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Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

1. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River and explore Budapest from a different perspective. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you take in the city's sights and lights. Depart from the city center, board the Gróf (Count) Széchényi, the biggest vintage ship currently on the Danube. Marvel at its elegant wooden interior and designer carpets, the perfect setting for your travel photos. Make life-long memories as you sail along the river, taking in the sights. Admire the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel from the water. Relax and enjoy Hungarian specialties. Listen to live music performed by 4 members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites, and make sure to make a request for your party. The buffet dinner includes all the Hungarian must haves: Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

2. Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

Make some special memories on your winter holiday as you spend an evening sailing along the Danube. Enjoy a freshly prepared, multi-course dinner as you take in the sights of the city and relax under the stars. Cruise past Budapest’s imperial monuments illuminated at the night. Indulge in good food, and enjoy the festive atmosphere thanks to international popular music and Hungarian favorites. The open bar drink selection includes wine, draught beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and mulled wine. Sample Christmas Dinner Menu: Soup Goulash soup; vegetable cream soup Main Courses Beef stew with home-made dumplings; roast chicken thighs with parsley potato; vegetable casserole; stuffed cabbage; vegetable couscous Desserts Somlói trifle; strudel selection; Beigli (traditional Hungarian Christmas cake with walnuts and poppy seeds) New Year's Eve Menu Options for 2022/23: Red Meat Menu (option A): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Sous-vide sirloin beef steak with wild mushroom sauce and French potato gratin Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Poultry Menu (option B): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad; French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Chicken breast supreme with wild mushroom sauce, French gratin potatoes Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Vegetarian Menu (option C): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizerSheep curd cream with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Cheese soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main Dish Forest mushroom risotto, with Tokaj wine reduction and parmesan Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

3. Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

Spend a magical evening as you feast on a catered candle-lit dinner aboard one of the most elegant and modern cruises in Budapest. Listen to live music, enjoy a festive welcome drink, and admire the city’s sparkling historical sites along the Danube River. Once you board the boat, be led to your table to receive your complimentary welcome drink. Then, sit back and relax as you enjoy your catered 4-course dinner while listening to live music performed by local Hungarian artists. As you dine, benefit from retractable windows that ensure the best possible photo opportunities of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, which shines like a topaz jewel at night. Continue along the waters and marvel at the nighttime views of the enchanting Buda Castle, the grand Statue of Liberty, and the impressive Citadella on top of Gellért Hill. Sail past other famous landmarks along the river like Margaret Island, the Palace of Arts (MUPA), the National Theatre, and the Vigado Concert Hall. Glide under the illuminated Chain, Margit, and Erzsébet Bridges and watch as the Pest promenade comes to life with the sounds of street musicians and people dining on the patio-lined restaurants.

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

4. Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest and explore many historically and culturally important sites on this city cruise. Customize your experience with your favorite drinks by choosing the option that suits you, including wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. The unforgettable atmosphere will be guaranteed by live salon music performed by three musicians from the award-winning Rajkó Folk ensemble. Often cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Budapest is even more stunning from the river. The Buda side is made of a string of World Heritage sites stretching from the Chain Bridge to the Technical University, and includes the Gellért Bath, Mt. Gellért with its Freedom Monument and the Citadella, the Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On the opposite side of the river, you can marvel at iconic buildings such as the House of Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy drinks in the air-conditioned cabin and then head to the open-air upper deck to admire the panorama of Budapest by night. The performance also features a marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The combination of string instruments and the cimbalom provides a uniquely Hungarian, unforgettable harmony and an outstanding atmosphere on-board. Wish to hear your favorite popular song in a whole new adaptation? During the performance, guests will have a chance to request their favorite songs.

Budapest Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

5. Budapest Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

Enjoy the breathtaking view of Budapest and walk through the streets on a small-group guided tour. Explore the Hungarian Capital, expecially the Castle District and Hungarian Parliament. Cross over bridges and discover the Baroque-style streets, with free time afterward. Meet your guide and walk through the streets of the Castle District, with a special visit to the Matthias Church. View the 19th-century Fisherman's Bastion and take a look at the unique interior of the Ruszwurm, the oldest cafe in town. Go to the Hungarian Parliament from different angles, cross the main bridges and the most important avenues, like Andrássy Avenue, the local Champs-Élysées. Take pictures with historical Hungarian leaders at Heroes’ Square, at the St. Stephen's Basilica and learn the many secrets of Budapest. Enjoy your free time in the Budapest downtown area at the end of the sightseeing tour. Take time to walk around and try some Hungarian foods, like traditional Gulash. Afterward, enjoy a worry-free transfer back to Vienna.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music and Folk Dance Show

6. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music and Folk Dance Show

Feast on a sumptuous dinner buffet as you cruise by boat along the Danube River in the romantic atmosphere of Budapest at night. Listen to live music, and see the city's illuminated skyline as you go. Enjoy the evening views of the city accompanied by live music, while having a romantic dinner on board. Start and end your journey at the Academia ferry terminal. Spot sights like the iconic House of Parliament, the historic Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill. Relax while listening to live salon music is performed by 3 members of the Rajkó Folk Orchestra and Ensemble. The performance will feature the marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The unlimited buffet dinner includes: Soups: Alföld style Goulash soup, vegetable brothSalad: Fresh seasonal salad with two types of dressingMain courses: Traditional chicken paprikash, Roasted pork with grilled vegetables, Stuffed cabbage Hungarian style, Eggplant tower in tomato sauceGarnishes: Dumplings, Grilled vegetables, Hash brownDesserts: Homemade strudel selection, Trifle Drinks: one welcome drink and a glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink. You will also be given a complimentary bottle of water.

Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

7. Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

Start out in the heart of Budapest and head to the top of Gellért Hill on a 2-hour tuk tuk tour. See the Citadel, the Philosopher's Garden, the Castle Garden Bazaar, the Chain Bridge, the Gresham Palace and lots more. Sit back and enjoy the commentary by your driver/guide as you take in the best of Budapest. If you've already chosen the places you’d like to visit, or want some suggestions, the tuk tuk driver will be happy to accommodate and show you the beauty of Budapest. The tuk tuk is equipped with a tablet for access to PocketGuide, the audio tour app, free of charge. And of course, you can also download it to your phone.

Budapest: Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube with Live Music

8. Budapest: Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube with Live Music

Discover why Budapest is called the Pearl of the Danube aboard the exclusive Gróf Széchényi ship. The boat takes you beneath six bridges of Budapest while introducing you to Budapest's most famous sights. Hop on board and set out to see sights like the mighty House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion up on the Hill of Buda, and the Gellért mountain, crowned by the majestic Citadella. The ship's wooden interior, designer carpets, and on-board bar add a sense of comfort and luxury to your cruise. Don't forget to explore the lower floor for the engine room during your time on board. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the riverbank of the Danube as you cruise past the city's beautiful historical buildings.

Budapest: 1.5-Hour Lunch and Cruise with Live Music

9. Budapest: 1.5-Hour Lunch and Cruise with Live Music

Glide along the waters of the Danube River on this 1.5-hour lunch cruise, starting at 14:00 each afternoon. Take in the sights of Budapest's beautiful urban city-scapes, stretching from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Buda Castle with iconic locations such as the House of Parliament or the Fisherman’s Bastion on the Castle Hill. During your afternoon trip you will be treated to a warm buffet lunch. After lunch, step up onto the open upper deck of the ship to enjoy your panoramic view. Menu: Gluten Free (G), Lactose free (L), Vegetarian (V) Cold entries: Spiced cottage cheese cream (G, V) and traditional greaves cream (G, L) Soups: Alföld style goulash with small dumplings  From autumn to spring: Vegetable cream (G L V) Summer time: Cold fruit soup (G L V) Warm main courses: Mini stuffed cabbage (G) Traditional chicken leg “Paprikasch” (G) Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce (G) Spicy pork rib with thyme – mustard sauce (G L) Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce (G) Garnishes and vegetarian: Grilled vegetables (G L V) Steamed jasmin rice with corn (G L V) Hash-brown potatoes (G L V) Steamed potatoes (G L V) Salads: Fresh seasonal salads with dressings (G V) Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise (G V) Desserts: Dessert variations Európa style (G) Seasonal fruit basket (G L V) Drinks: 1 Glass of wine (or juice) & 1 bottle of mineral water

Budapest: Downtown by Night 2.5-Hour Tour

10. Budapest: Downtown by Night 2.5-Hour Tour

Budapest is not only beautiful by day, by night the city lights will impress and delight..this is when Budapest shines! Imagine a moonlit tour by the Danube, across the illuminated stunning bridges. The majestic Castle area upon the hills of Buda, enchanting and exhilarating. Budapest by night would not be complete without a tour of downtown, this city loves the nightlife.  Don't wait with the crowds for a traditional city tour. Lean back in your authentic, vintage Russian Military Jeep, buckle up and leave the rest to the guides! Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Budapest. This tour is highly recommended for those who wish to see a "bit more" of Budapest, as you will be taken to where city tours have no access. See the wonders and secrets of this city. The tour takes you along the Hungarian Champs Elysees (Andrassy Ut). Make a stop at Heroes Square (Hosok Teren) for sightseeing and for photos. From here you can see the Western Railway Station (Nyagati Palyaudvart) designed by August De Serres, built by the Eiffel Company of Paris,12 years before the Eiffel Tower. The tour continues towards the beautiful Parliament Building, St Stephens/St Istvan Basilica and then you will make your way to Buda. Make a short detour/stop at the medieval castle, then venture onwards to the city's highest lookout point where you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest, The Danube, Buda Castle. While heading back you can admire the city as you cross the Danube by bridge and head towards the Jewish Quarter. Here you will find Europe's largest functioning Synagogue and historical neighborhood with its own unique & interesting atmosphere.  Throughout the tour your driver will be sharing interesting stories on points of interest and is open to questions. There is also the option of using your audio guide or you can listen to music with the JBL hi-fi system. Grab your camera and tour Budapest!

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Had a lovely experience on this candlelight dinner cruise with live music and a complimentary drink on arrival . The hosts and everyone was really nice and helpful. The food was a 10 and the view was magical , the night was made even more special when they acknowledged that we were celebrating a birthday and had a special display for us. The tour hosts even waited for us when we arrived a little late at the meeting up venue .

Loved every second! The atmosphere was great, the tables were lovely, the food was absolutely fresh, tasty and plentiful and the musicians entertained in every genre with great repertoire. Thank you, we loved it

We enjoyed this so much, beautiful views along the Danube, lovely food and drinks , entertaining music and helpful staff. A really lovely evening.

A surreal boat trip! Beautiful 4 course meal on a glass boat taking in all the sights! One of our best parts of our trip! Very romantic

Amazing food and fabulous service in amongst the most amazing views. Relaxing and magical.