PRIVATE TOURS

BEST BUDAPEST TOURS

1. BEST OF BUDAPEST CITY TOUR (3 h)
2. BEST BOAT & CITY TOUR (4 h)
3. BUDAPEST BY NIGHT TOUR (4 h)
4. BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING WITH EXCURSION ON THE MARGARET ISLAND (4 h)
5. BUDAPEST CITY TOUR WITH INTERIOR VISIT TO THE OPERA HOUSE (4 h)
6. BUDAPEST CITY TOUR WITH INTERIOR VISIT TO THE PARLIAMENT (4 h)
7. SIGHTSEEING & SHOPPING TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)

THEMATIC TOURS

1. ART NOUVEAU TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)
2. JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR IN BUDAPEST (3,5 h)
3. RELIGIOUS HERITAGE TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)
4. THEN & NOW TOUR IN BUDAPEST WITH ROMAN RUINS (5 h)
5. THEN & NOW TOUR IN BUDAPEST WITH TURKISH RELICS (4 h)

ADVENTURE TOURS

1. HELICOPTER TOUR ABOVE BUDAPEST (20 min. + transfer, preparations)
2. TANDEM PARAGLIDING ABOVE BUDAPEST (20-30 min. + transfer, preparations)

BEST COUNTRYSIDE TOURS

1. CENTRAL HUNGARY – TOUR TO GREAT HUNGARIAN PLAIN (8 h)
2. ANCIENT HUNGARIAN CITIES AT THE DANUBE BEND (8 h)
3. LAKE BALATON, THE "HUNGARIAN SEA" (9 h)
4. NORTH-EASTERN HUNGARY WITH EGER AND TOKAJ (11 h)
5. SOUTH – HUNGARY INCLUDING THE MEDIAEVAL CITY OF PÉCS AND VILLÁNY - WINE REGION (11-12 h)
6. WEST-HUNGARY WITH PANNONHALMA, SOPRON AND GYŐR (12 h)

1. BEST OF BUDAPEST CITY TOUR (3 h)

Duration: 3 hours

Description:

See all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube. The City Tour of Budapest includes the visits to the most interesting and famous sights of the capital.

The tour starts with the impressive House of Parliament, which is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district, also counted as the symbol of the city. Proceeding by the Margaret Island we arrive up to the Castle Hill. The fabulous Castle District with the panoramic Danube view are parts of the world heritages. Here we can find the amazing, medieval sights within walking distance, the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and many other historical sights are waiting for the visitors. Then we can have a breathtaking view onto the entire city from the Citadel, a former military fortress, built on the highest point of the city, during the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy.

Traverse the Danube on the more busy Pest side we take you along the most interesting downtown streets and the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue passing by St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House and splendid groups of buildings during the tour. At the Heroes' Square we stop to take a look to the statues of the most important heroes of Hungarian history. Heroes’ Square is Hungary’s biggest square, complete with historical statues and famous museums. In the vicinity, the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gundel restaurant, the Vajdahunyad Castle and many more attractions await visitors.

During Budapest City Tour there will be stops at: Castle District, Citadel and at Heroes' Square.

PRICE PER PERSON Number of participants
1 2 3 4 5<
Best of Budapest (3h) 129 € 69 € 59 € 45 € 35 €

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2. BEST BOAT & CITY TOUR (4 h)

Duration: 3+1 hour

Description:

One of the world's most pleasantly sited cities, Budapest is divided into two distinct parts by the River Danube. Buda and Pest are connected with spectacular bridges. After the 3 hrs "BEST OF BUDAPEST CITY TOUR" take part of a guided boat tour of this beautiful city and see the nicest bridges and monuments from the middle of the river. You can spend a pleasant hour on the board of the boat, sailing among the splendid vision of the following sights; on the boat tour you can see the Parliament building (built between 1884 and 1902), Margaret Island ("lung of the city"), Castle District (including the Mathias Church, Fishermen's Bastion and Royal Castle), Gellért Hill with the Citadel and Liberation Monument, the National Theatre’s modern and beautiful building and the Palace of Art giving home to numerous cultural programs.

The audio guided sightseeing cruise between the Vigadó Square and Margit Island includes two drinks. With a glass of of beer, wine or soft drink in your hand, you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive.

Optional:

Plus 1 hour guided tour on Margaret Island, which has one of Budapest's most attractive parks and a popular recreation spot. Its main sights: The Japanese Garden, The Rose Garden, ruins of St. Margaret’s Convent, The Local Zoo, the famous Music Pavilion, Palatinus Pools and more.

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Best Boat & City Tour ( 4 hrs) incl. 2 drinks 139 € 79 € 69 € 57 € 47 €
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3. BUDAPEST BY NIGHT TOUR (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

Spend an unforgettable evening in the glittering Budapest and come to know the city’s traditional side! Firstly you can get a little taste of the Hungarian folklore in a traditional, athmospheric restaurant being warmly welcomed by Hungarian specialities. “Barack pálinka” which is apricot brandy, is one of the typical Hungarian shots and 'pogácsa', a cheese cake is also very popular in every Hungarian household.

After the aperitif a delicious 3-course menu is served for you accompanied by good wines and a varied folklore show. Hungarian folk dance performance and gipsy music provide memorable entertainment.

Leaving the restaurant you can have a marvellous view on the illuminated city from the Citadel. You can partake in the breathtaking spectacle of the Budapest downtown area, including the riverfront, bridges and architectural wonders as the Castle, Chain bridge, the Parliament and the St. Stephen Cathedral, all illuminated for the night. The lights on the monuments and bridges gleam in the dark like jewels.

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Budapest by night (4h) incl. dinner 159 € 95 € 75 € 69 € 65 €
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4. BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING WITH EXCURSION ON THE MARGARET ISLAND (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

Beside the visit of Budapest’s beautiful buildings and magnificent national monuments, you can also see the bustling capital’s peaceful and tranquil side and feel a special, calming atmosphere on its enchanting, green island.

Explore and enjoy the calmness on the Margaret Island’s romantic walkways among large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees and medieval ruins.

Margaret Island is a lovely little island in the heart of Budapest. It is one of the city's most attractive parks and a popular recreation spot with the Margaret monastery, Japanese garden, ZOO and lots of sports and leisure time facilities.

Steps of the tour:

Firstly on our BASIC BUDAPEST CITY TOUR, you will see all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube. The City Tour of Budapest includes the visits to the most interesting and famous sights of the capital, such as:

  • the impressive House of Parliament
  • the fabulous Castle District with its medieval sights
  • the panoramic Danube view
  • Citadel, a former military fortress
  • the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy Avenue
  • Heroes’ Square, Hungary’s biggest square

EXCURSION ON THE MARGARET ISLAND

A pleasurable experience in another world in the heart of the city that really should not be missed out... After the sightseeing we guide you to the fabulous Margaret Island for a tour by traditional pedal carriage around the island.

With a special Pedal Carriage (Bringohinto) Tour we would like to provide joyful entertainment to the visitors, who desire to make their relaxation time more enjoyable and colourful. The pedal carriage (Bringohinto) is a unique, four-wheel vehicle, which consist of two joined bicycles with common seats and one steering-wheel. Riding these special bikes on the island has an old tradition, because the cars are not allowed to here.

You can choose from the following vehicles:

  • Pedal carriage (Bringohinto) for 2-6 persons
  • Tandem bicycle for 2 persons

During the tour around the island you can see such beautiful sights as:

  • the Centennial Memorial of 1973, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the city's unification;
  • a small Japanese Garden with a mildly thermal fish pond;
  • a tiny zoo featuring a wide range of exotic waterfowl among other animals;
  • the "Music Well", a small pavilion, which was originally built for open-air concerts
  • the "Music Fountain", a fountain, near which music is played and light shows are performed in summer
  • The octagonal Water Tower of 57 m (built in Art Nouveau style in 1911, today functioning as a lookout tower and an exhibition hall).
  • Ruins of a Dominican Nunnery. Its medieval ruins are reminders of the island’s importance in the middle Ages as a religious centre.

The Music Fountain and the Water Tower are protected UNESCO sites.

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Budapest city tour with Margaret Island (4h) 159 € 85 € 75 € 59 € 45 €
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5. BUDAPEST CITY TOUR WITH INTERIOR VISIT TO THE OPERA HOUSE (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

See all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube. The City Tour of Budapest includes the visits to the most interesting and famous sights of the capital.

The tour starts with the impressive House of Parliament, which is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district, also counted as the symbol of the city. Proceeding by the Margaret Island we arrive up to the Castle Hill. The fabulous Castle District with the panoramic Danube view are parts of the world heritages. Here we can find the amazing, medieval sights within walking distance, the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and many other historical sights are waiting for the visitors. Then we can have a breathtaking view onto the entire city from the Citadel, a former military fortress, built on the highest point of the city, during the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy.

Traverse the Danube on the more busy Pest side we take you along the most interesting downtown streets and the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue passing by St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House and splendid groups of buildings during the tour. At the Heroes' Square we stop to take a look to the statues of the most important heroes of Hungarian history. Heroes’ Square is Hungary’s biggest square, complete with historical statues and famous museums. In the vicinity, the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gundel restaurant, the Vajdahunyad Castle and many more attractions await visitors.

The City Tour is followed by the interior visit of the Opera House. The Opera House, which took nine years to build, was Europe's most modern opera house - a building which combined the artistic with the practical. It was opened amid great pomp and ceremony in 1884, what was a long-awaited moment in the Hungarian opera life. Even if you aren't an opera fan the Opera House’s building in itself worth a visit. Its fine neo-Renaissance architecture will enchant you.

During Budapest City Tour there will be stops at: Castle District, Citadel, Heroes' Square and at the Opera House.

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Budapest city tour with Opera House (4h) 145 € 82 € 72 € 62 € 49 €
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6. BUDAPEST CITY TOUR WITH INTERIOR VISIT TO THE PARLIAMENT (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

See all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube. The City Tour of Budapest includes the visits to the most interesting and famous sights of the capital.

The tour starts with the impressive House of Parliament, which is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district, also counted as the symbol of the city. Proceeding by the Margaret Island we arrive up to the Castle Hill. The fabulous Castle District with the panoramic Danube view are parts of the world heritages. Here we can find the amazing, medieval sights within walking distance, the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and many other historical sights are waiting for the visitors. Then we can have a breathtaking view onto the entire city from the Citadel, a former military fortress, built on the highest point of the city, during the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy.

Traverse the Danube on the more busy Pest side we take you along the most interesting downtown streets and the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue passing by St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House and splendid groups of buildings during the tour. At the Heroes' Square we stop to take a look to the statues of the most important heroes of Hungarian history. Heroes’ Square is Hungary’s biggest square, complete with historical statues and famous museums. In the vicinity, the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gundel restaurant, the Vajdahunyad Castle and many more attractions await visitors.

The City Tour is followed by the visit of the Parliament. First we go around the building, then visit inside the impressive House of Parliament. This magnificent Monument is the 3rd largest Parliament building in the world and an amazing sight with the magnificent neogothic chambers, richly decorated staircases and the Cupola room, which is home of the Holy Crown of Hungary and the Crown Jewels.

During Budapest City Tour there will be stops at: Castle District, Citadel, Heroes' Square and at the Parliament.

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Budapest city tour with Parliament (4h) 145 € 85 € 75 € 59 € 49 €
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7. SIGHTSEEING & SHOPPING TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

Budapest Shopping offers plenty of options. The number of shops has heavily increased since the 90-ies, big shopping malls, new fashion shops appeared on every corner of the city.

Although nowadays, there are fewer bargains to be had on items such as shoes, clothes and jewellery, there's no doubt that shopping in Budapest can be an interesting and rewarding experience. Prices here are higher than elsewhere in the country, although they remain slightly lower than most Western European or North American countries. You will find that shops along Váci street, which has some of the smartest stores in the city, meet with even the most discerning tastes.

Steps of the tour:

Firstly on our BASIC BUDAPEST CITY TOUR, you will see all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube. The City Tour of Budapest includes the visits to the most interesting and famous sights of the capital, such as:

  • the impressive House of Parliament
  • the fabulous Castle District with its medieval sights
  • the panoramic Danube view
  • Citadel, a former military fortress
  • the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue
  • Heroes’ Square, Hungary’s biggest square

SHOPPING IN VÁCI STREET

A Budapest shopping experience that really should not be missed out.. After the sightseeing we guide you to the famous Váci street, in the heart of the downtown.

This was the first pedestrianized street in Budapest, but it was one of the best places for shopping long before this change. The street gained its status in the mid-19 th century when the original small buildings and shops were replaced by neo-Classical and Eclectic apartments, department-store, international trade-centre and hotel located here, making Váci street another symbol of Budapest. There are small hidden passages, cast iron balconies, art nouveau style decoration and Zsolnay ceramic tyles that make each building different and worth noting, giving special atmosphere to the street.

Today Váci street is one of Budapest’s main pedestrian and most famous streets with several restaurants, bank offices, cafés, bars, souvenir- and bookshops. Among the retaliers located here are: Zara, H&M, Mango, ESPRIT, Douglas AG, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Nike.

According to the Lonely Planet:

"It's tourist central, but the line of cafés and shops are worth seeing — at least once."

At the north end of the street the always bustling Vörösmarty sqare with the wonderful old-fashioned Gerbeaud café can be found. At the centre of the square facing west is a large statue of poet Mihály Vörösmarty. Behind the monument a small fenced park can be found and a fountain flanked by stone lions.

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Sightseeing & shopping tour (4h) 155 € 85 € 69 € 55 € 45 €
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1. ART NOUVEAU TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)

Duration: 4 hours
Description:

The turn of the century marks one of the most important epochs, the golden age of Budapest. After the revolution and the war of independence (1848-49), the city reached the crowning point in its development in about 1900. Until 1914 a peaceful period came, which was characterized by the Art Nouveau style in architecture. This imported style had a Hungarian master, who was acclaimed in Europe as well: Ödön Lechner (1845-1914). He dressed up modern functionalism with his characteristic decorative forms, using Eastern motives. He was initially inspired by Indian and Syrian architecture, and later by traditional Hungarian decorative designs. By applying them to three-dimensional architectural elements, he produced a version of Art Nouveau that was specific to Hungary.

Steps of the tour:

During the tour in the wake of Budapest’s architectural curiosities, you will see such unique Art Nouveau sights as:


  • Museum of Applied Arts, the main work of Ödön Lechner built between 1893 and 1896. It is one of the most characteristic and most representative forms of Lechner's Hungarian architectural style, first of all appearing in the Hungarian folk ceramics, including Zsolnay pottery and majolica, also showing Islamic and Hindu motifs.
  • Academy of Music, the flagship of Hungarian musical education and the most prestigious concert venue of Budapest. Its building is one of the most important Art Nouveau landmarks in the city. It was designed by architects Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl. The central theme of the façade is a statue of Liszt, by Alajos Stóbl, and the original stain glass windows were painted by Miksa Róth.
  • Former Török Bank, now residential building with a huge mosaic on top of the facade. Build after the project by Henrik Böhm and Hegedüs Ármin, the building is characterized by the 40 meter mosaic, in which is represented Patrona Hungariae in her throne, surrounded by the the most relevant characters in the history of Hungary.
  • National Bank, former Hungarian Royal Postal Savings Bank, characteristic of art nouveau with its colourful glazed tiles – from the Zsolnay factory – and the folk art flower motifs on the battlement-style gables.
  • Bedő House with special facade and a lot of majolic ornamentation.
  • Kőrösy House, with an image of a woman in red dress on the tiles in the upper part of the facade.
  • Four Seasons Hotel, former building of Gresham Insurance. The magnificent palace exemplifies the Art Nouveau style with its smooth façade that draws attention mainly to the curved roofline, the bay windows and the pilasters along the front of the building. The palace also features beautiful ironwork, including two magnificent peacocks at the gate of the courtyard, which are typical of Art Nouveau.

Rest with coffee and cakes: Café Páva in Four Seasons Hotel

Optional:

Bathing in Gellért Spa - characteristic spa built in the Art Nouveau style.

The Gellert Bath and Hotel itself was built in the preceding decades and opened its doors in 1918. Outdoor pools were added later on, and today it combines modern technical developments with rich historical heritage. This is Budapest's finest thermal bathing complex, still displaying original art nouveau fittings, colourful mosaics, marble columns and stained glass windows and statues.

  • oldest spa hotel in Budapest, old name: “Bath of the Virgins”
  • the foot of Gellert Hill was the site of a hospital in the Middle Ages, by the Turkish period there was a bathing place here.
  • indoor/outdoor bath
  • slightly acid, hydrocarbonated, radioactive water with minerals
  • good for bathing, drinking, inhalation cure for rheumatic, articulatory diseases.

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Art nouveau tour (4h) 159 € 89 € 75 € 59 € 49 €
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2. JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR IN BUDAPEST (3,5 h)

Visit the world’s second largest Synagogue

Duration: 3,5 hour

Description:

The Jewish cultural and religious heritage in Budapest represents the third largest Jewish population's history in Europe. A community of approximately 100 000 Jews lives in the country, whose history dates back to Roman times. The Jews have always played an outstanding role in the city's economic, political and cultural life and the success of modern Budapest was significantly due to the diligence and organizational skills of Jewish industrialists.

Budapest also has a rich Jewish artistic and architectural heritage. Despite their persecution and the terror of the 20th century we can still find numerous monuments of the once thriving Jewish culture. Budapest has many fine synagogues, kosher restaurants and Jewish schools. The most significant synagogues – Great Synagogue, Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue – are concentrated in the city center.

During the tour you can see the most important and the most beautiful Jewish Monuments. We will guide you through the former Jewish ghetto, which has a quaint atmosphere. The tour’s first stop is at the unique Dohány Street Synagogue. Designed in Byzantine and Moorish styles in the mid nineteenth century by the Viennese architect Ludwig Förster, this is the biggest and the most impressive synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. The interior space has a capacity for nearly three thousand believers. In 1931 were built to the Synagogue the arcade and the Heroes Temple, which is now used for daily observance. With its red and white brickwork, onion domes and rich ceramic ornamentation the Dohány Street Synagogue is one of the most distinctive buildings in Budapest.

Next to the Synagogue can be found the Jewish Museum with an extremely rich collection of Jewish artefacts spanning the last two millennia. This exhibition introduces the devotional articles of the Jewish holidays and the everyday use objects.

After the interior visit of the Synagogue and the Museum, we show you the Holocaust Cemetery and Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park with the Tree of Life monument. The Tree of Life is a metal sculpture in the Synagogue's courtyard. It's metallic leaves carry the names of Holocaust victims.

Optional:

1,5 hour guiding to Carl Lutz Memorial, Rumbach Synagogue, Gozsdu Court and Kazinczy Synagogue, with interior visit of Rumbach Synagogue.

Keeping on our tour we pass by the Carl Lutz Memorial. Carl Lutz Swiss Consul played an important role in the rescue activities during the persecution by issuing tens of thousands of protective documents to Jews and also claimed diplomatic immunity for 72 protected houses established around Budapest. He saved 62000 Hungarian Jews from death between 1942 and 1945. On his memorial the following inscription can be read:

„Whoever saves a life is considered as if he has saved an entire world” (Talmud).

Then we take an interior visit in the Rumbach Synagogue. It was designed by the famous architect of Vienna, Otto Wagner. The traditional exterior covers a modern cast iron internal structure.

Next we walk along the Király street and have a short stop at Gozsdu Court’s classical buildings.

Finally we have a look at the Kazinczy Synagogue, the center of the orthodox Jewish community, with beautiful Art Noveau facade.

At the end of the tour you'll be treated to a cake and coffee in a kosher confectionery.

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Jewish heritage tour (3,5h) 159 € 85 € 69 € 59 € 49 €
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3. RELIGIOUS HERITAGE TOUR IN BUDAPEST (4 h)

With historical ecclesiastical buildings of the capital

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

Delve into Budapest's Renaissance, Romanesque and Baroque churches on our guided tour examining the history, artwork and architectural features associated with the city's Ecclesiastical heritage. During the visit of beautiful religious buildings you can see the bustling capital’s peaceful and tranquil side and feel its special, calming atmosphere.

The majority of Hungarian people became Christian in the 10th century when Hungary's first king, Saint Stephen I. took up Western Christianity. Hungary remained predominantly Catholic until the 16th century, when the Reformation and Calvinism took place. Of those Hungarians who are declaring religious affiliation, about 68% say today they are Roman Catholic, 21% Reformed (Calvinist) and 6% Evangelical (Lutheran) Protestant. There are also small Greek Catholic and Orthodox congregations. Hungary’s Jews’ number is about 100,000, their pre-war population was almost tenfold of the present size.

Religion in Budapest has come a long way and is no more confined to the Christian population only. The city boasts of its places of worship which are not only significant in terms of religion but also in terms of architectural magnificence and heritage. Religious structures are found in plenty in Budapest. There are medieval churches built in various architectural styles. The most popular and important church in Budapest is the St. Stephen Basilica. Another significant one is the Matthias Church. Budapest also contains more synagogues, the Dohany Street Synagogue is the biggest one in Europe.

Steps of the tour:

We take a four-hour visit to the most relevant churches and sacred edifices of Budapest such as:

  • Inner City Calvinist Church, built in neo-Gothic style in the nineteenth century. Its four-columned great porch, the organ loft and the pulpit are all the work of the great Hungarian architect József Hild.
  • Lutheran Church, was built between 1799-1808, lends its extreme simple Classicist character to the Deák square around. Few people know that the adjoining National Lutheran Museum keeps the original will of Martin Luther from 1542.
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest’s largest church, built in Classical style between 1851 and 1905. Inside is the Hungarians’ most revered relic – the mummified right hand of Hungary’s first monarch, King Saint Stephen.
  • Inner City Franciscan Church in the Ferenciek square. A church stood here already in 1260. The high mass was celebrating here when King Andrew III was crowned in 1290. The ornate baroque structure seen today dates mostly from the eighteenth century.
  • Inner City Parish Church is the oldest church in Pest, dating back to the 12th century. Built in Romanesque style on the site of the grave of martyr Bishop Gellért, who was, according to the legend, put in a barrel and rolled off of today’s Gellért hill.
  • Matthias Church, the best known and most spectacular Catholic Church in Budapest and one of the symbols of the city. It dates from many different periods, the earliest parts having been built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Officially called the Church of Our Lady, the church is named after the main donor King Matthias, who got married here twice. King Béla III and his wife are buried within, and three other kings were crowned here too. The church’s beuatiful building, rich stone collection, relic collection, and goldsmiths' masterpieces are really worth to see.

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Religious heritage tour (4h) 155 € 85 € 69 € 55 € 45 €
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4. THEN & NOW TOUR IN BUDAPEST WITH ROMAN RUINS (5 h)

See the city’s most beautiful sights from the Roman Era till the modern days

Duration: 5 hours

Description:

Back in the 1st century AD, when Roman Empire was at its greatest, the region around Budapest was the north-eastern corner of the Pannonia province. Here the Romans put their provincial capital and through their rich remainded heritage we can get insight how they lived in the far flung provinces.

The ruins of the ancient city of Aquincum can be found today in Budapest. It is believed that Marcus Aurelius may have written at least part of his book Meditations at Aquincum. The city had around 30 000-40 000 inhabitants by the end of the 2nd century, and covered a significant part of the area today known as the Óbuda district. People living in the settlement could enjoy the achievements of the Empire, like central heating in the houses, public baths, palaces, or amphitheatres for social events.

Steps of the tour:

  • The tour starts on the bustling Pest side. We take you along the most interesting downtown streets and the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue passing by St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House and splendid groups of buildings during the tour.
  • At the Heroes' Square we stop to take a look to the statues of the most important heroes of Hungarian history. Heroes’ Square is Hungary’s biggest square, complete with historical statues and famous museums.
  • We will have a look at the impressive House of Parliament, which is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district, also counted as the symbol of the city.
  • Proceeding by the Margaret Island we arrive up to the Castle Hill. The fabulous Castle District with the panoramic Danube view are parts of the world heritages. Here we can find the amazing, medieval sights within walking distance, the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace and many other historical sights are waiting for the visitors.
  • You can have a breathtaking view onto the entire city from the Citadel, a former military fortress, built on the highest point of the city, during the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy.
  • Finally we arrive in the 1 900 years old Aquincum Civil Town. Its lapidarium, including stone monuments found in the Aquincum area, is the largest in Hungary, and perhaps (outside Italy) one of the largest in Europe. The highlights of the collection, which has around half a million items, are the carved stones, the fresco collection, and a reconstructed, water-operated organ, which was made in 228.

Since 2005, there are two „chronoscopes” set up in the area, they were developed by Hungarian engineers. If you look into them, you can see what was there instead of the ruins, according to the current view of historians.

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Then & now Roman (5h) 169 € 89 € 75 € 59 € 49 €
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5. THEN & NOW TOUR IN BUDAPEST WITH TURKISH RELICS (4 h)

Architectural specialities from the Turkish Era till the modern days

Duration: 4 hours

Description:

By the sixteenth century, the power of the Ottoman Empire had increased gradually, as did the territory occupied by them in the Balkans. Buda and Pest lived under Turkish rule for nearly 150 years between 1541 and 1686. During this time many mosques, baths and other Turkish buildings were erected in Pest and Buda, and Christian churches' walls were whitewashed to give home to more mosques and djamis. Following the re-taking of Buda from the Turks in 1686, all mosques were destroyed, but today's Budapest still holds a few examples of Turkish architecture, like the Tomb of Gül Baba in Buda and the Király Bath.

Steps of the tour:

  • The tour starts on the bustling Pest side. We take you along the most interesting downtown streets and the nicest promenade of Budapest, Andrássy avenue passing by St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House and splendid groups of buildings during the tour.
  • At the Heroes' Square we stop to take a look to the statues of the most important heroes of Hungarian history. Heroes’ Square is Hungary’s biggest square, complete with historical statues and famous museums.
  • We will have a look at the impressive House of Parliament, which is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district, also counted as the symbol of the city.
  • You can have a breathtaking view onto the entire city from the Citadel, a former military fortress, built on the highest point of the city, during the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy.
  • Proceeding by the Margaret Island we arrive up to the Castle Hill. The fabulous Castle District with the panoramic Danube view are parts of the world heritages. Here we can find the amazing, medieval sights within walking distance. At the Military History Museum we can see cannons from the Turkish era, some of them have specially ornamented handles with the shape of a bird’s head. On the Anjou bastion on the left side of the Museum the Monument of the last Turkish governor can be found with the following epitaph:

    „Here fell the last Turkish governor, Pasha and commander of Buda, Abdurrahman Abdi Arnaut on 9 late-summer month of 1686, in his 70th year of age. He was a noble enemy and a hero, may he rest in peace.”
  • Then we visit the Tomb of Gül Baba and Rosegarden.
  • The octagonal building, built between 1543 and 1548 was used as burial chapel of the Muslim dervish Gül Baba, („the father of roses”). He died in 1541, following the occupation of Buda.

    There were several ideas of his death; some said that he was very old, according to others he got wounded at the fights and he received his death from Allah as the nicest present. His body was laid to rest in the garden of the tomb.

    Today the tomb is a well-known place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Its permanent exhibition displays religious items, along with Turkish rugs.
  • Finally we stop at the beautiful Turkish building of Király bath. The construction of this bath was begun by Arslan, the Pasha of Buda in 1565 and was completed by his successor, Sokoli Mustafa. In the Turkish era, it was called „Rooster Gate Bath”. Built behind the contemporary castle walls so that the bath could be used even during a siege.

Optional:

BATHING IN „THE CITY OF SPAS”

A peaceful experience: relaxing in one of the capital’s famous historical baths

There is no more rejuvenating way to relax than in a soothing spa. One of the very special things about Budapest is the prevalence of thermal springs, right in the city center. There are 118 springs and boreholes altogether, supplying the lot of amazing spas and baths. In 1934 Budapest was officially ranked as a “City of Spas.” Among its most precious treasures are its sixteenth century Turkish baths, as well as the historical spas Széchenyi, and Gellért.

A trip to Budapest cannot be complete without visiting one of the most famous thermal baths.

HISTORICAL BATHS

Gellért Bath

The Gellert Bath and Hotel itself was built in the preceding decades and opened its doors in 1918. Outdoor pools were added later on, and today it combines modern technical developments with rich historical heritage. This is Budapest's finest thermal bathing complex, still displaying original art nouveau fittings, colourful mosaics, marble columns and stained glass windows and statues.

Details:

  • oldest spa hotel in Budapest, old name: “Bath of the Virgins”
  • the foot of Gellert Hill was the site of a hospital in the Middle Ages, by the Turkish period there was a bathing place here.
  • indoor/outdoor bath
  • slightly acid, hydrocarbonated, radioactive water with minerals
  • good for bathing, drinking, inhalation cure for rheumatic, articulatory diseases.

Széchenyi Bath

Széchenyi Bath is one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe and the premier medicinal bath of Pest. Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879, which are the deepest and hottest (74-75 0C) thermal wells in the capital. The neo-Baroque bath were built in 1913, the swimming pool in 1927. The open-air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.

Details:

  • it was the first thermal bath on the Pest side, at the time, in 1881 was called "Artesian Bath"
  • it can be found in the City Park, one of the city’s biggest and most beautiful parks, next to the famous Heroes’ Square
  • indoor/outdoor bath
  • water is containing calcium, magnesium, hydro-carbonate, also sodium and sulphate, with a significant content in fluoride and metaboric acid
  • good for bathing, drinking, degenerative joint diseases, chronic and sub-acute arthritis, orthopedic and post-accident treatments.

TURKISH BATHS

Király Bath

This heritage bath is particularly special amongst the Hungarian thermal baths. It dates from the time of the Turkish occupation of Hungary and preserves the bath culture of the early Ottoman Empire in its full splendour. Among the marvellous, old walls of the Király bath you will pleasurably enjoy the calming effect of the water. Due to the beautiful playful lights coming through the 16th century roof structures and cupolas, taking a Turkish bath is an unforgettable historical journey.

Details:

  • number of thermal baths: 4
  • hot spring water with calcium, magnesium, hydrogen-carbonate and sulphate, also containing sodium and with a substantial content of fluoride ions
  • therapeutic suggestions for degenerative joint diseases, chronic and sub-acute arthritis, discus hernia, spinal deformity, neuralgia, post-accident rehabilitation.

NOTE: mixed day for ladies and gentlemen to be checked...

Rudas Bath

Rudas is one of the oldest thermal baths in Budapest. Its unique location and ambience make it a must see in Budapest. The main building of the bath was built in the 16th century during the period of the Turkish occupation by two pashas, Ali Mustapha and Sokoli Mustapha; one started the construction and the other finished it. Below the 10 meters diameter dome, sustained by 8 pillars, there is an octagonal pool.

Details:

  • the bath is located on the foot of the Gellert hill next to the Erzsébet bridge
  • since 2006 it is reopened after a large renovation
  • the bath received some fame in 1988 when it was used as a location in the 1988 action movie Red Heat, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi
  • six steam pools and a swimming pools
  • radio-active hot spring water with calcium-magnesium-hydrogen-carbonate also containing sodium and sulphate and with a significant content of fluoride ions
  • therapeutic suggestions for degenerative joint diseases, chronic and sub-acute arthritis, discus hernia, neuralgia.

NOTE: mixed day for ladies and gentlemen to be checked...

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Then & now Turkish (4h) 165 € 89 € 69 € 59 € 42 €
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1. HELICOPTER TOUR ABOVE BUDAPEST (20 min. + transfer, preparations)

Duration: 20 minutes flight + transfer and preparations

Description:

See the beautiful scenery of Budapest and it’s buildings, from the air during an amazing helicopter pleasure flight! One of our special sightseeing tours offers a unique and exciting way to see the capital city. From a fantastic bird’s-eye view, you can experience the beauty of the hilly Buda and flat Pest connected with spectacular bridges.

You will follow the River Danube through the heart of Budapest during an unforgettable helicopter tour. The trip gives you unique perspective and picturesque views of some of the city's most famous attractions, including:

  • the impressive House of Parliament
  • the fabulous Castle District with the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion
  • the green Gellért Hill with the Citadel, and Liberty Statue
  • the characteristic Gellért Hotel built in Art Nouveau style
  • the spectacular Palace of Arts
  • the National Theatre’s amazing new building
  • the lovely Margaret island

Don't forget to bring your camera with you!

Extra:

For those, who are interested in a more adventurous way of flying, we can offer our extreme Wayout Helicopter Flight Tour!

We recommend this tour for you just in case, if you are not afraid to try a really wayout flying at perigee. „Viatnaming” means a special kind of helicopter driving and it provides an extraordinary experience, like in the films with military helicopters in Vietnam, close above the surface.

Its elements:

  • Stalker flight in strait valley
  • Fan slew close to the land
  • Flight with 1-2 meters above a lake
  • Wimple in a forest
  • Flameout imitating
  • Express lift, turning around and sidling

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Helicopter tour (20 min.) 358 € 199 € 135 €
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2. TANDEM PARAGLIDING ABOVE BUDAPEST (20-30 min. + transfer, preparations)

Duration: 20 minutes paragliding + transfer and preparations

Description:

Enjoy the beauftiful panorama, the green hills and the the feeling to fly...

Budapest is a city which provides facilities to virtually all imaginable sport activities, from wall-climbing and skateboarding to horse riding and paragliding.

Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport. A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. A Tandem paragliding discovery flight makes it possible for almost anyone to fulfill the dream of flight.

The program contains 20 minutes of tandem paragliding for each person with a professional pilot. We transfer you to the starting area, where you will receive all important information’s concerning the flight. Each person has their own harness to sit in while flying. The passenger and instructor are connected together with spreader bars. You will get the best spectacles! You will fly over Buda hills with an outstanding view of Budapest and the woody hills. Although it looks daring, paragliding is absolutely safe. A competent and reliable staff would be there to assist you, with nothing for you to worry about. This will be an amazing and unforgettable experience.

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Tandem Paragliding (20-30 min.) 175 € 140 € 130 € 125 € 115 €
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1. CENTRAL HUNGARY – TOUR TO GREAT HUNGARIAN PLAIN (8 h)

Travelling an hour to the south of Budapest, you arrive to the largest flatland of Central – Europe, the Great Hungarian Plain called “Puszta” by the Hungarians. First stop is at the city of Kecskemét that is the cultural, economical and administrative centre of the county. The sights of the city are richly ornamented ecclesiastical and public buildings, built in the most different architectural styles as baroque, eclectic, romantic and art nouveau. The most famous of all is the City Hall built in the end of the 19th century. Every day before 11 o’clock visitors are getting excited, because something special is to happen on the main square: the City Hall’s bells are ringing lovely melodies of the world famous Hungarian music teacher and composer, Zoltán Kodály.

After our short visit to the “Capital of the Puszta” we continue the excursion across the waste flatland passing by fertile, green corn fields, fruit gardens and wide pastures where cow herds are grazing, creating lovely and romantic scenery for the eyes. On arrival at the farm there will be a warm welcome by friendly women and men dressed in gorgeous Hungarian folk’s costumes, offering a glass of brandy and typical home made cake to the guests. Right after a short brake we take you for a horse carriage-ride to have an imagination what the Puszta to the people here means; the feeling of freedom, the love of nature, the natural smell of grass and flowers – all these together… Returning to the tribune, there will be the presentation of the horse show. Talented riders show you different attractions with beautiful Hungarian horses, for example how a man rides 5 to 11 horses at the same time. A speaker will give informative explanation to each performance, photos can be taken and finally there will be riding opportunity. After the rich program, home made lunch accompanied by good wines and gipsy music will be waiting for you in the country tavern or “Csárda”. Before departure you can have a look around in the courtyard and in the stables to caress the animals (ponies, donkey, horses, sheep, cats and dogs). After a memorable country day we return to Budapest.

This program is ideal for the lovers of nature and animals, especially families with kids but not recommended to guests with allergy to animals’ hair.

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Central Hungary Tour (8h) incl. lunch 209 € 129 € 105 € 99 € 85 €
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2. ANCIENT HUNGARIAN CITIES AT THE DANUBE BEND (8 h)

This is the most popular excursion for tourists (foreign and Hungarian as well) with interest in Hungarian history. Leaving the capital towards the north, the landscape is changing. Driving about an hour across low, green mountains and small villages, we arrive in Esztergom, former capital of Hungary, centre of the Catholic Church of Hungary and archbishopric seat. The first Hungarian king St. Stephen was born and also crowned here more than thousand years ago. The purpose of our visit here is to get acquainted with the Hungarian history and see the largest basilica of the country built in the middle of the 19th century, furthermore the remains of the mediaeval stone castle and the millennium monument, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian state founding celebrated in 2000.

The next destination we reach after half an hour driving along the picturesque Danube valley. The town is called Visegrad. The castle from the 13th century is standing right at the top of the hill. After driving up along a steep and adventurous road, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the whole Danube bend. It is here that the Danube makes the biggest turn all along the river. Your guide explains you the history of the castle and shows you the exhibitions. After taking some pretty photos you still follow the river on its western shore crossing atmospheric, gorgeous little holiday resorts.

After half an hour you reach Szentendre (St. Andrew), named after its mediaeval patron saint. Just like in other Mediterranean countries, the town is situated on the slope of a hill, the streets are running down to the Danube where there is a nice promenade with cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops. Your guide takes you to a walk and introduces you to the history of this fairytale place, shows you the Holy Trinity Monument, the oldest Serbian Orthodox Church of Hungary, the baroque main square and other sights. On request, we can organise unforgettable wine-tasting from the finest wines from different historical wine regions of Hungary in the National Wine Museum. Afterwards, you still have the time to do some shopping or enjoy some free time before returning to Budapest either by boat or by your bus/car.

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Danube Bend Tour (8h) incl. lunch 219 € 119 € 99 € 89 € 79 €
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3. LAKE BALATON, THE "HUNGARIAN SEA" (9 h)

Travelling half an hour towards the West, we pass by the second largest lake of Hungary, called Velence Lake. It is situated at the foot of the Velence Mountain Range and is a popular holiday area for Hungarian families. The shallow water is ideal for swimming and fishing. After further half an hour we reach the largest fresh water lake of Middle – Europe, named Balaton. It has a length of 76 and an average width of 10 kilometres. Along the southern coastline there are the most popular holiday resorts of Hungary, fine beaches and romantic, peaceful little villages. The southern part is totally flat, the water is very shallow and that is why so many families with small children prefer this area. At the northern part of the lake the Balaton Upper-Land Mountain Range offers lovely diversity in the landscape. The climate of the region is very mild, the soil is fertile and so perfectly suitable for growing vegetables, fruits and grapes but major income provides to most of the locals tourism.

After crossing lovely little holiday resorts and wine yards, we reach Tihany Peninsula situated on the northern shore of the lake. Here your guide shows you the baroque Benedictine Church and Abbey founded in 1055 by Hungarian King András 1st. During the Turkish occupation the area was completely devastated including the original Romanesque church, but later in the 18th century a new baroque church was built upon the remains of the Romanesque crypt. The copy of the foundation document, which is the earliest written example of the Hungarian and Finno-Ugric languages, is displayed in the crypt. Outside, from the church terrace the view of the lake is wonderful. After spending some time in the street of the craftsmen looking at the old thatched roofed fishermen’s houses from the 18th century and looking at the many souvenir shops or having a cold drink, we will have delicious lunch accompanied by wine in a nice local restaurant. The next stop is at Balatonfüred that used to be the most favourite holiday resort of noble Hungarian families in the middle of the 19th century during the Age of Reform. Attractions in the town are the Tagore Promenade with nice view of the Tihany peninsula, decorated by old sycamore trees, the convalescent hospital and some nice villas from the 19th century. In summer you have the opportunity for bathing; the water temperature can reach 25-28˚C.

The third stop is at the world famous porcelain manufacture of Herend, established in 1826. Regarding the volume of production it is now the largest porcelain producer in the world. In the very beginning the production was limited to copy of patterns of other manufactures, later Herend developed its own design, also producing porcelain sets for the Imperial couple (Franz Joseph of Habsburg and his wife Elisabeth) and Hungarian aristocrat families. The wonderful hand painted products became more and more popular, today you can even order your own design... To get acquainted with the production of porcelain, we visit the manufacture and follow step by step how the white clay gets transformed into beautiful shiny porcelain. In the neighbouring porcelain museum the most precious pieces can be seen.
After a nice coffee or tea in Museum Café and eventually shopping in Porcelain Shop, we finally return to Budapest.

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Lake Balaton Tour (9h) incl. lunch 235 € 135 € 109 € 99 € 89 €
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4. NORTH-EASTERN HUNGARY WITH EGER AND TOKAJ (11 h)

Probably everybody heard about the famous Tokaj wines bur have you heard the name of EGER? On this tour you can get acquainted with the history of mediaeval Hungary, viticulture and wonderful landscapes. We leave Budapest towards the East and drive along the bordering region of the Great Hungarian Plain and the North - Hungarian Mountain range. In summer you can see cornfields of golden colour and yellow sunflower plantations, green mountains with shady forests. In winter snow covers the landscape. While your guide tells you about land and the people, about traditions and folks habits you can enjoy the scenery passing by. After one and a half hours driving you arrive to the city of Eger, situated in a valley between the Mátra and Bükk Mountains. It is a 1000 - year old episcopal seat - today an archiepiscopal centre - with a glorious historical past. István Dobó, one-time castellan, gave the town the title „patriotic town” for its month long resistance in 1552 against Ottoman Turkish forces that had a superiority of 20 - times against Dobo’s small army.

Eger has many attractions beside the fortress: medicinal baths, historical monuments and fine wines. Another famous product of the region is Bull’s Blood, the legendary full bodied red wine, a cuvee of red grapes. The mystery around the wine is kept as secret, but if you are curious, come and visit Eger to find it out! Your guide will take you for a historical walk in the mediaeval castle and in the old town. After this short walk we visit the Valley of the Beautiful Woman to have delicious lunch and taste wine, see those typical wine cellars dug into the hillside standing next to each other in close succession.


Heading further to the East, we pass by Mezőkövesd, a settlement that is famous about its folk’s art. The next place to visit is then town of Tokaj, also centre of the Tokaj - Hegyalja historical wine region (part of the Unesco World Cultural Heritage) where the world-famous Tokaji Aszú is produced. It is the most famous wine producing region in Hungary, also well known outside Hungary among wine lovers. Even though the viticulture in this area is a thousand years old, it became world famous only in the 17th century, when the Tokaji Aszú, a remarkable rare phenomenon resulting from typically late harvesting and special manufacturing processes, achieved wide recognition. As its fame grew, it reached more and more people. The Tokaji Aszú was awarded the title of "The king of wines, the wine of kings" in the court of Louis 14th, but was also well-liked by the court of the Tsar and by the Polish nobility. In Tokaj we visit the famous Rákóczi Wine Cellar; here we will do a cellar visit with a professional guide that will explain us everything about the production and background of the famous wine. Of course there will be a wine-tasting out of the best wines of the region. If you wish to spend more time in this area, we gladly offer also accommodation on request. After this memorable program return transfer to Budapest.

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North-Eastern Hungary Tour (11h) incl. lunch 349 € 189 € 139 € 135 € 115 €
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5. SOUTH – HUNGARY INCLUDING THE MEDIAEVAL CITY OF PÉCS AND VILLÁNY - WINE REGION (11-12 h)

Heading to the South after 2 hours exciting journey across Trasdanubian hills and valleys we first reach the 5th biggest city of Hungary called Pécs, located on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains in the south-west of the country, close to the border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economical centre of Baranya county, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs. It has been selected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2010 sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city's motto is: "The Borderless City". With its mediaeval monuments, meandering cabled stoned streets and baroque houses it has a real Mediterranean atmosphere with many cafés, restaurants that await their guests with open terraces from March until October.

In order to get know to the sights, your guide will invite you for a wonderful walk in the old town, that is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The mayor attractions are: Roman burial valuts, an original mosque and a tall minaret from the 16th century left from the period of the former Ottoman Empire, Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture and Museum, grandiose paintings in the Csontváry Gallery, decorative Vasarely patterns, public buildings and statues decorated with Zsolnay Porcelain called "eozin" that has a special greenish colour. In early spring the greatest attraction is when the almond trees are blossoming. After the short historical walk your guide will take you for lunch in the downtown.

The next stop is at the city of Villány, centre of the great Villány wine region, Hungary's first-class red-wine producing areas. Situated upon the southern and eastern slopes of the Villány Mountains the terraced surface of the mountain offers an ideal morphology to the efficient viticulture. The mass of the Villány Mountains protects the vineyards from the northern cold climatic influence, resulting in a special sub-Mediterranean microclimate. There is also a protected natural park here: 240 million years old fossils of animals and ammonites had been discovered in the former limestone quarry. Having discovered the fertility of this land the Romans were first to plant grape here. Many well-known wines are made from the grapes basked in sun in the vineyards on the plateaus slopes. The red wines, for which the Villány is famous, are the Blue-Oporto, Blue-Frankish, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot. Here you can see famous vineyards and visit one of Hungary's top wine makers, the Gere Winery and taste its wines.

Arriving to Villány, optionally you can visit the Gere Winery's vineyards with picturesque slopes and can get acquainted with the winery's viniculture philosophy and wine-production. Afterwards we will invite you in the winery’s traditional, centuries-old cellar, where you will hear about the wine region’s and the winery’s history, winemaking traditions and can taste splendid wines. After a memorable day in joyful, rural atmosphere we return to Budapest.

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South-Hungary Tour (11-12 h) incl. lunch 349 € 189 € 139 € 135 € 115 €
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6. WEST-HUNGARY WITH PANNONHALMA, SOPRON AND GYŐR (12 h)

Leaving Budapest to the North-West, 120 kilometres far we arrive at Pannonhalma. The Arch abbey of Pannonhalma was founded in 996. Father of the state founder, Prince Géza, who selected the location for the Benedictine monks, and his son, Saint Stephen were convinced that the great bishop of Tours, Saint Martin was born near "Mons Sacer" or "Sacred Mountain". That was the reason for granting the holy hill of Pannonia to the monks arriving from Bohemia. The monastery is held to be the “national cradle” of Hungarian Christianity and European culture. The Arch abbey is the only example of a classical monastery layout following Benedictine traditions which has been preserved in perfect condition. There are Romanesque, early and late Gothic and Renaissance elements in the minster. The library with 300,000 books is the biggest Benedictine collection in the world. The Arch abbey’s Archive treasures several valuable documents; the most known one is the deed of foundation of Tihany Abbey dating from 1055 which is the earliest written record of the Hungarian language. The Arch abbey has a great collection of artefacts; paintings, prints, coins, antiquities and treasures as well as a protected botanical garden. In 1996 UNESCO placed the abbey on the list of World Heritage sites as being of universal value. The abbey, one of the most ancient canonical places in Hungary, has intensive religious life and education still today. Pope John Paul II was also invited here to celebrate its 1000th anniversary.

After the guided tour in Pannonhalma, we leave for the next town: Sopron, situated close to the Austrian border of Hungary, at the foot of the Alps, surrounded by pine woods and vineyards producing fine wines. Sopron, named Scarbantia by the Romans, was in important station on the Ivy Road cutting through Europe in a north-south direction. Today it is called as the Most Faithful City - a title what Sopron proudly bears since it voted to remain part of Hungary as a result of the referendum held in 1921 that was an outcome of the World War I peace treaty. After arrival we invite you for lunch, and then your guide takes you for a historical walk. Sopron merges past and present in itself. The most famous sights are: the so called Goat Church that provided a venue for coronations and parliamentary sessions. The Holy Trinity Statue is a masterpiece of the Hungarian baroque, while the neo-gothic Ursuline Church is one of the most impressive architectural monuments of the 19th century. The castle district was built along the former moat, its inner row of Gothic houses follow the line of the former castle wall. A gem of the district is the statue of Holy Mary. There is no other city in Hungary that has survived the Turkish wars without damage. The town has been presented with the “Europa Nostra” prize, because of its wealth in historical monuments.

On the way back to Budapest the last town to see is Győr, the “City of rivers”, sitting at the confluence of the Danube, Rába and Rábca rivers. Called Arabona in Roman times, it was an important centre of Pannonia. After the capital, it is the second richest town in historic buildings and had won Europe-award for the protection of the historic buildings, in acknowledgment of the reconstruction of the Baroque centre of the town. Churches, palaces, museums, characteristic corner-balconies and narrow lanes, all reminders of a historic past, invite visitors to take a walk in the atmospheric centre of the town. Romantic cabled stone streets surround the former castle, which has later been converted into the bishop’s palace.

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West-Hungary Tour (12 h) incl. lunch 349 € 189 € 139 € 135 € 115 €
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