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WINE-KNOWS TRAVEL, INC.

Harvest in Austria & Hungary
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How do I meet up with the group?
What about airfare?
What accommodations be used?
What culinary experiences will be offered?
What are the mobility and physical requirements of this trip?
What clothing should I bring?
What type of weather should be expected?
What are my options as a single traveler?
How much free time is available?
Do you accept credit cards?

How do I meet up with the group?

The tour begins in downtown Budapest approximately 9am on September 17, 2018.   Pickup will be at a hotel in the center.  It is strongly advised that all participants arrive in Budapest at least the day before to avoid any missed connections with the group.  Wine-Knows will be happy to arrange early arrival accommodations.

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What about airfare?

Group airfare has purposefully not been included to allow maximum flexibility in arrival & departure options. This means that travelers may go both early as well as stay over after the trip concludes.   Wine-Knows Travel, Inc. provides land only arrangements and does not provide airfare.

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What accommodations will be used?

  One of the hallmarks of Wine-Knows’ brand is seeking out those oh-so-special places to stay.  We look for historical properties that not only offer Old World charm but the latest in 21st century creature comforts and excellent service.  Lodging on this trip will include a castle, wine-spa inn, beautifully appointed B&B, former monastery on the banks of the Danube, as well as a Napa Valley-like modern wine resort.  Details are as follows:

Renovated 4 star castle set in a 250 acre Hungarian vineyard. 
Evoking the splendor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Venetian chandeliers drip from the ceiling and oil paintings drape the walls.  Once the Wine Academy of Tokaj, this unique 20 room hotel offers a beautiful terrace and gardens, as well as a large swimming pool surrounded by vines.

Recently built wine-spa hotel with vino-therapy.  Boasting 30 modern rooms, this 4 star property is located in Hungary’s southern-most wine area.  Their Wellness Center offers treatments using products made from grapes & wines, as well as an indoor pool and traditional spa services such as massage, Jacuzzi, and sauna.

Advant-garde architecture meets wine resort.  
You’ll think you’re in Napa Valley but you’ll know you’re not because of the absence of crowds.  Stainless steel walls, mammoth floor-to-ceiling windows, & iconic custom furniture decorate this sleek 15 room jewel.  Located in the peaceful countryside, the property is a popular site for weddings & special events.

Charming boutique B&B owned by a Food Sylist Artist.  
In a historic group of buildings dating from 1537, the property is built around a flower-filled courtyard and rose garden.  This inn is a splendid work of art.  Each room, completely different from the other, has been lovingly decorated by the careful eye of this extraordinarily talented woman.  There’s also a swimming pool to complete this perfect retreat.

Monastery on the banks of the Danube converted to a 4 star hotel.
Surrounded by medieval convent walls and decorated with antiques and works of art from the region, this hotel offers a peaceful haven for our last stop.  There’s a gorgeous cloister garden overlooking the river, as well as a swimming pool.  The spacious and comfortable bedrooms are traditionally furnished.
 

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 What culinary experiences will be offered?

Dining experiences have been mindfully selected. Meals will be special culinary events, ranging from sophisticated restaurants to country inns.  Several will be private dining experiences in spots such as an exclusive wine cellar and a private castle.  Foods will offer a depth and breadth of Hungary & Austria’s gastronomic offerings ranging from haute cuisine to home-style cooking.

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What are the mobility and physical requirements of this trip?

Participants must be in good physical health and be able to keep up with the pace of the group.  The tour often requires climbing two or more flights of stairs in wineries, walking distances of up to 3/4 mile (1200 meters) at a moderate gait, and negotiating cobble-stone streets and other irregular surfaces including dirt, gravel and/or wet surfaces.

Participants will be required to carry their own hand luggage and personal items.  Concerns over any aspect of the tour’s physical requirements should be addressed with Wine Knows before placing the trip deposit.

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What clothing should I bring?

The tour will be business casual. Men need to bring a sport coat (tie optional) for the more formal evenings, & women should plan a similar level of attire (cocktail dress or fancy pantsuit).  Bring non-skid shoes for visits to wineries...floors may be wet & filled with a variety of equipment which can cause safety hazards. Pack a sweater or light jacket for cool days or evenings.  Also, pack a swimsuit as several of our hotels have a pool and/or a spa.

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What are my options as a single traveler?

The price is based upon double occupancy.  Should you wish a single room there will be a supplement of $1054 US.

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What type of weather should be expected?

Mid-late September averages in the high 60’s during the day.  That being said, daytime temperatures can fluctuate upward to nearly 80 degrees.   Nights can be cooler as we get closer to October.  While rain is not normal at this time of year, it is always a good idea to pack an umbrella or rain jacket.

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How much free time is available?

We have provided free time as detailed in the itinerary.  It is not mandatory that you attend all of the planned experiences, although most of our clients do.  This is your trip---if you would rather sleep in, shop, or simply chill out, then do so.

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes.  We accept payment through PayPal (PayPal.com).  Since PayPal charges us a fee, this fee must be added to the cost of the trip.

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