Spirit of music
Position no: HUSPMSC-015-08
Spirit of music
8 days/7 nights
Day 1. Budapest
Arrive to Budapest international airport. Meet with the tour leader and transfer to the hotel. Free time and relax. Overnight in Budapest
Day 2. Budapest
After breakfast start a city tour in Budapest downtown: Heroes’ Square, Vajdahunyad castle in the City park of Budapest. It was built in 1896 as part of the Millennial Exhibition which celebrated the 1,000 years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895. Today, it houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe. Afternoon visit to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and Liszt Ferenc Museum. (If you want you can buy an audioguide in Chinese language.) Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
Day 3. Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom
After breakfast depart for a full day trip to the Bend of Danube. Our first stop a picturesque, riverside city, Szentendre, the city of culture and arts. This historical city has preserved his Dalmatian tradition and Mediterranean character. Take a nice walk in the old town, and then go further to Visegrád. This beautiful city is the smallest town of Hungary. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel. After lunch we go up to the Fellegvár. (The castle of Visegrád is called Fellegvár in Hungarian, with the literal meaning "cloud tower.) Enjoy the breathtaking view form the top of the hill. After this castle tour and - if the weather is nice, you can try a toboggan on the hill-side at Nagyvillám Visegrád. It is a great experience for everyone!
Afternoon we leave this gorgeous scenery and go to Esztergom, another lovely city of the Bend of Danube. Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century when King Béla IV. of Hungary moved the royal seat to Buda. Visit the Esztergom basilica which is the largest church in Hungary. Enjoy the wonderful panorama from the roof of basilica. (Please note that 400 spiral staircase leading up to the look-out and no elevator!) The organ: the renovation and enlargement of the organ started in the 1980s, after extensive preparations, and it is currently in progress. The organ has five manuals and by 2006 had 85 stops working out of the planned 146. The organ contains the largest organ pipes in Hungary, 10 m, about 11 m long. The smallest pipe is 7 mm, (without pipe foot). When complete, it will be the third largest organ in Europe, surpassing all organs in Hungary in both volume and variety of stops. Late afternoon return to Budapest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Gödöllő – Budapest, Széchenyi bath
Breakfast at the hotel and visit the Royal palace of Gödöllő. The palace was originally built for the aristocratic Grassalkovich family; later Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary and his wife Elisabeth ("Sissi") had their summer residence here. The palace one of the most popular place of cultural events. Afternoon - after a traditional hungarian lunch - we return back to Budapest and we visit the elegant Szechenyi bath, the biggest bath and spa complex of Europe. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
Day 5. Budapest
Breakfast at the hotel and then visit the Bartók Béla memorial house, the greatest genius of Hungarian music. In the music shop the visitors can buy Bartók's sheet music, books, CDs, DVDs, or postcards. After this music tour come back to the city. Lunch and go up to the Castle District: Buda Castle, Fisherman’s bastion and the beautiful Matthias church. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 6. Martonvásár – Tihany peninsula
After breakfast go for a full day travel to Balaton region. Our first stop at Martonvásár, visit the Brunszvik Palace where Ludwig van Beethoven often stayed. Beethoven was the Brunszvik girls’ teacher and he wrote here “Für Elise”. There is also a museum for Beethoven where you can see the master’s piano. After this museum tour travel to Tihany peninsula. Tihany is the most visited tourist destination of the Balaton. The center of the village there is a Benedictine Abbey which was founded in 1055 AD. From here is the best view of the Lake Balaton. Go up to the Echo hill and shut your words from here. The word shouted from the Echo hill return from the northern wall of the Abbey building in 2 sec. The church wall clearly returns voices up to 15 syllables. Enjoy your stay near the Balaton! Evening and overnight in Budapest.
Day 7. Vienna
Early breakfast at the hotel and then travel to Vienna, the city of music because of its musical legacy. More famous composers have lived here than anywhere else in the world. Visit the most important buildings in the downtown: St. Stephan basilica, Hofburg, the former imperial residence; museum quarter, Opera House. Lunch in the city and then visit the nearby Schönnbrunn Palace. Walking tour in the amazing garden and enjoy the wonderful palace! Late afternoon return to Hungary. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 8. Budapest
Breakfast at the hotel, free time or transfer to the international airport.
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***Extension is possible according to discussed.
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High season in Hungary:
Formula 1 period
31. Dec. – 1.Jan.
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