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The Classics Tokaj and Eger wine region tour
TOUR STARTS ON REQUEST | 5 days 4 nights | Join us in our extraordinary private tour to Eger and Tokaj, two of the most known wine regions of Hungary! Meet the winemakers, visit the hundred-years’ old cellars and enjoy delicate food. Experience the diversity of Furmint grape, taste late harvest wines, Szamorodni and Tokaji Aszú. The Tokaj wine region is Hungary’s world famous wine region. The region gained its reputation as the producer of the "Wine of Kings” and the “King of Wines". Tokaji Aszú wine has been made for 450 years.
Learn about Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood), Kékfrankos and other lovely cuvees of Eger while admiring the mesmerizing ambience. Feel the atmosphere of the charming baroque city of Eger while enjoying the state-of-the-art wines. | From 1550 EUR
♦ Two diverse, yet interesting and unique wine regions of Northern Hungary
♦ Exploring Tokaj wine region, the part of UNESCO world heritage
♦ Visiting Hollókő an ethnographic village in Hungary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
♦ Discovering the secrets of Tokaj’s Aszú wines, tasting the most famous grape of the region: Furmint
♦ Bikavér (the Hungarian blue cuvee) experience in Eger
♦ Visiting old cave dwellings, Jeep or horse-carriage tour between the vineyards
♦ Cellar visits and wine tastings with distinguished winemakers of the regions of Eger and Tokaj
♦ Wine dinners
♦ Small group, personalized service
♦ Wine a’More's wine tour guide
DAY 1. | Departure from Budapest at 8:30 a.m. to Eger. (The tour can depart from Eger as well.) Hollókő is the symbol of our Hungarian traditions, part of the UNESCO heritage, besides a livable settlement, too. It is no outdoor museum and there is no seasonal folklore program. It is the one of the last islands, where the traditions are preserved and shared with the visitors. We are going to visit the village and have lunch there in the homes of the locals. Later we start exploring the Eger wine region wines with one of the most interesting winemakers. It is going to be an incredible experience in a cellar surrounded by 30 meters high walls of stone quarry walls. There are 9 cellars within the 1.2 hectares area. We will taste top Eger wines with the winemaker. Transfer and check-in at the Hotel, free time at your leisure, for further exploration. You might wish to visit the Eger Castle, enjoy the thermal bath of Eger or simply stroll in the narrow baroque streets. We meet again in the evening for dinner in the fanciest wine-restaurant of the city. Overnight in Eger.
DAY 2. | Key experiences in the morning will include a walking tour in the beautiful historical town of Eger: the visit to the Monstrous Basilica – the second largest in Hungary – Dobó Square and the Archbishop’s Cellar. We deserve a little rest after the tiring sightseeing in a wine bar. We taste the elegant, high quality wines of Eger region and blend our own “Bikavér”. Lunch will be offered during the program. Our next stop is an extremely unique place; old cave dwellings, home of former settlers. We take a ride among the vineyards on a jeep or horse carriage to the caves. Wine tasting with cellar visits and dinner at one of the most appreciated wineries of the region. Later during the second wine tasting of the day, our host, the winemaker explains terroir and professionalism. His philosophy is very simple: the quality of wine depends on the health of the grapes in vineyards. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Eger.
DAY 3. | We check-out from the hotel after breakfast and head to the historic wine region of Tokaj. After 90 minutes’ journey, we arrive to Mád village, to the heart of the region, to learn about the jewish heritage of the region. Our local expert guide is telling us about the golden age of Tokaj, the history of a local family and their connection to wine. Later we grabb our picnic baskets full of local products and of course some wines and climb up to a tiny hill. In case of unfavourable weather, lunch at a local restaurant. Besides tasting some wines our local wine guide explains about the grapes, winemaking traditions and the diversity soils and importance of stones. After strolling among the vineyards and having lunch, some treasures are waiting for us to be explored in a six hundred years’ old cellar labyrinth. Hiding away in the underground world we drive to a nearby village and check-in at our hotel. After having some time for relaxation we drive back to MÁD for dinner. Transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight in Tokaj.
DAY 4. | In the morning we head to a nearby village to follow our journey to the botrytised sweet wine world. We taste some late harvest and Aszú wines at one of the region’s biggest winery and cellar. Goulash for lunch is going to be prepared in open air in one of the cellars of the UNESCO World Heritage Site cellar row village. The afternoon is for visiting the city of Tokaj, where we have an hour free time, before visiting the regions famous Rákóczi cellar. Visit and tasting. Transfer to the Hotel. Cellar visit followed by a wine dinner in the elegant restaurant. Overnight in Tokaj.
DAY 5. | To kick off the day we meet a lady winemaker in a nearby village. She will guide our feet in her cellar and explain how hand-crafted wines of exceptional quality are made. Our Tokaj programme ends with a lunch at a wine estate owned restaurant, at the foot of the vineyards. Some can walk in the vineyards or climb up the hill to touch the funny shape rocks. For a short relax some may climb up the hill or just stroll in the vineyards, before leaving the region. We arrive to Budapest in the evening. The evening is for free, for exploring Budapest or an optional Wine Bar Tour can be booked.
ABOUT THE WINE REGIONS | Tokaj & Eger
The historic landscape of Tokaj was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002. Tokaji is the prestige brand of Hungary, unique and excellent. Tokaji Aszú is the world’s greatest natural sweet wine, a medicine, a gift of the nature. Furmint is the dominant grape variety of Tokaj. It is an autochthon type, a late ripener with high acidity and sugar levels and especially susceptible for botrytis. Due to its unique characteristics it is the perfect base for both dry and sweet Tokaj wines. Since Tokaj is a closed wine region, the law determines the grape varieties that can be grown here, like Hárslevelű, Kövérszőlő, Zéta or Sárgamuskotály. Walk around the lovely vineyards, learn about vintages and the diversity of the volcanic soils, meet the winemakers and explore the hundred years old cellars. Taste the finest dry single vineyards Furmints, search for apricot, lime or quince flavours in the late harvest, dry fruits and honey in the nectar-like Aszú wines.
The uniqueness of the Eger wine region has always been its ability to grow vines capable of producing quality red and white wines. The most famous one of the region is undoubtedly the Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood) which is a Kékfrankos (Blaufrankisch) based red cuvee, a blend of three or more grapes. Winegrowers invest a lot of time and money for repositioning this brand. We are going to taste some excellent examples during our tasting tour. Besides Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Cabernets and Kadarka are the most commonly planted red grape varieties. Among whites Hárslevelű, Olaszrizling and Leányka are the most popular ones, each autochthon types. There is a new region brand Egri Csillag (The Star of Eger) which is a uniform blend of white grape varieties
♦ 2-3 persons ♦ DBL 2500 EUR / persons ♦ SGL 2700 EUR / person ♦ with driver guide
♦ 4-6 persons ♦ DBL 1900 EUR / persons ♦ SGL 2100 EUR / persons ♦ with driver and wine guide
♦ 7-12 persons ♦ DBL 1550 EUR / persons ♦ SGL 1650 EUR / persons ♦ with driver and wine guide
THE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES | 4 nights’ accommodation 4* or 3* hotel | 4* hotel: all meals: 5 lunches (picnic lunch optional), 4 dinners with wines | 3* hotel: drinks by meals, entrance fees are not included | Sightseeing in Eger and Tokaj region | Wine blending experience | 7 wine tastings and cellar visits | Vineyard walk | Jeep or horse-carriage tour | Cave dwelling visit | Presentation of the Jewish heritage of Tokaj wine region | Cellar labyrinth visit | Transfer during the stay | Wine a'More's wine tour guide
NOT INCLUDED | Personal expenses | Drinks and food other than detailed in the program | Prices of optional programmes
ACCOMMODATION 2 nights in Eger and 2 nights in Tokaj wine region, 4* or 3* hotels | DEPATURE POINT Meeting point in Budapest downtown or at your downtown hotel | TRAVEL Travel from and to Budapest by minibus | GROUP SIZE min. 6 persons | Please contact us for smaller or bigger groups, or individuals
TOUR STARTS | ON REQUEST
BOOKING & MORE INFORMATION | email@example.com | +36 30 205 2840
PLEASE NOTE | The prices are valid until further notice and are subject to change due to seasonability and availability. | Should you wish to change any part of the programme, to arrive earlier or extend your stay, we will be more than happy to prepare a customized tour for you!
Date: 1st January 2018
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