Budapest Wine Tasting Cruises
Wine Cruise on the Danube
Your Budapest Wine Cruise fee includes the following:
- Sightseeing on the river Danube in Budapest city
- 2 – 3.30 pm and 7 – 9 pm cruise (10pm on certain dates: 10pm Wine Cruise)
- 7 Hungarian Wines (7 tier wine tasting in tasting glasses) – 80 ml per tasting for 5 wines, and an additional 40 ml for Tokaji wines (total of 480 ml wine)
- Breadstick as snack
- Additional Hungarian wines and other drinks can be bought at the bar
- Live Gypsy Band (on 7 pm cruise only)
- UNESCO World Heritage Sights in the city of Budapest
- E-Ticket via email (no printing needed)
Prices of Wine Tasting Cruise
The price of the Budapest Wine River Cruise is very reasonable :
- 30 Euro for Adults
- 28 Euro for Students (alcohol served for over 18 only, valid Student ID is needed)
- Children under 6: free of charge
- for group discounts please send your inquiry to info [at] budapestrivercruise.com
Choose the Wine Cruise in Budapest to enjoy a relaxing boat ride with a 7 tier Hungarian wine in the city while sightseeing on the scenic river Danube. The cruise is a 1.5 hour boat ride from 2 pm to 3.30 pm (boarding from 1.30 pm) or a 2 hour program from 7 pm to 9 pm (boarding starts at 6.30 pm).
After all that walking and tiring sightseeing, it is time to wind down with some of the best Hungarian wine varieties before your dinner.
Do not miss the best sights of Budapest with fine wine tastes: the Danube river cruise in the city with lovely Hungarian wines.
Taxi Transfer (for 7 pm Wine Cruise only)
You can upgrade your existing cruise booking with a return Taxi Transfer for the price of €14 per person.
Hotel pick up: 30-40 minutes before the cruise starts at the reception of your hotel.
Drop off after the cruise: at your hotel, or any other destination in Budapest upon request.
Budapest Wine Tasting on the Danube
You can carry on Budapest sightseeing with some nice wines in your hand.
The Wine Cruise in Budapest offers a 1.5 hour or 2 hour wine tasting & cruising with 7 local wines and wine varieties at a very reasonable price.
No Wine Speeches but 7 Wines!
Please note that the wine tasting cruise does not include wine expert speeches, and lectures about Hungarian wines. Instead, you can take your glass, and get the wines that intrigue you: enjoy and taste some of the representative wine varieties in Hungary, like the Hungaricum wines, Juhfark (Sheep’s Tail) or Cserszegi Fuszeres (Spicy from Cserszeg) white wines – only in Hungary.
Hop on board of the Wine Tasting cruising ship on the river Danube in Budapest, cruising to the north and to the south, floating past all those beautiful attractions you see on Budapest postcards, and under all the elegant historical bridges (many of them UNESCO world heritage sites, like the Buda Castle Royal Palace, the Hungarian Parliament, etc.).
The Budapest Wine Cruise can be booked online. The weekend cruises and summer cruises are especially popular, so book in advance if you are on a weekend getaway, or on a summer holiday.
Booking Wine Cruise in Budapest
You can book your seat on the Hungarian Wine Tasting Cruise in advance online. Our secure payment system is the international online payment system via PayPal (which accepts bank cards and credit cards too).
Is it sweltering hot in Budapest? No problem, the ships are air conditioned!
Hungarian Wine Tasting on Budapest Cruise Ship
You can choose the following Hungarian red and white wines or wine varieties on the Budapest City Wine Cruise (the available sample wines change week by week, 2 out of the 7 wines are from the Tokaj region):
- Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection (80 ml)
- Hilltop Premium Merlot (80 ml)
- Juhász Blue Frankish Rosé (80 ml)
- Bodri Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée (80 ml)
- Bárdos Pincészet Pinot Grigio (80 ml)
- Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet (40 ml)
- Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos (40 ml)
Learn more about the Hungarian wines on the Budapest River Cruise:
Juhfark is a Hungarian White Wine resembling the aroma of quince. Juhfark wine got its name of the cylindrical shaped grapes (Juhfark means Sheep’s tail). Juhfark is one of the oldest Hungarian white grape varieties, but its origins are hotly debated (perhaps originating from Hungary, but some claim it comes from Austria or Styria, known as Lämmerschwantz white wine). In Hungary, Juhfark wines are mostly produced in the Somlo wine region. Somlo (Schomlau) is a sunny, hilly area in the north-western counties of Vas and Veszprem, where the lands are on an extinct volcano – once the region boasted large vineyards of rich Hungarian aristocrats, now the wine plots are smallish, mostly family size. Somlo is one of the excellent wine regions, rivalling with the Tokaj wine region, which has become internationally acclaimed. Juhfark is considered to be the wine of honeymoons.
Cserszegi Fuszeres is a Hungarian white wine with spicy and muscat aromas. This Hungaricum wine was made from the hybrid grape variety created in the 1960s at the Hungarian Pannon University of Agriculture. Cserszegi Fuszeres is between the Hungarian Muscat character table wine called Irsai Olivér, and the Roter Traminer (the latter of which is a member of the Traminer family closely related to Gewürztraminer, which literally means Spiced Traminer, typical variety in South Austria and Northern Italy)
Chardonnay does not need much introduction, being a world grape variety. The originally Burgundy wine from France is also grown in many wine regions in Hungary, much appreciated by locals who love white wines and local flavors.
Cabernet Franc is also a widely known wine spreading from southwest France: a popular red wine mostly blending Cabernet Savignon with Merlot, making it lighter than Cabernet Savignon. The most popular Cabernet Franc wines – full bodied and tannic – are from the Szekszard and Villany regions in Hungary. The Cabernet Franc you can try is of the Szajki Organic Winery with a good body (a high extract wine), with fruity, velvety aromas.
Zierfandler (in Hungarian Cirfandli) is a white wine most probably a successful cross between Roter Veltliner (believed to be a very old Austrian variety, especially from Donauland / Danube Land), and another white wine, maybe Traminer. In Hungary, Cirfandli is exclusively grown in the southern hills called Mecsek. Despite the similarity of the names, Cirfandli is not like the Californian Zinfandel. Some of the years of Cirfandli are excellent! Szajki Zierfandler has earned many local and regional awards for its excellence. Do try it!
Rose Cuvee is made by blending more wines making a dry rose variety: e.g. one of the rose cuvees in Hungary is made from the mixture of Blue Franc (50%), Merlot (25%) and the Hungarian Kadarka wine (25%) with deep aroma, another, e.g. the Teleki Villany Rose Cuvee (Hungarian Golden Award in 2011) is made from Zweigelt and Merlot. The light and versatile Rose Cuvee on the Wine Cruise is from the sub-Mediterranean region in southern Hungary, where the Szajki organic winery is (Hars Family Bio Wine Cellar). Their Rose Cuvee is a fruity and acidic blend, with a stronger body (its alcohol content is 13%), which can be easily matched with many meals, and is a pleasure as a stand alone wine for conversations. The predominant aromas are of strawberry and Mediterranean berries.
Available Meals on Wine Cruise
If you get hungry during the Wine Tasting, you can order from the following meals (not included in the Wine Cruise price).
Tortilla Chips with Salsa Sauce (250g) HUF 1,150 (V)
Salted Peanuts (170g) HUF 600 (V)
Caesar’s Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast Stripes HUF 1,200 (GF)
Goulash Soup Alfold Style (250ml) HUF 1,200 (GF)
Vegetable Soup (250ml) HUF 750 (GF, V)
Mini Stuffed Cabbage (2 pcs) HUF 1,200 (GF)
Chicken Paprika with Noodles HUF 1,650 (GF without noodles)
Homemade Strudel Variation (3 pcs) HUF 750
GF – Gluten Free
Dates of the Wine Cruise Budapest
Dates: every day (except Aug 20, Dec 24, Dec 31)
Please check the booking calendar on the left for available dates.
The Wine Cruises in Budapest are air conditioned on warmer summer days. You can also enjoy the views and your wines from the open air deck of the cruise ship.
Wine in hand aboard the ship, wonderful riverfront attractions passing by, bridges, 19th century historical buildings, the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament, the Great Market Hall of Budapest, the Margaret Island and many more romantic attractions.
Pick Up Pier Budapest Wine Cruise
The pick up point of the Budapest Wine Tasting river cruise is close to the Chain Bridge, but the exact location of the pier changes from cruise to cruise depending on availabilities and the traffic on the Danube. One thing is sure though: we always leave from the city center of Budapest for your convenience. More details about the ship, and the port is given – based on your chosen date – in your confirmation email (the cruise ticket). Please print out your online tickets as proof of payment.
Embarking Time: Cruise guests are kindly asked to arrive 30 min before the wine cruise ship leaves the city central pier.
Secure your seat on the Wine Boat cruise now. In the main season (June, July, August, September), Budapest river cruises get absolutely full. May and October tend to be more relaxed, except for the weekends.
Lean back and enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Buda Castle, the Parliament, the churches of Budapest, etc.
A good dozen attractions are lined up along the wide river Danube, which splits the city of Budapest into Buda and Pest: Buda with the gentle hills, the castle, and many of the thermal baths in Budapest, and Pest with the Great Market Hall, the Parliament, the Gresham Palace, the luxury hotels, clubs, bars and business life.