We elaborated a new, really special program for wine lovers and railway fans: a “small luxury” journey for small groups on a historical train, where the numerous staff is at the passengers’ beck and call. We will be accommodated overnight in high-standard hotels and we will be escorted by buses to each gourmet trip.
The journey is following the finest white wines, from the cultural center of Kassa (Kosice, the most wonderful gothic cathedral in Eastern Europe), through the world famous Tokaj wine region to the Hortobágy National Park (indigenous animals, horse-show, bird hospital), to Debrecen where Munkácsy’s famous Jesus Christ trilogy can be seen, then to the Szekszárd wine regions (wine cellars, regions along the Danube, the classicist Town Hall). From here we are heading towards the Pécs wine region (early Christian crypts, Csontváry – the visionary painter – the Cathedral, the Zsolnay porcelain works) and the thermal spa in Harkány – bathing.
Budapest is coming next, with its numerous places of interest. After a two-day rest we will discover the city, enter the second Parliament in the world, pay a visit to the Etyek-Buda wine region in ultra-modern wine-cellars, or the Szentesi Winery with historical and newly replanted grape-species, and to a cheese manufacture. Afterwards we will admire the panorama from the top of the Biatorbágy viaduct, which has a historical reputation, (in case of interest, The Korda film studio can be visited). A must-see place of interest during our wine tour is the Törley champagne-production, where we will visit the underground four-storied maturing cellars, and the museum as well.
The sightseeing in Budapest will end by a magical boat trip on the Danube, swinging along the illuminated historic monuments (UNESCO world heritage + “Best European Destination 2019”!)
We are travelling by train from Budapest along the southern coast of the “Hungarian Sea”, Lake Balaton, among vineyards, holiday houses, long beaches along the lake, as far as Keszthely, the capital of the Balaton (the baroque ducal Festetics Palace, the center of the Zala wine region: indigenous varieties of Hungarian wines, traditional Hungarian cuisine, golf course and Hévíz: Europe’s largest thermal lake). We are going on a compulsory sailing trip in the Keszthely basin, surrounded by the volcanic mountains, then we will continue our journey to the Pannonhalma-Sukoró wine region, visiting the millennial Pannonhalma Abbey and will taste its premium wines, and many centuries old medicinal liqueurs.
We will admire the almost untouched baroque city in Győr and – time permitting – the most modern car factory of AUDI, then continue our trip to Pozsony (Bratislava), the capital of the present Slovakia, where we can taste the wines of the Pozsony wine region as well as the famous red currant wine.
Our one-week round trip by train will end by a speed boat boat trip to Devín (mediavel castle + current wine), or boat to Vienna.
The journey will be scheduled by the spring and autumn season, starting in 2020, for minimum 30 enthusiasted passengers (train & wine-lovers).