Sightseeing Tours


Saturday, March 18th at 12:30 PM

Registration for City Tours will close on February 22, 2023. 

Registration: $35 and only available to registered Expo attendees that are travel advisors or non-industry guests
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time: 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Point of departure: InterContinental
Point of return: InterContinental (unless noted otherwise)
Mode of transportation: Bus, Tram and walking
Activity level: Please be prepared to walk 1500-3000 feet unless otherwise noted. All of the tours’ activity level is gentle to moderate. 
Minimums: We require a minimum of 15 people to sign up for the tours. If there is a tour with fewer than 15 people, we have to cancel the tour, and will move the participants to a different tour. 
Lunch: All of the city tours listed below start with lunch 


City Tours focused on:


Architectural Tour in Buda and Pest: Bus Tour

Discover both sides of Budapest, Buda and Pest, by bus. Enjoy the beautiful views from
the Citadella, learn about the Hungarian architecture and the iconic monuments that feature depictions of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars at Heroes’ square. 

The group will tour the Matthias Church and includes photo stops at Citadella, and the Heroes’ Square. The capital city, Budapest, "Pearl of the Danube" is a city of full surprises and wonder, with its lively center, pretty parks, majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. One of the most exciting cities in the world, Budapest is full of secrets, hidden spots to explore, and old favorites to revisit. This is a city where being bored is not an option. 

During the tour you will see the following sites (inside visits not included if not mentioned):
  • Hungarian Parliament
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica
  • Synagogue 
  • Heroes’ Square
  • Matthias Church
  • Fisherman’s Bastion

Walking Tour on the Pest Side with Parliament Visit

Discover Pest during this spectecular tour by walking through the most famous sites. Visit the Parliament building inside and enjoy a Millennium Underground  and tramway No. 2 ride to experience the vibe of this world-famous capital. 

* This tour requires the most walking.
* Please let ASTA staff know if you require a wheelchair so that we can ensure you have a seamless experience.

During the tour you will see the following sites on the Pest side:

  • Hungarian Parliament (includes inside guided tour)
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica
  • Liberty Square
  • Heroes Square
  • Széchenyi Thermal Baths (viewing only)


Walking Tour on the Buda Side: Castle District

Discover the Buda side of Budapest, which is the older and more hilly side of the capital. The Castle District of Buda is part of the World Heritage since 1987. The Fisherman’s Bastion, a small fortress from the turn of the century, offers a stunning view to Pest. The Matthias Church with its colorful ceramic roof has become one of the symbols of the capital. We will take the funicular up to the Castle District, and enjoy the beautiful views on the Chain Bridge.

During the tour we will visit the following sites:

  • Buda Castle
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Matthias Church (inside visit included)
  • Hungarian National Gallery
  • Church of Mary Magdalene (inside visit included)


City of Spas Tour: Pamper Yourself, Relax and Rejuvenate

Thermal Baths are remarkable in Hungary. There are more than 120 hot springs in Budapest. Discover the top rated baths in Hungary while learning about the traditions and the Turkish heritage. Bathing is an excellent form of relaxation, and can be used to cure diseases.

Located in City Park (Városliget) near the Heroes' Square and Andrássy Avenue. The Széchenyi baths are one of the largest thermal complexes in Europe and the first Pest bath inaugurated in 1913 in neo-Renaissance style.

The baths await you with 15 swimming pools open all year round, 3 large open air and 12 small inside the complex as well as various saunas and massage rooms. Qualified thermal water contains calcium and magnesium bicarbonate, chlorides, sulfates, alkalis and fluoride.

During the tour we will visit Széchenyi Bath, where participants will have the opportunity to pamper themselves in the warm water. A bathing suit is required for these co-ed baths. Slippers and a towel are provided.

Water is recommended against: 

  • Degenerative diseases of the joints
  • Chronic and subacute arthritis 
  • Orthopedic and post-traumatic rehabilitation
    *Bathing suit rentals are available for 30,- €.

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour & Ruin Bars

Enjoy a walk around Budapest’s Jewish sites, exploring the important and ongoing vibrant history of the Jews in Hungary. Learn about the Dohány street Synagogue, small streets’ old kosher butchers, prayer houses and hidden synagogues. 

In the same district we will discover Budapest’s ruin bars which became emblematic places of Budapest. 

*Please note that touring the inside of the synagogues will be unavailable during this tour.

Musical Tour: Bus Tour

Visit the Opera House, the Music Academy and the St. Stephen's Basilica and have the opportunity to enjoy two small concerts. Let the music guide you through the city center of Budapest. Learn about the great Hungarian musicians and composers of old times, discover the recently refurbished State Opera with its breath-taking ornaments.

During the tour we will have inside visits of the following sites:

  • Hungarian State Opera with a short aria concert
  • Liszt Ferenc Music Academy
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica with a short concert
  • Palace of the Arts
  • Pester Redoute / Pesti Vigadó from outside

Treasures of the City Park Tour: Bus and Public Transportation

During this tour you will first visit the spectacular Museum of Ethnography, which has a more than 7,000 sqm roof garden. Be prepared with comfortable shoes, because you will need to climb up many stairs to the roof garden. Afterwards, you will discover the architecturally unique House of Hungarian Music. There are close to 100 holes throughout the building's roof. The house features a permanent exhibiton exploring the history of sound and music since the dawn of humanity. You will have the chance to be interactive in both places. Enjoy a lemonade in the House of Millennium and walk through the fairytale-like Vajdahunyad Castle. 

During the tour we will visit the following sites:

  • Museum of Ethnograpy and its panorama terrace 
  • House of Music 
  • House of the Hungarian Millennium
  • Vajdahunyad Castle (outside visit)

Attention: There are a lot of stairs in the building and no substitutes are available. So only sportive and active people should join the tour in comfortable sport shoes, participating only at their own risk.

Gastro Walking Tour: The Delicacies of Hungary

Visit the Zwack Unicum Heritage Center, where you can see the original, old distillery and sip from the fabulous herb liqueur. In addition, you can get to know the life of a non-typical Hungarian-American-Italian family and its generational changes and values. Travel on the famous panorama route of tramway No. 2 to arrive to a rustic wine house, where you will enjoy a Hungarian cheese and salami plate, and of course, wine tasting. Finish the tour with a strudel stretching presentation - the brave can even give it a try! 

During the tour we will taste the following delicacies:

  • Unicum tasting in the House of Unicum
  • Cheese and salami plate in a wine house
  • Wine-tasting
  • Coffee pause and strudel stretching presentation in the First Strudel House of Pest

It has come to our attention that there are third-party Facebook groups and FAM tours that are being promoted in connection with the ASTA Global River Cruise Expo. Please note that ASTA is not affiliated with such community groups or tour organizers, and only those vendors listed on the official ASTA Global River Cruise Expo event website have been approved and endorsed by ASTA. Vendors promoting community groups or offering travel opportunities that are not listed on the official event site have been neither endorsed nor approved by ASTA and as such members and attendees are cautioned to participate at their own risk.


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