Budapest, Hungary
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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

Soak up Hungarian scenery and culture with a 3-hour Danube dinner cruise and folklore concert. You’ll first enjoy over an hour of music and dancing at the Danube Palace or the Hungarian Heritage House with one of the most highly regarded folk ensembles in the country. Afterward you’ll take a cruise along the Danube, sipping wine and sampling a Hungarian buffet dinner. You’ll enjoy a sparkling view of Budapest’s panorama, which has rightfully earned its title as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour folk show by either the Danube Folk Ensemble or the Rajkó Folk Ensemble and Orchestra
  • Soak up the historical settings of Danube Palace or Budai Vigado and be entertained by traditional Hungarian music and dance!
  • Take a 1.5-hour late night Danube River dinner cruise
  • Admire Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, including the Buda Castle Quarter
  • Dine on a Hungarian buffet dinner and sip a glass of wine or beer as you admire the twinkling nighttime views
Your night out in Budapest will begin with performances from either the Danube Folk Ensemble or the Rajkó Folk Ensemble and Orchestra. Both groups began in the 1950s, with 30 artists comprising each ensemble. The choreography is based on traditional dances originating hundreds of years ago as an integral part of village life. As you take your seat in either the neo-Baroque Danube Palace (Duna Palota) or the Hungarian Heritage House (Budai Vigado), you’ll discover Hungary’s rich history in the music, dancing and costumes of the folk performance. Be prepared, though—it might make you want to get up and move to the rhythm!

Afterward, a guide will lead you to the romantic waters of the Danube where your late-night dinner cruise awaits you. Try some authentic Hungarian fare with the hot buffet dinner served on board, as well as wine, beer and Sparkling wine to toast the beautiful view. Candlelight will set the mood indoors as you make your way past sites such as the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and the Gellért Baths, all landmarks that contribute to Budapest’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage-listed panorama.

The cruise lasts a little over an hour, and provides the perfect opportunity to view the glowing backdrop of the city at night. After your meal, take your drink to the fresh air of the upper deck to appreciate the scenery before the end of the tour.

There is also a possibility to enjoy the Folklore & Cruise program if you are not hungry, join us for a Drink & Cruise to relax on our boats while having a couple of drinks. Drink Cruise includes one welcome drink and an optional beverage.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Cold Appetizer
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Soups
Alöfld-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
Noodles
Steamed jasmine rice with corn

Vegetarian
Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Grilled vegetables

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

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

Drinks
1 glass of Sparkling wine
1 glass of wine, beer or juice
1 bottle of mineral water

Reviews

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F
, Aug 2018

The folklore show was really good I’ll recommend my friend to see this show in Budapest. Dinner cruise was quite disappointed because I was arranged for the seats next to the door to balcony. When the people go through that door make the noise all night long. I was feel very uncomfortable during the cruise. Although I had asked the staff to change the table for us. But they said the boat was fully booked. But I found the half of boat has empty table. That’s why I felt staffs were not helpful to me.

T
, Aug 2018

The folklore show was wonderful but other things took away from our experience. First, our cab driver was late so we missed the first part of the show. When we arrived, the staff were not very helpful in directing us to the theater entrance up a few flights of stairs. When we got to the theater door we were denied entrance as they did not want to disturb the audience which should have included us. Once allowed entry, we were comfortable and the rest of the show was wonderful, the theater beautiful. When the show ended we were to go to the building entrance to meet up with our group. We were led on foot through the chilly rain for a ten-minute walk to the boat. The boat, food and music were very impressive. However, once we got off the boat, we were to meet with our individual drivers. There were four drivers in conversation. We all stood in the rain wondering where to go. We approached the drivers after several minutes and asked who was to drive us home. They were all unsure as to who they were to pick up and had to finally check their cell phones to see our names. Still standing in the chilly rain, they finally rounded up the riders and we walked a block to the vehicle. Needless to say, we were pretty wet by that time. These drivers should have had a list of their riders and been watching for us. This really took away from a fun evening.

j
, Aug 2018

We attended the folklore show and it was lovely. The musicians were fabulous and the dancers were quite professional. The problem with this excursion was the dinner cruise. The food was dismal. The authentic Hungarian cuisine offered was not authentic. The meat was dry, doesn't matter if you chose the chicken or beef and there was no beef in the goulash. I would rate the food at best 2 out of 10. In my opinion, attend the show and skip the dinner cruise.

C
, Jun 2018

It is nearly a year ago that we went on this tour. I decided not to post comment since the experience were so negative. But since I am reviewing this year's tours on Viator I believed maybe I should tell the Viator team that the description of the tour is confusing and we for example thought we were going to a concert and then a meal....but it was only drinks...and since we did other things during the day, we were very hungry and therefore skipped the 'boat trip with commentary' to go and have a meal in town.

The walk between the theatre and the boat was also very disorganised and a bit chaotic. I would suggest that Viator offers a 'private' tour version of this experience - I am suing the private tour options mostly and find it the absolute best way to travel in new destinations.

C
, Apr 2018

Great combined experience in Budapest. I really enjoyed the dances, especially the bottle dancing with the girls. After the show, the large group is lead across to the river where you board the boat. The boat ride had stunning views. The tour was very touristy in the big picture and lacked the connection to individual traveler. Locals told us that this was the best show with this experience.

a
, Apr 2018

The twin city sights at night time are amazing to look at from the river! Don't miss it !!

R
, Feb 2018

The show was fantastic!!!! The dinner was wonferful!!! The Danube River cruise was amazing!!!

p
, Jan 2018

The Folklore show was good the so called palace was stinky and old. The Dinner Cruise is nice not amazing.

j
, Jan 2018

Was excelent show and very very elegant dinner with a good services

b
, Dec 2017

had a wonderful night at the show. the theater is on the right facing st stephen church just behind four seasons hotel. had a fabulous time on the cruise well worth doing it. opinions of drink or dinner on the boat


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