Tour price (€):
Day 1 - 24 June 2018: Arrival in Budapest. Check in at a 4* Hotel. Free time and independent dinner. Day 2 - 25 June 2018: Budapest and surroundings We will start with the surroundings and visit first Eger, the second largest city in northern Hungary and once the northernmost point of the Ottoman Empire. The city is famous for its castle, thermal baths, historic Baroque style buildings and great wines. Next let’s stop in Szentendre, a small town on the Danube, where we will have also free lunch. In translation Szentendre means Saint Andrew and it offers visitors its perfect baroque townscape from the 18th century. It’s also known as town of art, culture, museums and galleries. Coming back in the afternoon to Budapest and do a short city tour. Same accommodation, free dinner.
No meals included.
Maramures villages are distinguished by their unique wooden churches with tall spires and shingled roofs. Traditional Carved Gates in Maramures, emphasize that wood has long been - and continues to be - the medium of expression for the region’s artisans. Elaborate woodcarvings decorate the eaves, entryways and windows of houses. The local handiwork is also seen in the hand-woven carpets and intricate embroidery that adorns folk dresses still worn by the locals.
The Maramures churches are outstanding examples of vernacular religious wooden architecture resulting from the interchange of Orthodox religious traditions with Gothic influences in a specific local interpretation of timber construction traditions, showing a high level of artistic maturity and craft skills.
“Painted Churches” is the term used to refer to churches which are frescoed on the outside. The churches were covered in paintings from top to bottom. The painters were usually local priests or monks, although some were teams of lay artists who travelled in a circuit repeating and subtly developing the iconography laid down by the Orthodox Church. But quite apart from their physical beauty, they represent the most striking remains of the Christian Orthodox mysticism that flourished in Bucovina.
Tokaj wine region is a historical wine region, and maybe the most famous one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. The region consists of 28 named villages and 11,149 hectares of classified vineyards. Tokaj has been declared a World Heritage Site in 2002. Its fame long predated this distinction because it is the origin of Tokaji aszú wine, the world’s oldest botrytized wine.