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

1. 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. Get to know this beautiful old city from the sunny double-decker bus. Hop on the Blue Route from the Castle/Funicular to the Citadel and back. Take advantage of the Castle shuttle service, which transports explorers from the Castle/Funicular stop (located at Clark Adam Square) into the gorgeous Castle District. Deluxe ticket holders will also enjoy a guided walking tour through the stately Pest side of the city. Experience Hungary's capital in all its glory from a Danube River cruise, with a premium or deluxe ticket, and witness Budapest from a different perspective. 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.

Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

2. Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

Meet your English-speaking tour guide in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica and start your guided tour inside the church. Built in the 2nd half of the 19th century, it is one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. See the mysterious relic the Holy Right, the naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king Saint Stephen who ruled the country in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity. Learn about the 1000 years old Christian history of a proud nation. Enjoy a guided tour inside the church to see its rich interior covered with real gold and decorated with many frescos and sculptures made by the best local artists of the late 19th century. Then, take an elevator and continue your guided tour to the panoramic terrace around the dome, an amazing lookout point above the whole of Budapest. After the guided tour you can use your ticket to enter the treasury and history exhibition of the basilica which you can explore at your own pace. If the church cannot be visited because of an unforeseen special ceremony, you will be compensated with a guided tour in the treasury and history exhibition where you will learn about the history of the building and about Cardinal Mindszenty the brave leader of the Catholic church who was tortured and imprisoned during the Communist regime.

Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

3. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

Visit St. Stephen's Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. The program for the concerts, depending on the day, is the following: Requiem: • W. A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor k 626 • I. Introitus - Requiem • II. Kyrie • III. Sequenzia - Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis, Lacrimosa • IV. Offertorium - Domine Jesu • V. Sanctus • VI. Benedictus • VII. Agnus Dei • VIII. Communio - Lux Aeterna Ave Maria Air Alleluja I: • J.S. Bach - Toccata, Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Largo from winter • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • C-M Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1 • F. Liszt - Ave Maris Stella • T. Albinoni - Adagio • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W. A. Mozart - Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate Ave Maria Air Alleluja II: • J.S. Bach - Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Adagio • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Winter • H. Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in Earth • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • Vivaldi - Violin Concert G Major • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Sibelius - Impromptu • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Lacrimosa, Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

4. Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest and is the venue for the organ concert. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous and talented concert and oratorio singer in Hungary. He received the Liszt Ferenc prize, Merit of Art and the Kossuth Prize. Flute performance is added to the concert as well, it is played by Eleonóra Krusic who had been playing many times and in many orchestras in Hungary and abroad during the last years.  Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasie in F minor K 506 Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pietà Signore Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio Liszt Ferenc (1811-1886) - Camille Saint-Saёns (1835-1921): Legend in A major (St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Prayer of Fiesco from opera Simone Boccanegra Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Polonaise, Minuet and Badinerie from Suite in B minor BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 I Category ticket - row 1 to row 6 II Category ticket - row 7 to row 16 III Category ticket - row 17 to row 26

Grand Budapest Sightseeing Bike Tour

5. Grand Budapest Sightseeing Bike Tour

There is no easier way to explore a place other than on a cycling tour. The tours are guided in English by local guides, for whom it is a passion, to bring the city closer to its visitors. Ride down to Duna Corso, Chain Bridge, climb the Castle District to enjoy the view and travel back in time,  descend to the Danube to ride along the river, chill out on the Margaret Island, visit the House of Parliament, Freedom Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica. After a ride on the awesome Andrássy avenue, seeing the Opera house and the House of Terror on the way, you reach the Heroes square and the City Park, before going back to the office. The tour departs from the supplier office and finishes there too. 

Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

6. Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

Discover Budapest on your own terms with a 24, 48, or 72-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus with a boat and walking tour. See sights such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, and Chain Bridge. Explore the Citadel, and see the Jewish Synagogue, Memorial, and Museum on Dohány Street. Set off on a 1-hour cruise of the Danube River to enjoy panoramic views of the imperial city by day and night, including the vast Gothic Revival façade of the Hungarian Parliament Building complex. Explore both Buda and Pest, hopping off at any of the 19 stops along the route. Your ticket includes a fantastic discount booklet, that provides great discounts at some of the city's most popular attractions, as well as a walking tour. Red Route Stops: Stop 1. St Stephen's Basilica Stop 2. Chain Bridge (Pest) Stop 5. Kalvin Square Stop 8. Opera Stop 9. Liszt Ferenc Square Stop 10. Heroes Square Stop 11. Keleti Railway Station Stop 19. Margaret Bridge (Buda) Stop 20. WestEnd Shopping Centre Stop 21. Parliament

Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

7. Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

Your 1.5-hour Downtown Segway Tour starts with a training session. Your experienced tour guide will help you get used to the Segway and how to control it. Get the hang of it, and set off exploring Downtown, the historic district of the city. See attractions like the Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica, Liberty Square, the Hungarian State Opera, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the 'Central Park' of Budapest's Downtown - Erzsébet square, and Chain Bridge. Glide along the waterfront, have fun, and enjoy your speedy Segway, pausing to take in stunning views of the Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion as well as the Chain Bridge. Tour is a private tour to keep the experience intimate as you glide past each historical site, hearing entertaining anecdotes and facts about the history of Budapest. Your guide will give you plenty of photo-ops, stopping frequently at the most instagramable spots, and they will introduce you to the most interesting stories about Budapest and even real Budapest experts will learn a lot.

Budapest 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

8. Budapest 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

There is lots to see in Budapest’s historical center. If you are on a tight schedule, this tour is perfect for you. Enjoy zipping around with a friendly tour guide who will show you around. The popular and lively Pest side of the city is located on the Danube’s west bank. The area’s popular historical sites, medieval houses, stunning architecture, and unique character are definitely not to be missed. Explore the riverside of the Danube, see St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Square of Liberty with its Ronald Reagan Statue, and more. Along the way, your informative tour guide will share interesting anecdotes and facts about Budapest with you. The tour is short, fun, and designed to leave you with pleasant memories of your time in Budapest. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities on this route, so a smartphone or camera is a must.

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

9. Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Experience the beautiful and historic city of Budapest with a day trip on a comfortable tour bus from Vienna. Take a comfortable ride through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest, located on the scenic banks of the Danube River. Take an informative tour of the Buda and Pest districts, learning about their historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital along the way. Admire the most famous sights of the city, such as the majestic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, a building inspired by the Palace of Westminster, and Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, and enjoy a visit to Margaret Island as you learn the meanings of these diverse sights from your tour guide. At 17:00, return to Vienna and enjoy a drop off at your hotel.

Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

See the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour-long tour. The program is recommended for those who only have a short time, or want to explore the city alone and just require an orientation. During such a city tour, you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly, where you want to go back to or you can simply measure the distances.   Highlights in the tour include Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, the House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, and the Central Market Hall.

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What people are saying about St. Stephen's Basilica

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,933 reviews

Our tour guide Naomi, provided a interesting and informative tour of our first visit to the beautiful Budapest. It was a wonderful welcome to the city and its culture. All our questions were fully answered, the whole experience was relaxed and not at all hurried, I never felt pressured to move on to the next point before being ready to do so. Thank you to our expert guide who worked so hard to make our trip a pleasure. Very highly recommended, and great value for money.

Great Segway tour of Budapest! Segway was the best and most fun way to get up to the Castles. Sam was a terrific guide, very informative and friendly, and took photos of all of us. And made sure everyone was competent at Segway navigation before we started off.

Fantastic tour of this beautiful church, our tour guide was excellent, please forgive me only I forgot her name. She was very knowledgeable and friendly, we didn't have time to go see the treasury as we had a prior engagement. All in all a great experience.

would recommend this tour to everyone. my guide Dalia was great. She answered all my questions . Very friendly and knowledgeable.

It was a beautiful experience overall. Our guide Amir explained everything very well and took us at a good pace