Thursday 29 June

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel tours due to low enrolment. Participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative
excursion or a full refund.

SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN BUDAPEST

This is a guided sightseeing tour of Pest and Buda. You will see the highlights of the city such as the Heroes’ square and the Millennium Memorial erected to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Hungary. The statues show the most famous figures in Hungarian history. Driving along Andrássy Avenue, the Opera House, built in Italian Neo-Renaissance style, comes into view. You will reach the administrative district where state institutions, banks and the Neo-Gothic Parliament are situated.

The sightseeing tour continues on the Buda side. Going up to the Castle Hill, the group will stroll towards the buildings of the ancient Royal Palace, now home to various museums and libraries, then walk along the main street of the Castle District. The group will also visit the Romanesque lookout tower, the Fishermen’s Bastion, one of the symbols of Budapest with its superb view over the city and the Danube. Matthias Church, the wonderful 13th-century coronation church, right next to the Fishermen’s Bastion is a sight that is also a must to see. If time allows, you will take the bus to Gellért Hill and enjoy the panorama over the city from the Citadel.

Lunch will be served at Café Pierrot Restaurant in the Castle District area.

Pick-up: 09.30 at the lobby of InterContinental Budapest
Return: 15.30 to InterContinental Budapest

Price per person incl. lunch: 74 EUR

Friday 30 June

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel tours due to low enrolment. Participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative
excursion or a full refund.

JEWISH HERITAGE IN BUDAPEST

Before the Second World War, the Budapest Jewish community was one of the largest in Europe. Some of its members became very famous, e.g. Theodore Herzl, the founder of the idea of Zionism and Ferenc Hoffmann, the famous Israeli author under the name Ephraim Kishon. As the largest Jewish population in Eastern-Europe, nowadays, around 80,000 Jews live in Budapest.The several centuries of the Jewish culture have given a great heritage: the Commemoration hall for the Jewish victims of both World Wars, the Jewish Museum and the Great Synagogue are the most remarkable ones.

The Great Synagogue is not only the largest of the three synagogues in the downtown area, but it is also the largest in Europe, and the second largest in the world. It was built in a Byzantine-Moorish style by the Viennese architect Ludwig Förster between 1854-59. The synagogue has three naves and complying with the orthodox tradition, separate galleries for women. The naves and galleries together can accommodate up to 3000 worshippers.

In 1931, a museum was established within the synagogue. Its vast collection of Judaic artefacts from ancient Rome to the present day gives a thorough introduction to the history of the Hungarian Jews. In the garden of the synagogue you will also see the Emanuel Memorial Tree. The tour also introduces to you the everyday life of the quarter.

Lunch will be served at the Aszú Restaurant.

Pick-up: 10.00 at the lobby of InterContinental Budapest
Return: 15.00 to InterContinental Budapest

Price per person incl. lunch: 78 EUR


PARLIAMENT, ST. STEPHAN’S BASILICA AND MARKET HALL

The Neo-Gothic Parliament on the Pest side bank of the Danube is not only the symbol of the Hungarian capital, but is at the same time, one of the largest buildings in the world which serves as a parliament. Built in 1885-1904, the Parliament boasts beautiful interior halls, staircases and the cupola, the height of which is 96 meters, referring to the founding of the Hungarian State in 896. In 2000, the Coronation Regalia were moved to the Parliament and are still exhibited here.

Budapest’s largest church, the St. Stephen’s Basilica can hold up 8,500 people. It is dedicated to St. Stephen, or István, the first Hungarian Christian king and was consecrated in 1905. King St. Stephen’s right hand, the Holy Right is kept here which is paraded by the faithful each 20th of August. It received the title of Basilica Minor in 1938, the 900th anniversary of St. István’s death.


The newly renovated three-level Central Market Hall is the largest of a network of market halls in Budapest. Its design was prepared in the planning office of Eiffel. There are more than 180 stores, displaying a huge variety of groceries, souvenir and folklore products, and of course the Hungaricums: salami, paprika, goose liver, sausages, Tokaj wine and apricot brandy. Here you can find anything you might want to take home from Hungary.


Lunch will be served in the First Strudel House of Pest.

Pick-up: 09.45 at the lobby of InterContinental Budapest
Return: 16.00 to InterContinental Budapest

Price per person incl. lunch: 78 EUR

* The Parliament reserves the right to cancel visits due to chamber meetings. Please make sure to have your Passport with you.

Saturday 1 July

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel tours due to low enrolment. Participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative excursion or a full refund.

EXCURSION TO THE ART VILLAGE OF SZENTENDRE

Szentendre is located by the River Danube, about 25 kms North of Budapest. When the Turks tried to conquer Europe in the 15th and 16th century, Serbian, Dalmatian and Greek refugees found a new home here and built the village. This colourful artists’ settlement has preserved its medieval character with ancient buildings and cobble stone streets, with street vendors and musicians. The old houses are now home to a number of picture galleries, artist’s shops, and privately owned small stores. The most frequented museum is that of Margit Kovács, the ceramist who found an interesting way to combine modern art with Hungarian folk traditions. Just next door is the Museum of Károly Ferenczy, the founder of the artists’ colony who introduced Impressionism to Hungary. Most of the town is closed to traffic and reserved for pedestrians.

A 2-course lunch will be served at Új Művész Restaurant.

The guests not returning to the airport after lunch will return to Budapest by private boat. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served during the trip, while you can listen to nice piano music and enjoy the beautiful panorama of the river Danube.

Pick-up: 09.30 at the lobby of InterContinental Budapest
Return: 15.45 to InterContinental Budapest

Price per person incl. lunch: 124 EUR


PANORAMIC SIGHTSEEING IN BUDAPEST WITH RELAXING SPA PROGRAMME

This is a guided sightseeing tour of Pest and Buda introducing to you the most attractive highlights of the capital. First you will visit the newly renovated, three-level Central Market Hall which is the largest of a network of market halls in Budapest. Its design was prepared in the planning office of Eiffel. The more than 180 stores display a huge variety of groceries, souvenir and folklore products, and of course the Hungaricums: salami, paprika, goose liver, sausages, Tokaj wine and apricot brandy. Here you can find anything you might want to take home from Hungary.

Going up to the Gellért Hill, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the panorama over the city from the Citadel e.g. Castle District area, Chain Bridge, Parliament, Basilica, Elisabeth bridge.

Driving along Andrássy Avenue, first the Opera House, built in Italian Neo-Renaissance style comes into view and at the end of the Avenue you reach the Heroes’ square and the Millennium Memorial erected to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Hungary. The statues show the most famous figures of Hungarian history.

Lunch will be served in the Robinson Restaurant located on a small island of the City Park Pond.

The relaxing spa programme takes place in Széchenyi Bath which was opened in 1914 and is still the biggest bathing complex in Europe. In addition to the usual indoor thermal pools, the bath also boasts outdoor thermal and swimming pools, complete with sun terraces, a steam room and sauna. With the hottest water in the city, the outdoor pool is popular even in the depths of winter.

Pick-up: 09.30 at the lobby of InterContinental Budapest
Return: 16.30 to InterContinental Budapest

Price per person incl. lunch: 114 EUR

Please bring your swimsuit. Towel, flip-flops, bathing cap, shower gel and shampoo will be provided.