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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.

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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. 

Hungary: Full-Day Private Danube Bend Tour

10. Hungary: Full-Day Private Danube Bend Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the Danube Bend on a full-day excursion that takes you along the Blue Danube from Budapest. Visit Hungary’s largest basilica in Esztergom, the center of the country’s Catholic church. Admire the views of the Danube Valley from the former royal residence at the top of Visegrád Hill. On the way back you’ll stop at the Baroque settlement of Szentendre, and take a walk along the narrow cobblestone streets. You’ll have time to browse the many shops offering handicrafts and souvenirs. The route and duration of the tour are flexible and can accommodate your interests. Note that entrance fees and lunch are not included in the tour price. Boats operate from 1 May through 30 September, except on Mondays. During the summer it’s also possible to return to Budapest by boat.

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What people are saying about Central Transdanubia

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 158 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.