Danube River Lunch Cruise - Budapest

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Take in spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest panorama on a scenic Danube River daytime cruise. Enjoy drinks, including Champagne and wine or beer, plus an optional Hungarian buffet lunch if you choose. Pass several beautiful bridges and get great photo ops of all the famous city sights like the Buda Castle Quarter, the Palace of Arts and Gellert Hill with its Liberty Statue.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Buffet lunch included

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Meet your friendly local host at the Danube Palace in central Budapest for a 5-minute walk to the riverboat. With a warm welcome aboard, get ready to enjoy your 1.5-hour afternoon sightseeing cruise on the Danube River, which flows right through the center of this historical capital city.

Relax as you take in the gorgeous sights of Budapest, admiring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed panorama as you sip a glass of Sparkling wine, followed by your choice of wine, beer or juice. Pass bridges such as the Margaret, Erzsbet and Chain Bridge, and view cultural landmarks like the National Theatre, Parliament, Buda Castle Quarter and Gellrt Baths.

If you choose the lunch option, enjoy a buffet meal of typical Hungarian and international dishes plus a glass of Sparkling wine, a glass of wine and a bottle of mineral water. The chef, a world-renowned food sculptor, adds a colorful and creative touch to the delicious dishes (sample menu can be found in the Itinerary section below).

Inclusions for Danube River Lunch Cruise

  • Professional English-speaking host/hostess
  • if DRINK cruise selected:1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink
  • if LUNCH cruise selected: 3-course buffet lunch, 1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1/4 liter mineral water, 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink,
  • Hotel pick up & drop off

Exclusions for Danube River Lunch Cruise

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Sample Menu
Cold Main CourseSpiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream
SoupsAlföld-style goulash with noodlesVegetable soup with tarragon and noodles
Hot Main CoursesMini stuffed cabbageMeatballs in tomato sauceTurkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauceCsongrád-style pork slices in garlic sauceChicken paprika
Side Dishes Boiled potatoesPotato sconesNoodlesSteamed jasmine rice with corn
VegetarianGrilled polenta with feta cheeseGrilled vegetables
SaladsCorn salad in dill and yogurt dressingVinegary potato saladCucumber salad with sour cream dressingCaesar saladSeasonal fruit
DessertsSomló-style sponge cake puddingMini tiramisu cupBlueberry fruit cream with chocolate sponge cakeChocolate mousseHomemade strudel
Drinks1 glass of Sparkling wine 1 glass of wine, beer or juice / Mineral water

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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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  • Danube River lunch cruise was wonderful!!!

  • Excellent trip, we were lucky to have fantastic sunshine which made for some fabulous views of the sites from the boat. The buffet was far better than I had expected, good standard of food which was hot and plentiful. The hosts that guided us from the meeting point to the boat were not overly friendly and did not provide much information however once on the boat our waiter was excellent. There was some commentary in English but this was difficult to hear as they continued to play music at the same time. The cruise was roughly 90 mins in duration as the 20min walk from the meeting point to boat seemed to be part of the 2hr trip. Definitely worth including to get some great views of Budapest.

  • Pick up and drop off on time and friendly driver. The cruise itself is good with 2 complimentary drinks and explanatory of each buildings. The ship itself is quite good not very old. Value for money and recommended for those with time constraint.

  • Excellent food and really interesting. Wish it had been longer

  • It is a nice cruise, if it's your first time in Budapest. The lunch was acceptable.

  • Really a nice lunch ride. Food was quite good and plentiful. The meeting place was a bit hard to find, and then a half mile walk to the boat. Why not just meet at the boat? Overall a nice way to spend an early afternoon.

  • Wonderful cruise through downtown on the Danube and enjoying a wonderful Hungarian buffet. The city takes on a completely different look from the water. Not to be missed.

  • Value for money is excellent, but we would've liked it more if you could sit outside. We were sitting downstairs in the restaurant and you could look outside well, but it would be much better if we had beter view from upper deck or something. The windows also were scratched and bit dirty, so I couldn't take great photos. The food and service was really nice though, you get A LOT! of food. All in all well worth the money! Not too short not too long.

  • The river trip cruise was great. The fact that I had to run all over to find the main office for the tickets was terrible.
    Why couldn't, the trip tickets been available where the cruise originated?

  • Good traditional food. Two hours was not enough...

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