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Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

1. Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

This full-day tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád where you will learn about life in the Middle Ages while enjoying spectacular views of the Danube Valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. Cross the river and border into Slovakia to see the stunning view from the opposite side.  You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. Wander the narrow streets to soak up the magical atmosphere and catch panoramic vistas of the river. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Browse the shops of the village if you prefer, before the return journey to Budapest. Travel during the months of May through September and this will be on a magical boat cruise, a fitting way to arrive back in the city center. The return trip from the tour's final stop Szentendre to Budapest is on a Danube boat from Friday to Sunday between the beginning of May and the end of September. 

Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

2. Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

Your full-day journey into Hungarian history begins with an optional pick-up at your centrally located hotel in Budapest. Head out in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, and start off by enjoying the remarkable city of Esztergom and the largest Catholic church in the country.  You’ll have time to enjoy a delicious 3-course before continue on to the magical artist’s village of Szentendre, where your guide will take you on a tour. During the course of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to see Esztergom from another perspective during a photo stop in Slovakia. At the end of the tour you’ll return to Budapest by boat, in the summer months on weekends, and by coach from October to April.

Budapest: Wine and History Day Tour with Lunch

3. Budapest: Wine and History Day Tour with Lunch

Explore Hungary's largest basilica, get panoramic views of the Danube bend, and taste the best wines of the region in a family-run vineyard. Dine in a local restaurant for an authentic Hungarian dish, before sampling traditional Palinkas. Begin with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. From there, enjoy the 45-55 minute drive to the Neszmély wine region through the hilly landscape of the Pilis Mountains. After arriving in the village of Kesztölc, you'll visit an exceptional family-run vineyard, known by wine lovers for its unique organic and traditional wine selection. The winery produces a small amount of wine each year, which is mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. You'll tour the cellar and taste 6 wines from their selection with traditional snacks, as the wine-grower provides explanations and answers your questions about the hard work of making wine. Next, go to the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest basilica in Hungary and the 4th largest in Europe. After admiring the magnificent sculptures and frescoes of the church, it is worth climbing the stairs up to the dome. From up there, the view over the Danube Bend is breathtaking. From the basilica, you'll take a short walk to the restaurant Csülök Csárda. The restaurant itself has a long history, with its cellar having been built in medieval times. It will be there you will have lunch, which will consist of the country's favorite traditional dishes. The restaurant also has a great selection of the Hungarian spirit "palinka". Your guide will explain the origin and making of this strong drink before you finish your day with 3 samples of different flavors from palinka. Following your authentic lunch, you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

4. Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

Get to know the area of Hungary called the Danube Bend, on a full-day tour from Budapest. Visit Esztergom, the once-upon-a-time site of coronations in Hungary. Admire the treasures of the Primate Church of Hungary, and the first royal palace of the Arpad dynasty. Continue to Visegrád, to see the medieval fortress and the Renaissance palace of King Matthias. Enjoy the picturesque and Mediterranean-like atmosphere of Szentendre, home to numerous galleries and painters. Take a walk along the the narrow street of Szentendre, where you’ll have the option of visiting a gallery or the Marzipan Museum. See the Serbian Catholic Blagovestenska Church and the Main Square with its Serbian Cross. There’s also the option of stopping for lunch on the banks of the Danube River in Visegrád at an atmospheric, open-air restaurant. The cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

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

5. 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 3-course lunch at a traditional restaurant. Then, begin to make your way back, to Budapest. The last stop on 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

6. 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. From May through the end of September, you can return to Budapest from Szentendre on a boat cruise along the Danube if required. The boat leaves Szentendre at 17:00. There is no boat on Monday. The boat cruise is optional, so you can decide it on the spot, whether to return by boat or by car with your tour guide. 

Estergom: Highlights Walking Tour

7. Estergom: Highlights Walking Tour

Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. We will explain what is so special about Saint Stephen Square, as well as retelling fascinating facts and legends from around the area. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings and corners of Estergom. Your local guide will show you what is special and unique about living in this city. The tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of it.

Esztergom: Romantic Walking Tour

8. Esztergom: Romantic Walking Tour

Come along on this exclusive tour for all the romantics of the world. Together with a professional local guide, you will visit quaint, cosy and romantic places throughout the city. We will show you the best places to go on a date in the city, as well as where can you take beautiful photos. You will be surprised how many historical love stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city. From the heartbreaking and tragic, to the hilarious and spicy. Learn why Esztergom’s central plaza is so special, and discover interesting facts and legends within the city thanks to your guide. This tour is especially recommended in the Saint Valentine period.

Hungary: Full-Day Private Danube Bend Tour

9. Hungary: Full-Day Private Danube Bend Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the Danube Bend on a full-day excursion that takes you along the Blue Danube from Budapest. Visit Hungary’s largest basilica in Esztergom, the center of the country’s Catholic church. Admire the views of the Danube Valley from the former royal residence at the top of Visegrád Hill. On the way back you’ll stop at the Baroque settlement of Szentendre, and take a walk along the narrow cobblestone streets. You’ll have time to browse the many shops offering handicrafts and souvenirs. The route and duration of the tour are flexible and can accommodate your interests. Note that entrance fees and lunch are not included in the tour price. Boats operate from 1 May through 30 September, except on Mondays. During the summer it’s also possible to return to Budapest by boat.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 432 reviews

It was an amazing experience. Benedict our tour guide gave us great historical back story of Hungary. The wine yard experience was truly awesome, we got to taste 6 delicious local wines and also some local cheeses. After a tour of the wine factory and some palinka, we went to the basilica and then a local restaurant to try a local dish. The food was excellent and after another 3 palnikas, Benedict took us for a couple photos from the Slovakian side of the Denube, and then we headed home happy and satisfied. I highly recommend this tour!

La experiencia es formidable. Nadie debería de Budapest sin tomar este tour. La naturaleza es impresionante. Hilda es muy conocedora y tiene un muy buen trato

I loved this day trip, the tour guide was so friendly and telling us everything about the history of Hungary so well, I strongly recommend this trip!

Everything is comfortable and the best for this trip apart from the food given as that was not upto the mark

It was a really good tour! Views around the Danube bend are soooo amazing and the lunch was delicious