Budapest Danube River Cruise with Optional Dinner
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Budapest Danube River Cruise with Optional Dinner

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Stop At: Danube River, Budapest Hungary

On board, enjoy a relaxing candlelit atmosphere as you sip drinks including wine and Hungarian Sparkling wine. If you choose the dinner option, you'll also enjoy a hot buffet dinner of typical Hungarian dishes
Sit back and relax as you take in views of Budapest’s famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, a series of sites that illustrate the city’s fascinating history and culture.
Pass the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, the Chain Bridge (Clark Ádám Square), the Gellért Baths and Mt Gellért with its Freedom Monument. You’ll be awed by the sparkling city lights while enjoying live music entertainment, performed by three members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra.
Sample Menu
Cold Main Course
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream
Alföld-style goulash with small dumplings
Vegetable cream soup
Hot Main Courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Roasted chicken breast with basil and cheese sauce
Spicy pork slices rib with thyme and mustard sauce
Traditional chicken with paprika
Roasted sea fish served with Chardonnay sauce
Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Homemade spinach dumplings served with mustard and mushroom sauce
Salads and Garnishes
Fresh seasonal salads with dressings
Italian pasta salad
Caesar’s salad
Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise
Hash-brown or roasted potatoes
Grilled vegetables
Steamed Jasmin rice with corn
Home-made strudel
Somló style sponge cake
Mini tarts
Dessert variations Európa style
Season fruit basket
1 glass of Hungarian Sparkling wine
1 glass of wine, beer or juice
Mineral water

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest 1013 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Clark Adam Square (Clark Adam ter), Clark Adam ter, Budapest 1013 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Gellert Hill, Budapest Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: St. Gellert Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool, Kelenhegyi ut 4, Budapest 1118 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Varhegy, Szent Gyorgy Ter Square Buda Castle, Budapest 1014 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Balna, Fovam Ter 11-12, Budapest 1093 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: National Theatre, Bajor Gizi park 1., Budapest 1095 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

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  • Professional host/hostess
  • Live entertainment
  • Buffet dinner (if option selected)
  • Drinks (including 1 glass of Sparkling wine and 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink if option selected)
  • Transfer
  • Drinks only option does not include Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Danube River
Not included
  • Additional drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner not included unless the dinner option is selected
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
4 | 2019-09-30

Extremely picturesque. The views were amazing at night. Food was acceptable. Service was attentive. Live string music was enjoyable. Length of tour was perfect.

Chris L
4 | 2019-09-23

This was a very nice evening aboard a well presented ship. The cruise was good if not a bit short. The food was good - buffet style. Would have preferred to be served at the table though.

Maria M
4 | 2019-09-19

The room we were assigned did not give us a good view of the river. The food was good but going to the buffet was disorganized. We enjoyed our table companions and the music was fun.

Maria Josefina L
5 | 2019-09-03

Me and my 2 BFFs did this tour with the dinner option because it was my friend's birthday. We had a wonderful time with drinks, food and live music. The view at night was just spectacular!

Bradford F
3 | 2019-08-08

The cruise is beautiful, as is the city. It is all lit up at night. The food was a buffet of traditional Hungarian dishes, done in a food service manner. I found it overall disappointing. I could have probably just done the cruise without the dinner just fine

Hilary C
3 | 2019-07-19

This tour started out rocky. I messaged the tour provider the day before to confirm they were picking us up from our hotel as I had provided this as a detail when making the booking,I received no response. The following day, we waited for half an hour outside our hotel for someone to collect us. We went to our hotels reception and they called the tour provider only to be told that we should have called 6 hours earlier to say that we wanted to be picked up from the hotel. So the hotel called and got a taxi for us to go to the meeting point. When we got there, they informed us that the person on the phone was wrong and we should have waited at the hotel as someone was there now. Anyway, we went on the boat, which was beautiful and of course the scenery was also beautiful, the food was very average. The music was wonderful. The tour had also told us that we would be taken back to our hotel at the end. So at the end of the tour we walked the fifteen minutes back to the first meeting point and was told that pick up was from the boat!!! A kind man working there, took us back to the boat and said sorry that no one had told us that we would be picked up from the boat ( no signs and unmarked cars?) And that was it. Terrible communication.

5 | 2019-07-15

Brilliant. The staff were wonderful and welcoming. The food was delicious with so much variety. Lovely music playing during the dinner. Highly recommended this dinner cruise.

5 | 2019-07-11

The dinner cruise meal was plentiful and delicious. We enjoyed the pre-dinner champagne, served upon arrival. The tour narration was excellent.

5 | 2019-07-03

The whole experience was great. Staff, musicians, dinner and the view. Weather was perfect. Ended the evening our on the deck.

Dennis L
5 | 2019-07-03

A very serene and wonderful boat cruise of the River Danube with dinner and music. Service was more than adequate, food was nice and was served warm to hot! The most compliment had to be the pick up and drop off car service....the driver was very courteous and always carried a wonderful smile! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful evening of food, drinks and music!

Colleen B
5 | 2019-07-03

Drop off and pick up at our apartment was wonderful! Beautiful boat, views, and the food was delicious! Very nice staff!

Mariane S
5 | 2019-07-03

Well organized, very friendly staff, definitely worth every dollar spent!! Wonderful food, wonderful ambience etc etc...

5 | 2019-07-03

My mom and I went on this as a fun way to see the sights while enjoying dinner. We both enjoyed the food-Paprika Chicken was delicious! We had a table for two right by a window and had great views of the sights while cruising the river. We would both highly recommend this dinner cruise.

George P
4 | 2019-07-03

Excellent evening dinner cruise on the Danube at Budapest. Would have liked to have the cruise to view the lights.

Holly H
3 | 2019-07-03

we chose the free drinks option. When we got there it was 2 glasses of warm champagne or beer. The live music was played inside the boat. It was nice but when on a sight seeing cruise you want to be on the outer decks to enjoy the scenery. You couldn't hear any of the music at all. I would suggest a speaker outside. There was also very limited seating outside. We had to use chairs lined up against a wall in smoking section to sit when none of us smoked. I would also suggest a map or a speaker to point out what we were passing. As the first time in Budapest I had no idea what we were looking at as we went by.

5 | 2019-04-15

Without question, the highlight of our visit to Budapest. The beautiful ambiance of the ship's old- world wooden decor coupled with an absolutely amazing violinist who was accompanying by a violist and a cellist that played during entire dinner surrounded by Budapest's amazing light show as we cruised the Danube River. Truly romantic is a vast understatement! The reasonable fee included pick-up and delivery to our hotel. A very much appreciated service after our long day of travel from the United States. A highlight of our entire trip that included six European countries.

Florence L
5 | 2019-03-22

Dinner was great (although a bit salty)! But no cold meals like what the other review stated. The round trip transportation from hotel to cruise is awesome! No wasting time, just get in the car and the driver bring you to the cruise. When you finish the cruise they get you right back in the car to the hotel! very smooth with no confusion or hassle!!

Steven L
5 | 2019-03-12

All I have to say is that it was money well spent and every one in our party had a brilliant experience.

Deborah L
5 | 2019-03-06

I had an amazing first night in Budapest provided by Viator! I arrived in Budapest after an 8 hour ride in a motor coach from Prague, CR to Budapest, HU. My tour guide was excellent!!! He notified promptly of my pick up details. He was on time for my pick up and return. He was pleasant and provided a general orientation to the city of Budapest as he was driving to dinner/cruise site. Excellent cruise/dinner/and music. I highly recommend this Viator activity.

Maximilian E
3 | 2018-12-27

The cruise itself was very nice, steady ride, live music, the food was really nice, however cold. Also I noticed they ran out of both main dinner and desserts off the buffet.The staff were incredibly rude. Once they had your money off you they had no interest in customer service. Extremely rude with disgusting attitudes. It was effort for them to get you your drinks, had to ask 8 times and 5 different waiters for a spoon for my soup, when I finally got it, it was cold. Staff kept mining things under their breath, generally were the most unhelpful, rude, obnoxious and arrogant people.

David G
4 | 2018-12-10

The evening was very enjoyable. Plenty of food available and an attractive dining area. Taxi was waiting for us to take us back to our hotel. However, the pickup time was between 6:10 and 6:15. That day I received a text stating pickup time was now 6:00. Taxi arrived at 5:45. We arrived at 6:00 and had to wait ONE HOUR on a cold boat until the cruise boat arrived. Not happy.

Mary Rose P
5 | 2018-10-22

I was glad I read the reviews and that I decided to treat my girlfriends to this on our last night there. The pick up and drop off service was a real bonus. There was an abundance of staff on the cruise so it wasn’t disorganized like what other reviews said. We really didn’t focus on our food but on taking photos of the magnificent buildings! I know others said to opt out of the dinner part but I felt it added to the ambiance and we enjoyed it!

5 | 2018-10-19

Lovely experience! Highly recommend for the first night in Budapest.

Ana Margarita D
5 | 2018-10-05

Definetly one of the best , they picked us up in a taxi at our hotel and dropped us off. It was very nice. Get the dinner cruise it was wonderful they had a buffet, we only got the drinks , thinking that the dinner would not be nice. but it was great. they had musicians,really very nice. Loved It.

4 | 2018-10-02

We had a very nice time on our River Cruise and loved that we were picked up at the door of our Airbnb. They picked us up right on time and dropped us right at the spot to catch the boat. We didn't have the dinner just drinks and it was very nice sitting on deck admiring the beautiful view of Budapest at night. Great experience that we recommend to anyone. ~a

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