Budapest is one of the most photogenic places on earth, and a destination that is included in 17 Emerald Waterways itineraries. The Hungarian capital perched on the Danube River combines the old and new, enabling guests to find lively experiences as well as enjoying its classical splendour.
Here are four reasons why Emerald Waterways loves Budapest and why the city should be on guests 2021 travel wish list.
From the gothic to the ornate, Budapest puts on an architectural showcase to rival any of Europe’s illustrious capitals. There are four must-see buildings in the city. Firstly, Széchenyi Chain Bridge which spans the Danube connecting Buda to Pest. You can enjoy one of the most scenic and romantic walks in Budapest across this old and iconic cast-iron suspension bridge.
Second, take the funicular up to the palatial hilltop Buda Castle. The historical castle and palace of Hungarian kings is now home to a large four-floor museum. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the most renowned landmarks in Budapest including the Stephen’s Basilica church to view its amazing religious treasures and the extraordinary Parliament Building.
From heartbreaking memorials to taking part in traditions, Budapest comes alive with Hungarian traditions. There is a sculpture on the riverbank of cast iron shoes which serves as a memorial to 3,500 people killed at the river edge by fascists in Budapest during the Second World War.
Hungary has an incredibly rich cultural heritage and this is due in no small part to its folklore and music. During the evening cruise through the heart of the city on board the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, guests will be treated to a traditional Hungarian folklore show performed by local musicians dressed in traditional Gypsy attire.
Hungarian cuisine is revered for its bold flavour and traditional ingredients, and guests are guaranteed delicious meals on board and wherever they wander across the city. The three dishes recommended include goulash which is made with Hungary’s leading culinary export: paprika, or lecso which is a traditional stewed vegetable, or langos which is a cross between a Yorkshire pudding and a pizza. On board, you can choose from regional delicacies as well as British classics.
Budapest and the Danube River are included in Emerald Waterways current offer. For those booking before 31 August 2020, enjoy savings of up to £1,000 per couple, a complimentary Premium Drinks Package, entitling guests to unlimited on board drinks*, and flexibility with Emerald Waterways’ Deposit Protection Plan. New bookings paid in full by 31 October 2020 will also enjoy an additional Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple.
An itinerary that guests can enjoy all the splendours of Budapest is on the nine-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. On offer from £3,395 per person (based on 3 June 2021 departure) on the Emerald Dawn Star-Ship**, this itinerary sails the final stretch of the Danube and weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, where guests can meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek and Belgrade and marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
Price includes return flights, transfers, the cruise as stated above, all tipping and gratuities, all on board meals and selected drinks***, excursions and experiences. If you’re not a fan of flying, Emerald offers some no-fly river cruise options. With these options, guests will travel in first-class comfort on the Eurostar at no additional cost.
*On board drinks – Exclusions apply to Premium Drinks Package.
**Star-Ship – European Star-Ships are subject to change.
**Selected drinks – wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the sailing.
For more information on Emerald Waterways’ Budapest Cruises, visit www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk or call 0808 301 3352.
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