Light & Land

Budapest

14th - 18th May 2018 - AVAILABLE

£1299.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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“Budapest - A Tale of Two Cities”

Established on the banks of the mighty Danube by the Celts, long before the arrival of the Romans, two settlements grew either side of the river. Buda to the west and Pest to the east. It wasn’t until 1873 that the two cities were unified to form the capital of Hungary, Budapest, and our destination for this Light and Land tour.

Each side of the river has a unique geography. Buda is high, hilly and gives wonderful views across the Danube to the completely flat Pest. The locals say the best views of Pest are to be had from Buda, and the best views of Buda, from Pest, and they know what they are talking about. As the evening light falls and the city lights up, the views from the Buda Castle hill are staggeringly beautiful.

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  • Tour Code BUD03
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Transfers from recommended flight
    • Tuition from Doug Chinnery
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Insurance
    • Travel costs during the tour
  • Duration 4 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
  • Tutored By
Budapest

“Budapest - A Tale of Two Cities”

Established on the banks of the mighty Danube by the Celts, long before the arrival of the Romans, two settlements grew either side of the river. Buda to the west and Pest to the east. It wasn’t until 1873 that the two cities were unified to form the capital of Hungary, Budapest, and our destination for this Light and Land tour.

Each side of the river has a unique geography. Buda is high, hilly and gives wonderful views across the Danube to the completely flat Pest. The locals say the best views of Pest are to be had from Buda, and the best views of Buda, from Pest, and they know what they are talking about. As the evening light falls and the city lights up, the views from the Buda Castle hill are staggeringly beautiful.

Indeed, Budapest is widely acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the World. UNESCO has acknowledged this by bestowing several areas of the city with World Heritage Status, which is justly deserved.

For the photographer, Budapest is delightful to work in. Photography is welcomed virtually everywhere and tripods can be used, even inside many of the civic buildings. 

Budapest is just a short two-hour flight from the UK and so we will have time to check in to our hotel and get out to enjoy our first evenings shoot on the first day. We will be based close to Fishermans Bastion, which is in the Buda Castle quarter. From here we have magnificent views over the Danube as it curves through the city it transects. After sunset each of the bridges are illuminated, as are all of the magnificent civic and ecclesiastical buildings of the city. The Bastion itself is also illuminated and the architecture is a treasure trove of compositions.

The Castle quarter is so beautiful there is no doubt we will return when we have more time. The surrounding cobbled streets are filled with quaint buildings, beautiful vistas and photogenic architectural features and statues. It is pure delight to wander making images to capture the spirit and atmosphere of the area.

During our stay we will make full use of the excellent metro and tram system in Budapest to move around. The system is clean, efficient and a delight to use as well as being within just a couple of minutes from our hotel.

During our time in the city we will be sure to include visits to St. Stephens Basilica which has opened a terrace around its dome (imagine being able to walk around the dome of St. Paul’s cathedral outside with your camera and tripod). This will allow magnificent panoramic images to be made of the city from on high. The inside of the basilica is also stunning in its design and art. A feast for the camera.

We will be visiting the Parliament building, which also allows photography inside. The photographic opportunities are amazing in here and, although we have to work fast as we will be part of a tour, we will make sure you get the very best from the time we have inside.

A visit to Budapest would not be complete without a visit to Hero’s Square, especially at sunrise or sunset. This is a dramatic and iconic location that has a distinctly Soviet feel to it, although many of the statues feature Hungarian hero’s going back many centuries. 

Some parts of the city still bear the scars of war and revolution, bullet holes apparent in the walls, the buildings still holding on to their Cold War feel. Some time wandering these streets can yield some very atmospheric images of a time that has passed. There is even the odd Trabant driving around to snap!

If time allows we will include a trip 25km out of the city to the old village of Szentendre, which still holds on to its ancient Serbian roots and attracts visitors due to its architecture and beauty.

For those who love low light and night photography, Budapest is heaven. With illuminated buildings reflecting in the Danube we will make photographing in these conditions a feature of this tour. We will also make opportunities to work on long exposure photography techniques for those who would like to practice and master them, down by the river.

We challenge anyone to come away from Budapest not having fallen in love with the city, its people and its food. The photographic opportunities are endless and will provide plenty of time for us to help you develop your camera and composition skills while capturing some wonderful images for your portfolio.

Hotel Mercure Buda

Staying at Mercure Buda Hotel from 14th - 18th May for 4 nights.

Light and Land

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