If your trip will include visits to both Budapest and Bratislava, why not make the most of your travel time between the two cities by sampling the wine and food and exploring the regions between the two cities. Rather than taking a bus or train from Budapest to Bratislava (or Bratislava to Budapest), let us pick you up and drive you there … while stopping at a few wineries and visiting some of the charming towns along the way.
The route will take us along the Danube, from northwestern Hungary through southwestern Slovakia. This area holds several wine regions, on both sides of the border, the largest cathedral in Hungary, some pretty Baroque towns, and a massive fortress system that spans both sides of the border. We can taste wine on both sides of the border (so you can compare and contrast).
Here are some things that could be included in the day (the itinerary varies depending on winery availability):
• Two winery tours and tastings are included in the tour price. The route, which more or less follows the Danube, goes through several wine regions in Hungary, including Etyek, Neszmély, and Pannonhalma. These regions are mostly known for their whites. In Pannonhalma wine is made at the 1,000-year-old abbey. Etyek is full of small family wineries. And in Neszmély a large winery is located on a hill with views to both sides of the Danube. In Slovakia, the Južnoslovenská Wine Region lies at the meeting point of the rivers Garam, Ipoly, and Danube and holds vineyards that once belonged to the bishop of Esztergom.
• Meals can be at a winery or a restaurant, and will feature local, traditional food.
• Esztergom is one of Hungary’s oldest towns and most important historic cities. The Danube winds in front of the basilica, which is is the largest church in Hungary, and several ranges of hills are visible. A bridge connects the city with the Slovakia.
• Győr is a pretty town with cobblestone pedestrian streets and a center which holds a basilica, a palace, and several churches, and some small museums. Győr is where the Mosoni-Danube, Rába, and Rábca rivers meet.
• Komárom was split in two after World War One: the southern side is in Hungary and the northern side is the Slovakian town of Komárno. A bridge over the Danube connects the two sides. The most outstanding sight in Komárom is the 19th-century Fort Monostor, which claims to be Central Europe’s largest military fortress.
• The Benedictine abbey in Pannonhalma is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Hungary’s first Christian community was established. The grounds are also gorgeous, and are well-known for their fields of lavender.
This tour is available year-round.
$295 USD per person for a small-group tour
$375 per person for a private tour
For larger groups, please contact us for a customized price proposal with discounted rates.
• This tour can begin in Budapest and end in Bratislava, or begin in Bratislava and end in Budapest. It is a one-way transfer.
• This tour can either be booked as a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests) or a private tour.
• Includes pick-up and drop off at your accommodation
• Up to two winery visits/tastings with generous tastings of 5-8 wines
• Bottles of mineral water and light snacks for the car ride are included
• Tour is led by a wine-specialized tour guide
• Includes tasting sheets for you to take wine notes to keep for your memories/records
What is not included?
• Additional admissions to museums, sights, etc.