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Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour

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USD 79.00
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    What to Expect
    The Christmas season kicks off with Mikulás-nap (St. Nicholas Day) on December 6th when children polish their shoes and set them out for Miklulás to fill with goodies. (However, if you’ve been bad, Mikulás’ helper, krampusz, will leave twigs instead.) Bakeries and home cooks are busy baking roulade cakes filled with walnuts or poppy seeds (bejgli), which are a crucial part of the holiday season. On December 24th children are banished from their living rooms while the angels and Jézuska (baby Jesus) bring presents and trim the tree, and angels ring bells. No Hungarian Christmas tree is complete without shiny pieces of szaloncukor (chocolates wrapped in colourful foil wrappers) covering it. In the weeks running up to Christmas szaloncukor is sold everywhere, by the kilogram from street vendors and at fancier shops and bakeries.

    Budapest’s many Christmas markets are also an essential part of the Christmas season. This tour will include visits to four very different ones, from the most traditional one in town, to a luxury one with more high-end gifts. Since the markets (which are all in central Pest) are in a few different neighborhoods, you’ll see some of Budapest’s prettiest neighborhoods decked out for the holidays. As you wander around the markets, your guide will fill you in on what you are seeing, and discuss Hungarian Christmas traditions, foods, and stories. Of course, food is also a major part of the tour! You’ll taste a variety of different seasonal foods and drinks (so come with an appetite, it will be enough to serve as lunch).

    This will be an excellent opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. Your guide will direct you to our favorite vendors where you can find things such as handmade notebooks and paper products, puppets, ceramics, folk arts, Christmas decorations, food products, and more.

    A private 3-hour tour is available upon request.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    This tour begins at a central location in Pest (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    • English-speaking, food-specialized guide
    • Generous seasonal food and drink tastings (enough to serve as lunch!
    • Tour includes visits to four Christmas markets in Pest
    • Many stops for photos, questions and some Christmas shopping
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Three-hour tour, from 11am - 2pm (unless otherwise requested)
    • This is a seasonal tour, subject to the opening times of Christmas Markets. The tour will be running every day between November 27th 2016 - January 1st 2017, except for December 25th and 26th, which are national holidays in Hungary.
    • This is a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests). For larger groups please contact us for a customized price proposal.
    • If you would rather have a private tour (which can be customized), please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking.
    • Though there will be plenty of eating breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour. Also, make sure you dress warmly!
    • Make sure you advise about any dietary requirements or allergies you may have!
    • Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Do this tour at the beginning of your trip as you'll get great tips on what Xmas booths are better than others. Esther was our guide and did a great tour tailored to what we wanted to see and eat. Since we had already tried some things, she made sure to show us new things.
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    Response from TasteHungary, Reservation manager at Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour
    Responded 5 days ago
    Thank you for your nice feedback. We couldn't be happier to know you have enjoyed this special seasonal tour of Budapest with our lovely Eszter. Evi Faiola Reservation Manager
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    This is a must-do tour for anyone who wants to navigate the Budapest Christmas market like a local! Our tour guide, Aggie, made the difference between purchasing items made in China and those that were true quality local goods without pressuring us to buy anything! We visited
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    Response from TasteHungary, Reservation manager at Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour
    Responded 5 days ago
    Thank you Sharyn for your nice feedback, including Agi's great input; it's true Christmas markets can get overwhelming, but not when you're with a local who knows what's best. We couldn't be happier for your fun experience! Please visit us again. Budapest is lovely during the summer as well. Evi Faiola Reservation Manager
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    I was excited about this because I love food tours, but it wasn't great. At our first stop, we had potatoes, blood sausages, and cabbage rolls, then we had a slice of poppyseed cake and szaloncukor (chocolate pieces), and then shared the cinnamon spiral pastry. We started and
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    visited the Budapest Christmas markets this year with my mother and it was so nice to stroll and look at all the different stalls and items on sale. the majority are handmade and some are expensive, but lovely to stroll and have a mulled wine and try some of the Hungarian
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    About the operator
    By: Taste Hungary
    Budapest, Hungary
    Excellent food, wine, and company
    This review is coming quite late, but the two dinner and wine tastings I attended are still fresh in my mind. Each
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    Mark W
    Sydney, Australia
    Dinner walking tour
    We have found a walking tour with food is a great way to find out and explore a new city. This trip exceeded our
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    Travelling Foodie
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Would highly recommend
    We did the 5 wines option and even as someone who prefers white over red I really enjoyed all the wines. The food
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    Steve M
    Ruin Bars
    Great tour of the ruin bars. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the countries history, culture and
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    Alexandria, Virginia
    Amazing wines and charcuterie
    Who knew that Hungary has some delicious wines?! As we learned, the Hungarian wine market is rather small due to
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    Jennifer L
    Worth a visit!!
    Fantastic afternoon. Great wine and company! A must, if you are in Budapest!!! We enjoyed 5 wines but there’s an 8
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    Lisa L
    Valentine’s Tour
    Such a knowledgable guide and genuinely interested in our tour goals. We learnt so much about Budapest’s history
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    Sharon H
    Wine tasting
    This was a really lovely experience. The wine and food complimented each other so well and it was really delicious
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    Donna M
    Hungarian Wine and Cheese tasting Budapest
    Such an interesting experience. The wines were from different regions of Hungary and the cheese platters
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    Deena F
    Queens, New York
    Perfect intro to Hungarian wines
    Wonderful wine tasting that included a good amount of meats and cheeses as well as delicious bread. 2 whites, 2
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