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  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
St Stephen’s Day on August 20 is perhaps Hungary’s best-loved public holiday and this 3-hour cruise along the Danube River lets you celebrate in true Hungarian style. Savor a delicious buffet dinner as you glide past the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building, Gellért Hill and Chain Bridge, all glittering with lights. Unlimited drinks at the onboard bar and live music add to the occasion, as does the fireworks finale! Head for the upper deck for grandstand views of Budapest’s St Stephen’s Day fireworks: a colorful, crackling extravaganza high above the river.

Highlights

  • 3-hour St Stephen's Day 2014 celebration dinner cruise with fireworks
  • Enjoy unlimited drinks from the onboard bar as you cruise along the Danube River
  • Take in stunning views over the floodlit Hungarian Parliament Building, Castle District and Chain Bridge
  • Savor a delicious Hungarian buffet dinner
  • Listen to live music from members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra
  • Enjoy grandstand views of the annual St Stephen’s fireworks from the upper deck

What You Can Expect

St Stephen's Day Celebration Dinner Cruise with Fireworks

Enjoy fabulous views of the St Stephen's Day fireworks from the upper deck

Step onto your comfortable sightseeing boat on the Danube River in the evening and relish the thought of the forthcoming celebrations. St Stephen’s Day on August 20 marks Hungary’s founding, and Stephen I, the country’s first king, who was canonized on this day in 1083. An important public holiday, Hungarians celebrate the day with unashamed gusto, with Budapest taking center stage and hosting religious processions, shows and spectacular evening fireworks.

As you start your cruise, enjoy a drink from the unlimited onboard bar and take in the illuminated sights along the riverfront. Marvel at the magnificent neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, view the sparkling Castle District, and gaze in awe at the floodlit Chain Bridge as your boat slips beneath it.

While you cruise, enjoy a generous hot and cold buffet showcasing some delicious, classic Hungarian dishes. Wash it all down with a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink, and enjoy the passing views as you eat. Keep an eye out for rocky Gellért Hill, crowned by the Liberty Statue and see the Gellért Baths and other monuments, all beautifully floodlit at night.

While you relax, listen to traditional Hungarian folk songs played by members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra. Enjoy the rousing tunes and after dinner, head onto the upper, open deck as your ship drops anchor for the fireworks show. The fireworks are launched from Gellért Hill above the river, so you'll enjoy unparalleled views of the display. Watch spellbound as the fireworks fizz, crackle and burst high in the night sky, illuminating the city’s rooftops, domes and spires.

After the show, cruise back to the original starting point where you leave your boat and your cruise ends.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

Buffet:
  • Spiced cottage cheese and traditional goose greaves (goose fat) cream
  • Goulash with dumplings
  • Cream of vegetable soup
  • Stuffed cabbage rolls
  • Roasted chicken breast marinated with basil and served with cheese sauce
  • Spicy pork ribs marinated with thyme and served with mustard sauce
  • Traditional paprika-seasoned chicken
  • Roasted sea fish served with chardonnay sauce
  • Grilled polenta with feta cheese
  • Homemade spinach dumplings served with mustard and mushroom sauce
  • Fresh seasonal salad with a selection of dressings
  • Italian pasta salad
  • Caesar salad
  • Hash browns and roasted potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Steamed jasmine rice with corn
Dessert:
  • Homemade strudel
  • Trifle-style sponge cake
  • Traditional European dessert and miniature tart platter
  • Seasonal fruit basket

Please note: all menus subject to change without notice
From USD $ 124.17

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