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:
ViennaZum 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
BudapestGundel. 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
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.