• Explore Budapest’s art and architecture across museums and historical sites, from the National Gallery and Fine Arts Museum to synagogues and Art Nouveau buildings
• Study the city’s duality with visits in Buda and Pest, and soak up its special atmosphere during this festive time of year
• Enjoy excursions outside Budapest, to Szentendre, Csepel Island and Esztergom
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow 0805 on British Airways, arriving Budapest 1135. Afternoon excursion to Vác for visit to neoclassical cathedral. Continue to Budapest for seven nights at K&K Opera Hotel. Introductory lecture.
Morning visits in Buda: Gellért Hill (citadel and cave), Trinity Square, Mátyás Church, Dominican cloister. Afternoon: visit to the Royal Palace for Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum.
Morning visits in Pest Old Town: Belvárosi Plébánia Templom (Inner Town Parish Church), further churches, National Museum and Market Hall. Afternoon: cross over Szabadság Bridge to the Art Nouveau Gellért Baths.
Visits focusing on 19th century Budapest: St Stephen’s Basilica, Andrássy utca, Heroes’ Square, Városliget (City Park) with Széchenyi Baths (exterior) and Fine Arts Museum. Some free time and opportunity for independent visits to Christmas markets. Free evening.
Visits focusing on Jewish and Art Nouveau Budapest: Páva Street Synagogue (Holocaust Memorial), Dohány Street Reformed Synagogue, Hungarian Jewish Museum, Hungarian Parliament Building (Crown of St Stephen), Art Nouveau Postal Savings Bank (exterior) and Gresham Palace (exterior).
Excursion to Ócsa for visit to late Romanesque Reformed Church. Continue to Csepel Island for Ráckeve (unique Gothic Serbian Orthodox Church) followed by Kecskemét (Art Nouveau architecture).
Morning visits to Ottoman Király Baths and Gül Baba Türbe (Ottoman tomb) followed by excursion to the Danube Bend for Szentendre (Baroque town with variety of churches of the different nationalities of Old Hungary) and Esztergom (ecclesiastical centre of Hungary with Cathedral, Treasury and Jesuit Church).
Depart Budapest 1225, arriving London Heathrow 1410.
8 Dec — 15 Dec 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour has a full and comprehensive itinerary, making the most of our stay in Budapest, so a good level of fitness and stamina is required. Many visits will be made on foot and by public transport (including local buses, trams and the Földalatti, the oldest underground railway in continental Europe). Participants should therefore expect to spend a significant amount of time walking around the city, including over uneven and cobbled ground. Pest is relatively flat but there are more steps and hills to navigate in Buda. We will also spend time standing in galleries and at historical sites.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £150.
Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.