Travel through glorious scenery to Hungary’s magnificent capital on the great River Danube. The city is split into 2 parts; Pest, located on the Great Plains to the east, and Buda, nestling in limestone hills to the west.
Spend a morning viewing the grand 19th century architecture of Pest including the magnificent Heroes Square. After lunch, go off on foot to discover the ancient heart of Buda. Explore the historic district around the castle and see the breath-taking views from the quaintly named Fisherman’s Bastion, a supremely romantic look-out.
After your guided sightseeing you will have free time for more sightseeing, shopping or people-watching.
24 Mar 18 - 31 Oct 18 : Daily except Wednesday & SaturdayDuration
1 DayStart time
Your hotel in Vienna.
(Please advise your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour).
You can also join the tour from Opernring 2, 1010 Wien (Vienna State Opera House).
Please reach the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.
Your hotel in Vienna.
At the start of your Budapest Sightseeing Tour from Vienna you will be picked up from your hotel or you can join the tour from the Vienna State Opera House to meet your vehicle. The tour departs from the Opera House at 7:15am, so make sure you get there in plenty of time. There is no guide on the coach.
Leaving Austria you will drive through the enchanting countryside of western Hungary and arrive at Budapest around 10:15am. In Budapest you will meet your expert multilingual city guide.
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Straddling the River Danube at a narrow point it famously consists of two parts – Pest, which lies on the flat land of the Great Plain – and Buda which spreads over forested limestone and dolomite hills.
On arrival in the city you will first enjoy a bus sightseeing tour of the Pest part of town. You will see the neo-gothic Parliament building, with its heavy ornamental stonework, and the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, built in 1884 and one of the city's most beautiful buildings. You will view the renowned Heroes Square. This huge square was built in 1896 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin. Flanking the square are two fine museum buildings – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery. On this tour you will also see the neo-classical National Museum of Hungary.
At 11:45am you will take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at restaurant ‘Sisi’ (payable direct). After lunch, at about 1:00pm, you will set off on a sightseeing excursion on the Buda side of the river. This will be a walking tour of the historic city center in which you will view the attractions from the outside. Budapest is so beautiful there is plenty to look at even if you do not enter any of the venues.
You will see Buda Castle on the southern tip of Castle Hill. This was the royal residence of the Hungarian kings in times gone by. The building has had a checkered history and has been altered many times but the oldest bit of the present day palace dates from the 14th century.
Stop to admire the views from Fisherman’s Bastion, a late 19th century neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque terrace on Castle Hill. The seven towers you will see represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian basin in 896. The terrace takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.
Also in the Castle district you will pass the colourful and highly ornamented Matthias Church. Church tradition says that it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015. The building you can see today was built in the second half of the 14th century and extensively restored in the 19th century.
You will see Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube. Today it is an attractively landscaped park but its medieval ruins are reminders of its former role as a religious center.
From 3:00pm to 5:00pm, you will have free time to go shopping or simply enjoy more of the beauties of Budapest.
At 5:00pm you will board your coach for the return journey. The coach arrives back in Vienna around 8:00pm and you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all details
4 passengers are required to operate this tour. Should this requirement not be met for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
It is your responsibility to check passport and visa requirements.
Hotel Pick up is guaranteed only if it is booked until 3:00pm the day before.
Love the trip...nice scenery, breathtaking....Resurreccion Naje, Canada, 19/Jul/2016
Well organised and clear. The guide was friendly and helpful throughout the day. The guide in Budapest (Judith) was also excellent - very patient and knowledgeable: clear...Leanne Thompson, United Kingdom, 18/Aug/2016