Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise - Budapest

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Enjoy a Budapest Gala Concert at Pesti Vigadó or Danube Palace, choosing seats in the front or middle rows. Music from the Danube Symphony Orchestra is enhanced by a typical Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom, and the concert gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy some of history's most famous classical melodies in Hungarian style. Watch other performances including ballet dancers and soloists from the Budapest Operetta Theatre, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube River, the perfect way to end your night. Champagne, wine and a buffet dinner are included.


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  • Choice of seating available

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Your evening concert takes place at Pesti Vigad or Danube Palace, a splendid neo-baroque-style concert hall in Budapest. A host will direct you to your seat in the front or middle rows of the intimate theater for the start of the Danube Symphony Orchestra concert.

Formed in 1961, the Danube Symphony Orchestra has become a sensation throughout Europe, with a repertoire that covers almost every musical style, from baroque music to modern music of the 20th century. What's unique about this orchestra is that they perform famous classical melodies accompanied by the cimbalom, a typical Hungarian instrument played by striking two beaters against a range of strings. You can only enjoy this type of sound in Hungary!

Along with music from the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Gala Concert includes performances by ballet dancers, Budapest Operetta Theatre and a Hungarian folk band. A solo performance by a singer from Hungary's Virtuosos Talent Show also takes place.

Every concert consists of two parts, between 40 and 45 minutes each (see sample program below). During the intermission, you can have a drink at the bar, purchase DVDs of the Danube Symphony Orchestra or browse Hungarian souvenirs.

Concert plus Dinner

A Danube River cruise is a great ending to your night in Budapest, whether you fancy a late dinner or a scenic setting for after-dinner drinks. When the concert concludes, a guide will lead you to the pier so you can step aboard your 90-minute cruise.. Sip Sparkling wine and wine or beer amid the candlelit atmosphere, and then enjoy a buffet dinner presented with a creative touch by an award-winning food sculptor (see sample menu below).

After dinner, make your way to the open upper deck for stunning views of Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, a series of landmarks and monuments that illustrate the citys history. You'll see the Buda Castle Quarter, the Chain Bridge (Clark dm Square), the Gellrt Baths and Mt Gellrt with its Freedom Monument before finishing back at Danube Palace. When you arrive at the dock, your host will be happy to call a taxi for you upon request.

Inclusions for Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

  • Symphony concert ticket
  • if plus DRINK cruise selected:1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink
  • if plus DINNERcruise selected: 3-course buffet dinner, 1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1/4 liter mineral water, 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink,

Exclusions for Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert With Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

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


Sample Concert
  • Berlioz: Rákóczi March
  • Erkel: Palotás from the opera László Hunyadi
  • Delibes: Coppelia – Tschardas
  • Bartók: Romanian folk dances
  • Haydn: Farewell Symphony IV Movement
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
  • Kálmán: Devil-Rider – Palotás
  • Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
  • Liszt: Love Dreams
  • Folk-song adaptation: Under the Mountains of Csitár
  • Kodály: Intermezzo
  • Monti: Csárdás
  • Strauss: Long Live the Hungarians!
  • Strauss: Radetzky March
Sample MenuFirst 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
  • 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

After the concert, a host/hostess will escort you to the pier (if dinner option selected). It is a 5-minute walk from Danube Palace/Pesti Vigado

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 Danube orchestra Cimbalom concert was fantastic and recommended to all lovers of orchestral music. We didn't attend the dinner cruise due to timing and changes to our flights.

  • Love the venue and the performance. Dinner on the Danube at night was magical.

  • Really enjoyed the first half of the concert, but the second half just seemed to drag. It was very hot and stuffy in the room.

  • It was a wonderful evening we enjoyed it very much Delighted we went

  • special evening. orchestra was outstanding.

  • The concert was exceptional and included the symphony, Hungarian dancers from the Hungarian ballet and marvelous opera singers. A guide took us on a 5 minute walk to the boat. The food was delicious best I have ever eaten on a siteseeing cruise and the views from the tables were marvelous. The only caution I give is that there was only a small open deck on top of the boat to take pictures and was filled with smokers so if you want to take pictures at night, this is not the right cruise. Enjoy!

  • It was a fun evening and we enjoyed ourselves. The singers were talented and we were fascinated by the expertise of the Cimbalom player. I would recommend this event.

  • Very good value for money and a lovely experience.

  • An amazing experience! The concert was superb and the river boat cruise was excellent- lovely food, music and beautiful views. Would highly recommend.

  • very good

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