Budapest Ballet & Christmas Markets, departing 01 December 2017
Budapest Ballet & Christmas Markets
4-days, only €669pps
Departing 01 December 2017
Direct flights from Ireland
BOOKING DEPOSIT 30%
Balance due 56 days prior to
tour departure date
Experience the beautiful city of Budapest on our 2017 Budapest Ballet and Christmas Markets tour. Known as ‘the Pearl of the Danube’ Budapest is a beautiful city which offers much to see and do. This tour offers you the chance to see beautiful Budapest as well as enjoying ballet in the sumptuous Hungarian State Opera House.
During your free time, visit the glittering Budapest Christmas Markets and enjoy mulled wine, traditional handicrafts and the beautiful, festive lights or perhaps take time to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca where the city’s fine museums and monuments, churches and synagogues, historic squares and buildings are within easy reach or enjoy a relaxing visit to one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths, literally an institution in Budapest!
Day 1 – Friday 01 December 2017
Your Budapest tour will start with an early morning flight to Budapest. Flying with Aer Lingus, your flight departs Dublin at 06:15 and arrives into Budapest airport at 10:10. (please note that flight times are subject to change at the airlines discretion)
On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide for transfer to the 5* Budapest Marriott Hotel where you will stay for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Your hotel: 4* Superior Hotel President Budapest
On arrival at your hotel, check-in (please note that rooms may not be ready on arrival)
After check-in, enjoy lunch in one of Budapest’s local restaurants (2-courses with glass of wine/tea/coffee/water). After lunch, you enjoy and see the city sights on your city tour as you are chauffeured along Budapest’s elegant boulevards to Heroes’ Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Gellert Hill. Look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest – the two sides linked by the Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. Visit the Castle District and enjoy the amazing views from the Fisherman’s Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. Endless galleries, museums, outstanding art nouveau architecture and excellent shopping offer a fittingly elegant
This afternoon and evening is at your leisure. Perhaps try dinner in the hotel restaurants or in one of Budapest’s many local restaurants. Sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 2 – Saturday 02 December 2017
This morning after breakfast, join your local guide for a backstage tour of the Hungarian State Opera. The Hungarian State Opera House (Hungarian: Magyar Állam Operaház) is built in neo-Renaissance style with elements of Baroque and is located in central Budapest, on Andrássy út, not too far from your hotel. Today it is the largest Opera building in Budapest and Hungary. It is a richly-decorated building and is considered one of the architect’s masterpieces. Ornamentation includes paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art including Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Károly Lotz. In terms of beauty and acoustics, the Hungarian State Opera House is considered to be amongst the finest opera houses in the world.
Afterwards, take some time to relax at a tradition wine tasting experience at Doblo’s Wine Bar where you will sample four types of Hungarian wines.
After a busy morning, you have the afternoon and evening free for independent sightseeing. Perhaps visit the glittering Budapest Christmas Markets and enjoy mulled wine, traditional handicrafts and the beautiful, festive lights or perhaps take time to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca.
Day 3 – Sunday 03 December 2017
Today, you have a free day to relax and unwind. Discover the beauty of Budapest at Christmas time at your leisure. Perhaps revisit your favorite sights, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious cake in one of the renowned pavement cafés or take time to visit the famous spa baths. With their thermal waters reputed for their healing qualities, the baths are the ideal place for relaxing in and letting the city’s charming atmosphere soak in.
In the early evening, meet your local guide for transfer to the Hungarian State Opera for the highlight of your stay: a performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Performance start time: 18:00
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
A fairy-tale ballet in two acts
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the Opera’s run-up to Christmas. In memory of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh, the opera is presenting a newly buffed-up show that follows classical ballet traditions while still conforming to the requirements of 21st century dance and set design. Partnering with Tamás Solymosi to choreograph a new fairy-tale ballet for the classical-music piece will be a true Nutcracker specialist: the internationally renowned Wayne Eagling.
After the performance, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine at Callas Café and Restaurant. Callas Café is located next to the Opera House and offers modern luxury in a historical setting. The palace was designed by the architect Vilmos Freund in neo-renaissance style in 1880. The building, which is a national monument today, was completed one year before the opening of the Hungarian Opera House. The palace regained its function as a café in the 2000’s and it is now a popular Budapest eatery
Day 4 – Monday 04 December 2017
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and following breakfast check-out. Meet your local guide for transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight. Flight departs Budapest at 10:45 and arrives Dublin at 13:00. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).
• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
• Airport transfers with guide assistance
• Three nights’ bed and breakfast in the four start superior Hotel President Budapest
• Two-course lunch on arrival
• Guided sightseeing tour of Budapest finishing at the Budapest Christmas Markets with mulled wine and Christmas cake
• Backstage tour of the Hungarian State Opera House with champagne
• A wonderful wine-tasting experience in one of Budapest’s local wine bars
• Evening transfer with guide assistance to the Hungarian State Opera for ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with category 1 tickets
• Post-opera dinner at the famous Callas Cafe
• Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions
Price does not include
Please note that our tours do not include checked in luggage. Please note that you can carry on one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kilos. This must be within the airline hand luggage requirements. You can also carry on one small ladies handbag.
For further information on booking or if you simply wish to add a checked in bag to your booking, its easy, just call us on 01 888 7840.