Choose your preferred departure time and meet your guide at your central Budapest hotel or in Pest. Then, set off to explore while learning about Budapest’s history and culture.
Hungary’s capital straddles the River Danube, with commercial Pest and hilly Buda on the facing banks. Both offer many historical sights, from Buda’s Royal Castle to Pest’s boulevards, testament to Hungary’s 19th-century golden age.
Ride the Budapest metro (own expense) — one of Europe’s oldest underground systems — to Heroes’ Square. Admire the monuments built for Hungary’s 1,000-year anniversary in 1896, and stroll down Andrássy Avenue, the city's grandest boulevard.
Pass Andrássy’s neo-classical buildings and visit Roosevelt Square, now named Széchenyi Square. Then, see St. Stephen's Basilica, dedicated to Hungary’s first king, and enjoy some of Budapest’s best-loved ice cream at the popular Gelarto Rosa parlor.
Cross the Chain Bridge and ascend by funicular (own expense) to Buda's stately royal and presidential areas. Admire Matthias Church, where many Hungarian kings were crowned, and visit the Fisherman’s Bastion for stunning bird’s-eye views over the Danube and Hungarian Parliament.
Your tour concludes on Castle hill, leaving you to continue exploring independently or get directions back to wherever you want to go from your guide.