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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.

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Grand Imperial Cities
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4.6 stars(36 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
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Amadeus Queen
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4.8 stars(6 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
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£2,195 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
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17 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow / London Heathrow, St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Vineyards In Lavaux
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2022JunJulAugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
18 Jun 2018
Mr J Rowse
5 stars
“The holiday was very good, visiting Berlin and Prague before boarding the Amadeus Brilliant which was excellent. Accommodation and food on board also excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
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Grand Imperial Cities
23/May
C Pipe-Wolferstan
4 stars
“I already much prefer travelling by train than aeroplane. I have a particular problem, being tall, with finding a seat with sufficient leg room. Also there sees to be a lot less waiting around in railway stations than there is in airports. Our tour director, Jon Cockerell, looked after us very well, giving us appropriate briefings and answering questions, and sorting things out when they went wrong. The guides in each city were very good with the exception of the one in Prague, but at least she was able to guide us to a good restaurant. Some of the information from the Prague guide was a little “long winded” and more up to date information would have been useful. The tour should also been renamed as a tour of Prague castle finishing it the town square rather than a Prague city tour. Perhaps the guide in Prague should have remembered to turn her microphone off while she was walking from one point on the tour to the next. The other guides (especially the one in Budapest) were prepared to “go the extra mile” and find the answers to questions. The advance luggage facility was very helpful so we didn’t have to carry our luggage between the first and fourth capital. The hotels in Frankfurt, Vienna and Budapest were very good. Prague: The Castle Hotel was quite good thought on the second evening there was only one rather eccentric waiter serving in the restaurant, who was also having to run the bar. All hotels so far were able to arrange to have our luggage outside our rooms by the time we arrived. However the last hotel, Checkpoint Charlie did not, and were causing difficulties about our luggage which arrived before we did. They claimed that they didn’t have room to store our luggage, which apparently they did. The breakfast staff at this hotel were good but the desk staff and at the bar were somewhat offhand and unhelpful. I would not recommend any friends to stay at that hotel. [I also had trouble with an unfriendly pianist who didn’t like me touching “his” piano]. I appreciate that hotels must be chosen for reasons of fair pricing but I would not recommend using this hotel again. Tipping: Tips and gratuities. We tipped out tour guides in each city accordingly. I also tipped hotel staff (except in Berlin) We both feel that high level tipping is an unwelcome import from the U.S.A and we do not like being “told” how much to tip. I was a little puzzled by your recommendation to tip our tour director by at least £5 per day and wonder if it might have been better to charge us a little more for the tour and leave supplementary tips to our discretion. A minimum £70 tip seems quite a lot. I appreciated having a “free day” in each city as being older I found the tour, particularly the days with walking guided tours, fairly tiring and the free day enabled me to catch up, so to speak, while more energetic members could visit whatever attractions appealed to them. I would certainly consider going on a similar tour as long as it was sufficiently leisurely. I also appreciated the opportunity for a quick visit to Cologne Cathedral during our return journey while Jon (and a weary tour member) guarded our cases. Charles Pipe-Wolferstan Pictures: 1. The sleek Eurostar Engine 2. Pho Ga in Xinh Xinh, Linienstr., my favourite Berlin cafe. 3. The curious pedestrian signals, the little man with the hat.
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Cruise - Danube Delta to the Austrian Lake District
30 Aug 2018
Mr J Mann
4 stars
“The ship and service not as good as AMA waterways ships
Collected by Great Rail Journeys

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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