favourite excursion destination of vacationers at Lake Balaton. You can reach the castle along a good but steep path on foot, or take the castle taxi comfortably. (Visit is optional!)

Medieval Feast - Guests are served by warriors and ladies in authentic costumes. Food is generally consumed with hands according to medieval traditions. After the feast you can experience an exciting knight tournament just like in the Middle Ages.

Arrival at the hotel around 19 pm, buffet dinner at the hotel


West-Balaton region with Keszthely and Sümeg


3rd DAY

After breakfast, excursion in the East-Balaton region

Sightseeing in Veszprém, the town of Queens

The city of Veszprém lies about 15 km from the northern shore of Lake Balaton and besides its good shopping opportunities, it is known for its beautiful old town with its ancient bishopric.

The most remarkable sight of the town is the castle and the Baroque style old town lying around. The origin of the town is closely related to the formation of Christianity in Hungary. Holy King Stephen was our first christened king. His wife, Giselle, the princess of Bavarian Passau, founded the bishopric of Veszprém and settled here in a newly constructed castle. She gave the bishops an honourable privilege: crowning the wife of kings. This tradition has survived until the end of the monarchy in Hungary, the last crowning was the ceremony of Queen Zita.

Walking up to the castle takes you pass by many witnesses of the history of Veszprém. Petőfi Theatre next to Károly Eötvös County Library, House Kapuváry, Óváros Square with House Pósa and City Hall have all their own histories. The castle also hosts a variety of sights. During a walk, it is recommended to concentrate on both sides, if you do not want to miss a thing. The pride of the castle is the Baroque fire tower, which stands on ancient ground: it has been used to protect the city for a long time. Today it is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in town.

The Heroes Gate, the Church of the Piarists, the Archbishop's Palace, the St. Michael's Cathedral, The Giselle Chapel and St. Stephen's Church are all delight for the eyes. Many museums of all kinds of art are awaiting you in the old buildings.
Around noon arrival at the Csárda at Balatonfüred, grape harvest program with lots of fun…

The Csarda in Balatonfüred awaits the dear guests with a rustic restaurant, and provides excellent food of the traditional Hungarian cuisine and fine wines. After receiving a brandy, the grape harvest program begins: grape picking and pressing, with amusing entertainment program and games. The program is followed by a delicious lunch with unlimited wine consumption. Alternative program in case of bad weather: wine tasting in the cellar instead of grape picking, rest of the program remains the same.

In the afternoon visiting the Tihany Peninsula

Here your guide will show you the Baroque Benedictine abbey and monastery, which were founded in 1055 by the Hungarian King, Andrew I. During the Turkish era this area was completely devastated, including the original Romanesque church, but a new Baroque church was constructed on the ruins later in the 18th Century. The copy of the founding document, which is the oldest example of Hungarian and Finno-Ugric language, is exhibited in the crypt. Outside, from the terrace of the church, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the lake. After spending some time on the street of artisans, you can admire old fishermen's houses with their thatched roofs from the 18th Century and many souvenir shops.

Arrival at the hotel around 18 pm, buffet dinner at the hotel


Tihany and Veszprém


Grape harvest at lake Balaton


4th DAY

Sightseeing in Budapest

Discover all the breathtaking sites of Budapest: the most beautiful districts, monuments and churches, along with the uniquely beautiful panorama of the Danube. The city tour of Budapest includes visiting the most interesting and famous sights of the city. The tour begins at the Gellért Hill with the Citadel, from where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city. The former fortress was built on the highest point of the city center during the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and served the military.

After we crossed the Danube from Buda to Pest, we reach Andrássy Avenue, which is the most exciting street and also the most beautiful promenade in the city center. Along the way we pass by many famous highlights such as Saint Stephen’s Basilica, Opera House and other prestigious buildings. Arriving at Heroes' Square, we will take a little walk to cast a quick glance at the list of the most significant Hungarian heroes. This is the largest square in Hungary and offers its visitors more highlights e.g. historical monuments and famous statues. Many further attractions await you in the surrounding area, e.g. Budapest Zoo, the famous Gundel Restaurant, and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Furthermore guests view the Parliament House, which is not only the most prestigious building of the country’s government, but also one of the most important symbols of the city. Passing by Margaret Island we get to Castle Hill. The beautiful castle district with a stunning view over the Danube is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here we can reach the medieval sights all within easy walking distance. Historical highlights e.g. Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and many other sights await the tourists.

During the Budapest city tour, there will be stops at the following attractions: the castle district, the Citadel and the Heroes' Square. Lunch is included during a one and a half hour long cruise on the Danube. During free time, guests can take a stroll on the famous Váci Street, or go shopping in the market hall.

After a day rich in experiences transfer back to Lake Balaton.

Arrival at the hotel around 19 pm, buffet dinner at the hotel


Sightseeing in Budapest


5th DAY

After breakfast, departure home

Inclusive services:

- 4 nights accommodation in Danubius Marina Hotel*** with half board
(Full buffet breakfast and buffet dinner without drinks)

- Tour in the West Balaton region, with guided tour in the Palace Museum in Keszthely, medieval knight tournament and feast in Sümeg

- Tour in the East Balaton region, Veszprém city walk, vintage program with lunch, live gypsy music and folk dance performance, visit of the Tihany Peninsula

- Full Day Trip to Budapest, City Tour, 1,5 hrs Danube cruise with buffet lunch, and welcome drink (1 glass sparkling wine)

- Guide service for 4 full days

We reserve the right to change the program!

Transfer is not included, please ask for a quotation.

Program bookable from 42 persons / group

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Last update: 27.03.2015.