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Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. Relax as you pass by some of the city's most notable landmarks as you sip on a complimentary welcome drink (a glass of prosecco, a seasonal welcome drink, or a soft drink). Climb aboard the pleasure boat at the pier of Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome beverage. Then, cruise down the River Danube, and pass monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the Várkert Bazár, recently restored to its original splendor. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of an air-conditioned deck with panoramic windows. Experience the city more like a local - although there are no audio or live guides on board the boat, it functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar 

Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Prosecco

2. Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and 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, and learn about the landmarks from the included audio guide. Choose whether to include a local food platter in your cruise experience. 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 lounge music. If you choose the option with food, tuck into an assorted platter of Hungarian specialties: cured Mangalica ham, 2 types of homemade sausage, handcrafted hard cheese, marinated fresh goat cheese, grilled red peppers, pickled vegetables, and ciabatta bites. Once you've indulged, return to the dock.

Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

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

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and 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 purchase only, no rental. 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). The complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and a 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.

Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

4. Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at nighttime. 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

5. 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.

Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

6. Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

Avoid the hassle of public transport with this comfortable and reliable transfer from the airport to your hotel in Budapest. Enjoy an easy transfer by shared bus to your preferred location in Budapest city center. Choose from either a 1-way or a round-trip ticket, and benefit from 24-hour service.  When you reach the airport arrivals terminal, head to one of the information points to validate your voucher. Once your voucher has been scanned you can board the shuttle bus. With this door-to-door service, your experienced driver will drop you off at your hotel or selected location in central Budapest.

Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

7. Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

Embark on a boat trip down the famous River Danube as you get to see Budapest from the water. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and other sights on this sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a cruise which passes under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges. See the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, as well as the Elizabeth Bridge with its large, bronze statue Encounter the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Pass by the picturesque Danube Promenade and take in the sights of Vigadó Square. Take in the city's sights from this unique vantage point on the water. Admire the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well other key Budapest landmarks like the Royal Palace and Parliament.

Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

8. Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

Step into the modern Light Art Museum to become surrounded by colorful lights and optical illusions. Visit one of Budapest's most unique attractions and browse through a large collection of contemporary artworks. Immerse yourself in a fascinating, interactive, and vibrant space. Discover exciting installations and ground-breaking artworks in a fabulous hall that used to be a popular farmers' market. Come up close with a wide range of contemporary, historically significant, and modern art pieces. Bring the whole family along and be mesmerized by an exquisite selection of light artworks, projection mapping, immersive spaces, and site-specific installations. Snap amazing photos of unique pieces by pioneer light artist László Moholy-Nagy and op-art icon Victor Vasarely.

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. 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: Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise - Winter Edition

10. Budapest: Danube Sunset Cocktail Cruise - Winter Edition

Watch the sunset on a river cruise during this Budapest tour. Marvel at panoramic views of the city skyline at dusk as you savor 3 delicious cocktails. If the cocktail selection isn't to your liking, choose 3 non-shot drinks instead from the drink list on board. Board the cruise and spend some time on the comfortable terrace or cool down in the air-conditioned lower deck, which is heated in the winter. Warm up for a night out with a variety of cocktails. The cocktail menu includes:Cuba LibreMojitoAperol SpritzPina ColadaWiking CocktailTequila SunriseSex on the BeachGin and TonicMalibu AppleMulled WineHot AperolSaint's DayWinter PassionOrgasm Enjoy watching as the city lights up and the stars come out with your friends and family.

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I had a booking for 4 people and my friends missed the cruise by just a minute. The manager of the cruise was very kind to let them ride the following cruise. +1 for their kindness. The cruise itself (Ambience, Music and champagne) was very elegant. Definitely recommend.

The cruise was lovely and the staff was friendly and accommodating to my requests. I would recommend the cruise for a lovely evening out with fantastic views of a beautiful city with fabulous ambience.

Very kind and helpful tourist guide. During the whole time apart of the info related with the Basilica, various tips/hints were given about Bidapest in general

Everything smoothly and as described. It's worth being there much earlier if you care about specific places. I recommend.

It was a really nice experience. The night view of the parliament especially amazing.