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Hungary

Sail down the beautiful rivers

Overview

Gwen Kozlowski, General Manager of Exeter International has been recognized as the expert in deluxe travel to  Hungary by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and is a Wendy Perrin Wow Trusted Travel Expert. Let our team plan your trip to Hungary and make it extraordinary.

Hungary’s long and complex history has left many influences, which flow in the wake of the Danube and Tisza rivers. The Holy Roman Empire, the Ottomans, the Habsburgs, and the Soviets, each left an indelible mark.

Meander through the Hungarian countryside and discover the palaces of Esterhazy and the history of the prince of Moravia as you travel through the country.  Discover Hungary’s long tradition of gastronomy with some of the finest cuisine in Europe – strudel and goulash are only the tip of the iceberg!

Hungary has produced some of Europe’s finest musicians, including Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok, and the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn spent much of his time as court musician to the princes of Esterhazy. The Budapest Opera House is one of the finest in Europe and is a sister construction to the Vienna State Opera and the National Opera House in Zagreb.

For custom luxury travel and tours to Hungary, please contact one of our travel experts, or read on below for more information about where to go and when, along with our Insider's Guide.

Cities and Regions

Budapest
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Budapest

Tale of Two Cities

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Eger, Hungary
Eger & the Tokaj Region
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Eger & the Tokaj Region

Wines & Vines

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Lake Balaton, Hungary
Lake Balaton
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Lake Balaton

The 'sea' of Hungary

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Itineraries

Chain Bridge Budapest
Ultimate Central Europe
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Ultimate Central Europe

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Aria Budapest, Hungary
Simply Budapest
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Simply Budapest

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Simply Jewish Budapest
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Simply Jewish Budapest

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Belgrade, Serbia
Balkan Odyssey – Golden Eagle Danube Express
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Balkan Odyssey – Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Central Europe and Transylvania Eastbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express
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Central Europe and Transylvania Eastbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Central Europe and Transylvania Westbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express
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Central Europe and Transylvania Westbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Krakow, Poland
Golden Eagle Danube Express-Treasures of Eastern Europe
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Golden Eagle Danube Express-Treasures of Eastern Europe

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Transylvanian Eastbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express
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Transylvanian Eastbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Transylvanian Westbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express
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Transylvanian Westbound – Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Four Seasons Budapest Gresham Palace
Self-Drive Budapest to Prague
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Self-Drive Budapest to Prague

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Best time To Go

Hungary has a continental climate. High summer (July and August) can be hot and more crowded than usual. April, May and June and September and October are ideal times to visit for good weather. From June to September there are several festivals and outdoor events in Budapest. If you are planning to visit in July, look out for the Budapest Grand Prix, as unless you are interested in the race, this is a period to avoid. 

 

Insider's Guide

Inside Track

Read Gwen Kozlowski’s Insider Guide to the Hungary, including Budapest and the Danube. Get in touch with us to help you plan your trip.  

Where to Travel in Hungary   

Majestic and grand, Budapest is an enchanting city, a hybrid of Paris and Vienna, but with her own very distinct Magyar character and personality.  This really is a tale of two cities; the hills of Buda overlook the center of Pest, the most magnificent view from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Between the two is the greatest river of the region – the Danube. Spend the day at Lake Balaton just outside the capital and visit the town of  Tihany, famous for its Benedictine abbey, or journey to the heart of the Tokaj wine region and stay in a former castle.

How To Travel in Hungary  

Customized Travel

Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Hungary based on your exact preferences and interests.  

Heritage Travel 

Latvia is rich in Jewish heritage, many of our travelers travel to Latvia to research their ancestry.  Let us take you back to your familial roots and connect you with the best genealogy specialists to uncover as much as possible about your ancestry. Chances are you may discover a new meaning behind your name or find your family’s long lost home you only know from stories. 

Pre or Post River Cruise Extension 

Before you embark your  River cruise, spend a few days in one of the cities close by. Budapest is a wonderful place to visit before or after any cruise.  A three night stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels may be the perfect start or end to your cruise experience.

White-Glove Self-Drive 

Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages? Hungary is the ideal self-drive destination.  Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24 hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!

Extend your Stay

Hungary combines well with Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Road  connections between the Central European capitals are excellent, or we can arrange for a private car and driver. For the ultimate independence you can choose to self-drive, and we will arrange for you to meet your guides in each destination. Alternatively, you may choose to take trains between the various cities. 

Take the Danube hydrofoil from Budapest, visit Bratislava Castle and enjoy a performance at the Bratislava Opera House.  Continue by hydrofoil to Vienna and learn even more about this region that used to form the powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Get back to nature with a short flight (or a day’s drive) to the Tatra mountain region of Slovakia.  The new Kempinski High Tatras is the perfect break for a few nights after intensive touring in Central Europe.  Hike the mountains, walk around the lake, take out a rowboat or indulge in spa services at this gorgeous mountain retreat.

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