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Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

1. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

Visit St. Stephen's Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. The program for the concerts, depending on the day, is the following: Requiem: • W. A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor k 626 • I. Introitus - Requiem • II. Kyrie • III. Sequenzia - Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis, Lacrimosa • IV. Offertorium - Domine Jesu • V. Sanctus • VI. Benedictus • VII. Agnus Dei • VIII. Communio - Lux Aeterna Ave Maria Air Alleluja I: • J.S. Bach - Toccata, Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Largo from winter • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • C-M Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1 • F. Liszt - Ave Maris Stella • T. Albinoni - Adagio • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W. A. Mozart - Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate Ave Maria Air Alleluja II: • J.S. Bach - Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Adagio • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Winter • H. Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in Earth • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • Vivaldi - Violin Concert G Major • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Sibelius - Impromptu • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Lacrimosa, Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

2. Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest and explore many historically and culturally important sites on this city cruise. Customize your experience with your favorite drinks by choosing the option that suits you, including wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. The unforgettable atmosphere will be guaranteed by live salon music performed by three musicians from the award-winning Rajkó Folk ensemble. Often cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Budapest is even more stunning from the river. The Buda side is made of a string of World Heritage sites stretching from the Chain Bridge to the Technical University, and includes the Gellért Bath, Mt. Gellért with its Freedom Monument and the Citadella, the Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On the opposite side of the river, you can marvel at iconic buildings such as the House of Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy drinks in the air-conditioned cabin and then head to the open-air upper deck to admire the panorama of Budapest by night. The performance also features a marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The combination of string instruments and the cimbalom provides a uniquely Hungarian, unforgettable harmony and an outstanding atmosphere on-board. Wish to hear your favorite popular song in a whole new adaptation? During the performance, guests will have a chance to request their favorite songs.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

3. 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 "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

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

4. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Feast on a sumptuous dinner buffet as you cruise by boat along the Danube River in the romantic atmosphere of Budapest at night. Listen to live music, and see the city's illuminated skyline as you go. Enjoy the evening views of the city accompanied by live music, while having a romantic dinner on board. Start and end your journey at the Academia ferry terminal. Spot sights like the iconic House of Parliament, the historic Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill. Relax while listening to live salon music is performed by 3 members of the Rajkó Folk Orchestra and Ensemble. The performance will feature the marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The unlimited buffet dinner includes: Soups: Alföld style Goulash soup, vegetable brothSalad: Fresh seasonal salad with two types of dressingMain courses: Traditional chicken paprikash, Roasted pork with grilled vegetables, Stuffed cabbage Hungarian style, Eggplant tower in tomato sauceGarnishes: Dumplings, Grilled vegetables, Hash brownDesserts: Homemade strudel selection, Trifle Drinks: one welcome drink and a glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink. You will also be given a complimentary bottle of water.

Budapest: Hungarian Folklore Dance Performance & Concert

5. Budapest: Hungarian Folklore Dance Performance & Concert

Hungary is a country known for the art of folk dancing. It boasts its own college dedicated to the study of folk dances, and you can see this expertise firsthand during a 1.5-hour folk performance. You will witness a varied repertoire of music and dance by the Rajkó Folk Ensemble. Through the dance-theater performance, you will witness a fascinating insight into the costumes, music, and dance heritage of Hungary and its former empire. Revel at this inspiring and talented collective of artists who have entertained all over the world. Each concert starts at night and consists of two halves of 40-45 minutes, with a break for intermission. Founded in 1950 the Rajkó Folk Ensemble's members have been dedicated to staging authentic Hungarian folk dances and preserving Hungarian folk traditions as a professional folk ensemble for more than 70 years. The choreography is based on authentic dances, some collected from isolated villages and dating back hundreds of years.

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

6. 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.

Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

7. Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest and is the venue for the organ concert. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous and talented concert and oratorio singer in Hungary. He received the Liszt Ferenc prize, Merit of Art and the Kossuth Prize. Flute performance is added to the concert as well, it is played by Eleonóra Krusic who had been playing many times and in many orchestras in Hungary and abroad during the last years.  Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasie in F minor K 506 Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pietà Signore Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio Liszt Ferenc (1811-1886) - Camille Saint-Saёns (1835-1921): Legend in A major (St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Prayer of Fiesco from opera Simone Boccanegra Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Polonaise, Minuet and Badinerie from Suite in B minor BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 I Category ticket - row 1 to row 6 II Category ticket - row 7 to row 16 III Category ticket - row 17 to row 26

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

8. 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 chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

9. 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

Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

10. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on this evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and gypsy music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne for a perfect evening out.  Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free option available), stunning views are on the menu too.  See the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transform the capital at night.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 315 reviews

We really liked the experience. The boat is spacious, the bathrooms are clean AND the tour is perfect. The view of the monuments is incredible. We were very lucky with the location because we went to the end of the boat, although I am sure that from the side you also have very good views. The only thing that I did not like is that we had problems with the meeting point, since what the GPS showed was wrong. Still we found it and everything went great The very nice musicians I would repeat

The staff was very friendly, the food was very good. In addition, the ship's band also fulfilled personal music requests, but was never intrusive. The ship's route leads past a number of the city's sights, thanks to an outdoor area you can spontaneously switch to the outdoor area at any time during the meal (inside), for example to take photos. A very nice, tasty and memorable evening.

The quality and musicianship was like that of any renowned symphony. But to hear such music in this immense, gorgeous and amazingly acoustic cathedral was a lifetime experience.

Relaxing, scenic cruise with excellent service, food and music. Highly recommend taking this cruise.

Lovely staff, brilliant entertainment and fantastic scenery