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Ballet in Budapest & The Christmas Markets

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Experience beautiful Budapest on our 2023 Budapest Ballet and Christmas Markets tour. Known as 'the Pearl of the Danube' Budapest is a beautiful city which offers much to see and do. Our tour offers you the chance to see beautiful Budapest as well as enjoying The Nutcracker at the Hungarian State Opera.  As part of your stay, visit the glittering Budapest Christmas Markets and enjoy mulled wine and cake.  Admire the traditional handicrafts and the beautiful, festive lights and start your christmas shopping. During your free time spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca and marvel at the city’s fine museums and monuments, churches and synagogues, historic squares and buildings.  And if you have time after all that, enjoy a relaxing visit to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths, literally an institution in Budapest!

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1:
Fly from Dublin to Budapest and on arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* K&K Opera Hotel, where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Flight departs Dublin at 08:55 and arrives Budapest 12:50
(Please note that flight times are subject to change at the airlines discretion). Centrally located in Budapest, next to the Budapest Opera House and just 100m from the historical Andrássy Avenue, K+K Hotel Opera offers restaurant and bar facilities. All rooms are air conditioned and have a flat-screen satellite TV, desk, telephone, as well as tea and coffee facilities. The famous St. Stephen’s Basilica is approximately 450 metres, with the Chain Bridge 1 km away. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 2:
After breakfast, join your local guide for a city tour of Budapest. Budapest is Hungary’s capital with a population in excess of 1.7 million. It is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles. The city’s primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city. Your city tour will finish at the main Budapest Christmas Market. After a busy morning, you have the afternoon free for independent sightseeing.

Day 3:
Morning and afternoon free for independent sightseeing. In the early evening, meet your local guide for the short walk from your hotel to the Callas Café for a 3-course pre-performance dinner (the restaurant is located beside the Opera House) and afterwards attend the evening performance of The Nutcracker in the Hungarian State Opera. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the Opera's run-up to Christmas. Partnering with Tamás Solymosi to choreograph a new fairy-tale ballet for the classical-music piece is a true Nutcracker specialist: the internationally renowned Wayne Eagling. This is the first time in the life of the Hungarian National Ballet that an artist of such worldwide stature has developed a choreography tailored specifically to its members, as well as taking inspiration from them. Return to hotel with your guide (on foot).

Day 4:
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and following breakfast check-out. Transfer to Budapest airport for return flight. Flight departs Budapest at 21:10 and arrives Dublin 23:25.

(Please note that flight times are subject to change at the airlines discretion).

Price includes

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
• Three nights in the four-star K+K Hotel Opera with breakfast
• Highlights of Budapest City tour finishing at the markets with mulled wine and Christmas pastry
• Three-course pre-performance dinner
• Tickets for Nutcracker in the Hungarian State Opera (Row 9-12)
• Private transfers and guide according to the program

Price does not include:

Booking Deposit
Booking deposit is €350pp. Remaining balance due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.

Hotel Rating
Please note that our hotel rating is a reflection of how the property compares to the industry standard in the country of destination in relation to when it comes to price, facilities and services offered by the hotel.

Flight information:
One small bag (size of a ladies handbag) and one standard piece of 10kg luggage is included in your tour Extra checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices varies according to baggage weight. Please note that checked-in luggage should be booked at the time of booking and must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. The flight times advised above are with Ryanair. Please note that we reserve the right to change both airline and airline times as airline schedules are subject to change. In addition, we reserve the right to change the departure date by a day or two in accordance with airline schedule and rates

Tour Activities:
Please note that there is a fair amount of walking on this tour. Ours are active holidays. Walking, stair-climbing and standing around for periods are unavoidable aspects of this tour. This tour is suitable for those of a normal fitness but may not be suitable for those who need support. Walking and getting on and off a coach several times a day is part of the tour.

Tour Itinerary and timing of excursions
Please note that we reserve the right to amend the timings of the tour itinerary in line with supplier requests and included excursions may take place on different days.

Travel Insurance
IFC strongly recommends travel insurance be purchased at the time of booking and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check

Please note that dates are provisional and that the itinerary is subject to change until airline flights are confirmed by the airline.

A minimum is required for the tour to proceed.