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Budapest for groups

1. Budapest City Tour (3 hrs)
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, also called “Paris of the East“. The river Danube runs through the middle of this metropolis, dividing the hilly Buda from the Pest plain. The Danube panorama has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 3-hour bus trip includes: Heroes‘ Square with the Millennium Monument, panorama view from the top of Gellért Hill, drive along the Danube embankment offering a splendid view of the city, its bridges and famous public buildings, walk in the Castle district: Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion.

2. Budapest City tour & Parliament (4 hrs)
The tour can be completed with an 1-hour guided tour in the beautiful neo-gothic Parliament, the largest building in Hungary, with its splendid chambers and staircases (including the Hungarian Holy Crown and Royal Jewels).

3. Half-day City Tour - Buda Side (3 hrs)
Buda is the oldest part of the metropolis; it is the capital city of Hungarians from the 13th century untill now. One can see many relics from the mediaeval, renaissance, gothic periods all over its area.Guided tour on the Buda side of the capital, including Gellért Hill with the Citadel (breathtaking view of the whole city), the Castle district (a mediaeval "city in the city"), the Fishermen's Bastion (another beautiful location for looking out over the whole capital), and Matthias church, one of the most interesting and famous churches of the country.

4. Half-day City Tour- Pest Side (3 hrs)
The programme starts with a 1-hour guided tour in the beautiful neo-gothic Parliament, the largest building in Hungary, with its splendid chambers and staircases (including the Hungarian Holy Crown and Royal Jewels), plus visiting the City Park, Heroes' Square with the Millennium Monument (with statues of the most famous kings and historic personalities of Hungarian history) and St. Stephen's Basilica (that holds the Holy Right, a memorabilia of the first king of Hungary).

5. Lunch or dinner in a pleasant restaurant in the Castle district or in old Buda, or in the downtown (without drinks).

6. Dinner with folklore programme & Wine tasting (2 hrs)
This pleasant event presents the most famous dishes of Hungarian cuisine and guests can taste world-famous, delicious Hungarian wines as well. After the meal is served there is an authentic folklore programme with Hungarian folk music, and gipsy music too.
 
7. Coffee break during the sightseeing tour in an old patisserie (e.g. Gerbeaud) with coffee and cakes.
The in 1898 opened Restaurant Gerbeaud is an oasis of calm in the heart of busy capital. Great food, good service, multilingual staff and an exclusive selection of domestic wines. The restaurant has an enchanting atmosphere with a unique glass roof. This lovingly reconstructed historic glass ceiling - a rarity dating from 1892 - provides a pleasant light in the restaurant all day.

8. Typical Hungarian buffet lunch in the 100-year-old Great Market Hall
This unique program - "Taste the good things in Budapest 's pantry" - is designed to let tourists see the products stallholders offer in the Central Market Hall and the shopping habits of Hungarian housewives. The venue is the “Fakanál” (Wooden Spoon) Restaurant. The program lasts 45 minutes. During this time guests can sample their choice of our hot and cold dishes, as well as quality wines and soft drinks in a self-service, seated reception system. Besides the food, they also pay special attention to the atmosphere and visual impact.
 
9. Wine Tasting in the House of Hungarian Wines (3 hrs)
The House of Hungarian Wines is located in the Buda Castle. This special museum-shop introduces 22 wine regions of Hungary, with all sorts of wines made in the country, and the tour also includes the tasting of 6 sorts of wines. A highly qualified sommelier gives a short presentation on wines, on the Hungarian vine-culture, on the role of wines and how they can be consumed properly. This is a unique experience for all wine-lovers!
 
10. Guided tour in the Hungarian State Opera House
The Opera House was designed and built in Renaissance style according to the plans of Miklós Ybl. Ferenc Erkel conducted the inaugural concert in 1884. The statues of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, outstanding contributors to Hungary's musical life, can be seen on either side of the facade. Both statues are the works of Alajos Stróbl. The Opera House was reopened after reconstruction in 1984, the year of its centenary. It is really worth seeing it!
 
11. Secrets behind the musical Scene - Budapest Operetta Theatre
In Budapest, the capital of the classical operetta, this unique program introduces you to the enchanting world of the golden age of operetta. You can take a trip into the magic world of Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, Emmerich Kalman and Jeno Huszka, amidst period costumes and scenery. You can look behind the scene: tour the theatre, go to all the places you have perhaps never been able to see, from the dressing-rooms to the main stage, the trap to the Tapestry Room. Enjoy a humorous; romantic and temperamental live show where young artists perform the unforgettable melodies while you sip a glass of champagne.
 
12. Interoperetta
The Interoperett Ltd. has been organizing the traditional Interoperett New Years Gala Concerts and other performances since 1991. In these gala concerts many Hungarian and international star appeared from the world of opera, operetta and musical. The Interoperett concerts are unique, because new costumes were made every year on basis of the young costume designer Nóra Rományi' s plans. So the Interoperett concerts obtained the appropriation of audience not only with high quality performances of artists, but with colourful costumes as well.
 
13. Operetta ship
During the candle-lit voyage the international program of excellent singing, instrumental and dancing artists of the Hungarian State Opera House and Budapest Operetta Theatre will guarantee Your entertainment. They sing and play the most popular passages of operas, operettas, Italian, Spanish songs, musicals in the original languages, instrumental solos, and perform brilliant folklore, classical and step dances in elegant costumes.
During the exclusive voyage, while admiring the wonderfully lit night view of Budapest, you can choose from the favorite dishes of Ferenc Lehár, Imre Kálmán, and Johann Strauss.

14. Danube Boat Cruise (1 hr)
This tour is a 1-hour long boat ride on the blue Danube that runs right through the heart of the city. During the cruise one can see the most beautiful sights of the city: the Parliament, the Royal Palace, the Chain Bridge, the Citadel, etc. in an amazing setting, in sunshine along the way (or stars in the sky). The tour by night introduces a whole new side of the lively capital that cannot be missed.

15. Legend Boat- cruise (1 hr)
Danube Legend is an evening sightseeing Cruise on the river, combined with a sound and vision show. The boat makes an hour round trip in the city. While you are enchanted by the illuminated sights, famous Hungarian historical personalities, kings, queens, poets, inventors and even the Danube tells you legendary stories about the town through TV screens - hanged every where on board - you be able to look behind the walls of the buildings passing by, to admire the hidden interiors. The program ends with the Blue Danube Waltz, which whispers in your ears any time you remember the tour.

16. Boat Cruise By Night -with dinner (2 hrs)
This is a 2-hour long boat ride on the blue Danube that runs right through the heart of the city. During the cruise one can see the most beautiful sights of the city. The tour includes a delicious buffet dinner.

17. Folklore Shows - Budai Vigadó
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble the Danube Folk Ensemble and Rajkó Folk Ensemble are three of the best Hungarian folk ensembles with the longest tradition (the first one was formed in 1951, and the second one in 1957), which have performances all around the country and abroad. All the three of the Ensembles consist of 30 artists. Their choreographies are based on authentic dances. Some of them were collected in isolated villages and date back hundreds of years. Through the performed dances you can get a broad view of the music, dance and costume heritage of Hungary and the Hungarian inhabited areas.
 
18. Danube Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra has had international contacts since 1983 and has been invited to play in many foreign countries (Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Italy). They have often accompanied solo artists at music competitions and participated in colorful operettas, ballets and oratorio performances as well. Not only do the musicians work together in this orchestra but in several chamber orchestras as well. Many Hungarian and foreign guest artists have performed with the orchestra, including Giuseppe di Stefano, James Galway and Ray Charles. 
 
19. Ship cruise with dinner - after concert
The atmosphere of the concert can be continued on the river Danube. This will give you the best view of Budapest by night accompanied by candlelight and an excellent cold buffet supper-on-board (with drinks). The pleasure boat leaves for the one-hour cruise from a pier, which is only a five-minute walk from the concert hall.
 
20. Organ Concert in the St. Anne Church
The St. Anne Church makes home for the organ-concert series. The St. Anne Church is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings of Budapest. The construction of the church started in 1740. In the next 200 years the church suffered from wars, floods and earthquakes. The church was reconstructed between 1970-1984.The programme of the concert was adapted for the organ of this church by Gábor Lehotka professor of the Academy of Music in Budapest. Anasztázia Bednarik, Miklós Teleki and László Attila Almásy regularly give concerts in Hungary, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
 
21. Jewish heritage in Budapest
The programme was created, because the biggest Jewish population in Eastern Europe lived in Budapest. With this programme we would like to help you to get acquainted with this heritage. Not only visiting the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum during the 2,5 hour long guided programme, but it also gets the guests to know how the Dohány street Synagogue managed surviving the years of the World War II. The tour includes visiting the Memorial Cemetery, the Tree of Life in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, the Carl Lutz Memorial and the Kazinczy Street orthodox Synagogue as well.
 

Programs around Budapest

1. Half-day tour to Gödöllő (4 hrs)

Visiting Gödöllő, a small city located 30 kms east of Budapest that is famous for its beautiful Grassalkovich Palace (recently restored). The Palace is the second largest Baroque palace in Europe (after Versailles). The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy’s ruling couple Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elisabeth, known by Hungarians as Sissi, often stayed in this Mansion built in “Hungarian Baroque” style in the 18th century. The main staircase, the gala hall, the Queen’s reception salon, her writing and dressing room, and her bedroom have all been restored to their original condition. The tour includes a guided visit in the palace.

 

 

2. Gödöllő – Domonyvölgy (7 hrs)

The Gödöllő-tour can be completed with the visiting the Lázár Equestrian Park, in Domonyvölgy. Short drink and “pogácsa” (typical Hungarian salty biscuits) are offered. The head of day is a spectacular horse-show. The program ends with Hungarian menu, incl. Wine. During lunch/dinner gipsy band will entertain the guests.

 

3. Danube bend: Szentendre – Visegrád – Esztergom (9 hrs)


This whole-day tour by bus introduces all three beautiful towns located along the Danube, to the north of Budapest. Furthest from the capital is Esztergom that once was the capital of Hungary, and still is the capital of the Catholic Church in the country. The tour includes visiting the largest Christian Museum of Central Europe, the Basilica that is the largest catholic church of the country, and the Treasury of the Basilica as well. The next stop is Visegrád, with its royal castle on the top of a hill, at the end of a panorama street, the summer residence of ancient kings of Hungary. For a short time it was also the capital of the country. Lunch is included during the excursion as well. Last in the row is Szentendre, the picturesque small town of artists, and its famous ceramics exhibition in the Kovács Margit Museum.

 

 

4. Knights' tournament in Visegrád


Taking part on an original knights' tournament with the king and his court, after the tournament a festive mediaeval meal in the Renaissance Restaurant, the courses are served with the guidance of the Meal Master and his team, in original mediaeval costumes, during the meal the musicians of the court care about the entertainment of guests.

 

5. Danube Bend Special Tour (12 hrs)

This whole-day tour by bus and boat introduces all three beautiful towns located along the Danube, to the north of Budapest: Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. The Danube Bend Special tour includes a knights’ tournament in the historic castle of Visegrád, and a lunch á la Renaissance. After visiting the 3 towns a charter boat will take guests back to Budapest, including a promenade on the blue Danube, and a delicious buffet dinner on the boat.

 

 

6. Szentendre -The town of artists (5 hrs) - incl. the Caprice Museum

Szentendre is a picturesque small town to the north of Budapest, in the beautiful Danube Bend area, where many artists settled down and still work there. The tiny town squares, narrow streets, Serbian temples, baroque buildings contribute to the unique atmosphere of the location. The tour includes a guided walk around in the town, a visit to the world-famous ceramics exhibition of the Kovács Margit Museum, and a visit to Caprice, the largest jewellery factory and museum in Central Europe.

 

 

7. Szentendre & Visegrád Tour (6 hrs)

The tour includes a visit to Visegrád, with its royal castle on the top of a hill, at the end of a panorama street, the summer residence of ancient kings of Hungary that - for a short time - was also the capital of the country. Lunch is included during the excursion as well, in the Renaissance Restaurant of Visegrád with a stylish mediaeval atmosphere and meals. The next stop is Szentendre, the picturesque small town of artists, and its famous ceramics exhibition in the Kovács Margit Museum.

 

 

 

Programs in the countryside

1. Herend – Tihany- Balatonfüred (9 hrs)

This special excursion takes guests to the northern part of Lake Balaton, and to the village of Herend that is the headquarters of the world-famous Herend china factory (the company designed among others the famous "Queen Victoria" motives). The tour includes visiting the Porcelanium in the Porcelain Manufactory (founded in 1826), the museum itself, and the shop at the museum. The next stop of the excursion in the afternoon is the Tihany Peninsula (Natural Reserve Area, abbey from the 11th century, an interesting museum, and a breathtaking view on the whole of Lake Balaton). The route back to Budapest includes a stop in the oldest spa resort of Lake Balaton, the town of Balatonfüred.

 

 

2. Castle Festival – Keszthely

The town Keszthely is the most densely populated area of the Balaton. There was founded the Georgicon, the Agricultural University by György Festetics. Keszthely is not only a university town, but a very attractive holiday resort, too. The Castle Festival is organized in the assembly hall of the baroque castle. It was built in 1745 by the plans of Kristof Hofstädter. The castle serves as culture center, library and museum. The Castle Festival offers a unique experience of nature, culture and music.


 

 

3. Pannonhalma – Arch abbey

The buildings of the Arch abbey and the surrounding area were officially declared a part of the World Heritage in December 1996. The Arch abbey offers guided tours for visitors, beginning from the Reception building. The fifteen-minute film showings provide guests with a means to gain insight into the life of the Benedictine monastic community. Following the film, a local guide shows guests around the accessible parts of the Arch abbey such as the basilica, crypt, cloister and library. From April 2005, the Arch abbey provides the opportunity to visit a topographic exhibition on the ground floor of the library.

 

 

4. Pannonhalma – The Winery of Arch abbey

Through the centuries, the life of the monks was closely connected with grapes and wine. The Arch abbey had its own winery until the time that all church properties were taken into state ownership by the communist government after 1945. Confiscation, following World War II, however destroyed the monastic viniculture that prospered for nearly a thousand years. The Arch abbey of Pannonhalma and the Hungarian Bank of Foreign Trade took the opportunity, provided by recent political changes, to unite in reviving this essential part of Hungary’s national culture. Revival of the monastic vinicultures tradition began with planting new grapevines after re-purchasing some of the former properties of the Arch abbey. Continued revival efforts produced a new winery and wine house. Guided tours in the winery start at the meeting point near the library exit. Following a short walk, the local guide brings visitors to the Arch abbey Winery (press house and wine house) and describes the winemaking process. The guided tour through the Arch abbey Winery offers, by request, wine tasting as well.

 

 

5. Komárom – Nagymaros

This tour includes a journey by hydrofoil from the downtown of Budapest to Komárom (ca. 2 hrs.), arrival right to the famous historic fortress of Monastery, visiting the largest fortress of Central Europe (built between 1850-1871), and its secret labyrinth, visiting the bread museum, wine tasting, and a special Gulyás soup as lunch in Nagymaros.

 

 

6. Grape harvest in Badacsony – full day

Lunch in the Halászkert Restaurant accompanied by Gipsy music with aperitif and wine. Grape harvest in the vineyard, then guests mince and press the grapes they picked at Rizapuszta mansion or Kisfaludy – House, drink must and wine, toast bacon accompanied by accordion music. Shopping possibility in the “wine – pharmacy”, then coffee in Club Hotel Badacsony, and boat trip with champagne. The programme ends with typical grape harvest dinner (with drink) and folklore programme in the Halászkert Restaurant.

 

7.  Half-day grape harvest program

Guests are welcome at Rizapuszta Mansion or in the Kisfaludy-House with brandy and fresh “lángos”, grape picking, mincing, pressing, drinking must and wine, bread with lard, shopping possibility in the “wine-pharmacy”, dinner in the Halászkert Restaurant with gipsy music. The program may also ordered with bacon roasting, and boat trip with champagne.

 

 

8.  Small cellar program in Rizapuszta

Small wine tasting in the cellar, goulash (cooked at open fire in good weather) or cold dish or “cellar” stew, 2 dl wine.

 

 

9. Puszta program – Hortobágy

The program starts with 1 hour-long coach trip. Guests can get to know the old Hungarian farm animal pedigrees, after that horse show is in the program, lunch – or dinner with drinks (wine) and music in the “Hortobágyi Csárda”.

 

 

10. Puszta Tour (7 hrs) - Kecskemét

This whole-day tour introduces the Great Hungarian Plain, the „Puszta” of Hungary to visitors. After arriving to the farm, there is a short reception taking place with hot crackling scones and apricot brandy that is followed by an exciting horse-show. This includes a Lipizzaner stud, the „Puszta Five”, lying and seating of horses, competition of horse-herds, donkeys and a contest of guests as well. The show is followed by a real authentic Hungarian lunch or dinner that includes some of the most characteristic Hungarian dishes – not only goulash, but several other delicious meals too. During the meal there is gipsy music entertaining the guests.

 

 

11. Zwack – distillery in Kecskemét

In Kecskemét are more than a dozen of museum, one of these is the Zwack –distillery, because the town and its surroundings is for its “Pálinka” famous. Here you can learn the production of the famous Kecskemét apricot brandy. Of course you can taste and buy it, too.


 

12. Eger

Eger is the capital of the region of North – Hungary.   In the town and its surroundings can be found unique tourist attractions: the wild romantic Bükk Mountain, famous thermal bathes, the variegation of “Palóc” art, the aroma of the world-famous wines. Eger is the cultural capital of Hungary for 1000 years, university town, historic pilgrim town with lot of sights: the medieval castle, the Turkish minaret, Castle museum, Basilica, the 2nd largest catholic church in Hungary, the Town hall.  The tour includes visiting the sights of the town, lunch or dinner – of course with wine tasting. 

 

 

13. Hollókő – World Heritage Tour (7 hrs)

Hollókő, the picturesque small village is located ca. 100 km to the northeast of Budapest. It was the first Hungarian settlement to become part of the UNESCO World Heritages. The village has not changed since the 19th century. Women of Hollókő welcome guests offering brandy and griddle-cakes, guests can try popcorn making and visit the spinning house and sights of the village with a guide. The excursion includes a traditional lunch at private houses of inhabitants of Hollókő.


 

14. Szilvásvárad – Szalajka Veil Waterfall

The Szalajka Valley with the Veil Waterfall is located about 22 km from Eger. The valley is easy to approach by narrow gauge railway. The path goes through the highest point of the Bükk Mountain, called Istállóskő, where once cavemen lived. The valley is also famous for its trout-ponds, where you can roast seasoned trout with salad and fresh bread for lunch. Fruits are offered after the main meal and the guests can drink Egri Leányka - one of the best wines of Eger.

 

 

15. Lipizzaner stud farm – Csipkéskút

Szilvásvárad, the “capital” of the Bükk, lying at the northwestern foot of the hill, also has several spectacles, both natural and manmade. 

Since 1952 this wonderful environment has been home to the Lipizzaner horses, the breed with an over 400 yearlong history. This environment not only surrounds the oldest ceremonial-horse breed of Europe with its beauty but with its natural features and environmental influence it also actively contributes to the breeding successes of the Lipizzaner a “mountain horse” breed. The central breeding place of the plateau is Csipkéskút. The present horse-stock is around 250. Until they are 3 years old the colts are kept on the Bükk plateau, a highly protected area of the National Park.


 

16.Tokaj

„This is the wine of kings and the king of wines” valued Louis XIV of France Tokaji Aszu in his court. Indeed, besides the “Sun King,” a long line of emperors, thinkers and artists loved Tokaji as their favorite wine during the centuries, among them Peter the Great and Catherine the Great of Russia,Frederic II of Prussia, Voltaire, Goethe, Mozart, Schubert and Rossini. The name of Tokaj is connected all over the world with the same named wine, where wine making is not industry, it is art. Many medieval chroniclers mentioned the wines of the Tokaj Hegyalja region from the 10th century, as well as the growing of the Aszu grapes as early as the 1300s. The first Aszu wines, as we know them today, were made in the 1630s, and Tokaj saw the world’s first vineyard classification system from 1772, supervised by the Hungarian royal court. After a decline during the regime after the Second World War in the past four decades, Tokaj’s historical and new wineries started to flourish again. Since 2002 the region became part of the World Heritage.

 


17. Kalocsa Program

Kalocsa is a 1000 - year old town, about 120 km far from the capital, Budapest. The town is easy to approach by hydrofoil. Program: Visiting of the “Trinity Square”, the “painted” Railway station, the Local Museum, the Bishop Treasury and after to get acquainted the typical Hungarian spice in the “Museum of the Paprika”. Lunch and after organ concert in the cathedral. The other famous product of Kalocsa, ground red paprika, is an essential ingredient in many of Hungary's most favorite dishes, i.e. paprika chicken stew, goulash, and fish soup. The Hungarian Spice Paprika Museum introduces us to the production of this Hungarian spice.

 

 

18. Wine tasting in Hajós

The cellar of Hajós  - due to the hard-working German minority - function as wine cellars for more than 200 years long. There are about 1.200 press houses, where guests can get to know the specialty of the wine-district and taste the best wines of it. After that is a dinner in the Restaurant Ritterburg.