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Overview

Be treated like a VIP at a Hungarian gala concert on this 3-hour experience in Budapest. Travel by private vehicle to the Danube Palace or Pesti Vigado hall, and after a guided tour, take your VIP-category seats. Then, enjoy a program of Hungarian-related classical, operetta, and folk music together with ballet, plus an intermission glass of Champagne, and more. Upgrade for a 90-minute Danube dinner cruise after the concert.
  • 3-hour VIP gala concert experience at the Danube Palace or Pesti Vigado concert hall
  • VIP seats for a 90-minute concert by the Danube Symphony Orchestra and Budapest Operetta Theatre
  • Enjoy Hungarian-related classical music, operetta, and gypsy music, plus ballet
  • Includes private return transfers, with Budapest hotel pickup and post-show drop-off
  • VIP package also includes small-group theater tour, intermission Champagne, Hungarian gift, and souvenir photo
  • Upgrade to add a 90-minute River Danube dinner cruise after the concert
  • Cruise includes buffet dinner, welcome drink, beverage of your choice, and return hotel transfer
Book your desired option and after pickup from your Budapest hotel, travel by private vehicle to the Danube Palace or Pesti Vigado hall, depending on your chosen date. See the Itinerary for concert venues and dates.

On arrival, enjoy a 20- to 30-minute small-group tour of the venue. See its most notable features and hear historical tales about the building from your guide.

Be shown to your VIP seats — the best in the house — and absorb the expectant atmosphere as the 90-minute show approaches. Then, immerse yourself in the sweeping music of the Danube Symphony Orchestra, supported by singers from the Budapest Operetta Theatre.

The repertoire includes a variety of musical styles such as Hungarian gypsy music, Hungarian-related classical music, and operetta. Enjoy pieces by composers such as Brahms and Liszt including cimbalom (a dulcimer-style Hungarian instrument) solos, as well as performances by a professional ballet ensemble. Plus, savor traditional Hungarian folk music played by an authentic gypsy band. See the Itinerary for a sample program.

As part of your VIP package, sip on a glass of Champagne during the interval between the two 45-minute segments of the show, and receive a souvenir photo and Hungarian gift as a keepsake.

Afterward, enjoy a private transfer back to your hotel. Alternatively, if you have chosen to take a River Danube dinner cruise, be escorted to the nearby departure pier.

Here, board a comfortable sightseeing boat and gaze at Budapest’s illuminated skyline from the water. As you sail, enjoy a welcome drink and beverage of your choice, and savor a buffet dinner of Hungarian and international dishes, with additional drinks available (own expense). Plus, tap your feet to rousing live folk music from the acclaimed Rajkó Folk Ensemble.

Your evening finishes with a transfer back to your hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Concert Program:

  • Hector Berlioz: "Rákóczi March"
  • Johannes Brahms: "Hungarian Dances No. 5" (with cimbalom solo)
  • Béla Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances
  • Jules Massenet: "Thais - Meditation" (Kiss Zoltán)
  • Ferenc Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
  • Franz Liszt: "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" (with cimbalom solo)
  • Emmerich Kálmán: "The Czardas Queen" – “Dasist die Liebe” 
  • A Csitári Hegyek Alatt (Gypsy Band)
  • Emmerich Kalman: "The Devil Rider" — Palotás (Orchestra, Ballet Ensemble)

2017 Concert Venues and Dates:
  • Dates at Danube Palace: January 1, May 6, 13, 20; June 17; July 1, 22; Aug 5, 12; Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Dec 25, 27, 30
  • Dates at Pesti Vigado: June 3, 10, 24; July 8, 15; Aug 19, 26

Reviews

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, Jul 2017

This concert was absolutely wonderful. The Orchestra was sensational. The Concert had everything from wonderful music, brilliant singers, a Gypsy Band, great dancers performing everything from a ballet to the Kan Kan. I loved every minute!! The reason this is not getting 5 stars is more so the organisation. As a VIP guest you are picked up at your hotel, are given a tour of the Palace the Danube on this occasion, a souvenir photo etc etc. I phoned earlier in the day and enquired about the pick up time and was informed that it would be between 7.00/7.30 p.m. ... at 6.30 p.m. reception called my room to let me know that there was a young lady waiting for me! Luckily I was ready to go. We arrived at the theatre at 6.50 p.m., the young lady Lorraine was very friendly, but God love her, she really did not know what to do with me for 1 hour and 10 minutes as the tour only lasted about 15 minutes! She did try her best and eventually brought me to my seat. She then came back up to me and told me that her colleague was ready to take my photo. I was taken downstairs, told by her colleague to stand over there and they took a photo!! It would have been so much better if the photo was taken upstairs where I was seated and if they had shown me the photo to see if I liked it, but anyway, that didn't happen and I was taken back up to the balcony. At half time Lorraine brought me up a glass of champagne and sat with me through the interval and we had a very pleasant chat. After the show Lorraine arrived to take me to my taxi, but there wasn't one there!! We stood out on the street, she did her best to get a taxi, after approx. 15 minutes she then phoned her boss! He eventually came down, said hello, didn't introduce himself, didn't apologise but spoke continuously on his phone!! Eventually taxi sorted I was seated and left a very embarrassed looking young lady waving me goodbye! This is by no means a cheap outing, and it's just the little things that make a VIP trip a VIP trip, they need to improve in these areas. I would definitely recommend this outing though. Enjoy!


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