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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for rent or purchase. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

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Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

2. 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 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 the Margaret Island. 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.

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Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

3. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Feast on a sumptuous dinner buffet as you cruise by boat along the Danube River in the romantic atmosphere of Budapest at night. Listen to live music, and see the city's illuminated skyline as you go. Enjoy the evening views of the city accompanied by live music, while having a romantic dinner on board. Start and end your journey at the Academia ferry terminal. Spot sights like the iconic House of Parliament, the historic Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill. Relax while listening to live salon music is performed by 3 members of the Rajkó Folk Orchestra and Ensemble. The performance will feature the marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The unlimited buffet dinner includes: Appetizer: goulash soup Main course: traditional Hungarian chicken and paprikas with noodles Vegetarian main course: lasagne with vegetables Dessert: Hungarian strudel selection Drinks: one welcome drink and a glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink. You will also be given a complimentary bottle of water.

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Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

4. Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

Spend a magical evening as you feast on a catered candle-lit dinner aboard one of the most elegant and modern cruises in Budapest. Listen to live music, enjoy a festive welcome drink, and admire the city’s sparkling historical sites along the Danube River. Once you board the boat, be led to your table to receive your complimentary welcome drink. Then, sit back and relax as you enjoy your delicious 3 or 4-course dinner while listening to live music performed by local Hungarian artists. As you dine, benefit from retractable windows that ensure the best possible photo opportunities of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, which shines like a topaz jewel at night. Continue along the waters and marvel at the nighttime views of the enchanting Buda Castle, the grand Statue of Liberty, and the impressive Citadella on top of Gellért Hill. Sail past other famous landmarks along the river like Margaret Island, the Palace of Arts (MUPA), the National Theatre, and the Vigado Concert Hall. Glide under the illuminated Chain, Margit, and Erzsébet Bridges and watch as the Pest promenade comes to life with the sounds of street musicians and people dining on the patio-lined restaurants.

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Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

5. Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy this 70-minute-long 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 the 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. Afterwards you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

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Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

6. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the line and head straight to the security check to start your visit of the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world. Built in 1859, it is one of Budapest’s highlights with its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Take a guided tour to hear about its history, architecture and the history of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

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Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

7. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

Visit St. Stephen's Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. The program for the concerts, depending on the day, is the following: Requiem: • W. A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor k 626 • I. Introitus - Requiem • II. Kyrie • III. Sequenzia - Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis, Lacrimosa • IV. Offertorium - Domine Jesu • V. Sanctus • VI. Benedictus • VII. Agnus Dei • VIII. Communio - Lux Aeterna Ave Maria Air Alleluja I: • J.S. Bach - Toccata, Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Largo from winter • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • C-M Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1 • F. Liszt - Ave Maris Stella • T. Albinoni - Adagio • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W. A. Mozart - Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate Ave Maria Air Alleluja II: • J.S. Bach - Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Adagio • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Winter • H. Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in Earth • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • Vivaldi - Violin Concert G Major • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Sibelius - Impromptu • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Lacrimosa, Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

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Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

8. Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

Simply pick up your card at one of the Budapestinfo tourist information centers and start exploring and using free public transportation. Some of the most popular museums that can be visited free of charge with the Budapest Card: • Hungarian National Gallery • Hungarian National Museum • Museum of Fine Arts • Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum • Memento Park – Statue Park Museum • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center • House of Hungarian Photographers – Mai Manó House • Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest History Museum – Aquincum Museum • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts • Vasarely Museum • Budapest History Museum – Kiscell Museum • Bartók Memorial House • Budapest History Museum – Budapest Gallery • Museum of Military History • Hungarian Museum of Trade and Catering • Museum of Óbuda • Goldberger Textile Industry Collection Some of the attractions that can be visited free of charge or with a discount: • Free visit of the Budatower • Pálvölgyi Cave • 50% discount at the Liszt Ferenc Academy, if you take a guided tour • 40% discount at the Duna Corso Sightseeing Boat through Budapest • 20% discount for a hop-on hop-off tour of Program Centrum • Free access to St. Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 20% discount at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St. Gellért Thermal Bath, Aquaworld or the Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 1 free ride on Zugliget Chairlift

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Budapest: Dinner Cruise Operetta and Folk Show

9. Budapest: Dinner Cruise Operetta and Folk Show

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for an exclusive dinner cruise through Budapest. Sail along the majestic River Danube and enjoy a meal prepared by the ship's chef. Enjoy live gypsy music and the folklore performance throughout this exciting evening. Experience an enchanting evening in Budapest as you sail along the Danube. See the sights as you tuck into a meal of local and international food, then sit back and relax with live gypsy music and an authentic folklore show by professional dancers. This is a guaranteed fine dining night cruise that divides the once separate cities of Buda and Pest in the most beautiful capital in Europe. (Vegetarian dishes and special dietary requirements can be catered for on request) Menu: Starter Spring salad with honey-mustard dressing Burchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams, served with rocket salad; Amuse-bouche; Cheese plate Soup Goulash Soup; Seasonal soup Main Course Duck leg confit with au gratin potato and steamed red cabbage; Beef stew served with homemade egg barley; Grilled chicken fillet with jasmine rice served with butter sauce; Grilled cod fillet on green bean bed and gratin potato with Hollandaise sauce; Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad Dessert Flan cake with forest fruit ragout; Creamy dessert cup; Cheese plate If you choose the program with drink package you can enjoy the drinks that you can see below: Wines from Hungary Waldorf Manufacture’s wines, from Mihály Figula’s and Zoltán Günzer’s winery Viktória Cuvée 2016, Figula Mihály, Balatonfüred Vencel Rosé 2016, Günzer Zoltán, Villány Vilmos Cuvée, Günzer Zoltán, Villány Thummerer Egri Muskotály 2015, Noszvaj Champagne Sparkling Wine (sweet & dry from BB Manufactory) Bottled Beers Staropramen Borsodi Soft Drinks Fruit Juices Fizzy Drinks Mineral Water Hot Drinks Coffee selection Tea selection

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Budapest: 2-Hour Cruise with Hungarian Dinner on the Danube

10. Budapest: 2-Hour Cruise with Hungarian Dinner on the Danube

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you see the city's sights. Explore Budapest from a different perspective. Admire the illuminated city from the Danube River from the deck of the boat, or enjoy the live music entertainment inside the boat. Depart from the Akadémia ferry terminal, and see highlights of the city such as the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel. Relax and enjoy Hungarian gastro specialties as you go. A buffet dinner includes: -Appetizer: Goulash soup -Main course: Traditional Hungarian chicken paprikas with noodles -Vegetarian main course: Lasagne with vegetables -Dessert: Hungarian strudel selection -Drinks: One welcome drink and a glass of beer, wine, mineral water or a soft drink Be entertained by live music performed by four members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites. The band includes a truly special Hungarian virtuoso folk instrument, the cimbalom, bringing remarkable vibes to the atmosphere.

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What people are saying about Budapest

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We had Delia as our private guide and we cannot say enough wonderful things about her! Not only was she extremely kind and well-informed, she was patient, accommodating, and extremely intelligent. Dalia new history of Budapest in debth, she eagerly shared all of her knowledge with us! we highly recommend her for any tour of Budapest ❤️

It was great! The view was fantastic. The drinks were great. The only problem was that the audio guide was too fast and I couldn't follow it properly. Maybe they should have shown some pictures of the monuments they were referring to on the screens.

I couldn't recommend this experience enough. Food was fantastic, the musicians were talented and music relevant to the atmosphere. There was no rushing, very relaxed with amazing views up and down the banks of the Danube.

Good show and food was fine. The staff little empathy when you don't understand the language.

I think it is the best activity you can do in this wonderful city.I recommend