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Begin the New Year in Budapest with a performance by the Danube Symphony Orchestra, held in the neo-Baroque concert hall of the Danube Palace. The melodies of Mozart and Strauss will be accompanied by the unique sounds of the cimbalom, a Hungarian folk instrument, giving the music a local touch. Upgrade your ticket to include 1.5-hour dinner cruise along the Danube River after the concert. Your cruise will include a glass of Champagne and wine to toast to a beautiful beginning to the New Year.

Highlights

  • Ticket to a New Year’s Day Danube Symphony Orchestra evening concert featuring the Hungarian cimbalom
  • Enjoy famous classical pieces interpreted and enriched by Hungary’s stringed folk instrument, the cimbalon
  • Lose yourself in melodies by Mozart, Strauss and other well-known composers
  • Discover a distinctive musical combination rarely heard outside Eastern Europe
  • Upgrade to include a 1.5-hour Danube dinner cruise after the concert
  • Feast on a delicious buffet as you glide past Budapest’s floodlit monuments
  • The Danube Symphony Orchestra accompanied by ballet dancers, solo operetta singers from the Budapest Operetta Theatre and an authentic Hungarian gypsy band.

What You Can Expect

New Year’s Day Budapest Gala Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

New Year's Day Danube Symphony Cimbalon Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

Your New Year’s experience will begin at the Danube Palace in the center of Budapest, as you admire the ornate concert hall from your seat. Then notable pieces from Brahms, Mozart and others will begin as the Danube Symphony Orchestra arrives onstage. The orchestra remains unique to Hungary with its accompaniment by the cimbalom, an instrument played by striking two beaters against a range of strings and central to the country’s folk tradition.

The evening’s program is truly one-of-a-kind, designed specifically for the New Year’s Day concert. Sit back and enjoy these classical melodies made distinct and textured by the chords of the cimbalom. After a 1-hour performance, you can choose to conclude your tour here or upgrade your ticket to a continued evening out on a 1.5-hour cruise along the Danube.

With your upgrade, your next stop with be at the Danube River, where your boat will be waiting for you. Then hop aboard and witness the city’s illuminated skyline. You’ll pass top attractions like the historic Chain Bridge, the Parliament Building and the Royal Palace. A hot buffet dinner will be served on board, complete with authentic Hungarian dishes and a complimentary glass of Champagne and wine, beer or soda. (A sample menu is provided below.) Check out the fresh air of the upper deck for 360-degree views of Hungary’s vibrant capital city. Then head back below to the main cabin, where the Hungária Folk Orchestra will play festive tunes to help you celebrate the New Year. Your tour will conclude at your ship’s original departure point.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

John H

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

We did the concert and dinner cruise on the Danube. the concert was wonderful and the Danube Palace where the concert was held was beautiful. Getting on the cruise boat was a real chore. We waited in a long line for at least 25 minutes in temperatures that were minus 15 Celsius. Just wasn't well-organized at all. The cruise boat was nice and the opportunities for photos of the beautiful Danube at night were outstanding. entertainment and food on the cruise were both pretty mediocre

Bob

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

Very poor organisation.

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