Budapest - The Pearl of the Danube

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Budapest

Scheduled flight to Budapest from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Mercure Korona Hotel in Budapest – dinner in our hotel.

Day 2 – Budapest guided tour & Hungarian National Gallery

Guided tour of Budapest, a city full of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, reveals the characters of the once rival cities of Buda and Pest separated by the Danube and takes in the Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion – guided tour of the Hungarian National Gallery tracing the development of Hungarian art from the 10th century, with an impressive collection of paintings dating from 19th and 20th century.

Day 3 – Parliament House & Sissi Palace

Guided tour of the magnificent neo- Gothic Parliament House, one of Budapest's finest architectural achievements and the home of the Holy Hungarian Crown, the splendid Session Room, the impressive central staircase and the wonderful Great Vaulted Hall – Sissi Palace in Gödölló, built in the 1740s and given as a coronation gift to Emperor Francis Joseph and Queen Elizabeth (better known as Sissi) at the end of the 19th century, is a beautiful Baroque castle.

Day 4 – Danube Bend & Szentendre

A day exploring the Danube Bend begins in Esztergom, one of Hungary’s most historic towns, and continues to Visegrad to visit the Upper Castle, the Royal Palace and the museum in the Solomon Tower – the afternoon is spent in the delightful town of Szentendre on the banks of the Danube to explore the old medieval streets, its Orthodox Church and the Margit Kovacs Museum, a renowned ceramics artist.

Day 5 – State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House is the work of the greatest Hungarian architect of the 19th century, Miklós Ybl, and with its neo-Classical and neo-Renaissance design was one of the most imposing opera houses of its day – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home. Budapest

Tour Features

4* Budapest hotel

Welcome dinner

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide

Scheduled flights to Budapest

Executive coach in Hungary

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion

Hungarian National Gallery - guided tour

Parliament House - guided tour

Sissi Palace

Danube Bend

Szentendre

Hungarian State Opera House

 

Hotel

Four nights at the 4* Mercure Korona Hotel, located opposite the National Museum and a few minutes walk from the River Danube. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is served in our hotel on the first evening and the remaining three nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Museum of Fine Arts - home to reputedly the best Spanish collection outside Spain and an excellent Venetian collection (particularly Titian and Giorgioni)
  • House of Hungarian Art Nouveau - a collection of furniture, pottery and paintings in Secession style gives an insight into the atmosphere of bourgeois life of Budapest before the First World War
  • Hungarian National Museum - dedicated to the history of Hungary from the first three hundred years (1000-1301) of the Hungarian kingdom up to the rise and fall of the Communist system in Hungary

 

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Budapest - The Pearl of the Danube

Date of tour: June 2016

Just wanted to thank you for all the arrangements for our weekend in Budapest. Everything went well. The hotel was very nice, clean and friendly staff. Few initial problems with showers, safes, etc but soon sorted once reported. Overall very good, excellent location. Sophie was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The trip to the Equestrian Park was a success and the local food good and plentiful. A great success. Will be in touch next year for further city break recommendations.

LB, London

Date of tour: May 2013

[Taken from a note to the guide, Eszter] Thank you so much for looking after us so well in your beautiful city. I loved your enthusiasm for your country and for the wonderful older buildings and I am so glad that the country is now free of Russian domination. You gave us an excellent account of the history of your country and I now feel I understand what has happened in Hungary over the centuries much better than I did before. I also think Attila was a very good and careful driver and so helpful to the more infirm and elderly members of our group, kindly seeing them off the coach - not a bit like Attila the Hun! It was a pleasure meeting you - I shall recommend other NADFAS societies to come to Budapest and shall recommend you as an excellent tour guide. Thank you again.

IC, Redbourn

Date of tour: September 2013

Arrangements made by Tailored Travel were excellent. The general feeling on our guide Eszther was that she was good but not excellent. The Hotel being central was greatly appreciated. Sitting together for the evening meal was great for social integration of the group. General opinion on the food was that it was good but not outstanding. The programme was appreciated by all. The one hour boat trip was a great success. The optional visit to the dance theatre was also successful. The extra day which I asked for went down well as we visited a town which was not so much of a tourist spot, had a good ride through the Hungarian countryside and a very enjoyable visit to a vineyard which was lavish with its food and drink and no hard sell afterwards as they only seemed to deal in barrels and not bottles. An excellent holiday and was enjoyed by everyone. The arrangements by Tailored Travel were great, everything going smoothly. All who went would recommend Budapest as a place to visit.

MG, Ashtead

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • with more dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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