Personal Budapest Guide - Andrea Makkay

Personal Budapest Guide - Andrea Makkay

Personal Budapest Guide - Andrea Makkay
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Private tours in Budapest/Hungary I am a native Hungarian, born in Budapest and have worked as a licensed, private guide since 1995. I have a University educational background in economics, but my real passion is guiding. I love my work and I am very enthusiastic to show people all the beauty in Budapest and Hungary, which was forgotten for almost 50 years! I was growing up during the communist regime, but by the time I grew up, it collapsed almost overnight. This gives me a special view on our recent history, but I am also a member of that generation that already had the chance to travel and see other parts of Europe and the world as well. I am very proud to be recommended as a private guide in Budapest and Hungary in Rick Steves' Travel Books! Let me be your private guide while in Budapest and discover much more with me than you would ever be able to do on your own!
Budapest, Hungary

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2022

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Jerrey F
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
After being promptly met at our hotel, we embarked on an informative and personalized excursion through the Buda side from the Castle District to the scenic overlooks of the Danube complete with historic context and humor.

Next we ventured to the Pest side for various sites and highlights of this newer part of Budapest including inspiring memorials a d the majestic Parliament building.

Andrea is very personable, easy to talk with, extremely knowledgeable about local history and a pleasure to share a 4 hour tour with. Our group of 4 were very impressed and would highly recommend her to anyone wanting a compact outing in Budapest.
Written October 30, 2021
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Adrienne
2 contributions
Sep 2021
We had a group of 10 and did a custom, 6 hour tour of Budapest with Andrea. I had let her know in advance what we were interested in and based on the time we had available, she planned an amazing 6 hour tour. She set up a driver and a sprinter van for our group. We hit the highlights of the beautiful city and some off the beaten path places. She is a wealth of knowledge on the history of the city and is very personable. Our group all agreed that Budapest was our favorite day and wished we had more days to spend there. Andrea can also recommend other highlights of the city beyond her tour I would highly recommend her to individuals or groups!
Written September 23, 2021
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Dear Adrienne, Thank you so much for your kind words :-)))! It was such a pleasure meeting you all! I am so happy to hear that you loved Budapest and our tour! See you next time! Kind Regards, Andrea
Written September 27, 2021
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Sharon R
Overland Park, KS15 contributions
Nov 2021
A group of six arranged a two-day Budapest tour with Andrea Makkay in November. Hands down, the best tour we did in two weeks in Europe. Andrea knows the city well and helped us to feel comfortable during our visit. Our tour was perfectly timed for us, included lots of interesting information without overwhelming us and hit just the right sites at just the right times. Andrea has a very positive and fun attitude and we highly recommend her as a guide in Hungary.
Written December 6, 2021
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Cynthia Berman
4 contributions
Sep 2021
My husband and I, along with another couple, arranged a 2 day tour of Budapest with Andrea Makkay. She met us at our hotel both days along with a mini van and driver. Andrea has a wealth of information that she expertly shared with us, including relevant history and personal stories. She made Budapest's history and sights come alive. Andrea also recommended restaurants and an itinerary for our "on our own" days outside the city. We regularly hire private guides when we travel abroad. Andrea is among the best we've ever used! I highly recommend her!
Written September 15, 2021
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Dear Cynthia, Thank you so much for you kind words, they are really a reward for me! Kind Regards, Andrea
Written September 27, 2021
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4ontheroadMD
Washington DC, DC222 contributions
Apr 2022
Andrea wasn't available when we were in Budapest but she set us up with one of her guides, Orsolya, and she was fantastic. We did a half day walking your of the city and she had a great deal of knowledge about history, but also shared her own personal experiences as a resident of the city. She was also enthusiastic and fun to chat with. Her English was excellent and we could not have asked for a better tour!
Written April 24, 2022
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Greg M
Concord, NC5 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife Kathy and I arranged for an excellent 4 hour tour in Budapest for just the two of us. Because we were at the front end of a Viking cruise in the Danube, and were able to use some of their tours and do some exploring on our own, we were somewhat specific (in advance via email exchange) with our wishes to tour Budapest. Even before we started, Andrea had provided some restaurant recommendations which we used the evening before our tour . Nice! Andrea made a great recommendation to use a van and driver to save time and energy to fill in our gaps. This is the way to go, since Andrea would explain what it coming up while the driver moves us from point to point. Andrea and driver picked us up at the Hilton on Castle Hill, and we spent time at some excellent vistas from the CH area, Hero’s square, City Park, Gellért Thermal Baths, and Dohány Street Synagogue. At each stop Andrea added color and meaning to the site. She even arranged that we would be dropped off at the Viking ship at the end of the tour to allow us to begin our cruise.
Written October 11, 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind words, it was my pleasure to meet you :-)!!!
Written October 23, 2021
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Vicki1020
Overland Park, KS176 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
From the first email encounter to the final farewell, Andrea was professional, knowledgeable, articulate, and one of the best tour guides we’ve experienced. We are so thankful we found her name in Rick Steves’ book on Budapest.

Prior to our arrival in Budapest, I let Andrea know that we would have had an introductory tour of Budapest as part of our Viking River Cruise. Andrea was careful not to repeat any of the places we had stopped the previous day.

The day began with a stop at Hero Square, where we learned of the tumultuous history of Hungary. Andrea explained this complicated history in a way that was easy to process. We told Andrea, we were particularly interested in the Communist era and Jewish history and she made sure to include those as part of our day. Included stops: Jewish synagogue, various memorials ( the ‘Shoes’ was so impactful), and out to Monument Park were highlights of our day.

Rather than stopping for lunch, Andrea suggested we stop at the opulent New York Cafe for strudel and sponge cake. Well worth a break in the day.

Andrea made Budapest come to life for us. What a delightful guide and so easy to spend time with and her driver Thomas who was great at maneuvering the van through the busy city.

Thank you Andrea for a FABULOUS tour. We will always remember you and Budapest.

Vicki and Norm
Written October 23, 2021
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Global281578
1 contribution
May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of Budapest. We highly recommend utilizing the talented services of a personal guide in Budapest so you can achieve the highest level of travel fulfillment. Orsolya was charming, personable, highly knowledgeable, well prepared. She provided exceptional travel guide service, with congeniality and charm. Thank you for providing us with a superb travel experience."
Written June 10, 2022
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Lenny
8 contributions
Jul 2022
We recently returned from a 5 day trip to Budapest. This was a re-do of our previously planned 2020 trip. We learned of Personal Budapest Guide from a friend's recommendation from 3 years ago. Working and planning our tours with Andrea Makkay was very easy and pleasant; she was highly knowledgeable and professional and very helpful answering our questions and making suggestions. She was not available for our visit but assigned 2 associates to guide our tours:
Orsolya and Susan who were excellent. We had two 1/2 day city tours and a full day road trip to the countryside along the Danube. All of the tours were very informative and quite fun. She recommended a dinner cruise on the Danube (conveniently located steps from our Budapest Marriott) which was absolutely wonderful. You cannot go wrong using Andrea Makkay for your visit to Budapest.
Written July 29, 2022
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Charlotte O
9 contributions
Nov 2021
Andrea was an excellent guide and made the most of our valuable time in Budapest. We had a wonderful personalized experience in the beautiful city of Budapest. She brought the city to us with her historical, cultural and personal insights. We wanted to spend extra time at the end of our tour watching the sun set over the Danube and she made sure that we knew exactly how to return to our hotel. I highly recommend Andrea for a wonderful and personal tour of Budapest.
Written November 18, 2021
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