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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: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

2. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for rent or purchase. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

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Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

3. Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy this 1-hour evening sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. Sip a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill and circle the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. Once the tour has concluded, the boat will take you back to the pier in central Budapest.

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

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

Red Route:• Heroes' Square• Keleti railway station• Hotel Hungaria• New York cafe• Astoria• Vaci Street• Castle Garden• Castle/Funicular• Batthyany Square/river cruise• Margaret Island• Nyugati railway station• Parliament• Basilica• Chain Bridge• River Cruise/Dock 11• Great Market Hall• National Museum• Kiraly Street• Big Bus customer service center• Opera• Octogon/Liszt Ferenc Square• Heroes' Square There is also a Blue Route, from the Castle/Funicular to the Citadel and back. The Castle shuttle service is available from stop Castle/Funicular (located at Clark Adam Square) to the Castle district. This tour is the perfect introduction to one of the greatest cities in Europe, allowing you to hop-on and hop-off at over 20 designated stops along 4 carefully designed routes to visit the city's most famous landmarks. Whether it's the magnificent Basilica, the leafy and classical Andrassy Avenue, or the magnificent Chain Bridge; let the open-top, double-decker bus take you there in style, offering some prime vantage points of the city along the way. Select the premium or deluxe ticket to enjoy a river cruise along the Danube, enabling you to see Budapest from a different perspective. Deluxe ticket holders will also enjoy a complimentary, 1-hour night tour that takes you through the beautiful city when it's illuminated. All of the buses are fully air-conditioned during summer and heated during winter, providing you with the most convenient way to explore Budapest.

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Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

5. 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

6. 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 Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

7. Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy this 70-minute-long daytime sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. You can choose a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill and circle the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio-guide. In the summer, you can make an optional stop at the cool and green Margaret Island, if you like. You’ll receive a free map of the small island with recommended walking tours and information about sights to see. Afterwards you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

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Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

8. Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

Avoid the hassle of public transport with this comfortable and reliable transfer from the airport to your hotel in Budapest. Enjoy an easy transfer by shared bus to your preferred location in Budapest city center. Choose from either a 1-way or a round-trip ticket, and benefit from 24-hour service.  When you reach the airport arrivals terminal, head to one of the information points to validate your voucher. Once your voucher has been scanned you can board the shuttle bus. With this door-to-door service, your experienced driver will drop you off at your hotel or selected location in central Budapest.

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Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

9. 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 by Land and Water: Floating Bus Tour

10. Budapest by Land and Water: Floating Bus Tour

This unique tour of Budapest explores the city by land and water without the need to change vehicles! Until now you could choose between touring the beautiful Hungarian capital on 4 wheels, or marveling at the imperial buildings from the deck of a pleasure boat. Now you don't need to choose. RiverRide is a special 1-hour and 40-minute sightseeing tour in which you can see the sights of Budapest from a comfortable coach seat, first along its busy streets, and then from the water of the famous Blue Danube. Shriek with delight as you bus takes a dive in the Danube, the iconic river of Budapest, and one of the most famous rivers in the world. You will never forget the magic of admiring the views of the elegant city while being gently rocked on the rippling waves. But taking everything in from the deck of a luxury coach makes the experience even more special. After the watery adventure, climb back onto the river shore and find yourself once again in the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis. Tours depart 4 times a day from April through October and 3 times a day from November through March.

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based on 41,155 reviews

We had Delia as our private guide and we cannot say enough wonderful things about her! Not only was she extremely kind and well-informed, she was patient, accommodating, and extremely intelligent. Dalia new history of Budapest in debth, she eagerly shared all of her knowledge with us! we highly recommend her for any tour of Budapest ❤️

Down to earth, educational and fun! I’m Hungarian but been living abroad for over a decade. I’ve taken my British boyfriend, Germany based sister and Hungarian friend and all of us had great fun and learned a lot about Hungarian wine and winemaking. The wine were excellent, the tapas great - honestly I highly recommend 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.

Superb activity !! Our guide was a true history buff. We were able to see magnificent monuments. To do without hesitation !!

I think it is the best activity you can do in this wonderful city.I recommend