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Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)

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    What to Expect
    Begin with pickup from your central Budapest hotel, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned minivan or car with your guide and separate driver.

    Feel free to ask questions, and let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of: as your tour is private, the itinerary can be customized around your interests.

    Then, admire the countryside as you travel southwest to the wine region of Somló and northern Lake Balaton. On route, listen as your guide shares information about Somló, whose vineyards mostly lie on an extinct volcano and produce one of Hungary’s most exciting grape varieties.

    Learn about Somló’s terroir (mix of soil, geography and climate) and how Hungarian wines garner much international acclaim, yet remain hard to come by outside the country.

    After about two hours, arrive in the region, and gaze out over the vine-covered landscapes, dotted with farms and villages. Then, spend several hours visiting a mix of up to three traditional and modern wineries, gaining a balanced overview of Somló's wines and how they’re produced.

    Tour a vineyard to inspect the grapes, and at each estate, enjoy a delicious tasting of five to eight wines. Swap tasting notes with each wine host, and expect to sample both classic and contemporary wines, with the emphasis on Hungarian varieties such as furmint, harslevelu, juhfark, and welschriesling.

    Between wineries, stop to enjoy a walk through the vineyard-draped hills, and break for a delicious 3-course Hungarian lunch at a local wine house or restaurant. Venues and dishes vary, but expect to enjoy soups, stews, roasts, and classic desserts.

    During your last tasting, dig into an assortment of local cured meats or artisanal cheeses to complement the different wines.

    Your tour then concludes with an evening hotel drop-off back in Budapest.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please let us know where you are staying. We'll be in touch the day before the tour with the pick-up time (approx. 8:30am). Meet your guide in the lobby (look for the Taste Hungary bag). (We recommend not skipping breakfast!) hello@tastehungary.com
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Duration
    11h
    Return Details
    Drop-off at central Budapest hotels
    Inclusions
    • Includes pick-up (at around 8am) and drop-off (at around 8pm) at your accommodation
    • Travel in a smoke-free, air-contitioned private car or minivan
    • Bottles of mineral water and light snacks for the car ride are included
    • Up to three winery visits/tastings with generous tastings of 5-8 wines
    • Includes a generous three-course lunch of Hungarian staples at a local restaurant
    • Tour is led by a private wine-specialized tour guide
    • Separate driver to ensure the guide's full attention
    • Includes tasting sheets for you to take wine notes to keep for your memories/records
    • A cold plate of local products (cheese, meat, etc.) will accompany the final tasting of the day
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Additional admissions to museums, sights, etc.
    • Dinner
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available; please make a note in the 'special requirements' field when booking
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    • Lake Balaton Taste Hungary
    • Duration: 11h
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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