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Tour code: 5808LUNCH
Take in the beautiful Budapest panorama on a 90-minute river cruise along the Danube River. Your ticket includes a glass of Champagne and wine or beer to sip on while you admire the view, as well as the choice of a buffet lunch with traditional Hungarian dishes and treats. Snap photos of the Chain Bridge, Gellért Hill and more as you experience why this city’s landscape was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • 1.5-hour afternoon sightseeing cruise on the Danube River in Budapest
  • Pass famous places such as Gellért Baths and the Budapest Parliament
  • Relax as you sip drinks, including wine and Champagne
  • Dine on a Hungarian buffet lunch (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Danube River Lunch Cruise

Budapest Danube Lunch Cruise

Your tour will begin at the Danube Palace, where a friendly guide will escort you to your cruise boat about a 5-minute walk away. You’ll be welcomed aboard with a glass of Champagne as you take off on a 90-minute excursion across the water. The Danube is renowned for its world-class views, flowing straight through the center of Hungary’s capital city.

Your glass of Champagne will be followed by a choice of wine, beer or a soft drink. Then sit back and admire the panorama of the city, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along the way you’ll spot landmarks like the Hungarian House of Parliament, the Gellért Baths and the National Theatre. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the grand sprawl of the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city.

If you select the lunch option, you’ll sample traditional Hungarian dishes, served buffet-style on board. (A sample menu can be found below in the Itinerary section.) The chef, a world-renowned food sculptor, adds a creative flair to the meal.


Sample Menu

Cold Main Course
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alföld-style goulash with noodles
Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles

Hot Main Courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Meatballs in tomato sauce
Turkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauce
Csongrád-style pork slices in garlic sauce
Chicken paprika

Side Dishes
Boiled potatoes
Potato scones
Steamed jasmine rice with corn

Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Grilled vegetables

Corn salad in dill and yogurt dressing
Vinegary potato salad
Cucumber salad with sour cream dressing
Caesar salad
Seasonal fruit

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

1 glass of Champagne
1 glass of wine, beer or juice
Mineral water

Customer Reviews

Hassan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very nice trip and the food was excellent. You get to see the city from a different perspective

Brigitte T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very lovely experience..... We felt pampered all the way! Food was great too. Great value for money!

Pearl H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a superb experience - I had a gorgeous view from the window table, There was soft background classical music, no intrusive loud commentary. The food choice was excellent, as was the champagne and wine. Service excellent. This cruise can not be faulted.

Gwyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful food the service was amazing the weather was even great.

alan g United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great value for money! Good choice of food unless you're a vegetarian! which can be enjoyed whilst taking in the stunning views of the city.

Dan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent river cruise the food and the service was great highly recommended

Homer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Getting to location was very simple we just followed the instruction to assemble at prescribed location. Guide took us to the boat. Lunch and service was excellent. Buffet had good assortment, quality and delicious Hungarian cuisine. Service was excellent as well. Scenery and length of sailing was also excellent. This was a very memorable experience.

aris victor a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

one of the highlights of our trip in budapest. we were blessed to have a lovely cloudy weather despite the cold. the lunch buffet was divine with delicious traditional hungarian cuisine. it offers a lot of choices from starters to mains and dessert. the wine and champagne was a treat. and its very relaxing and calming to eat while passing by the beautiful architecture and sights of budapest. the staff were courteous and very professional and we love every minute of it. highly recommended!! a tip for the trip is to starve yourself on the day as theres a lot of food on offer. you need to try everything!!

Andrew Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We found the meeting point a little hard to find as the booking form said Danube Palace but the actual place is not signed as such. The sign was in Hungarian. We asked around and finally found the meeting point. We arrived at the boat a short walk away and were greeted with a glass of champagne. We had our own table for lunch. The lunch was a huge buffet and there were so many dishes to try. They were all delicious. The staff on board were very friendly and helpful. So glad we took this trip.

Nausheen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

this was fantastic and such a relaxing experience - even the food and drink given on boat was surprisingly delicious - not overcrowded at all and staff on boat were friendly and hospitable -would highly reccommend on a sunny and hot day - also great value for money! :

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