Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

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Attend an organ concert at St Stephen’s Basilica, famous throughout Hungary for its remarkable musical performances. Inside the beautiful Neoclassical church with excellent acoustics, enjoy an evening of classical music by masters such as Bach and Vivaldi, played by some of Hungary’s most esteemed musicians. Upgrade to include a late-night dinner cruise, and enjoy a buffet meal with Champagne and a drink as you cruise along the Danube River, soaking up UNESCO World Heritage-listed sights such as the Buda Castle Quarter.

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Your evening concert takes place at St Stephens Basilica, one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in Budapest and perhaps the most important church in Hungary.
Adapted by Miklos Teleki, one of Hungarys most famous organ artists, the concert includes several arias performed by esteemed musicians such as Kolos Kovts, an award-winning oratorio singer, and Eleonra Krusic, known for her European performances. Settle into your Category 1 (front-row) or Category 2 (middle-row) seat and enjoy the 70-minute performance (no intermission). You'll be wowed by the excellent acoustics of the church as you listen to some of history's most famous classical pieces such as Ave Maria and Agnus Dei (see sample concert below in the Itinerary section).
Concert plus Dinner:
Whether you fancy a late dinner or a scenic setting for after-dinner drinks, a Danube River cruise is a great ending to your night in Budapest. Following the concert, travel by taxi to Budai Vigad to board a boat for your 1.5-hour late dinner cruise. Enjoy the candlelit atmosphere as you sip a glass of Sparkling wine, followed by wine or beer, and enjoy a buffet dinner that's presented with a creative touch by an award-winning food sculptor (see sample menu in the Itinerary below).
After dinner, head to the open upper deck. The star of your cruise is Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, a series of sites that illustrate the citys history. Pass the Buda Castle Quarter, the Chain Bridge (Clark dm Square), the Gellrt Baths and Mt Gellrt with its Freedom Monument. Finish back at Budai Vigad.

Inclusions for Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

  • Organ concert
  • 5-hour dinner cruise (if dinner option selected)
  • 1 glass of Sparkling wine (if dinner option selected)
  • 1 glass of beer, wine or soda (if dinner option selected)
  • Water (if dinner option selected)

Exclusions for Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off: Concert Plus Dinner (Cat1) with pick up:80 EUR and Concert Only (Cat 1) with pick up:40 EUR, Concert + Drink + P/up (Cat 1)56 EUR
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Itinerary:

Sample Concert:
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasy in F minor K 608
  • Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons - Winter (Largo)
  • Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pieta Signore
  • Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
  • Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886): Choral
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
  • Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Badinerie from suite in B minor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Sample Menu:First courses (buffet selection):
  • Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves (traditional creamy bacon sauce)
  • Alföld-style goulash with noodles (slow-boiled beef and vegetable soup)
  • Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles
Main courses (buffet selection):
  • 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
Side dishes and salads (buffet selection):
  • 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
Desserts (buffet selection):
  • Home-made strudel
  • Somló sponge cake (layers of sponge and cream)
  • Mini tarts
  • Dessert variations Európa style
  • Season fruit basket
Drinks (one of each option available):
  • 1 glass of Sparkling wine
  • 1 glass of wine, beer, juice or soft drink and 1 bottle of mineral water

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible. Please advise at time of booking if you require wheelchair assistance

Please reconfirm to the supplier the hotel pick up name

Please make sure to include the address of your hotel/accommodation and your phone number during the reservation process, for your driver to be able to reach you. Please also include the country calling code in your phone number.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The organ concert played by Miklos Teleki was ABSOLUTELY fabulous 5 Stars. We have heard many organists over the years and he is the best. I would say that the meal on the Danube was just 3 stars but the cruise itself was lovely. I would recommend doing the organ concert separately and select a cruise with no food option as another separate event. I did not realize we could have the option of selecting the organ and cruise with a drink only.
    Rick Steve's commentary about skipping a food cruise is right on. your food dollar is much better spent in a lovely restaurant rather than on this cruise. However, the cruise at night is a very good choice, esp. if it is a lovely night as we had

  • An absolutely wonderful way to experience being in the church. Such talented musicians and vocalist.

  • We enjoyed the concert and cruise despite bad weather on the day.

  • Our visit to the Organ Concert at St Stephen's Basilica was the high light of our ten day visit to Budapest. The live performance in the Cathedral with the organ, flute and voice far exceeds that what can be experienced listening to a CD.
    One can understand how the composers and musicians sought to create music in such a beautiful setting that uplifts the soul of all who hear and experience the performance.

  • Amazing concert.

  • It's impossible to rate this combined event fairly - the concert was excellent 5 stars and the transfer to the cruise was so badly organised - we felt like a herd more than 50 people beign run through freezing streets of Budapest with no info or whatsoever - worst experience we've ever had long lines, people not knowing where and when we were going to board and if the boat was going to have enough space for everyone to be sheltered from the icy cold. We were so disappointed and cold that being already on the bank of Danube we decided to return to the hotel so the curise itself cannot be rated. Please avoid booking these two events together, I believe it is absolutely not worth it!!!

  • The performance was outstanding. The chruch organ sounded so fantastic and the vocal performers were top notch.

  • The concert in this lovely, grand church featured both Hungarian and international classics. Our program, which ran on Thursday evenings included works by Vivaldi, Bach, Albinoni, Mozart, Schubert, Listz and Bizet. The musicians included the organist, a flautist as well as one of Hungary's most famous concert and oratorio singers. A delightful evening sure to be enjoyed by any music lover.

  • Great concert in outstanding venue. Wonderful care given by transport drivers to and from the venue. Only hiccup being having to find the Basilica the day before to collect my ticket, that was a real pain. Why not email the tickets to purchasers?

  • The concert was fantastic and cruise was really nice. The problem was that the schedule said we would be taken from one activity to the next but the tour guide made us walk several blocks to their location to wait for their customers to join us and then we had to walk to the next venue. I did not wear walking shoes because we were told we would be driven to the dinner cruise. This tour would have been rated 5 stars if the tour operator had not made us walk to their office to stand around for 15 or more minutes waiting for their customers to join us and then they made us walk a few more blocks to the boat. We should have been informed up front that we would be walking from place to place and not going directly from one venue to the next.

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