Wine Cruise on the Danube

 

If you are looking for a fun, unique way to enjoy a new city and taste as many glasses of wine as can accurately epitomize a given country, then this is the tour for you! I came across Hungaria Koncert when I was researching my recent trip to Budapest. I was looking for a company that provided unique and interesting tours that combined not just a city tour but also a little something extra. Ta daaaaa!! Their slogan is ‘Culture is fun’ and it is!

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This company offers tours to suit every taste. There are lunch and dinner cruises, wine cruises, helicopter trips over the city, craft beer cruises, organ concerts, and spa visits.

Hungaria Koncert kindly sponsored a Wine Cruise on the Danube for my visit and as it was still the winter season our sailing was at 7pm. During the summer months, they also run a 10pm cruise.

Zsuzsanna and Bea from the HK office met us and brought us to the boat along with the rest of the dinner and wine cruisers.

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Upstairs on deck was the wine tasting and downstairs was the dinner cruise. Eating is cheating so upstairs we went! To be honest I was expecting thimblefuls of wine and a detailed explanation by a slightly stuffy or pompous middle-aged man. I was so wrong. There were 5 glasses per person set out on our table. A handy placemat explained the order in which we would be tasting the wines, a brief description of each one and a map showcasing the region it was from. EXCITING!

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I must admit I had never heard of any Hungarian wines, except Bull’s Blood and Tokaji and didn’t know what to expect, taste wise.

The wines we sampled were:

Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection

Hilltop Premium Merlot

Juhász Blue Frankish Rosé

Bodri Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée

Bárdos Pincészet Pinot Grigio

Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet

Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos

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We were served two whites, a rosé, two reds and two sweet wines. Seven proper sized glasses of wine. Not thimblefuls. We should have eaten before the cruise!

Our table host brought around the bottles to our table and explained a little about each wine before pouring. So very sophisticated!

Fun, easy conversation and a relaxed cruise along the Danube is a hell of a way to enjoy your holiday. We passed the beautifully lit buildings of the Gellert Spa, University, Parliament, and the Whale along the riverside. The representatives from Hungaria Koncert pointed out famous landmarks and filled us in on areas of cultural significance and had fun facts about the city to share.

Check out these views!

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As if the views, great company, and delicious wine weren’t enough there is beautiful musical accompaniment in the form of a classical trio who entertained us all night playing traditional Hungarian pieces and well-known classics. By the end of the night, they were making a tour of the tables and playing to each group. When they heard we were Irish our tune was ‘My Heart Will Go On’, from the Titanic soundtrack. I had to giggle and although the musicians were excellent, is it the best tune to play on a boat?!

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Absolutely great fun and a must for your next trip to Budapest. Follow my link here to book your cruise and at €30 per person, it is practically a steal! Or email Hungaria Koncert and tell them I sent you! Check out my full post here on other fun activities in Budapest for your next city break.

Thank you to Hungaria Koncert for sponsoring this tour and to Zsuzsanna and Bea for being great hosts! As always all opinions are my own.

 

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