Budapest Gala Concert and Late-Night Cruise
The revered capital of Hungary, Budapest holds charms that many other cities can only covet. Steeped in culture, music, architecture and fine cuisine, it beckons exploration and offers enjoyment to every connoisseur. For all visitors who long for complete immersion into the Hungarian culture and heritage, the Budapest Gala Concert and Late-Night Cruise is the perfect event that caters to every sense and each wish. As talented musicians showcase compositions by distinguished Hungarian composers and lithe and agile ballet dancers delight you with their inspired choreographies, you cannot help but open up your heart to this nation’s unique cultural background. After the performance, a mesmerising 90-minute sightseeing cruise awaits you, complete with traditional Hungarian dishes and an authentic folk ensemble.
Your trip through Hungary’s musical history begins with the Budapest Gala Concert that takes place at the Danube Palace or the Pesti Vidago, depending on your preferred date. Both venues hold tons of history and charm, and they are both conveniently located downtown. The programme takes a deep dive into the origins of Hungarian folk music and offers you an exciting trip through time all the way from there to the works of famous composers such as Franz Liszt or Ferenc Erkel. The operetta, a genre closely associated with Hungary of the 19th century, takes centre stage and merges beautifully with the dance and folk elements of the programme. The Danube Symphonic Orchestra and singers from the Budapest Operetta Theatre get to shine, while gifted ballet dancers translate the memorable tunes into eye-catching motion.
When the concert programme comes to an end, your hostess takes you on a short walk to the pier where your cruise ship awaits. Over the next 90 minutes, you can view Budapest’s landmarks in their magical illuminated evening glow. Historic churches like St Stephen’s or Matthias’, the Buda Castle, or the regal House of Parliament all look unique and impressive from the water, as do the city’s landmark bridges – like the Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge and Liberty Bridge – all bathed in breath-taking lights. The only time you avert your eyes from the gorgeous night-time vistas will be to look at the buffet of traditional Hungarian cuisine. You can sample the special goulash, chicken, fish, vegetarian dishes, and many other delectable options under the accompaniment of the Rajkó Folk Ensemble. The Budapest Gala Concert and Late-Night Cruise thus speak to all your senses and provide a wholesome, enjoyable introduction to Hungarian culture and life.