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Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

1. 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

Budapest: Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit

2. Budapest: Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit

Your first stop on this bilingual guided city tour of Budapest is in the Castle District for a short walk to see the area’s main attractions. You’ll visit Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion, the perfect spot for enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding area. The tour continues with a drive to the Citadel atop Gellért Hill, where you’ll marvel at the panoramic views of the city. You’ll then travel across the Elizabeth Bridge to the Pest side to see the famous Central Market Hall and Europe’s largest synagogue, followed by a drive to the city park. Along the way, you’ll pass the largest thermal spa in Europe and the Budapest Zoo, and then stop at Heroes’ Square, where you’ll find statues of famed Hungarian kings and dukes. The tour continues from here down Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, passing the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica. You’ll get off the bus at the Parliament Building again for a 1-hour guided tour. Designed by the renowned Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, the building was inspired in part by the Palace of Westminster and is the largest Parliament building in the world. Inside, see the splendid session room, the richly decorated central staircase, and the great vaulted hall. You’ll also see the cupola room, which houses the Crown Jewels and the Hungarian Holy Crown.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

3. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for an exclusive dinner cruise through Budapest. Sail along the majestic River Danube and enjoy a meal prepared by the ship's chef. Enjoy live gypsy music and the folklore performance throughout this exciting evening. Experience an enchanting evening in Budapest as you sail along the Danube. See the sights as you tuck into a meal of local and international food, then sit back and relax with live gypsy music and an authentic folklore show by professional dancers. Join a night dinner cruise that divides the once-separate cities of Buda and Pest in the most beautiful capital city in Europe. Dinner Menu: Starters: 1. Amuse-bouche 2. Buchée bites filled with traditional spreads Soups: 1. Hungarian Goulash Soup 2. Seasonal Cream Soup Main Courses: 1. Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce 2. Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil 3. Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion 4. Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles 5. Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Desserts: 1. Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce 2. Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis 3. Cheese plate The 2-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Dessert The 3-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert The 6-course menu includes the following menu items: 2 Starters + 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert + 1 Cheese Plate

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

4. 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.

From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

5. From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Sissi Guided Tour

Your 4-hour tour begins with a drive from Budapest to Gödöllö, site of the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, who was known as Sissi. This palace is the second-largest Baroque chateau in the world, and an estate that has preserved the atmosphere of 19th century royal splendor. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll enjoy a tour of the renovated castle, and walk along the same hallways, on the same staircases, and through the lovely park as the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. The tour ends at Hotel Intercontinental Budapest, in the city center.

Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

6. Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

Experience the natural splendors of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through Hungary’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition. No prior experience of caving is needed to get the most out of this adventure. Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary. In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 200 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 32 kilometers long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest. The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association). Enjoy the perfect activity for groups, families, or solo travelers looking to make some new friends. Bond through an interactive adventure, where cooperation can definitely make your way easier.

Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

7. Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Discover how to prepare Kürtőskalács, a traditional Hungarian chimney cake, at a workshop in Budapest. Prepare one of Hungary's favorite foods which are made from sweet dough, formed into strips, and then are wrapped around a cone and rolled in sugar. After a short introduction, be guided through the entire process of preparing an authentic chimney cake. Start by making the sweet dough from scratch. Receive tips and tricks which help with the baking process. See how the sugar stuck on the cake caramelises and forms a shiny, crispy golden crust. Once the baking process is finished, cover the cake with different flavors, such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or similar.  At the end of the workshop try your delicious creation, and receive a certificate of completion with your name as a memento of your experience.

Budapest: Hungarian Wine Tasting Experience

8. Budapest: Hungarian Wine Tasting Experience

Uncork some of wines made from Hungarian grape varieties on this guided walking tour in Budapest. Deepen your knowledge of local wines and savor their flavors and aromas. Try a smattering of products from Hungarian farms with your wines. Meet your local wine expert at a central wine bar in Budapest. Taste 7 different wines from larger and lesser-known producers. Sample white wines from the so-called "Unpronounceable Grape," cserszegi fűszeres. Move onto Hungary's best-known grape, furmint and taste red wines such as kadarka and Bull's Blood. Accompany your wine with tapas plates of olives, ham, sausages, tomatoes, and cheeses from farms just outside the city. 

Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

9. Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

Your half-day tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Enjoy a drive to the Etyek wine region, just a half hour outside Budapest. En route you’ll learn about Hungary’s fascinating history and hear about the country’s long and rich wine tradition. After arriving in Etyek village, you’ll visit 2 unique wineries. These small, family owned boutique wineries produce about 15,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. Tour the cellars and taste 4 wines at each of the wineries. Finish the day with a rustic, 3-course home-cooked meal. Savor classic Hungarian dishes and discuss your wine discoveries as you enjoy your meal, perhaps enjoying some wine with your food. After the tour and meal, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

Budapest: Hungarian Cuisine Tasting Experience

10. Budapest: Hungarian Cuisine Tasting Experience

Experience Hungarian cuisine beyond goulash, discover what ingredients locals buy for their dishes, and what their tips and tricks are for using them on this guided food and wine walking tour of Budapest.  After meeting your expert local guide, set off on a journey of culinary exploration. Learn about the history of Hungarian cuisine in a central location and sample local delicacies, including Hungarian salami, sausage, cheese, paprika, honey, strudel, and many other specialties of the Market Hall. Round out the experience by trying 2 typical Hungarian wines and some homemade syrups with your foodie guide.

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Our Budapest city tour was fantastic. Our tour guide Dorothy was very knowledgeable, friendly and an excellent guide. The tour of Parliament was spectacular!

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.

The workshop was lovely. I went with my mum, we both really enjoyed our time there.:)

Very interesting activity for those interested about history.