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Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. Relax as you pass by some of the city's most notable landmarks as you sip on a complimentary welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Climb aboard the pleasure boat at the pier of Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome beverage. Then, cruise down the River Danube, and pass monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the Várkert Bazár, recently restored to its original splendor. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of an air-conditioned deck with panoramic windows. Experience the city more like a local - although there are no audio or live guides on board the boat, it functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar 

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

2. Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy this 1-hour evening sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. Sip a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill and circle the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. Once the tour has concluded, the boat will take you back to the pier in central Budapest.

Budapest: Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

3. Budapest: Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights on this sightseeing cruise. Cruise under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Pass by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Sip a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise & Unlimited Champagne

4. Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise & Unlimited Champagne

• You arrive to our boat, and after a fast check-in you are welcomed with a glass of Törley (Hungarian sparkling wine) / spritzer or handmade lemonade • Choose your own seat, all of them come with an amazing view • Enjoy the best landmarks of Budapest with recorded English commentary • Amazing photo-taking opportunities on the upstairs open deck • Unlimited refills on your champagne, spritzer, or lemonade • Only card payment will be available, cash payment will not be accepted. • Additional drinks can be bought at the bar • Optional Hungarian culinary assorted platter: Cured Mangalica-ham, two types of home-made sausage, handcraft hard cheese, marinated fresh goat-cheese and grilled red pepper, pickled vegetables, ciabatta-bites

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

5. 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: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

6. Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at nighttime. Receive a welcome drink after boarding, then cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights. During the cruise, pass under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Cruise by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Sip a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months. Street food and further drinks are also available to purchase at the onboard bar.

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

7. Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Enjoy this daytime sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. You can choose a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink, or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise, you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill, and circle Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. In the summer, you can make an optional stop at the cool and green Margaret Island, if you like. You’ll receive a free map of the small island with recommended walking tours and information about sights to see. Afterward, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

Budapest: Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise

8. Budapest: Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Watch the sunset on a river cruise during this Budapest tour. Marvel at panoramic views of the city skyline at dusk as you savor 3 delicious cocktails. If the cocktail selection isn't to your liking, choose 3 non-shot drinks instead from the drink list on board. Board the cruise and spend some time on the comfortable terrace or cool down in the air-conditioned lower deck, which is heated in the winter. Warm up for a night out with a variety of cocktails. Enjoy watching as the city lights up and the stars come out with your friends and family.

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

9. 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: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

10. Budapest: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Get a perfect introduction to one of the greatest cities in Europe, Budapest. Cruise around in style, hopping on and off at the more than 20 stops along carefully designed routes. Visit the city's most famous landmarks, from the magnificent Basilica, the leafy and classical Andrassy Avenue, to the magnificent Chain Bridge. Experience Hungary's capital in all its glory with the Danube River cruise and witness Budapest from a different perspective. Ticket holders will also enjoy a guided walking tour through the stately Pest side of the city. All of the buses are air-conditioned during the summer and heated during the winter, providing you with the most comfortable and convenient way to explore Budapest.

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What people are saying about Danube River, Hungary

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 16,963 reviews

Our guide was helpful and professional. We were a group of 10. Varied ages and ability. Stunning route, right past Parliament building, ending right in the center of city. We got a few waves as bigger boats passed us. A memorable experience. I'd love to do it again.

Very good sightseeing boat trip. How were 2 families with infants, had enough space for 2 carriages. You had the option to get off at Margaret Island and then go back later on another boat. You also have to praise the toilets, which were super clean.

Very basic experience but great for the price! It was around 1 hour long and I got a nice glass of champagne upon boarding the boat. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting an affordable boat tour option.

We really enjoyed our time on the unlimited drinks tour. Staff were very friendly and upbeat. Good value for money

This experience is a must if u visit Budapest!! It was amazing!