Godollo, Hungary
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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Learn the secrets of the royal family on this 4- to 5-hour tour of Gödöllo Palace, the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and the beloved Hungarian Queen Elisabeth. Departing from Budapest, a guide will drive you 30 minutes northeast to explore this lavish Baroque castle. Then, stop at an authentic Hungarian farm to sample palinka, a popular fruit brandy native to Hungary, and savory scones before enjoying a carriage ride. Your tour will conclude with an equestrian show and transportation back to your hotel in Budapest.
  • 4.5-hour tour of the royal Baroque palace of Gödöllo and traditional Hungarian farm
  • Tour the rich palace interiors, once home to Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary and wife Elisabeth (Sisi)
  • Learn about the couples’ lives and secrets amid the opulent halls and chambers
  • Enjoy a welcome glass of pálinka and pogácsa (savory scones) at the farm
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the farm
  • Watch an exciting Hungarian horse show featuring daredevil races and skills
Your guided tour will begin at your hotel in Budapest, where you will be picked up and driven 30 minutes northeast through the Hungarian countryside. You will then arrive at Gödöllo Palace, the opulent castle that hosted Hungarian Queen Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, and her husband Franz Joseph I, the Habsburg Emperor. With stunning gardens surrounding the property, the castle was presented as gift to the couple, who visited seasonally.
Take a tour of the exterior landscape before traveling inside to see the Grand Hall and Sisi’s private suite, adorned in her favorite shade of purple. Your guide will narrate the history behind the building, along with the juicer tales of the couple’s secret lovers and hidden doorways. You’ll also learn about the Queen’s ardent equestrian interests.  
Next, travel through idyllic countryside to an authentic Hungarian farm. You'll be offered a glass of Hungary’s famous plum brandy, palinka, upon arrival, as well as pogácsa, delicious savory scones traditional to the region. Then, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage to view the surrounding trails and fields of the property.
After, you’ll be treated to an impressive equestrian show, filled with fearless tricks and high-speed carriage races. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to your hotel in Budapest.

Reviews

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M
, Dec 2017

This was our favorite tour in Hungary. The Palace tour was quick but really covered all we would want to see. The farm was wonderful and the horse show truly amazing. We had plenty of time to look around. Don't miss this great day trip.

N
, Oct 2017

QUIDE WAS A PALACE WAS BEAUTIFUL. WE LOVED THE HORSE FARM! PROPERTY IS BEAUTIFUL, SHOW GREAT CARRAIGE RIDE FUN. MORE FUN AND BETTER THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. WE LOVED OUR GUIDE

M
, Sep 2017

the Palace was amazing and our guide was brilliant - full of fun facts about the Hapsburgs.

Horse show was just o.k.

V
, Aug 2017

I had a 5-hour tour along with another American couple with our guide Marta to Godollo. Marta is simply fantastic, a living history book of Hungary. She was the driver/guide. On the way out of the city, she pointed out so many interesting buildings and told so many stories. Then we got stories about the Soviet era in Hungary before the fall of Berlin Wall and her personal experience in this terrible time. Once we were inside the castle, she had an interesting story on almost every ordinary looking object that I would normally quickly walk passing by. I learned so much about Sissi's life and Hungarian history in general from her. Afterwards we had a very entertaining local horse show 10 mins down the road don't miss this one either. I absolutely enjoyed my time with Marta. She is so caring and considerate that she offers additional/essential information other tour guide wouldn't bother to tell. Thanks a lot Marta!

C
, Jul 2017

What a very pleasant way to spend 5/6 hours in Budapest. I thoroughly enjoyed this outing. I was collected by a taxi at my hotel and driven in to town to meet our guide for the day. There was only two of us on this trip. Myself and another young lady named Megan from the USA. Our guide/driver was Marta and she was wonderful. She was such a nice, kind lady. Her knowledge of local history and storytelling was wonderful. The tour of the Palace was interesting and very informative. We had time to sit enjoy a cuppa and a slice of traditional cake which was yummy! Onward to the Horse Show. This was again great to see. The horsemanship and show was magnificent. We also got to taste a local drink down the hatch in one!!... and a traditional savoury scone. We then toured the stables and a museum. Marta then, very kindly dropped us off wherever we wanted. I would highly recommend this tour.

s
, Jun 2017

This tour was well worth the visit but spoilt by bad pick up arrangements and not enough time given to the palace visit before dashing off to the farm visit. Also a little time for refreshments would have been nice at the fatm trip. Would be worth doing both as seperate trips for more time at each.

K
, May 2017

After several phone calls thanks to the concierge at the Marriott Hotel and when they rang the local number, as provided on the documentation, they were given another number to ring etc, once over that problem transport did arrive at the hotel and eventually we left on the tour. The tour guide took us through Godollo Palace but it was rushed at the end due to time constraints. The traditional Farm Trip with Horse Show and Carriage was entertaining. The documentation stated that we would be dropped back to our hotel but this was not the case and we were dropped back in the middle of the city centre and left to find our own way back to our hotel.

K
, Dec 2016

We LOVED this visit. Godollo Palace is lovely. The horse show and farm trip not on the palace grounds but nearby is really in a beautiful spot, and the horse show is amazing! Our guide was the absolute best - so personable, warm and friendly. We recommend this!

H
, Dec 2016

Wonderful Palace enjoyed the tour would have liked to get into the shop the one full of gifts.

S
, Nov 2016

This was a great trip and our guide was very informative. I'm so glad I went. I loved learning about Queen Elizabeth's time spent at Godollo Palace. The Horse Farm was beautiful, they greeted us with Palinka and scones, gave us a carriage ride around the farm and then a horse show demonstrating skills Hungarians are known for. It was a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. I just wish it had been a bit longer. We arrived back in Budapest around 2:00pm and had to figure out what to do from there. Also, the tour company leaves you off in central Budapest vs. taking you back to your hotel where they picked you up, so you have to figure out how to get back on your own.


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