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.
• Walking and bus tours of Budapest's architecture
• Wine and cheese cruise on the Danube River
• Backstage tour of Budapest's Opera House with a private performance
• Unwind at the Kiraly Turkish baths
• See the magnificent ‘karstic’ formations of the Postojna Cave
• ‘Glamp’ in a private wooden hut in the Slovenian countryside
• Ride an authentic Slovenian ‘pletna’ boat across shimmering Lake Bled
• Stand up paddle on Lake Bohinj
• Note gay architect Jože Plecnik's bridges and buildings on a walking tour of Ljubljana
• Sip vino in the Goriška Brda wine region
Szia – welcome to Hungary. 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 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 St Stephen’s Basilica, which houses the mummified hand of its namesake saint. Then on to Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street. They're full of cafes, shopping, and landmarks, plus food and wine stops along the way. This is a great point to taste authentic Hungarian fare.
At noon we come to Gustave Eiffel’s Central Market Hall. Check out Vajdahunyad Castle, the recently reopened Museum of Fine Arts and Parliament – the country’s largest building.
We wrap it up with an optional visit to Kiraly, a Turkish bath, before we freshen up and head for dinner. En route to the restaurant, we’ll stop at the Opera House for a private, after-hours tour including a private duet performance!
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. Ease into the afternoon with a private concert in a local pianist’s apartment.
We then cross historic Chain Bridge to Gellért Hill, where the Citadel, a saintly monument, and the views await.
Our day ends at the recently reoponed Royal Gardens Bazaar. Built between 1875 and 1888, the new cultural space brings back old glamour.
Enjoy dinner on your own, or join an optional group dinner at what has been helmed as one of the best restaurants in the city.
Dobro jutro – that’s good morning in Slovenian! We have a 5-hour drive to a seriously glamorous campsite at Lake Bled.
Bags dropped off, we’ll head to Lake Bohinj, which you can explore by standup paddle-board or electric boat.
Dinner will be served in town, then you can gather 'round the campfire before retiring to your haute hut.
Take a gondola ride up Vogel Mountain for lunch, then we’ll head to Lake Bled to visit its castle, and enjoy a traditional Pletna boat ride.
We’ll head into town for an optional dinner, followed by another night at camp – why not give your private wood-burning hot tub a whirl before bed?
Leave the camping behind – we’re off to the big city! En route we’ll visit the 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.
Once in Ljubljana, we’ll check into one of our favourite boutique hotels before a walking tour of the old town, and a gourmet dinner at Ljubljana Castle in Archer's Tower. The restaurant has been internationally recognized for the awarded chef's high-end Slovenian fare.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, then take the morning to explore this pedestrian-friendly capital on your own.
At noon we’re off to the Goriška Brda wine region.
Our day includes views to admire from the lookout in Gonjace, a visit to the quaint village (and historic monument) Šmartno, and a private wine tasting with a boutique producer.
Tonight, we’ll get an authentic taste of rural Slovenia with a Farm-to-Table Farewell Dinner before we head back to the city.
As the last day of our 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!
Combine this tour with our Croatia Southern Dalmatia All-Gay Cruise, July 19 - 27, 2019
• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodations booked through Out Adventures
• All activities mentioned in itinerary
• Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
• Expert local English-speaking guides
• Private VIP transport with bottled water onboard
• Arrival and Farewell Dinners
• International Airfare
• Other activities and meals not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for guides and drivers
• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.
How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
If your passport is from the USA, Canada, or Europe, you can visit both Hungary and Slovenia for up to 90 days without a visa. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility.
Hungary is a developed nation with the comforts of home and generally safe to visit. That said, pickpockets and scams can be found anywhere popular with tourists in Budapest. Slovenia also offers the luxuries of home, but not everyone will speak English. We recommend you have a sense of humour, take it easy, and leave any valuables at home.
Local LGBT Scene
There's a small but thriving queer scene in downtown Budapest - they even have baths (the gay kind). You don't need to suppress your sexuality, but it's still Eastern Europe, so PDAs may not be well received. Outside the city centre, conservative attitudes prevail. There is also a small but growing gay scene in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital.
You can look forward to typical, continental summer weather. Daytime highs might hit 87F (30C), though evenings could be cooler in Slovenia's alpine country where we camp.
The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B, rabies, and influenza before visiting Hungary or Slovenia. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as we cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for C- and F- type sockets.
We will have reliable Wi-Fi at the hotels, though it may be spotty at the campsite. Feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home.
This tour includes lots of walking, stairs and opportunities to try activities like standup paddle boarding.
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.
This trip includes breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners.
Moments Hotel, Budapest
Hotel Moments Budapest offers stylish rooms, wellness facilities and an on-site restaurant. The hotel is located on the iconic Andrássy Avenue of Budapest. The State Opera House is 200 m from the property.
Cubo Hotel, Ljubljana
Hotel Cubo is located in the centre of Ljubljana. It offers modern, air-conditioned rooms with free access to Wi-Fi and a flat-screen cable TV and a fine restaurant. Guests can enjoy delicate international cuisine in the restaurant. A large selection of drinks is offered at the bar.
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150-$200 USD.
The local currency is the Forint in Hungary (HUF), and the Euro in Slovenia (EUR). We recommend carrying some cash for small purchases, although credit cards are accepted at hotels and most restaurants. We also recommend bringing about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to learn about yourself while making new friends. We can arrange for you to share a room with someone in your age range (at no charge), or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis to keep things even.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from travellers and our own research. Please reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, for final details and any changes that may affect your departure.
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.
What to Bring
Most Out Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.
Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.