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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 cocktail or 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 

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Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

2. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

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: Appetizer: goulash soup Main course: traditional Hungarian chicken and paprikas with noodles Vegetarian main course: lasagne with vegetables Dessert: Hungarian strudel selection 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.

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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 delicious 3 or 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.

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Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

4. Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

Hop on the evening cruise and discover the gorgeous Hungarian capital while sipping your favourite drink. Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest, and explore many historically and culturally important sites. The unforgettable atmosphere will be guaranteed by live salon music performed by three musicians from the Hungaria 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.

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Budapest: Dinner Cruise Operetta and Folk Show

5. Budapest: Dinner Cruise 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. This is a guaranteed fine dining night cruise that divides the once separate cities of Buda and Pest in the most beautiful capital in Europe. (Vegetarian dishes and special dietary requirements can be catered for on request) Menu: Starter Spring salad with honey-mustard dressing Burchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams, served with rocket salad; Amuse-bouche; Cheese plate Soup Goulash Soup; Seasonal soup Main Course Duck leg confit with au gratin potato and steamed red cabbage; Beef stew served with homemade egg barley; Grilled chicken fillet with jasmine rice served with butter sauce; Grilled cod fillet on green bean bed and gratin potato with Hollandaise sauce; Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad Dessert Flan cake with forest fruit ragout; Creamy dessert cup; Cheese plate If you choose the program with drink package you can enjoy the drinks that you can see below: Wines from Hungary Waldorf Manufacture’s wines, from Mihály Figula’s and Zoltán Günzer’s winery Viktória Cuvée 2016, Figula Mihály, Balatonfüred Vencel Rosé 2016, Günzer Zoltán, Villány Vilmos Cuvée, Günzer Zoltán, Villány Thummerer Egri Muskotály 2015, Noszvaj Champagne Sparkling Wine (sweet & dry from BB Manufactory) Bottled Beers Staropramen Borsodi Soft Drinks Fruit Juices Fizzy Drinks Mineral Water Hot Drinks Coffee selection Tea selection

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Budapest: 2-Hour Cruise with Hungarian Dinner on the Danube

6. Budapest: 2-Hour Cruise with Hungarian Dinner on the Danube

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you see the city's sights. Explore Budapest from a different perspective. Admire the illuminated city from the Danube River from the deck of the boat, or enjoy the live music entertainment inside the boat. Depart from the Akadémia ferry terminal, and see highlights of the city such as the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel. Relax and enjoy Hungarian gastro specialties as you go. A buffet dinner includes: -Appetizer: Goulash soup -Main course: Traditional Hungarian chicken paprikas with noodles -Vegetarian main course: Lasagne with vegetables -Dessert: Hungarian strudel selection -Drinks: One welcome drink and a glass of beer, wine, mineral water or a soft drink Be entertained by live music performed by four members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites. The band includes a truly special Hungarian virtuoso folk instrument, the cimbalom, bringing remarkable vibes to the atmosphere.

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Budapest: 3-Hour Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

7. Budapest: 3-Hour Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along on the Danube River. A welcome drink will be waiting for you on board before departure. You’ll be served a 3 or 6-course meal and enjoy the entertainment of 2 pianists in a unique piano battle show. The hostess on board provides commentary about the melodies played during the piano battle. The cruise begins under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side. You’ll head towards the Margaret Bridge where the boat turns and cruises to the last bridge of the city. At this point you’ll be able to see the National Theater and the Palace of Arts. From here, the boat turns once again and heads back to the starting point. During this cruise you’ll have views of many monuments and landmarks, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, the National Theater, the Palace of Arts, the University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, the Ministry of the Interior, Kossuth Square, the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Statue of Liberty. Dinner Menu 3-Course Dinner Soup: Goulash Soup/ Seasonal soupMain course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely/ Grilled chicken fillet with jasmine rice served with butter sauce/ Grilled cod fillet on green bean bed and gratin potato with Hollandaise sauce/ Duck leg confit with au gratin potato and steamed red cabbage/Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad. Dessert: Flan cake with forest fruit ragout/Creamy dessert cup. 6-Course Dinner Amouse BoucheStarter: Spring salad with honey/mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creamsSoup: Goulash Soup/ Seasonal soupMain course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely/ Grilled chicken fillet with jasmine rice served with butter sauce/ Grilled cod fillet on green bean bed and gratin potato with Hollandaise sauce/ Duck leg confit with au gratin potato and steamed red cabbage/Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad. Dessert: Flan cake with forest fruit ragout/Creamy dessert cup/ plus Cheese plate. Wine:Varsányi Savignon Blanc, Varsányi Rosé Cuveé, Varsányi Kékfrankos, Thümmerer Muskotály Soft Drinks:Fruit Juices, Fizzy Drinks, Mineral Water Hot Drinks:Coffee selection, Tea selection

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Budapest: Winter Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise

8. Budapest: Winter Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Watch the sunset on a 90-minute river cruise with this Budapest tour. Marvel at panoramic views of the city skyline at dusk as you savor three delectable hot drinks or cocktails. 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 the city light up and the stars come out with your friends and family.

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Budapest: Sightseeing River Cruise

9. Budapest: Sightseeing River Cruise

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 famous bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elisabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge. 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.

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Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

10. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on this evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and gypsy music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne for a perfect evening out.  Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free option available), stunning views are on the menu too.  See the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transform the capital at night.

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What people are saying about Budapest

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This was an amazing way to experience the beautiful Budapest at night! We loved the atmosphere in the boat, the live music and the delicious food. We took the 4 courses option, which includes: an appetiser, a soup, a main dish, a dessert and a welcome drink. We had window seats, which made the experience even more charming. Would definitely recommend!

The experience on the cruise was great! I was wrong when I bought the tickets, but I was able to change them by paying € 5 for each person, since the free modification period has passed me. Very friendly staff. I would certainly repeat it.

I couldn't recommend this experience enough. Food was fantastic, the musicians were talented and music relevant to the atmosphere. There was no rushing, very relaxed with amazing views up and down the banks of the Danube.

The candle-lit dinner cruise was a great experience — the service was excellent, the music was quiet enough to be able to enjoy the others’ company and the departure and arrival on time. Would highly recommend!

Good show and food was fine. The staff little empathy when you don't understand the language.