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Budapest

Included in your 3-day stay:

• 2 nights at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
• Budapest walking discovery tour with Rock Hospital
• English-speaking expert
• All transfers

Pricing:

€459 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of €189.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Budapest.

Day to Day:

  • DAY 1: Budapest
    Once you’ve cleared customs, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time.

    DAY 2: Budapest
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest walking tour with Rock Hospital
    Explore the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, a former emergency hospital and nuclear bunker located underneath Buda Castle Hill. This museum pays homage to the almost six-mile stretch of interconnected caves and cellars that dates back to World War II. After, take the elevator up to the Castle District for a stroll around. Enjoy panoramic views of Pest across the way, and walk along famed museums and attractions, like Matthias Church. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows and gold frescoes.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Szentendre artist’s village and crafts shopping
    Head to the charming little town of Szentendre, with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines. You can then visit either the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum or the unique Szabo Marzipan Museum, which features a display of the Hungarian Parliament building made entirely out of marzipan.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Budapest by night
    See Budapest at its most magical tonight. Kick off this special evening with a traditional Hungarian repast—including, of course, palinkas, goulash and paliscintas—and toast your companions to the romantic, evocative sound of gypsy violins in a traditional restaurant. Then, as the lights come on and illuminate the city’s landmarks, roll down broad Andrássy Avenue, its elegant shops alight, admire the twinkling lights from the bridges reflected in the wide Danube, and take in views of the splendid opera house, the cathedral, the castle, the stunning Parliament building. Perhaps the best view of all is from the heights of the Castle District.

    You have the rest of the day and evening to check out some of the highlights of the city on your own. You might visit one of Budapest’s legendary mineral hot springs spas. The Gellért Baths are in a gorgeous art nouveau building that is well worth seeing in and of itself, but while you’re there, why not relax in the mineral-rich waters. If you’re interested in the darker side of history, take a tour of the House of Terror, which reveals the grim 20th-century history of the city. The building first housed Nazis and then the Communist secret police; hundreds were tortured and executed here, and exhibits name both victims and perpetrators. If you’d prefer an active day, rent a bicycle and peddle around Margaret Island, or join a group exploring some of the fascinating caves under the city. Once darkness falls, have a drink at one of the “ruin” bars in the old Jewish quarter; these eclectic, funky establishments might perfectly embody Budapest’s gift for reconciling hard times with optimism and joie de vivre.

    DAY 3: Budapest
    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Hungarian cooking class
    The Great Market Hall is a foodie destination in and of itself, but seeing it with a local chef adds special piquancy to your visit. The ground floor (designed with a center aisle wide enough for wagons to roll down the middle back in the 1890s, when it was first built) offers produce and butcher stands, the upper levels provide prepared food, liquor and souvenirs—but your chef guide will take you into the basement where you’ll find a plethora of pickled foods. Pick out your paprika and other ingredients, then head to the immaculate, modern—but cozy—Chef Parade kitchen. You’ll prepare a traditional Hungarian soup (luscious sour cherry, perhaps?), learn the secret of making featherlight dumplings to go with your main course (whether it’s chicken paprikash or pork pörkölt, it will require ample amounts of Hungarian paprika), and try your hand at making a typical Hungarian dessert. It’s a delicious way to discover classic Magyar cooking.

    After breakfast, you’ll check out of the hotel. You have some free time before your epic journey along the Danube River begins, so you might explore on your own: Perhaps you’d like to take the funicular from the foot of Chain Bridge up to the top of Castle Hill and visit the castle that gives the district its name (long ago it was a royal residence but these days it houses a museum).

    *Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

  • DAY 1: Budapest
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest walking tour with Rock Hospital
    Explore the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, a former emergency hospital and nuclear bunker located underneath Buda Castle Hill. This museum pays homage to the almost six-mile stretch of interconnected caves and cellars that dates back to World War II. After, take the elevator up to the Castle District for a stroll around. Enjoy panoramic views of Pest across the way, and walk along famed museums and attractions, like Matthias Church. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows and gold frescoes.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Budapest by night
    See Budapest at its most magical tonight. Kick off this special evening with a traditional Hungarian repast—including, of course, palinkas, goulash and paliscintas—and toast your companions to the romantic, evocative sound of gypsy violins in a traditional restaurant. Then, as the lights come on and illuminate the city’s landmarks, roll down broad Andrássy Avenue, its elegant shops alight, admire the twinkling lights from the bridges reflected in the wide Danube, and take in views of the splendid opera house, the cathedral, the castle, the stunning Parliament building. Perhaps the best view of all is from the heights of the Castle District.

    You have the rest of the day and evening to check out some of the highlights of the city on your own. Perhaps you’d like to take the funicular from the foot of Chain Bridge up to the top of Castle Hill and visit the castle that gives the district its name (long ago it was a royal residence, but these days it houses a museum) or stroll through the newly restored gardens at the foot of the hill. You’ll find a surprising collection of modern art at the Ludwig Museum.

    DAY 2: Budapest
    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Hungarian cooking class
    The Great Market Hall is a foodie destination in and of itself, but seeing it with a local chef adds special piquancy to your visit. The ground floor (designed with a center aisle wide enough for wagons to roll down the middle back in the 1890s, when it was first built) offers produce and butcher stands, the upper levels provide prepared food, liquor and souvenirs—but your chef guide will take you into the basement where you’ll find a plethora of pickled foods. Pick out your paprika and other ingredients, then head to the immaculate, modern—but cozy—Chef Parade kitchen. You’ll prepare a traditional Hungarian soup (luscious sour cherry, perhaps?), learn the secret of making featherlight dumplings to go with your main course (whether it’s chicken paprikash or pork pörkölt, it will require ample amounts of Hungarian paprika), and try your hand at making a typical Hungarian dessert. It’s a delicious way to discover classic Magyar cooking.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Szentendre artist’s village and crafts shopping
    Head to the charming little town of Szentendre, with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines. You can then visit either the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum or the unique Szabo Marzipan Museum, which features a display of the Hungarian Parliament building made entirely out of marzipan.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the day to explore the city. Budapest is a mecca for lovers of art nouveau architecture: Check out the Franz Liszt Academy of Music for a particularly noteworthy example of the style. For a reminder of the centuries when Hungary was ruled by the Ottoman Turks, take a look at the 16th-century tomb of Gül Baba (and enjoy a Turkish coffee at the adjoining coffeehouse). If you’d like to try something a little different, visit one of Budapest’s legendary mineral hot springs spas. The Gellért Baths are in a gorgeous art nouveau building that is well worth seeing in and of itself, but while you’re there, why not relax in the mineral-rich water. If you’re interested in the darker side of history, take a tour of the House of Terror, which reveals the grim 20th-century history of the city. The building first housed Nazis and then the Communist secret police; hundreds were tortured and executed here, and exhibits name both victims and perpetrators. If you’d prefer an active day, rent a bicycle and peddle around Margaret Island, or join a group exploring some of the fascinating caves under the city. Once darkness falls, have a drink at one of the “ruin” bars in the old Jewish quarter; these eclectic, funky establishments might perfectly embody Budapest’s gift for reconciling hard times with optimism and joie de vivre.

    DAY 3: Budapest
    It’s time to check out of the hotel and head to the airport for your trip home. We hope you will enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

    *Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

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