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St Stephen's Day Celebration Dinner Cruise with Fireworks

Budapest, Hungary
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Celebrate St Stephen’s Day on August 20 with a Danube dinner cruise on this 3-hour Budapest experience. Glide past the Hungarian capital’s top attractions, including the Chain Bridge, Parliament Building and Buda Castle. Then enjoy a buffet dinner on board, complemented by unlimited drinks and live music. Finish the night on the ship’s upper deck to see the incredible fireworks show that only occurs once a year for the holiday.
  • 3-hour St Stephen's Day celebration dinner cruise with fireworks
  • Enjoy unlimited drinks from the onboard bar as you cruise along the Danube River
  • Take in stunning views over the floodlit Hungarian Parliament Building, Castle District and Chain Bridge
  • Savor a delicious Hungarian buffet dinner
  • Listen to live music from members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra
  • Enjoy grandstand views of the annual St Stephen’s fireworks from the upper deck
Unlimited drinks from the onboard bar
3-course buffet dinner with 1/4 liter mineral water
Live music
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

The dock is on the Pest side of the Danube.

Departure Time

Cruise departs at 7pm
Please check in with your host at 6:30pm
Every August 20 Hungarians celebrate St Stephen’s Day, the anniversary of both Hungary’s founding and the canonization of their first king, Stephen I, in 1083. Budapest takes center stage for the country’s festivities, hosting a fireworks show, religious events and parades.

Hop aboard your boat along the banks of the Danube and settle in with a drink from the unlimited bar. Pass the illuminated Castle District, the Parliament Building and the historic Chain Bridge as you glide along the riverfront. You'll also spot Gellért Hill, crowned by the Liberty Statue, the Gellért Baths and other monuments, all impressively lit at night.

Traditional Hungarian fare will be served buffet-style as you go, complemented by a glass of local wine, beer or a soft drink. While dining, enjoy live Hungarian folk music performed by the Hungária Folk Orchestra.

Afterward, make your way to the open deck as the fireworks are launched from Gellért Hill. Soak up unparalleled views of the display as the fireworks illuminate the city sky.

After the show, your cruise will conclude with drop-off at your original departure point.
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Danube River
Step onto your comfortable sightseeing boat on the Danube River in the evening and relish the thought of the forthcoming celebrations. St Stephen’s Day on August 20 marks Hungary’s founding, and Stephen I, the country’s first king, who was canonized on this day in 1083. An important public holiday, Hungarians celebrate the day with unashamed gusto, with Budapest taking center stage and hosting religious processions, shows and spectacular evening fireworks. As you start your cruise, enjoy a drink from the unlimited onboard bar and take in the illuminated sights along the riverfront. Marvel at the magnificent neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, view the sparkling Castle District, and gaze in awe at the floodlit Chain Bridge as your boat slips beneath it. While you cruise, enjoy a generous hot and cold buffet showcasing some delicious, classic Hungarian dishes. Wash it all down with a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink, and enjoy the passing views as you eat. Keep an eye out for rocky Gellért Hill, crowned by the Liberty Statue and see the Gellért Baths and other monuments, all beautifully floodlit at night. While you relax, listen to traditional Hungarian folk songs played by members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra. Enjoy the rousing tunes and after dinner, head onto the upper, open deck as your ship drops anchor for the fireworks show. The fireworks are launched from Gellért Hill above the river, so you'll enjoy unparalleled views of the display. Watch spellbound as the fireworks fizz, crackle and burst high in the night sky, illuminating the city’s rooftops, domes and spires. After the show, cruise back to the original starting point where you leave your boat and your cruise ends. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Sample Menu: Buffet: • 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 cornDessert: • 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
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Admire the beauty of the magnificient Castle Hill!
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Explore one of the most iconic landmark of Budapest from a new point of view!
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Matthias Church
Watch for the one of a kind tower of this magical church!
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Szechenyi Lanchid
Pass by under the oldest and one of the most beautiful bridge of Budapest.
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Hungarian Parliament Building
Admire the beauty of Europe's second largest Parliament from the river!
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Gellert Hill
Pass by the most memorable landmark of Budapest which dominates the city's view!
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St. Gellert Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool
Feel free to imagine yourself being treated in one of the most prestigious Thermal Baths in Budapest!
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Mupa Budapest
Let yourself be amazed by the modenr look of the "MÜPA", of the Palace of Arts!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The dinner cruise is approximately 1.5 hours long, and afterwards the boat will anchor in time for the fireworks display - boats are not allowed to move whilst the fireworks display takes place
  • OPERATED BY Hungaria Koncert Kft.

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What is the maximum group size during St Stephen's Day Celebration Dinner Cruise with Fireworks?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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This would have been a magical tour but...
, Aug 2016
This would have been a magical tour but for the lack of air-conditioning or fresh air. It was a hot night and where the dining room was had no air-condtioning and no windows or doors to open for air. The waiters had perspiration falling off them and their shirts soaked. We ate quickly and went up on the deck to cool down. Standing for 1.5 hours was not a pleasure. I am sure had it been a cooler night, the outcome would have been more pleasurable. Suggest the installation of Windows that open or air-con.
While the food and customer service...
Michael C
, Aug 2015
While the food and customer service were great, for the price we paid and the poor time management it could have been much better. First, we departed and ate an hour after we arrived because we were waiting for a party of 7 to arrive. I wouldn't have mind waiting but they did not open the buffet for everyone and did not supply bread to hold us over. Second, we arrived back to the dock nearly 25 minutes later which meant people missed shuttles back to their hotels.
Blev väldigt nöjda, hade en riktig...
Anita R
, Aug 2016
Blev väldigt nöjda, hade en riktig trevlig kväll o god mat

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