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Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a romantic sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. See the old buildings - depending on the time day - lit up and get the best views while sipping a complimentary glass of welcome drink (alcoholic/non-alcoholic). Climb aboard the boat at the pier at Dock 42 port next to Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome drink upon arrival. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you cruise along the calm Danube River. See the stunning city of Budapest from a whole new perspective and admire the skyline. Sail down the river and marvel at passing monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the recently restored Várkert Bazár. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments - depending on the time day - between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of the deck either with panoramic windows or open air. You are free to change places at any time (since Budapest uses the illumination to commemorate certain events like Earth Hour, Fight Against Breast Cancer, and national events, the light may vary in color and intensity). The tour is not guided, experience the city more like a local - the boat functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar available during the cruise. Feeling thirsty? No worries, treat yourself to another drink from the pub onboard or have a hot cup of coffee from the coffee house if you like. Finally, end your cruise sailing back to the pier with long-lasting memories and great pictures.

Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

2. Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

Discover Budapest at night on a boat trip along the Danube River. Sip on unlimited glasses of high-quality prosecco or homemade lemonade as you admire the Hungarian capital's top sights from the water. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, Liberty Bridge, and much more. Learn about the landmarks from the included audio guide. Board the boat on the Pest side of the river. Check in, choose your seat and settle down with a welcome drink of Hungarian sparkling wine, spritzer, or homemade lemonade. Take in the amazing views of Budapest's key attractions from your seat as you listen to the recorded English commentary. When you get thirsty, visit the bar for unlimited free refills on your sparkling wine, spritzer, or lemonade, or buy other drinks if you prefer. Head to the top deck to capture incredible photos of Budapest from the water or you on the boat. Relax as you enjoy the views, drinks, and music. Choose our Dip 'n' Crust option and snack on 3 different types of dips paired with homemade rosemary focaccia. Experience our chef's delicious truffle pasta straight out of a giant Parmesan wheel on the boat. Enjoy the fresh meal while cruising in the most enchanting city in Europe. Once you've indulged, return to the dock.

Budapest: Nighttime or Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

3. Budapest: Nighttime or Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at night or during the day. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights. During the cruise, pass under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Cruise by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Purchase a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

4. 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. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building and see the Buda Castle on the hill. 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.

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

5. Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest and explore many historically and culturally important sites on this city cruise. Customize your experience with your favorite drinks by choosing the option that suits you, including wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. The unforgettable atmosphere will be guaranteed by live salon music performed by three musicians from the award-winning Rajkó 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.

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

6. Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Enjoy this 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 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. Afterward, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

Budapest: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

7. Budapest: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Get a perfect introduction to Budapest on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Cruise around in style, hopping on and off at the more than 20 stops along carefully designed routes. See the magnificent Basilica, the leafy and classical Andrassy Avenue, Chain Bridge, and much more. Listen to the audio commentary provided in 16 languages, visit the city's most famous landmarks, and join an optional walking tour of Pest. Experience Hungary's capital in all its glory with the Danube River cruise and witness Budapest from a different perspective. Ticket holders will also enjoy a guided walking tour through the stately Pest side of the city. All of the buses are air-conditioned during the summer and heated during the winter, providing you with the most comfortable and convenient way to explore Budapest.

Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

8. Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

Cruise through downtown Budapest on the Danube River and discover the Hungarian capital’s most important buildings while enjoying a glass of Tokaj Premium Frizzante or orange juice. Step aboard the fully refurbished sightseeing boat and soak up the modern yet classic décor that has retained the luxurious feel of the ’60s and ’70s. Find a seat that suits you best, stay cozy in the enclosed deck, or get some fresh air on the open terrace. Use your phone to scan QR codes under our boat tours to reveal information about the famous landmarks you see along the way. You can also purchase additional drinks from the stylish onboard bar. Take some fantastic photos from the water no matter what time of day you sail. Cruise beneath 6 of Budapest's bridges and admire views of notable buildings, including the illuminated Hungarian Parliament Building. Your tour finishes back at the meeting point.

Budapest: Full-Day Gellért Spa Ticket

9. Budapest: Full-Day Gellért Spa Ticket

Make your visit to Budapest complete by visiting one of its world-famous thermal spas. Treat yourself in a historic and luxurious setting as you enjoy the water's healing properties. The Gellért Spa is popular with the locals, and overlooks the Danube River. The spa is famous for the Art Nouveau style of its main hall and gallery, and the spa's glass roof creates the most peaceful bath atmosphere in Budapest.

Budapest: Skyline Sightseeing Cruise with Parliament View

10. Budapest: Skyline Sightseeing Cruise with Parliament View

Pass under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges like the Elizabeth Bridge on this sightseeing cruise in Budapest. Enjoy views of the Danube Promenade. Hop aboard a comfortable boat and begin your Danube River cruise. See the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge with its large, bronze statue, and the Liberty Bridge, which is famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Take in the charm of the picturesque Danube Promenade and feel the thrill of seeing the Royal Palace and Parliament from the water. Feast your eyes on city sights like Vigadó Square and the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise. 

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The price is cheap and there is a free welcome drink (you can choose juice or wine). You can line up 30 minutes early to choose a better seat. The overall CP value is very high but there seems to be no English guide (it should be okay because everyone is looking at the scenery) )

The city looks gorgeous at night, and we had a good glass of wine to sip on while enjoying the views. You can choose to sit inside or on the deck, but the views are great from inside too, if you pick a table near the window.

Great cruise with fast service. Tasty cocktails. Our party had a fabulous time and great photos at night

we did the 3 cocktail option. couldn't get a couple of them but the ones we got were good

Very good 4 courses 3 friendly staff Great view Highly recommended