Budapest and Lake Balaton, the "Hungarian Sea"

6 days / 5 nights

Explore Budapest and Lake Balaton, also known as the "Hungarian Sea"! Visit the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory and take part in an amazing boat sightseeing tour on the beautiful Lake Balaton!

Day 1

Our package includes following services on this day:

Arrival to Budapest by plane or train

Transfer from Budapest Airport / Budapest railway station to the hotel

Accommodation at choosed hotel

Free time

Additional programs

Authentic Hungarian folklore dinner at Borkatakomba Restaurant (+35 EUR/person)

  • The Borkatakomba (Wine Catacomb) Restaurant was etablished in a former wine cellar extending to several branches of the Budafok cellar system, it is the restaurant with the richest traditions. Borkatacomba is more than a restaurant: on one hand a restaurant, on the other hand a theatre.

    We recommend authentic folk dance or entertaining folk programs between the serving of the courses. The show offers a glimpse into the rich and regionally diverse traditions of Hungarian folk dance and folklore costumes.

    Our mission is to introduce the masterpieces of Hungarian culinary art to foreign visitors. The courses are prepared by our Olympic medalist master chef József Révész and his team.

    During the selected program, guests are entertained by our first violinist, József Balázs and his four-member gypsy band. The repertoire of the artists who regularly perform with the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble extend from traditional Hungarian folk songs, through chansons and operas, to classical music.

Day 2

Our package includes following services on this day:

Accommodation with breakfast at choosed hotel

4 hours Budapest sightseeing tour

  • We start the tour from the Chain Bridge, pass by the Elisabeth Bridge and the Downtown Parish Church, then take the small boulevard to show you the famous Central Market Hall, the National Museum and the largest Synagogue of Europe from outside. We then take the Andrássy Avenue, pass by the St Stephen's Basilica as well as the Opera House and stop at Heroes' Square to show you the statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes while giving you a brief overview of the last 1000 years of Hungarian history. Next, we discover the City Park on foot (Europe's largest thermal spa, Budapest Zoo and Vajdahunyad Castle). After this pleasant walk we drive over to the Buda side and stop in the Castle District. We walk to the Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion (from where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama) and other main attractions of the area.Next, we drive to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) and show you the most spectacular view of Budapest. We then take you over the Elisabeth Bridge to Pest. The tour ends in the city-centre.

    English tour: daily at 10.00 and 14.30
    German tour: daily at 10.00
    Italian tour: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10.00
    Spanish tour: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10.00

    4 hours

    Free hotel pick up at 9.30 or 14.00
    No multilingual tour; only in one language
    Professional tour guide
    Air-conditioned vehicle

    Not included
    Hotel drop-off
    Entrance fees

Lunch at the famous Great Market Hall (our package includes table reservation, you can pay your meal on the spot)

  • The Great Market Hall in Budapest was built in 1897, and is the most beautiful and largest of all Budapest market halls. The market hall is not only ‘Great’ in its size, but is also great in other aspects. Most importantly the market is also central, no wonder it is also called the Central Market Hall, for both of its location (5 min walk from the city centre), and the volume of trade taking place here on a daily basis. You can get all sorts of goods on the 3 floors of the Great Market Hall of Budapest: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fantastic salamis, pickles, fresh fish, Hungarian paprika, Tokaj wines, various souvenirs, bags, clothes, pans and pots, and even home style meals, or Hungarian snacks like Langos at the upper floor food stands and eateries.

Free time

Additional programs

45 minutes guided tour at the Hungarian Parliament building (+ 15 EUR/person for EU citizens; + 28 EUR/person for non-EU citizens)

  • Approximately half a million visitors take the official tour of the House of Parliament every year. The building is open nearly every day of the year for visits led by trained guides who speak numerous languages. Groups depart from the Visitor Centre to take a tour of approximately 50 minutes through the most beautiful rooms in the building. The visitors route includes the the Main Staircase, the coronation jewels in the Dome Hall, the Old Upper House Hall and the Lounge. (Due to parliamentary or state events, visits may be cancelled, or the route may be modified even as late as immediately prior to admission.)

Lunch at Biarritz Restaurant (only table reservation, you can pay your meal on the spot)

  • Renewed French atmosphere, Lipótváros restaurant for more than 20 years ago to accept guests. The "Biarritz" full of memories, telling name. It can refer to the Danube embankment heel side of the house once a working coffee house and openness towards other people's cuisine. Accordingly, the Hungarian cuisine flavors combine modern cookery, a French bistro atmosphere associated with the Hungarian hospitality.

Day 3

Our package includes following services on this day:

Accommodation with breakfast at choosed hotel

SPA experience at Rudas bath house with whole-day wellness ticket

  • The Rudas Thermal Bath was built more than 450 years ago in Budapest during the Turkish era. The use of the steam chambers and the Finnish saune are included in the ticket. Since 2014 it offers a new wellness section and a sauna world. A unique programm is bathing in the panorama pool in the rooftop.

Fantastic 3 course lunch at Rudas bath house’s Restaurant

  • GREAT FOOD, GREAT VIEW AND GREAT TIMES ! Rudas Bistro is situated next to the Buda-side foot of the Elizabeth Bridge, with aspectacular view at the River Danube with its bridges and the city of Budapest, right under Gellért Hill overlooking our restaurant. Visit the world famous Rudas Bath and dip in the healthy Juventus spring spouts from a depth of 1500 meters, then taste culinary specialities of Rudas Bistro while enjoying breathtaking panorama from our terrace!

Free time

Danube Cruise with festive dinner

  • Enjoy your meal and let the breathtaking scenery of evening Budapest delight you. A la carte candlelit dinner with the finest food, live music entertainment and professional service - all on board of our panorama "bubble boat".
Additional programs

3 hours Jewish Quarter tour (visiting Dohány Street Synagogue) (+ 66 EUR/person)

  • The streets of District VII closest to the city centre have been home to the religious centres of Orthodox Jews of Budapest since the 19th century. This includes the synagogues in Dohány utca (the second largest in Europe), Rumbach Sebestyén utca and Kazinczy utca. In November 1944, the area between Király utca, Kertész utca, Dohány utca and Károly körút was delineated as the Jewish Ghetto, which segregated tens of thousands of Jews, many then sent to concentration camps. Brave actions on the part of diplomats Raoul Wallenberg, Giorgio Perlasca and Swedish embassy employee Károly Szabó helped save the lives of several thousand who remained, up until the Liberation of Budapest in January 1945.

Day 4

Our package includes following services on this day:

Breakfast at the Hotel

Check-out from Budapest Hotel

Transfer from Budapest to Herend

Guided tour at the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory

  • Those who are on their way to Herend can catch sight of the special, stately building complex – accommodating the Porcelanium Visitor Centre – right from a distance. It goes without saying that the mission of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory is also evident from here: to provide, apart from producing fine porcelain, ideal conditions for popularising this special profession and technology as well as to pass on the tradition of applied arts.

  • Since the year 1999 this has been the home of the Minimanufactory, where the visitors can get an insight into the secrets of porcelain-making. If you would like to become a porcelain maker, even if just for a little time, take the raw porcelain paste or the painting brush into your hands, and the workshops will give your imagination free flight.

  • The Victoria Brand Shop is located in the side-wing opposite the Minimanufactory. The Porcelain Museum offers a permanent exhibition and temporary shows, renewed in every season, to highlight the history of the Manufactory. Coming back from the trip to porcelain world, visitors can take pleasure in the catering facilities offered by the Apicius Restaurant and Café.

Lunch at Apicius Restaurant, Herend Porcelain Manufactory / Fogas Csárda, Tihany, Lake Balaton / Echo Restaurant, Tihany, Lake Balaton (our package includes table reservation, you can pay your meal on the spot)

  • The restaurant is named after the celebrated Roman gourmet Apicius. It is a real culinary experience to eat dishes worthy of him in the elegant grand hall or the more intimate gallery. It is a comfortable place for 80 persons at maximum capacity. Marcus Gavius Apicius was a notorious Roman gourmet and lover of luxury who lived in the 1st century AD. He is sometimes said to be the author of the first Roman cookbook, which was actually compiled about 300 years later… He was the subject of On the Luxury of Apicius, a famous work, now lost. Evidence for the life of M. Gavius Apicius derives partly from contemporary or almost-contemporary sources but is partly filtered through the work by the Greek Apion, whose purpose was presumably to explain the names and origins of luxury foods, especially those anecdotally linked to Apicius. From these sources anecdotes about Apicius survived...

Transfer to Balaton hotel

Free time

Day 5

Our package includes following services on this day:

Breakfast at choosed Balaton hotel

Sightseeing boat tour on the beautiful Lake Balaton

  • Admire the spectacles of the Tihany Peninsula and the Balaton Highland from our ships or just enjoy the lights and the stunning view of the shore and the charm of the sunset during our evening cruises! Beside the offered programmes our ships can be rented as well, if You would like to attain Your ideas. Our ships: Jókai and Balaton, and our motor sailboat, the Róza all stand at Your disposal, so You can easily find the most suitable one. We ensure the experiences and the convenient environment – the rest depends on Your fantasy!

Lunch at our suggested restaurant (our pacage includes table reservation, you can pay your meal on the spot)

Free time

Additional programs

Wine tasting experience with dinner at Szent Donát Winery: tasting 5 different wines; 3 course dinner menu without drinks (+ 53 EUR/person)

  • Szent Donat Winery bears the name of St. Donat, the patron saint who protects the grapes of Csopak from summer storms. The early Christian saint who lived during the period of Roman Pannonia is also a historical link connecting together the local wine culture’s Roman beginnings, the 1000-year ecclesiastical past of the grapes of Csopak, and the climate challenges of modern times. It is very important to the winery that the appropriate gastronomical context is set for the wines produced on our terroir. The Wine Mansion with its bistro and wine garden are open all year round for visitors. Their main cornerstones are freshness and regionality. Chef Zoltán Endrédi and his team create the menu based on ingredients found at the Balaton and Bakony. The kitchen’s own herb and vegetable garden, as well as a seasonal menu ensure that only the best is served on our plates.

Day 6

Our package includes following services on this day:

Accommodation with breakfast at choosed hotel

Check-out from the Hotel

Transfer from the Hotel to Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport / Budapest railway station

We are pleased to provide transfer services, for all programs. If you would need transfer for any day, click on ASK OFFER and you can write your transfer request to "Note, request, question" section.