Hungary - Best Tours & Trips 2019
Hungary, located in Central Europe, has become one of the leading tourist destinations on the Continent since it escaped from Soviet domination in the early 1990s. Its leading draw is Budapest, a stunningly scenic city split by the Danube and connected by more than a dozen bridges. The Hungarian Parliament Building on the Danube is one of Europe’s most beautiful structures, and the city also harbors Europe’s largest ... Read More
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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- Enjoy riding along the Danube Bike Path
- Discover the Old City in Passau
- Visit 'Donau Auen' National Park
- Enjoy a casual bike tour of the main sights and explore Budapest
- See the beauty of the swiss alps in person
- Take in the exciting nightlife of prague and berlin
- Explore history in vienna and budapest
- It's easy to be consumed by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food available for consumption is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either
- The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are iconic French institutions. Spend plenty of free time in Paris to see the major attractions as well the city's hidden gems
- Brussels is easily explored on foot and also has a great public transport system. Venture to the outskirts of the city and back without losing big chunks of your time
- Amsterdam has been developed with cyclists in mind, so hire a bike and hit the charming streets with the locals (just watch out for those canals)
- Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half
- Soak up the royal history of Krakow's Wawel Castle and step back in time with a stroll through its medieval main square
- Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague before stepping right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov
- Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful
- Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake
- The floating city of Venice is one place you’ll be happy to get lost in. The city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands lead to over 130 churches, all with their own distinct character
- Stroll vineyard-striped hillsides and taste wines from Hungary’s Lake Balaton to Goriška Brda in Slovenia.
- Hike Slovenia’s stunning Alpine scenery: from snow-covered peaks and glacially carved valleys to pristine Lake Bohinj.
- Discover medieval history at a floating grain mill and herders’ cone-roofed huts.
- Delve into the otherworldly limestone cathedrals of Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
- See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
- See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
- Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
- Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
- See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
- Helsinki Tour
- Danube Bend
- Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
- St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
- Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
- Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
- Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
- Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
- Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
- Iron Gates Gorge
- Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
- Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
- Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
- Discover Budapest
- Enjoy Danube cruise
- Experience the wine tasting at House of Hungarian Wines
- Explore and admire the collections of Budapest’s many museums
- Discover Italy
- Florence, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city
- City tour of Rome
- See the he Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world
- Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
- See the Innsbruck, time to stroll in the historic centre
- City tour in: Vienna, Budapest, Prague
- Boat: Danube River in Budapest, Vltava River in Prague
- Discover Austria and its exciting attractions
- Explore Frankfurt the historic center
- Explore Bratislava
- Explore Madrid city tour, stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring
- City tour of Barelona
- City tour of Rome, we have a scenic tour of the city
- Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
- City tour of Budapest, cruise on the Danube river
- Explore Prague and many other exciting attractions to cherish the moments
- Visit Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria
- Explore Salzburg, birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Discover the musical city of Vienna; home to many famous composers
- Admire the incredible architecture and experience a warm welcome in Budapest
- Get to know the captivating history of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
- Appreciate the architectural diversity in Prague
- Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg
- Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts
- Visits cities in four European nations
- Enjoy the beauty of river Danube.
- Cycle along the scenic paths of the Danube River Valley for an immersion into the cultures of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
- Discover the ancient history of Arabian horse breeding during a visit to an equestrian museum and stud farm
- With a local historian, embark on a walking field trip of the Old Town Bratislava to learn about its history and landmarks
- 7-night river cruise
- exclusive Imperial Evening palace event in Vienna
- visit to Vienna Prater
- bicycle ride along the Danube
- castle games in Slovakia
- lessons in making strüdel & marzipan
- magical Hellbrunn Castle & 'Sound of Music' sightseeing in Salzburg
- CITY TOUR in Prague, Vienna and Budapest
- VISIT St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna for a private visit, the old Hungarian capital of Esztergom, the UNESCO-listed Castle District and Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest
- VIEW the Presidential Palace and Old Town of Bratislava, the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna
- SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy an expert guided tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna with a group size of no more than 25 guests
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Top Hungary Experiences
Visiting Statue Park, where some of the only surviving communist statues remain
Walking across the Danube on Margaret Bridge, just as the sun was setting
Meeting fellow travelers and Hungarian locals at one of the most popular nightlife spots: Szimpla
Watching performances of traditional folk dances during Hungarian Independence Day festivities
Seeing the ancient ruins of Aquincum, a town founded by the Roman Empire
Walking up Gellert Hill and seeing the beautiful views over the Danube
Visiting a thousand year old Benedictine Abbey in Gyor
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Hungary Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Hungary, located in Central Europe, has become one of the leading tourist destinations on the Continent since it escaped from Soviet domination in the early 1990s. Its leading draw is Budapest, a stunningly scenic city split by the Danube and connected by more than a dozen bridges. The Hungarian Parliament Building on the Danube is one of Europe’s most beautiful structures, and the city also harbors Europe’s largest and hottest thermal baths. The countryside is dotted with historic villages, the Hungarian language is like no other in Europe, and prices are reasonable. It’s an essential part of any Central European tour.
Hungary is a unique country, essentially landlocked in the middle of Central Europe. Their national identity is a complicated one, from the failure of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to time spent under communist rule behind the Iron Curtain.
Budapest: A Crossroads of Culture
When visiting Hungary, Budapest must be a scheduled stop. The city, apart from being one of the most picturesque in Europe, is rich in fascinating history, reminders of which can be seen daily. A true crossroads of culture, Budapest mimics Paris in more ways than one. The cabarets and cafes at the turn of the 20th century were hotbeds for philosophy, music, and cutting edge writers.
With a history that includes the formation and collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, unique positioning along Eastern trade routes, and the native traditions of multiple Hungarian tribes who settled in the area in the year 895, the city has heavy influences from both east and west. Be sure to visit the National Museum in central Budapest to get a sense of how all these pasts connect.
There are multiple archictural sites to marval at in Hungary. The Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest is one of the most impressive architectural sights in all of Europe, inside and out. The Gellert Thermal Baths are an extremely popular destination for many reasons, not the least of which is the incredibly intricate Art Noveau influenced building.
Getting out of Budapest, there are castles, churches, and abbeys to visit to your hearts content. If you only see one though, try to see Pannonhalma, a thousand year old Benedictine Abbey. Located in the town of Gyor, it is a site to behold, and not just because the library looks distinctly similiar to a certain Beast's library in a certain Disney film.
Hungarian Countryside and Wine Country
Though most would think immediately of Tokaji, a specific type of dessert wine, Hungary actually has it’s own small yet thriving wine industry as well. Take a bus ride to Eger, a quaint, rustic town, where no frills wine tasting gives you a true sense of the the terroir and wine making process. A number of less well-known wine grapes originated in Hungary, making a wine country visit perfect for enthusiasts!
An Eery Day Trip
For a truly strange and haunting experience, take a day trip from Budapest out to Memento Park (also called Statue Park), where the largest collection of original communist statues and propaganda can be seen. While they were immediately removed from the city, they were not destroyed as most were. It has a “middle of nowhere” feel, and that is the point.
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