My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Budapest and based solely on TripAdvisor recommendations, took the Jewish Quarter and afternoon Budapest Walk tours the first two days of our vacation.
Both were professional, informational and wonderful ways to begin our week-long stay in this history-filled, gorgeous city.
Jewish Tour: Anna and Aaron are well-trained guides who are clearly passionate about their city. Each minute of the 2-1/2 hour tour was maximized, giving tour participants - Jewish and not - an expansive look at, understanding of and insight into Jewish life and sites before and after World War II. Dedicated to making this tour educational, they encourage tour participants to ask questions.
Afternoon Budapest Walk: Our guide Esther is delightful. Clearly passionate about her native city, she is enthusiastic, energetic, engaging and has a wonderful sense of humor. She knows Budapest well and provided participants with important tourist information as well as an insider's look into this amazing city - past and present. The company is fortunate to have her in its employ.
Esther's assistant guide Bridgette provided valuable 'back up' for those of us who had questions - and when she was uncertain of the answers, she went to great lengths to research and answer them. She is curious and interested and never considered my questions frivolous. Like Esther, she is a wonderful asset to the company.
My husband's mother was born in Budapest and his family roots date back generations so we had many questions specific to that history and Esther and Bridgette did their best to respond accordingly.
Tours overall: In my opinion, both tours are a must-do for anyone visiting Budapest for the first time. They are invaluable!
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16 September 2012
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we are grateful for your extensive and praiseful review. It was wonderful to meet you in person and to clarify the issues about the "Big Walnut and Small Walnut" streets, a place of your husbands's ancestors. It was a rewarding experience to have the opportunity to assist you.
We say a big thank you for your participation and contribution in the name of Anna, Bridgette, Esther and Aaron and everyone else working for us.
That said, we're awaiting your return to Budapest.
With kind regards,
The Free Budapest Walking Tours Team
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC