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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F). The complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and a steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

2. Budapest: Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube River. A welcome drink will be waiting for you on board before departure. You will be served a 4-course meal and enjoy the entertainment of 2 pianists in a unique piano battle show. The hostess on board provides commentary about the melodies played during the piano battle. The cruise begins under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side. You’ll head towards the Margaret Bridge where the boat turns and cruises to the last bridge of the city. At this point you’ll be able to see the National Theater and the Palace of Arts. From here, the boat turns once again and heads back to the starting point. During this cruise you’ll have views of many monuments and landmarks, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, the National Theater, the Palace of Arts, the University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, the Ministry of the Interior, Kossuth Square, the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Statue of Liberty. Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams; Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup / Seasonal cream soup; Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles / Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil / Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce / Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion / Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar; Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis / Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Budapest: Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks

3. Budapest: Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks

Step back in history to medieval times with this fun and unique 3-hour experience that brings the past to life in the atmosphere of a medieval tavern. No detail has been left out, and there’s plenty to enjoy during the medieval show that accompanies the evening. See swordsmen, jugglers, and belly dancers, all performing to music.  After your arrival at around 7 PM, start the evening with a welcome shot. Continue your meal at 8 PM as the artists start the spectacle. While enjoying the show, feast on a delicious Hungarian meal of your choice: Lancelot's Challenge: Huge Angus beef rump steak slices with cheddar, bacon, onions, bean with foiled potatoes with sour cream and garlic. This menu also includes a welcome shot of apple Pálinka (schnaps) and 0.5L of draft beer. (includes lactose).  Butcher's Sword: Tomahawk steak coated in spices with cheddar cheese and sauce. This menu also includes a welcome shot of apple Pálinka (schnaps) and 0.5L of draft beer. (includes lactose, gluten, celery, mustard, and nuts).

Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

4. Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

Spend a day at the 450-year-old Rudas Thermal Bath and relax in the warm thermal waters. Enjoy the spa facilities including the sauna area, a 42-degree thermal pool, an 11-degree plunge pool, as well as a panorama pool.   Then head over to the bistro and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from the a la carte menu. Select the wine or champagne options to complete your meal with a drink.    Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Danube River and the cityscape. Enjoy this unique wellness adventure, in the heart of Budapest.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

5. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for an exclusive dinner cruise through Budapest. Sail along the majestic River Danube and enjoy a meal prepared by the ship's chef. Enjoy live gypsy music and the folklore performance throughout this exciting evening. Experience an enchanting evening in Budapest as you sail along the Danube. See the sights as you tuck into a meal of local and international food, then sit back and relax with live gypsy music and an authentic folklore show by professional dancers. Join a night dinner cruise that divides the once-separate cities of Buda and Pest in the most beautiful capital city in Europe. Dinner Menu: Starters: 1. Amuse-bouche 2. Buchée bites filled with traditional spreads Soups: 1. Hungarian Goulash Soup 2. Seasonal Cream Soup Main Courses: 1. Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce 2. Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil 3. Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion 4. Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles 5. Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Desserts: 1. Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce 2. Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis 3. Cheese plate The 2-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Dessert The 3-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert The 6-course menu includes the following menu items: 2 Starters + 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert + 1 Cheese Plate

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

6. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River and explore Budapest from a different perspective. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you take in the city's sights and lights. Depart from the city center, board the Gróf (Count) Széchényi, the biggest vintage ship currently on the Danube. Marvel at its elegant wooden interior and designer carpets, the perfect setting for your travel photos. Make life-long memories as you sail along the river, taking in the sights. Admire the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel from the water. Relax and enjoy Hungarian specialties. Listen to live music performed by 4 members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites, and make sure to make a request for your party. The buffet dinner includes all the Hungarian must haves: Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional beef paprikash with homemade dumplingsHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie Tasting

7. Budapest: Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie Tasting

Get an introduction to the increasingly wonderful world of Hungarian wine with an annotated wine and cheese tasting experience in Budapest. Sample five top-notch Hungarian wines, paired with a selection of Hungary’s best artisan cheese and charcuterie, The sommelier-led tasting features a carefully curated selection of five great Hungarian wines, which together will give you a broad overview of Hungarian wine, including the history, the major regions, the important varieties, unique characteristics and styles, and promising trends. The final wine in the lineup will be a glass of sweet Tokaj aszú wine, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines (and an essential part of Hungary’s wine story). The tour's focus on indigenous Hungarian grape varieties and unique local styles means that you may taste wines that you have never even heard of before, and may not easily find elsewhere. The cheese and charcuterie are proudly sourced directly from producers. You will taste things such as Mangalica pork sausages, free-range water buffalo salami, smoked duck breast, grey beef sausage, and various styles of cheese.

Budapest: Boat Party on the River Danube

8. Budapest: Boat Party on the River Danube

Cruise along Budapest’s famous Danube River and see the city’s iconic sights lit up at night while drinking and dancing with international party-goers. Meet your friendly crew at the boat before you set sail along the river where an evening of fun awaits. During the cruise, sail past a selection of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks including the impressive Parliament Building, the National Theater, and everything in between the Margit and Lágymányosi bridges. Soak up the sights, and the epic atmosphere, as you dance to chart-topping hits while a professional photographer captures the night. You’ll also receive a selection of drinks to enjoy, depending on the option chosen when booking. At the end of an unforgettable experience, follow the cruise staff to your party bus which will take you to a downtown club where you will receive guaranteed entry.

Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

9. Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

Visit the best bars in Budapest on a wild night out in the city center, and discover the famous ruin bars along the way. The night includes a 1-hour open bar, drinking games, free shots, and VIP entry to one of the hottest clubs in the city! Meet interesting people from around the world as you join international party lovers on an exploration of Budapest’s nightlife scene. Your fun and helpful guides will show you the best of Budapest at night for a guaranteed great experience. Start the night with a 1-hour open bar. Then, visit several famous ruin bars with different themes. Enjoy free shots and special drink offers throughout the night, and break the ice with lively drinking games. Socialize with fellow travelers, get insider tips from your local guides, and have fun in the most extraordinary bars Budapest can offer. End the night with VIP entrance to one of the best clubs in Budapest, and dance the night away until the wee small hours of the morning.

Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

10. Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube River. You’ll be served drinks or a 2, 3, or 6-course meal and enjoy the entertainment of 2 pianists in a unique Piano Battle Show. The hostess onboard provides commentary about the melodies played during the piano battle. The cruise begins under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side. You’ll head towards the Margaret Bridge where the boat turns and cruises to the last bridge of the city. At this point, you’ll be able to see the National Theater and the Palace of Arts. From here, the boat turns once again and heads back to the starting point. During this cruise, you’ll have views of many monuments and landmarks, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, the National Theater, the Palace of Arts, the University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, the Ministry of the Interior, Kossuth Square, the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Statue of Liberty. Dinner Menu: Starters: 1. Amuse-bouche 2. Buchée bites filled with traditional spreads Soups: 1. Hungarian Goulash Soup 2. Seasonal Cream Soup Main Courses: 1. Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce 2. Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil 3. Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion 4. Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles 5. Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar Desserts: 1. Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce 2. Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis 3. Cheese plate The "Show with 3 Drinks Only" option includes 3 glasses of Wine or Beer or Prosecco or Soft drinks The 2-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Dessert The 3-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert The 6-course menu includes the following menu items: 2 Starters + 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert + 1 Cheese Plate

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What people are saying about Budapest

Definitely worth a visit, we loved the outdoor pools and the sauna was lovely after being out in the cold. We booked a cabin which was handy but they are very small! I forgot my towel so ended up buying one there, cost about £19 but it’s good quality. I would definitely recommend getting there early, we arrived around 9:30 and the place was empty. By the time we were leaving it was packed. They also have hair dryers which is really handy.

Absolutely worth it. Informative, extremely nice guide, great homemade cheese salami, homemade donuts and great wines!! Small groups, there were 6 of us, a couple from Copenhagen, one from New Zealand.. great people, good vibes. We would recommend to everyone. Absolutely worth the money !

A really nice place! It’s huge and even there are many indoor pools, the pool outside is the best. You can drink and/or eat something inside and there’s also a smoking area. You should take sandals and towel with you and I really suggest to rent a private cabin to keep your stuff safe.

Lovely place to spend time on your own or as a couple. Restaurant is fantastic. Experience was more beyond my imagination!

Our teacher Lily was lovely! A fun and quick workshop where you get three fresh and delicious chimney cakes.