The jewel in Hungary’s crown is its capital, Budapest, built strategically around the Danube. Arts and many beautiful buildings testify to the city’s close connections with Paris, Vienna and Berlin. Explore this peculiarly split city and the surrounding areas with us and discover Hungary’s treasures.
The capital is split into two distinct areas: the castle area of Buda and the more diverse Pest. Combine the two and you have a very cosmopolitan city filled to the brim with history, culture and the arts.
Buda is made up of hills, unspoilt townhouses, Fisherman's Bastion, the Mathias coronation church, the Royal Palace complex and the Hungarian National Gallery. Pest offers grand boulevards, the opera, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the glorious parliament building, with its striking Neo-Gothic façade and sculpted figures of Hungarian kings, princes and historical notables.
There are also many architectural treats further along the Danube’s valley, where you can encounter a different side of Hungary, with the Danube Waltz sailing to Esztergom and visting Visegrad Fortress where you can see the Danube bend. Enjoy a more active escorted tour, and hike through stunning scenery with Walking the Blue Danube.
Budapest comes to life over Christmas with romantic architecture, a chilly winter atmosphere and the traditional Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square, offering mulled wine and chimney cake. Christmas Markets on the Danube offers the chance to explore some unique cities and absorb the Christmas atmosphere during the advent season while cruising the Danube from Austria to Slovakia.
A Musical Christmas on the Danube offers the best of Christmas while showcasing the fine musical heritage. A mini-cruise from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava enjoying classical concerts and traditional ballet.
City breaks are enjoyable at any time of year, but we recommend spring - autumn to make the most of the mild continental climate. There are four distinct seasons, with a very warm summer and cold winters where snow is not uncommon.
Here at Jules Verne we have over 40 years of experience creating some of the most awe-inspiring holidays, our Hungary holiday tours are no exception. And we guarantee when you choose one of our guided tours of Hungary, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you’re looking to travel solo, as a couple, or with a group of friends, our escorted tours to Hungary will open your eyes to the wonderous architecture, cuisine, and culture this beautiful country has to offer.
Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today and embark on your next holiday with Jules Verne.
A wonderful waltz with the Danube’s drift, this classic cruise goes with the flow from Austrian Melk and Vienna to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava; and sails the natural, national border to Hungary, to visit the Puszta prairie, beautiful Budapest, and Esztergom’s Basilica
Sailing from the Black Sea to Budapest, this is a fascinating and multi-faceted journey, revealing the less-known reaches of the Danube, and cruising through the ravishing riverscapes which connect the countries, capitals, and cultures along its remarkable route
Walking the Blue Danube
From splendid landmarks in historic cities to stunning landscapes of hills and valleys, this is a gentle journey of discovery, combining the delights of Danube cruising with unhurried tours of cultural capitals, and invigorating hikes in the glorious ‘great outdoors’