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 & Parliament House

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 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.

Day 3 – Dohany Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Szentendre, Hungarian Open Air Museum & River Danube cruise

Dohany Synagogue, built in 1859 in the Moorish Revival style, seats nearly 3,000 people, and is the second largest synagogue in the world – the rich and vast collection of the neighbouring Jewish Museum  makes it the second largest Jewish museum in Europe – time at leisure for lunch in Szentendre – the Hungarian Open Air Museum is a 60 acre complex contemplating the architecture and culture of rural Hungary – included scenic one way cruise on the River Danube between Szentendre and Budapest.

Day 4 – Danube Bend, Esztergom & Visegrad

A day exploring the Danube Bend begins at the imposing hilltop Basilica in Esztergom, a town whose history stretches back to the days of Saint Stephen – at Visegrad visit the Upper Castle, the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the museum in the Solomon Tower to see exhibitions on the history of the palace.

Day 5 – Sissi Palace

Sissi Palace in Gödölló, built in the 1760s and given as a coronation gift to Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen Elizabeth (affectionately known as Sissi) in the 1870s, is a beautiful Baroque castle – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

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

Budapest - guided tour

Hungarian National Gallery - guided tour

Dohany Synagogue

Jewish Museum


Hungarian Open Air Museum

River Danube cruise

Danube Bend - Esztergom & Visegrad

Parliament House - guided tour



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
  • The Hungarian State Opera House - with its neo-Classical and neo-Renaissance design was one of the most imposing opera houses of its day
  • 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
  • Frans Liszt Academy - the only music academy in the world that was founded by Liszt himself and one of the most impressive examples of Central European Art Nouveau architecture  
  • The Hungarian State Opera House - with its neo-Classical and neo-Renaissance design was one of the most imposing opera houses of its day

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Budapest - The Pearl of the Danube

We have just returned from a splendid few days in Budapest. Known as ‘The Pearl of the Danube’ for good reason, the city is a real treat offering a wealth of beautiful architecture and a fascinating insight into Hungarian history.

BM, Berkhamsted May 2019


Everyone on the Budapest tour was so enthusiastic about what a wonderful time they had had; I have received a present, emails, telephone calls, texts, all saying it was the best holiday yet. I feel a bit of a fraud really because you were the power behind the throne, you were the one who arranged every little detail, and put up with all my nit picking. Your kindness, patience and attention to detail is what has made this trip so memorable. Everything about this trip went well. The hotel in Budapest was excellent, such a wonderful location, if you wandered off on your own and could not get your bearings, all you had to say was ‘Please could you tell me where the Opera House is’? The service in the hotel was first class, and I did hear some people say that the breakfast was the highlight of the day, although we were surrounded by restaurants so where to eat in the evening was no problem. The real star of Budapest was our guide, Sophie. She was truly professional. She was so enthusiastic about Hungarian culture and history and she was able to convey that love to the whole group. She never stopped working or thinking what would be best for each of us, all the time she was working in the background to ensure that all our visits ran like clockwork. However, Petra, without all your groundwork, and all the thought you put into the itinerary it could have been a totally different tour. Thank you very much from all of us, we would have no hesitation in recommending the Budapest trip, but only organised by Tailored Travel, to any Society.

MR, Stourbridge June 2017


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 June 2016


[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 May 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 September 2013

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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
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  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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