THE LANDS OF THE HUNGARIAN CROWN
Slovakia and Hungary were part of one kingdom for a thousand years but are two sovereign countries now. Historic, cosmopolitan Budapest, the tranquil Hungarian Puzsta, colourful Slovak folklore, tasty cuisines and wines...
Date: on request
PRICE: EUR 828 /p.p.
The price includes: accommodation in a double room with board as per itinerary, all land transfers, an English-speaking tour leader and local guides as required, sightseeing + admissions, cultural programmes and trips as per itinerary
Single room suppl.: EUR 177
Day 1 Budapest
Arrival in Budapest, transfer to the hotel
In the evening, we will admire Budapest during the Danube cruise. You will also sample some of the famous Hungarian dishes and enjoy the original gipsy music.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Budapest; Dinner included
Day 2 Budapest, World Heritage Site (Hungary)
During morning you will visit the most interesting Budapest sights: Buda Castle and the Citadel - here you will definitely enjoy the amazing views over the river and Pest on the other side. Basilica of St Stephen is named after King Stephen I, the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary. His right hand is preserved in the reliquary. The Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe. Other highlights of the tour include the Parliament building, Margaret Island, The Fishermen’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge.
In the afternoon, you can pamper yourself in some of the famous spas in the city, enjoy the cheerful atmosphere while walking along the Danube bank or have a glass of good wine in one of the numerous restaurants and cafe.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Budapest; Breakfast & Dinner included
Day 3 Hungarian Puszta, World Heritage Site (Hungary)
The peaceful Hungarian Puszta is a real contrast to the hectic capital. A trip to a national park includes a traditional cultural package: a horse show, a horse carriage trip, traditional food prepared on an open fire and gypsy music.
Accommodation: four-star hotel near Kecskemet; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.
Day 4 Szentendre, Bratislava
This day we will cross the border to Slovakia. On the way, we will make a stop at Szentendre. This small town in the centre of Europe with Mediterranean atmosphere is full of art galleries and museums. After a tasty lunch, our tour will move on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It was one of the most important cities in the former Kingdom of Hungary because it was the capital for almost 200 years and the place where 19 kings and queens were crowned.
We will start by viewing this smallest and youngest of the Central European capitals from the TV tower. Here we will have dinner while enjoying the view of the city and its environs.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in centre of Bratislava; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 5 Bratislava
Our 3-hour bus + walking tour will take us to the most famous sights in Bratislava.
Slavin, a monument to the second world war which towers above Bratislava, the castle district from where we will have a look at the largest “socialist”-era housing estate in the country, the historical centre – St Michael’s Gate, St Martin’s Cathedral, Academia Istropolitana – the first university in the old Hungarian monarchy, the Primatial Palace, the Old Town Hall, the Opera House.
After having lunch in one of the famous beer restaurants you can spend your afternoon as you wish: just sitting in a pub or café in the city centre, walking along the Danube or doing a bit of shopping in the largest Slovak shopping mall, Eurovea, on the banks of the Danube.
Optional evening program: Slovak opera or classical music concert
Accommodation: four-star hotel in centre of Bratislava; Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 6 Banska Stiavnica, World Heritage Site (Slovakia)
A demanding but worthwhile trip is a full-day visit to the old mining city of Banska Stiavnica in Central Slovakia. In the past the silver mines were amongst the richest in Europe. The world’s first technical university for mining and forestry was established in Banska Stiavnica in the 18th century. The city and its technical heritage were inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1993. A traditional Slovak dinner and cultural show presenting mining and folklore traditions will give us a further insight into Slovak culture.
Accommodation: three-star hotel in centre of Banska Stiavnica; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Day 7 St. Anton (Slovakia)
In the morning we will visit the manor house in St. Anton which was the summer seat of the Bulgarian tsar Ferdinand Cobourg. It has one of the richest furniture exhibitions in Slovakia including a suite of furniture in gold, which was a present from Maria Theresa to her daughter, Marie Antoinette.
Transfer to Budapest, departure