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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: Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks

2. Budapest: Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks

Step back in history to medieval times with this fun and unique 3-hour experience that brings the past to life in the atmosphere of a medieval tavern. No detail has been left out, and there’s plenty to enjoy during the medieval show that accompanies the evening. See swordsmen, jugglers, and belly dancers, all performing to music.  After your arrival at around 7 PM, start the evening with a welcome shot. Continue your meal at 8 PM as the artists start the spectacle. While enjoying the show, feast on a delicious Hungarian meal of your choice: Lancelot's Challenge: Huge Angus beef rump steak slices with cheddar, bacon, onions, bean with foiled potatoes with sour cream and garlic. This menu also includes a welcome shot of apple Pálinka (schnaps) and 0.5L of draft beer. (includes lactose).  Butcher's Sword: Tomahawk steak coated in spices with cheddar cheese and sauce. This menu also includes a welcome shot of apple Pálinka (schnaps) and 0.5L of draft beer. (includes lactose, gluten, celery, mustard, and nuts).

Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

3. Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

Spend a day at the 450-year-old Rudas Thermal Bath and relax in the warm thermal waters. Enjoy the spa facilities including the sauna area, a 42-degree thermal pool, an 11-degree plunge pool, as well as a panorama pool.   Then head over to the bistro and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from the a la carte menu. Select the wine or champagne options to complete your meal with a drink.    Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Danube River and the cityscape. Enjoy this unique wellness adventure, in the heart of Budapest.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

4. 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: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

5. 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: Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie Tasting

6. Budapest: Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie Tasting

Get an introduction to the increasingly wonderful world of Hungarian wine with an annotated wine and cheese tasting experience in Budapest. Sample five top-notch Hungarian wines, paired with a selection of Hungary’s best artisan cheese and charcuterie, The sommelier-led tasting features a carefully curated selection of five great Hungarian wines, which together will give you a broad overview of Hungarian wine, including the history, the major regions, the important varieties, unique characteristics and styles, and promising trends. The final wine in the lineup will be a glass of sweet Tokaj aszú wine, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines (and an essential part of Hungary’s wine story). The tour's focus on indigenous Hungarian grape varieties and unique local styles means that you may taste wines that you have never even heard of before, and may not easily find elsewhere. The cheese and charcuterie are proudly sourced directly from producers. You will taste things such as Mangalica pork sausages, free-range water buffalo salami, smoked duck breast, grey beef sausage, and various styles of cheese.

Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

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

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube River. You’ll be served drinks or a 2, 3, or 6-course meal and enjoy the entertainment of 2 pianists in a unique Piano Battle Show. The hostess onboard 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: 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 "Show with 3 Drinks Only" option includes 3 glasses of Wine or Beer or Prosecco or Soft drinks 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: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

8. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on an evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne. Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), stunning views are on the menu too.  Then, take in the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transforms the capital at night. To conclude your tour, the cruise will dock at the pickup spot and you can spend the rest of your evening as you like on land.

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

9. 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: Alternative Ruin Bar Pub Crawl with VIP Entry

10. Budapest: Alternative Ruin Bar Pub Crawl with VIP Entry

Everyone knows about the vibrant city of Budapest, and its nightlife, but not every traveller has experienced all the rare gems that this city can offer at night. The Alternative Budapest pub crawl is a special invitation to explore the hidden parts of the city. This is not your regular pub crawl! From free shots in some of Budapest’s hidden bars that even locals covet to special treatment in the hidden underground clubs open to locals only, on this crawl, you’ll experience the depths of this fun city like a true local. Expect to meet fun people like yourself, dance the night away, and discover what it’s like to experience Budapest without restrictions. Explore the wild bars filled with locals and enjoy the thrill of skip-the-line access to VIP clubs. This alternative pub crawl is your best bet for exploring Budapest most irregularly. Why choose a boring regular Budapest pub crawl when you can explore the city alternatively. Away from the vicious Budapest tourist crowd, the overly popular bars and the well-known tourist hangout clubs. Dance the night away at an underground club filled with fun-loving locals, see the other side of the ruin bars and enjoy the perks of having a fun tour guide who adds an extra spice to the night with fun stories and memorable laughter. Make this night-out your travel highlight as we dive into the best of Alternative Budapest when the sun sets. The night begins with a 1-hour open bar, alternative music, the chugging of free shots, and an amazing special drink offer as we play exhilarating drinking games.

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What people are saying about Budapest

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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!

The cruise was lovely and the staff was friendly and accommodating to my requests. I would recommend the cruise for a lovely evening out with fantastic views of a beautiful city with fabulous ambience.

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.

Very well organized. The pizza was delicious and the views were amazing.