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Our suggested itineraries in Hungary and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our comprehensive tailored trip packages make traveling in Central and Eastern region hassle-free. Go deep on Hungary, with a tour that includes not just Budapest but delights such as Lake Balaton and Eger, or combine Hungary with one or more of its neighbors in the region. If multi-country trips are more your style, then you will find that Hungary combines neatly with Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia and others.

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Where to go in Hungary

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Budapest is a popular stop on tours of Central Europe, and for good reason. But you can see more in Hungary than just the capital city. If you want to spend your vacation in Hungary you can explore Budapest, then go north to Eger. Here they make Hungary's best red wines, including the famously potent Bull's Blood. We also recommend quiet, cosmopolitan Pecs, with its churches, mosques, and synagogue.

A country of rich cuisine

Hungary is enjoying a major culinary revival, especially in Budapest. Magyar cuisine took off in the 19th and early 20th centuries, took a hiatus during communism, and has since reawakened. Budapest boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants. There are also several Bib Gourmand holders and a high level of dining at all prices. Whatever is on your plate you'll find a wine to match it. There are full-bodied reds and whites, and the renowned honey-sweet Tokaj dessert wine.

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Budapest and the rest of Hungary joined the European Union in 2004. But the currency is still the Hungarian Forint. It is relatively weak, so prices here are much lower than in Western Europe. Hungary is part of the Schengen area, so crossing the border to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia is effortless. You can easily travel from Budapest to cities like Vienna, Bratislava and other destinations in Central Europe.

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We provide Hungary travel services to the places listed below. Budapest, Pecs, and Eger are popular destinations for travel in Hungary. We have destinations throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Our clients come from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and Europe. Contact us for a free travel consultation. Or request a call back at your convenience. We will prepare a Hungarian vacation package for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Hungary

When is the best time to visit Hungary?
We recommend visiting Hungary from early April to late May, or from mid-September to mid-October. Budapest has weather similar to New York, if a bit cooler, with hot summers, and cold winters.
What is Hungarian cuisine like?

Hungary is home to the region’s best cuisine. The local food stands out in part because the Hungarians arrived as invaders from Central Asia 1,000 years ago, and remain idiosyncratic. Paprika is the cherished national spice, made from ground sweet bell peppers. Paprika, often used with black pepper and onions, helps make food spicy without being too hot. Goulash is the national dish, although Hungarians tend to use the term for a soup lighter than the thick beef stew found in the US and elsewhere. The Kurtoskalacs, a chimney cake roasted on a spit akin to the Czech Trdelnik, is a popular street food, as is Langos, deep fried dough similar to Native American flatbread served with toppings, especially sour cream and cheese. Langos is one of Hungary’s most popular exports, and can be found at any festival in East or Central Europe. If you're seeking spice, try Fisherman's Soup (Halaszle), which combines river fish (often carp) with a generous amount of paprika.

Hungary has some of the best wines in East and Central Europe. The Tokaji/Tokay wine region is especially famous. Centered around the town of Eger, we recommend its white dessert wines, or its full-blooded Bull’s Blood reds. Hungary is also known for Unicum, an herbal bitters, and Palinka, a fruit brandy.

Is Hungary safe?
Hungary is a very safe country, but be on the lookout for pickpockets on public transportation, and areas with crowds of tourists, even if pickpockets are rarer there than in much of Western Europe.
What is transportation like in Hungary?
Hungary's Intercity trains are effective, although since the country uses a hub-and-spoke system with rail lines intersecting in Budapest, it can take a long time to travel between cities other than the capital. Non-Intercity trains are often slow and in poor shape. During the summer, trains between Lake Balaton and Budapest can be overcrowded and sell out quickly. Buses within Hungary tend to be cheap, but are subject to delays, and Budapest's main bus station is towards the city's outskirts.
When are Hungary's public holidays?

Hungarian Public Holidays (apart from Easter and Whitsunday) are on fixed days, so if they fall on a weekend the day off is not moved to the next working day. On public holidays most shops and all banks will be shut so if there's something you need, make sure to plan ahead.

Here's the complete list of the Hungarian public holidays:
- 1st January (New Year)
- 15th March (commemorating the 1848/49 revolution and war of independence against Austrian rule)
- Easter Sunday and Monday
- 1st May (Labor Day)
- Whitsunday (Pentacost) and Whitmonday
- 20th August (a threefold celebration: the celebration of new bread (marking the end of the grain harvest), the name day of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary, and the foundation of the Hungarian state)
- 23rd October (anniversary of the 1956 revolution and war of independence)
- 1st November (All Saints' Day): most people go to the cemetery, and there's a handful of Halloween parties (Halloween is a new import).
- 25-26th December (Christmas) Watch out for Dec 24. While not an official holiday, most shops, restaurants, bars, theaters, etc. close on this day, so families can celebrate together in the evening.

How can I get local currency?
We recommend taking out Hungarian Forints from the ATMs inside banks, but you can always ask your receptionist for the closest recommended ATM or exchange place. Never change money on the street. We can recommend centrally-located exchange places in each Hungarian destination we offer (save for the small town of Villany).
Do I need a visa for Hungary?

Entry visas are not required for EU citizens, and travelers from the USA and Canada if you stay less than 3 months. Citizens of other countries can get a visa at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their country: please allow ample time as in some cases the administrative procedure of obtaining a visa to Hungary might take 4-6 weeks. For more information about visas, please check this website.

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