Why get a boring train between Budapest and Vienna when there are so many things to do in between? This was a private transfer and was absolutely fantastic. There are no words to describe how pleased we are with this tour. Tour guide and driver were super friendly, kind and knowledgeable. First stop was at an amazing and beautiful little winery in Hungary in which we tried a lot of delicious wines that they accompanied with a lot of food. Second stop was at a charming little town in Vienna in which we had a very nice lunch in a very nice place. We also visited a beautiful little town by a lake and the place where the pan-european picnic was held this is the event that marked the beginning of the fell of the iron curtain. Finally we went to another winery in Austria. This one was very fancy and modern but very good as well. If you are interested in doing something fun and delicious the traveling between Budapest and Vienna, this is your option!
This trip was literally the highlight of our journey. We took the tour from Budapest to Venna instead of the train....good choice! Our guide Tamas was THE BEST!!!!! He knew wine, he knew Hungarian history. The first little winery we went to, was small yet fabulous.Sorry, but I lost the paper that had all the names!!!!..I am from California wine country, and this litle winery was the real deal! They even had Pinot, and us Napa-Sonoma folks are kind of Pinot snobs....but theirs was special!!! We learned all about Hungarian wines, had a luscious snack in their little tasting toom. PERFECT. Then we went to a fabulous lunch across from a castle, then another winery....good wine, modern facility, and had a tour. Continued our travels to some other quaint spots, and finished off with where the iron curtain fell. Tamas told us the whole story. Almost unfathomable....and this happened in 1989!! I would recommend this tour highly....if you are just wanting a tour of the countryside with some history or if you are a wine lover...this is your tour!!!!
The tour was excellent. We saw a lot of Hungary and Austria. The host was great. She was friendly and informative. The wine tasting was great. We we to two very different wineries. The host was very accomadating of the participants. It was a very long day but well worth the money.
This was one of the highlights of our trip. There just the three of us on this tour along with the driver and our guide, Virag. We felt we got a very personal and informative tour of the wineries and area. Virag was a great guide, a Hungarian with thorough knowledge about wine, wine making and the country. We were picked up at our hotel in Vienna and our first stop was the Esterházy Winery in near Eisenstadt. This was a top of line facility. Great tour, wine and tasty food. The unoaked Chardonnay was our favorite.
We stopped for lunch in Rust and we got to see the storks nesting in the chimneys, really cool. Had a lunch at a local spot then on the Eisenstadt to tour the palace and a farmers market that happened to be going on. We also had time for the Picnic Monument at the border where the Iron Curtain began its fall, a sobering reminder of recent history.
The second and last winery was outside of Budapest - Hernák Birtok. The polar opposite of the first winery. This is a fairly new winery built from the ground up by what I think is an amazing entrepreneurial couple. The place is new, but looks like it's been there a hundred years. Very picturesque and delicious wine.
Taste Hungary is the tour operator, they should be congratulated for having Virag as a guide. She knew her stuff and was fun to be around. She went the extra mile and gave a list of things to see and do in Budapest. My wife and I had one of the best meals of the trip at a restaurant called Aszu. Then we walked to another recommendation of Virg's - the Kadarka wine bar. All in all a great tour.
Guide was great and the van was very comfortable. The stops and wine tasting was an amazing option
It was a nice way to get to Budapest however I think it was too long a day. Thought we would visit more wineries and the best one was the first one right in the morning which was too early for me to start tasting wine! Our guide Mark was very knowledgeable and helpful.
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