Slovak Sights & Bites

Discover the Heart of Central Europe

10-Day International Trip

Slovak Sights & Bites

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Central Europe with our exclusive 'Slovak Sights & Bites' tour. This exquisite journey begins in the historic city of Vienna, Austria, where culture and cuisine merge in a symphony of experiences. From Vienna, we venture into the heart of Slovakia, starting with the vibrant streets of Bratislava. Here, you'll taste the local culinary delights and explore the city's architectural marvels.

As we travel eastward, the picturesque village of Hallc welcomes us with its traditional charm and untouched natural beauty. Your senses will be further enchanted in Kosice, Slovakia's cultural hub, where history and modernity coexist in harmony.

A highlight of our journey is the visit to the Tokaj wine region, a paradise for wine enthusiasts. Indulge in exquisite wine tastings and learn about the rich heritage of one of the world's oldest wine regions.

The final leg of our tour takes us to Budapest, Hungary. This majestic city, split by the Danube River, offers a blend of historical sites and contemporary urban life. The trip concludes here, but the memories and flavors of this extraordinary journey will linger long after.

Throughout your journey, expect comfortable accommodations, expert guides, and an itinerary that balances sightseeing with leisure. Join us for 'Slovak Sights & Bites: A Vienna to Budapest Journey' and discover the soul of Central Europe through its food, wine, and landscapes.

10-Day International Trip

Slovak Sights & Bites

Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing adventure with 'Slovak Sights & Bites' - your gateway from Vienna to Budapest. Explore Slovakia's rich flavors and stunning landscapes, from Bratislava's charm to Kosice's heritage, and savor the famed Tokaj wine region. Book now for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Central Europe!

September 24th to October 3rd, 2024

$6,155 Single

$5,245 Double

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Trip Details

Price

Double $5,245, Single $6,155

Trip Length

10-Day International Trip

Dates

September 24th to October 3rd, 2024

Meeting Point

Meet on September 24th, 2024 at Vienna International Airport.  You will be provided instructions to access the private transfer to the tour hotel.

Ending Point

Trip concludes on October 3rd,  2024 in Budapest, Hungary.  A private transfer to the airport is provided.

Group Size

Maximum group size is 24

Included

  • Accommodation: Nine nights of accommodations with breakfast in 3 and 4-start hotels
  • Welcome Dinner: Onsite tour orientation and briefing with welcome dinner
  • Local Guide: Fully escorted and narrated tour by friendly English speaking local guide and trip escort.
  • Airport Transfer: Airport transfers upon arrival and departure at destination
  • Motorcoach: Motorcoach transportation for the duration of the tour.
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners as outlined on itinerary
  • Activities: All entrance fees for excursions to cultural sites and food artisan visits
  • Gratuities: All gratuities to tour guide, escort and driver
  • Taxes and service charge

Not Included

  • Airfare: Airfare is not included. We are available to assist with your airfare arrangements or you may make your own arrangements.
  • Airport Transfer: Parking at the airport / transfer to / from the airport from your home.
  • Meals & Alcohol: Meals and alcoholic beverages, except those noted in the itinerary.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry or phone calls are not included.
  • Passport: Passport fees are not included.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included but recommended.

Itinerary

Overnight stay at hotel and welcome dinner included
 
Begin your adventure with a warm welcome at Vienna airport, where you’ll be greeted by our English-speaking guide. Your luggage will be taken care of and loaded onto a comfortable bus, ready for your transfer to the heart of Vienna. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and stunning architecture with a bus city tour, offering a perfect introduction to Austria’s capital.
 
The tour culminates at the elegant 4-star Hotel Stefanie, where you can check-in and take some time to refresh and relax. As evening approaches, take a leisurely walk to a nearby restaurant for your first culinary experience. Dinner will be served at the renowned Griechenbeisl, Vienna’s oldest restaurant. This historic venue has hosted legendary figures like Mark Twain, Beethoven, and Mozart, adding a touch of historical grandeur to your dining experience. After a night of exquisite flavors and stories, retire to your comfortable room in Vienna, anticipating the adventures that await in the days to come
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, snack and dinner included.
 
Awake to a delightful breakfast at your hotel, setting the stage for another day of exploration in Vienna. Your English-speaking guide will meet you for a captivating walking tour through the city center, showcasing Vienna’s most enchanting sights 
 
After immersing yourself in Vienna’s rich history and culture, enjoy some free time for lunch at the famous Naschmarkt. This vibrant market is a culinary treasure trove with about 120 stands and restaurants, offering an array of local and international flavors.
 
Post-lunch, you’ll be transferred to the splendid Schoenbrunn area. Here, you have the option to join a guided tour of the majestic Schoenbrunn Castle, complete with headsets for an insightful experience in English. Next, indulge in a delightful Strudel demonstration at a local restaurant, where you’ll savor coffee and strudel, a classic Austrian treat.
 
Return to your hotel to freshen up before the evening’s adventure. Meet your guide for a transfer to a traditional Heuriger-style restaurant, where a sumptuous dinner awaits, accompanied by a glass of fine wine. This authentic dining experience captures the essence of Viennese culture.
 
Conclude your day with a comfortable bus ride back to the hotel for another restful overnight stay in Vienna, cherishing the memories of a day well spent.
Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 
Your culinary exploration of Central Europe continues after breakfast at your hotel, followed by a seamless check-out process. Your guide awaits to lead you to Bratislava, the captivating capital of Slovakia, brimming with charm and history.
 
Upon arrival in Bratislava, you will be treated to a comprehensive bus city tour. This tour includes a stop at the iconic Bratislava Castle Hill, a vantage point offering breathtaking views of the Old Town. It’s an ideal spot for capturing memorable photos against the scenic backdrop of this historic city.
 
For lunch, delight in the authentic flavors of Slovak cuisine at Restaurant Hradna, conveniently located on Bratislava Castle Hill. After lunch, head to the centrally located Park Inn 4* hotel. Check-in and enjoy some time to relax and freshen up, preparing for the afternoon’s explorations.
 
In the afternoon, embark on a two-hour walking tour of Bratislava’s enchanting Old Town. This immersive journey includes a special tasting of the famous “Bratislava roll” and black currant wine, offering an authentic taste of the region’s culinary heritage.
 
Enjoy some leisure time after the tour to explore Bratislava at your own pace. Discover hidden gems and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this unique city.
 
The day culminates with a dining experience at the UFO Restaurant. This extraordinary venue offers more than just a meal – it’s a culinary adventure set high above the city, with panoramic views of the Slovak capital. Under the guidance of Chef Jozef Masarovič, the Gourmet Award Chef of the Year 2020, each dish is a culinary masterpiece. The restaurant’s numerous accolades, including being named the Trend Top Restaurant of the Year for 2018 & 2019 and Gourmet Award Premium Restaurant of the Year for 2019 & 2020, speak to its exceptional quality.
Each visit to this remarkable establishment is an unforgettable experience, blending world-class gastronomy with awe-inspiring views.
 
Finally, retire to your hotel for the night, filled with delightful memories of the day and eager anticipation for the adventures that await in the days ahead. Overnight in Bratislava, you’ll rest and rejuvenate, ready for more exploration and discovery.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 
 Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for the exciting adventures ahead. Meet your guide and depart for the Small Carpathian wine region, renowned as Slovakia’s largest and most celebrated wine area.
 
Your first stop is the Red Stone Castle, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this historical gem. The castle, nestled in the heart of the wine region, offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of the area.
 
After exploring the castle, make a short transfer to the charming city of Modra. Here, you’ll visit a renowned wine restaurant, a perfect setting to indulge in the local viticulture. Enjoy a wine tasting session featuring five local wine samples, each accompanied by insightful commentary from a professional sommelier.  This is followed by a sumptuous 3-course lunch, featuring typical festive dishes of the region such as baked duck and potato pancakes, offering a true taste of local culinary traditions.
 
Following this delightful culinary experience, transfer back to Bratislava for some time to relax and refresh.
 
The evening brings a unique opportunity – a cooking lesson in Bratislava. This hands-on experience allows you to delve into the art of Slovak cooking, learning to prepare traditional dishes under the guidance of a skilled chef.
 
Conclude your day with a restful night in Bratislava, filled with memories of scenic landscapes, exquisite wines, and rich flavors, ready for more explorations in the days to come.
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, and lunch included.
 
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and embark on a transfer to Trnava, affectionately known as the “Slovak Rome” due to its rich religious heritage and abundance of historic churches.
 
Upon arrival in Trnava, take a leisurely stroll through the city, soaking in its historic charm and architectural beauty. Make a stop at the Synagoga café, a unique establishment located in a beautifully converted synagogue. Here, enjoy a relaxing coffee break amidst the serene ambiance of this historic building.
 
Next, visit a local bakery in Trnava, where you can witness the art of traditional Slovak baking and perhaps sample some freshly made treats.
 
Your journey then continues on to the picturesque village of Dolna Krupa. Here, visit the renowned rosarium, a serene haven of roses, and embark on a tour of the property. This visit includes a delightful lunch, accompanied by a tasting of their exquisite honeys and mead. Their barrique mead has been acclaimed as the best mead in the world for the year 2023, offering a unique opportunity to savor this award-winning beverage.
 
After your visit to Dolna Krupa, return to Bratislava and explore the local market. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and perhaps pick up some unique souvenirs or snacks.
 
The evening offers some free time, allowing you to enjoy dinner on your own and explore Bratislava’s diverse culinary scene at your leisure.
 
Optionally, enhance your evening with a cultural experience such as an opera or ballet performance at the Slovak National Theatre, or a classical music concert at the Slovak Philharmonic. Please note that the schedule for 2024 is not yet published, and this option would be a quoted extra.
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. Meet your guide, head onto the bus, and set off for an exciting transfer to Central Slovakia, known for its rich history and stunning landscapes.
 
Your first destination is the enchanting UNESCO town of Banska Stiavnica. Here, you’ll embark on a guided walking city tour, where you’ll be captivated by the town’s unique blend of history and natural beauty. The highlight of the tour is a fascinating falconry presentation, offering a glimpse into this ancient and noble art.
 
After exploring Banska Stiavnica, enjoy a short ride to another nearby village. There, indulge in a traditional Slovak lunch. This meal is not just about the flavors; it includes a presentation of local musical instruments, offering a cultural feast for the senses.
 
Next, journey to the Zvolen area, where you’ll be treated to a presentation on traditional cheese making, complete with a cheese degustation. This experience provides a delicious insight into the region’s dairy craftsmanship.
 
Following the cheese presentation, you will head to the exquisite castle hotel Galicia Nueva 4*. Check-in and take some time to relax and refresh. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the hotel’s wellness center, a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.
 
Your day concludes with a delightful dinner at the hotel, where you can savor the local cuisine in a majestic setting.
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 
Your culinary and cultural exploration of Eastern Slovakia continues with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. After checking out, meet your guide and board the bus, setting off for Košice, the dynamic and culturally-rich capital of Eastern Slovakia.
 
Upon arrival in Košice, immerse yourself in local life with some free time at the farmers market. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the array of fresh produce, artisanal products, and to interact with local vendors, gaining insights into the region’s culinary traditions.
 
For lunch, head to Villa Regia, a restaurant celebrated for its authentic local cuisine. Here, you’ll enjoy shared plates featuring a variety of local dishes, allowing you to taste the diverse flavors of the region in a communal and inviting setting.
 
After lunch, proceed to the centrally located Hilton 4* Kosice hotel. Check-in and take some time to relax and refresh, preparing for your next adventure.
 
In the afternoon, embark on a walking city tour of Košice. This tour will not only introduce you to the historical and architectural highlights of the city but also includes a unique tasting experience – “bryndza” ice cream. Bryndza, a typical Slovak sheep cheese, is a staple in the local cuisine, and its incorporation into ice cream offers a delightful and unexpected culinary twist.
 
After the tour, take the opportunity to explore more of Košice on your own. This is the perfect time to discover a local restaurant for dinner, where you can indulge in more regional specialties.
 
Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Košice, resting comfortably in preparation for the next day’s adventures, and reflecting on the rich experiences and flavors you’ve encountered so far.
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, and lunch  included.
 
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and meet your guide. Then set off for the renowned Tokay wine region, celebrated for its exquisite sweet wines.
 
Upon arrival in the Tokay region, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the esteemed Disznoko winery, recognized as one of the top 50 vineyards in the world for 2023. Here, immerse yourself in the world of winemaking with a guided tour of the winery. Discover the intricate processes and traditions that go into crafting their renowned wines. The tour culminates with a wine degustation, where you can taste a selection of Disznoko’s finest offerings, each revealing the unique character of the Tokay region.
 
After the wine tasting, enjoy a delicious lunch at the winery’s restaurant. This meal offers the perfect pairing of local cuisine with the winery’s exceptional wines, further enhancing your culinary experience in this prestigious wine region.
 
Following lunch, continue your journey to Budapest, the vibrant and historic capital of Hungary. Upon arrival in Budapest, check in to the Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Center 4*. Settle in and take some time to relax after your travels.
 
The evening is yours to enjoy dinner on your own. Budapest offers a diverse culinary scene, ranging from traditional Hungarian dishes to contemporary international cuisine, providing ample options for a memorable dining experience.
 
End your day with an overnight stay in Budapest, resting in the comfort and elegance of your hotel, and looking forward to exploring the enchanting city the next day.
 Overnight stay at Hotel, breakfast, and Farewell dinner included.
 
Start your day in Budapest with a delicious breakfast at your hotel, fueling up for a day full of exploration and discovery in Hungary’s captivating capital.
 
The day’s adventure begins with a comprehensive city tour of Budapest, combining both bus and walking segments. This tour includes a visit to the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, two of Budapest’s most picturesque and historic landmarks. To reach the Castle District, where these sites are located, please note that it’s not possible to access the area by bus. You will have the option to either walk up the stairs or take the funicular, for which a return ticket is included in your tour. The funicular ride not only offers convenience but also provides a unique perspective of the city’s stunning landscape.
 
During the tour, indulge in a delightful coffee break at the renowned Café Gerbeaud. Here, you can enjoy a choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, accompanied by a delicious cake, offering a taste of Budapest’s rich café culture.
 
After the tour, you’ll have free time to visit the Great Market Hall, a vibrant and bustling hub of Hungarian cuisine and culture. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the diverse array of local products, from traditional foods to handcrafted goods. You’ll also have some free time for lunch on your own, giving you the chance to sample more of Budapest’s culinary delights.
 
Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in Budapest. This is your chance to explore the city at your own pace, discovering its hidden gems and soaking in the unique atmosphere.
 
In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner, a perfect occasion to reflect on your journey and the unforgettable experiences you’ve shared.
 
Conclude your day with another overnight stay in Budapest, resting comfortably and savoring the memories of a remarkable culinary tour through Central Europe.
Enjoy one last breakfast at your Budapest hotel, savoring the flavors and memories of your culinary journey. After breakfast, check-out and meet your guide one final time. 
 
As you board the bus for the airport, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had. From the historic streets of Vienna to the enchanting landscapes of Slovakia and the vibrant culture of Budapest, your journey has been filled with unforgettable sights, sounds, and tastes.
 
Upon arrival at Budapest airport, your guide and driver will bid you farewell. This marks the end of your guided tour, but the memories and flavors of your adventure will stay with you long after.
 
Board your flight back home, filled with stories and experiences from your culinary exploration through Central Europe. As your plane takes off, look back on the cities, towns, vineyards, and markets you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, and the diverse array of dishes and wines you’ve tasted.
 
This marks the end of your tour, but the beginning of many more adventures to come. Safe travels and bon voyage!

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