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The Hungary - Budapest Untour

Explore the imperial city of the Hapsburgs, an architectural jewel on the Danube. Budapest's rich history and exciting street life are waiting to be discovered. Taste the spicy cuisine and spirited wines. Experience the exotic music and dance of the Magyars. Explore the markets, gardens, and cathedrals of this beautiful capital city.

Stay in a vacation rental apartment in the heart of the old town center.

Sights to see: Castle Hill, Central Market, a Danube cruise, the Parliament Building, Vaci Utca, and more!
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Day trips: Just a few of the day trips we suggest from Budapest: the lovely Danube Bend where the artist town of Szentendre and the medieval fortress of Visegrad entice curious travelers. East of Budapest lies the Great Hungarian Plain, a vast grassland famous for its horses and legendary puszta outlaws.

Sightseeing: In Budapest itself, you’ll want to explore the ancient castle, take in the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of the Central Market, admire the collections of Budapest’s many museums, and take in a concert or opera in one of the city’s renowned musical venues. Of course, the ancient churches and the Central Synagogue shed light on the diverse spiritual legacy of Hungary. The delightful Hungarian cuisine can be sampled in hundreds of restaurants and cafés. Don’t neglect a Danube cruise for a relaxing way to take in the city’s sights by river.

Off-the-beaten-track treasures that can’t be beat: When you need to get off the beaten track, try a relaxing walk on the wooded Margaret Island, a refreshing day at one of the city’s historic spas, a wine tasting session at the House of Hungarian Wines, or even a walk through one of the fascinating caves in the Buda Hills.


The Hungary - Budapest Untour Includes:

  • One or two weeks in a personally selected, private apartment in Budapest.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Budapest, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (More information on Untours' air policies here.)
  • A 7 or 14-day Metro pass good for unlimited rides on the metro, trolley, buses.
  • Transfer assistance upon arrival from the airport or train to your Untours apartment in Budapest and return to the airport or transfer to the train for your next city destination (if needed).
  • An orientation session by our superb on-site staff with current information on local events, concerts, and festivals.
  • A local cultural event, like a Danube river cruise.
  • Use of a cell phone for calling locally or internationally. Some nominal local fees apply.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to dash off to the grocery store right away.
  • All Untours' publications including our own On-Site Guides researched and written by Untours staff, full of local tips and suggestions for day trips.
  • Lots of pre-trip planning advice from our expert staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • Ongoing support via telephone with our local representative - help available when you need it.
  • Train ticket to next city destination for other sampler Untours (if needed).

Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Budapest:

"Budapest turned out to be a delightfully lively city with interesting places to walk and discover. It was comfortably safe to walk at night as single women, as the streets seemed filled with young college-age people. Our apartment could not have been in a more convenient location, and our staff person was a delightful young woman who was extremely diligent about keeping in touch with us to be sure that we were managing ok. She even called one evening to give us step-by-step directions to reach a movie theater on the edge of the city and gave us an excellent restaurant recommendation for dinner on the Pest side of town." Roberta Melville

"The eventual support and genuine caring we received from Henriette and her family. We were very reassured by the availability of the cell phone which we needed at least twice to panic call Henri.ette. We were delighted to be invited for a meal at Henriette's family's home. It gave us a chance to see life outside of the big city and to connect with a family which we feel privileged to have enjoyed! About the city itself: Budapest was a surprise and a delight-we got in touch with Toni's heritage a bit!" John McIntosh

"We felt that we were really experiencing Budapest not as a tourist but as someone who was visiting friends." Elgenia Ross

"Budapest exceeded our expectation. A beautiful site on the river, magnificent old buildings, modern shopping area, comfortable apartments.The city was very vibrant." Gerald and Helen Haines

Frank and Alison Davis talk about their 2002 Budapest Untour: Frank: "While Alison was experiencing the Baths, I walked around much of the park. I followed my ear towards sounds of recorders playing; I discovered a popular area with people standing watching the musicians and then a group of street dancers. In this area was a replica of a provincial church and the Department of Agriculture, built like a medieval castle. I shot some photos and returned to meet Alison at the Baths." Alison: "After this refreshing experience, I met Frank outside and we walked around the park some more. We saw the Castle Vajdahunyad another ornate building and the little Catholic chapel Jak Chapel which has a beautiful reconstructed Romanesque portal. A group of children were performing Renaissance dances on the steps of the castle. We went home and rested before dinner, which we had at Central Kafehaz near Ferenc tér, within walking distance of the apartment. Some young Americans we had met had recommended it. It has a non-smoking section, good food and good people-watching opportunities. We ate there several times, enjoying the meat crepe (palacsintas) and goulash soup. After dinner we walked along the Vaci utca and heard organ music coming from St Michael's church, so we stepped inside and found ourselves listening to Bach and Liszt! An unexpected free concert! The church is restoring the frescoes, so we gave a donation. Afterwards, the organist was outside chatting with his students and the audience seemed to be mostly residents of the city, young and old, rich and poor."
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