Festive magic in Hungary's beautiful capital
The stunning, romantic 'Pearl of the Danube' is a festive delight. Browse its traditional markets, the largest and oldest of which takes place in Pest's central Vorosmarty ter, and the latest of which incorporates an ice rink and a dazzling laser show.
Fly to Budapest, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your chosen hotel. Dependent upon your arrival time, enjoy a first exploration of the 'twin city' that straddles the Danube.
This morning, an included tour will bring to life the city's major sights. In Buda, on the left bank of the river, lies romantic Castle Hill - home to the former Royal Palace - the Castle District, with its colourful street traders and musicians, and fascinating Matyas Church. Across the river, stylish Pest, with its sweeping boulevards, elegant stores, and the Belvaros (old town), is a hive of designer stores, smart coffee houses, patisseries and restaurants, many found along Vaci utca, the pedestrianised main shopping street.
Don't miss the gloriously traditional and authentic Christmas Market that takes place on Vorosmarty ter - the central square. Here, over 100 wooden pavilions offer high quality hand-crafted gifts and artefacts, and the aromas of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and traditional Hungarian pastries hang in the air. You'll also find another Christmas market in the square in front of St Stephen's Basilica, onto the dome of which a festive laser show is projected as night falls.
Take the opportunity to join the optional festive river cruise past the glorious parliament building, and, this evening, perhaps dine in one of the many restaurants in the Belvaros.
Enjoy another day soaking up Budapest's festive atmosphere, or join the optional excursion to Slovakia's beautiful, Danube-side capital, Bratislava. The city is a cosmopolitan mix of Central European influences and glorious Baroque palaces, and hosts a number of its own Christmas markets. Wander the stalls of the Main Square or nearby Hviezdoslav's square, take in the view from the Old Town Hall's tower or the futuristic UFO bridge spanning the river, and return to Budapest to enjoy a last evening in the Hungarian capital.
Bid farewell to Budapest, transferring to the airport for the return flight.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveller, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £30 per bag.