Join our Operetta and Folklore Performance-infused dinner cruise, if you are looking for a uniquely special, entertaining and yet cultural evening! A truly outstanding experience, as we offer more than a simple dinner on a sightseeing cruise ship. We evoke the traditions of Hungarian culture in a spectacular, high-class performance.
The cozy atmosphere of our Budapest cruise is ensured by lighthearted, often humorous songs, performed by the best musicians and singers of the operetta genre. A great opportunity for the fans of the genre to listen to the most popular opera and operetta pieces.
Your ticket includes
1051 Budapest, Petőfi tér, Dock 11.
Wine selection from Hungary
The Budapest Dinner Cruise continues with the performance of folklore dancers dressed in traditional Hungarian costumes, to crown the high standard of cultural entertainment.
The entertaining, live instrumental music and the spectacular Hungarian folk-dance performed in traditional costumes results in an unforgettable experience.
After the spectacular show, those who were swept away by the performance, are given the opportunity, to pick up the bases of Hungarian folk-dance with the help of our dancers. We offer not only a breathtaking show, but we give you the opportunity of dancing together and an experience worth sharing with your family and friends.
Our dinner guests will not only discover the world of Hungarian folklore and operetta, but they may take a piece of it home from our ship. Our folklore and operetta performance is a kind of cultural gift for our guests.
Hungarian people are very proud of their traditional folk dances. The proof for that is, that Hungarian folk dance is still famous, or -even more- famous again nowadays. There are folk dance festivals all over the country, which help to keep this tradition alive.
So what do you expect, when you join our Budapest cruise? Besides the amazing view and the live folklore show Budapest, the most important is the food, right? Our chefs onboard are ready to fill your empty stomach with delightful dishes, wheter if you prefer international tastes or you are interested in the Hungarian cuisine.
Let's take the starter for example, you can pick a light salad, but if you are into the Hungarian style, you will love to taste the small pastry baskets, filled with creams like paprika- and liver cream. This will definitely reflect the taste of the Hungarian people.
If you eat in Hungary, the next course after the starter must be the soup, as Hungarian people are soup addicted, they have so many types of soups, you just think of one ingredient and they say what soup they could cook from it. This course is a very important part of the meal. Here you can try a traditional goulash soup, originated from Hungary or a simple vegetable cream soup as well.
What about the main course? Let us take it under a magnifying glass, as there are so many vegetarian people nowadays, it is very important for us to fulfill their needs, just like the meat lovers will find a lot of interesting Hungarian specialties, for example, the duck or the „pörkölt” with homemade paste. What is „pörkölt”? Have a look in our menu card, you will find there all the dishes we serve on board.
Our folklore and Operetta show Budapest consists of two parts. The first part is more about traditional music and singing, as you really need your attention to consume your 3 or 6 course dinner. Our musicians will play traditional music and the singer will sing some of the famous operetta show songs (this is the point, when you will recognize your Hungarian table neighbours, they will definitely sing these well-known songs)
The second part begins, when the ship starts the second round on the river and the dance team will join our Budapest cruise. This show will be even more spectacular, as you will see different styles of folk dances (short description of Hungarian folk dances can be seen below) there will be solo dances and couple dances. Our guest will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and join the performers on stage. After the bottle-dance, the ladies will have the opportunity to test, if they can balance a bottle of wine on the top of their head.
Are you the type of person, who always gets thirsty during dinner? Don't worry, your throat will never dry out, as our team offers many opportunities for those with high demand for drinks. Our bartenders have a variety of drinks at our guests' disposal, whatever you prefer from the drink list.
But there is also an offer for those, who care for drinks. A drink package, which includes the drinks listed below, offers unlimited drinks throughout the boat trip. Indeed, it guarantees unlimited beer or wine consumption during the entire dinner.
Our drink package can be booked online, as well as on board upon arrival. It includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, or if you prefer to drink a fruit juice before your appetizer or a coffee after the dessert, there is no limit for you, just tell our staff your wishes and they will prepare them for you.
The guests of our Budapest cruise will enjoy our outstanding live performances together with a four-course dinner with candle-light, while also finding pleasure in the breathtaking, golden light infused panorama of Budapest during the cruise.
During the Budapest Dinner Cruise, you may take a look at the most beautiful buildings of Budapest, get to know the bridges of the Danube, and gain an insight into the Hungarian culture, in form of folklore songs and dances.
Folklore show Budapest
Traditional Hungarian folk dance types
What are the most well-known types of this traditional folk dance of Hungary?
Nowadays we say, there are two different types of folk dance, these are the old style and the new wave of the Hungarian dances.
We give you a little lesson of the Hungarian folk music, so if you meet folk again during your stay in Hungary, you will have already a picture about what you see exactly. This knowledge will give you self confidence in recognizing a part of the Hungarian culture.
Let us have a quick look at the old style first:
• The maiden’s round dance
This dance is performed only by young women, who are singing traditional songs while walking around and end up forming a circle and continue dancing around and singing. As they dance, they speed up and slow down based on the music that is, of course, most of the time about love. This dance was the main form of how they were allowed to dance in the middle ages in Europe, couple dances and dancing in pairs took place in folk music later in time. They dress up usually very colorful, one of the main colors is red. This red symbol can be found in their hair and on the skirt as well. Of course, the classic boots cannot be missed either.
• Herdsman’s dances and Stick dan
As the ladies had they own dance type, this second type of dance was performed only by men, who were accompanied by instruments just like bagpipes, shawms, fiddles, and drums while dancing the „pásztortánc” and were dancing with a real stick as they performed a wild „hajdútánc”.
• Lad’s and Leaping Dances
Another dance type which was performed by men, but this type of folk music was performed alone, as a freestyle, solo dance in front of a band. What you can see, is a dance mixed with jumping, heel-clicking and running as well and this is still the most favorite and popular folk dance style of the Hungarian culture.
Here is another quick summary of the new style of the Hungarian folk music:
When we say „New wave” in folklore music and dances it is rather "not so old" (from two centuries before) than "new". These dances appeared around the 18th and 19th centuries and comparing the old style the music as well as the dresses were like more colorful, dynamic and energic.
• Recruiting dance (verbunk)
Just like the last 2 dance types we mentioned, verbunk is a dance, which is improvised by men only. Different from the „ugrós-legényes”, because of the music and the history of how this dance was developed. Basically, this dance was developed by the Austro-Hungarian army for recruitment purposes. Looks fun, right? Many young boys in Hungary were lured into the army by the belief, the army is about a lot of music, dancing, and drinking.
Probably the most famous traditional Hungarian dance is the csárdás, which is a couple dance. Usually starts slowly, but it has a quick, more rhythmic style as well.
We kindly recommend our Dinner Cruise accompanied by our Operetta and Folklore show Budapest performance for all those, who enjoy quality entertainment and are interested in getting to know the Hungarian culture.
Explore the world of Hungarian folklore and operetta, while enjoying the view of the luminous panorama of Budapest. During the 3-hour long Budapest cruise, we serve a 3 or 6 course dinner to our dear guests, while they take a look at the most beautiful sights of the capital from the Danube.
While planing and assembling the performances and the menu of the Budapest cruise, we paid special attention to introducing the essence of Hungarian culture and cuisine. Our luxurious cruise ships were built specifically for the purpose of such complex events.