From Budapest: Half-Day Tour to Szentendre
- Duration: 4.5 hours
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Robbie was our tour guide/driver and he was most excellent. He provided us with some great history and we saw some amazing sites along the way. He personalized the tour by telling us about his favorite places to go and where he grew up. Robbie could tell I was interested in taking pictures and would point out vantage points that provided the best camera angles. He was patient with all our questions and he never rushed us. I would highly recommend this tour, especially if Robbie is your guide. Szentendre is a quaint town by the water. and has a charm and artistic feel. And don't miss the Marzipan Museum - very cute. Robbie treated us to a cheese langosh, which was truly the most delicious. He found the perfect spot for our picnic. Robbie recommended other sights to see in Budapest and told us a personal story about his experience with the crown in Parliament which was very interesting. He even told me specific trams and buses to take to other villages similar to Szentendre.
The cycle tour along the Danube to Szentendre was interesting and fun. Our guide, Karoyl, showed us a number of the national treasures like St Stephens Basilica and House of Parliament but we also enjoyed riding through Margaret Island and seeing the more communists influenced outer suburbs. It was also lovely to wander around the quaint Szentedre streets at the end of the ride. Some level of fitness required especially in the heat of the day. Bikes were good standard and easy to ride.
It was an interesting tour through attractive scenery. Sadly it rained all day so the views were not as spectacular as they would have been on a dry, sunny day. The mini bus was comfortable and the guide spoke good English giving enough historical facts to keep our interest. We had a delicious 3 course lunch in a lovely restaurant with what would have been a lovely view had the weather been better. I would certainly recommend this tour but try to choose a dry day.
It was great to have to have a guide knowledgeable about the history of the towns we passed. It was a beautiful time of year. All pick ups were timely and it helped ThT Isztev was trilingual. I wish we would have had more time at each place and that we could have stopped at the castle.
I had a wonderful experience because I was the only one on the tour, and my guide Zoltan thoroughly educated me on the history of each region and ensured that I saw everything important and special.