Opera in Budapest & the Christmas Markets

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Experience beautiful Budapest on our 2018 Budapest Opera and Christmas Markets tour. Known as 'the Pearl of the Danube' Budapest is a beautiful city which offers much to see and do. Our tour offers you the chance to see beautiful Budapest as well as enjoying La Boheme 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!


Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with an afternoon flight to Budapest.  Flying with Aer Lingus, your flight departs Dublin at 14:00 and arrives into Budapest airport at 18:00. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion.

On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Budapest President Hotel, located in the centre of Budapest, where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.  

The hotel:  4* Budapest President

1054 Budapest, Hold u. 3-5, Hungary

The 4-star Hotel President is right next to the Hungarian National Bank and the Chamber of Commerce. It offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views and a wellness centre.

This evening is at your leisure. 

Day 2

After breakfast, join your local guide for a city tour of Budapest (via coach).  Budapest is Hungary’s capital with a population in excess of 1.7 million. It is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles.  The city’s primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city.  

Lunch will be served in one of Budapest’s local restaurants.

Your city tour will finish at the main Budapest Christmas Market will mulled wine and Christmas cake.

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 and the beautiful, festive lights or perhaps take time to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca.

In the early evening, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the Erkel Theatre for the evening performance of La Boheme (with category 1 tickets). 

Performance start time 19:00.

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 due to renovations at the Opera House

After the performance, enjoy a two-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.

Return transfer by coach at the end of the evening

Day 3

Today, 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.  Return to your hotel at the end of the excursion.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and following breakfast check-out.  After check-out, you will have some time to discover the beauty of Budapest at Christmas time at your leisure.  In the late afternoon, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to airport for your return flight. Flight departs Budapest at 18:40 and arrives Dublin at 20:55.

Please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion

Extra Information

Booking Information

  • Price is inclusive of one piece of hand luggage. Checked in luggage is extra according to airline fees at time of booking. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.
  • Single supplement applies
  • A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €300 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card)
  • Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure. No credit card charge on deposit payments. 2% charge on balance payments.
  • Prices, flight times & listed itinerary are subject to change
  • Booking terms and conditions apply 

  Cost per person: €699pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: Departure: 07 December 2018

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