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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 Years' 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. 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 to 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. You'll be treated to a spread of food, starting off with freshly baked breadsticks and rye-rolls with butter, butterhead lettuce salad, and a cheese plate with local and French cheeses. Enjoy a house-made chicken or pumpkin cream soup. Moving on to the main course, choose between beef stew with buttered dumplings, pork chops with caramelized shallots and fried potatoes, or vegan paella with vegetables, served alongside sweet potatoes with herbs, cold pesto fusilli salad, and grilled vegetables. Finish things off with decadent pull-apart bread with walnuts and vanilla sauce. Please note the menu might be subject to change.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Great boat tour on New Year's Eve to Gellert Hill and back again, the turn of the year in front of the Parliament building was simply unforgettable. Otherwise very well organized, but departure is not until 10 p.m. Gastronomically there is room for improvement, small but sufficient selection at the buffet, self-service drinks, all in all perhaps a bit lacking in style. For us it was absolutely ok, we can recommend the trip. Many Thanks.

pleasant cruise

boarding was very easy, the tables were well prepared, the drinks at will, the cruise was very pleasant despite the cold outside to take photos. The negative sides are at the buffet level, it was a little small and without much choice for the world on board. The mist on the windows that did not allow to see outside. However we were seven and everyone was very happy with this eve.

Great experience, nice location, good food but not much choice. Welcoming staff. The tour lasted 3 hours as a forecast starting at 21.45pm and returning at 1.00am. No entertainment while waiting for midnight. A New Year and experience definitely worth trying. Danube and Budapest at night beautiful.

Great boat trip where you saw a lot!

The only criticism was the food, which was empty very quickly, so that not everyone got something. However, drinks were sufficiently available. Super and exuberant mood on the boat