Budapest Ballet & Christmas Markets 2017
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 Erkel Theatre. Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe. Admire the magnificant architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, walk the famous Andrásy Avenue – starting from the historic Heroes Square and stretching almost as far as the St Stephen's Basilica. See the city sights on a 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. 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!
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 • Guided tour of the Bela Bartok Memorial House with glass of champagne • A wonderful wine-tasting experience in one of Budapest’s local wine bars • Evening transfer with guide assistance to the Erkel Theatre 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
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 4* Superior Hotel President Budapest 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, relax over a 2-course lunch in one of Budapest’s local restaurants (2-courses with glass of wine/tea/coffee/water) and afterwards we depart on our 'Highlights of Budapest' sightseeing tour (coach). See the city sights as you 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.
Evening is at your leisure.
This morning after breakfast, join your local guide and head to the Béla Bartók Memorial House, A museum dedicated to Béla Bartók and his music. Here you will have a guided tour of this, the former house of Béla Bartók (1881-1945), a prominent pianist regarded as one of the greatest Hungarian composers of the 20th century. The house was built in 1924 and it was Béla Bartók's last residence in Hungary before seeking asylum in the US in 1940. Some of his masterpieces like the 'Sonata For Two Pianos' or the 'Contrasts' were composed here. Photos, furniture and some of his personal belongings are exhibited in the two-story building. The first floor was converted into a concert hall where classical music performances are held regularly.
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. 4
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 or take time to visit the famous Turkish baths. With their thermal waters reputed for their healing qualities, the Turkish 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 private coach transfer to the Erkel Theatre for the evening performance of The Nutcracker (with category 1 tickets).
Performance start time 18:00.
The Erkel Theatre
The Erkel Theatre opened its gates as the Peoples’ Opera on 7 December 1911. Designed by Dezső Jakab, Marcell Komor and Géza Márkus, only traces of the original construction can be seen today. The redevelopment works the building has gone through over the years are worthy of an academic study. The theatre has been the Hungarian State Opera’s second performance venue since 1951. Since its opening, the Erkel Theatre has been the country’s largest auditorium. It currently seats up to 1819 people.
Please note: The Hungarian State Opera’s 2017/18 season will take place at the Erkel theatre as renovations at the Opera House mean that the opera house will not be opening its doors in September.
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 Return transfer by coach at the end of the evening.
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).
4* Superior Hotel President Budapest
Perfectly situated in the pulsating centre of Budapest, to the east of the Danube, Hotel President offers exceptional proximity to a wealth of historical landmarks such as St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent-Istvan Bazilika), Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz), Andrassy Avenue (Andrassy ut), Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Lanchid), Oktogon, and Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty Ter).
Price is per person and based on 2 sharing.
Single supplement applies.
Travel insurance is not included in the offer. Please enquire for insurance if required. A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of 250 euro per person is required to book (no cc surcharge applies). Tour balances is due 10 weeks before departure (2% surcharge if paid by credit card). Prices, taxes, flight times & availability are subject to change at airlines discretion. Tour is inclusive of cabin baggage.