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Budapest Danube River Cruise with Optional Dinner

Central Hungary, Hungary
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2 hours (Approx.)
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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. You’ll see famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy Sparkling wine and wine, with the option of a traditional Hungarian dinner, served buffet-style. Live music will set the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
  • Budapest sightseeing cruise on the Danube River
  • Admire Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, including the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
  • Feast on a Hungarian buffet dinner (if option selected) and drinks including wine and Sparkling wine
  • Enjoy live music entertainment by the Hungária Folk Orchestra

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This includes return transport from and then back to your hotel: a bonus after a day’s sightseeing.
Your evening will begin at Danube Palace in the center of Budapest. From there, a guide will show you the way to the river where your dinner cruise will be waiting for you. You can toast your fellow shipmates with a glass of wine or Sparkling wine as you gaze out the windows to view Budapest’s panorama, given recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Many of Budapest’s notable sights are showcased along the river, and you’ll have a front-row seat to admire the glowing Buda Castle and the Freedom Monument. You’ll also pass the Gellért Baths, where Hungarians and visitors alike come to swim and relax, as well as the Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the river and connects Buda and Pest.
If you’d like to dine aboard your Danube River cruise, select the option at checkout to include a traditional Hungarian meal with your ticket, which will be served buffet-style. (Please check the Itinerary section for a sample of the menu.) Live music from the Hungaria Folk Orchestra will also be provided as you take in all the sights, history and culture that this sparkling city has to offer.


Sample Menu

Cold Main Course
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alföld-style goulash with small dumplings
Vegetable cream soup

Hot Main Courses
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

Salads and Garnishes
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

Home-made strudel
Somló style sponge cake
Mini tarts
Dessert variations Európa style
Season fruit basket

1 glass of Sparkling wine
1 glass of wine, beer or juice
Mineral water

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Apr 2019

Without question, the highlight of our visit to Budapest. The beautiful ambiance of the ship's old- world wooden decor coupled with an absolutely amazing violinist who was accompanying by a violist and a cellist that played during entire dinner surrounded by Budapest's amazing light show as we cruised the Danube River. Truly romantic is a vast understatement! The reasonable fee included pick-up and delivery to our hotel. A very much appreciated service after our long day of travel from the United States. A highlight of our entire trip that included six European countries.

Florence L
, Mar 2019

Dinner was great (although a bit salty)! But no cold meals like what the other review stated. The round trip transportation from hotel to cruise is awesome! No wasting time, just get in the car and the driver bring you to the cruise. When you finish the cruise they get you right back in the car to the hotel! very smooth with no confusion or hassle!!

Steven L
, Mar 2019

All I have to say is that it was money well spent and every one in our party had a brilliant experience.

Paul S
, Mar 2019

Everything went perfect , the boat was brilliant , we were tabled with 6 others and had a great evening, food and drink was very good ,I will go as far to say as this was definitely our most enjoyable dinner and cruise

Deborah L
, Mar 2019

I had an amazing first night in Budapest provided by Viator! I arrived in Budapest after an 8 hour ride in a motor coach from Prague, CR to Budapest, HU. My tour guide was excellent!!! He notified promptly of my pick up details. He was on time for my pick up and return. He was pleasant and provided a general orientation to the city of Budapest as he was driving to dinner/cruise site. Excellent cruise/dinner/and music. I highly recommend this Viator activity.

Maximilian E
, Dec 2018

The cruise itself was very nice, steady ride, live music, the food was really nice, however cold. Also I noticed they ran out of both main dinner and desserts off the buffet.The staff were incredibly rude. Once they had your money off you they had no interest in customer service. Extremely rude with disgusting attitudes. It was effort for them to get you your drinks, had to ask 8 times and 5 different waiters for a spoon for my soup, when I finally got it, it was cold. Staff kept mining things under their breath, generally were the most unhelpful, rude, obnoxious and arrogant people.

David G
, Dec 2018

The evening was very enjoyable. Plenty of food available and an attractive dining area. Taxi was waiting for us to take us back to our hotel. However, the pickup time was between 6:10 and 6:15. That day I received a text stating pickup time was now 6:00. Taxi arrived at 5:45. We arrived at 6:00 and had to wait ONE HOUR on a cold boat until the cruise boat arrived. Not happy.

, Dec 2018

Took an evening cruise around Budapest on the Danube. Crystal clear evening and we were able to see all the amazing buildings and bridges. We did not take the dinner, just the cruise, but were treated to two drinks and a band which played during the two hour ride. Well worth the reasonable price for the trip. Round trip transfers included in the price

Mary Rose P
, Oct 2018

I was glad I read the reviews and that I decided to treat my girlfriends to this on our last night there. The pick up and drop off service was a real bonus. There was an abundance of staff on the cruise so it wasn’t disorganized like what other reviews said. We really didn’t focus on our food but on taking photos of the magnificent buildings! I know others said to opt out of the dinner part but I felt it added to the ambiance and we enjoyed it!

, Oct 2018

Lovely experience! Highly recommend for the first night in Budapest.

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