Emerge yourself in Hungary - 2.

Walnut Creek Hungarian School - Emerge yourself in Hungary
Program Proposal - 2019 Budapest
Proposed date: 5-15th May, 2019

This program is aimed to give a general overview for those learning Hungarian already in the USA and visited already the Hungarian capital, but would like to explore more about 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. 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, 5th May, Sunday

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: Ócsa, Kecskemét, Mohács - 6th May, Monday
After breakfast we will drive to Ócsa, a small village with one of the most beautifully preserved Romanesque church from the 13th century. Next to the church there is a small village museum, where you can experience the life style from the 19th century.
After our visit we will drive to Kecskemét, a beautiful example of the market towns on the Hungarian Great Plain. The city is famous among many other things for Art Nouveau architecture, the Zoltán Kodaly Musical institute, the Mercedes factory and the barackpálinka (apricot brandy).
We will have lunch in the town and take a stroll.
Then we have a longer drive to the town of Mohács, which is known by one of the most consequential battle in Central Europe in 1526, when the former Hungarian Kingdom was cut up into 3 pieces. We will visit the memorial exhibition in Sátorhely, in the location of the battle. Dinner on the way
Then drive to the city center of Pécs, overnight in a centrally located hotel.

Day 3: Pécs, 7th May, Tuesday
After breakfast enjoy your first “classroom” Hungarian culture and language lesson, then take a guided tour in the city of Pécs.
Pécs is part of the World Cultural Heritage, since they discovered several Christian burial chamber from the Roman period (2nd century). We will visit some of these chambers, we will also visit he basilica, the former Mosque, which functions as a roman catholic church today. We will also learn about the history of the famous Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory which was one of the most successful Hungarian companies at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.
Lunch independently
Free afternoon to visit one of the museums of the city (Zsolnay Museum, Vasarely Museum, Csontváry Museum, etc.)
Dinner independently.
Overnight in Pécs.

Day 4: Villány and the wine, 8th May, Wednesday
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson. Take our bus to explore the Villany Wine region. Visit quaint little villages, learn about the gastronomy.
Enjoy a snack lunch with local producers.
In the afternoon we will visit 2 wine cellar in Villany, where we will learn about the history of the wine region, about the technologies they use. We will finish our day with a winetasting dinner.
Overnight in Pécs.

Day 5: Bőszénfa, Siófok, Balatonfüred 9th May, Thursday
After breakfast drive to the Zselic region, which is a beautiful countryside with rolling hills. We will visit a deerfarm in Bőszénfa, where we will also enjoy lunch.
Then drive to Lake Balaton – largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. We will stop in Siófok – sister city of Walnut Creek, where we will go up to the water tower to enjoy the view of the lake.
Then we will take a boat across the lake to reach Balatonfüred. Overnight in the atmospheric upper lands of Balaton in the National park. Dinner served in our accommodation.

Day 6: Tihany, 10th May, Friday
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson, then drive Tihany. We will visit the small town, including the Abbey, which was founded in 1055. The founder Andrew the I. is buried in the crypt of the Abbey and in the founding charter of the church you can see the first Hungarian worlds written. We will also enjoy the view of the blossoming lavender fields.
Lunch on your own.
Afternoon: free time to explore
Dinner in our accommodation.
Overnight in the Balaton upperland.

Day 7: National Park, 11th May, Saturday
After breakfast we will start our day with a classroom Hungarian culture and language lesson, and then or take an excursion day to the National Park including a visit to Hegyestű – Geological Site. The norther shore of the lake had a strong volcanic activity in the past, that created the unique landscape, we have today.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight in Balaton upperland.

Day 8: Veszprém, Zirc, Pannonhalma, 12th May, Sunday
After breakfast we will travel to the town of Queens – Veszprém. We will take a walk in the old town, then drive through Zirc, the center of Cistercians, we will also see from a distance the fortress of Csesznek.
Lunch in Pannonhalma followed by a guided tour in the World Heritage complex, which is the first monastery founded in Hungary in 996.
Arrival to Győr in the evening – dinner independently
Overnight in Győr.

Day 9: Győr, 13th May, Monday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson then we will talk a guided walk in the beautiful baroque downtown area of Győr. The town has a great location at the confluence of 3 rivers.
Lunch on your own.
Free afternoon
Dinner on your own
Overnight in Győr

Day 10: Travel to Budapest, 14th May, Tuesday
After breakfast and the morning culture and language lesson we will travel to Budapest
Lunch on your own.
Free afternoon.
Farewell dinner with learning some folk dances.

Day 11: Departures, 15th May, Wednesday
After breakfast transfer to the airport

Price includes:
Accommodation for 10 nights in single or double rooms
in 3-4* category downtown hotel
10 breakfast and 12 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 may change.

Shared room in twin or double: 2300 USD/person
Single room: 2650 USD/person
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

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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