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Good information. City lovely even though it was overcast and colder then normal. We had the guide to ourselves which was a bonus.
Inclement weather spoilt this tour, which is beyond the tour operator's control. But it's well worth doing.
The tour was excellent! The only problem that I had was the actual departure time. The stated departure time was 8pm and asked for you to be there 15 minutes prior to departure. We were there the required 15 minutes early and no one else was there. The guide arrived a couple of minutes before 8pm and we did not start the tour until 8:15pm.
Budapest by night is worth doing! It feels like a different city! The boat cruise was good too.
The tour director was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Unfortunately, we could not take the cruise portion of the tour because of flooding on the Danube. Nobody compensated us for that part of the tour.
Small tour, only 4 of us. Excellent guide. Not too happy about the change of boat for the cruise part of the tour; it was a bit scruffy. However, Budapest at night is a sight for sore eyes.
The tour gets you through most key parts of Pest and along the river at night. It's particularly good if you are on a business trip and have a tight schedule during the day.
The tour was nice, but it could have been better. The instructions said to be at the meeting spot at 7:45pm to set off on our 8pm walk. We got there at the requested time and met the guide at about 7:50. Two other group members showed up shortly thereafter. The guide then proceeded to tell us that she never knows how many people are going to be in the group, so she always waits until 8:15 to start. So we waited, and once we started walking, we kept a very brisk pace and were given very little time to stop along the way to take pictures of the major sights. The guide was very knowledgeable, and her English was excellent. I just wish we had started on time so we could walk a little slower and enjoy ourselves more. The river cruise was nice, but it would have been nice to know ahead of time that the boat only goes as far as Parliament and then turns around to head in the other direction, so a lot of the major sights are in the first 15 minutes or so of the journey.
The tour was interesting and the guide was very professional and courteous. I think it would however, be beneficial if the guides were on time. We were there early as required and when no guide is there waiting on you you begin to wonder if you are in the right place or not. The description of time is also not accurate because the boat ride doesn't even begin until 10pm, if you are relying on train/bus service you will miss the last connections.
The guide was full of information and advice. Would be good to do at the beginning of a trip.
Could have done with a bit more time for the walking part. Seemed to be rushed to get to the sights but guide was informative and friendly.
The guide Nina was excellent and gave us a great tour and took care to ensure we all knew how to get back to hotels/called cab. The let down was the dinner - I thought it was terrible. Was so looking forward to eating yummy Portugeses good but this particular dinner was disappointing and no dessert. Only 2 half bottles of wine between 8 people. We ran out in 30 mins and had to pay and buy another bottle for the group. Suggest you start this tour a bit earlier as sun had already set by the time we made it to the look out and also we were late for dinner and only saw 3 Fado performances. Make sure you wear good walking shoes, there are many steps to climb up and down but worth it to see the sights.
The walking tour was great, fun and intuitive . Anita the your guide she made it fun and educational. The boat cruise we were not to impressed, it smell damp and it was hard to see through the windows because it kept getting foggie. The video your on the boat was well done and entertaining.
This tour was OK. It was not the worse tour I have been on and not the best. The walking part was good because we were told about the history of budapest, but our guide didn't seem very knowlegable beyond her normal routined dialoge.
A little odd that at the end of the walking tour we were hearded onto the boat with other tour groups who received a meal (knowing that we did not receive one, we were shuffled upstairs on to the colder deck). After a while our guide let us go inside.
Dean and Angie
The walking tour was actually the walk from the tour office to the river. There were some interesting moments, but not enough to justify the cost. The river cruise was nice. Skip the walking tour, but don't miss cruising on the Danube.
We did a tour everyday we were in Budapest (five days). This was my least favorite. We were already staying at a hotel on the river and saw the downtown sights everynight anyway. We didn't learn much new and the boat ride was too long for us. If you are not staying downtown and have not spent much time in Budapest, this might be a good choice, otherwise, I would pick something else.
Expected to see a few places by night which are a bit different to the "normal" sights. Cruise was not bad but we were mixed with a group of guest who had a meal included, for which we didn't have the possibility to book at all in the first place. So there was a mix up of we'll set the table for you and sorry sorry for not doing so and then having realised that we were not part of the group with the booked dinner, the almost brutal way of being told that it is not included in our trip and things were almost ripped of the table immediately including bottles of water and we were treated like second class guests... A little bit of courtesy and a friendlier way of sorting these mistakes out, from none of them was ours, would have been appreciated