Rockhoppers Private Tours
Rockhoppers Private Tours
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
A group of Budapest intellectuals led by an old-fashioned (or new-fashioned?) funny man, a retired professor Zoltan; while the colleagues are his friends, experts in history and culture. Please, visit us at, and facebook and instagram, too. We share our knowledge about our city. OUR CITY, which is a place that one would not just either love or hate, but do love AND hate. Instead of offering boring schoolbook tours, we tailor them to the individual interest and personalities of the participants; and we do it in several languages. We make you an insider of Budapest on the tour. We are waiting for you as a “new citizen of Budapest”! Our customers mainly loved the Classic, the Jewish, the Communist and the Danube Bend tours most; however, we can take you to a 16th century Ottoman Turkish bath or try to find traces of your ancestors in Hungary, and we have several other tours, such as The Countryside in a Compressed File, Art Nouveau, or to take the best Budapest photos...
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Oct 2022
In October, at the beginning of our trip, we spent a wonderful full day private tour with Zoltan. I’d contacted Zoltan prior to our arrival and he was very responsive to our requests. Zoltan met us at our hotel, we did a walking tour on the Pest side until lunch, then he took us to a wonderful restaurant and winery where we had a delightful Hungarian lunch. After lunch we went to the Buda side touring the neighborhood and Palace ending the tour with a wine tasting. Zoltan exceeded our expectations and was a wonderful tour guide.
Written November 6, 2022
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Thank you Theresa for the kind lines. I am happy that I was able to create something GOOD for you guys. :o))))
Written November 9, 2022
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5 contributions
Oct 2013
This is a woefully overdue review! We travelled to Budapest last year for our one year wedding anniversary and we still regularly reminisce about our time with Zoltan. We spent two fabulous days with this wonderfully intriguing Hungarian. Full of random facts about everything, this is the way to see Budapest and Hungary in all it's glory from a man full of enthusiasm and humour. Not only will he revel in the wonder that is historical Budapest but he will also be brutally honest about its failures and darker side. He quickly tailors the tour to suit your interests and personality and by the end of the two days we felt like I had known him for years and were catching up with an old friend. Boring tourist cattle mart this is not. Individualised, bespoke and from the heart this is. We love you Zoltan! We promise to come back soon, Jo and Steve Phillips
Written July 18, 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions
Nov 2016 • Business
Zoltan makes history come alive, and he did it for my school group for the 2nd year in a row. His personal experiences with the former Communist government and his explanations of the changes in Hungary since 1989 make these past events and present challenges real to my students. After teaching more than four decades, I have so much left to learn--and he is the perfect teacher, guide, and host. In addition, he makes planning easy. Prompt communication, helpfulness in adjusting to the quirks of each group, and flexibility are hallmarks of his individual approach. I cannot recommend Zoltan and other representatives of Rockhoppers Tours highly enough.
Written February 6, 2017
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7 contributions
Jan 2017
My Mum and I were shown around Budapest by the lovely and knowledgeable Zoltan. Zoltan gave a 'warts and all' approach about the history and current political climate. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot about the history and saw some beautiful places. The Information provided would not be found on the 'usual' tours. It was a great introduction to Budapest with some funny stories.
Written January 19, 2017
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Jupiter, FL9 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
Seriously, the other reviewer nailed it by comparing him to Indy. We spent two days with him, 6 and 8 hours each day and worth every forint. His own history is as interesting as that of Budapest's. His intimate knowledge of the area was impressive, almost overwhelming, and he'll really help you understand all of what Hungary has gone through and currently is going through. He'll design the tour anyway you want, just give him your time frame and requests and he'll take it form there.
The first day we spent in the city, first Pest - touring the Jewish Ghetto (where his "open door" policy is the best!), Széchenyi Baths and Park, Opera House, Heroes Square, Parliament, etc...Then onto Buda - hopping on the 16 bus to the Buda Castle, Fishermans Bastion, Faust Wine cellar, and so much more, all the while stopping at local restaurants (incredible lunch spot hidden in a book store that you'd never find on your own) and bakeries where everyone seems to know zoltan, and drinking Palinka along the way.
The second day we hopped into his LandRover and went into the country. We first stopped at some ancient Roman Ruins along the way to Szentendre (great litte town of local artists where we knocked out a lot of gift shopping), Visegrád (historic castle with amazing views), and Esztergom (one of the largest basiicas we've ever seen), and then to a small village of 300 people, who were bitter at Americans for something we did in 1956! We then stopped at Scheizl for an absolutley unforgettable meal, where our waiter was also the fisherman who caught our dinner!
You can tell zoltan really cares about his country and takes pride in his tours. We would not heisitate to recommend any of his services.
Written April 18, 2012
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South Carolina34 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
My slightly road weary family of four ended our time in Europe in Budapest. I had arranged for a half-day tour with Zoltan. We secured the tour a few months in advance, and the communication via email was prompt and thorough,

At the appointed date and time, Zoltan met us in the lobby of the Budapest Marriott. He had studied up on our family and our interests (provided to him in advance via email) and met us all by name, Following a brief introduction and overview, we headed out into the city.

Realizing our time in Budapest was short, Zoltan adapted the tour to visit the spots of greatest interest to my family. He also helped us to navigate the transit system - which went quite smoothly! He provided a balanced approach of historical perspective, along with the current issues of this historic city. The pace of the waking tour was perfect, and he was careful to gauge his audience. He incorporated some stops along the way - for example, we visited a market (one of the smaller ones) and enjoyed a snack to re-energize the my always-hungry teens (and maybe us adults, too!). He also helped us locate a delicious lunch location to end the informative tour.

We so appreciated the personalized tour provided by Zoltan, along with his dry sense of humor and his insight into his beautiful city!! We highly recommend Zoltan and Rockhoppers Private Tours!
Written July 26, 2016
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Tucson, AZ6 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
My wife and I had heard about Zoltan from a friend who had visited and toured with him in the past. I knew we were in for a good time filled with interesting bits of history, art, politics, food and of course abundant local drinks. We opted for a full day which for us lasted about 6 hours.
Zoltan is a treasure chest of information on just about any topic related to Hungary, the surrounding countries and even Mongolian-Chinese cultures. He will gladly share with you anything he knows about....especially his love for good palinkas! We mostly walked through town and crossed to Buda for the remainder of the tour. There we hung out at a local favorite bar (Palinkas) and ate at another local favorite eatery of his which was of course delicious. The day seemed to go pretty quickly filled with all of the places and stories of Budapest and its people. We would recommend him to anyone wishing for something a bit different and off beat on their tours. As a comparison we had another city tour included in our river cruise which covered a lot of ground but was no where near as fun.

Thanks Zoltan for a great day!
Written June 4, 2016
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Kelly S
Collingwood, Canada24 contributions
May 2015
She was amazing! She is truly knowledgeable, knew her history and anecdotes.
She is a lovely person and picked us up at the hotel. We walked with her and she had the codes to enter certain private buildings so we could see part of the ghetto. She even showed us the only remaining wall of the ghetto, which would have been impossible without her.

She explained a lot and did it in a way that truly explained Jewry in the past and in the present.
We could have gone to the synagogues by ourselves but it wouldn't have been the same.

She took us to a farmers market and even bought us a bit of cheese tasting so we could enjoy some flavors.

She has made or visit to Budapest become the highlight of our trip.

Written May 31, 2015
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Atlanta, GA33 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I travel a good bit, and almost always arrange for a private tour when I visit a place for the first time. Friends of mine recommended Zoltan's company based on their experience with another guide a few months ago. Zoltan was incredibly knowledgeable, insightful, flexible, and focused on making sure that my expectations for my tour were met.

After meeting up, Zoltan asked what I was interested in. I'm not sure my answer was coherent, but I tried to convey that I was incredibly curious, interested in history, interested in modern Hungarian life, not interested in religion, and that I would be keen on having a tour that didn't focus on the typical list of places that one must visit. In short, my request to Zoltan was, "Show me what you love about Budapest. Show me what you hate about Budapest. I want to hear interesting stories and get a sense of the place."

Without much more than that, we set afoot and walked the city. I got great history lessons, learned bout Hungarian politics, discussed demography and sociology, saw interesting sites, and spent a fun time with a cool guy and got a glimpse into a life well lived. We also had coffee, Hungarian disgestifs, and an adventure in the West End mall trying to find an adapter for an American electrical plug.

In short, I got exactly what I wanted. My request may have been unconventional, but Zoltan delivered. After a half day together, I left feeling like I'd scraped the surface of Budapest and Hungary and I wanted to know and experience more. It was the kind of introduction that will set me up for a lifetime of visits and learning, which is so much more valuable than just ticking the tourist-trap boxes.
Written May 4, 2015
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2 contributions
Feb 2015
Zoltan exceeded any and all expectations. He met our family of 4 at a location of our choosing and immediately found a hidden gem for a super traditional and delicious Hungarian lunch. We then proceeded to spend the entirety of the afternoon exploring the Castle Hill and learning everything there is to know about Hungarian history, politics, geography and more from Zoltan the master. It was 5:30pm and time for us to say goodbye before we could say "goulash!" Zoltan's raw honesty about his nation's highs and lows is rare in the tourism/hospitality industries -- and refreshing! We recommend Zoltan to any tourists looking to make the most of a short -- or likely long -- stay in Budapest or wherever Rockhoppers does business!
Written February 17, 2015
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