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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), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and 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: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

2. Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

Experience the natural splendors of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through Hungary’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition. No prior experience of caving is needed to get the most out of this adventure. Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary. In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 200 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 32 kilometers long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest. The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association). Enjoy the perfect activity for groups, families, or solo travelers looking to make some new friends. Bond through an interactive adventure, where cooperation can definitely make your way easier.

Budapest: Underground Cave Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Underground Cave Walking Tour

Venture away from the city’s beaten path to the Szemlő-hegyi and Pál-völgyi caves. Follow guides from the Hungarian Caving Association and get access to some parts of the caves that most tourists can’t enter.  Go 500 meters into the two caves, which feature an unusual up-welling of warm, mineral-rich water. Learn why the Szemlő-hegyi Cave is referred to as the underground flower garden of Budapest and see its unique rock formations. Explore the interactive exhibition and educational trail.  Continue to the Pál-völgyi Cave and marvel at Hungary's longest cave system, around 32 kilometers. Find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, and glittering calcite crystals.  Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves' many hidden exits.

Budapest: Margaret Island Day Spa Entry Ticket

4. Budapest: Margaret Island Day Spa Entry Ticket

Pamper yourself at the prestigious Thermal Margaret Island for a day. The spa is the wellness center of the Ensana hotel which is located in the middle of the biggest island on the Danube. Enjoy the natural surroundings and take a break from the hubbub of the city. With your ticket, you will have access to the extensive spa facilities including multiple indoor and outdoor thermal pools, the sauna. Enjoy the warm sunshine and the natural beauty of Margaret Island. With a total of 7 different pools and twelve massage rooms, your relaxation is guaranteed.

Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

5. Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

Your full-day trip begins with a comfortable transfer from Budapest to Kecskemét, the capital of Puszta. Enjoy a guided walk and take in the main sights and historical buildings of the city. Following your city tour you’ll continue on to an authentic Hungarian horse ranch,where you’ll be welcomed with a drink of Hungary’s traditional fruit brandy, known as pálinka.  Enjoy a horse carriage ride before lunch and a unique horse show. You’ll be served a 3-course Hungarian meal, accompanied by wine. After your meal, you’ll be transferred back to Budapest, where the tour ends. 

From Budapest: Lake Balaton Tour

6. From Budapest: Lake Balaton Tour

Visit Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and known to locals as the Hungarian Sea. Visit Balatonfured, the most important traditional bathing resort, located on the northern shore. Ramble along the tree-lined avenues and enjoy the ambiance of the 18th century villas. Walking along the yachting marina, you will enjoy the view of Tihany Peninsula. Take a boat for a 1-hour cruise on the lake. After lunch break (not included), you will stop for swimming on the way to Tihany. You will drive to Tihany Peninsula, a magnificent nature reserve at Lake Balaton. Admire the most amazing view of the lake from Abbey Hill in Tihany village then discover the inner lake and lavender fields. After this, you will return to Budapest where the tour ends in the city center.

Budapest: Transport & Guided Tour of Bear and Wolf Sanctuary

7. Budapest: Transport & Guided Tour of Bear and Wolf Sanctuary

Start your day of discovery at the allocated meeting point in central Budapest. Once here, you will meet your friendly driver and guide. After a short meet and greet, hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and commence the 45 km journey. Take in the splendid sights and sounds of rural Budapest and witness local village life on your way to the bear and wolf sanctuary.  Upon arrival at the sanctuary, your guide will take you on a personal tour of the compound, making sure you see everything there is to see and learn some fun facts about these magnificent creatures on the 2-hour tour. The bear sanctuary is a fantastic initiative that allows these animals to live in their natural circumstances, with plenty of space to roam and lots of lush bushes, lakes and trees. Not only will you see bears at the sanctuary, but also wolves! Witness how Brown Bears live in their natural environment, and even get the opportunity to feed them up close with a pot of honey. During your 2-hours in this place you will get to walk around the entire enclosure.  This tour is available to people of all ages and is a fun and informative day out for the entire family. After your tour of the sanctuary, you will take the scenic trip back to Budapest where you will be dropped off at the original pickup location.

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

8. 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.

The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

9. The Turquoise Sea of Hungary: Lake Balaton Private Tour

Marvel at the beauty of the lake on a scenic, 10-minute ferry ride to Tihany peninsula. Upon arrival, experience the beauty of the peninsula up close. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological idiosyncrasies, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated protected area in Hungary. On its smaller hill, a church and a monastery were founded as early as nine centuries ago. The tour includes a visit to the most famous abbey of Hungary, as well as to Balatonfüred, the capital of the northern shore. Balatonfüred was always beloved by artists and writers and for good reason; the pretty promenade and beautiful villas and mansions will very likely steal your heart. While there, your guide will show you one or two totally off-the-beaten-track treasures of the region. At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your hotel in Budapest.

Budapest: Beer Bus Sightseeing Tour

10. Budapest: Beer Bus Sightseeing Tour

Get onboard the first fully electric and eco-friendly beer bus and discover Budapest in a truly unique way while enjoying Hungarian draft beer onboard. Choose from 2 daily departure times and see panoramic views of the river Danube, the Buda Castle, and Heroes Square. Ride back and forth along Andrassy Avenue admiring the palaces and check out the city center with the Hungarian Parliament. Start and end the tour at Heroes Square in Budapest. Party with your friends as you indulge in Hungarian draft beer. Soak up the good vibes, listen to funky music, and marvel at the night lights.

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Excellent experience . Nice staff . Clean !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!everything'’’’’’’ is amazing ……………….,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,’magical !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Had a wonderful hike with guide Laszlo through the Buda Hills and to the tower for a beautiful view of the city. The day even included photos and a stop for strudel!

Easy to redeem voucher at the counter. Didn’t do the tour and they never gave us the option at the desk so I don’t know what it’s about.

Brilliant Experience, well worth the money. Do bring your own towels as they are not the cheapest to buy.

it was a wonderful walking tour! highly recommended!