My Personal Budapest
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Looking for the best local experience? Don't want to be just another tourist? You are to the right place! Some of our tour highlights: The Hungarian Soul Tour, The hidden treasures of Budapest, Sightseeing tours in retro/historical cars, Lunch in a Hungarian home, 4 hours wine tasting tour to one of the best wine regions just outside of Budapest, full day Danube Bend tour with optional wine tasting, full day Lake Balaton tour with optional wine tasting, wine tours to distinguished wine regions. Get your own personal travel experience of Budapest!
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Otto W
San Antonio567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We did a Trabant with Balazs and it was great!!! He has restored several of these vintage DFR cars and loves driving them and showing off this beautiful city.

Everywhere this nostalgic car goes people wave and smile. We met many Hungarians who told us their fond memories of family trips in these little cars.

This has been a real highlight of our trip so far.
Written September 13, 2022
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Fabiola G
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Szentendre, Visegrád and Esztergom, three towns you don't want to miss in Hungary.
If you’re planning a trip to Hungary and want to visit some of the more charming Hungarian towns then these three towns are definitely the places to go.
Taking this tour was the best decision I made on my trip to Hungary.
The guide, Attila, organized the tour that way that I had time to enjoy the best of each town
Written November 21, 2021
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Debbie E
Newcastle, Australia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour with Balaze to Visegrad and Szentendre, that started from the time we met him. Balaze was full of knowledge about Hungary and everyday life. What made the day even more special was the mode of transport. His magnificent restored 1957 Opal Rekord! The cafe we stopped at in Szentendre was equally as good. Could have easily spent all day with Balaze and hearing more about his life and Hungary. Can highly recommend this company. Thanks for a great day!
Written October 17, 2023
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jennyinAK
Anchorage, AK6 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Family
We took a trip to Lake Balaton. Our guide was the best ever! Knowledgeable, funny and so very considerate of my mother who has mobility issues. Our sides ached the next day from laughing. I’d come back to Hungary again just to use this guide. We love Hungary largely due to people like you. Thank you!!!
Written October 9, 2022
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kenandtami
Fredericksburg, texas12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We went on this tour with 6 girls. He was so knowledgable about anything we were interested in and we loved the dinner with his parents. What a sweet family. Made us Americans feel at home. Would love to go back with my husband
Written January 11, 2016
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WonderWomann
New York City, NY450 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
We had booked 8 hours (two tours) with the company to run consecutively on our first day in Budapest.(highlights of the city and hidden gems) Unfortunately our flight to Budapest got cancelled and we reached Budapest only in the latter half of the proposed day. We texted Attila to let him know and he was kind enough to agree to just half day tour starting 2 pm when we would reach hotel. Firstly, this tour is not cheap in any way and to our utter surprise, we were charged for full 8 hours and not half. I am not sure which culture and norms presumes you have to pay full price for a half job but it sure does not where I come from. There is a name for it and its called "dishonesty". And it doesn't end there. When I asked what to pay at the end of the tour, I was told a figure 10 Euros higher than the agreed upon price (the company has no prices on its website and all prices are agreed upon by personal emails with client, at least it was with me) and then told, since we didnt do the whole 8 hours, we are being given a discount of 10 Euros. This really took the cake. We did not want to get into any arguments (which we totally could have) and paid the full price which really stung for less than half the tour delivered. Now for the actual tour:
I dont know what the original plan for our tour was but as it stood, I believe a lot could have been achieved in around 4 hours but it was mostly driving to stuff and seeing it from outside in a very very rushed manner. If I wanted that flavour, then I would have booked a Viator/coach/group tour. The reason one books a private/personal tour is so that the pace can be casual and more personal but we felt like we had to rush everywhere while seeing each thing for 5 secs. 4 hours is less than what we hoped for too, but it was still a lot if it was well planned. Personally, there could have been less NUMBER of sites in a good pace than running around ticking things off a list- probably because the plan was to charge for full 8 hours and that would make a better argument.I am not sure if what do do with us for 4 hours was at all planned, we rushed around a lot and when I requested a coffee stop I almost regretted it because we spent around 15 mins looking for a coffee shop (yes!!) that had suitable parking. Arentt these the sort of things you assume your "private and personal" tour would entail? Our guide was Attila and he was a nice enough person and we had good conversation with him, this review is not a personal vindication against him (seems many other people liked him from other reviews) but rather a statement of facts from our actual experience which for which we paid very steeply and were quite disappointed. We booked another private tour in Budapest the next day and thankfully it was wonderful so I would recommend considering other companies rather than this one when booking your Budapest tour, else you can be out of a lot of money with no real value.
Written January 6, 2016
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dear Travelers and WonderWomann this is the place where company managers usually say thank you for the review. Well, from my side there is nothing to say thanks for. I have contacted this particular traveler after she submitted her review and asked her to clarify a few things-things I have heard differently from Attila who was customer's guide. I asked the questions because I really wanted to see and understand what happened. The question for me was this: is everything she says true? Is the guide fully responsible for customer's feelings? How can we develop? I have never received answers from the customer. Was writing the review maybe much more important to her than talking this whole thing through with me? Let me get straight to the facts: The duration originally was planned to be about 7-8 hours, starting from 9.00 am. The traveler arrived in Budapest much later-sent us an sms- so upon her request tour started at 2.00 pm. She informed us in the morning of the tour day that she cannot start at 9.00 am which was the originally arranged time. One of the customers’s main complaint is the duration of the tour, according to her it was a 4 hours tour, but I have the proof it was longer: Tour started at 2.00 pm and I have the written statement of a gallery owner that Attila the tour guide left the gallery with the guests at 7.00 pm. So it could not be a 4 hours tour. As for the pace of the tour, according to Attila it was sometimes slow, sometimes fast for customer...-in my letter to the customer I told her one example that I heard from Attila which shows that Attila did pay attention to slow the tour down when he felt it was needed. Customer paid 140 euros for a 5.5 hours private tour with a car. Even IF Attila first told a wrong amount to customer, he did that accidentally-I know. Why would we take the risk of a bad review just to earn 20 euros more? Customer has not answered any of my questions I sent her in a letter. What makes me wonder is that she invested a lot of time into writing a bad review, but did not invest any time into my polite and well-meant questions. She writes "I would recommend considering other companies rather than this one when booking your Budapest tour, else you can be out of a lot of money with no real value. "-thanks to so many of our former guests we almost have 500 reviews prooving the opposite. thank you all for reading this. warm regards András Novák
Written January 25, 2016
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MC
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
My friends and me had a great time in Budapest with Andras. The hidden treasure is a truly memorable, and fun trip to partake in. I have been to Budapest before, its a beautiful city, but it has so many cool places that only locals would know, and not necessary in the "tour books". If you are looking for something truly adventures and unique i definitely recommend this trip. We have gone to an island on the Danube (via a tiny boat :) ), to hidden 300 years old mysterious libraries downtown Budapest. And we even got to see Budapest from the top of a roof. Real unique experience, truly fantastic trip. Andras speaks real good English, he is very polite, knowledgable, loves Budapest, and seems to have lots of joy from showing us all around. Reliable, prepared, and funny.
Written June 2, 2015
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sweetlizziec
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
Sadly I only found out about Andras the night before I was leaving for Budapest. I quickly dropped Andras an email with our hotel contact information and when we would be available and hoped for the best. Well, as it worked out...I did get the best....Andras! With our limited time Andras put together a driving tour around Budapest and got in more than we could have ever hoped for. I was traveling with someone who has difficulty walking and instinctively Andras arranged the tour to meet a limited walkers needs. We learned, we saw , we enjoyed! My only regret was that we missed having lunch at the home of Andras parents. We had already booked a tour through our cruise line, our mistake...we had already learned so much more from Andras...and we missed a great meal. Don't make the same mistake we did....do all of your Budapest tours with Andras. The price is reasonable, the service is outstanding and you get so much more for your time and money. Not only will you see and do things with Andras that you will never get from a tour bus, he also sees to your comfort and safety. A street vendor was being too pushy to buy their wares and Andras stepped right in and told them in a firm but polite manner to back away. The climbing on and off of a tour bus got old quickly, Andras with a private car and door to door service is the only way to go. In the end, we felt we had more of a feeling for Budapest than another 8 days filled with cruise line tours in 3 more countries. The difference was because of Andras. He really is the best.
Written January 7, 2012
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Randy H
Tulsa, OK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
What a great tour in Budapest!!! If your looking to add a little fun adventure to your trip you need to book the Trabant tour with Balazs. He is a very personable guide that speaks very good english. We enjoyed seeing the sights of Budapest while riding in style. His father was a good driver and told us great stories about the history of Hungary. We had a great lunch at Andras parents house which was a fitting finish to a great tour.
Written May 29, 2015
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L L
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
I took a family trip with my parents, husband and two adult siblings in late April 2015. Based on good Tripadvisor reviews, I decided to book the Trabant (3 hours) and Danube Bend (8+ hours) tours with My Personal Budapest. The tour company was very accommodating, explaining that our group would have to be split into two cars (the vintage cars in which we would be travelling understandably cannot hold many people) and that a radio connecting both cars would ensure that everyone would be able to hear the guide. In most cases, you would be picked up at your door but because we stayed in such a central area with a busy, narrow road and no parking in front of the building, our guide, Balázs parked very close to where we stayed and we walked about 2-3 minutes to the waiting cars. This wasn't a problem at all, as it was ridiculously close, the weather was glorious and the walk took us by St Stephen's Basilica, which was just behind our accommodation.

Balázs acted as our guide on both tours and his sheer enthusiasm and attentiveness was commendable. Balázs knowledge of the history and streets of Budapest (and the surrounding countryside) was impressive and he took pains to accommodate our little group's disparate interests and personalities. Whilst my siblings and I are easily accommodated, my mum has a bad hip and cannot walk far; my dad is abrupt and accentric, with a tendency to wander off on his own; and my husband has a short attention span. Balázs periodically checked to see if my mum was okay when we were walking around and kept tabs on everyone to ensure that no one got lost (people wandering off on their own, lagging behind to window shop or visiting restrooms).

The tours were mainly memorable because we had a more personal, tailored introduction to the historic city. Balázs shared some local anecdotes and jokes, told us how locals live, explained Hungarian politics, showed us the neighbourhoods surrounding Budapest and gave us a thorough yet concise run-down of Hungarian/Budapest's history. We also travelled around in beautifully restored and maintained vintage cars - a Trabant and Opel. These drew admiration from many pedestrians and drivers alike and added a different dimension to our experience. It was also clear that Balázs was married to his cars! :)

Although we were mainly driven around during the tours, we also had stops at scenic spots and places of interest, allowing us to take photos and have a closer look at various monuments/buildings/areas. It was perfect for mum especially.

Balázs' dad acted as the second driver and also chipped in with little snippets of information about Budapest etc from time to time. He was a real gem, making hilarious statements and observations as we went along. Case in point - when we pointed out the Liberty Statue and asked about it, he noted that it was the "world's biggest bottle opener". So, not a fan of it, then. He was also a real old-school gentleman, as he made a point of helping all the ladies in and out of the cars and holding the door open for us (my husband would get out of the car and skip off like a lamb in spring, happily oblivious to anyone struggling with bags and heels behind him).

Specific comments on the two different tours are as follows:

1) Trabant Tour

- At 3 hours, it's gives a brief overview of all the main sights and is perfect as a quick way to see the city, if you only have a couple of days.

- I felt that it was a little too short to cover much in a fairly spread-out city with so many sights, like Budapest. As we had 5 days, I would've booked a longer city overview tour if it were an available option. I understand from Balázs that the company is considering the provision of a full day tour of the city, which I feel would be a better option.

- Please note that you will not be entering the museums and cathedrals on this tour, so plan to do this on a different day, after you get the lay of the land from this tour. When we visited St Stephen's Basilica, we paid 200 Forints each to enter the church. We tried to see the mummified hand of King Stephen but it was housed in such a dark corner and the hand is so small that we couldn't see anything. You'll have to pay another 200 Forints to light up the reliquary for 2 minutes. Although this isn't much, we disagreed with the principle of it and just waited 1 minute for someone else to pay the fee (at which point, the group of tourists hanging around the reliquary started furiously snapping away on their cameras - no flash photography, of course).

2) Danube Bend Tour

- Simply amazing views. Highly recommended. Very relaxed trip for people who want to see very charming little towns with interesting architecture and the beautiful outdoors.

- We got to visit Slovakia (very briefly) on this tour and to take some amazing photos. We also visited the largest cathedral in Hungary (Esztergom Basilica) - another breath-taking building; we were spoiled for choice!

- There were sufficient water and restroom stops on both tours, so we never felt uncomfortable for a minute.

- Lunch is not included on this tour but Balázs suggested that we could all have lunch together at a little cafe in Szentendre (a must-see), to try langos, a popular Hungarian fast food. It's a fluffy, deep-fried bread with optional toppings of sour cream and/or cheese and garlic spread. Langos is surprisingly light and not too greasy, my entire family enjoyed it. It was simply delicious, cheap and very filling!

**Note: Although prices are quoted in Euros, this is just done as an easier reference point for tourists. Payment should be made in Forints.

**Note: The vintage cars are a fantastic way to travel but you should know that they are 2-door and small, so it may not be as easy for senior citizens or bigger-sized people to get/fit into them. My family and I are small South-East Asians and my husband is 6 ft 2 inch, of a regular build. My husband was comfortable, sitting in the front passenger seat while my dad and I sat behind. There was just enough space for us, with our various bags and professional cameras. The experience of riding in these cars is incomparable though!

Overall, I would recommend My Personal Budapest and Balázs (and his dad!) in a heartbeat. We got to know Balázs and his dad personally, while enjoying the sights and sounds of Budapest and the countryside. For us, it was the personal touch and human connection that made this entire trip memorable. We will definitely call on My Personal Budapest for future guided tours in Budapest.
Written April 28, 2015
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