Central Hungary Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended Central Hungary Seasonal & holiday activities

Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

1. Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

Make some special memories on your winter holiday as you spend an evening sailing along the Danube. Enjoy a freshly prepared, multi-course dinner as you take in the sights of the city and relax under the stars. Cruise past Budapest’s imperial monuments illuminated at the night. Indulge in good food, and enjoy the festive atmosphere thanks to international popular music and Hungarian favorites. The open bar drink selection includes wine, draught beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and mulled wine. Sample Christmas Dinner Menu: Soup Goulash soup; vegetable cream soup Main Courses Beef stew with home-made dumplings; roast chicken thighs with parsley potato; vegetable casserole; stuffed cabbage; vegetable couscous Desserts Somlói trifle; strudel selection; Beigli (traditional Hungarian Christmas cake with walnuts and poppy seeds) New Year's Eve Menu Options for 2022/23: Red Meat Menu (option A): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Sous-vide sirloin beef steak with wild mushroom sauce and French potato gratin Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Poultry Menu (option B): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad; French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Chicken breast supreme with wild mushroom sauce, French gratin potatoes Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Vegetarian Menu (option C): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizerSheep curd cream with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Cheese soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main Dish Forest mushroom risotto, with Tokaj wine reduction and parmesan Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam

Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

2. Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

Exquisite Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise, magical, golden panorama, and a festive piano show guarantee the captivating, joyful atmosphere of this special night. Enjoy an outstanding dinner cruise in an exclusive and luxurious environment. Set sail and be greeted with a welcome cocktail, before feasting on a festive, 5-course dinner. Listen to an enchanting piano show that ensures the celebratory atmosphere of the cruise the whole night.  Enjoy a 5-course menu that offers plenty of choices for you to select from. Even if you prefer international or Hungarian taste you'll find the best options. Are you vegetarian or Vegan? No problem, the variety of dishes allows you to find your type even if you have a food intolerance. The 5-course menu consists of: Amuse-bouche Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup/seasonal Cream Soup Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles/Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil/Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce/Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion/Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis/Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce After the exquisite dinner, anchor in front of the floodlit House of Parliament until it clocks midnight and toast for an already fantastic New Year. The midnight champagne will be followed by one of the plenty of Hungarian traditions to have good luck, health, wealth, and of course, happiness for the next year.

Budapest: Christmas Day Dinner Cruise with Live Piano Music

3. Budapest: Christmas Day Dinner Cruise with Live Piano Music

Cruise along on the Danube River on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and see the city sights bedecked in their festive decorations. Enjoy a welcome glass of champagne as you board the boat. Then, feast from a 4-course fine dining menu while 2 pianists battle in a unique piano show. Pass under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side of the city. Travel towards Margaret Bridge, before the boat turns around and cruises to the last bridge in the city. Marvel at monuments, such as the National Theater and Palace of Arts. Relax as the boat turns around once more and cruises back to the starting point. See dozens of landmarks along the way, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, and the Parliament Building. Admire Matthias Church and the Royal Palace from the water, along with the Fisherman’s Bastion and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. You will be enchanted not only by the amazing buildings of Budapest and the fine Hungarian tastes but by a fantastic piano concert too. After dinner, you can enjoy live piano music as the two pianists "battle" for supremacy. Enjoy a 4-course dinner and choose from 2 appetizers, two soups, six main courses, and two desserts. Vegans and vegetarians can also be accommodated. Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams. Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce.

Budapest: New Years Eve Pub and Party Crawl

4. Budapest: New Years Eve Pub and Party Crawl

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Budapest by joining some of the biggest parties of the night. Hop from club to club with exclusive entrances and a preplanned itinerary. With free access and no waiting lines, you'll feel like a true VIP. Ring in the new year and go on one of the wildest pub, club, and party crawls in Budapest. Forget about long lines and barred entry — you'll get into the most exclusive venues and get the real VIP experience. Enjoy special planned surprises along the way and end the night at one of the top clubs in Budapest.

New Year's Eve Unlimited Booze Cruise

5. New Year's Eve Unlimited Booze Cruise

On New Year’s Eve, we invite you to our fantastic party boat to a truly special Budapest New Year's Eve Cruise. We cruise through Budapest on the most breath-taking and romantic river section, the bridge-woven, floodlit Danube. Partake in a 3-hour panoramic sightseeing tour in the fabulous capital city of Hungary. During the tour guests can marvel at the historical sights and landmarks of Budapest. The cruise departs from the heart of the city. In addition to the amazing sightseeing experience, the ticket includes unlimited drink consumption of the following: • House Wines (white, red & rozé) • Draught Beer • Champagne (sweet & dry) • Coca Cola Soft drinks (Coca Cola, Coca Cola zero, Sprite Zero, Fanta orange, Kinley Ginger, Kinley Tonic) • Water • Tea & coffee Join us at New Year's Eve on board and experience a new way of welcoming the upcoming future.

Budapest Christmas Market: Private Walking Tour

6. Budapest Christmas Market: Private Walking Tour

Admire the products of local handicrafts, degust the unique Hungarian tastes, and enjoy walking under the wonderful Christmas lights while a guide shares interesting facts with the group about the Hungarian festive season. Learn about the most important decoration on the tree in Hungary, and who brings Christmas gifts for the Hungarians instead of Santa Claus. Explore two of the capital's most famous Christmas Markets while being led by a guide, and taste chimney cake with mulled wine while the guide teaches the group about Hungarian Christmas and answers questions about its traditions. Please note: Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test from shoppers is required before entry to the territory of the Christmas markets.

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

7. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

Get a local point of view on Budapest’s Christmas traditions and culture while seeing some of the inner city’s top sights. On this 2.5-hour tour, your guide will take you to two Christmas markets where you’ll find Hungarian handicrafts, trinkets, souvenirs, and local foods and sweets on offer. Along the way you’ll see the Opera House, Andrassy Boulevard, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit to the basilica, and see the impressive Holy Right Chapel. You’ll have the option of admiring the holiday decorations inside the basilica and around the square. At the end of the tour there’s hot mulled wine waiting for you! Your guide will leave you in Vorosmarty Square, the site of the city’s biggest Christmas market, so that you can do some holiday shopping on your own.

Budapest: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

8. Budapest: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in Budapest. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most festively decorated places including Matthias Church, the Christmas market, and more. Learn local Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Budapest. Visit the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and Matthias Church. Shop and taste local Christmas products at the old-fashioned Christmas market hall. Walk around Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and feel spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience this time of year in Budapest.

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Everything was beautiful! The staff was polite and made you feel very comfortable. We also liked the food. There was enough for everyone, and there were drinks for every taste. Later was a dance program. Full of fun, creative and beautiful. The live music all evening long was a dream! We have never heard such professional musicians! Our special thanks for the violinist.

Very good tour with Christie. She is very knowledgeable of Hungarian history. She speaks excellent English and also Italian! The chimney cake and wine was great too! We highly recommend her and the tour

Fantastic night out with 100+ people, the guides were great, managed to control a lot of people.. And the bars were cool. Looking forward to my next trip... Will defo go out with them again.

Budapest is simply gorgeous. I’ve had the most amazing time on this tour. Very informative, lovely staff and amazing sights. Most definitely recommended :)

Very nice, but I didn't choose well. There is a one-in-one difference with Paris