Explore Budapest, a unique city famous for its spas, countless historical monuments and excellent Hungarian cuisine. A city of spas, museums filled with treasures, magnificent architecture and parks brimming with attractions. The most beautiful part of the city - the old town - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and allows breathtaking views of the city. It is often called the 'Pearl of the Danube'. Meet some of the locals in one of the typical coffee houses and enjoy the town's charming atmosphere.
The Queen of the Danube Budapest, often described as the Paris of the East, with its extraordinary location on the Danube is definitely one of the most exciting cities in Europe.
Budapest is not only the capital of Hungary but also the country's cultural centre of music and art. With its rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage, Budapest has managed to maintain its magic and charm. It has also been called the 'City of Spas', as there are a dozen thermal bath complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs.
Known as Hungary's 'cultural centre' of music and art, its rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage has enabled the city to maintain its magic and charm across the ages. A visit to one of the famous city caves, castles, museums, and quirky street art all are on offer in the city. You are sure to take away treasured memories from even the briefest of visits to this magical city.
Offering over 150 discounts on restaurants, spas, exhibitions and more, the Budapest Card also includes free access to public transport. Valid for either 48 or 72 hours, prices start from £28pp (48hr). Don't forget to add the Budapest Card to your booking!
24 hours in Budapest
Take breakfast at the romantic Gerloczy Kavehaz Café, offering a 'taste of Paris' in Budapest. Then, Castle Hill in Buda is a great way to spend a morning discovering Buda Castle which houses three large museums including the fascinating Hungarian National Gallery. Matthias Church and its Rococo spire is one of the best known landmarks in the city. A visit to the Fisherman's Bastion, which offers great views over the city, is a must - why not lunch in the restaurant here which offers traditional Hungarian cuisine? Then, take the funicular railway down to Chain Bridge for more great views.
Spend the afternoon in one of the many thermal baths on offer in the city. The Széchenyi Baths are ideal and feature 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools. If you would prefer a more active afternoon, you could indulge in a spot of shopping at the Váci Utca - a mecca for fashion, souvenirs and window shopping. To round off your day, a dinner cruise on the Danube lets you enjoy the full impact of Budapest's stunning illuminated buildings at night.
For a cost-effective sightseeing tour of all the best attractions, purchase a single ticket for Tram No.2!
Places to see
Margaret Island: Situated in the middle of the River Danube, the island is the perfect location for picnics and sunbathing. It provides a peaceful hideaway with large gardens and flowery fields - look out for the 'musical fountain'.
St. Stephen's Basilica: This Roman Catholic basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified right hand is housed in the reliquary.
Fisherman's Bastion: A mock bastion, built during the 19th Century, featuring pointed towers and turrets. It also offers some great views of the city.
Gödöllö Castle: 32km north-east of Budapest is a beautifully restored Royal Palace and was the favourite residence of the former Habsburg Queen Elisabeth.
Things to do
Hop on Hop off tour: Experience the delights of Budapest on this guided hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Take in some of the city's main sites like the Parliament, Museum of Ethnography, Heroes' Square, Museum of Fine Arts, Vajadahunyad Castle, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Royal Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, Hungarian National Gallery and the Citadel. Prices start at £18pp.
Half-day city tour: Pass by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube over the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Here you will have some free time to yourself to visit the Fishermen's Bastion and the Mathias Church. Your tour will continue to the Gillert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge from where you will drive towards the Heroes' Square. Passing by the Opera and St Stephen's Basilica you reach the Hotel Intercontinental where your tour ends. Prices start at £25pp - includes local tour guide.
Buda Castle: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site with many interesting attractions, museums, restaurants and shops.
Did you know?
There are many caves and cellars in Budapest and some are open to the public. The Castle cave was used as a battle station and a storage facility during World War 2.
Four nights in Budapest, plus river cruise and Gödöllo Palace
Experience Budapest from a different perspective during your stay, with a relaxing 1.5 hour river cruise along the Danube. Enjoy a complimentary coffee, tea or soda, and watch spellbound as you glide past some of the city's highlights including Parliament House, Gellert Hill and the medieval spires, turrets and towers of the UNESCO-listed Castle District. Then, on another day, step back into Hungary's imperial Hapsburg era on a fascinating 4.5-hour tour. Leave Budapest behind to visit the Baroque country palace of Gödöllo, the beautiful summer retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph I and wife, Elizabeth (Sisi), in the 19th century. See its opulent interiors and learn the royals' secrets from your guide. Next, continue to a traditional Hungarian farm to enjoy complimentary 'pálinka' and Hungarian scones, plus a horse-drawn carriage ride. As a finale, watch an exciting Hungarian horse show featuring daredevil stunts and equestrian contests.
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Weekly departures available, April to December 2016 - please call with your preferred dates
Return flights from London to Budapest
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