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Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

1. Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Start with a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Then you'll get out on the river to enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of the Danube River.  On this tour, you will be going on a sunset trip on your stand up paddle (SUP) board from Lupa Island all the way to Romai. You will be able to see some of the city’s hidden parts from the water and enjoy the sound of nature as you float by. This is also the perfect time to meet new people. The water is clean and the temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius during summer, so during the tour, it’s also possible to go for a short swim if you wish.

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

2. Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

Embark on a full-day, guided hike just outside of Budapest through the Danube Bend, including hotel pickup and drop-off via an air conditioned and comfortable van. A memorable day for lovers of nature and the outdoors awaits. Spend the day in the volcanic Visegradi Hills, where the memory of the old volcano still pervades. The volcano is no longer active, so there remains no danger. The starting point of the hike is at a tiny, romantic village on the coast of the Danube, called Dömös. Begin with the steepest climb of the day while you're still feeling fresh. After the climb, you'll find yourself on a ridge that offers beautiful panoramic views over the river and surrounding mountains. As you look around, check out the huge volcanic rocks that were left behind after the ancient eruption. After a few hundred yards more, climb to Predikaloszek, the summit with some of the best views in Hungary. This place is very famous among locals and visited the whole year through by nature-lovers. Stop for a snack at the lookout and take in the amazing scenery. After refueling, a nice and long downhill trek is waiting for you through a wild and untouched valley. During the descent, observe the power of water; see how it created ravines in the soil of the forest. Before starting your climb in the canyon, refill your bottles with clear spring water from water reservoirs. The Ram Canyon is a great adventure for all ages, boasting a nice cool climate, great depth, and waterfalls to climb with the help of ladders and rails. Head back toward the starting point filled with positive energy and unforgettable experiences. The whole hike is just over 11 miles; the trip is recommended for experienced hikes, but manageable for anyone who is in good physical condition.

Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

3. Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

Let yourself get swept away on this drive through Budapest’s best-loved places. Start in the heart of the city, where small, winding streets hide a thousand secrets. Enjoy the view of Gellért Hill on the other side of the Danube River. Then cruise through the Tabán and arrive at Buda Castle, where you'll be able to discover both the palace and the castle bazaar. Your driver is also your personal guide — sit back and enjoy his stories and insights. You can set the pace according to your preferences and interests, resulting in an unforgettable experience. Whether you've already picked out some places to visit, you're looking for some suggestions, or you want a customized tour, your guide will be happy to help you discover the beauty and pleasures of life in Budapest. You will also have the opportunity to get off the TukTuk whenever you would like to take pictures.

Budapest: Private Tour with a Local

4. Budapest: Private Tour with a Local

With this welcoming tour, transform your way of traveling to make it as much about the people you meet as it is the places you see. Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his or her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, discover the easiest ways to get around and learn about the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information needed to make the most of your stay.

Alternative Budapest Walking Tours

5. Alternative Budapest Walking Tours

Explore Budapest through its alternative cultures on a 3-hour small group walking tour of the sights and historical landmarks that other tours rarely show you. Go deeper into Budapest’s underground music, fashion and art scenes, and explore the present and future, rather than the past. Head away from the main tourist hangouts to explore Budapest's Jewish district, where the city’s alternative culture is kicking off. Just like East Berlin after the wall, Budapest's uncared for districts are becoming the places to be. Learn about, and visit, squats, cultural centers, abandoned synagogues and art galleries. Stop for a coffee or beer at an art and coffee collective, or a ruin bar-cum community center, bike workshop and analogue photography gallery!

Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

6. Budapest: Scenic Tuk Tuk Tour

Start out in the heart of Budapest and head to the top of Gellért Hill on a 2-hour tuk tuk tour. See the Citadel, the Philosopher's Garden, the Castle Garden Bazaar, the Chain Bridge, the Gresham Palace and lots more. Sit back and enjoy the commentary by your driver/guide as you take in the best of Budapest. If you've already chosen the places you’d like to visit, or want some suggestions, the tuk tuk driver will be happy to accommodate and show you the beauty of Budapest. The tuk tuk is equipped with a tablet for access to PocketGuide, the audio tour app, free of charge. And of course, you can also download it to your phone.

Budapest: Half-Day Exclusive Highlights Private Tour

7. Budapest: Half-Day Exclusive Highlights Private Tour

This is a super tour for those who want to see more of the city and do not want to miss the famous sights. Try a special discovery to visit all the sights and hidden spots. Tuk-tuk is a new way of seeing, feeling and experiencing the life of Budapest. Your driver will take you to the beautiful, hidden corners of Budapest that nobody else can reach. Let the tiny engine of the TukTuk carry you across the hidden corners of the capital, enjoy a glass of wine looking down on the city and get blown away by the night lights of Budapest with the wind in your hair - all during one trip. Just sit back and relax.

Budapest Private 4-Hour Photography Tour

8. Budapest Private 4-Hour Photography Tour

See Budapest in a different light on a 4-hour private photography tour and start your journey to master photography to rival famous Hungarian photographers, such as Robert Capa, Martin Munkácsy, Andre Kertész, and more. Your guide will teach you new tricks as you discover architectural gems, secret city scapes and portraits of Budapest characters. Explore the functions of your camera before putting things into practice. Start with a drink in one of the city’s legendary ruin bars in the Jewish District. Then, stroll the Budapest streets to learn how to capture Danube panoramas, street art, majestic Andrássy Avenue, and medieval Pest. If you are a complete beginner, your guide will focus on the most important settings of your camera. The more advanced can choose to focus on a specific field. Learn how to use shutter speeds, ISO settings, flash, and white balance in manual mode. Get tips on composition and framing, and learn when to utilize equipment such as tripods, external flash, lenses, and filters. You can also look into editing functions, such as raw or jpeg formats, pixel size, and even how to develop and exhibit your photos if you want to take things further.

Budapest: Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

9. Budapest: Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

Get off the beaten path and relax in nature on a hiking tour of the Buda Hills. Meet your guide in front of Széll Kálmán tér metro station. After taking public transport from the meeting point, the hike starts on the slopes of Normafa, where you’ll get the first amazing views of Budapest from above.  Follow trails through the woods and ascend gradually through the hills to the famous viewpoint, the Elizabeth Lookout Tower. Admire the splendid views, then continue to a small cave that is safe to explore. After passing an abandoned limestone quarry, you’ll reach the extraordinary Tündér-szikla (Fairy-rock). Descend the hills and take a bus back to the city, where your tour will end.

Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

10. Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

Discover one of the most significant periods in Hungarian history by learning about the Revolution of 1956. With your guide, explore sites of historical significance and learn about the communist era of Hungary. Historians still argue what to call the events that were triggered by a peaceful solidarity rally of Hungarian students with the Polish people on October 23rd, 1956. It has been described as a rebellion, revolt, uprising, popular uprising, revolution, counter-revolution, or War of Independence. Visit the site of Bloody Thursday in Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest. Little is known about the exact numbers of revolutionaries who were killed, but it ranges between 22 and 1000 or so people. See the former party headquarters of the Hungarian communist government. Make a stop at the statue of Imre Nagy the Prime Minister of Hungary, and leader of the Revolution, who was executed for treason in 1958 by Soviet forces. Visit Bem Square where 200,000 Hungarian students protested against Soviet rule in 1956 followed by a coffee in the iconic Bambi café. Go to the statue of revolutionary Sándor Petöfi a focal point where political gatherings took place in 1956, and still do to this day. See the building of the Hungarian Radio, one of the epicentres of fighting in 1956 - it was from here revolutionaries begged for help from the world.

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What people are saying about Budapest

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Paddle boarding was so much fun, we had never done it before but we got used to it very quickly. It was lovely to see Budapest from the river. The guides were so friendly and took lots of photos of us. The only thing we would change is we would have liked a bit more info before the activity. For example we didn’t know we could bring our things on board in a dry bag, if we did we would have brought water and something to eat. But it was a amazing trip.

We all loved the SUP tour on the Danube.. really beyond expectations!! It was a special experience to paddle right through beautiful Budapest past the parliament building. the instructor was friendly and helpful.. as far as we are concerned, the tour is definitely recommended.

Amazing experience in itself!! This is so good honestly. So much fun. Great tour guide. Only thing that let it down was the full address that it gave you wasn’t the correct place so we ended up walking a lot! However if you click the link - the location is correct

It was really fun, the guidors always made sure the weren't any people left behind alone for those that were struggling and they took pictures of us which was great since our phones were on the waterproof bags.

We had so much fun on this hike and our guide was great. It was an enjoyable day with great views just outside the city. It was a wonderful way to spend out last day in Budapest!