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A Historical Cross- Country Tour
Past and present of a 1000 year old state: Hungary
8 days/7nights

It was in 1000 AC that the coronation of the first king of Hungary - St. Stephen - took place. Ever since the Hungarian history shows a continuity of statehood in spite of the attacts and occupations by foreign powers. The country survived invasions from the East (Tatars in the 13th century), the occupations of the Turks (16th-17th centuries), wars with the Habsburgs in the 19th and with the Russians in the 20th century and absorbed Eastern and Western influences in its culture while guarded its unique language. The exiting history and these cultural impacts are evident in the architecture, memorial places when visitors travel across the country.

   

Day 1

Arrival to the Budapest Airport. Welcome by our guide and transfer with orientation tour until checking in at the pre-booked hotel. During the dinner an invited academic lecturer gives a short insight into the history of the Magyars (Hungarians). Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

Day 2

Whole day tour - getting acquainted with the millenary monuments of the capital. (The Millenary Festivities took place in 1896 when the country celebrated the 1000th anniversary of the Conquest of the Hungarians.) The medieval Castle District of Buda with the Royal Palace complex: where the history began. Entrance to the revealed parts of the former palace, Matthias (Coronation) Church, Fishermen's Bastion, a thrilling descent to the cave system under the Castle Hill. The limestone caves gave refuge to inhabitants of the castle area during wars and sieges throughout the centuries. Aquincum: visiting the excavations of the Roman town at the edge of the capital (Romans ruled the province of Pannonia for 250 years. The River Danube was the border called 'limes' of the Roman Empire). Heroes' Square (the square was built for the Millenary Festivities with two beautiful museums and with the statues of the great personalities, statesmen and kings). The beautiful Vajdahunyad castle is a complex of copies of the most precious buildings to be found in the country, copies also built for 1896 festivities. Andrassy Avenue with the lavish end-of-the-century buildings showing the wealth of the first industrial boom: the Opera House, the Ballet Institute. Proceed to the former Jewish Quarter and visiting the Jewish Museum, the recently renovated Great Synagogue (the second largest in the world) built at the end of the last century in oriental style; a private recital by a local cantor in the synagogue. This visit permits an insight into the life of the Hungarian Jewry from the 19th century until today.





Day 3

After breakfast beginning of the round trip. First stop is the 18th century Grassalkovich Castle in Gödöllő, the most outstanding complex of a Baroque Castle, later given to Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth as a wedding present by the Hungarian Nation. It became their summer residence. Guided tour in the refurbished royal residences, the park and the stables (the queen was a passionate rider). Proceed to Szirák Mansion, also a fine example of 18th century mansion architecture, once belonged to the aristocrat Teleky family (which played an important role in the history). A lunch will be taken here in the cellar restaurant of the mansion. Proceed to Eger, the fine Baroque town and centre of the famous wine region. Overnight in the downtown.

Day 4

Walking tour in the downtown and in the fortress. Excursion to Szilvásvárad to see the famous Lippizaner stud and museum and ride to the Nature Reserve on the narrow gauge railway in the Szalajka Valley. Enjoy a picnic style outdoor dinner with trout and selected wines (Maid of Eger, Medoc of Eger, Bull's Blood) on the Bükk Plateau near the trout ponds. Overnight in Eger.

Day 5

Proceed to the Great Hungarian Plain. Arrival to Kecskemét and accommodation in the town center. Walking tour around the Main Square where beautiful historical buildings - like the Hungarian Art Nouveau Municipal Hall, the Fancy Palace, the Kodály Institute, the Old Church, the former Synagogue - can be seen. The region is the home of lush orchards (apricot, peach, grape), while the surrounding prairie-land, the 'puszta' is declared as a protected national park. Free time for lunch. Afternoon visiting one of the local museums like the interesting Toys Museum, the Naive Painters Collection and finally the Bozsó Collection. He was a local painter who converted his house into a museum of old instruments, pottery and other articrafts. A private concert will be arranged where these old instruments will resound. Dinner outside on a horse ranch with local specialities and live music. The farms guard the ancient horse breeding/riding traditions and keep a stock of the white cattle (the first Hungarian settlers brought them into the Carpathian Basin). A spectacular horse show presents the equestrian skills of the Hungarian Cavaliers. Overnight in Kecskemét.

Day 6

Proceed to Transdanubia (crossing the Danube at Dunaföldvár) to Lake Balaton (crossing the lake from Szántód to Tihany Peninsula by catamaran ferry). Accommodation at Club Hotel Tihany in lakeview rooms. In the rest of the time visiting the 1000 old Abbey and church on the hilltop from where a beautiful view on the lake is offered. The village museum houses, the Fishermens' House and the Pottery are also worth to visit. Dinner and overnight in Tihany.

Day 7

Veszprém - Herend - Pannonhalma
Veszprém is the town of Queens where you visit the castle hill with its Episcopal Monuments. Not far from here is Herend where one of the world's most exquisite china is manufactured. Visiting the factory's museum and time for shopping in the neighbouring porcelain shop. Last stop is at Pannonhalma. The Benedictine Abbey - founded one thousand years ago - on St. Martin Hill is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The establishment is a treasure-hold of architectural and artistic accomplishments. Its 300.000 volume library holds precious codices and chronicles of the Hungarian history. It is still a practising church school. After this exhausting guided tour a light lunch is taken at the foot of the hill. Back to Budapest (2 hrs drive). Farewell dinner at the unforgettable restaurant Gundel in the City Park, as old as the Park itself. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 8

Departure day. After breakfast transfer to the airport.