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A Day of History and Gastronomy (In Partnership with Insight Budapest)

Morning at the Central Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary

We are happy to partner with Insight Budapest for this special full-day experience combining our Culinary Walk, with a guided walk introducing Budapest’s history. The day starts with the Culinary Walk (10am-2pm)—an annotated journey through scrumptious traditional Hungarian dishes, wine and sweets—followed by a walk with your Insight Budapest historian. Your historian guide will build on your new knowledge of the city’s food culture with a three-hour introduction to Pest’s history as the financial, cultural, and religious center of modern Hungary.

Your culinary experience begins in Central Market Hall, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets. We’ll help reveal the culture of Hungarian gastronomy, cluing you in to its abundance of local and seasonal ingredients. Sampling along the way, we’ll discuss the building, the food displays, the distinctive habits of eating and drinking in Hungary, and just what it is that Hungarian home cooks do with all of that pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. From there, we will visit a few more places in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will visit a butcher shop where you sample several staple Hungarian dishes for lunch, and then a traditional patisserie to try some of the elegant cakes for which Hungarian bakers are known. By this time you’ll be ready for a glass (or three) of wine. This portion of the tour will conclude with a wine tasting session in which we will taste three quintessential Hungarian wines (with cheese pairings) and get an introduction to Hungarian wine regions, varietals, and styles.

From there, your historian guide will meet you for the transition to the history walk (perhaps over a fine coffee or tea). Beginning in front of the Parliament building, your Insight Budapest historian will help you appreciate how bustling Pest became the opulent political, financial, and religious center of the newborn Hungarian nation in the second half of the 19th century. The construction boom included the huge new Parliament, extravagant palaces for the Stock Exchange and banks, an immense new basilica, an impressive new Synagogue, the Andrássy út (an elegant boulevard modeled after the Champs Elysée in Paris), the first subway on the European continent, the Opera House, a river promenade, theaters, and city parks. We will take in and discuss these sites, as well as Freedom Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and many of the beautiful art nouveau buildings for which Budapest is famous, ending at Heroes’ Square, where in 1896, Hungarians celebrated the 1,000­-year existence of their kingdom. This combined seven-hour guided experience will provide you with an introduction to Budapest that beautifully nourishes, both the body and the intellect.

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Learn—Discover Hungarian food and wine culture with your food-specialized guide, and then through the guidance of a historian, learn about one of the most important periods in the history of Budapest—the building and culture boom which occurred around the year 1900.
Experience—Eating and drinking like a local, and getting the inside scoop on Budapest’s most important buildings and sites from a local historian.
Wine—Put the Hungarian wine scene in context as you taste three wines, while discussing the state of Hungarian winemaking, some of the important regions, and the major varietals.
See—Starting with a colorful tour of the Central Market, followed through some central Pest neighborhoods, you will see sites including the Parliament, palaces which house important institutions, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue, Andrássy út, the Opera House, the Danube river promenade, and more.
Taste—You will have several tastings at the market, including a variety of local cheeses, cured meats, and pickled vegetables. Afterwards there will be a shared meal of traditional dishes, a tasting of several cakes, and one to two more tastings (depending on the day). Drinks which will be tasted include Unicum and three nice Hungarian wines. Come hungry, and don’t bother to make lunch plans afterwards!
Walk—Be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this seven-hour tour.

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This tour is available year-round—rain, snow, or shine—with the exceptions of Sundays and national holidays (since the Central Market is closed).

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Price:

Small-Group Tours:
$150 USD per person

Private Tours:
Group of 2—$460 total ($230 per person)
Group of 3—$630 total ($210 per person) 
Group of 4—$780 total ($195 per person)
Group of 5—$900 total ($180 per person)
Group of 6—$960 total ($160 per person)
Group of 7—$1,050 total ($150 per person)
Group of 8—$1,120 total ($140 per person)
Group of 9—$1,170 total ($130 per person)
Group of 10—$1,200 total ($120 per person)

When booked as private walk, you can customize the times, and if preferred, you can take the history walk before the culinary excursion. For larger groups or customized tours please contact us for a price proposal.

The Details
• Seven-hour tour; Starting with the Culinary Walk at 10am and then the History Walk directly afterwards.
• Begins and ends at a central location in Pest (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
• This is a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests), but it can also be booked as a private tour
• The walking tour is led by an Insight Budapest historian, and the Culinary Walk will be led by a food-specialized Taste Hungary guide.
• Includes plenty of food and drink tastings (enough for lunch)
• Our list of hand-picked favorite Budapest eating and drinking spots will be emailed to you after you book the tour!
• BONUS: Get a 10% discount on all of the wines (and other products) at The Tasting Table, where you will end your tour with a wine tasting!

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