If you start your Danube cruise in Budapest, take a day or two before the cruise, to discover the Hungarian capital with me!
Before or after you take your cruise ship on the Danube, I will show you Budapest off the beaten track - things you won't see during your otherwise wonderful city tour provided by your Danube cruise-ship: Gellert hill panorama with the Hungarian Statue of Liberty, (best view), a local Market, Parliament area, Liberty Square, Basilica or the Great Synagogue and an authentic spa in Budapest Or, let's visit the Hungarian countryside! We will tailor your tour to your particular interest.
I have been working for 16 years regularly for almost all the cruise ships passing Budapest. I started out in 1999 as a program director for Grand Circle, then I became a local Budapest guide for many cruise ship companies: Uniworld, Grand Circle, Tui, Gate1, Tauck, AMA Waterways, APT, Alsace Croisière. I know and attempt to live up to the high quality standards of these companies - and I also know how limited and precious the time is you spend with them in Budapest city tour.
In Budapest: The most contradictory square in Budapest is around the Huge Hungarian Parliament: memories of WW2, the Holocaust, Hungarian Revolution 1956. St Stephen's Basilica has 30 different kinds of marble, while the Great Budapest Synagogue is in magnificent, art-deco style. (inside visit on request) A local market where you find handicraft, and actually try local food. Sport Stadiums and the Train Station where in 2015 summer all the refugees came, and park with the Fake Castle, the copy neighboring Dracula in Transylvania! A look behind the iron curtain - what was life like in communist times? Possibility to visit the House of Terror (recommended with local guide, closed on Monday!)
or see my 4 special tours:
Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Hungary
Private piano recital!
Travel with the Children's Railway
7 miles on a Real Train Operated by Enthusiastic Children in the Budapest woods!
The Queen's Palace and Hungarian Horseshow(full day tour)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Please enter the name and address of your hotel or ship's port, and I'll pick you up there, or any preferred location in the city.
End location: City center or back to your hotel
Duration: 5 hours
Chauffeur driven AC car
Chauffeur driven AC car, pick up at hotel, private guided tour with commentaries in English (French, German or Hungarian), dropping you off at your desired destination at the end of the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 HUF - entrance fees or public transport tickets
Food, drink, and any entrance fees.But I usually invite my guests to a chimney cake, because that's my favourite
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Katalin was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and extremely kind and friendly.