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Budapest: 3-Hour New Year’s Eve Boat Cruise

1. Budapest: 3-Hour New Year’s Eve Boat Cruise

Take this opportunity to spend New Year's Eve on a boat in the middle of the Danube during one of the nicest evenings in beautiful Budapest. If you are longing for an elegant New Year's Eve dinner, Hungarian folk music, and a romantic full-dress evening, then please do not book this program. This will be a simple, informal New Year’s Eve boat cruise without any formalities or mandatory events. Due to the popularity of the program, you might be seated with other nice folks. (When you make the booking as a part of the group please indicate in the order.) There is no table reservation, and the cloakroom is also out of service for the night. The cruise will start at 9:30 PM and last until 2:00 AM the next day. After leaving the dock at Szent István Park, you will see everything on Margaret Island (Margisziget) that is worth seeing, then head south until the (new) National Theatre and arrive back at Parliament at around midnight. The Champagne will be prepared by that time, so you can enjoy the first moments of the New Year with a glass of Champagne. Following the Hungarian National Anthem, you will sail about half an hour to an hour in Budapest before returning to the port.

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

2. Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

Spend a magical evening as you feast on a catered candle-lit dinner aboard one of the most elegant and modern cruises in Budapest. Listen to live music, enjoy a festive welcome drink, and admire the city’s sparkling historical sites along the Danube River. Once you board the boat, be led to your table to receive your complimentary welcome drink. Then, sit back and relax as you enjoy your catered 4-course dinner while listening to live music performed by local Hungarian artists. As you dine, benefit from retractable windows that ensure the best possible photo opportunities of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, which shines like a topaz jewel at night. Continue along the waters and marvel at the nighttime views of the enchanting Buda Castle, the grand Statue of Liberty, and the impressive Citadella on top of Gellért Hill. Sail past other famous landmarks along the river like Margaret Island, the Palace of Arts (MUPA), the National Theatre, and the Vigado Concert Hall. Glide under the illuminated Chain, Margit, and Erzsébet Bridges and watch as the Pest promenade comes to life with the sounds of street musicians and people dining on the patio-lined restaurants.

Budapest: Sightseeing Danube River Cruise Ticket

3. Budapest: Sightseeing Danube River Cruise Ticket

Your sightseeing cruise begins at Dock no.6 Mahart Terminal, where you’ll board the boat for the hour-long cruise. An audio guide is available onboard, in both English and German. There is one stopover during the cruise, and you can get off to see the sights of the city, taking your time, your ticket is valid for 1 hour. You’ll pass by the imposing building of the Parliament as you cruise along the Danube River, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Margaret Island as well. See the attractions of Castle District, including the Royal Castle, the Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On Gellért Hill you’ll see the Liberty Monument and the Citadel. The tour continues in a southerly direction, and you’ll have views of the bridges of Budapest, the National Theater, and the Palace of Arts. On the return cruise, you’ll see the universities of Budapest and the Central Market Hall, before the tour ends back at Vigadó Square, in the city center.

Budapest: Boat Tour - Panorama Cruises with Premium Prosecco

4. Budapest: Boat Tour - Panorama Cruises with Premium Prosecco

Cruise thorugh downtown of Budapest on the Danube and discover the Hungarian capital’s most important buildings on this cruise. Select a daytime tour with a Hungarian craft beer or homemade lemonade welcome drink or an evening tour with premium prosecco or homemade lemonade. Step aboard the elegant, fully refurbished sightseeing ship, and soak up the modern yet classic décor that has retained the luxurious feel of the 60s and 70s. Find a seat that suits you best, stay cozy in the enclosed deck or get some fresh air on the open terrace. Scan QR codes on the ship to reveal interesting information about the famous landmarks along the way. Listen to relaxing lounge music and read the online tour guide. Have the option to purchase a drink at the stylish onboard bar. Take some fantastic photos from the water no matter what time of day that you sail. Finish your tour by gliding back to the meeting point where you began.

Budapest: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Drink Options

5. Budapest: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Drink Options

Hop on the Daylight Cruise and discover the gorgeous Hungarian capital while sipping your favourite drink. Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest, and explore many historically and culturally interesting spots. There is a wide range of tasty long drinks and local craft beers with a brilliant panorama. After a short tour of your own, board the Budapest sightseeing Danube river cruise. Enjoy the lovely panorama of the Danube river from a perfect point of view, the river.  Select the drinks option that works best for you and relax as you set sail. The ship will be cruising for 90 minutes, showing you most of Budapest's highlights. You will sail out from the city center, heading north to see the Parliament and Margaret Island. After a quick turn, you will sail under the Chain Bridge and by the Buda Castle, the wonderful Castle District with the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. On your right you will also see the Fisherman's Bastion, the charming Mathias Church and the Gellért Hill. On your left the stunning view of the Hungarian Scientific Academy will be visible. As you sail down, the color changing building of the Palace of Arts will be revealed alongside the National Theatre Hall. Here the ship takes a turn and climbs back all the way to the starting point. As you are getting ready to depart, enjoy the last sips of your drink, and get ready for an amazing day ahead. Long Drink menu for Cocktail & Cruise option: Cuba Libre Old Fashioned Mojito Pina Colada Sex on the Beach Tequilla Sunrise Gin Fizz Beer sampling list for Craft Beer option: Lager: Fóti Zwickl Wheat beer: Rizmajer Wheat Beer Hungarian Hoplager: Keserű Méz IPA: Flying Rabbit Porter: Flamand Porter or Fruit beer: Stari Black Currant Sample Wine list for Wine & Cruise option: Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection Hilltop Premium Merlot Juhász Blue Frankish Rosé Bodri Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée Bárdos Pincészet Pinot Grigio Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos

Budapest: 2-Course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

6. Budapest: 2-Course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

Join this cruise for a traditional Hungarian folk dance and musical experience. Enjoy a classic Hungarian meal as you take in the performance and admire the nighttime scenery. Wine and dine in an elegant atmosphere and become immersed in local traditions. As you take in the sights and the show, enjoy a 2-course meal of Goulash or seasonal cream soup, along with a tapioca pudding dessert, served with honey and forest fruit coulis, or enjoy a chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce.

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What people are saying about Margaret Island

Elegant river boat with very kind staff and amazing welcome lemonade (or beer). Budapest has the best panorama from the Danube and the boat's panorama deck let you enjoy the view without any disturbing obstacles. Recommended cruise and services!

Excellent experience, it allows you to spend a romantic and different evening by letting you fully enjoy the breathtaking views that Budapest offers at night. Great food, very nice staff and really very enjoyable music. Highly recommended!

A breathtakingly beautiful ship with a lovely crew. The drinks are delicious, elegant and beautifully served. You can tell they pay attention to detail and presentation, which is very rare nowadays!

Great experience overall, excellent service and delicious drinks

Quality of service was amazing. I really enjoyed my time.