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Extension: Hungarian Cuisine

Program Number: 21229RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/18/2014 - 9/20/2014;
Duration: 2 nights
Location: Hungary
Price starting at: $819.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Divided in two by the storied River Danube, Budapest is a leading cultural center of 2 million people and is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. The city owes its magnetic appeal, however, to much more than just its attractive riverside panorama, the romance of the Buda Castle Quarter and the charisma of its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For lining the medieval streets of Budapest are markets, cafes and bistros that provide a venue for the expression of a quintessential element of Hungarian culture — the food. In this alluring world capital, follow tantalizing aromas through the city streets to restaurants and shops as local experts introduce you to the flavors of Hungarian cuisine and teach you how to prepare it at home. Leading the way is Zsolt Beregszászi, former Chef de Cuisine of the Gundel Restaurant, one of the most famed restaurants in Budapest and a featured stop on your culinary itinerary.




Highlights

• Taste Hungarian specialties inside the Main Market Hall.
• Learn how to cook Hungarian cuisine during a hands-on cooking course and enjoy the food you’ve made along with your fellow Road Scholar participants.
• Dine in famous European coffeehouses and in landmark Budapest restaurants more than a century old, as well as in tucked-away gems known only to the locals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on busy city streets, over cobblestones.




Date Specific Information

9-18-2014

This is an extension to program 15596-090314
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Budapest, 2 nights; departure.



Arrival Budapest
2 nights
Departure

Your culinary education in Budapest begins with breakfast at the famous Café Gerbeaud, established in 1858 and considered one of the premier traditional coffeehouses in Europe. Learn about the café’s history and the traditions of coffeehouse culture. Next, enjoy a walk along the Danube promenade and a hands-on strudel streching presentation. Dinner tonight is at the well-known Gundel Restaurant, established in 1910 and known for its dramatic and luxurious style. Begin your second day with a field trip to the Main Market Hall, where you can taste the lángos — Hungarian fried dough — and strudel. Enjoy lunch at the Kárpátia Restaurant, a Budapest landmark since 1877 that drips with turn-of-the-century architecture and furnishings. Get hands-on in the afternoon with a cooking class led by a professional chef who teaches you to prepare the most beloved dishes in Hungarian cuisine. Say farewell to your new friends over dinner paired with Hungarian wines.




Hungary

A tumultuous history of invasions by Magyars, Mongols and Turks evolved into 20th-century conflicts, yet throughout the centuries, this nation on the Danube has retained its many glories and embraced change. With a vibrant capital, as well as historic plains and country villages, Hungary combines tradition with the progressive spirit of a new Europe.



Accommodations
Three-star hotel in an elegant neighborhood on Benczúr Street, parallel to World Heritage Site Andrássy Avenue. Within walking distance of City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle and more.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Benczúr
  Budapest, Hungary 2 nights
 Hotel Benczúr
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.
  Contact info: Benczúr u. 35
Budapest,  1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Budapest, Hungary. Breakfast at the hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Benczúr that night.
  End of Program:
Budapest, Hungary. Following breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Benczúr the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Budapest
  Nearest city or town:  In city center
  Nearest highway: Multiple highways in all directions.
  Nearest airport:  Budapest Liszt Ferenc.
  Transportation to site: Continue your stay at the Hotel Benczúr. No transportation needed.
  From End of Program
  Location: Budapest
  Transportation from site: Take the airport shuttle bus (approx. 15 USD/person), or taxis (about 35 USD/cab for 3 people) are available. It takes about 30-45 minutes to get from the hotel to the airport, depending on traffic.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Cafès, restaurants and modern places
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Gerbeaud Cafè, established in 1858.
 Morning: While at the Gerbeaud Cafè, learn about their history and traditions. Continue the day with a walk in downtown Budapest and along the Danube Promenade.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Hungarian lunch while participating in a "strudel stretching" presentation. You will learn how to make strudel, and then get the chance to make your own!
 Afternoon: Free time to spend the afternoon on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Gundel Restaurant, established in 1910. Discussion on the past, present and future of Hungarian cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Shopping and cooking course
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Take part in a breakfast sampling.
 Morning: Experience a shopping field trip at the Main Market Hall where you can taste the Lángos and other specialties. Your excursion will be guided by a professional chef. Choose your own ingredients for the afternoon cooking course.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Kárpátia Restaurant, established in 1877.
 Afternoon: Take part in a cooking course. Cook dishes together with a professional chef to learn about the most beloved Hungarian dishes!
 Dinner: Enjoy your Farewell Dinner with some Hungarian wines.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Departures
(Saturday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfers to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport (BUD) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Budapest Map


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Bury Me Standing


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Food Wine Budapest


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Description: This practical guide to Hungarian cuisine includes essential vocabulary lists, trips to the wine regions, restaurant reviews and good descriptions of typical dishes.



Wine Country Europe, Touring, Tasting, And Buying At European Regional Wineries


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Description: Part how-to, part guidebook, part picture book, this charming coffee table treat covers sprawling French vineyards as well as lesser-known hidden treasures in Austria and Hungary.





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