With its abundance of beautiful parks, luxury shopping, vibrant contemporary art scene and pulsating nightlife, Budapest is one of the most memorable holiday destinations in Central Europe.
Dubbed by artists and writers as the ‘Paris of the East’ and the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ – with ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sitting astride the great river on the city’s West and East banks respectively – Hungary’s pivotal role as the capital of the mighty Hapsburg Empire has imbued it with an appetite for both high culture and the good life.
Excellent local champagnes are served everywhere and, as befits the world’s second-largest producer of foie gras, fine dining is always on the menu. Attractions include a plethora of ‘must-see’ World Heritage sites, theatres and museums and, as the only capital city in the world to boast an intricate network of thermal caves, Budapest has much to interest guests for whom spa and wellness is an intrinsic part of their holidays.
Four days of city pleasures
Explore the capital city with a guided private tour in a chauffeur-driven car or via a comfortable, informative coach tour. Don’t miss the breathtaking Parliament building, the Royal Palace or the biggest synagogue in Europe and take time to unwind on Margaret Island; a pedestrianised oasis in the centre of the city with musical fountain and exquisite gardens.
Swap Budapest's urban backdrop for the rustic landscape of the Puszta, the vast flatlands which offer an intriguing insight into traditional rural Hungarian life. Combine the great outdoors with a visit to Eger, Tokaj or Villa´ny and a taste of the country’s world-famous wine.
If any building captures the sights, sounds and smells of Budapest, it is the Central or Great Market Hall; whose three levels are packed with everything from local black sausage to exquisite dolls and other souvenirs. Take a walk down Va´ci Street; a pedestrianised area bustling with luxury shops, restaurants and coffee houses, and complete your day with an afternoon at the world-famous thermal baths.
Take a half-day trip to Godollo and visit the second largest baroque chateau in the world; the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. Discover the quaint Szentendre village via one of our boat trips and round off a perfect day with a romantic dinner on the Danube.