It's one of our favourite national holidays and makes one of our favourite countries in Europe even better - St Stephen's Day in Hungary!
When we lived in Budapest, the 20th August (St Stephen's Day) was one that lives in the memory - from the Red Bull Air Race, the parade of St Stephen's mummified arm and fireworks!
For St Stephen's Day 2016, we have a special adapted Tokaj & Budapest Wine experience for you all to enjoy the festivities!
Explore the lovely vineyards learning and tasting about the vintages and diversity while meeting the winemakers and exploring the ancient cellars.
On this special experience you will indulge in Tokaj - the king of wines and wine of kings - and Budapest in time for the celebrations!
On this experience you will:
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Tokaj wine region
- Have a gourmet wine dinner
- Walk the vineyards with a terroir picnic
- Try award winning wines
Day 1 - 17th August
Arriving in Budapest you will meet at the hotel before a bus tour around the city. This evening you will start as you mean to go on with an introduction to Hungarian wines, dinner and tastings.
Day 2 - 18th August
This morning you will depart to the historic wine region of Tokaj where you will stop on the way at a small village called Rátka for your first tasting with the Árvay Family. Winemakers Angelika and her father János are both proud winners of several awards and certificates and they will introduce you to the Tokaj region and traditions. After tasting some dry Furmints you will start the journey to botrytised sweet wine world with some late harvest and Aszú wines with lunch.
Driving further to Mád, the heart of the Tokaj region, you will check-in at the hotel from where you can find hidden treasures in the six hundred years’ old cellar labyrinth of Holdvölgy Winery. Tonight you will enjoy typical Hungarian cuisine with wines during dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Day 3 - 19th August
The sunny vineyards are waiting for you to be discovered today! Grabbing your picnic baskets full of local products and some wines from the Szent Tamás Winery, you will climb up a local hill for fantastic views where a local wine guide explains about the grapes and winemaking traditions of Mád. In the afternoon you will head to the town of Tokaj to explore. Dinner will be in a prestigious local gourmet restaurant with the wines of the iconic winemaker of the region, Mr. István Szepsy and that of his son’s winery.
Day 4 - 20th August - St Stephen's Day
Only one place to be tonight - Budapest! But first you will visit Bodrogkeresztúr - a tiny village on the shore of the Bodrog river where you will visit the Tokaj Wine Vinegar House. Later you will meet Sarolta Bárdos, the Winemaker of Tokaj in year 2012! She will guide us around her cellar and explain how she makes her hand-crafted wines before you are transfered back to Budapest for the the St. Stephen’s Day Festival
Day 5 - 21st August
After breakfast you will be brought to Etyek - a nearby wine region of Budapest where you will have two final wine tastings with your late lunch before saying your goodbyes - or Szia!
Price - £800
This cost includes:
- 1 gourmet wine dinner
- 1 additional dinner and 2 lunches
- 4 wine tastings
- Tastings of more than 20 different wines
- 2 cellar visits
- 1 guided vineyard tour with picnic lunch and wine tasting
- Visiting Tokaji Wine Vinegar House
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Mád 3* hotel, 2 nights’ accommodation in Budapest 4* hotel
- Budapest Transfers
- Local guide
This is a fantastic way to experience Hungary during it's national holiday where you will not only experience the festivities, but also indulge in the regional wines and food.
Please get in touch if you're interested and have other questions by emailing us on email@example.com or fill in the form below.
If you want to delve more into the wine part of the trip, then our Tokaj & Budapest Wine Cycling experience may be just your thing!!