Budapest  April 28 to May 5 2019    

The 'Queen of the Danube' is  a beautiful city with a fascinating history. She enjoyed a glittering life under the Hapsburgs and the buildings show the best of Baroque, Neo-classical and Art Nouveau architecture. The magnificent Chain Bridge, built in 1849, links hilly Buda to fashionable Pest and the Castle district is a Unesco World Heritage site. The natural hot springs enjoyed by the Romans were developed under Ottoman rule and today the many lovely, Liberty style spas add their touch of glamour.

After the grim Soviet years Budapest has enjoyed a Renaissance and Hungarian wines are coming into their own as enthusiastic local wine-makers, with some international investment, are developing an exciting range of wines, far removed  from the Bulls Blood era. The famous sweet tokai region is producing dry white wines and I love the wines from Lake Balatan.  In the Central Market Hall the choice is inspiring and the succulent mangalica pig has been coaxed back from near-extintion. The multi-cultured heritage leads to an exciting restaurant scene and historic coffee-houses offer a bewildering range of sinful pastries. We will stay in an historic hotel, and enjoy some culinary walks and wine tastings. There will be a Chef's table in the legendary Gundel and two other cooking lessons.

Price 2750