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    Danube River cruise
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    CRUISE THE DANUBE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 23, 2014

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    We happened to be by the Vigado Wharf and noticed Boat cruises - departing soon!
    Our mind was quickly made up, our tickets were bought and we were on the boat.

    As it happened, this boat cruise was operated by the Giraffe Hop on/off Bus tours that include a free cruise. We were not part of that package, so paid for the cruise separately.

    The boat was old, not very clean, and when we were moving, had a strong smell of diesel - awful!

    The tour did the same route as all the other companies doing the short cruise. This wasn't a hop on/off tour, just a cruise with commentary beginning from Vigadó square. The view is great of Parliament House from the River and the Castle district. We went as far as Margaret Island before turning back.

    I wouldn't say this is a good cruise to do, I have been on many better! The diesel was enough to give a headache, so we moved as far away as possible.
    If we had our time again, we would choose a Cruise company that wasn't involved with a Bus tour.
    I thought the cruise was done to a price.

    I wouldn't use the Girrafe boat tour company again.
    There are plenty of cruise companies to choose from, so have a good look at the boat and see if it appeals before buying your ticket. The companies do the same route, only some go further.

    2013 - We paid 2100 huf for Adult ticket

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    Fantastic river cruise at night

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    There are several companies offering Danube cruised, but after doing some research I decided to book with Legenda, and I was not disappointed! This tour features a documentary available in several languages that tells you the history of Budapest through captivating legends. As interesting as they were, however, I must admit that I spent most of the cruise paying more attention to the incredible view of the city at night and taking countless pictures. The cruise took us beyond Liberty Bridge and then down to Margaret Bridge so we got to see the Gellert Hotel, Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Parliament all lit up :o) We decided to sit on the upper deck so we could have a clean view - there were plastic screens around the lower deck. We were offered glass of wine at the beginning of the cruise, which was a much appreciated touch. The one-hour long tour costs 5300 forints and we bought out ticket during the day - they sell them on the Danube Promenade, just look the Legenda booth. It was money well spent!

    In front of the Parliament Danube night cruise Parliament at night Budapest University of Technology and Economics Enjoying the cruise and the glass of wine
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  • New Year's Eve Party on the Danube

    by Zoe27 Written Oct 17, 2012

    If you're spending the New Year's Eve in Budapest there will be plenty of celebrations and programs to choose from, but if you go with the New year's Party on the Danube, you will be sure to have an unforgettable night.

    Enjoy a festive dinner prepared by one of Hungary's most highly regarded chefs, the world champion food sculptor, Attila Tanacs. There will be an open bar, live music, dancing and fireworks and the entertainment will be provided by the Hungaria Folk Orchestra.

    This is a whole night program inviting guests to ring in the new year with culture and stlye on board a Danube cruise ship.

    Program:

    Boarding from 07.00 pm. at Jászai Mari square, pier 1

    (If the meeting point would change by any unforseen event, we will inform you by email or via phone. Please be kind and on the ocassion of booking, fill the ’email’ and ’telephone number’ fields on the reservation form)

    (Please find the meeting point on the map attached)

    Welcome drink at arrival

    From 08.00 pm New Year’s Eve Gala dinner with open bar
    (spirits, beer, wine, champagne, mineral water, soft drinks, coffee, tea)

    Cruising from 23:00 to 00:30. At midnight champagne and buffet menu

    Performances

    Hungarian Folk Performance

    The Music Will Be Given by the „Zoltán Kodály" award - winning Rajkó Orchestra

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    The rest of the evening the boat will be docked at the port of Jászai Mari Square

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  • New Year's Chamber concert and Dinner Cruise

    by Zoe27 Written Oct 10, 2012

    Visiting Budapest during the holidays is sure to be a lovely experience. The Hungarian capital like all big cities shows a different face for this season. Browse the Christmas market, enjoy a mug of spicy, mulled wine, ring in the New Year at one of the numerous nightlife hotspots of the city.

    But spend the first day of the year with culture and class, with a chamber concert by Danube Symphony Orchestra at the gorgeous, ornate Danube Palace and have a special holiday dinner on board a Danube cruise ship admiring the city's winter panorama.

    The Chamber Concert starts at 17:30, and it is 70 minutes without intermission. Afterwards guests will be escorted to the ship by hostesses for a holiday buffet dinner.

    Please note that this is a package offer and the programs may be booked separately.

    PROGRAM OF THE NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
    BY THE DANUBE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

    01. 01. 2013.

    Kálmán: Czardas
    Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
    Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
    Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 5
    Massenet: Thais – Meditation
    Strauss: The Blue Danube - Waltz
    Kálmán: Devil - rider – Palotás
    Cymbalo solo
    Grinspun: Choric Dance
    Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
    Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese
    Monti: Czardas
    Strauss: Radetzky March

    The Danube Chamber Orchestra is lead by
    Tatyjana Rudnyitzky

    After our Danube Symphony Orchestra we would like to invite you to see the Budapest in the romantic atmosphere of a dinner by candlelight surrounded by the friendly lights of the Danube capital. After the end of the performance in the Duna Palota (Danube Palace), our hostesses will accompany you to of one of our ships, which will take you on a one and a half hours long cruise with an excellent warm buffet-dinner. In the romantic candlelight atmosphere you can enjoy the wonderful view of the city swimming in light. After dinner you can also admire the panorama from the open upper deck of the ship

    Cold entrées

    Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

    Soups

    Alföld style goulash with noodles

    Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles

    Main courses

    Mini stuffed cabbage

    Meatballs in tomato sauce

    Turkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauce

    Chicken Paprika

    Csongrád style pork slices in garlic sauce

    Garnishes

    Boiled potatoes

    Potato Lángos (Hungarian potato scones)

    Noodles

    Steamed jasmine rice with corn

    Grilled polenta with feta cheese

    Vegetarian

    Grilled vegetables

    Salads

    Vinegary potato salad

    Caesar salad

    Corn salad in dill and yoghurt dressing

    Cucumber salad with sour cream dressing

    Desserts

    Mini tiramisu cup

    Chocolate mousse

    Mini strudels

    Somló style sponge cake pudding

    Blueberry fruit cream with chocolate sponge cake

    Drinks
    1 Glass of wine (or juice) and 1 bottle of mineral water

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  • Dinner and Cruise with live music on Christmas Eve

    by Zoe27 Updated Oct 2, 2012

    (on 24th December, from 19.00 till 20.30)

    If you happen to be visiting Budapest during the winter holidays make sure you check out the Christmas Market and sip some mulled wine, but also consider spending Christmas Eve a little differently this year. Cruise on the Danube while enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner prepared by one of Hungary's most highly regarded chefs. Spend the holiday evening with your partner in a relaxing atmosphere or treat the whole family to this special holiday program. Let someone else take care of the holiday preparations for a change!



    The evening is held on board the Europa, one of the largest Danube day cruise ships in Budapest.

    Menu

    Soups

    Alföld style goulash with soup noodles
    Tarragon vegetable soup with noodles

    Main courses

    Mini stuffed cabbage
    Meatballs in tomato sauce
    Turkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauce
    Csongrád style pork slices in garlic sauce
    Chicken Breast Paprika

    Garnishes

    Boiled potatoes
    Potato lángos
    Noodles
    Steamed jasmine rice with corn
    Vegetarian

    Grilled polenta terrine with feta cheese
    Grilled vegetables

    Salads

    Corn salad in dill and yoghurt dressing
    Vinaigrette potato salad
    Cucumber salad with sour cream dressing
    Caesar salad

    Desserts

    Somló style sponge cake pudding
    Mini tiramisu cup
    Blueberry fruit cream with chocolate sponge cake
    Chocolate mousse

    The Christmas Eve Dinner & Cruise with live music starts at 19.00.

    Meeting point for Dinner & Cruise is inside the Danube Palace (Zrínyi Street 5.). Guests are requested to be at the meeting point latest by 18.30.

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  • Dinner and Cruise with live Gypsy music

    by Zoe27 Written Sep 4, 2012

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    This delightful Dinner Cruise departs from the Belváros, or downtown of Budapest. The meeting point is the lovely Neo-Baroque Danube Palace.

    Once on the boat you will cruise past some of the Hungarian capital's reknowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the Danube Embankment stretching from the Chain Bridge to the Technical University - an area containing the Gellért Baths, Mt. Gellért with its Freedom Monument and the Citadella, and the buildings of the Buda Castle.


    When the sun sets, you canb see a different face of the city, the busy metropolis calms quiets down a bit and gives way to the atmosphere created by the sparkling city lights. You've not seen Budapest unless you've seen it at night from the Danube. But don't come only for the view, come for the delicious buffet meal. They have Hungarian specialties, as well as international favorites and plenty of vegetarian options as well. The meal is prepared by Hungary's most highly regarded chef, Klöter Gregor-Grex.

    All during the trip 3 members of the famous Hungaria Folk Orchestra perform salon music.

    The cruise lasts 1,5 hours. It costs 10400 HUF, they have student tickets for 9600. It is money well spent for visitors to Budapest, because you get the panorama, the food and the music all in one program.

    You have the option of purchasing the tickets with drinks only (4200 HUF for adults, 3900 HUF for students)

    They have quite a a selection on their menu:

    Cold entries

    Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

    Soups

    Goulash soup “Hortobágy style”

    Vegetable ragout soup with noodles

    Warm main courses

    Stuffed cabbage rolls with sausage and sour cream

    Spicy marinated grilled chicken breast served with bacon and onion sauce

    Braised pieces of chicken thigh fillet in paprika sauce

    Pork spare rib roast in garlic pepper sauce

    Garnishes and vegetarian

    Fried polenta terrine with goat cheese and rosemary garlic oil

    Spinach noodles with mushroom in mustard cream sauce

    Mashed potatoes with deep fried onion

    Steamed rice with vegetables

    Noodles

    Salads

    “DP style“

    Cabbage salad with bell pepper stripes and garlic cream dressing
    “Caesar salad”

    Leaf salad with Parmesan cheese dressing and slices of grilled chicken breast

    “Grandmother’s recipe”

    Potato salad with onion, mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard dressing

    Seasonal fruit basket

    Desserts

    Creme caramel grated with strawberry chocolate

    Chocolate-peppermint mousse with egg liquor

    Home-made strudel

    Drinks

    1 Glass of wine (or juice) and 1 bottle of mineral water


    The meeting point is at the Danube Palace (1051 Zrinyi Street 5.) at 18:30

    information:www.ticket.info.hu

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    Cruise on the Danube

    by Dekeboo Written Nov 14, 2011

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    Purchase a ticket that includes the bus tours and the boat tour. This is a good way of getting an overview of Budapest. If you plan it well you can get a good insight into the place in just a day.
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  • Funny weekend + beautiful sightseeings in Budapest

    by funweekend Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I just spent a 3-night shortbreak in Budapest, and sure it was a good decision! I love this city and wanted to try out special things. I paid for a package with a great (but short) bus city tour - it is simple: you can see a lot from the many sightseeings, but you do not have to walk hours, of course there are some photstops, but the whole thing is not boring or tiring. In the evening I cruised on the Danube, where I had a nice dinner, and the illuminated city was very charming. Cause I love folklore I enjoyed the show on the ship (but there were several options: live music - not folklore - or there is the other one: the Operetta ship. It kind of worthes it, beacuse you can get a dinner, a show and a night cruise for reasonable prices. Next day I was on a half day tour in Szentendre (old artist village with narrow streets, by the river Danube - it is a must, if you are in Budapest!). Again I cruised on the Danube the way back, then went for shopping to the WestEnd Plaza (it is huge with many-many shops!!). I think prices are quite acceptable - as I am a fanatic shopper... At night I went with my friends for a party-night organized by a great company. They guided us to every place and took care of our safety! They even asked whether we want some nice-looking men to escort us! (But no thanks...) Last morning I went to Széchenyi Baths. This is a beautiful building, and has very good pools (fun and thermal water), not to mention the nice surroundings. It is in the city park, in the neighbourhood of Vajdahunyad Castle and the Heroes Square, which are highlighted parts of all city tours and recommendations. This was my package (it was really well organized, and I think I saw quite a lot and had a good fun in such little time!)
    If anyone is interested in this theme, exact places, recommendations, prices, just please write to me.I am always open to discuss shortbreaks, long weekends...

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  • Take a Scenic City Tour (by Boat)

    by Jetgirly Updated Mar 26, 2011

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    While I love a good double-decker bus city tour, I also have a soft spot for a tour by boat. Especially if it's cheap. Especially if it's free! City Tour Budapest offers hop-on, hop-off boat tours of the Danube, free for people purchasing their bus tours and discounted for anyone with a Budapest Card.

    Departing from Vigado ter, the tour passes by Parliament, visits Margaret Island and cruises past Castle Hill before ducking under further famous bridges to explore the newer south end of the city. It will return you to Vigado ter, or you can hop off and back off at your leisure (though free tickets are valid only for one complete loop). Unlike the giant cruise ships seen in some of my photos, you'll be cruising on a small boat with basic amenities. Departures very depending on the season so check the website. These cruises fill up fast, so get to the front of the line and head to the best seats as soon as you board- the few benches at the open-air section at the front of the boat.

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    Danube cruise

    by mvtouring Updated Jan 29, 2011

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    A must for those days when you are just so tired you cannot anymore, but know and feel you have to do some more sightseeing. I find this one of the best ways to see European cities as you see a part of the city you would otherwise miss. I just did not like to cocktail you were given on the cruise to welcome you abroad. The cruise takes one hour and you go around the Margaret island. Ticket was 9 euro in 2008.

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    Viking River Cruise sample day in Budapest

    by dustmon Written Jun 25, 2010

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    I thought I would show a typical day on board a Viking ship--we just went from Passau to Budapest on the Viking Sky in June 2010 with a total of 146 passengers and never felt crowded except at the one seating dinner on board. If you wanted your favorite table and server, as we did, you kind of have to be close to the doors when they open for dinner, from 7PM to 7:30.
    The Budapest day included---
    6-7AM early bird breakfast--coffee, juice and pastries in the lounge
    7AM Stephanie leads morning Qi Gong with interested guests
    7-9AM breakfast buffet and more in the restaurant
    8:30-12:30 Included Shore excursion tour of Budapest
    1PM Lunch on board
    2-6PM Included excursion to Caprice Diamond Center, Szentendre
    3:30-4:15 Tea time in the lounge
    5:30-7PM Cocktail hour in the lounge
    7PM Hungarian/Slovakian Dinner in the restaurant
    9PM evening entertainment---Hungarian folklore group
    followed by music and dancing by "Sasha"

    our ship, Viking Sky Birthday Celebrations on board
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    Day trip to the Danube Bend

    by bazsi79 Updated Apr 7, 2010

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    In case you would like to leave the city for a day, then it's worth going on a day trip on the Danube by boat. It is a really relaxing way to travel, and you can get to Hungary's nicest areas this way.

    The two nearer destinations available by boat are Szentendre (1.5 hrs) and Visegrád (2.5 hrs).

    Szentendre is a small town near Budapest with a nice, but usually crowded centre. It's a great destination if you like strolling in cobblestone streets, visiting old churches, shopping souvenirs and eating cakes and ice-cream.

    Others attractions here include a bunch of art museums and galleries, a public transportation museum (next to the station of the suburban railway - HEV) and the Skanzen, which is an open air museum displaying typical Hungarian houses (out of town, take local bus to get there).

    Visegrád is a good option if you like trekking, as visiting the Upper Castle (Fellegvar) requires a steep climb uphill. However, there are amazing views from the castle over the Danube, so it's worth the effort.

    Other attractions here include a bob track (open all year round) and a lookout tower close to castle on top of the hill, and ruins of an old royal palace downhill near the river.

    Esztergom (4 hrs) is further away along the Danube, so you will only have about 3 hrs to spend there before the boat is leaving back to Budapest. However, this time is still enough to visit its Basilica and the surrounding area. Why it might also be worth taking the longer trip to Esztergom is that the section between Visegrád and Esztergom is one of the nicest areas in Hungary, the "Danube Bend".

    If you would like to spend less time travelling and extend your stay in Esztergom with a few extra hours, you have two further options:

    1. Take a hydrofoil instead of a standard riverboat. It is much faster, but you will only be able to enjoy the views from indoors (while riverboats also have outdoor seating).

    2. Go there by train and then come back by boat (or vice versa), as trains are faster and leave at least once every hour. Furthermore, the route of the train is quite scenic as well...

    Boats to Esztergom leave from the piers near Vigadó tér, while the trains depart from Nyugati station.

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    Danube Cruise

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 28, 2009

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    Want to enjoy a pleasant cruise on the Danube? This cruise lasts about an hour and a half, and offers splendid views of the city. Mine was shortly after dusk, so we enjoyed night views of the Royal Castle, the churches, the Bridge of Chains, the Gellert Hill baths, and more.

    Note: It's very difficult to get really good photos from a moving boat at night. If your camera has a high-speed setting, I recommend making it VERY high. You'll probably get better results shooting things that are in front of or behind the boat, since there's a lot less lateral motion.

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    River cruise

    by mvtouring Written Apr 15, 2009

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    We decided to take a late afternoon river cruise. This time it was very different frm the first one I did here. It was lovely on the open deck boat and we could really enjoy ourselves as the boat slowly cruised down the Danube and we were told about all the lovely buildings along the rivers edge. I would definately recommend this to anyone.

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    Danube Cruise

    by easterntrekker Written Jul 28, 2008

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    This was a siper way to relax and see the sites.
    There are several cruise lines to choose from . Make sure you pick one with an open top area , for better viewing. It was a wonderful one hour cruise , with multi lang headphones to explain what you ar seeing. Great sites and information. It cost 2990 FT ( about $20.00)
    We chose the Mahart PassNave

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