June 08 – 13, FAIRYLAND MILONGAS – Embellishment in Improvisation
Learn the structure to break the habits and let every step become a unique, short romance. Dance in the Royal Castle, along the Danube, on a marble floor of a museum terrace. Enjoy the summer breeze in the most beautiful outdoor milonga venues in Budapest.
For your full dance experience, we guarantee you a suitable dance partner not only for the workshops but also to enter the milongas as well!
Let the Budapest romance sweep you off your feet with its historic architecture, trendy bars & cafés and delicious cuisine and wine. Luxury tango vacation & milongas & workshop in Budapest.
☝️ 100% re-fund * – carefree registration! Registration is closing on May 30.☝️
We offer you a balanced holiday program of:
🌺 staying in a 4*+ wellness downtown hotel
🌺 6 milongas. Dancing at the most picturesque outdoor venues
🌺 3*60 min tango workshop – improvisation
🌺 private city tours by bus & walking
🌺 local cuisine & wine tasting
🌺 dinner cruise at night on the River Danube
🌺 wellness in the most grandiose thermal & Turkish bath in Budapest
🌺 visiting the most beautiful coffee house in Europe
🌺 relaxing at a Sky Bar Terrace
🌺 … and many more …
Registration Please, register in time, because the number of participants ( small group only ) is limited
THE EVENT ORGANISERS HAVE TO RIGHT TO CHANGE THE PROGRAM Prices will be adjusted to the current exchange rate, if necessary.
Accommodation is included in all the packages!
This program takes place in the case of a minimum number of four participants.
Program: FAIRYLAND MILONGAS – Embellishment in Improvisation
Nice to have
Have it all
1. day (Wednesday) – 08.06.2022
Arrival at the hotel
18:00 – 22:00
Greet meet milonga (outdoor) at the National Museum
2. day (Thursday) – 09.06.2022
11:00 – 14:00
City touring – on a private bus
16:30 – 17:30
18:00 – 20:00
Walking tour in the castle district & lunch
20:00 – 23:30
Milonga (outdoor) in the castle
3. day (Friday) – 10.06.2022
11:00 – 14:00
Relaxing at a Thermal & Turkish Bath
17:00 – 18:00
18:30 – 20:00
Snacks & drink on a rooftop terrace – Chill above the city
20:00 – 24:00
Milonga ( outdoor) on the riverbank
4. day (Saturday) – 11.06.2022
11:00 – 12:00
Guided tour in the Hungarian Parlament
12:30 – 14:00
Visiting the “Shoes” memorial & lunch
15:00 – 16:00
19:00 – 21:30
4 courses dinner panorama cruise on river Danube
22:00 – 01:30
5. day (Sunday) – 12.06.2022
11:00 – 12:00
Coffee at the most beautiful coffee house in Europe
12:30 – 16:00
Brunch milonga ( drinks&food)
18:00 – 19:30
Fine dining with wine tasting in a 5* restaurant – Hungarian Gourmet Experience
20:00 – 23:00
Milonga (outdoor) at Heroes Square
6. day (Monday) – 13.06.2022
Tango Workshop & Milongas
Embellishment in improvisation – THE BLACK MAGIC OF TANGO
Learn the structure, to break the habits!
Discover the endless possibilities in the million colours of tango, based on a very simple structure. Try everything and the contrary too!
Understanding the structure opens the door to creativity and improvisation.
Improvisation is much more than steps and combinations!
When we dance Tango, the leader is generally responsible for outlining a structure of movement, while the follower actively takes space, filling the structure and embellishing the movement. We improvise together. But sometimes we get stuck in a rut, repeating old habits, getting bored of ourselves. That is what we aim to help you change
Tango workshop program:
Day 1. Changes of directions – discovering new possibilities that you would never think about
Day 2. The symmetry – bring new light to your tango, let’s do everything and all the contrary as well.
Day 3. Variations for the same topic – flavour your steps with pivots, off-balance and other extras.
Our teachers – Judit & Lucas
“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change”
Our passion is Argentine Tango. Our aim is to make you experience the pleasure of dancing.
With more than 20 years of trajectory, we do our best that our students live the beauty of dancing day today, in all our classes.
Our (short) story
2014 was the year when Lucas and Judit met and had their first but definitely not last dance together in Buenos Aires. By that year, he had 22 years of experience in tango and Judit had been dancing for 14 years. They were coming from two very different backgrounds – Lucas was born in Argentina and trained by the most renowned masters (most importantly Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Gustavo Naveira and Mariano Chicho Frúmboli) and Judit was born in Budapest and had a strong classical dance background. Yet they both had the same passion for tango and decided to work together to transmit the spirit and knowledge accumulated by the vibrant energy born between them.
After just a couple of months of working together, they already performed in various milongas and festivals in Buenos Aires (as El Yeite Tango Festival and the prestigious C.I.T.A). They spend the greatest part of the year in Budapest where they have regular courses and from there they have the possibility to travel on the weekends to different cities in Europe where they perform and teach.
The outdoor milongas of Budapest. Unforgettable, fairy-tale venues
Danube Bank ( Vigado Square) Milonga
Heroes Square Milonga
Private city tour by bus
Budapest is one of Europe’s great cultural capitals.
Over the past few decades, Budapest has re-emerged as one of the continent’s iconic cities. Split by the Danube and many bridges connect the two parts. Meet your guide at your hotel and begin the program in Pest.
Drive along the elegant Andrássy Avenue, the “Champs-Élysées” of Budapest. Continue to Heroes’ Square, representing 1,000 years of Hungarian history. Going through the historical Jewish district admire the neology synagogue. Across the river, explore the more traditional Buda side of the city. Visit the Citadel on top of Gellert Hill and pulsate together with the city from the most iconic viewpoint. Arriving at the Castle District up on the hilltop, enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church (the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs). Returning to your hotel driving along the riverbank you can take pictures of the beautiful Hungarian Parliament.
Guided tour of Hungarian House of Parlament and visit the “Shoes on the Danube Bank” Memorial
The building has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 as part of the Banks of the Danube.
Building this impressive edifice took 17 years, from 1885 to 1902, based on the design by the architect Imre Steindl. Unfortunately, the designer himself did not live to see the inauguration, since he died five weeks before. A vital stipulation for the construction project was that only Hungarian raw materials could be used for building the Hungarian Parliament and that it must involve Hungarian craftsmen and manufacturers, right up to the flora indigenous to the Carpathian Basin used for decoration. These terms were fulfilled, with only the gigantic granite columns imported from abroad. (An interesting point to note: only 12 of these columns have ever been made in the world – eight are in the House of Parliament, while the other four are in Britain.) Some of the figures are astonishing: roughly 40 million bricks were used for the construction, while about 40 kilograms of 22-23 carat gold embellish the Parliament. The floor area of the building is 18,000 square metres; 90 stone statues adorn the facade and there are around 162 more figures inside. The red carpet inside is almost 3 km long; you can enter through a total of 27 gates, and 365 towers of varying sizes, one for each day of the year, rise from the Hungarian Parliament.
As for the style and size of the House, the floor plan is Baroque, the facade draws on the Gothic style and the ceiling bears traits of the Renaissance. The wing parallel to the Danube is 268 metres long and the building is 123 metres at its widest point. The tower of the cupola is 96 metres tall. As each and every section of the House of Parliament was constructed based on a meticulous plan, the design of the building is not accidental either: each part carries important political and historical messages. The prominent cupola in the middle refers to the unity of the legislature on the one hand, and was also the site of the joint sittings of the lower house and the upper house, as the Hungarian National Assembly was originally a bicameral system. On both sides of the cupola are the lower and upper house chambers, which are exactly the same design, symbolically suggesting that the two houses had equal rights.
What will you see when you visit the Hungarian Parliament?
The City Side Staircase XVII
This gold-plated corridor, enriched with decorative paintings and lined with statues and colourful glass windows, leads to the magnificent main floor.
The Chamber of Peers
Today, the old Chamber of Peers is a conference venue. The hall, which boasts excellent acoustics and a multilevel gallery, is decorated with panels made of Slavonian oak and densely trimmed with gold. The main wall displays painted coats of arms of Hungary’s royal families.
The Lounge of the Chamber of Peers
Besides Europe’s largest hand-knotted carpet, the Lounge is adorned with statues evoking old Hungarian ethnic groups and trades. The latter was made at the Zsolnay porcelain factory in Pécs, an outstanding player in the history of the Hungarian industry, having won many a world exhibition award.
The Dome Hall
The Hungarian Holy Crown and the Coronation Insignia have been kept safe in the Dome Hall 24 hours a day since 2000. The statues of Hungarian rulers on golden pedestals under canopies of gold are on display here.
The Grand Stairway
The last station on the tour of the House of Parliament, yet with so many lavish sights. On the ceiling, admire the artistic works of Károly Lotz, one of the defining figures of Hungarian wall and portrait painting, and the dazzlingly ornate glass windows of the glass painter and mosaic artist Miksa Róth on both sides of the hall. And it is also home to those eight granite columns.
Shoes on the Danube Promenade
IN OCTOBER OF 1944, HITLER overthrew the leader of the Hungarian government, Miklos Horthy, and replaced him with Ferenc Szalasi.
Szalasi, whose ideology closely followed Hitler’s, immediately established the Arrow Cross Party – a fascist, anti-semitic organization that brutally and publicly terrorized the Jews in Budapest by beating and killing them. Nearly 80,000 Jews were expelled from Hungary in a death march to the Austrian border and approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint (shoes being a valuable commodity during World War II) and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing waters.
Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a haunting tribute to this horrific time in history, created by film director Can Togay and the sculptor, Gyula Pauer. Installed along the bank of the Danube River in Budapest, the monument consists of 60 pairs of 1940s-style shoes, true to life in size and detail, sculpted out of iron.
Walking tour in the Buda Castle
We will see the most popular sights and more of the Buda Castle area which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We tell you the story of the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion next to it, the Royal Palace of Buda, the Hungarian White House and you will be able to admire the view of the Buda hills and the Pest side, too. Finally, there is a useful orientation at the beautifully renovated Castle Garden Bazaar.
At the end of the tour, you can enjoy your lunch in a chic, cosmopolitan, yet utterly local restaurant near the royal castle.
Budapest by boat at night
Budapest dazzles at night, so get a romantic new perspective on the Hungarian capital with this popular evening cruise. Glide down the Danube River past illuminated landmarks like the impressive Parliament Building, sparkling bridges, lively Pest promenade, and Buda Castle, illuminated Liberty statue atop the Gellért Hill and many more…Kick off the festive, one and a half-hour-long voyage in a panorama boat with a welcome drink of sparkling wine and live music and enjoy the 4-course gourmet Hungarian food.
The original „Grand Budapest Hotel” – indulge yourself in the Gellért Thermal Bath
Have you seen the movie „The Budapest Grand Budapest Hotel” starring Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody? The hotel was based on Hotel Gellért standing at the Buda side of the Danube embankment, at the Liberty Bridge. The Gellért is the most grandiose of all the baths in Budapest.
The Gellert Bath and Hotel, built about a century ago, is a very special attraction in a rich Art Nouveau style with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wave bath, Jacuzzi and sunbathing terrace.
The medicinal bath complex decorated with beautiful Zsolnay tiles has a complex physical therapy department and inhalation centre. The quality of the thermal water used for the treatments, that’s contained in the pools, is the envy of other medical spa hotels. The curative effect of the water sourced from the natural springs of Gellért Hill is due to its high calcium, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate, alkali, chloride, sulphate and fluorine content. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Gellért is famous as a medicinal spa not just in Budapest but around the world!
The extraordinary elegance of Budapest’s New York Cafe
Step inside the New York Café, and you may find yourself wondering if you’ve accidentally entered the Hungarian equivalent of the Sistine Chapel. It was built in Italian Renaissance style, with sparkling chandeliers dangling from high ceilings adorned by spectacular frescoes, it’s one of the oldest cafes in Budapest, dating back 125 years.
It looks more like a lavish palace than a place to grab a slice of cake and a coffee. The menu is made up of Hungary’s most traditional desserts, including around 16 cakes, but of course, it’s not the cuisine that everyone comes here for – it’s the magnificent setting.
Spine training / Massage / Beauty treatments
Spine and fascia training
Have you ever wondered what exactly does “being grounded”, “pushing the floor” or “activating your centre/core” mean? We hear them quite often at tango classes, but are we really able to understand these concepts in relation to our own bodies AND to incorporate them into our movements?
Body awareness and the ability to use our bodies in an efficient way with minimum effort is key to developing a soft and relaxed, yet stable and energetic presence on the dancefloor that will ensure both long years of pain-free dancing and a high level of comfort on your personal tango journey. Spine and fascia training combines sensorimotor exercises to sharpen your senses and to discover effortless movements with special exercises to treat your fascia – the connective tissue that weaves through your entire body and whose condition is responsible for the vast majority of non-specific low back pain.
Let’s empower our senses and work together for a more balanced, free and elegant dance experience!
Our teacher – Kata
Kata, besides being an avid tango dancer, teacher and organiser herself, is a certified Pilates and PortDeBras instructor with qualifications in spine and fascia training and more than 25 years of experience in historical dancing. She is dedicated to helping her students experience the liberty of movement let it be on the dancefloor, on a mat or in their everyday lives and to share with them the vital knowledge of physical self-care for a long, active and healthy life full of dancing.
The price per hour depends on the number of participants. Please let us know if you are interested to take the class when you register.
Massage and Cosmetic Treatments ( hairdresser, manicure)
Would you like to get home after your tango retreat not only feeling more revitalised but looking as well? Please, allow us to recommend our private dermatology clinic partner. The clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures and treatments from cosmetics to plastic surgery. They have many prominent patients; most Hungarian celebrities are attending the clinic as well as Eva Mendez.
Please let us know if you are interested and we are happy to provide you via email with further information.
Continental Hotel Budapest****Superior
6 nights in a 4* hotel in downtown Budapest within walking distance to the dance studio
The hotel is built on the site of the former legendary Hungária Spa and the historical Continental Hotel in Budapest’s city centre. The nearby Jewish Quarter with its atmospheric streets, market and cultural legacy including Europe’s largest synagogue and the Jewish Museum, together with the area’s restaurants and retro bars evoke a special mood that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. The 272 parquet rooms reflect art deco features, perfect harmony, and fine elegance combining a modern world of colours and forms.
STANDARD ROOM (the selected room type in our package)
BEDS Double bed (180x200cm) or 2 single beds (90x200cm) +1 child’s cot/crib (for child from 0-2 years) on request
OCCUPANCY 2 Persons
SIZE 18-20 m2
VIEW city or courtyard
Each room is equipped with a private bathroom including a large bathtub or shower as well as heated towel racks and a hair-dryer. All rooms are fitted with an air-conditioning system (heating & cooling), minibar, laptop-size safe, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels.
The Spa of Continental Hotel Budapest****Superior has one of the largest and one of the most state-of-the-art wellness and fitness centres among Budapest hotels is located in the building’s roof garden, which provides guests with a real oasis in the bustle of the city centre.
Check-in after 14:00 hours.
Early arrival only on request, upon availability
Check-out until 12:00
The hotel offers the following services:
Restaurant and Café Reservations
Laundry, ironing, and cleaning
Rent: bicycle, car, and baby carriage
Sending letters and posting cards
Laundry, Dry cleaning, Pressing
Underground parking garage
Concert and Theatre Ticket reservation
Wireless internet connection
Doctor (on request)
Usage of the wellness (in-door / outdoor swimming pool & sauna & fitness area)
Not included in the package:
private hotel parking,
trip/shuttle to the hotel (on request),
extras (drinks, snacks from the bar…),
Arrival is foreseen on Wednesday and check-in into your room will be possible after 14:00 pm. Departure is on Mondays: you will be required to check out until 12:00 am.
For tango guests who want to arrive earlier or stay longer and for people who accompany dancers (spouses, children, babysitters …) we have negotiated a more favourable group price. To benefit from the discount price, all reservations must be made via Tango2Vacation only. This includes non-dancers and the extra days too. In exchange for the favourable group price, a small commission will be charged for the organization.
All hotel reservations have to be made only via Tango2vacation. Do not contact the hotel directly if you wish to benefit of the group prices or participate in the tango activities.
First day of registration indicated in the actual program. To reserve your tango holidays, please send the complete details of both dancers, the chosen dates, program package and the type of accommodation (single room, shared room, or other) to Tango2vacation via firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +36 20 593 3612
Private drive upon arrival and on departure between the airport and the hotel upon request. Please let us know when you book your package and we are happy to arrange it for you. The transfer costs – one way – approximately 20.- EUROS. You can pay with Hungarian forint or by card directly to the driver.
Transportation for the program activities is included in the package.
Weekly city card for public transportation (4 950 Ft). Please, let us know if you like us to buy one when you book your trip.
Payment, Cancellation, Participation conditions
In case of direct transfer:
The first payment (50% of the total cost) within 8 days of registration.
Second payment (full payment) by the arrival (either transfer or in cash on the spot).
In the case of using PayPal, due to technical reasons, you can only transfer the money in full sum.
Bank account details for money transfer:
Name: Tango2Vacation Account No.: 11712004-22469171
Full name of the bank/branch: OTP Bank Plc Address of the bank/branch:H-1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 16. SWIFT BIC: OTPVHUHB
IBAN number: HU05117120042246917100000000
No vaccination certification, no health document, and of course no mask need to participate in the program.
Please note, that you should be an experienced dancer to be able to participate and enjoy the marathon.
100% re-fund – carefree registration
If a program cannot take place due to “force majeure” (e.g. the COVID19 pandemic) or if the participants cannot travel due to travel restrictions/travel warnings, we grant free cancellation up to 72 hours before the start of the program. We will refund your full payment – that was booked with us * – minus 25€ pp for administrative and insurance costs.
If we have to cancel the course from our side (e.g. due to an insufficient number of participants), you will of course receive your full payment back.*
* However, unfortunately, we cannot assume any costs for travel bookings or any cost made involving a third party.
by participants (for health reasons or other personal circumstances):
7 days before arrival: 50% of the reserved package
After the start of the vacation: the full amount is due unless a sufficient last-minute replacement can be found.