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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. 

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

2. Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

Embark on a full-day, guided hike just outside of Budapest through the Danube Bend, including hotel pickup and drop-off via an air conditioned and comfortable van. A memorable day for lovers of nature and the outdoors awaits. Spend the day in the volcanic Visegradi Hills, where the memory of the old volcano still pervades. The volcano is no longer active, so there remains no danger. The starting point of the hike is at a tiny, romantic village on the coast of the Danube, called Dömös. Begin with the steepest climb of the day while you're still feeling fresh. After the climb, you'll find yourself on a ridge that offers beautiful panoramic views over the river and surrounding mountains. As you look around, check out the huge volcanic rocks that were left behind after the ancient eruption. After a few hundred yards more, climb to Predikaloszek, the summit with some of the best views in Hungary. This place is very famous among locals and visited the whole year through by nature-lovers. Stop for a snack at the lookout and take in the amazing scenery. After refueling, a nice and long downhill trek is waiting for you through a wild and untouched valley. During the descent, observe the power of water; see how it created ravines in the soil of the forest. Before starting your climb in the canyon, refill your bottles with clear spring water from water reservoirs. The Ram Canyon is a great adventure for all ages, boasting a nice cool climate, great depth, and waterfalls to climb with the help of ladders and rails. Head back toward the starting point filled with positive energy and unforgettable experiences. The whole hike is just over 11 miles; the trip is recommended for experienced hikes, but manageable for anyone who is in good physical condition.

Budapest: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

3. Budapest: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Budapest is maybe the most beautiful city the Danube touches, so it would be a shame to miss the opportunity for a river cruise. The panorama of the city is truly breath-taking and it is even more enchanting, if you happen to see it from a cruising ship on the Danube. Join us on this sightseeing tour and you will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history and culture of Budapest, while enjoying the amazing panorama of both sides. During the day, you can discover a lot more by cruising on the Danube. At sunset, the colors are changing and Budapest becomes kind of a golden „Eldorado”, as the dark blue sky and the illuminated buildings are reflecting the contrast.

Full-Day Danube Bend Tour from Budapest with Lunch

4. 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.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Folk Dancing and Drinks

5. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Folk Dancing and Drinks

Enjoy the evening views of Budapest on this Danube river cruise with live folk dancers and musicians. Have some wine, beer, prosecco, or soft drinks as you drift along the river. Embark on a Danube river cruise from Silverline Dock. Capture pictures of Budapest from the river. Dive into local culture with live performances of traditional Hungarian music and dancing. See the performer's colorful costumes. Let the dancer's teach you the basics of the songs and dances. Relax with three refreshing drinks. Return to the Silverline Dock at the end of your cruise.

Szentendre: Half-Day Private Tour from Budapest

6. 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

7. 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: Wine and History Day Tour with Lunch

8. 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.

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

9. 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.

Drinks With Piano Battle Show

10. Drinks With Piano Battle Show

Enjoy romantic, candlelit evening views of Budapest accompanied by live music on this river cruise down the Danube. As you sip on your drink, enjoy a lively piano battle show and beautiful singing. Admire the skyline of Budapest against the starry night sky. Spot Budapest's famous Castle Hill with the iconic Buda Castle and admire the massive Hungarian Parliament building.

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What people are saying about Danube Bend

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 613 reviews

It was an amazing experience. Benedict our tour guide gave us great historical back story of Hungary. The wine yard experience was truly awesome, we got to taste 6 delicious local wines and also some local cheeses. After a tour of the wine factory and some palinka, we went to the basilica and then a local restaurant to try a local dish. The food was excellent and after another 3 palnikas, Benedict took us for a couple photos from the Slovakian side of the Denube, and then we headed home happy and satisfied. I highly recommend this tour!

One of our favorite experiences ever! Gyuri is the best guide ever! He took us to an amazing, really well thought roote that we will never forget. He was patiently waiting for us whenever we sometimes got tired but he made it easy for us to continue with his spirit and quick breaks. He was quick to respond to any of our nature, history or roote related questions but also he gave us the space as a couple to enjoy the hike. if there was another planned trip with Gyuri we would def take part again! Thank you for everything Gyuri! 5/5

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

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