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Emerge yourself in Hungary

Walnut Creek Hungarian School - Emerge yourself in Hungary
Program Proposal - 2019 Budapest
Proposed date: 10-20th June, 2019

This program is aimed to give a general overview for those learning Hungarian already in the USA and would like to know the capital city of Budapest in more in depths and would like to get a few glimpses to the countryside. During your program you will have 6 classroom Hungarian class 90 min in lengths. The level of the class will be adequate to those who signed up. In case we have more than 10 participants and they are very different in their current Hungarian knowledge we will have 2 teachers available. During our sightseeing tours and excursions the teacher will use English for guiding but will teach additional expressions and gives more in-depth information about the Hungarian culture, history, everyday life, political situation, society, literature and anything you are interested about.

Day 1: Arrival to Budapest, 10th June, Monday
Arrival to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and transfer to Hotel Corvin Budapest.
Welcome orientation meeting and dinner in the hotel or in a local restaurant

Day 2: Heroes’ Square and City Park area, 11th June, Tuesday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will start with discover Pest by bus with a walking tour along the Andrássy Avenue and in the City Park (Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle).
Lunch in the City Park
After that you are free to enjoy the healing water of Széchenyi Thermal Bath – the largest Spa complex in Europe or to visit one of the Museums.

Day 3: Castle district, 12th June, Wednesday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will discover the Castle district, visiting Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch explore the diverse halls of the Hungarian National Gallery or the Budapest Historical Museum located within the Royal Palace.
Rest of the afternoon is free for further exploration.

Day 4: All day excursion to the Danube Bend, 13th June, Thursday
After breakfast we will visit Esztergom, the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries, and have a look at the largest Roman Catholic Basilica of Hungary today.
Lunch in Nagyvillám Restaurant in Visegrád enjoying the view of the Danube Bend.
In the afternoon we will visit Szentendre, a small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, the tourist capital of the Danube Bend. It is the Episcopal seat of the Eastern Church in Hungary. It is famous for its museums, art galleries and if you are interested, you have some free time to visit some of the galleries.

Day 5: Downtown Budapest and the Parliament, 14th June, Friday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) enjoy a guided walk in the historical downtown of Pest, including the neighborhood of the Szabadság (Liberty) Square, visiting the Hungarian Parliament.
Lunch in the First Strudel House of Pest including a strudel demonstration.
Then continue your day visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica - the largest church in Budapest.
Free afternoon.

Day 6: One-day excursion to Eger, 15th June, Saturday
After breakfast, start your one-day excursion to Eger, a historical town in Northern Hungary. Today Hungarian lesson will take place on the way on the bus.
Walking tour in the city and in the famous fortress followed by lunch and wine tasting in a local winery. On the way home enjoy a traditional Hungarian Horse show followed by dinner. Return to Budapest in the evening.

Day 7: Enjoy your free day and discover the city on your own,16th June, Sunday
After breakfast you are free for independent exploration. Your program leader is happy to give suggestions.

Day 8: Jewish district, 17th June, Monday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) discover Budapest by a Jewish history walk: visit the Synagogue in Dohány Street, the former ghetto, and the Jewish Museum of Budapest.
Lunch on your own.
Free afternoon

Day 9: Enjoy your free day and discover the city on your own 18th June, Tuesday
After breakfast you are free for independent exploration. Your program leader is happy to give suggestions.

Day 10: Szabó Ervin Library, 19th June, Wednesday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson (8.30-10.00 am) we will walk through the Palace District - a central district of Pest, the eastern half of Budapest. In the end of our walk we will reach the Wenckheim Palace (built for Count Frigyes Wenckheim), today the Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library. During an expert led guided visit we will learn about the history of the building and the library and have a private view of some precious items of the Budapest collection.
Lunch on your own.
Free afternoon.
Farewell dinner on a river boat, spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the city view from the water during your boat trip on the Danube.
Then say goodbye to Budapest with a magnificent view from the top of Gellért Hill.

Day 11: Departures, 20th June, Thursday
After breakfast transfer to the airport
Price includes:
Accommodation for 10 nights in single or double rooms
in Hotel Corvin Budapest 4*
10 breakfast and 8 meals are included
Deluxe air-conditioned vehicles and tickets for the public transport
In-depth sightseeing program
Entrance fees per itinerary
Professional local guiding in English
6 culture and language lesson
All taxes and fees
Please note the order of the day June change.

Prices: Our base is our own hotel in Budapest Corvin Hotel Budapest ****
For more details: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu
Corvin wing**** - shared room in twin or double: 1900 USD/person
Corvin wing****Single room: 2250 USD/person

Deadlines:
Preliminary registration: 15th Nov, 2018
This is not a binding registration, it just shows, that you are interested in the program and you can send us your questions.
Final registration: 5th February, 2019
Full payment is needed to secure your place on the program.
In case you need to cancel your participation after that date, we can give you the following refund:
15 days or more before arrival: 50 %
Within 14 days before arrival: no refund is possible.
About the Hungarian organizers:
Kult-Turist is a small Hungarian travel agency focusing on organizing cultural programs in and around Hungary since 1990. They are a proud local partner of Road Scholar in the region – running over 30 programs for them each year in Hungary, Romania and on the Balkan. Kult-Turist also organized many unique tailor made programs in the past, just to mention a few: Students learning about the Hungarian Literature, Architects studying about Central European architecture, meeting local architects among others Imre Makovecz, Organ lovers playing on organs all around Hungary, Choirs, orchestras, folk dancers performing and exploring our country and many more memorable journeys in the past 28 years. We hope you can join our next program in Budapest.


Contact of the organizers:
Éva Borsos
Chief Operating Officer
www.kultturist.hu


One short review from 2018 pilot group on the same program:
"I want to thank you and Emese for a wonderful trip you organized for us. In ten short days we were able to see so much of Budapest and a few outlying areas. We saw the important historic sites of Budapest, tasted the famous Tokaji wines, strolled through quaint Szentendre village and enjoyed a river cruise on the Danube. Every day we went to a different restaurant carefully selected by our hosts. Each had its unique atmosphere and gave us a chance to try a wide range of Hungarian delicacies. As you know, Hungarians love their food and no trip would be complete without trying gulyas soup, paprikas chicken, lecso, and makos strudel. The language classes at the beginning of each day also really helped. We learned a lot and were able to ask about things we had heard on our excursions. Overall, this trip exceeded my expectations and I look forward to future visits."
Geyer, Denes

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