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Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

1. Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

This full-day tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád where you will learn about life in the Middle Ages while enjoying spectacular views of the Danube Valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. Cross the river and border into Slovakia to see the stunning view from the opposite side.  You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. Wander the narrow streets to soak up the magical atmosphere and catch panoramic vistas of the river. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Browse the shops of the village if you prefer, before the return journey to Budapest. Travel during the months of May through September and this will be on a magical boat cruise, a fitting way to arrive back in the city center. The return trip from the tour's final stop Szentendre to Budapest is on a Danube boat from Friday to Sunday between the beginning of May and the end of September. 

Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

2. Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

Your full-day journey into Hungarian history begins with an optional pick-up at your centrally located hotel in Budapest. Head out in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, and start off by enjoying the remarkable city of Esztergom and the largest Catholic church in the country.  You’ll have time to enjoy a delicious 3-course before continue on to the magical artist’s village of Szentendre, where your guide will take you on a tour. During the course of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to see Esztergom from another perspective during a photo stop in Slovakia. At the end of the tour you’ll return to Budapest by boat, in the summer months on weekends, and by coach from October to April.

From Budapest: Szentendre Artists' Village Tour

3. From Budapest: Szentendre Artists' Village Tour

Take a break from bustling Budapest and visit the relaxed artists' village of Szentendre, north of the city. Take a look at the open-air exhibition featuring work by young Hungarian artists, then wander along the twisting, cobblestone alleys. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere in an outdoor café. Climb the nearby hill for stunning views of colorful rooftops nestled along the river. Marvel at life-sized marzipan sculptures in the Marzipan Museum. After a guided tour you will have the opportunity to visit other museums in the town, or bargain for souvenirs in the tiny boutique stores. During the summer season, between May 1 and September 30 on weekends, you'll return to Budapest on the Danube by boat. During winter, you'll return to the city center of Budapest by bus.

Szentendre: Half-Day Private Tour from Budapest

4. Szentendre: Half-Day Private Tour from Budapest

On the way to Szentendre, you can make a short stop at Roman’s coast and ruins. You guide will make suggestions about the best galleries and museums to visit as well as which local foods to sample.  Walk around the Baroque center of the town, weaving through its narrow streets and alleyways built from the medieval ruins. After exploring the hidden beauty of the town, enjoy one of the museums. Sample a tasty langosh, a famous local cake, or a famous local ice cream. Spend some free time shopping and exploring the art and culture of the town before returning to Budapest. 

Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

5. Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

Discover the artistic town of Szentendre (often referred to as the “Artists Village”) on a half-day tour of the Danube Bend. Following a pickup from your hotel in Budapest city center, continue to Szentendre to experience the nostalgia of the “Artist’s Village.” Travel back in time as you walk through the baroque town center. Pop into souvenir shops, and discover restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries in the many listed buildings. Feed your creative juices on streets beloved by artists since the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, climb aboard one of the scheduled public boats to cruise back to Budapest at leisure (May to September on weekends only). Disembark at the pier in Budapest city center for the end of the tour services. On weekdays and in winter, you'll return to Budapest by car.

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

6. Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

Get to know the area of Hungary called the Danube Bend, on a full-day tour from Budapest. Visit Esztergom, the once-upon-a-time site of coronations in Hungary. Admire the treasures of the Primate Church of Hungary, and the first royal palace of the Arpad dynasty. Continue to Visegrád, to see the medieval fortress and the Renaissance palace of King Matthias. Enjoy the picturesque and Mediterranean-like atmosphere of Szentendre, home to numerous galleries and painters. Take a walk along the the narrow street of Szentendre, where you’ll have the option of visiting a gallery or the Marzipan Museum. See the Serbian Catholic Blagovestenska Church and the Main Square with its Serbian Cross. There’s also the option of stopping for lunch on the banks of the Danube River in Visegrád at an atmospheric, open-air restaurant. The cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

7. Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

Visit the historic town of Szentendre on a half-day sightseeing tour from Budapest, traveling by air-conditioned vehicle for up to 6 people. Home to Serbians and Bulgarians in the Middle Ages, the town has been populated for well over a millennium, and in Roman times was known as Ulcisia Castra (Wolf Castle). Today it is home to some beautiful Orthodox churches, including the mid 18th-century Blagovestenska Church, built by Greek settlers. You will also see the baroque Cross of Fő tér (Main Square), and the Serbian merchant houses of the winding streets that surround it. Full of bohemian bars, bookshops, galleries and atmospheric restaurants, in the summer Szentendre plays host to many open air festivals, while Christmas is a time to browse for handmade crafts as you sip mulled wine at the open air Christmas Market. On almost every corner you will find something worth taking a picture of, or a shop selling unique souvenir items, from paintings to graphics offered by artists working on the street. Or if you prefer, you can explore the ceramic art of Margit Kovács in the expansive Margit Kovács Museum just off Fo tér. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

Szentendre: Private Half-Day Arts and Cafes Tour

8. Szentendre: Private Half-Day Arts and Cafes Tour

Szentendre is an enchanting and captivating town near to Budapest on the bank of the river Danube. This jewel case is often referred as the "town of artists", and this tour will be your opportunity to discover why. The former prosperity is reflected in the Mediterranean style and ornaments of the houses till today. The sloping narrow alleys and the main square pawed with cobble stones are both unique characteristics of Hungarians. Szentendre is also home to plenty of museums, galleries and exhibitions. You can find here such sites as the famous Szamos Marzipan Museum Confectioner's, the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum, the biggest open-air ethnographic museum of Hungary, and the Skanzen (with a vintage railway inside). At the conclusion of the tour, you will be invited by your host to a cup of coffee and cake in an exquisite cafe.

Danube Bend: Private 8-Hour Full Board Tour from Budapest

9. Danube Bend: Private 8-Hour Full Board Tour from Budapest

Begin your day with a comfortable drive north to Esztergom, the center of Hungarian Christianity. Pay a visit to its renowned Basilica and enjoy a guided visit to marvel at the view that the cupola offers. Head to Slovakia to see the great view from the River Bank and see the old Turkis Church ruins. Make several stops by the Danube river where nature dominates. Continue your journey and head towards the small town of Visegrd, where you can visit the famous Royal Castle and the home of the renowned yearly Knights' Tournament at the Lower Castle. Enjoy a 3-course lunch at a traditional restaurant. Then, begin to make your way back, to Budapest. The last stop on the tour is in the beautiful town of Szentendre. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Szentendre's baroque town center and enjoy shopping for some souvenirs. Between 13 April and 27 October, you can return to Budapest by boat, except on a Monday. 

From Budapest: Danube Bend Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

10. From Budapest: Danube Bend Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

This 8-hour private tour departs from Budapest by air-conditioned minibus to explore 3 pearls of the Danube Bend. One of the most famous rivers in the world, the River Danube flows for 1,785 miles through the European continent, passing some of its most majestic cities. In Hungary, a curve in the river near the city of Visegrád has been given the name the Danube Bend. Flanked by the Transdanubian Mountains on one side and the North Hungarian Mountains on the other, it is a spectacular region rich in forests and limestone caves and home to an abundant viticulture On this tour you will explore 3 historic places of the Danube Bend with your personal guide. Drive to the handsome city of Esztergom, former capital of Hungary from the 10th to the 13th-Century and situated on the border with Slovakia. Its cathedral, the Esztergom Basilica, is the largest church in Hungary. Continue to Visegrád, a small castle town on the right bank of the Danube. Here you will explore the remains of the Royal Palace and visit the citadel of Visegrád Castle. Take some souvenir photos of the Danube Bend from the castle’s fantastic elevated vantage point. You will enjoy a 3-course lunch in a local restaurant at Visegrád before continuing to the medieval town of Szentendre. Well known for its art scene, you will stroll through the charming streets, lined with contemporary art galleries, craft shops and boutique stores. From May through the end of September, you can return to Budapest from Szentendre on a boat cruise along the Danube if required. The boat leaves Szentendre at 17:00. There is no boat on Monday. The boat cruise is optional, so you can decide it on the spot, whether to return by boat or by car with your tour guide. 

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Szentendre?

    You can see the main highlights in one day, but think of adding another if you want to
    spend more time visiting the art galleries and museums.

  • Getting around

    You sightsee around Szentendre simply by strolling its streets. To reach the Open-
    Air Ethnographic Museum, which is 3 miles away, take bus 230 from bay No. 7 at
    Szentendre's bus station.

  • Where to stay in Szentendre

    If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find a scattering of
    accommodations directly in the center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hungarian
  • Currency
    Hungarian forint (HUF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +36
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit for any time between late June and late August, when the streets come alive with the city's Summer Festival.

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What people are saying about Szentendre

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 616 reviews

Such a beautiful day to spend half the day, wish I'd booked for a full day. Very fortunate to have only 2 people on the tour. Our tour guide Elizabet was so lovely and spoke amazing English. The trip to the marzipan museum was a great extra to the morning. Such amazingly creative people who sculpt the cakes. Such a fantastic small town. Enjoyed some clothes shopping and a very tasty ice cream here too. Sitting on a bench close to the Danube in peace and tranquility was amazing.

La experiencia es formidable. Nadie debería de Budapest sin tomar este tour. La naturaleza es impresionante. Hilda es muy conocedora y tiene un muy buen trato

I loved this day trip, the tour guide was so friendly and telling us everything about the history of Hungary so well, I strongly recommend this trip!

Everything is comfortable and the best for this trip apart from the food given as that was not upto the mark

It was a really good tour! Views around the Danube bend are soooo amazing and the lunch was delicious