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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 (a glass of prosecco, a seasonal welcome drink, or a soft drink). 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: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

2. Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at nighttime. 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. Purchase a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

3. Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

Embark on a boat trip down the famous River Danube as you get to see Budapest from the water. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and other sights on this sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a cruise which passes under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges. See the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, as well as the Elizabeth Bridge with its large, bronze statue Encounter the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Pass by the picturesque Danube Promenade and take in the sights of Vigadó Square. Take in the city's sights from this unique vantage point on the water. Admire the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well other key Budapest landmarks like the Royal Palace and Parliament.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

4. 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

5. 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, enjoy the festive atmosphere thanks to international popular music and Hungarian favorites. Sample Dinner Menu: Starters/salads: Cold poultry terrine, fresh mixed salad with balsamic vinegar dressing and crumbled goat cheese, caesar salad with chicken breast, soups Hungarian Fish Soup "Baja" style (Carp), vegetable soup with tarragon. Main courses: Hungarian cabbage stew “Székely” style, Carpathian style filet of pikeperch with hash browns, chestnut filled turkey rolls, grilled vegetables and baked goods (mini buns, mini croissant, sliced bread mix). Desserts: rum mousse with prunes, Beigli selection, traditional Hungarian Christmas cake roll with walnut/poppy/chestnut fillings. Open bar drink selection: wine, draught beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, mulled wine, punch, non-alcoholic punch.

Budapest: Grand City Tour with Parliament Visit

6. 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: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

7. 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

8. 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: Dinner Cruise with Live Music and Folk Dance Show

9. 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: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

10. Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

Join a tour of Budapest to see the major sights with a guide aboard an air-conditioned bus. Catch a glimpse of the Parliament, Heroes' Square, St Stephen's Basilica, and more. Walk on the streets of Buda Castle, admiring its medieval ruins and Royal Palace. Soak up panoramic views from Gellért Hill. Pass by the iconic Parliament building before crossing the Danube River by the Margaret Bridge. Head to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side and hop off the bus for a short walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion. See the exterior of Matthias Church, one of the oldest churches in the Buda Castle district. Next, continue up Gellért Hill, and make a photo stop. Soak in panoramic views of Budapest and the Danube. Get back on the bus to be driven across the Elizabeth Bridge and along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Pass by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way back to the Intercontinental Hotel, where the tour ends.

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What people are saying about Gellert Hill

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Me and my partner really enjoyed our evening along the river with our included glass of Prosecco. We would highly recommend this experience!

Cheaper other company, but same quality as other company. Good music, nice description every single sightseeing place.

Great sight seeing boat tour. Well worth the small amount of money charged.

It was great. View was stunning. Service is excellent.

Amazing river trip! Budapest is beautiful at night!