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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 countrysides 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. 

Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

2. Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal

Your half-day tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Enjoy a drive to the Etyek wine region, just a half hour outside Budapest. En route you’ll learn about Hungary’s fascinating history and hear about the country’s long and rich wine tradition. After arriving in Etyek village, you’ll visit 2 unique wineries. These small, family owned boutique wineries produce about 15,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. Tour the cellars and taste 4 wines at each of the wineries. Finish the day with a rustic, 3-course home-cooked meal. Savor classic Hungarian dishes and discuss your wine discoveries as you enjoy your meal, perhaps enjoying some wine with your food. After the tour and meal, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

3. 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.  Before the tour, get time to enjoy a 3-course lunch before continuing on to the magical artist’s village of Szentendre, where your guide. 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, return to Budapest. In the summer, you'll return by boat (weekends only) or from October to April, you'll return by coach.

Lake Balaton and Herend 9-Hour Tour from Budapest

4. Lake Balaton and Herend 9-Hour Tour from Budapest

This 9-hour tour from Budapest takes you on a discovery of Herend and Lake Balaton. You first head to Herend, where you will visit the world’s largest porcelain manufacture, founded in 1826. After a guided tour through the rooms you'll be treated to a coffee and can choose to go shopping. Next you will drive to Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, and see the abbey founded in 1055 on the Tihany Peninsula. After a lunch break and some leisure time you'll go to Balatonfüred, home to the oldest spa in Hungary, where you can walk along the famous promenade. At the end of the tour you'll return to Budapest.

From Budapest: Etyek Half-Day Wine Tour

5. From Budapest: Etyek Half-Day Wine Tour

Following a pick–up at your accommodation in Budapest or other convenient location, meet your guide and hop into your vehicle. Then, spin onward to the little Hungarian village of Etyek to begin your tour. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views over the rolling hillsides, home to some of the youngest and fastest developing vineyards in Hungary. During your tour, see traditional vineyards and wine cellars, meet with friendly local winemakers, and experience the authentic, warm Hungarian countryside hospitality. On the way, sample locally made Hungarian sparkling wine and gain insight into the delicate flavors in your glass. Learn of the region’s burgeoning wine making culture and listen as your guide sheds light on the processes in place. Then, enjoy a fabulous cold plate of famous Hungarian delicacies before returning in comfort to your Budapest hotel.

Budapest: Wine and History Day Tour with Lunch

6. Budapest: Wine and History Day Tour with Lunch

Explore Hungary's largest basilica, get panoramic views of the Danube bend, and taste the best wines of the region in a family-run vineyard. Dine in a local restaurant for an authentic Hungarian dish, before sampling traditional Palinkas. Begin with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. From there, enjoy the 45-55 minute drive to the Neszmély wine region through the hilly landscape of the Pilis Mountains. After arriving in the village of Kesztölc, you'll visit an exceptional family-run vineyard, known by wine lovers for its unique organic and traditional wine selection. The winery produces a small amount of wine each year, which is mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. You'll tour the cellar and taste 6 wines from their selection with traditional snacks, as the wine-grower provides explanations and answers your questions about the hard work of making wine. Next, go to the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest basilica in Hungary and the 4th largest in Europe. After admiring the magnificent sculptures and frescoes of the church, it is worth climbing the stairs up to the dome. From up there, the view over the Danube Bend is breathtaking. From the basilica, you'll take a short walk to the restaurant Csülök Csárda. The restaurant itself has a long history, with its cellar having been built in medieval times. It will be there you will have lunch, which will consist of the country's favorite traditional dishes. The restaurant also has a great selection of the Hungarian spirit "palinka". Your guide will explain the origin and making of this strong drink before you finish your day with 3 samples of different flavors from palinka. Following your authentic lunch, you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

7. From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

On this unforgettable tour along the Blue Danube you will make scenic stops in Visegrád, Esztergom, and Szentendre. In Visegrád: walk close the 750 year-old stones of the former Royal Residence (entrance fee not included). Learn about life in the Middle Ages, and enjoy the fascinating panorama of the Danube valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, stands the center of the Catholic Church. Visit the largest cathedral in Hungary which is also the burial place of the country's most famous cardinals such as Primate József Mindszenty. Afterwards, glance across the river and enjoy the view over Slovakia. On the way back stop by the artist's village of Szentendre. It is a small baroque city at the gate of the Danube Bend, at the meeting place of the river Danube and the Pilis mountains, situated in a beautiful natural environment. Walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins and go up the narrow streets to the panorama point and look out over the Danube. Enjoy the special atmosphere of this village.

Estergom: Highlights Walking Tour

8. Estergom: Highlights Walking Tour

Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. We will explain what is so special about Saint Stephen Square, as well as retelling fascinating facts and legends from around the area. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings and corners of Estergom. Your local guide will show you what is special and unique about living in this city. The tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of it.

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. 

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Central Transdanubia

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 636 reviews

Really enjoyable experience. Was nice to see some of Hungary outside of Budapest. Provide lunch was good. Lots of wonderful photo opportunities as well. The picturesque village at the end was particularly beautiful.

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!

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

The views were truly amazing, lunch not worth mentioning. A great alternative to get out of the city!

This was a great tour and our guide, Atilla, was fantastic, very knowledgeable and funny.