8 Nights Western Hungary Tour Package from SR World Travel (Posted on Jun 6 2011)

8 Nights Western Hungary Tour Package from SR World Travel

WESTERN HUNGARY TOUR

Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Places to visit: Vienna – Hungary

Day 01: Vienna –  Hungary
Arrive in Vienna airport. Met by our representative  Then  travel south, pausing to visit the Augustinian Abbey of Vorau with its richly frescoed interior, remarkable double organ and organ loft and 18C Rococo library.  superbly sited in the forested hills which form the present borders with Hungary and Slovenia. The castle’s long history includes five centuries as part of the Hungarian Crown Lands and successfully surviving a number of sieges and invasions from the east.

Hungarian Versailles

Hungarian Versailles

Day 02:
After breakfast we set off on foot for a morning exploring the forest trails – early autumn colours, wild cyclamen and fungi, and the whitewashed small wayside chapels which characterise this rural corner of Styria. Returning to the hotel we tour the castle’s own 17C ‘Long Cellar’, where the estate wine is aged in barrique casks made from their own oak trees – and taste the highly acclaimed results. A formal dinner of Styrian specialties is given a light and creative touch by the noted young chef.

Day 03:
The border crossing into Hungary is quite close and our first destination is the sleepy village of Ják which contains Hungary’s most important Romanesque architectural monument – the Benedictine Abbey Church. Founded in 1214 and miraculously escaping destruction by the Mongol hordes, its chief glory is the Norman-style portal – a pillared doorway carved in geometric patterns 12 layers deep. Continuing to Cák, we walk in the landscape reserve and picnic near a picturesque row of thatched above-ground wine cellars. In the afternoon we visit Kószeg, a tranquil little town with a charming Renaissance square and an illustrious history. During the 1532 siege of the town castle by Suleyman the Magnificent’s troops, a handful of Hungarian soldiers successfully held the fortress for 25 days against 100,000 Turks who finally withdrew at 11 a.m. on 30th August, sparing Kószeg (and Vienna for the next 150 years). Church bells peal an hour before noon to this day. Continuing to Sopron, we settle into our hotel, a recently restored Renaissance mansion in the quiet historic centre, before attending our first concert of Haydn’s chamber music in the nearby Esterházy Palace. Often referred to as the ‘Hungarian Versailles’, this opulent palace was Prince Miklos Esterházy’s summer residence where Haydn composed an enormous number of works – during the golden years between 1770 and 1790, at least one new opera performance was given each month.

Day 04:
We travel a short distance up into the Lóvér hills for a walk along the forest trails. Descending on foot into Sopron (where the nine year old Liszt dazzled audiences at his debut) lunch is in an unusual restaurant. The afternoon is free for exploring Hungary’s most delightful mediaeval town – since neither the Mongols nor the Turks reached here the walled Inner Town is a treasury of Gothic and early Baroque architecture. Highlights include the Old and New Synagogues (both built in the 14C and amongst the greatest Jewish Gothic monuments in Europe); climbing the Fire Tower (which has a square 10C base on top of a Roman gate, a 16C cylindrical section and a Baroque arcaded balcony and spire!); and the Storno Collection of Gothic furnishings. We reconvene in the early evening to walk along an historically important section of the former Iron Curtain, followed by a formal wine tasting and dinner in a nearby wine-making village.

vienna, austria

vienna, austria

Day 05:
A leisurely stroll in the Fertod National Park, ecologically part of the puszta or Hungarian steppes, delivers us to a small foot ferry which takes us across the lake to the village of Rust, where we partake of lunch in a traditional heuriger (rustic wine tavern). After free time to wander – many of the 17C houses are crowned with huge storks nests, and the 12C – 16C Fischerkirche contains faded Romanesque frescoes  – we drive to Eisenstadt, the other favoured seat of the Esterházy family. Before settling into our hotel (4 star, modern and central, with an indoor swimming pool), we visit the Landesmuseum, which contains remarkable Celtic artefacts, Roman mosaics and Liszt’s ‘Blue Salon’. An early dinner precedes a performance by the outstanding young pianist  Florian Birsak with the Camerata Salzburg and Heinz Holliger in the splendid, and wholly appropriate, setting of the Schloss Esterházy.

Day 06:
Following an unhurried start – you may wish to walk to Haydn’s Mausoleum in the Bergkirche, or in the formal Schloss gardens – we walk through woodland in the hills above Eisenstadt and picnic in the vineyards where the wine harvest should already be under way. Free time on our return permits a swim, the opportunity to visit the Haydn Museum housed in the composer’s home from 1766 to 1778; to visit the Jewish Museum in the former ghetto; or to take a tour of the Esterházy palace. An early dinner in an unusual restaurant in the colonnaded former Palace stables is followed a concert of Haydn symphonies, including no. 92 the ‘Oxford’, by the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Paul Goodwin in the Schloss Esterházy.

Day 07:
North east of Eisenstadt we pass the charming small cottage where Haydn was born en route to the archaeological museum (housed in a replica Roman villa) and then explore the site of Roman Carnuntum, the XV Legion’s camp from which they defended the boundaries of the empire on the Danube, before lunch. Transferring to Vienna, an orientation walk brings us to our very comfortable (4 star) historic hotel, ideally situated within ‘the Ring’, Vienna’s mainly pedestrianised historic centre. Dinner is in an excellent nearby restaurant.

Day 08:
A free day in Vienna: the possibilities include the treasures of St. Stephan’s cathedral; the Kunsthistorisches Museum housing one of the most important collections of paintings in the world; the bustling, colourful Naschmarkt – Vienna’s oldest food market; the magnificent Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School; the splendid Hapsburg imperial palace, the Hofburg (containing the imperial jewellery collection in the Schatzkammer); the Liechtenstein Palace private collections; or savouring Sachertorte in one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses. Our final dinner reflects the culinary heritage of the Austro-Hungarian empire and precedes a performance at the Vienna State Opera house.

Day 09: Vienna (B)
After breakfast Check-out of the hotel then direct transfer to Airport board your flight onward destination.

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Posted by on Jun 6 2011. Filed under Austria, Eisenstadt, Europe, Hungary, Salzburg, Vienna.

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8 Nights Western Hungary Tour Package from SR World Travel

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