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Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

1. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

Visit St. Stephen's Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. The program for the concerts, depending on the day, is the following: Requiem: • W. A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor k 626 • I. Introitus - Requiem • II. Kyrie • III. Sequenzia - Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis, Lacrimosa • IV. Offertorium - Domine Jesu • V. Sanctus • VI. Benedictus • VII. Agnus Dei • VIII. Communio - Lux Aeterna Ave Maria Air Alleluja I: • J.S. Bach - Toccata, Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Largo from winter • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • C-M Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1 • F. Liszt - Ave Maris Stella • T. Albinoni - Adagio • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W. A. Mozart - Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate Ave Maria Air Alleluja II: • J.S. Bach - Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Adagio • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Winter • H. Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in Earth • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • Vivaldi - Violin Concert G Major • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Sibelius - Impromptu • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Lacrimosa, Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

Budapest: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Budapest: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Get a perfect introduction to Budapest on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Cruise around in style, hopping on and off at the more than 20 stops along carefully designed routes. See the magnificent Basilica, the leafy and classical Andrassy Avenue, Chain Bridge, and much more. Listen to the audio commentary provided in 16 languages, visit the city's most famous landmarks, and join an optional walking tour of Pest. Experience Hungary's capital in all its glory with the Danube River cruise and witness Budapest from a different perspective. Ticket holders will also enjoy a guided walking tour through the stately Pest side of the city. All of the buses are air-conditioned during the summer and heated during the winter, providing you with the most comfortable and convenient way to explore Budapest.

Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

3. Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest and is the venue for the organ concert. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous and talented concert and oratorio singer in Hungary. He received the Liszt Ferenc prize, Merit of Art and the Kossuth Prize. Flute performance is added to the concert as well, it is played by Eleonóra Krusic who had been playing many times and in many orchestras in Hungary and abroad during the last years.  Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasie in F minor K 506 Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pietà Signore Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio Liszt Ferenc (1811-1886) - Camille Saint-Saёns (1835-1921): Legend in A major (St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Prayer of Fiesco from opera Simone Boccanegra Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Polonaise, Minuet and Badinerie from Suite in B minor BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 I Category ticket - row 1 to row 6 II Category ticket - row 7 to row 16 III Category ticket - row 17 to row 26

Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

4. Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

Discover Budapest on your own terms with a 24, 48, or 72-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus with a boat and walking tour. See sights such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, and Chain Bridge. Explore the Citadel, and see the Jewish Synagogue, Memorial, and Museum on Dohány Street. Set off on a 1-hour cruise of the Danube River to enjoy panoramic views of the imperial city by day and night, including the vast Gothic Revival façade of the Hungarian Parliament Building complex. Explore both Buda and Pest, hopping off at any of the 19 stops along the route. Your ticket includes a fantastic discount booklet, that provides great discounts at some of the city's most popular attractions, as well as a walking tour. Listen to informative commentary in multiple languages as you explore. Red Route Stops: Stop 1. St Stephen's Basilica Stop 2. Chain Bridge (Pest) Stop 5. Kalvin Square Stop 8. Opera Stop 9. Liszt Ferenc Square Stop 10. Heroes Square Stop 11. Keleti Railway Station Stop 19. Margaret Bridge (Buda) Stop 20. WestEnd Shopping Centre Stop 21. Parliament

Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

5. 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: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

6. 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: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

7. Budapest: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

Tour Budapest by bike on this guided sightseeing tour. See the city's landmarks as you ride along the banks of the Danube River. Enjoy the view from the Castle District in Buda and see Neo-renaissance down Andrássy Avenue. Meet your guide at the activity provider's office and hop on your bike to being your sightseeing tour. Ride down Duna Corso to the Chain Bridge and climb the Castle District in Buda to take in the stunning view of Pest. Descend to the Danube to ride along the river, chill out on the Margaret Island, and visit the House of Parliament, Freedom Square, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. After a ride on the UNESCO-listed Andrássy avenue to pass the Opera house and the House of Terror, reach Heroes' Square and the City Park, before going back to the activity provider's office.

Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

8. Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

Your Downtown Segway Tour starts with a training session. Your experienced tour guide will help you get used to the Segway and how to control it. Get the hang of it, and set off exploring Downtown, the historic district of the city. See attractions like the Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica, Liberty Square, the Hungarian State Opera, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the 'Central Park' of Budapest's Downtown - Erzsébet square, and Chain Bridge. Glide along the waterfront, have fun, and enjoy your speedy Segway, pausing to take in stunning views of the Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion as well as the Chain Bridge. This is a private tour to keep the experience intimate as you glide past each historical site, hearing entertaining anecdotes and facts about the history of Budapest. Your guide will give you plenty of photo-ops, stopping frequently at the most instagramable spots, and they will introduce you to the most interesting stories about Budapest and even real Budapest experts will learn a lot.

Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

9. Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

Meet your English-speaking tour guide in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica and start your guided tour inside the church. Built in the 2nd half of the 19th century, it is one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. See the mysterious relic the Holy Right, the naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king Saint Stephen who ruled the country in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity. Learn about the 1000 years old Christian history of a proud nation. Enjoy a guided tour inside the church to see its rich interior covered with real gold and decorated with many frescos and sculptures made by the best local artists of the late 19th century. Then, take an elevator and continue your guided tour to the panoramic terrace around the dome, an amazing lookout point above the whole of Budapest. After the guided tour you can use your ticket to enter the treasury and history exhibition of the basilica which you can explore at your own pace. If the church cannot be visited because of an unforeseen special ceremony, you will be compensated with a guided tour in the treasury and history exhibition where you will learn about the history of the building and about Cardinal Mindszenty the brave leader of the Catholic church who was tortured and imprisoned during the Communist regime.

Budapest: Downtown and Jewish Quarter Tour in German

10. Budapest: Downtown and Jewish Quarter Tour in German

We start the tour at the Houses of Parliament with a short explanation of the hungarian history. Then it followes a walk through the Downtown with the old buildings from the 1890s: art niveau palaces, the Postal Saving Bank, the Hungarian National Bank and the St. Stephan's Basilica. After this, the walk continues in the famous jewish districht, where several synagogues and jewish monuments can be find. But not only: modern street art and ruin pubs are here too (you'll get many tips of good restaurants & bars, of course). The end of the walking tour is at the Kazinczy street, near to the Karavan Street Food court and the famous Szimpla ruin pub.

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Arash was a brilliant tour guide. My partner was nervous about riding the Segway so he helped her throughout the entire tour calming her nerves and making a pleasant experience for her. Arash was full of knowledge about the city and gave us lots of good recommendations. I would highly recommend doing the Segway tour on your first day of travelling as it was a great way to see around the city.

Our guide was knowledgeable and led us through our tour , answering all of our questions and ensuring we were safe throughout. Felt unhurried and was such a good introduction to Budapest

Our tour guide was fantastic. Knowledgeable, informative and clearly passionaite about the city. It really helped us with knowing where we were for our holiday too - thank you :)

Great!!! Highly recommended. Small group of 5 people, very informative and varied, questions possible at any time. It couldn't be better, we are absolutely satisfied!

Great way to see Buda and Pest! Wonderful tour guide. We upgraded to E-bike. Worth it. Owners were friendly and professional.