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Budapest River Cruises

About Budapest

Hungary’s fascinating and culturally immersive capital is separated into its component ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides by the Danube River and is a mainstay of practically all river cruises which explore this iconic waterway. Buda’s home to the majority of the city’s historical attractions, while Pest is a more lively and cosmopolitan counterpart. Budapest is one of Europe’s largest cities, packed full of elegant attractions and iconic landmarks. Of course, there’s a wide choice of excursions available which are expertly tailored to take in all the absolute must-sees.

Exploring Budapest

 As you approach the city and catch sight of its iconic Parliament Building on the banks you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was built specifically with the delight of cruisers in mind. The Neo-Gothic masterpiece was inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament and, as well as functioning in a modern-day political capacity, it is also one of the city’s key landmarks. A guided tour will tell you all about its history and give you the chance to see more of its incredible architecture.

The Castle Hill area in Buda is another of the city’s most popular areas in the heart of the city’s medieval district. Cobbled streets, baroque architecture and scenic squares all contribute to the atmosphere and cultural delights. Fisherman’s Bastion is a must-see, a 19th-century folly which boasts fairy-tale turrets and towers, as well as exceptional views.

Matthias Church is the key attraction to be found on the area’s main square and is a beautiful piece of architecture, used as the venue for numerous coronations of Hungarian kings-past. Though it suffered intensive damage during the Second World War, its interiors were rebuilt with previously unseen medieval areas exposed and plenty more to see, making it a fantastic attraction.

The Hungarian State Opera House is another incredible landmark, dating back to 1884 and built in the style of perhaps the world’s most famous venue of its kind, the Vienna Opera House. Whether you’ve time to take in a performance or not, the building is a breath-taking piece of Neo-Renaissance architecture. It is possible to take a tour, but many visitors agree that a performance is the best way to appreciate the reason that this building was built for. Also built in the neo-Renaissance style, St Stephen’s Basilica is another incredible building, which took 14 years to complete. Its 300-foot dome is undoubtedly the most striking feature, with plenty more architectural wonders to witness, both inside and out.

Budapest tips

If a Budapest bargain is what you’re after, be sure to head for the Great Market Hall, where you’ll find such national exports as Hungarian pottery and lace. If you’re in search of some local fare, try goulash soup, with a Gundel pancake for dessert.

Suggested Read: Port in focus: Budapest

Budapest Itineraries

Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

3 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Vidin

Best of the Balkans

3 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Beautiful Danube: Vienna to Budapest

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Prague and the Danube

3 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Regensburg

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Budapest to Cologne

3 sailing dates July 2021 to July 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Cologne
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Budapest

Vienna To Budapest

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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Amsterdam

Christmas & New Year

1 sailing date December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

Save £1,500 per couple PLUS FREE Private Door-to-Door Chauffeur Transfers

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Budapest

Active & Discovery On The Danube

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Krems

Active & Discovery On The Danube

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Deggendorf
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Vienna

Active & Discovery On The Danube

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Budapest

Active & Discovery On The Danube

7 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer Turkey Budapest to Bucharest

2 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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Budapest

Danube Delta Discovery with Trans to Bucharest

1 sailing date April 2021
20 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer with Turkey and Istanbul

2 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
16 Nights From Istanbul, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Danube Christmas Markets

1 sailing date November 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Regensburg

Prague to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Bratislava

Danube Symphony

9 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2022
5 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Deggendorf
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Passau

Rhine, Main & Danube

4 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Bratislava

Treasures of the Danube from Bucharest

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2022
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Nuremberg
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4159pp
Bratislava

Treasures of the Danube from Nuremberg

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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