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Christmas Market Pre-Cruise Tour in Budapest

Itinerary

December 9-12, 2021

Day 1: Arrive in Budapest (Dinner included)

Dec 9, 2021

Meet the tour guide assistant on arrival

Transfer to the hotel

Check in time at 15:00

This evening, we depart the hotel with guide and driver for a 3 course dinner at the Sir Lancelot Restaurant including one soft drink. Transfer back to the  hotel at the end of the dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Intercontinental, Classic Room (3 nights)

Day 2: Full Day Budapest City Tour (Breakfast included)

Dec 10, 2021 

Breakfast at the hotel

8 hours coach and guide

AM discover the secrets of the Buda Castle tour

Funicular ticket and entrance to the Matthias church

Afternoon visit the pest side

View the following sites from the outside: Parliament, Opera House, Andrássy Boulvard, Heroes square, City Park

Entrance to St Stephen's Basilica included

Depart the hotel with the private coach and guide for a full day tour of Budapest. We cross the Danube on the Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island) and drive to the foot of the Royal Castle Hill where we take the funicular up to the top of the hill. We take a short walk of the Fisherman’s Bastion (exterior) and the Matthias Church (interior) which is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Founded in the 13th century, and officially known as the Buda Castle Church of Our Lady, it was used by the Turks as a mosque and was later almost completely rebuilt in the Baroque period.

Next, we go up to the Gellért Hill (Photo stop) where you have a great view of whole Budapest. From here we cross Elisabeth-Bridge and drive towards Heroes’ Square (Promenade) on the Andrassy Avenue. Passing by the Parliament, the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica which we will also visit from inside:  St. Stephen’s Basilica, in Hungarian Szent István-Bazilika, is a catholic basilica located in the center of Budapest. At first, the structure was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron of Austria, but the plan was changed and the church was named after Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Allegedly his right hand is preserved in the reliquary of the basilica. Today, St. Stephens’s Basilica represents the third largest church in Hungary. Many sculptors have contributed to the inner decoration of St. Stephen’s Basilica; more than 50 different types of marble were used to shape several sculptures.

The tour ends at the hotel.

Day 3: Half Day Budapest City Tour (Breakfast & Market Tasting included)

Dec 11, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel

4 hours coach and guide

Morning city tour visit the Great market hall with small tasting

Salami & Cheese Tasting at the Grand Market Hall : Salami tasting in the Grand Market Hall, incl. Different types of sausage, ham, salami, bread, fresh vegetables, mineral water

Ticket for the Panorama tram Nr 2, one way

This morning after breakfast, we meet our coach driver and guide for a half day market tasting tour.

Exploring Budapest through its market is an excellent way to get to know the city. The Great Market Hall is one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets. Here you’ll get acquainted with Hungarian cuisine through a great variety and abundance of local and seasonal ingredients which are on display. Your guide will introduce the history of the building, along with the culture of food and drink and the everyday cooking and eating habits of Hungarians. The tour also includes a ride with the well-known Panorama tram Nr 2, The tram line was established after WWII and runs between Jászai Mari Square and Közvágóhíd passing numerous Budapest sights. Since a significant part of the route goes along the bank of the Danube, we can also enjoy the most beautiful panorama. The Buda Castle, Gellért Hill, and Citadel seem to be within arm’s reach, but the Danube flowing slowly can make your heart pound.

We end the tour at our hotel.

Day 4: Budapest City Tour (Breakfast included)

Dec 12, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel

We will check out of the hotel at 10:00 am. At the designated time, transfer to the cruise pier, boarding at 15:00.

 

Rates are $1,575.00 per person based on double occupancy. The single supplement is $350.00.

 

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