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Budapest: Gala Concert with Cimbalom and Danube River Cruise

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    What to Expect
    The Danube Symphony Orchestra has been pleasing audiences throughout Europe since 1961 with its wide-ranging repertoire, including baroque music as well as contemporary stylings. What keeps the orchestra unique to Hungary is the accompaniment of the cimbalom, a traditional Hungarian folk instrument played by striking two beaters against a range of strings.

    Your Budapest Gala concert is held at either Pesti Vigadó or Danube Palace in Budapest. Take your seat in either the front or middle rows for an up-close experience and watch the Danube Symphony Orchestra accompanied by ballet dancers, solo operetta singers from the Budapest Operetta Theatre and an authentic Hungarian gypsy band. A solo performance by a singer from the national Virtuosos Talent Show is also included in the program.

    Every concert consists of two 45-minute sections, with an intermission between. (A sample program is available below). During the break, enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the bar, purchase DVDs of the Danube Symphony Orchestra or browse Hungarian keepsakes.

    Concert plus DinnerUpgrade your ticket to continue the evening with a late-night cruise along the Danube River. When the concert concludes, a guide will lead you to the pier so you can step aboard your 90-minute cruise. The interior of the boat is lit by candlelight, while the windows boast glowing views of the city’s landmarks. Sip Sparkling wine and wine or beer as you admire the scenery, followed by a dinner of traditional Hungarian dishes, served buffet-style. (Sample menu is provided below.)

    After wining and dining, travel to the fresh air of the upper deck for unrivaled views of Budapest’s panorama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll pass the regal Buda Castle, the Gellért Baths and the Chain Bridge before returning to the Danube Palace. When you debark, your host can assist with calling a taxi if you wish.

    There is also a possibility to enjoy the Gala Concert & Cruise program if you are not hungry, join us for a Drink & Cruise to relax on our boats while having a couple of drinks. Drink Cruise includes one welcome drink and an optional beverage.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Danube Palace, Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 1051 Hungary
    2: Vigadó Concert Hall, Budapest, Vigadó tér 2, 1051 Hungary
    Departure Time
    8:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • if DRINK cruise selected: 1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1 glass of wine/beer/soft drink
    • if plus DINNER cruise selected: 3-course buffet dinner, 1 glass of Sparkling wine, 1/4 liter mineral water, 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink,
    • Show ticket (I. or II. category depending on the booked option)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible. Please advise at time of booking if you require wheelchair assistance
    • Meeting time for the Show: 7.30pm; Dates: Show in Danube Palace (1051, Budapest Zrinyi street 5.) Aug: 10 • Sept: 7, 14, 21, 28 • Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26 • Dec: 25, 27, 30 Show In Pesti Vigadó (1051, Vigadó square 2.) Aug. 17, 24, 31
    • After the concert, a host/hostess will escort you to the pier (if dinner option selected). It is a 5-minute walk from Danube Palace/Pesti Vigado
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed October 18, 2018

    We really enjoyed our evening and had a great guide, Gabor, but realizing after purchasing our VIP package that the concert and cruise were blocks from our Air bnb, we didn't need the ride to and from the events. While the package did buy us...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Christina R
    Reviewed September 18, 2018

    If you want to immerse yourself in the rich musical culture of Hungary, this concert presented by the Danube Symphony orchestra is ideal. We were entertained to musical pieces by Hungarian composers as well as pieces linked to Hungary written by other composers. Two honey-voiced...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    GabriellaHK, Online Sales Representative at Hungaria Koncert, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

    Dear COSION, Thank you for your feedback. We are always happy to read our guest's satisfaction. Best regards, Gabriella

    Reviewed July 10, 2018

    very interesting and nice evening we spent on 30JUN with great music mixture well selected by the mistro, between classical music, opera and even gypsy music. highly recommended at reasonable price.

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Hamdi K
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    January 23, 2019|
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