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Christmas in Budapest

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Christmas on the Pearl of the Danube

Join us for a wonderful Christmas in the heart of Hungary’s beautiful capital.

The stunning, romantic Pearl of the Danube is a festive delight, with its traditional markets, the largest and oldest of which takes place in Pest’s central Vörösmarty tér, incorporating an ice rink and laser show, adding to the atmosphere of one of Europe’s most appealing cities.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Lion’s Garden, Budapest
  • Included city tour of Buda and Pest
  • Included river cruise on the Danube
  • Christmas Eve dinner at your hotel including a glass of wine or soft drink
  • Traditional three-course Christmas Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Return flights to Budapest
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per person

Your Itinerary

View a full breakdown of your holiday to help you plan your trip

  • Meet your tour manager at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

    Dependent upon your arrival time, you may wish to head out and enjoy a first exploration of the ‘twin city’ that straddles the Danube. There are a host of bars, cafés and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets, all exuding traditional Christmastime warmth and welcome.

  • This morning’s included tour will bring to life the major sights, including Buda’s Castle Hill, home to the former Royal Palace, the Castle District’s maze of winding streets, Mátyás Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, with its views across to Pest on the opposite shore.

    Bustling, stylish Pest, with its sweeping boulevards, elegant stores, and the Belváros Old Town, is a hive of designer stores, coffee houses, patisseries and restaurants, many found along Váci utca, the pedestrianised main shopping street.

    Traditional Christmas Markets take place on Vörösmarty tér, the central square, and in front of St Stephen’s Basilica. Wooden pavilions offer handcrafted gifts, and the aromas of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and traditional Hungarian pastries hang in the air.

    This evening return to your hotel for a festive dinner and to begin your Christmas celebrations in earnest.

  • Merry Christmas! Enjoy a free day spent at your own pace, perhaps returning to Vörösmarty tér to take in the scents and delights of Budapest’s Christmas markets, or perhaps soak up the festive atmosphere as you take a leisurely stroll in City Park or Heroes’ Square, close by your hotel.
    After a fabulous day, enjoy a well-earned three-course Christmas dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Gain a different perspective of Budapest today, as you take to the Danube for an included river cruise. Make the short walk from the hotel to join the boat, then sit back and enjoy the ride, along with an included glass of sparkling wine, as you glide along one of Europe’s most iconic waterways. Pass by some of the city’s best-known buildings, including the imposing Gothic Revival-style parliament, and beneath Castle Hill.

  • Bid farewell to Budapest, transferring to the airport for your return flight at the end of a marvellous few festive days.

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Hotels

Hotel Lion’s Garden, Budapest

This hotel is located in Budapest’s peaceful diplomatic quarter opposite a 100-year-old Dominican church, on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of downtown.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes.

  • Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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