Trip Highlights

Budapest welcomes you to architectural riches, cozy cafes and world-class museums. Come with us to explore the Pearl of the Danube, a city with an alluring blend of romance and history.

Experience the distinct personalities of the twin city: quiet, imperial Buda and chic Pest. Discover Fisherman’s Bastion and explore the Jewish district with its moving memorials and Great Synagogue. Go beyond Budapest to discover Visegrád’s hilltop castle, Eger’s picturesque cathedral and Szentendre’s art scene. Savor delicious Hungarian cuisine, from rich pastries to hearty goulash, and take in a thrilling horse show.

Stay for seven nights and discover firsthand why Budapest has become one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.

Exclusive departure: This departure is considered exclusive. The participants are U-M travelers, consisting of alumni, family, and friends.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Budapest, Hungary. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: BUD.

Day 2 – Budapest, Hungary

Eurostars Budapest Center

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Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Eurostars Budapest Center. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception, followed by a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Day 3 – Budapest

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Enrichment: The History of Budapest. Learn about Budapest’s remarkable saga of wars, invasions, destruction and restoration, as well as the city’s importance within greater Hungary.

Discovery: Highlights of Pest. Spectacularly situated on both sides of the Danube River, the city of Budapest — which ranks as one of Europe’s most striking capitals — is actually a twin city, borne of the uniting in 1873 of historic and romantic “Buda” on the west bank and the bustling metropolis of “Pest” on the flatter east side. Today, start your adventure in the cosmopolitan Pest side by witnessing many key landmarks and historical sites. Visit the grandiose Heroes’ Square with its statue of the Archangel Gabriel. Walk by the neo-renaissance Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Liberty Square and the Gothic-style Parliament Building. Rich in Byzantine architecture with a Gothic flair, the Parliament is one of the city’s most alluring sights. Then hop on a city tram and ride across Budapest like a local to the buzzing Great Market Hall. Offering a cornucopia of traditional delicacies, clothing, textiles and other treats, Budapest’s central market is always alive with activity. Enjoy a tasting of delicious local favorites.

Gather with your group and reflect over the day’s highlights over lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Budapest

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Free Time: Enjoy a morning at leisure in Budapest. Explore the café culture, or enjoy a walk along the river, noting the impressive series of bridges that crisscross the river, including the 19th-century engineering marvel, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. More than 118 natural thermal springs deliver therapeutic waters to the city each day. Consider a visit to one of Budapest’s spas that offer steam rooms, saunas, thermal baths and massage rooms. You can also use your metro pass for easy travel around the city.

Discovery: Highlights of Buda. Your discovery of the Buda side begins amid the old Castle District with a visit to the 700-year-old St. Matthias Church, a symbol of the city’s rich, yet often tragic history. Thrill to sweeping panoramas at the turreted Fisherman’s Bastion. Featuring seven white round towers that represent the seven Magyar tribes that gave rise to the nation a thousand years ago, Fisherman’s Bastion offers some of the most inspiring views of Budapest. Head beneath Buda Castle Hill to the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and learn about the history of this former secret emergency hospital, which was built in the 1930s in preparation for WWII.

Tonight, sit down to a delicious dinner of Hungarian cuisine. Then feast your eyes on the twinkling landmarks of Budapest during an evening cruise. Enjoy a fresh perspective of the capital city from the water, a truly unforgettable panorama.

Day 5 – Visegrád | Szentendre

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Discovery: The Danube Bend. Cruise by hydrofoil to Visegrád, once the royal seat of Hungary. Draped dramatically over emerald riverbanks, Visegrád claims a scenic perch along the Danube Bend and reveals a panorama of hills and valleys. Visit the ruins of the medieval Visegrád Castle, which consists of the Upper Castle, a wile of King Béla IV, and the Lower Castle that connects the Upper Castle with the Danube. Today the sprawling palace complex bestows a trove of architecture in the Renaissance, Franciscan and Gothic styles. Continue to charming Szentendre, famed for its thriving arts community. Since 1929, this riverside town has been home to some of Hungary’s most prominent painters and writers. Walk along the picture-perfect winding streets, passing rainbow-colored baroque houses, al fresco cafes and shady alleyways. Then visit the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum to view collections by the Hungarian ceramist and sculptor.

Following your tour, depart Szentendre for your return to Budapest.

Day 6 – Budapest

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Enrichment: Jewish History in Budapest. The Jewish community has been present in Budapest since the 13th century. Today, Budapest has one of Eastern Europe’s largest Jewish communities. Join a local expert to learn about the experience and history of Jews in Hungary’s capital city.

Discovery: Budapest’s Jewish Sites. Visit the Great Synagogue, home to the Emanuel Tree Holocaust memorial. Tour the poignant Holocaust Memorial Center, which occupies the renovated Pava Street Synagogue, and witness Shoes on the Danube, a tribute to the Jews who were shot on the banks of the Danube by the local militia in the mid-1940s.

Free Time: The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. If you wish, stretch your legs and enjoy fresh air at Margaret Island, located in the center of the Danube River between the Buda and Pest sides.

Day 7 – Eger | Gödöllő

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Discovery: Eger. Nestled amid the forest-clad mountains of Bükk near the Tokaj wine region sits beautiful Eger. Though ravaged through the centuries by Turks, Mongols and Habsburgs, this regal city is a fusion of outstanding architecture with neo-classical cathedrals, baroque churches, a beautifully preserved center and a towering 14-sided minaret. During a panoramic tour, learn how the Turks and other invaders and imperialists left their marks on the city. Stop at a wine cellar to enjoy lunch and sample Bikavér, or “Bull’s Blood” — the famous Hungarian wine.

Discovery: Hungarian Horse Show. Travel through the breathtaking Domony Valley to a horse farm near the village of Gödöllő. The Lazar Equestrian Park is owned by coach driving world-champions Vilmos and Zoltán Lázár. Watch a horse show demonstrating various skills of the horses and drivers, visit the stable and farmyard, and sample traditional Hungarian cuisine. Enjoy the opportunity to browse the museum to see awards and medals of the Lázár duo.

Day 8 – Budapest

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Enrichment: Contemporary Hungary. Discuss Hungarian society and the country’s current political and economic situation. A local expert leads the discussion.

Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions. See the Excursion Choices sheet for full descriptions.

  • Budapest Organ Tour. (Moderate)
  • Art Nouveau Architecture in Budapest. (Moderate)

Free Time: Enjoy your last afternoon at leisure in Budapest.

Toast to your Budapest sojourn at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 9 – Depart for gateway city

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After breakfast, bid farewell to Budapest. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

 

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(9 days)
Starting price: $3,295
Deposit per person: $600
Europe
AHI
Type: Land, Exclusive U-M Departure

You must be an Alumni Association member to travel with us. Questions? Email Michigan Alumni Travel at alumnitravel@umich.edu.

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