Budapest, Air, 4 Nights, From $679
Go for a walk along the Danube, sample local foods, and explore the largest Parliament building in Europe—all for about the price of a plane ticket.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Budapest on British Airways; airline fuel surcharges; four nights at the Ibis Heroes Square—close to City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Vajdahunyad Castle, and of course, Heroes Square; and daily breakfast; from $679—plus up to $200 in airport taxes and fees.
When Dec. 7, 2011, Jan. 11, 18, Feb. 1, 8, 22, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 2012 ($679); add $10 for Jan. 25, Feb. 15, 29, 2012.
Gateways New York City ($679). Additional gateways are also available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost up to $200 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $108. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
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Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from New York City to Budapest starts from $704 in early December (Lufthansa). Add to that $315 for four nights at the Ibis Heroes Square, and you're spending $1,019 on airfare and accommodation alone. For $140 less, this package gives you airfare, four nights in Budapest, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are available, including a trip to the artistian village of Szentendre—with enough free time for you to explore the city's charm on your own—for $56 per person, and a tour of the famous Danube River Bend, where you'll get amazing views of the Danube Valley and trips to Esztergom—one of Hungary's oldest towns—and a guided walking tour of the artist village of Szentendre, for $78 per person. Explore the "Paris of the East" by night, with dinner and a show, Budapest style. You'll enjoy dinner in a traditional Hungarian restaurant followed by a show highlighting Hungary's culture and folklore, for $91 per person. For $50 per person, treat yourself to a grand tour of Budapest, complete with trips to the Citadel on Mount Gellert, Central Market Hall, and the House of Parliament among other popular attractions.
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