Tokaj Jewish heritage and wine tour from Budapest
Minimum age: 18
- English-speaking guide will show you the best of Tokaj's Jewish heritage
- A winery visit with 6 to 8 wines available to try
- Lunch feast of regional specialties
- Artisanal cheese and charcuterie board
All about the trip
Join us and let’s leave Budapest for a day trip to visit one of the many small villages that make up the Tokaj wine region.
Tokaj is noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the world’s first delimited wine-producing region. It’s a must-see for any traveller interested in exploring Hungary’s rich and heartbreaking, Jewish history.
Until the Holocaust of WWII began, Jews made up a significant amount of the Tokaj region’s population. They played a vital role in the production, sale and transport of wine from Tokaj. The region’s Jewish story began in the mid 18th century when Polish Jews began to settle in the region. In the early 19th century, Jews from Galicia arrived (an area along today’s Polish/Ukrainian border). Many of these Jews were followers of the Hasidic movement and by the beginning of the 20th century, Tokaj had arguably become the most important centre of Hasidism in Europe west of the Ukraine.
The Jews of the region contributed enormously to the Tokaj wine success story. This fact has been widely recognized internationally for several centuries now. Jews or non-Jews, everyone living in the region loved the sweet wine of Tokaj. During the Holocaust the Jews of north-eastern Hungary fared worse than those in Budapest and as a consequence they never returned to the area.
Around Tokaj there are many Jewish historical sites to visit, such as synagogues, cemeteries, rabbi’s houses, and old stately Jewish homes. The whole region is a Hasidic pilgrimage destination. There are also two synagogues we can visit which have been gorgeously restored, along with several wineries which are located inside of the old homes of Jewish wine merchants.
Because it’s Tokaj, our tour also includes one visit to a winery of Jewish significance. Here we will tour the facilities and learn about the wine-making process. There will also be a chance to sample the range of Tokaj wines, from dry to super-sweet.
At the end of this tour you will have gained new insights into Hungary’s complex Jewish history, and of course, Tokaj’s legendary wine.
What is included in the price
- English-speaking guide will show you the best of Tokaj's Jewish heritage sights
- Winery visit with 6 to 8 wines to sample
- Lunch feast consisting of regional specialities
- Local cheese and charcuterie board
- Complementary Budapest Food and Wine Guide
- Taste Hungary notebook
- Water and light snacks for the ride
- 10% discount on purchases at 'The Tasting Table' (winery in Budapest)
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Budapest
What is not included in the price
- Gratuity tips for your food servers
Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for pregnant travellers, travellers with back or heart problems or any other serious medical conditions.
All Taste Hungary guides will always be holding a Taste Hungary tote bag so they can be easily identified.
Please bring ID and your booking reservation.
This tour requires good weather. If we need to cancel due to poor weather you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
Please note that the Tokaj region is located approximately 2.5hrs from Budapest.
This activity is organised by Taste Central Europe LLC (Taste Hungary), Washington DC, 20001, United States, +36 30 690 4913, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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