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Spend Christmas Eve on a festive 2-hour cruise along the Danube River in Budapest. See the twinkling lights of the capital’s panorama, putting you in the holiday spirit as you sail past each historical attraction aglow with white light. You’ll see the Royal Palace, Gellért Hill, the Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge illuminated while enjoying a 3-course buffet dinner on board. Live music from the Rajkó Folk Orchestra will set the mood indoors, as well as complimentary glasses of Champagne, wine and beer.
  • 2-hour Budapest Christmas Eve cruise on the Danube River with dinner
  • Admire Budapest’s top attractions from the water in a festive atmosphere
  • See Parliament House, Chain Bridge and the Castle District sparkling with lights
  • Savor a delicious 3-course, buffet-style Hungarian dinner and drinks including wine and Champagne
  • Enjoy live music from members of the Rajkó Folk Orchestra
  • Choose from a 6pm or 9pm departure time
  • The special cruise on 24th December is going to be organised on the EUROPA ship, one of the largest and prettiest event ships on the Danube. The great open deck of the ship grants the perfect view one could wish for on this special occasion!
A host will meet you at the Danube Palace to escort you down to the river for your cruise. Admire the festive décor on board as you take a seat and sip on a cool glass of Champagne. Then as you glide out onto the river, watch as Budapest’s renowned riverside sights start to come into view.

You’ll pass the grand structure of the Parliament building, as well as the Royal Palace in Buda. The Citadel will also come into view, along with the Chain Bridge, Gellért Baths and more. With each architectural marvel bathed in white light, the city takes on an especially festive glow during Christmas.  

Then help yourself to the 3-course dinner served buffet-style on board. These piping hot Hungarian dishes will give you a true taste of Budapest. The Itinerary listed below provides a sample of the menu. As you dine, continue to enjoy the view through the large windows.

Relax with a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink as the Hungária Folk Orchestra begins to fill the boat with the sounds of traditional folk songs. If you’re up for a hit of fresh air, head to the upper deck for a 360-degree view of the city. Additional drinks will be available for purchase at the bar if you wish.

As your Christmas Eve cruise comes to a close, take a last look from the water as you dock at your original departure point.


Sample Menu:

  • 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
  • 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


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, Feb 2016

Horrible experience, I stood in line to board the boat longer than the cruise itself lasted. It was a disgusting free for all. I recommend booking this cruise with another local company. I ended up booking one with a different company a few days later and had a MUCH BETTER experience. And the other tour lasted twice as long.

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