Budapest is often called the Paris of the East. Its grand boulevards, sumptuous architecture, and focus on food are not to be rushed, so we’ve devoted an extended weekend to Hungary’s capital. Then on to the Alpine sweetheart, Slovenia. Spend two nights in private wooden huts where we explore local lakes, the marvellous Alps and kilometres of caves. And finally, Ljubljana offers a little taste of the big city. Here we’ll enjoy top-notch cuisine, a lovely boat ride, and a day trip to the Goriška Brda wine region. From here, head home or join our flagship Croatian Southern Dalmatia Gay Cruise.
Szia – welcome to Hungary and big gay Budapest. Look for an Out Adventures rep in the airport arrivals area for your hotel transfer. Nothing is planned until our Group Meeting at 5PM, followed by a lovely walk and a private wine and cheese cruise on the Danube. From here we head to a Welcome Dinner featuring freshly sourced Hungarian produce. Being Friday, we’ll be sure to kickoff the weekend – and our tour – in fashion.
A tour of Pest kicks off at Central Market Hall where we’ll have a chance to wander around checking out the various stalls and food vendors. From here we head to Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street where we’ll wander their cafes, shopping, and landmarks en route to St Stephen’s Basilica which houses the mummified hand of its namesake saint. Then off to our favourite authentic market in the city for true Hungarian fare before taking a panoramic drive with stops at Hero’s Square and City park where we’ll stroll by Vajdahunyad Castle. We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a behind the scenes tour of the State Opera House before down time and a fabulous dinner in a local gay couple’s home.
Our day begins exploring the VII District’s Art Nouveau & Neo-Classical influence, the Design District and the Jewish Quarter. Once again, lunch will be a great opportunity to dig into authentic Hungarian dishes. We then cross the Danube to spend the afternoon exploring Buda where the Citadel, a saintly monument, and the views await. Our day ends at the recently reopened Royal Gardens Bazaar. Built between 1875 and 1888, the new cultural space brings back old glamour. The remainder of the evening is free, but for those interested we’ll enjoy an optional evening at a public bath, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Dobro jutro – that’s good morning in Slovenian! We have a 5-hour (ish) drive to a seriously glamorous campsite at Lake Bled. Bags dropped off, we’ll head on a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Church, followed by dinner at Bled Castle. Returning to our campsite we’ll release our inner lumberjacks while enjoying our private wood-burning hot tubs, or perhaps a bonfire.
After a leisurely morning we’ll stop at Bohinj Church before taking a gondola ride up Vogel Mountain for a simple, but delicious lunch. We’ll head back to Bled for an easier-than-you’re-expecting stand up paddle excursion, followed by a totally free evening. For those interested, we’ll head into town for an optional dinner, followed by another night at camp.
Leave the camping behind – we’re off to the big city! En route we’ll stop in the Goriška Brda wine region where we’ll admire the Tuscan-like view from the lookout in Gonjače, visit the quaint village (and historic monument) Šmartno, and enjoy a private wine tasting and local lunch. Once in Ljubljana, we’ll check into one of our favourite boutique hotels before a walking tour of the old town followed by sparkling wine and canapés on a private river cruise. The remainder of the evening is free to wander the city.
This morning’s excursion takes us to Postojna Caves. With 5 kilometres of tunnels to explore, nothing but water has fused the ‘karstic’ cavern formations. We also stop at Predjama – the largest cave castle in the world – built right into a cliff. After a simple lunch we head back to the city for free time to explore this pedestrian-friendly capital on your own. Tonight, we reconvene for a funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle where we’ll enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner.
As the last day of our gay Budapest & Slovenia tour, there are no activities planned. Transfer details to the airport – or Zagreb if joining our Croatian cruise – will be provided. NOTE: While the airport transfer is covered in your trip fees, the Zagreb transfer is not. Safe travels!
I loved the fact I didn’t have to ‘think’, I literally just showed up each morning and OUT Adventures had everything lined up and I could just take in the view, and I always knew I didn’t have to figure out a map, or try to locate a bathroom or figure out how much to tip – as OUT Adventures team was so reliable.
Packed with fun things to do. Great company. Great food. Well organized.
Excellent cross of activities and sites to see. Well organized. Having local guides that support LGBT causes makes it feel like family!
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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
4-Star Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.
Glamping: Expect a luxurious camping experience complete with a quality mattress, proper linens and unique extras such as a private wood fire hot tub. Bathrooms are sometimes private and usually feature hot water and a flushing toilet. Some Glamping sites even have common areas such as a cocktail bar or yoga studio.Learn More
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