Spend four days in Budapest, the charming Hungarian capital along both shores of the Danube—where history and modernity are seamlessly woven as one. Gaze at the city’s skyline from Fisherman’s Bastion, delight in the medieval monuments of Castle Hill, and enjoy your stay in one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.
- It's Included:
- Bus ride from Ljubljana to Budapest
- Accommodations for 4 nights in Budapest
- 5 meals—4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
- 2 small group activities
- Services of a local English-speaking OAT representative
- NEW for 2015: Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
- All transfers
This morning, depart Ljubljana by bus for Budapest. When you arrive in Budapest at around noon, you'll be transferred to your hotel and enjoy a brief orientation walk and Welcome Drink.
Lunch and dinner are on your own.
After breakfast, set out on an included walking tour of Budapest. Known as the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest is divided by the beautiful river, with Pest to its east, and Buda to its west. During your stay, you may wish to visit the medieval buildings at Buda’s Castle Hill, where a massive castle complex and its ramparts high above the Danube have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk across the Danube bridges, including the famous Chain Bridge, first opened in 1849 to link the two provincial towns of Buda and Pest, and a symbol of Hungarian liberty in more recent times. See the imposing riverfront Parliament Building and visit Heroes’ Square, a memorial to the great leaders in Hungary’s history dominated by the great Millennium Monument.
Another Budapest highlight is the Matthias Church, formally named the Church of Our Lady and used for the coronations of Hungarian kings. Dating to the 13th century, the structure is a fascinating blend of architectural styles utilized during reconstruction at different times in its history.
At the conclusion of your walking tour, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this grand city on your own. Lunch is on your own.
This evening, we'll gather together to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, you may wish to join our Szentendre optional tour, which includes lunch in this picturesque Hungarian village, along with museum visits, and more.
Or, take advantage of a free day to plan your own activities in this very walkable city. Be sure to stroll along the Vaci utca, a wonderful pedestrian-only street filled with cafés, shops, boutiques, and stunning architecture. You may also wish to head to the Hungarian National Gallery for its exhibits of Hungarian art from medieval times to the modern day.
Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
With another day of independent exploring in Budapest, this might be the time to consider an excursion to Margaret Island using the local boat service that runs from both sides of the Danube. Private motorized traffic is not allowed on the island, so buses, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and walking are the means of getting around. A giant water tower building dominates the landscape, and there are ruins of a Dominican convent and a 13th-century Franciscan church. The largest park in Budapest, forested with chestnut and willow trees, is located on the island, as well as several botanical gardens, including a Japanese Garden and a Rose Garden.
This evening, try one of the city’s many fine restaurants for dinner on your own.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.