Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour
The Christmas season is truly one of the best times to visit Budapest, despite the cold, dark December days. The city comes to life with some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, the streets are lit up, and the vendors are out in full force with mulled wine and other treats. This three-hour tour will take you to a few Christmas markets in Pest. We’ll discuss Hungarian Christmas traditions and seasonal foods, you’ll taste a variety of holiday foods and drinks, and our guide will show you a curated selection of the best places to shop for unique locally-produced souvenirs and gifts.
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What's included :
- English-speaking, food-specialized guide
- Generous seasonal food and drink tastings (enough to serve as lunch!
- Tour includes visits to four Christmas markets in Pest
- Many stops for photos, questions and some Christmas shopping
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Taste Hungary, Brody Sandor utca 9 Cellar Entrance, Budapest 1088 Hungary
The Christmas season kicks off with Mikulás-nap (St. Nicholas Day) on December 6th when children polish their shoes and set them out for Miklulás to fill with goodies. (However, if you’ve been bad, Mikulás’ helper, krampusz, will leave twigs instead.) Bakeries and home cooks are busy baking roulade cakes filled with walnuts or poppy seeds (bejgli), which are a crucial part of the holiday season. On December 24th children are banished from their living rooms while the angels and Jézuska (baby Jesus) bring presents and trim the tree, and angels ring bells. No Hungarian Christmas tree is complete without shiny pieces of szaloncukor (chocolates wrapped in colourful foil wrappers) covering it. In the weeks running up to Christmas szaloncukor is sold everywhere, by the kilogram from street vendors and at fancier shops and bakeries.
Stop At: Budapest, Budapest, Central Hungary
Budapest’s many Christmas markets are also an essential part of the Christmas season. This tour will include visits to four very different ones, from the most traditional one in town, to a luxury one with more high-end gifts. Since the markets (which are all in central Pest) are in a few different neighborhoods, you’ll see some of Budapest’s prettiest neighborhoods decked out for the holidays. As you wander around the markets, your guide will fill you in on what you are seeing, and discuss Hungarian Christmas traditions, foods, and stories. Of course, food is also a major part of the tour! You’ll taste a variety of different seasonal foods and drinks (so come with an appetite, it will be enough to serve as lunch).
This will be an excellent opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. Your guide will direct you to our favorite vendors where you can find things such as handmade notebooks and paper products, puppets, ceramics, folk arts, Christmas decorations, food products, and more.
Departure Point :Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér, Hungary
Departure Time :11:00 AM
Return Detail :Budapest, District V., Hungary
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Three-hour tour, from 11am - 2pm (unless otherwise requested)
- This is a seasonal tour, subject to the opening times of Christmas Markets.
- This is a small group tour (which means minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 8 guests).
- If you would rather have a private tour (which can be customized), please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking.
- Though there will be plenty of eating breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour. Also, make sure you dress warmly!
- Make sure you advise about any dietary requirements or allergies you may have!
- Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.