Hungary - Touring Holidays
Discover a country awash with history and boasting a rich culture on an escorted tour to Hungary. This landlocked country in the heart of Central Europe bordered by seven neighbours – Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia – is famed for its traditional folk music. It was also the birthplace of many notable classical composers, including Bartók and Liszt.
Budapest – a striking capital
Highlights of Hungary are undoubtedly its striking capital, Budapest, home to one-fifth of the country’s population, and the mighty River Danube, which divides the city in two. On the hilly west bank is the old town of Buda, whilst modern Pest can be found on the east. The two were united in 1873 and the city you will discover today is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Admire stunning baroque and neoclassical architecture, Gothic-style cathedrals and the impressive Heroes’ Square, where highlights include the Millennial Monument and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Be sure to head inside Budapest’s numerous exceptional galleries and museums too. Artefacts inside the Hungarian National Museum include St Stephen’s coronation cloak and an array of Hungarian art, while the House of Terror charts two bloody periods in Hungary’s history and acts as a memorial to the victims of fascist and communist regimes.
The Danube Bend
One of the most scenic stretches of the Danube is the Danube Bend, a dramatic horseshoe curve which offers picturesque views of charming riverside towns and verdant forests as it winds through Hungary. The country is also home to a number of lakes, with Lake Balaton the largest. This is a popular holiday destination for landlocked Hungarians, who flock here to swim in its warm waters during the summer months and skate on its frozen surface in the depths of winter.
Natural hot springs
Sticking to the watery theme, Hungary is a land of hot springs, with Budapest referred to as the ‘City of Baths’. Here you can bask in natural thermal waters said to possess healing properties in traditional Turkish baths dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. What better way to relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.