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Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

1. 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: 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 chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Grand Budapest Scooter Tour

3. Grand Budapest Scooter Tour

Our signature Grand Budapest Scooter Tour is a perfect option for you if you would like to explore the city highlights in a fun and exciting way riding a scooter. On this spectacular 4-hour tour, you will zip through Budapest’s picturesque riverbanks and bridges and elegant avenues, the cobblestone streets of its historic Castle District, and the winding roads of Buda hills, and marvel at grand palaces and churches from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the astonishing views of the city. This unique experience will also give you an insight into Hungarian history and culture. It is a private tour exclusively for you and your group to make sure you ride your scooter at a comfortable pace to your riding skill and to provide you with a tailor-made experience. If you have a particular interest, you can ask the guide to customize the tour for you. After a short riding lesson, start exploring the city on the Pest side, remarkable for its elegant 19th-century architecture. Drive along the picturesque Danube riverbanks and bridges, the elegant Andrassy Avenue, and wonder at the Opera House and grand 19th-century palaces. Visit the monumental Heroes’ Square and learn about Hungarian history in a nutshell, then tour through the charming City Park, passing by the Zoo, the Great Circus, Széchenyi Bath, and Vajdahunyad Castle. Marvel at St Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament Building, the two largest and tallest buildings in Budapest, then cross the river Danube and explore the Buda side, famous for its medieval castle and astonishing hilltop views. Tour through the cobblestone streets of the historic Buda Castle District, visit the Royal Palace, the 700-year-old iconic Matthias Church, and wonder at the stunning view from Fisherman’s Bastion, the most famous lookout in Budapest. At last, drive along the winding roads of Gellert Hill up to the Citadel and Liberty Statue and admire the unparalleled view of Budapest.

Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

Start out in the heart of Budapest and head to the top of Gellért Hill on a 2-hour tuk tuk tour. See the Citadel, the Philosopher's Garden, the Castle Garden Bazaar, the Chain Bridge, the Gresham Palace and lots more. Sit back and enjoy the commentary by your driver/guide as you take in the best of Budapest. If you've already chosen the places you’d like to visit, or want some suggestions, the tuk tuk driver will be happy to accommodate and show you the beauty of Budapest. The tuk tuk is equipped with a tablet for access to PocketGuide, the audio tour app, free of charge. And of course, you can also download it to your phone.

Budapest Full-Day Private Guide Services

5. Budapest Full-Day Private Guide Services

Book a private guide in Budapest and see the sights you want to see. Suitable for everyone, from individual travellers to coach parties, tours can explore the classic sites of the city, or be themed around subjects from Hungarian history to culture, gastronomy, adventure, and even programs designed especially for ladies. A guide will assist you to get the most out of your day. For first-time visitors, a Budapest highlights tour can include all or some of the historic monuments of Liberty Square, the Citadella, Buda Castle, Heroes’ Square and Café Gerbaud. Alternatively, concentrate on a specific area, such as the 13th-century Castle District or the Great Market Hall. Theme your tour based on Hungarian cuisine, or life behind the Iron Curtain. Learn how to capture the monuments using your digital camera, or visit one of the city’s thermal spas. Guides speak English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Hungarian, and on request can also be arranged in Polish, Russian and Czech. They specializes in incentive tours for business and leisure travelers, and can put together a full-day itinerary based on culture, wine, soft adventure, and more.

Budapest: Downtown by Night 2.5-Hour Tour

6. Budapest: Downtown by Night 2.5-Hour Tour

Budapest is not only beautiful by day, by night the city lights will impress and delight..this is when Budapest shines! Imagine a moonlit tour by the Danube, across the illuminated stunning bridges. The majestic Castle area upon the hills of Buda, enchanting and exhilarating. Budapest by night would not be complete without a tour of downtown, this city loves the nightlife.  Don't wait with the crowds for a traditional city tour. Lean back in your authentic, vintage Russian Military Jeep, buckle up and leave the rest to the guides! Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Budapest. This tour is highly recommended for those who wish to see a "bit more" of Budapest, as you will be taken to where city tours have no access. See the wonders and secrets of this city. The tour takes you along the Hungarian Champs Elysees (Andrassy Ut). Make a stop at Heroes Square (Hosok Teren) for sightseeing and for photos. From here you can see the Western Railway Station (Nyagati Palyaudvart) designed by August De Serres, built by the Eiffel Company of Paris,12 years before the Eiffel Tower. The tour continues towards the beautiful Parliament Building, St Stephens/St Istvan Basilica and then you will make your way to Buda. Make a short detour/stop at the medieval castle, then venture onwards to the city's highest lookout point where you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest, The Danube, Buda Castle. While heading back you can admire the city as you cross the Danube by bridge and head towards the Jewish Quarter. Here you will find Europe's largest functioning Synagogue and historical neighborhood with its own unique & interesting atmosphere.  Throughout the tour your driver will be sharing interesting stories on points of interest and is open to questions. There is also the option of using your audio guide or you can listen to music with the JBL hi-fi system. Grab your camera and tour Budapest!

Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

7. Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

This tour takes you to see the famous sights of Budapest, such as the Andrássy Avenue, old Jewish District, Gellért Baths, Citadel, Castle District, Margaret Bridge and the Government District and Parliament. Your tuk-tuk driver is also your personal guide, so sit back and enjoy his stories and insights as he takes you on a tour catered to your interests, temperament and pace. Every tuk-tuk is equipped with a tablet to give passengers access to PocketGuide, the audio tour application. Other sites on this tour include the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Great Synagogue, Petite Paris, Great Market Hall, Liberty Bridge, Philosopher's Garden, Castle Garden Bazaar, Chain Bridge and Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Following the Tuk-Tuk tour, enjoy a 1-hour and 10-minute boat tour along the River Danube. Relax and watch as the city's sights float by.

Danube Bend: Private 8-Hour Full Board Tour from Budapest

8. Danube Bend: Private 8-Hour Full Board Tour from Budapest

Begin your day with a comfortable drive north to Esztergom, the center of Hungarian Christianity. Pay a visit to its renowned Basilica and enjoy a guided visit to marvel at the view that the cupola offers. Head to Slovakia to see the great view from the River Bank and see the old Turkis Church ruins. Make several stops by the Danube river where nature dominates. Continue your journey and head towards the small town of Visegrd, where you can visit the famous Royal Castle and the home of the renowned yearly Knights' Tournament at the Lower Castle. Enjoy a really great 3-course lunch at a traditional restaurant. Then, begin to make your way back, to Budapest. The last stop of the tour is in the beautiful town of Szentendre. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Szentendre's baroque town center and enjoy shopping for some souvenirs. Between 13 April and 27 October, you can return to Budapest by boat, except on a Monday. 

From Budapest: Danube Bend Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

9. From Budapest: Danube Bend Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

This 8-hour private tour departs from Budapest by air-conditioned minibus to explore 3 pearls of the Danube Bend. One of the most famous rivers in the world, the River Danube flows for 1,785 miles through the European continent, passing some of its most majestic cities. In Hungary, a curve in the river near the city of Visegrád has been given the name the Danube Bend. Flanked by the Transdanubian Mountains on one side and the North Hungarian Mountains on the other, it is a spectacular region rich in forests and limestone caves and home to an abundant viticulture On this tour you will explore 3 historic places of the Danube Bend with your personal guide. Drive to the handsome city of Esztergom, former capital of Hungary from the 10th to the 13th-Century and situated on the border with Slovakia. Its cathedral, the Esztergom Basilica, is the largest church in Hungary. Continue to Visegrád, a small castle town on the right bank of the Danube. Here you will explore the remains of the Royal Palace and visit the citadel of Visegrád Castle. Take some souvenir photos of the Danube Bend from the castle’s fantastic elevated vantage point. You will enjoy a 3-course lunch in a local restaurant at Visegrád before continuing to the medieval town of Szentendre. Well known for its art scene, you will stroll through the charming streets, lined with contemporary art galleries, craft shops and boutique stores.

Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

10. Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

Take a fascinating full-day tour of Hungary’s capital city, and see all the sights that make Budapest so famous. Visit UNESCO World Heritage monuments, and discover hidden treasures on a tailor-made trip by luxury Mercedes or Audi vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel or private residence, explore the history and culture of the city through the eyes of a local guide. Go in search of hidden gems, alongside world-famous attractions, such as Heroes’ Square. Hear stories from Budapest’s tumultuous history, and experience the pleasant atmosphere of its beautiful parks. Go to Szechenyi Baths to marvel at Europe’s largest medicinal baths, and explore picturesque Vajdahunyad Castle. See the opulent State Opera House, and the splendid façade of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Ascend Castle Hill to look at the 700-year-old Matthias Church. Then, enjoy panoramic views from the terrace and towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Get a spectacular panorama of the River Danube and the Pest side at the summit of Gellert Hill. Learn the legend of Bishop Gellért, and the history of the citadel and Statue of Liberty. Transfer back to the city center to visit the largest indoor market in Budapest. Along the way, enjoy a traditional lunch, and some free time to shop. In the afternoon, explore the Jewish Quarter to see Europe’s largest synagogue. Then, transfer back to your hotel in style.

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What people are saying about Citadella

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,768 reviews

It was a magical evening for us. The ship was very spacious and sparkling clean. The reception at the entrance was professional, friendly and rounded off with a glass of "welcome champagne". The food at the self-service buffet was really excellent (the finest goulash soup, tender meat with spaetzle and apple and quark strudel for dessert. Nothing to complain about fork. The trip on the Danube took almost 2 hours and gave insights into the most beautiful illuminated buildings. We were accompanied musically by a really excellent Hungarian music trio with noticeable conservatory training. We really liked it. We'd love to do it again.

The staff was very friendly, the food was very good. In addition, the ship's band also fulfilled personal music requests, but was never intrusive. The ship's route leads past a number of the city's sights, thanks to an outdoor area you can spontaneously switch to the outdoor area at any time during the meal (inside), for example to take photos. A very nice, tasty and memorable evening.

Delightful experience. Docking was right across from the Budapest Marriott- which I highly recommend. Service was excellent and attentive. Menu selection a little limited but food was very good. FANTASTIC VIEWS during the nighttime cruise.

Relaxing, scenic cruise with excellent service, food and music. Highly recommend taking this cruise.

Very good food - Weather very nice in the evening - Very nice skyline of Budapest from the Danube