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Hungary Tour by Adventures Abroad: Landlocked Hungary, located on the fringes of Eastern Europe, has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries and under numerous rules throughout the ages.

The famous Danube, the longest lake within the European Union (2nd in European continent after the Volga) was once the passageway for the Roman Empire who were among the first to rule in Hungary. While today most visitors will only feel the lasting impressions of the Roman Empire'™s 2,000 year history while sipping their way along the 30 km Villany - Siklos wine route, one can also appreciate the Romanesque motifs in Budapest'™s concert halls or in the baroque Ulcisia or Wolf Castle of Szentendre.

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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Hungary Tour by Adventures Abroad: Landlocked Hungary, located on the fringes of Eastern Europe, has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries and under numerous rules throughout the ages.

The famous Danube, the longest lake within the European Union (2nd in European continent after the Volga) was once the passageway for the Roman Empire who were among the first to rule in Hungary. While today most visitors will only feel the lasting impressions of the Roman Empire'™s 2,000 year history while sipping their way along the 30 km Villany - Siklos wine route, one can also appreciate the Romanesque motifs in Budapest'™s concert halls or in the baroque Ulcisia or Wolf Castle of Szentendre.

Over the years, the Hungarian territory we know now would fall to the hands of numerous influences. Years of war would create the need for many stone fortresses, which can be found all over the country. The gently rolling hills made the landscape easy for empires to strike, everyone from the Visigoths to the Ottomans, even the Mongols.

On any Hungary tour, it is hard to pull oneself away from the capital Budapest. The capital is actually made up of three regions but named after two: Buda and Pest. Both facing the mighty Danube, the river forms the physical and spiritual centre of the Hungarian capital. It is its centrepiece, its heart, and its pulse. Its relationship with the city is even more intimate than that of the Seine with Paris or the Arno with Florence.

From the banks of the river, one can enjoy many of Budapest's most famous landmarks including the neo-Gothic Parliament building with its slender towers, spacious arcades, high windows and vast central dome.

Following WWII, where Hungary fought as part of the Axis of Powers and lost, Hungary was either a satellite of the Soviet Union, occupied by the Soviets or struggling with their communist state. It wasn't until 1990 that free and fair democratic elections took place, through a peaceful transition period.

The complicated history of the 20th century is still on display at many of the museums in Hungary, or in the sprawling Liberty Square (Szabadsag ter). In the square's center remains a gold hammer and sickle atop a white stone obelisk, one of the few monuments to the Russian 'liberation' of Budapest in 1945.

With communism firmly in the past, Hungary has seen a rise in culinary exuberance. While many believe that Hungary's food is one of the most sophisticated of Eastern Europe, the full bodied red wines of Egar and Villany are also worth noting.

Out of the capital, our Hungary tour takes in the best of the countryside. The Tihany Peninsula is known for its historical monuments, beautiful panorama and its Mediterranean climate, as well as 18th century villas of Balatonfured near Lake Balaton, famous for the curing mineral waters.

An unforgettable aspect of any Hungary tour is the wonderful array of architecture. From the medieval castles, to buildings influenced by baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau designs, to historic cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fourth-century Christian necropolis like the UNESCO-designated necropolis of Pecs, there are endless reasons to visit Hungary.