Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest
from £43.69
Enjoy a relaxing evening in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks or have buffet style dinner while enjoying the city's illuminated view. You’ll be entertained by live music as you admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest panorama, which includes the Buda Castle Quarter, the Chain Bridge (Clark Ádám Square), the Hungarian Parliament building, the Gellért Baths and Gellért Hill with its' Liberty Statue.

You’ll be awed by the sparkling city lights while enjoying beverages and live music entertainment, performed by three members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra.
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In Brief

Budapest, Hungary
90 to 120 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Danube River, Budapest Hungary

On board, enjoy a relaxing candlelit atmosphere as you sip drinks including wine and Hungarian Sparkling wine as well as a hot buffet dinner of typical Hungarian dishes

Sit back and relax as you take in views of Budapest’s famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, a series of sites that illustrate the city’s fascinating history and culture.

Pass the Buda Castle Quarter, the Chain Bridge (Clark Ádám Square), the Gellért Baths and Gellért Hill with its' Liberty Statue. You’ll be awed by the sparkling city lights while enjoying live music entertainment, performed by three members of the Hungária Folk Orchestra.

Sample Menu

Cold entries
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alföld style goulash with small dumplings
Vegetable cream soup

Warm main courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Traditional chicken leg „Paprikasch”
Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce
Spicy pork rib with thyme – mustard sauce
Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce
Garnishes and vegetarian
Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Grilled vegetables
Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-mushroom sauce
Hash-brown potatoes
Steak potatoes

Fresh seasonal salads with dressings
Italian pasta salad
Caesar’s salad
Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise
Season fruit basket

Home-made strudel
Somló style sponge cake
Mini tarts
Dessert variations Európa style

Welcome drink and two further drinks

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest 1051 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Buda Castle, Szent Gyorgy Ter, Budapest 1014 Hungary

Have a chance to see the luminated baroque style castle district that was referred to as the Royal Palace or Royal Castle and gave home to Hungarian kings.

Pass By: Hungarian Parliament Building, Kossuth Ter 1-3, Budapest 1055 Hungary

You can admire the famous neo-Gothic style Parliament of Hungary which is currently the largest building in the country.

Pass By: Gellert Hill, Budapest Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Varhegy, Szent Gyorgy Ter Square Buda Castle, Budapest 1014 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Clark Adam Square (Clark Adam ter), Clark Adam ter, Budapest 1013 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: National Theatre, Bajor Gizi park 1., Budapest 1095 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: St. Gellert Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool, Kelenhegyi ut 4, Budapest 1118 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.

Pass By: Balna, Fovam Ter 11-12, Budapest 1093 Hungary

You can admire it from the ship.


  • Welcome drink and two further drinks included
  • ONLY IF specified option selected and paid - hotel pick up & drop off
  • Live music entertainment
  • Buffet style dinner
  • Professional English-speaking host/hostess
  • 19:00 - 2 hour long Danube cruise
  • 22:00 - 1,5 hour long Danube cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Danube River


  • Additional drinks (available on board)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos - extra cost

Departure Point

Gróf Széchenyi Ship, Budapest, Széchenyi rkp. 6, 1054 Hungary

Traveler pickup is offered
IMPORTANT - If pickup is not stated in the chosen option means this service is not included. In this case please be at the starting point 30 minutes prior to the starting time of the event.

(Our center is based in Duna Palota/Danube Palace - 1051 Budapest, 5 Zrínyi Street)

In case pickup option is selected make sure to do the following:

• Be ready at the reception of your accommodation- 30-40 MINS PRIOR to the start and note that the exact time of your pick up is based on the traffic/popularity of the service
• In case you are staying in an accommodation without a reception desk, please wait outside of your accommodation
• Provide your phone number, the exact address, name of your accommodation within the city limits of Budapest. If you have not done it during the booking process please contact us.
• Keep your phone charged and turned on, on the day of your activity. In case your phone does not have coverage in Hungary and roaming services are not enabled, please make sure to check your emails frequently for updates.
• Answer your phone when our colleagues are calling you on the day of your activity or reply to the email sent in case you are not available via phone.
• If you would not like to use the drop off service we are not able to provide a partial refund.
• You are entitled to a refund in case your complaints reflect the errors of the organising company and in case you have made a phone call to one of the below mentioned phone numbers at the site and time of your issue.
• This service is NOT a private transfer, hence we are not able to guarantee exclusivity during your transfer. We are not able to take responsibility from any delays caused by other guests.
• Please note: Fulfilment of last minute pick-up, drop-off requests received on the day of the program are not guaranteed and based on the available drivers.
Please note: In case the aforementioned conditions are not met, we are not liable to provide a refund
In case you have any queries regarding your pick up, drop off service please contact us.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • MENU
  • Cold entries: Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream
  • Soups: Alföld style goulash with small dumplings, Vegetable cream soup
  • Warm main courses: Mini stuffed cabbage, Traditional chicken leg „Paprikasch”, Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce, Spicy pork rib with thyme – mustard sauce, Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce
  • Garnishes and vegetarian: Grilled polenta with feta cheese, Grilled vegetables, Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-mushroom sauce, Hash-brown potatoes, Steak potatoes, Dumplings
  • Salads: Fresh seasonal salads with dressings, Italian pasta salad, Caesar’s salad, Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise, Season fruit basket
  • Desserts: Home-made strudel, Somló style sponge cake, Mini tarts, Dessert variations Európa style
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was an excellent cruise,way above, and far superior than expected. Friendly staff and great music. The boat was really nice and seemed a lot nicer than other ones I’ve seen on Danube! Great value at 10euro including glass of champagne!!
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
I thought that food was great and the timing just right to cruise along and see the city. My kids are teens and they enjoyed the night as well. I LOVED the live music. I initially was concerned that it was going to be too loud or annoying with tamborines or something, but when it says Hungarian gypsy music it apparently means really excellent happy music! There was a double bass, viola and violin and the 3 men looked like they were having a blast as they played. It wasn't too loud, even though they were literally next to us and I'm very noise sensitive. Definitely added to the night.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
Contrary to the other reviews I've read, our dinner and cruise were organized well. Driver's no. and plate was given prior for our reference. When we arrived at the docking site, we were welcomed by one staff and acquainted us on how to go about the program. Overall, I would recommend this. Good food, good seats, very welcoming staffs and nice ambiance.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2019
Very pleasant experience. Food selection was ample, nice presentation, tasty, plenty of food available. Wonderful dining music after which they went around to the tables for requests. Staff was very nice and helpful. Even had a photographer available for couples pictures. Boat didn't go far, just up and down multiple times in a certain section but the lights were quite nice.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Loved our entire experience. Food outstanding and staff helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend to others. I checked friends at the bottom as others did not fit but was actually a sister and my daughter....
• Submitted 07 Nov 2019
Very well organized. Prompt and courteous service. Beautiful sights. One of the best in Europe. Boat was clean and offered plenty of room. Entertainment was appropriate.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
We very much enjoyed the event. The food was excellent and views magnificent. Get there at sunset and you will get an awesome view of the Buda Castle and Chain Bridge - great picture opportunity. The food was excellent, and staff very professional. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to cruise the Danube!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2019
I would strongly suggest doing this. The scenery is beautiful. The dinner is all you can eat and the staff do a nice job taking care of you. They will try to sell you a picture and a CD of the guys that play live music. Other than that, no issues. We very much enjoyed the time. Having the hotel pick up and drop off was really nice as well.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
Me and my 2 BFFs did this tour with the dinner option because it was my friend's birthday. We had a wonderful time with drinks, food and live music. The view at night was just spectacular!
• Submitted 03 Sep 2019
We were picked up at our hotel and dropped near the boat where we were met by staff and told where to go. There was a wait on the quay before boarding the boat but this wasn't a problem as it was a lovely evening. We were shown to our table (circular tables for eight people). Drinks were served and the buffet was excellent. The live group on stage playing traditional music were very good and at the end they played at each table. The cruise itself was lovely with plenty of photo opportunities - especially if you went up to the top deck. The cruise lasted two hours then we were taken back to our hotel. A lovely evening.
• Submitted 26 Jul 2019
Brilliant. The staff were wonderful and welcoming. The food was delicious with so much variety. Lovely music playing during the dinner. Highly recommended this dinner cruise.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
The dinner cruise meal was plentiful and delicious. We enjoyed the pre-dinner champagne, served upon arrival. The tour narration was excellent.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
The scenery along the Danube river was very pretty. We didn’t get to see it when it was all lit up, but the sight were still amazing! Dinner was very pleasant with all that scenery.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
The whole experience was great. Staff, musicians, dinner and the view. Weather was perfect. Ended the evening our on the deck.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Drop off and pick up at our apartment was wonderful! Beautiful boat, views, and the food was delicious! Very nice staff!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My mom and I went on this as a fun way to see the sights while enjoying dinner. We both enjoyed the food-Paprika Chicken was delicious! We had a table for two right by a window and had great views of the sights while cruising the river. We would both highly recommend this dinner cruise.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Service was great. The cruise was pleasant and the price was fair. Unparalleled views of the city at night.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner cruise on a recent visit to Budapest. The food and musical entertainment were both excellent. Due to the late sunset this time of year, we did not have a lot of time on the boat after the lights began to shine, but it was still a memorable experience that I would highly recommend. Since we were on a Viking river cruise, we were able to walk to the boat which made it especially nice.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We were at our hotel reception 40 mins before pick up time, as our taxi still had not arrived our hotel receptionist rang the company and was told he would be there in 15 mins he eventuely arrived 25 mins later, by this time it was 1840 pm. The driver could not converse in English did not seem to know where the boat was located, after driving around for ages he was continually on his phone. Eventually we were dropped off at the end of a long line of boats still not knowing what one we wanted. We did find it in the end and they were waiting for us it was 1910pm and the should have sailed at 1900pm. As we arrived late we ended up on a table on our own so the atmosphere was somewhat lost. The staff on board were great, food excellent transfer back to hotel no problem. We did enjoy ourselves and the whole evening could have been brilliant but for the pick up. With Regards Ken Moir
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Fantastic cruise with dinner option. It was good to include the hotel transfer, only let down was we were delivered across the road from the boat - not great when it’s pouring with rain. The cruise was great, nice food and great entertainment with a 3 piece band. It was an awesome old paddle boat with gorgeous interior all making for a wonderful cruise and night.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a great cruise because the boat is very big so we sat on the top deck and could see both sides of the river, all around. The commentary was not too loud, a big plus for me because I once went on a river cruise in London before that was painfully loud, not like this one which was perfect, loud enough to hear but soft enough to ignore if you didn't want to hear more.. There was also a wandering trio who played traditional and classical music, wandering around the top deck. We went for the drinks only option to keep costs down, there was a big band on a stage on the lower deck and lots of food, but personally we preferred to just watch the scenery from the top. You can see both sides of the river from the top, we saw lots of other boat cruises, some of those others were in very small boats, many of them had people stuck behind windows and seeing only one side of the river, but with this cruise neither of these was an issue. All in all a very pleasant evening. Final tip: Budapest is not that big. Instead of using the shuttle to pick you up, you can often just walk from your hotel/AirBnb to the pick-up point. We did this, which meant no queues, no and no waiting. The shuttle bus is free if you do want to use that option.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A very serene and wonderful boat cruise of the River Danube with dinner and music. Service was more than adequate, food was nice and was served warm to hot! The most compliment had to be the pick up and drop off car service....the driver was very courteous and always carried a wonderful smile! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful evening of food, drinks and music!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Well organized, very friendly staff, definitely worth every dollar spent!! Wonderful food, wonderful ambience etc etc...
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Without question, the highlight of our visit to Budapest. The beautiful ambiance of the ship's old- world wooden decor coupled with an absolutely amazing violinist who was accompanying by a violist and a cellist that played during entire dinner surrounded by Budapest's amazing light show as we cruised the Danube River. Truly romantic is a vast understatement! The reasonable fee included pick-up and delivery to our hotel. A very much appreciated service after our long day of travel from the United States. A highlight of our entire trip that included six European countries.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019

In Brief

Budapest, Hungary
90 to 120 minutes