The Wines, Cuisines and Culture of Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Global Gourmands LLC
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Sep 3 - 13, 2022
Group size: 10 - 12
The Wines, Cuisines and Culture of Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Global Gourmands LLC
  • Facebook verified
1 review

Sep 3 - 13, 2022
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Over the course of ten 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 unique Hungarian language.

Your journey includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, hands-on cooking opportunities and meals at wineries throughout the country. , 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.


Delicious Highlights:

  • Learn to prepare traditional Hungarian dishes in two hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit the only artisanal paprika producer in Hungary who handles the entire production of their paprika from start to finish
  •  Experience wine production in Tokaj and Lake Balaton
  • Tour a pálinka distillery and learn where its unique flavor comes from 
  • Take a culinary walking tour of Budapest's main market and learn about the history and production of traditional Hungarian ingredients
  • Lunch in an old Budapest wine cellar, hosted by Carolyn Bánfalvi, author of Food, Wine, Budapest
  • Enjoy a curated visit to the annual Budapest Wine Festival 
  • Dinners in some of Budapest's most unique restaurants
  • Two degustation meals at wineries in Tokaj and Lake Balaton

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Get to know Budapest through various museum visits and walking tours and private guided tour of Buda Castle
  • Take a day trip to Szeged by train and be introduced to its regional specialties 
  • Explore the unique Matyó culture and its beautiful embroidery, designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity; watch a demonstration and sew some yourself 
  • Private guided walking tour of Budapest's famed Art Nouveau architecture
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage–listed riverbank of Budapest during a sunset cruise on the Danube
  • Relax in Europe's largest thermal lake during an afternoon visit at Hevíz spa
  • Visit Pannonhalma Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Benedictine Monks wrote the first document in Hungarian

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the trip in case your are unable to participate in the trip . Global Gourmands works exclusively with Arch Roamright. For a travel insurance quote, please click here

What’s included

  • Meals
    Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • All transportation
    Comfortable Mercedes Sprinter
  • 4* Hotel Accommodations
    7 nights in Budapest, 1 night in Tokaj, and 2 nights at Lake Balaton
  • Dedicated local guide
  • Museums entrance fees
  • Group airport transfers
    One transfer at arrivals and one for departure
  • Cooking classes
  • Wine tastings
  • International airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Covid testing
    Pre-departure covid test required

Available Packages

Shared Accommodation - Per Person
Available until June 5, 20225 left

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. 

Deposit: $400
Single Room
Available until June 5, 20224 left

There is a supplemental charge for a single room of $1050 due to the use of double room by one person instead of two.

Deposit: $400

Available options



Day 1 - September 3
Arrival in Budapest

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. 

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Global Gourmands LLC
1 review
Specializing in experiential travel, Global Gourmands creates imaginative and authentic journeys that take travelers beyond tourist circuits and immerses them in local cultures often through food and wine experiences. Every tour is handcrafted by our team of travel experts working directly with in-country partners. We are happy to customize any itinerary.


We had a wonderful time. The food was amazing and we learned a lot about our family heritage. Our guides were excellent. We were disappointed not to see the Royal Airforce museum that was listed on the itinerary. No one seemed to know what happened with that. It was great though to meet cousins from the US that we hadn't met before.
By Gail C for Throckmorton Family Heritage Tour on 23 Jun, 2022