Private Tokaj Jewish Heritage & Wine Tour Details
Visiting Budapest is essential for travelers interested in understanding Hungary’s Jewish history and culture. But a visit to the many small villages that make up the Tokaj wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also a must for the traveler interested in exploring Hungary’s rich - and heartbreaking - Jewish history. The Tokaj region is legendary in the world of wine for its sweet wines, intricate cellars, and volcanic vineyards. And the Tokaj terroir also includes the history of its once-substantial Jewish community. Until the Holocaust, Jews made up a significant amount of the region’s population. They played a vital role in the production, sale, and transport of wine from Tokaj. Tokaj’s Jewish story began in the mid-1700s when Polish Jews began to settle in the region. In the early-19th century, Jews from Galicia (an area along today’s Polish/Ukranian border) arrived. Many of them were followers of the Hasidic movement and by the beginning of the 20th century, Tokaj had arguably become the most important center of Hasidism in Europe west of the Ukraine. The Jews of the region contributed enormously to the fact that Tokaj wine remained widely recognized internationally for centuries. Jews or non-Jews, everyone living in the region loved the wine. During the Holocaust the Jews of northeastern Hungary fared worse than those in Budapest and they never returned to the area to live.
There are many Jewish historic sites - such as synagogues, cemeteries where wonder rabbis are buried, rabbi’s houses, and old stately Jewish homes - and the region is a Hasidic pilgrimage destination. Two synagogues have been gorgeously restored, and several wineries are located inside of the old homes of Jewish wine merchants. Taste Hungary has extensively researched the fascinating Jewish history of this region. At the end of this tour you will have gained new insights into Hungary’s complex Jewish history, as well as into Tokaj’s legendary wine.
Meeting Point: Pick-up at your hotel
Duration: approximately 12 hours
Price per Person: USD 295
Price Includes: Private tour, transportation, wine tasting and winery tour at 1-2 wineries, lunch, bottles of mineral water and light snacks for the car rides, guiding by a specialized tour guide
Minimum participants: 2 (Traveling alone? Taste Hungary will do their best to add singles to groups.)
This unique tour is brought to you by Taste Hungary. Taste Hungary offers half-day walking tours and evening wine tasting classes in Budapest, as well as full-day wine tours (group and private) to Hungary’s wine regions. For private tours, Taste Hungary will work closely with you to customize the tour to meet your needs and interests. Pre-registration is required for all Taste Hungary tours and we have made it easy to reserve your spot using the form below. Taste Hungary is ranked amongst the top 10 tours in Budapest on Tripadvisor. See all tours offered by Taste Hungary.
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