Travelers will get to mix and match more popular sights and hidden gems for a tailor-made excursion.
Guests checked in to the palatial Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel have a new way to explore the romantic Hungarian capital on four wheels. Using a vintage Volkswagen Samba Convertible, the property’s just-launched VW Guided City Tour offers a customizable itinerary of two to four hours, with visitors ferried between their choice of attractions in a trusty (and comfortable) vehicle that rolled off the production line back in 1963. Anantara guests can look forward to taking in Budapest’s historic squares, bridges, museums, and churches in style, while hearing tales and anecdotes about the city from a knowledgeable chauffeur-and-guide.
The flexible nature of the tour means travelers have free range to decide where to go, whether they wish to gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history at the Hungary National Museum inside Buda Castle; hunt for souvenirs and authentic local bites at the late-19th-century Great Market Hall; or stroll through the less-visited Garden of Philosophers on Gellért Hill for striking views of the Danube River and the city.
Depending on the weather, the experience can also include a stop at a secret park with a picnic basket filled with sumptuous bites prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Andras Wolf, or a visit to the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building followed by a special meal at a chef’s table set up nearby. The VW Guided City Tour is priced at €400 for four hours, for a maximum of six people, and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.