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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 countrysides 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. 

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.  Before the tour, get time to enjoy a 3-course lunch before continuing on to the magical artist’s village of Szentendre, where your guide. 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, return to Budapest. In the summer, you'll return by boat (weekends only) or from October to April, you'll return by coach.

Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

3. Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

Discover the artistic town of Szentendre (often referred to as the “Artists Village”) on a half-day tour of the Danube Bend. Following a pickup from your hotel in Budapest city center, continue to Szentendre to experience the nostalgia of the “Artist’s Village.” Travel back in time as you walk through the baroque town center. Pop into souvenir shops, and discover restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries in the many listed buildings. Feed your creative juices on streets beloved by artists since the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, climb aboard one of the scheduled public boats to cruise back to Budapest at leisure (May to September on weekends only). Disembark at the pier in Budapest city center for the end of the tour services. On weekdays and in winter, you'll return to Budapest by bus.

Szentendre: Half-Day Private Tour from Budapest

4. Szentendre: Half-Day Private Tour from Budapest

On the way to Szentendre, you can make a short stop at Roman’s coast and ruins. You guide will make suggestions about the best galleries and museums to visit as well as which local foods to sample.  Walk around the Baroque center of the town, weaving through its narrow streets and alleyways built from the medieval ruins. After exploring the hidden beauty of the town, enjoy one of the museums. Sample a tasty langosh, a famous local cake, or a famous local ice cream. Spend some free time shopping and exploring the art and culture of the town before returning to Budapest. 

From Budapest: Szentendre Artists' Village Tour

5. From Budapest: Szentendre Artists' Village Tour

Take a break from bustling Budapest and visit the relaxed artists' village of Szentendre, north of the city. Take a look at the open-air exhibition featuring work by young Hungarian artists, then wander along the twisting, cobblestone alleys. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere in an outdoor café. Climb the nearby hill for stunning views of colorful rooftops nestled along the river. Marvel at life-sized marzipan sculptures in the Marzipan Museum. After a guided tour you will have the opportunity to visit other museums in the town, or bargain for souvenirs in the tiny boutique stores. During the summer season, between April 29 and October 2 on weekends, you'll return to Budapest on the Danube by boat. During winter, you'll return to the city center of Budapest by bus.

Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

6. Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

Visit the historic town of Szentendre on a half-day sightseeing tour from Budapest, traveling by air-conditioned vehicle for up to 6 people. Home to Serbians and Bulgarians in the Middle Ages, the town has been populated for well over a millennium, and in Roman times was known as Ulcisia Castra (Wolf Castle). Today it is home to some beautiful Orthodox churches, including the mid 18th-century Blagovestenska Church, built by Greek settlers. You will also see the baroque Cross of Fő tér (Main Square), and the Serbian merchant houses of the winding streets that surround it. Full of bohemian bars, bookshops, galleries and atmospheric restaurants, in the summer Szentendre plays host to many open air festivals, while Christmas is a time to browse for handmade crafts as you sip mulled wine at the open air Christmas Market. On almost every corner you will find something worth taking a picture of, or a shop selling unique souvenir items, from paintings to graphics offered by artists working on the street. Or if you prefer, you can explore the ceramic art of Margit Kovács in the expansive Margit Kovács Museum just off Fo tér. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

7. From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

On this unforgettable tour along the Blue Danube you will make scenic stops in Visegrád, Esztergom, and Szentendre. In Visegrád: walk close the 750 year-old stones of the former Royal Residence (entrance fee not included). Learn about life in the Middle Ages, and enjoy the fascinating panorama of the Danube valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, stands the center of the Catholic Church. Visit the largest cathedral in Hungary which is also the burial place of the country's most famous cardinals such as Primate József Mindszenty. Afterwards, glance across the river and enjoy the view over Slovakia. On the way back stop by the artist's village of Szentendre. It is a small baroque city at the gate of the Danube Bend, at the meeting place of the river Danube and the Pilis mountains, situated in a beautiful natural environment. Walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins and go up the narrow streets to the panorama point and look out over the Danube. Enjoy the special atmosphere of this village.

From Budapest: Half-Day Tour to Szentendre

8. From Budapest: Half-Day Tour to Szentendre

Discover the picturesque artists’ village, Szentendre, on this half-day tour from Budapest. Just a 25-minute drive from Budapest, the small baroque village lies in the beautiful natural setting at the gate of the Danube Bend, where the Danube River meets the Pilis Hills. At Szentendre, wander around the sights of the Baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins, walk up the narrow streets to the panorama point, and simply enjoy the special atmosphere of the village. You will have the chance to sample the delicious Lángos (fried Hungarian flat bread), head off for a bit of shopping, or visit any of the famous museums in the city (entrance fees not included). During the summer (between 1st May and 30th September) the tour returns to Budapest on the Danube by boat.

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

9. 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. 

Szentendre: Private Half-Day Arts and Cafes Tour

10. Szentendre: Private Half-Day Arts and Cafes Tour

Szentendre is an enchanting and captivating town near to Budapest on the bank of the river Danube. This jewel case is often referred as the "town of artists", and this tour will be your opportunity to discover why. The former prosperity is reflected in the Mediterranean style and ornaments of the houses till today. The sloping narrow alleys and the main square pawed with cobble stones are both unique characteristics of Hungarians. Szentendre is also home to plenty of museums, galleries and exhibitions. You can find here such sites as the famous Szamos Marzipan Museum Confectioner's, the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum, the biggest open-air ethnographic museum of Hungary, and the Skanzen (with a vintage railway inside). At the conclusion of the tour, you will be invited by your host to a cup of coffee and cake in an exquisite cafe.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Szentendre?

    You can see the main highlights in one day, but think of adding another if you want to
    spend more time visiting the art galleries and museums.

  • Getting around

    You sightsee around Szentendre simply by strolling its streets. To reach the Open-
    Air Ethnographic Museum, which is 3 miles away, take bus 230 from bay No. 7 at
    Szentendre's bus station.

  • Where to stay in Szentendre

    If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find a scattering of
    accommodations directly in the center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hungarian
  • Currency
    Hungarian forint (HUF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +36
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit for any time between late June and late August, when the streets come alive with the city's Summer Festival.

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What people are saying about Szentendre

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 616 reviews

Absolut empfehlenswert! Wir haben so viel mehr gesehen, als wir erwartet haben. Dazu viele unterhaltsame Informationen bekommen. Zeit für Fotostopps und Shopping sind ebenfalls drin. Eine faszinierende Tour, die es wert ist, weiter zu empfehlen

Really enjoyable experience. Was nice to see some of Hungary outside of Budapest. Provide lunch was good. Lots of wonderful photo opportunities as well. The picturesque village at the end was particularly beautiful.

We had a great day! Full of interesting facts and history! Great driver, Zoltier, and our guide, Kristina, was wonderful and very informative!!!

Well organized trip, in addition to fun, a lot of knowledge about the country and its people was imparted.

It was such a lovely activity in a stunning location with lots of fun stores and souvenirs.