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Experience the sounds of the Danube Symphony Orchestra with this Budapest Gala Concert at either Pesti Vigadó or Danube Palace. With classical melodies enhanced by the cimbalom folk instrument, the concert also includes performances by ballet dancers, a Hungarian gypsy folk band and soloists from the Budapest Operetta Theatre and Virtuosos Talent Show. Choose from two seating options, and, if you wish, enhance your evening with a dinner cruise upgrade. The option includes a hot buffet meal and Sparkling wine or wine as you cruise along the Danube River.
  • Ticket to a Budapest Gala Concert, with the Danube Symphony Orchestra in Budapest
  • Enjoy a unique Hungarian-style concert in Pesti Vigadó or Danube Palace
  • Listen to classical works enhanced by the cimbalom, a Hungarian instrument
  • Watch ballet dancers, opera singers and solo stars perform on stage
  • Choose from two different seating categories to suit your budget
  • Upgrade to include a Danube River dinner cruise after the concert
  • Enjoy a buffet meal with Sparkling wine and wine while enjoying nighttime views of Budapest (if option selected)
The Danube Symphony Orchestra has been pleasing audiences throughout Europe since 1961 with its wide-ranging repertoire, including baroque music as well as contemporary stylings. What keeps the orchestra unique to Hungary is the accompaniment of the cimbalom, a traditional Hungarian folk instrument played by striking two beaters against a range of strings.

Your Budapest Gala concert is held at either Pesti Vigadó or Danube Palace in Budapest. Take your seat in either the front or middle rows for an up-close experience and watch the Danube Symphony Orchestra accompanied by ballet dancers, solo operetta singers from the Budapest Operetta Theatre and an authentic Hungarian gypsy band. A solo performance by a singer from the national Virtuosos Talent Show is also included in the program.

Every concert consists of two 45-minute sections, with an intermission between. (A sample program is available below). During the break, enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the bar, purchase DVDs of the Danube Symphony Orchestra or browse Hungarian keepsakes.

Concert plus DinnerUpgrade your ticket to continue the evening with a late-night cruise along the Danube River. When the concert concludes, a guide will lead you to the pier so you can step aboard your 90-minute cruise. The interior of the boat is lit by candlelight, while the windows boast glowing views of the city’s landmarks. Sip Sparkling wine and wine or beer as you admire the scenery, followed by a dinner of traditional Hungarian dishes, served buffet-style. (Sample menu is provided below.)

After wining and dining, travel to the fresh air of the upper deck for unrivaled views of Budapest’s panorama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll pass the regal Buda Castle, the Gellért Baths and the Chain Bridge before returning to the Danube Palace. When you debark, your host can assist with calling a taxi if you wish.

There is also a possibility to enjoy the Gala Concert & 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.


Sample Concert
  • Berlioz: Rákóczi March
  • Erkel: Palotás from the opera László Hunyadi
  • Delibes: Coppelia – Tschardas
  • Bartók: Romanian folk dances
  • Haydn: Farewell Symphony IV Movement
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
  • Kálmán: Devil-Rider – Palotás
  • Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
  • Liszt: Love Dreams
  • Folk-song adaptation: Under the Mountains of Csitár
  • Kodály: Intermezzo
  • Monti: Csárdás
  • Strauss: Long Live the Hungarians!
  • Strauss: Radetzky March
Sample MenuFirst courses (buffet selection):
  • Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves (traditional creamy bacon sauce)
  • Alföld-style goulash with noodles (slow-boiled beef and vegetable soup)
  • Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles
Main courses (buffet selection):
  • Mini stuffed cabbage
  • Roasted chicken breast with basil and cheese sauce
  • Spicy pork slices rib with thyme and mustard sauce
  • Traditional Chicken with paprika
  • Roasted sea fish served with Chardonnay sauce
  • Grilled polenta with feta cheese
  • Homemade spinach dumplings served with mustard and mushroom sauce
Side dishes and salads (buffet selection):
  • Fresh seasonal salads with dressings
  • Italian pasta salad
  • Caesar’s salad
  • Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise
  • Hash-brown or roasted potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Steamed Jasmin rice with corn
Desserts (buffet selection):
  • Home-made strudel
  • Somló sponge cake (layers of sponge and cream)
  • Mini tarts
  • Dessert variations Európa style
  • Season fruit basket
Drinks (one of each option available):
  • 1 glass of Sparkling wine
  • 1 glass of wine, beer, juice or soft drink
  • Mineral water


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Oct 2017

The Danube orchestra Cimbalom concert was fantastic and recommended to all lovers of orchestral music. We didn't attend the dinner cruise due to timing and changes to our flights.

, Sep 2017

Love the venue and the performance. Dinner on the Danube at night was magical.

, May 2017

Really enjoyed the first half of the concert, but the second half just seemed to drag. It was very hot and stuffy in the room.

, Dec 2016

It was a wonderful evening we enjoyed it very much Delighted we went

, Oct 2016

special evening. orchestra was outstanding.

, Sep 2016

The concert was exceptional and included the symphony, Hungarian dancers from the Hungarian ballet and marvelous opera singers. A guide took us on a 5 minute walk to the boat. The food was delicious best I have ever eaten on a siteseeing cruise and the views from the tables were marvelous. The only caution I give is that there was only a small open deck on top of the boat to take pictures and was filled with smokers so if you want to take pictures at night, this is not the right cruise. Enjoy!

, May 2016

It was a fun evening and we enjoyed ourselves. The singers were talented and we were fascinated by the expertise of the Cimbalom player. I would recommend this event.

, Nov 2015

Very good value for money and a lovely experience.

, Oct 2015

An amazing experience! The concert was superb and the river boat cruise was excellent- lovely food, music and beautiful views. Would highly recommend.

, Sep 2015

I am not great culture vulture but thought that whilst in Hungary it would be the correct place to listen to a symphony orchestra and I can honestly say I am pleased I did. I booked a package via Viator which encompassed the orchestra concert followed by a late night dinner cruise on the Danube.
The Danube Palace has such ornate decor in the auditorium, it is mind blowing really. The Orchestra played for an hour and a half with a fifteen minute break. Their music was amazing and interspersed with a little bit of humour from the conductor.
Following the concert we waited in the lobby to be escorted for the ten minute walk to the boat. What a magical experience that was, to travel down the Danube with all the major buildings and bridges lit up and looking so majestic and beautiful. The food on board was plentiful and varied, with hot meat dishes, soups, salads and desserts, there was so much no one needed to worry about getting fed. Wines are offered on board at additional cost you receive a glass of bubbles on arrival and small bottles of water on your table gratis, they also come round after the meal with local liqueurs to tempt you at further cost. The boat ride is only an hour and a half and they are keen to get you of the boat at the end. However this whole evening really was a magical experience that wasn't even marred by our subsequent 3km walk home due to the chain bridge being closed!!

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