About The Danube Bend Day Tour:
As beautiful a capital as Budapest is, you needn't travel far to escape its urban sprawl. Join a local English-speaking tour guide and travel north towards one of Hungary's most spectacular rural retreats. The Danube Bend is an area famous for its rich history and breathtaking scenery. It's nestled within the North Hungarian Mountains and is distinguished by a prominent curve close to where the river joins the Slovakian border.
Your first stop will take you to Esztergom Basilica, seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary and home to one of the largest pipe organs in Europe. Franz Liszt composed music for its 1856 consecration which was performed by organist Alexander Winterberger, with Emperor Franz Joseph I in attendance.
Although mostly composed of the present 19th century structure, Esztergom Basilica encapsulates 1000 years of Hungarian history. It was built on the site of the country's first cathedral, St. Adalbert's (11th century). This building survived the 13th century Mongol invasions, though was severely damaged by a series of sieges beginning in 1543 and lasting until the end of Ottoman rule.
Today the only surviving part of the original church complex is Bakócz Chapel, but it remains one of the most stunning examples of Renaissance architecture in Hungary. During your visit you may also want to explore the adjacent treasury, home to a rich collection of gold and silver ecclesiastical objects.
Leaving Castle Hill you'll journey upstream to see the Danube Bend from Slovakia's border. You'll then continue onto Visegrád Castle to take in wonderful views of the north bank and rolling hills. Sit back and relax in a local restaurant and enjoy a 3-course Hungarian lunch before moving onto Solomon's Tower, once the prison of Count Dracula.
On the final part of the tour you'll stop in the baroque town of Szentendre. Walk along cobbled streets lined with art galleries, craft shops and charming cafés. The return journey to Budapest is by riverboat during the summer (June to September), and by luxury coach during the winter months/other days.
- Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2019 | Daily (Except Mondays).
- Nov 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2020 | Tues, Thurs and Sats.
- Live English-speaking guide.
schedule Tour Times:
- Depart: 09:00 (prepare for collection at 08:30).
- Return: Approximately 18:00.
place Departure Point:
- Budapest hotels (see bottom of Bookings Tab for details).
- Hotel pick-ups must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance. If returning by coach the drop-off point is next to Deák Ferenc Square.
- Approx. 9 hours.