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From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

1. From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip in English

On this unforgettable tour along the Danube, make stops in Visegrád, Esztergom, and Szentendre. Explore the architecture and history of the places you visit alongside a guide. See the Danube Bend and walk along medieval narrow streets. In Visegrád, walk close to the 750-year-old stones of the former Royal Residence (entry fee not included). Learn about life in the Middle Ages, and enjoy the fascinating panorama of the Danube valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, stands the center of the Catholic Church. Visit the largest cathedral in Hungary and the burial place of the country's most famous cardinals such as Primate József Mindszenty. Afterward, stop to enjoy the view over Slovakia across the river. On the way back, stop by the artist's village of Szentendre. It is a small baroque city at the gate of the Danube Bend, at the meeting place of the Danube River and the Pilis Mountains, situated in a beautiful natural environment. Walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins, and go up the narrow streets to a panorama point to look out over the Danube. Enjoy the special atmosphere of this village before the trip concludes.

Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

2. Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

This full-day tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countrysides in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád where you will learn about life in the Middle Ages while enjoying spectacular views of the Danube Valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. Cross the river and border into Slovakia to see the stunning view from the opposite side.  You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. Wander the narrow streets to soak up the magical atmosphere and catch panoramic vistas of the river. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Browse the shops of the village if you prefer, before the return journey to Budapest. Travel during the months of May through September and this will be on a magical boat cruise, a fitting way to arrive back in the city center. In case of low water levels, the return to Budapest will be by bus.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Folk Dancing and Drinks

3. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Folk Dancing and Drinks

Enjoy the evening views of Budapest on this Danube river cruise with live folk dancers and musicians. Have some wine, beer, prosecco, or soft drinks as you drift along the river. Embark on a Danube river cruise from Silverline Dock. Capture pictures of Budapest from the river. Dive into local culture with live performances of traditional Hungarian music and dancing. See the performer's colorful costumes. Let the dancer's teach you the basics of the songs and dances. Relax with three refreshing drinks. Return to the Silverline Dock at the end of your cruise.

Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

4. Szentendre Half-Day Tour from Budapest

Discover the artistic town of Szentendre (often referred to as the “Artists Village”) on a half-day tour of the Danube Bend. Following a pickup from your hotel in Budapest city center, continue to Szentendre to experience the nostalgia of the “Artist’s Village.” Travel back in time as you walk through the baroque town center. Pop into souvenir shops, and discover restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries in the many listed buildings. Feed your creative juices on streets beloved by artists since the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, climb aboard one of the scheduled public boats to cruise back to Budapest at leisure (May to September on weekends only). Disembark at the pier in Budapest city center for the end of the tour services. On weekdays and in winter, you'll return to Budapest by bus.

Danube Bend: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Budapest

5. 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.

From Budapest: Wine &History Day Tour with Lunch and Palinka

6. From Budapest: Wine &History Day Tour with Lunch and Palinka

Visit two countries in one trip! Explore Hungary's largest basilica, get panoramic views of the Danube bend, and taste the best wines of the region in a beautiful vineyard. Dine in a local restaurant for an authentic Hungarian dish, before sampling traditional Palinkas. Begin with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. From there, enjoy the 45-55 minute drive to the Neszmély wine region through the hilly landscape of the Pilis Mountains. After arriving in the village of Kesztölc, you'll visit an exceptional, charming vineyard, known by wine lovers for its unique organic and traditional wine selection. The winery produces a small amount of wine each year, which is mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. You'll tour the cellar and taste 6 wines from their selection with traditional snacks, as the wine-grower provides explanations and answers your questions about the hard work of making wine. Next, go to the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest basilica in Hungary and the 4th largest in Europe. After admiring the magnificent sculptures and frescoes of the church, it is worth climbing the stairs up to the dome. From up there, the view over the Danube Bend is breathtaking. From the basilica, you'll take a short walk to the restaurant Csülök Csárda. The restaurant itself has a long history, with its cellar having been built in medieval times. It will be there you will have lunch, which will consist of the country's favorite traditional dishes. The restaurant also has a great selection of the Hungarian spirit "palinka". Your guide will explain the origin and making of this strong drink before you finish your day with 3 samples of different flavors from palinka. Before or after lunch, you will be able to have a brief visit in Slovakia. You can see the basilica from the other side of the Danube river and take pictures on a 10-15min bypass. At the end of the tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Budapest.

From Budapest: Full-Day Danube Bend Bus Tour with Lunch

7. From Budapest: Full-Day Danube Bend Bus Tour with Lunch

Journey into Hungary's history, beginning with an optional pick-up at your centrally located hotel in Budapest. Head out in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, and start off by enjoying the remarkable city of Esztergom and the largest Catholic church in the country.  Before the tour, get time to enjoy a 3-course lunch before continuing on to the magical artist’s village of Szentendre, where your guide takes you on a walking tour. During the course of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to see Esztergom from another perspective during a photo stop in Slovakia. At the end of the tour, return to Budapest. In the summer, you'll return by boat (weekends only) or from October to April, you'll return by coach. In case of low water level, the return to Budapest-city center will be by bus.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Live Piano Battle Show & Drinks

8. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Live Piano Battle Show & Drinks

Enjoy romantic, candlelit evening views of Budapest accompanied by live music on this river cruise down the Danube. As you sip on your drink, enjoy a lively piano battle show and beautiful singing. Admire the skyline of Budapest against the starry night sky. Spot Budapest's famous Castle Hill with the iconic Buda Castle and admire the massive Hungarian Parliament building.

Budapest: City Lights Cruise with Glass of Premium Prosecco

9. Budapest: City Lights Cruise with Glass of Premium Prosecco

Cruise through downtown Budapest on the Danube River on an elegant sightseeing cruise. Discover the Hungarian capital’s most important buildings with a welcome glass of premium Prosecco or orange juice. Step aboard the fully refurbished sightseeing ship, and soak up the modern yet classic décor that has retained the luxurious feel of the 60s and 70s. Find a seat that suits you best, stay cozy in the enclosed deck or get some fresh air on the open terrace. Scan QR codes on the ship to reveal interesting information about the famous landmarks along the way. Listen to relaxing music and read the online tour guide. You can also purchase additional drinks from the stylish onboard bar. Take some fantastic photos from the water no matter what time of day you sail. Cruise beneath 6 of Budapest's bridges, admiring the views of notable buildings, including the illuminated Hungarian Parliament Building. Finish your tour by cruising back to the meeting point where you began.

From Budapest: Danube Bend Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

10. From Budapest: Danube Bend Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

Start your day in Budapest, where your guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned van and your adventure will begin. First, stop at a romantic little town in the Danube Bend called Nagymaros. Climb up to the scenic Julianus Lookout Tower, where you can admire the stunning panoramic view of the river. Look for traces of animals, learn about the tree species that inhabit the mountain, and ask your guide any questions you might have about Hungary. Enjoy a 5-mile hike in the calm and green forest before arriving at the riverside. Stop to enjoy a local hamburger or vegetarian lunch before setting out on the rest of your adventure. After a short lesson about safety, technique, and rules on the river, jump into your canoe or kayak and glide down the lovely and calm Danube River. Admire the beautiful mountains and see the famous Visegrád Castle from the river. If the weather is nice, stop at a nice, sandy beach and take a refreshing dip in the water. Finish your day with a beer or a refreshing soft drink at a hippie bar on the river bank before returning to Budapest.

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What people are saying about Danube Bend

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Well worth the money.Our trip was on a public holiday(26 December 2022) so many of the smaller stores in Szentendre were closed, but we were still able to explore the town and Marzipan museum(skipping the long tourist que ) and enjoy traditional cakes at the local coffee shop.Andras was a very informative guide, with excellent advice on other local attractions in Budapest. I would definitely recommend this tour if you want to escape the crowds in Budapest, and experience small town living.

Very nice our guide, Yolanda. I explain everything perfectly. The town is very pretty and picturesque. We were at the Christmas museum and the marzipan museum where you can find figures, buildings, paintings and many works made of marzipan. Almost everything in the town is shops, but it's worth it.

It included 3 stops at Eztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre, all with beautiful scenery. A very good meal was included.

Our guide was very kind! The town was beautiful and the pottery and hand made work was incredible!

Very informative guide! Thank you for showing this beautiful place.