DAY 01 : BUDAPEST
Arrival to Budapest. Meet & greet followed by transfer to your accommodation. Overnight stay.
DAY 02: BUDAPEST
We will start the tour in the Castle District and during a short walk we will show you the main attractions of the area. St. Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion, from where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama. There will be a photo stop infront of the Royal palace at the end. Passing the Elisabeth Bridge we will arrive to Pest and show you the famous Central Market Hall. It is a real pleasure to see it. Than we will stroll along the famous Vaci street for a wile. During the tour you will also see the largest Synagogue in Europe. We will pass by Europe’s largest thermal spa and stop at the Heroes’ Square with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes. Later we take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, pass by the Opera House and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. We will also see the House of Parliament. That impressive building was built in the Gothic Revival style. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices!) Accommodation. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: BUDAPEST-DANUBE CRUISE-BUDAPEST
This full day boat tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countrysides in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád, at Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country, see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan.
Return journey to Budapest. If you are travelling between the months of May through to September, this will be a magical boat cruise.
DAY 04: BUDAPEST-PECS
Breakfast. Morning coach ride to the Hungarian city Pecs. It is a must if you decide to go to Hungary. Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary. In the Middle Ages, Pécs was a center of education and learning. The University of Pécs was founded in 1367, among the first universities in Europe. Pécs has a rich history of more than 2,000 years. You will see The Necropolis of Sopianae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most iconic building Gazi Kasim Mosque on Széchenyi square, the Barbican and monumental Cathedral and stroll around Király Street with its many baroque-style buildings. We will visit the Zsolnay Museum, housed in a Gothic residence, you will find displays of the finest pieces of award-winning porcelain, even paintings. Then check out the hustle and bustle of the Pécsi Vásár flea market, and shop for traditional Hungarian wares. Check-in to accommodation. Overnight stay.
DAY 05: PECS-KESZTHELY
Driving to Keszthely. It is located on the western corner of Hungary's very own "sea," Lake Balaton, almost 200 km (124 miles) from Budapest. The town is in a microclimate area, with warm summers, clear skies, and beautiful vistas and hills. We will explore the Festetics Mansion, the Carriage Museum, or try the Dolls Museum, which has Europe's largest collection of dolls, with the Parliament of Snails. After roaming around Keszthely, we will have a traditional Hungarian meal. Transfer to Györ. Accommodation. Overnight stay.
DAY 06: GYÖR
Breakfast. Györ is located halfway between Budapest and Vienna in the north-western corner. It is known as the town of rivers. It sits at the meeting point of three rivers, the Danube, Rába, and Rábca. Györ has been populated ever since. During the Ottoman invasion, the commander of the town didn't think it was worth defending it, so he ordered the entire town to be burned to the ground. When the Ottomans arrived, they only found piles of ashes. When they left, the town was rebuilt and the top Italian builders completed the work with baroque buildings. We will see the Gyo Basilica on Káptalandomb, where King Stephen established the Episcopate. The baroque church with its Blessed Virgin picture is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Hungary. The palace of Count Gábor Esterházy, it is now the City Art Museum. At the Zichy-Palota on Liszt Ferencutca, you will find a permanent puppet collection of 72 puppets, accessories, and furniture. Overnight stay.
DAY 07: GYÖR-BUDAPEST
Transfer to Budapest, to the airport/end of services.