During the renovation of the State Opera House the performances will take place at the Erkel Theatre. As well as the opulent State Opera House of Budapest top quality opera and ballet can be found at three other venues. Close to the State Opera House is the Operetta Theatre, there is also the Erkel Theatre, this recently re-furbished theatre may lack the opulence of the State Opera House but it is one of the two venues used by the National Opera & Ballet and great performances can be seen there. The Palace of the Arts, also known as MUPA sounds as though like a communist inspired institution but its creation dates from after Hungary’s communist period. Each June, it presents Wagner with top international singers. In June 2018 it will present Tristan Und Isolde and the Flying Dutchman.
The magnificent State Opera House dates from 1884 and was built as a rival to the opera houses of Paris and Vienna. Its previous musical directors have included Gustav Mahler and Otto Klemperer. The programme for the new season in Budapest contains a rich variety of works including the standard repertoire, and also Hungarian works which are not heard very often outside Hungary such as Bánk Bán and Hunyadi László.
Operas Abroad is pleased to offer the following packages including:
- Private transfers. Airport/Hotel/Airport;
- Three hotel nights with breakfast (K+K Hotel Opera 4 star);
- A three hour guided tour of Budapest;
- An hour long mini-cruise on the River Danube with a glass of wine;
- Dinner at the stylish Chagall Restaurant (three courses and one drink (it is near the opera house);
- A best category ticket to the opera or ballet of your choice;
- Tourist Tax.
Package price for all the above £505
Single room supplement for all three nights £85
One extra night £65 per person in a shared room and £110 in a single room
Flights are not included in the package but we will be pleased to arrange them if required
Our tours are tailor-made, we can arrange longer stays, shorter stays, extra opera/ballet tickets, etc.
Optional extras: see below
Dine at the Gundel Restaurant
The most famous restaurant in Budapest, it has been patronised by the rich, the famous and royals since it was opened by the Gundel dynasty in 1904. It is located on the Pest side of the city, close to Heroes Square and the Budapest Zoo.
Lunch: 3 courses and 1 drink – £45 per person
Dinner: 4 courses and 2 drinks – £70 per person
A Visit to the Gallert Baths
The baths were built in 1918 and they still preserve the original wonderful sculptures, ceramics, mosaics and tinted glass decorations. It has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, whirlpool, steam bath, jacuzzi, sauna, massage, sun-bathing terrace and therapeutical services.
Price: £25 (use of dressing room but not towels)
Opera House Guided Tour
The tours take about 40 minutes and you will learn about the history of the opera house and see all its lavish decoration and paintings of this opera house which was built to rival the greatest theatres of Europe. Tours in English are at 3pm and 4pm.
Price: £15 per person
K+K HOTEL OPERA ****
The hotel has an excellent location for sight-seeing and a perfect one for access to the State Opera House. The photograph shows the hotel on the left and the building on the right is the opera house, you could hardly be closer. The hotel is known for its comfort and for the warmth of its welcome. The services and facilities include: a fine restaurant, a bar, a spa and fitness centre, room service, free WiFi, concierge and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
(We can offer many other hotels; there is, for instance, the luxurious Hilton Danubius with wonderful views of the River Danube and the Parliament building or the elegant three star Hotel Erzsebet which has a good central location).
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