Hungarian Wine Tours

Hungarian Wine Tours

Northern Tour
6 Days: Budapest / Tokay / Eger
April – October
Western Tour
7 Days: Budapest / Pecs / Heviz
April – October

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Suggested Program Inclusives



  • Two night accommodations at the Hilton Hotel in Buda (Danube River view rooms), the Grof Degenfeld Castle Hotel in Tarcal (superior rooms) and one night at the Hotel Panorama in Eger.
  • Daily buffet breakfast, in/out hotel porterage, all taxes and service charges.
  • Three lunches at local restaurants during the tour. Please note that lunch is not included on arrival day as flights arriving from the U.S. usually do not arrive into Budapest until early afternoon at the earliest.
  • Five dinners at local restaurants. This includes; the Welcome dinner at the Fortuna Restaurant in Buda and the Farewell dinner at the Magnaskert Restaurant, also in Buda.
  • Three vineyard/winery visits.
  • Applicable entrance fees in Eger, Godollo and Budapest, per the above program.
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout the above program.
  • Transportation by 16 seater air-conditioned minibus



  • Two night accommodations at the Hilton Hotel in Buda (Danube River view rooms), the Hotel Palatinus in Pecs (superior rooms) and the Spa & Hotel Lotus Therme in Heviz.
  • Daily buffet breakfast, in/out hotel porterage, all taxes and service charges.
  • Five lunches at local restaurants during the tour. Please note that lunch is not included on arrival day as the flights arriving from the U.S. usually do not arrive into Budapest until early afternoon at the earliest.
  • Six dinners at local restaurants. This includes; the Welcome dinner at the Fortuna Restaurant in Buda and the Farewell dinner at the Magnaskert Restaurant, also in Buda.
  • Four vineyard/winery visits.
  • Applicable entrance fees in Keszthely, Herend and Tihany, per the above program.
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout the above program.
  • Transportation by 16 seater air-conditioned minibus


Proposed Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest


Arrival at Budapest Airport where an English-speaking guide is waiting with a private motorcoach to transfer the group to the Hilton Hotel perched high above the Danube River in Buda. Checkin will be on arrival with the afternoon free to relax. The Hilton has a wonderful tasting room down in the basement of the hotel with over 20 different wines from all over Hungary. The cost in Hungarian forints is the equivalent of $2-5 per glass and all in a unique setting. Across the street from the Hilton is the House of Hungarian Wines. This store does serious tastings of upwards of 35 wines with or without the assistance of the cellar master. Later that evening, there is a welcome dinner at the Fortuna Restaurant, also across the street from the Hilton Hotel.


Day 2 - Budapest / Tokay


After breakfast and hotel checkout, your private motorcoach and guide arrive to begin your journey to the Tokay wine region of northeast Hungary. Tokay is Hungary’s most famous wine region and a World Heritage site. It produces one of the greatest wines in the world, Tokaji Aszu. The “Sun King” Louis XIV of France proclaimed it to be “the wine of kings, the king of wines”. Very high praise indeed from the country that is famous for its notable sauternes, a wine often compared to Tokaji Aszu. After the drive east, we arrive in the town of Tokay for lunch and we continue to the nearby village of Tarcal where a winery visit is scheduled at the Degenfeld Winery. This premium estate was refounded in 1994 by the Degenfeld family. For many years, the main building on the beautifully-kept grounds, was a wine school. Most recently, it was lovingly renovated into a lovely hotel. Overnight and dinner will be at the Grof Degenfeld Castle Hotel.


Day 3 - Tokay


After breakfast, our winery tour will be begin as we visit vineyards in this legendary region that boasts the perfect combination of volcanic soil, unique micro-climate, grape variety and a centuries-old tradition of wine-making excellence. There will be a tasting in one of the most amazing cellars in Tokay in order to gain insight into the various wines and styles that no other region can match. Lunch will be at a local restaurant along the way. Dinner and overnight will again be at the Grof Degenfeld Castle Hotel.


Day 4 - Tokay / Egar


After breakfast and hotel checkout, the coach and guide drive you to Eger, another truly historic Hungarian wine region. Eger’s best known for its “Bull’s Blood”, a complex, spicy and vigorous red wine that is a blend of 3-4 varietals. We will visit a market leader of the wine from this region and have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, there will be a sightseeing tour of Eger to discover the attractive sights of a glorious past, including the 13th century Eger Castle, the historical Dobo Square and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight is scheduled at the Hotel Panorama in Eger.


Day 5 - Eger / Budapest


After breakfast and hotel checkout, the private coach and guide takes you back to Budapest. En route, there will be a stop in Godollo to visit the Royal Palace, the favorite summer retreat of Hapsburg Queen Elizabeth. We arrive back in Budapest where we will check in to the Hilton Hotel in Buda with some time to have lunch on your own near the hotel. That afternoon, there is a sightseeing tour of Budapest scheduled. The highlights are St. Stephens Basilica, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square (Milennial Monument), the Castle District with St. Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, as well as, Gellert Hill. This evening you will enjoy an excellent dinner with Gypsy music at the Magnaskert Restaurant in hilly Buda.


Day 6 - Budapest


After breakfast and hotel checkout, and according to flight schedules, the group will be transferred to the Budapest Airport for the return to the U.S.


Day 1 - Budapest


Arrival at Budapest Airport where an English-speaking guide is waiting with a private motorcoach to transfer the group to the Hilton Hotel perched high above the Danube River in Buda. Checkin will be on arrival with the afternoon free to relax. The Hilton has a wonderful tasting room down in the basement of the hotel with over 20 different wines from all over Hungary. The cost in Hungarian forints is the equivalent of $2-5 per glass and all in a unique setting. Across the street from the Hilton is the House of Hungarian Wines. This store does serious tastings of upwards of 35 wines with or without the assistance of the cellar master. Later that evening, there is a welcome dinner at the Fortuna Restaurant, also across the street from the Hilton Hotel.


Day 2 - Budapest / Pecs


After breakfast and hotel checkout, the private coach and guide arrive to take the group along the Danube River to the Szekszard wine region in southern Transdanubia. These vineyards produce some of the best red wines in Hungary. The composer, Franz Liszt was a frequent visitor here in the 1840’s and another composer, Franz Schubert, is said to have been inspired to write his Trout Quintet after a glass, of two, of Szekszard wine. After visiting a local winery, and having some lunch, the coach continues on to Pecs. Dinner and overnight will be at the Hotel Palatinus in Pecs. This property is considered an architectural gem in the Art Nouveau style.


Day 3 - Pecs


After breakfast, there is a sightseeing tour of Pecs where Roman burial chambers, Turkish mosques and fine Zsolnay Porcelain can be found. After lunch, we continue visiting vineyards south of Pecs, in the Villany wine of region. Villany is one of Hungary’s principal producers of big-bodied, Bordeaux-style red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. We will visit one of the best vintners in the region. Upon returning to Pecs, there will be a dinner and overnight at the Hotel Palatinus.


Day 4 - Pecs / Heviz


After breakfast and hotel checkout, the coach and guide will take the group north to the famous Hungarian resort area of Lake Balaton. This body of water is the largest fresh water lake in central Europe. We arrive in Keszthely which is located at the westernmost end of Lake Balaton. After lunch, we will visit the sprawling Festetics Palace with over 100 rooms situated in two wings. The palace’s greatest treasure is the Helikon Library with a 90,000 volume collection. We continue on to Heviz and checkin at the Hotel & Spa Lotus Therme with dinner scheduled later on that evening.


Day 5 - Heviz


After breakfast at the hotel, it is time to do some more exploring. Five basic factors – climate, natural diversity, beauty, volcanic soil and unique grape varieties – make Lake Balaton, potentially, one of Hungary’s leading wine regions. The result is a singular white wine. In the Badacsony region, wine has been produced for centuries, and it’s Olaszrizling, is one of the best dry white wines that can be found in Hungary. On this day, we will visit the region’s premier winery. After lunch, there will be a visit to the world famous Herend Porcelain Factory. Return to Heviz for dinner and overnight back at the Hotel & Spa Lotus Therme.


Day 6 - Heviz / Budapest


After breakfast and checkout of the hotel, we are heading back to Budapest in the private coach. En route, there will be a stop at the town of Tihany for a visit to the Benedictine Abbey Church that was founded in 1055. After lunch, we will visit another famous Hungarian wine cellar in Csopak on Lake Balaton. Arrival into Budapest at the Hilton Hotel in Buda will be in the late afternoon. That evening, a wonderful farewell dinner is planned at the Magnaskert Restaurant in hilly Buda. There will be entertainment by a local Gypsy band.


Day 7 - Budapest


After breakfast, hotel checkout, and according to flight schedule, the group will be transferred to the Budapest Airport for the return to the U.S.



Please note the following:


  • The above program is a suggestion by my Hungarian ground operator partner for a comprehensive wine tour and sightseeing combination. We can always include more winery visits and some comprehensive evening tastings of the wines of the region you are visiting.
  • It is also possible to add a few additional days to the program to visit the Lake Balaton region in western Hungary. Or, it is also possible, to add an additional day or two in Budapest.
  • Extensions for individual travelers after the group departs can also be arranged.
  • The organizer of the land program in Hungary is Mr. Tamas Bekassy of Welcome Touristic in Budapest. Mr. Bekassy’s family has been in the wine business near Lake Balaton for over 150 years.
  • We highly recommend that group sizes do not exceed 20 people.
  • Similar small group tours to wine regions in countries like; France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia may also be arranged through our network of local ground operators.