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Budapest: Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

1. Budapest: Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube River. A welcome drink will be waiting for you on board before departure. You will be served a 4-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. Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams; Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup / Seasonal cream soup; Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles / Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil / Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce / Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion / Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar; Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis / Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

2. 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 beef paprikash with homemade dumplingsHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

Follow your guide through through the history and sights of the Buda Castle District on this walking tour in Budapest. Hear stories from Hungarian history as you see sights like the President's Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Hungarian Parliament building. Begin your tour at the Baroque Holy Trinity Statue and walk to the 15th century, Gothic Matthias Church. Admire the fairy-tale like Fishermen's Bastion and take in views of the Danube river and the Parliament building from the Neo-Romanesque terraces. Stroll along the old cobble-stone streets to get to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Marvel at stunning views of the other side of the city across the majestic Danube River from the royal terraces. Capture pictures of views of the Margaret Bridge, the Chain Bridge, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge. Visit the other side of the castle and enjoy an excellent view towards the forested Buda Hills from the medieval walls. End your tour near the Holy Trinity Statue where it began. 

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.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music and Folk Dance Show

5. 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: 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. Travel across the Elizabeth Bridge to the Pest side to see the exterior of the famous Central Market Hall and Europe’s largest synagogue. Then, 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: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

7. 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.

Budapest: Guided City Sights Tour by E-Scooter

8. Budapest: Guided City Sights Tour by E-Scooter

Enjoy the sights of Budapest in four different ways. See the Parliament or Buda Castle, take a grand tour of the city, or get a new perspective on Budapest with a sunset and night tour. Check out the Parliament buildings in the historic heart of the city on the Parliament Tour. Take in panoramic views of Buda and snap some wonderful photos. Explore the charming Castle District around enormous Buda Castle on the Buda Castle tour. See Mathias Church, enjoy the beautiful Fisherman's Bastion, and discover the historical atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the Grand City Tour to see both Buda Castle and the Parliament in one day, or go with the sunset and nighttime option to see beautiful Budapest at sunset from its two highest points at the castle and citadel.

Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

9. Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

On this amazing 2.5-hour walking tour, get acquainted with the historical core of Buda, the oldest part of Budapest. Experience more than 1100 years of Hungarian history coming alive in front of you through your history buff tour guide's presentations, and learn all about the local significance of the Buda Castle: a district where thousands of people live and many more go for romantic strolls, enjoying the superb views and lights. You will walk through the winding alleys and experience breathtaking views from the ramparts. Be ready for the fascinating historical stories about Buda Castle from the Middle Ages to World War II.  Explore the whole complex of the Buda Castle District including the Royal Palace, Savoy Terrace, Matthias Fountain, Palace Gardens, Alexander Palace, the Hungarian Presidential Palace, Matthias Church, and get panoramic views of the Parliament & the Pest side from Fisherman's Bastion. As an added bonus to round off your experience, enjoy delicious coffee during the coffee stop.

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Matthias Church

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,813 reviews

We loved the river boat cruise. We got to see the beautiful sights on the Danube River on our first night in the city. We also enjoyed some delicious Hungarian food. We loved the beautiful violin trio that played during the trip. Incredibly talented and truly brought the environment to the next level. It was a wonderful experience!

Balazs was a great tour guide and driver on our trip to Budapest. It might have been a bit rainy and cold but it was still worth the trip. We saw amazing architecture and ate delicious food in the market. The whole trip went smoothly and was very informative.

Our guide was very kind and precisely to tell and show us every single detail of Buda. We learned so much in a very short time!! Definitely recommend.

Muito bom, adoramos a vista noturna dos principais pontos turísticos de Budapeste! Os músicos e dançarinos são ótimos animados

Food was very good, much above expectations. Everything was high level and fully positive. Highly recommended.