P.O. Box 972
Bedford, TX 76095

United States

 

ILONA PESTI
Native Hungarian
Tour Director with roots in Texas
Certified Planner & Tour Operator 

Tel: 979 739 6596 (USA)
Email: ilona@spiritofhungarytravel.com

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A Sample Choir Tour 

Travel from your city to Philadelphia or Chicago or New York gateway. Direct overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary. 

Day 1 

Travel to Budapest 

After check-in at the hotel, we will enjoy a welcome lunch, rejuvenate in the thermal spa before a warm hearted evening at a folk style restaurant with an introduction to Hungarian gipsy music. 

Day 2  

Rejuvenate & Cultural Dinner 

This morning we will start learning about composer Franz Liszt and  famous people in the Hungarian history.  Take a panoramic bus ride of UNESCO sites. Later  the choir will visit and sing in the Esztergom Basilica. At dinner you will be introduced to Hungary's wine regions and start the "sampling one glass at the time tour" as we travel across Hungary. 

Day 3 

Hungarian Music, Catholicism  & Wine History Foundation, Concert

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The choir will sing Sunday mass either in Budapest or in a countryside basilica. Visit the Buda Castle district or another out of town unique cultural heritage entertainment. Enjoy a culinary Hungarian dinner. 

Day 4 

Sunday mass, Heritage Program & Dinner 

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This day we will take a day trip to visit the Pannonhalma Archabbey, the center of the Benedictine Order since 996 A.D.  The  group will have a religious reflection. After lunch, the choir will have various options to choose from for a formal or informal concert, followed by folk art afternoon/evening along with an introduction to a new type of Hungarian music during dinner. 

Day 5 

Pannonhalma, Concert & Folk Program 

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We will continue to take day trips to historical country towns where the foundation of Hungarian Catholicism was established and learn about Hungarian Saints. The choir will sing at historical basilicas, abbeys, meet with Catholic dignitaries, local choir directors (many are composers/organists genuinely interested to welcome and connect with you), parishioners. We will continue sampling wine and culinary meals each day and enjoy new cultural programming. For the late evening we will  be back to our Budapest hotel. 

Day 6 & 7 

Hungarian Catholicism & Saints Across the Countryside, Concerts 

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After a "sleep in" morning and late breakfast, this day will be for relaxing and fun. We will visit a charming artist town for gift shopping. In the afternoon we will visit King Matthias' castle and take part in an authentic medieval tournament and royal feast dinner. 

Day 8 

Day Off/Fun Only & Royal Feast  

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First, we will tour the magnificent St. Stephen Basilica and at lunch-time the choir will have an advertised concert here. After lunch, we will visit the famous Hungarian Parliament building, then head out for a private folk program and "Budapest at night" boat dinner tour. We will be passing under 7 illuminated bridges and viewing numerous breath taking buildings at night. 

Day 9 

Best of Budapest Day & Night 

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8 am transfer to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, then direct flight to Philadelphia or Chicago gateway and connect to your flight to home. Luggage will be checked-through, complimentary meals will be provided on the overseas flight. 

Day 10

Return to USA 

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"This was a very rewarding tour. The Hungarian people were so welcoming and gracious that we chose to come to their country.
Everything was top notch. Staying in the same hotel during the entire 10 days was a real treat.
Traveling with a tour presenter that knew Catholic dignitaries personally was an added plus.
I would highly recommend this tour, for both the spiritual and historical aspect. 
Darlene Brennand 
"The locals came up to us with tears in their eyes following our singing of  Kodaly's Esti Dal."
 
Darlene Brenand  
"A beautiful country with so much more to see and experience than we ever imagined before going on this tour!
 
We thought Budapest would be the main attraction (and it's magnificent), but there is so much more too!
 
Ilona's tour packs a huge punch of beloved Catholic heritage and rich Hungarian culture.
 
She will make you fall in love with Hungary!"
Melissa Sekin Meyer 
"I was intrigued to visit Hungary   as a choir member and as a pilgrim knowing this is one of the oldest countries of the Holy Roman Empire (Pannonia Province)!
 
I experienced a greater feeling of God's blessings in this beautiful country and just wished I had more time to visit.
The sights, sounds, food, people and cultures was wonderful and I will never forget it and want to go back.
 
I loved the countryside and going to one of the oldest Abbey's in the world.
Go and look forward to a great trip and enjoy the spa's: one of my favorite experiences at the Spa.
I did not have to worry about the food and arrangements other than my plane ticket."
 
Denise Martelli  
A network of  Hungarian religious leaders, native partners  and entertainers around the country are passionately looking forward to sharing our rich Hungarian heritage with you.