During the centuries of the Hapsburg Empire, Hungary had the most varied native grapes, most distinctive wine culture, and the most sought-after wine styles in Central Europe. While some of that early glory was lost during the twentieth century, much of it has reemerged over the past decade. World-class Hungarian wines are now reemerging but remain largely untouched by tourists. From the World Heritage Site vineyards of Tokaj to the ancient volcanic shores of Lake Balaton you will discover a beautiful country, hospitable people, remarkable food, and—of course—delicious wines!

Join us in Hungary for a seven-day tour of the historical and culinary delights of Budapest, five unique wine regions, and a behind-the-scenes look at an ancient wine culture.

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunches
  • 11 wine tastings
  • Taste Hungary Guide
  • DCanter Wine Expert
  • All of the activities included in the itinerary
  • All transportation on the tours
  • Mineral water on the bus rides

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Budapest
  • Meals on your own
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Airport transfers


Please note that spaces are limited! If you are interested in coming along, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

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The specific activities on this schedule are tentative and subject to minor adjustments due to logistical and other practical considerations.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 – Arrival

We’ll meet in the hotel lobby in the late afternoon to introduce ourselves over a glass of wine. After that we’ll take a private Danube boat ride where we will enjoy the spectacular panorama and some sparkling wine.

  • Late afternoon: Meet in the hotel lobby
  • Sip on sparkling wine during a Danube River cruise and enjoy views of the banks of the Danube, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including Parliament, and the Buda Castle
  • Enjoy a private, multicourse welcome dinner with wine tasting at the Tasting Table

MONDAY, MAY 29 – Budapest

On our first full day we’ll explore the culinary delights of Budapest and visit some of the iconic coffee houses from the turn of the century. After lunch and some free time on your own, we’ll drive to nearby Etyek for a wine tasting and dinner at one of the local wineries.

  • Food & history walking tour of Budapest
  • Traditional lunch at a butcher
  • Cakes and coffee at a traditional coffee house
  • Afternoon free time on your own
  • Multicourse private dinner with wine tasting in Etyek, just outside of Budapest

TUESDAY, MAY 30 – Tokaj

We’ll depart Budapest and spend two full days exploring the historic and cultural landscape of the Tokaj wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose wines have been celebrated for over 300 years. Taste the dry and sweet wines of the region, from dry furmints to Szamorodni, Aszús and even Eszencia, the “wine of kings.”

  • Traditional lunch at one of the family-owned wineries
  • Relax a couple of hours at the hotel, explore its vineyards, or enjoy the pool
  • Slow food dinner featuring hyperlocal products


After breakfast we’ll drive back to Budapest. We’ll check back in the same hotel and give you some free time to do some more sightseeing, shopping or visit a spa. We’ll get together again for a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Wine tasting at an iconic Tokaj winery
  • Traditional lunch with a local, rustic winemaker
  • Visit a cooper for a barrel making presentation
  • Dinner and wine tasting at a rustic, local winery

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 – Eger & Return to Budapest

On our way back to Budapest, we’ll start the day tasting some dry whites and reds in the Eger region, home to the Hungarian classic Egri Bikaver, or “Bull’s Blood.” After a nice lunch and cooking class, we’ll return to Budapest for a lowkey night off.

  • Enjoy a short walking tour of Eger’s historic center
  • Wine tasting at a small winery in Eger
  • Casual cooking class and lunch at one of the wineries
  • Walking tour through the historic center of Eger
  • Return to Budapest

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 – Lake Balaton & Somló

Lake Balaton is a summer escape for the Hungarian people, and the region is filled with crisp, minerally whites along with smokey, natural reds. Somló is one of the smallest and most distinguished wine regions in Hungary. It is one single volcanic hill producing amazingly distinctive whites (and breathtaking views!).

  • Late morning wine tasting in the Lake Balaton region
  • Vineyard walk and private winery lunch with wine tasting in Somló
  • Tasting at a second winery in Somló
  • Late afternoon departure for Budapest
  • Dinner on your own in Budapest

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 – Szekszárd & Budapest Farewell Dinner

Szekszàrd is a southern, warm climate, red wine region. We will taste full-bodied reds from morning till night. It’s a region best known for the Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Kékfrankos and Kadarka grapes, as well as a number of compelling Bikavers.

  • Morning departure for Szekszárd
  • Wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie at a small producer
  • Vineyard walk and private lunch with wine tasting at a winery
  • Late afternoon departure for Budapest
  • Farewell dinner with wine at one of the restaurants serving modern Hungarian cuisine

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 – Depart or extend your trip on your own

The specific activities on this schedule are tentative and subject to minor adjustments due to logistical and other practical considerations.



DATES: Sunday, May 28 – Sunday, June 4, 2023

COST : $4,495 per person (double occupancy) // $550 single occupancy supplement


Enjoy superior 4-star accommodations in both Budapest and Tokaj.

Your hotel in Budapest will be an oasis complete with all of the necessary modern conveniences, including a wide range of entertainment options, onsite restaurant and bar, fitness facilities, business services, wifi, and 24-hour reception.

Your hotel in Tokaj will be an elegant, historical mansion evoking the era of Hungarian monarchy. The hotel estate includes a working winery, swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, massage services, and a chapel dating back to the 18th Century.

To Reserve Your Spot

Reserve your spot by contacting us at [email protected]. Please note that spaces are limited to 15 people!

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Meet Your Guides



If you have visited DCanter, then you have probably attended one of Michael’s many wine classes or received a personal wine recommendation. Michael Warner is a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of DCanter, where he is the wine buyer. He holds a Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators, consults frequently with specialty wine importers, and he has been featured in publications, such as the Washington Post, Fast Company, France2 News, and Meininger's Wine Business International. A frequent traveler, he has visited wine regions throughout France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, and – of course – the United States. Michelle is a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of DCanter, where she also manages its innovated Concierge by DCanter personal wine shopping service. In her role, Michelle developed innovated wine curation decision support tools and customer resource management software to help her Concierge clients receive the right wine every time. A great lover of learning and education, Michelle has appeared on several wine industry speaking panels, and she has been featured in publications, such as the Washington Post and Wine Enthusiast magazine.



Gábor grew up in northwestern Hungary, and started traveling as soon as he could — exploring France, studying in Spain, working on a ship in the Caribbean, and tending bar and waiting on tables in New York. When he returned to Hungary, he again fell in love with his native cuisine and the emerging quality wine scene. He holds a Master’s Degree in Spanish linguistics and literature, and was a translator and interpreter in his previous career. He holds a Level 3 WSET certification, and takes every chance he can get to travel to different wine regions. He is an avid runner, and he is at work on a research project involving the Jewish history of Tokaj. Gábor is committed to increasing the profile of wine tourism in Hungary (and the larger region) and has spoken about entrepreneurism, wine tourism, and Hungarian food and wine to audiences in both Hungary and the US. He is also a proud member of the Confrérie de Tokaj (the Tokaj Wine Guild). Check out Gábor’s take on Hungarian wine.

Carolyn is the author of the culinary guidebooks Food Wine Budapest (Little Bookroom) and the Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary: With Budapest Restaurants and Trips to the Wine Country (Park Kiadó). Carolyn has also written for dozens of international magazines and newspapers including Saveur, Explore Parts Unknown, Afar,, Frommer’s, Gourmet, Gastronomica, Olive, and The Globe & Mail. Carolyn studied journalism at NYU, holds a culinary school degree, and is currently working on her WSET Diploma. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Global Food Tourism Association, and the Confrérie de Tokaj (the Tokaj Wine Guild). She never tires of exploring Budapest, and traveling throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Check out some of Carolyn’s tips about Budapest’s food scene.

This Trip is for You if…


While most Hungarian food and wine styles are fairly familiar to most of us, there are a few dishes that might seem a bit unfamiliar at first. Think fisherman’s stew made from river carp – don’t worry, it’s delicious!


Most of the places we’ll be going aren’t regular stops for American tourists. It might be tough to find fluent English speakers in some villages, and wineries generally don’t have formal tasting rooms.


We’re going to have a small group of no more than 15 people, so everyone will have plenty of time getting to know each other. There will be a little personal time each day, but expect to interact with everyone on the trip.

This Trip is Not for You if…


We'll be exploring new places everyday.


Most Hungarian wineries don’t operate full-service restaurants, so there’s a good chance you’ll be enjoying meals with the winemaker, in their homes, and cooked by their families. Many meals will be served family style, feature locally sourced ingredients, and be prepared according to local customs.


Although this tour is limited to 15 people, we'll be spending a lot of time together. You'll make new friends, but there will also be a little time each day to spend on your own.


There's going to be a lot of terrific food and wine to enjoy, and you won't want to skip any of it!

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