September 15-29, 2006
Hungarian Heritage Holiday
We offer this program to people who have a Hungarian background, or who have some special interest in Hungary. You will visit wonderful historic towns, see the traditional life in villages, enjoy national parks, and meet with people in their homes. There are folksongs and folk dances to learn; you can try your hands at some folk crafts, like wall painting, and there will be cooking! The legendary Hungarian goulash soup is on the menu! The 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and uprising will be celebrated on October 23, 2006, we'll be so be back in Budapest on the eve of the anniversary. If you wish to make any additional arrangements to visit your ancestral villages before or after the trip, we can also help.
AIR: See your travel agent.
SMALL PRINT: There will be an English-speaking guide with the group at all times and transport will be provided by private bus. Accommodations will be in doubles or singles in a four-star hotel in Budapest and in friendly, small three-star hotels in the country. There will be two meals a day. Some of the meals will be prepared and served by excellent cooks in their homes-a unique opportunity to sample superb, authentic Hungarian cuisine. All admissions to museums, private collections, and sightseeing are included, as well as tips and taxes (except for gratuities for the guide and driver).
This trip is like a "dobos-torte" - seven layer cake of history, folk culture, concerts, easy and enjoyable dance lessons, compelling museums, architectural diversity, and a variety of beautiful countrysides!
Day 1: Oct 13 Fr Leave your home port.
Day 2: Oct 14 Sa Hotel Carlton, Budapest. Arrive in Budapest. Transfer to hotel. Orientation walk in city center. Welcome dinner.
Day 3: Oct 15 Su Hotel Bacchus, Eger In the morning drive to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site village of Holloko. Walk in the village center, visit excellent small museums, meet craftspeople, attend a concert by choir of a women folk singers. In the afternoon drive across the Matra Hills, stop at Kekesteto, the highest peak of Hungary, then continue to Eger, the most beautiful Hungarian Baroque town. Walk around in Szepasszonyvolgy, the "valley of wine cellars," wine tasting and dinner with Gypsy music.
Day 4: Oct 16 Mo Hotel Peterfia, Debrecen A morning walking tour in Eger includes a distinctive 16th century Castle. Then drive on to the Hortobagy, the Hungarian cowboy country. We'll visit the famous "Nine-arches Bridge", and the beautiful, traditional Csarda (tavern). In the evening, we’ll have an easy Hungarian folk dance workshop in Debrecen.
Day 5: Oct 17 Tu Hotel Harom Gunar, Kecskemet The city center in Debrecen is the "Calvinist Rome", the main town of Eastern Hungary. Here is Mihaly Munkacsy's Christ Trilogy. In the afternoon, we'll drive to the west across the Tisza river to Kecskemet, famous for its Art Nouveau style architecture. It is a very typical town of the Great Plains, and a center for folk crafts. Dinner in the best country-style restaurant in Hungary.
Day 6: Oct 18 We Hotel Beta, Kalocsa In the Opusztaszer National Historical Memorial Park we'll see a fascinating village museum and Arpad Feszty's cyclorama, entitled "The Arrival of the Magyars." Then drive on to Kiskunmajsa to visit the 1956 Memorial Museum. In the evening drive on to Kalocsa, a charming town with long history of crafts, particularly painting and embroidery.
Day 7: Oct 19 Th Hotel Beta, Kalocsa A day at Kalocsa, visit the Baroque Cathedral, local museums, like the unique Paprika Museum. In the afternoon we'll visit a family in the village of Homokmegy. Here you can try your hands at wall painting (called in Hungarian "pingálás"). Expect to prepare another variation of goulash soup, special to this region.
Day 9: Oct 21 Sa Hotel Carlton, Budapest Pecs is the main town of SW Hungary, we'll see its Roman, early Christian, medieval, Ottoman Turkish and other architectural monuments on a full-day city tour. We'll also have time to visit some of the interesting local museums. In the evening drive back to Budapest to be back on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 revolution
Day 10: Oct 22 Su Hotel Carlton, Budapest City tour in Budapest. Free time in the afternoon, with many suggestions for free time. (Vaci Street for shops, including fine music stores., etc.)
Day 11: Oct 23 Mo Hotel Carlton, Budapest A free day in Budapest. Farewell dinner.
Day 12: Oct 24 Tu Up & away, transfer to the airport.
I want to go to Hungary!