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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 Champagne 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 Champagne and wine while enjoying nighttime views of Budapest (if option selected)

What You Can Expect

Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

Gala concert

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 Budai Vigadó 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 Champagne 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.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

special evening. orchestra was outstanding.

Charlotte R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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!

Philippa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good value for money and a lovely experience.

Claire M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Gerard O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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!!

Hilary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Only did the concert which was very good. A wide selection of music and a great orchestra.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was indeed a surprise the venue was very good and the concert was superbe would highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

You must go this trip in your life.The concert is perfect.The Danube River dinner cruise is amazing and romantic.

Marilyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

this was a bucket list item for me and worth it. Loved the personality of the conductor and audience interaction. The music was wonderful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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