Tradesco tour spotlights Vienna, Budapest culinary heritages

LOS ANGELES -- There is no shortage of hosted tours that include Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary, but a new culture and fine dining program from Tradesco Tours is one of the few programs that emphasizes the capitals' culinary heritage.

Three four- or five-course gourmet dinners in each city are the highlights of the six-night, land-only program, priced from $1,634 per person, double, which includes stays at deluxe hotels.

The featured restaurants are:

Vienna

  • Zum Konig von Ungarn. Located next to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Mozart House, the restaurant is renowned for its Viennese and continental specialties.
  • Drei Husaren. The menu at this downtown restaurant features traditional Viennese cuisine and new, light dishes.
  • Palais Schwarzenberg. One of the city's chief landmarks, this Baroque palace is also a hotel and restaurant serving traditional Austrian cuisine.
  • Budapest

  • Gundel. Serving classic Hungarian dishes, Budapest's best-known dining establishment has catered to royals and celebrities for more than a century.
  • Karpatia. This Hungarian culinary center offers live Gypsy music performances as part of its dining experience.
  • Garmbrinus. As the official caterer of the Hungarian parliament, Garmbrinus serves royal menus offered in the past to England's Queen Elizabeth II, Sweden's King Gustav XVI and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
  • All meals have preset menus; alcoholic drinks are not included in the tour price.

    A performance at the State Opera House in Vienna, a concert by the Vienna Boys Choir and a ballet or classical music event in Budapest are featured as part of the tour's cultural component.

    The itinerary also includes a private city tour in both capitals.

    Hosted programs are for independent travelers who want some of their activities, lodging and transportation organized, but do not want to take part in an escorted group tour.

    For more information or reservations, call Tradesco Tours at (800) 833-3402 or (310) 649-5808; fax (310) 649-5882; e-mail [email protected], or visit the Web site at www.tradescotours.com.

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