The Shore excursion into Budapest we omitted as we have been here several times. I did go with the tour bus and got off at the National Art Museum – oh well – will reopen in 2018! Headed back and bought a tram ticket to get to the ship which is near the Market. Stopped off at the National Natural History Museum – very nice exhibits. The provided a chronology of prior Hungary, where did the clans come from that made up modern Hungary, up to early middle ages. Nice museum. After the museum went on back to the ship. This evening had a great Hungarian group, music, singing and dancing. Had hoped to go to the market but did not have time. It did rain some today.
The scheduled tours included the main market, the Thermal Baths and a couple of others. This afternoon we had a trip to see the famous Puszta Chicos (cowboys) they put on quite a riding demonstration. We will see them in a couple of days.
The final disembarkation briefing was held this evening. Obviously did not apply to us as we have another week+ to go but for about 2/3s of the passengers they got off and more got on. It is here that Pat and Susan embarked – really looking forward to cruising with them!
After dinner the captain. Cruised up river and back for about an hour to see the lights at night. Also contacted Susan and Pat at their hotel and they came down, got okay for them to eat with us and stay aboard for a while. Rained a bit and had a great lighting display. Quit in time for Susan and Pat to get to their hotel. They will board tomorrow.
That was it, very low key day.
The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. Alternately, choose one of our optional excursions designed to allow you to delve deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.