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Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)

Budapest, Hungary
Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Savor Hungary’s wines and countryside on this private 11-hour trip to Somló from Budapest. Travel to this little-known wine region north of Lake Balaton, where the vineyards coat volcanic slopes, and visit up to three wineries, sampling five to eight wines at each. Learn about Somló’s ‘terroir’ and enjoy a country walk and 3-course Hungarian lunch. Private air-conditioned transport, a specialist wine guide, and local snacks during the last tasting are also included.
  • Private full-day Somló wine and country tour from Budapest
  • Admire Hungary’s countryside on a drive to the Somló wine region
  • Visit up to three wineries and taste five to eight wines at each
  • Learn about this little-known volcanic wine region and its ‘terroir’
  • Enjoy a country walk and 3-course traditional Hungarian lunch
  • Selection of cured meats or cheeses with your final wine tasting
  • Flexible itinerary with a wine-specialist guide and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Travel in a smoke-free, air-contitioned private car or minivan with a private driver
Bottles of mineral water and light snacks for the car ride
Up to three winery visits/tastings with generous tastings of 5-8 wines
Generous three-course lunch
Private, wine specialized tour guide
A cold plate of local products at one of the wineries
Gratuities
Additional admissions to museums, sights, etc.
Dinner

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please let us know where you are staying. We'll be in touch the day before the tour with the pick-up time (approx. 8:30am). Meet your guide in the lobby (look for the Taste Hungary bag). (We recommend not skipping breakfast!) hello@tastehungary.com

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin with pickup from your central Budapest hotel, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned minivan or car with your guide and separate driver.

Feel free to ask questions, and let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of: as your tour is private, the itinerary can be customized around your interests.

Then, admire the countryside as you travel southwest to the wine region of Somló and northern Lake Balaton. On route, listen as your guide shares information about Somló, whose vineyards mostly lie on an extinct volcano and produce one of Hungary’s most exciting grape varieties.

Learn about Somló’s terroir (mix of soil, geography and climate) and how Hungarian wines garner much international acclaim, yet remain hard to come by outside the country.

After about two hours, arrive in the region, and gaze out over the vine-covered landscapes, dotted with farms and villages. Then, spend several hours visiting a mix of up to three traditional and modern wineries, gaining a balanced overview of Somló's wines and how they’re produced.

Tour a vineyard to inspect the grapes, and at each estate, enjoy a delicious tasting of five to eight wines. Swap tasting notes with each wine host, and expect to sample both classic and contemporary wines, with the emphasis on Hungarian varieties such as furmint, harslevelu, juhfark, and welschriesling.

Between wineries, stop to enjoy a walk through the vineyard-draped hills, and break for a delicious 3-course Hungarian lunch at a local wine house or restaurant. Venues and dishes vary, but expect to enjoy soups, stews, roasts, and classic desserts.

During your last tasting, dig into an assortment of local cured meats or artisanal cheeses to complement the different wines.

Your tour then concludes with an evening hotel drop-off back in Budapest.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Balaton
The volcanic soil in these two nearby regions means that some of the country’s most unique and interesting white wines are produced here. The tour includes a visit to a winery on the northern side of Lake Balaton, affectionately known as the “Hungarian Sea.” The rolling hills above the lake (which seemingly changes color from every angle) are covered with a patchwork of grapevines, fields of lavender, chunks of limestone, and scenic cellars.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Somlo Mountain
Tour a vineyard to see the grapes close up, and at each winery, taste five to eight wines as your host talks you through their flavours and notes. Expect to sample both traditional and contemporary wines, with the focus on unique Hungarian varieties like furmint, juhfark, harslevelu, and welschriesling.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available; please make a note in the 'special requirements' field when booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Taste Hungary
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Wine Country Day Trip to Somló and Northern Balaton (from Budapest).

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