|Budapest – July 17|
|Steps walked: 8,784 Floors climbed: 14||Distance walked: 6.3 km|
|Breakfast at Waterside||8:00 AM|
|Ship delayed entering Budapest||9:00 AM|
|Ship Tour: Beautiful Budapest (BUD-01)||9:45 AM||Guide: Eva|
|drove around the city for major sights||very funny|
|Visited Castle Hill||10:50 AM|
|boarded coach to go back to ship||12:30 PM|
|Buffet lunch at Waterside||12:50 PM|
|Took a taxi to Szechenyi Spa||2:00 PM||taxi fare: 3000 forints|
|Private Tour: Budapest Szechenyi Spa||2:30 PM|
|with VIP Massage (5808P30)|
|taxi back to ship||5:30 PM||taxi fare: 6000 forints|
|Buffet dinner at Waterside||6:15 PM|
|Signature Event: Princesses of Violin at||7:20 PM||very commercialized|
|Budapest History Museum (BUD-08)||with loud background|
|“3 Princesses of Violin”||music, great techniques|
|boarded coach to go back to ship||9:10 PM|
|Budapest by Night Cruising||9:30 PM||beautiful but very windy|
The ship was about 45 minutes late entering Budapest, so it gave us some time to watch the ship arrive at beautiful Budapest.
At 9:45 am, we started to tour around both sections of Hungary’s vibrant capital, Buda and Pest. Following along Andrassy Blvd., we reached the Heroes’ Square, with its statue featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Then we crossed the Elisabeth Bridge to the Buda side where the Castle Hill was located, driving past the Royal Palace.
After we got off the coach, there was a 10-minute easy uphill walk to reach the Matthias Church and the seven towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion.
We visited one of the terraces to enjoy the sweeping panoramic view of Budapest from Castle Hill, plus a very nice and enjoyable surprise prepared for us by Crystal.