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Escorted Rail Tours to Budapest

Hungary's twin cities of Buda and Pest

Budapest is a city of two halves divided by the mighty River Danube and sewn together by a collection of beautiful, elegant bridges. The most famous is the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the first permanent crossing to link the two halves of the city. The two parts of the city are very different; the flatter, lively region of Pest looks across the water to its older, historical neighbour, the hilly Buda that rises up away from the banks of the river.

Pest is the busy, modern part of the city, with excellent shopping, trendy bars and modern restaurants. Buda has a distinctly medieval atmosphere, with beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets. Budapest was once the joint capital of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg Empire. The city and its buildings have been restored to their very best in what is now one of Europe's finest, grandest and most picturesque cities. Budapest is known for its baths - the hot bath water is said to flow from a hundred streams. Home to the city's famous bathing chess players, the Széchenyi Bath is Budapest's most famous outdoor baths, which was built in New Baroque style and is open all year round.

Buda Castle
Standing impressively on the banks of Buda Hill, overlooking the Danube, is Buda Castle. The historic castle and palace complex, which was completed in 1265, has UNESCO World Heritage status and was home to the Kings of Hungary. The complex contains some fascinating museums including Budapest Historical Museum, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery.

Hungarian opera
Budapest rivals Vienna as an international Opera capital. The city's fantastic neo-Renaissance opera house, the Hungarian State Opera House, was built in 1884 and is worth visiting even if you don't enjoy opera.

Statue Park
One of Budapest's most remarkable (and controversial) attractions is the Statue Park (Szoborpark), located in a quiet suburb of Buda. Described as a "Communist Theme Park", it contains (among others) a gigantic statue of Lenin and Cubist statues of Marx and Engels.

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Grand Imperial Cities

Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

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2018MarAprMayJunAugSepOct

13 days from £1,895 pp

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Danube Cruise

At every bend the spectacular Danube reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. We explore four distinctive countries and experience each region's beauty whilst discovering their rich history and varied cultures.

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2018AprMayAugSepOct

10 days from £1,495 pp

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5-Star Danube Cruise and Imperial Cities

At every bend our spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore four distinctive countries aboard our cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty.

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2018MayJun

12 days from £2,795 pp

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5-Star Danube to the Black Sea

Embark on an exciting thousand-mile journey along the mighty Danube, cruising through eight countries before arriving at the Black Sea. Admire the river's full spectrum of vistas - from Austria's wine regions to the imperial cities of Budapest.

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2018AprJulAug

18 days from £3,660 pp

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Grand Imperial Cities Fly:Rail

Fascinating grand Imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

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