During this boating holiday weekend break you will cruise in the heart of the Tokaj vineyards that are found at the foot of the Zemplén volcano range. Also on the itinerary is the tasting of fine wines, discovering the Great Plains surrounding countryside and enjoying the relaxed way of life on the water.
Located in the heart of Tokaj in north-eastern Hungary, our boating holidays base is located at the meeting point of the rivers Tisza and Bodrog. This privileged position allows you to navigate your self-drive canal boat (no previous experience or licence needed!) in the heart of a famous wine region. At the foot of the Zemplén mountains, you will discover a protected natural area in landscapes of ancient volcanoes covered with forests.
Tokaj: at the heart of famous Hungarian vineyards
In Tokaj, the meeting point of the rivers Tisza and Bodrog creates a unique microclimate which is credited as the reason behind the unique flavour of Tokaj's world-famous wines. At the inescapable winery of Rákóczi there are thousands of oak barrels of this iconic, white wine ageing in the humid atmosphere of galleries that are dug into the volcanic rock. Why not visit before embarking on your boating holiday – stocking up with sweet Tokaji Aszú for the rest of your journey! Also, to find out more about what Louis XIV called "the wine of kings and the king of wines" take time to discover the Tokaj museum.
Bodrogkeresztúr: watch migrating birds from the deck of your canal boat
A boating holiday along the Bodrog River sees you and your crew settled among vineyards, meadows and marshes in the heart of the Tokaj-Bodrogzug protected area, home to many migratory birds. From the deck of your canal boat (no license needed!) scour the banks looking for eagles, corncrakes and storks. The village also hosts several Tokaj wine cellars.
Sárospatak: an unrivalled view of Rakóczi Palace from your canal boat
Continuing your navigation on the Bodrog River leads to the Vörös torony (Red Tower), a former medieval dungeon that stands imposingly on the shore and that dates back to the fifteenth century. Although you’ll get an excellent view of it as you approach by the water, we still recommend a visit to the Rakóczi Palace, rebuilt from the sixteenth century and displaying excellent Renaissance architecture. Other must-sees are the reformed college (Református Kollégium), the great Gothic church of Vártemplom and for crews with children the swimming baths of Végardó Fürdo.
Holiday reviews from Tokaj
Wine cellar after wine cellar! Our crew were all fans of fine wines but this was the first time that any of us had experienced them by canal boat! We loved the view of the Tokaj vineyards on the sloping banks at the edge of the Bodrog River and managed to visit a number of the local wine cellars.
Matthew, Rixheim (68)