This September I plan to visit Hungary in search of answers to questions I wish I had asked my father about his homeland. How did Hungary become the principle producer of paprika? Exactly why is Budapest called the Paris of Eastern Europe? How much did Hungary's culture contribute to its many 20th century Nobel Laureates, artists and composers?
We have planned an ambitious ten-day itinerary that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, hands-on cooking opportunities and meals at wineries throughout the country. We will travel by coach from museums to farmers’ markets, from a funky bar in Budapest’s bombed-out Jewish quarter to a theraputic thermal spa near Lake Balaton.
My partner on this quest is Claudia Royston, owner of Global Gourmands, and a fellow member of the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an organization that funds women seeking careers in the hospitality industry.
Our ten day journey of discovery is limited to a group of twelve travelers. A deposit of $400 will secure a place. In the event of cancellation by a traveler, the deposit will be non-refundable UNLESS A REPLACEMENT CAN BE FOUND. If a replacement is found, there is a service fee of $75. Maximum group size is 12.
I look forward to your company on this exciting adventure of discovery.
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Please indicate either twin beds or a double bed. If you are traveling with a friend, please provide your travel partner in the note at the end of your reservation.
There is a supplemental charge for a single room of $1050 due to the use of double room by one person instead of two.
Over the course of eight days, learn about both traditional and contemporary Hungarian wine and cuisine, experience the vitality and love of life that makes Hungarians so endearing, and let our private guide reveal the authentic Hungarian cuisine that hides behind the difficult Magyar language.
Upon arrival at the Ferenc Liszt International Airport Budapest, meet your guide and be transferred to the four-star Zenit Budapest Palace Hotel and check in. (There is one group transfer from the airport to the city. Separate transfers can be arranged for those arriving early.) After some free time and a light lunch, take a drive around Pest - the Andrássy Quarter St Stephen’s Basilica, Ráth György Villa, Széchenyi Spa, City Park, etc. This will help with orientation and provide an overview of Pest. This evening, sit down to a welcome dinner at a unique restaurant that creates a weekly menu based on the plot and characters in well-known books and celebrate your first night in Hungary.