14-Budapest-Thursday, May 21


Port Location. The ship docks between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge on the Pest side of the city.
Included Budapest Tour ‚. Disembark after breakfast for a tour of Hungary’s lovely capital. The Danube cuts through the heart of the city, separating the Buda Hills and the Old City from the elegant boulevards of modern Pest. Start in “Pest” with a ride along the Andrássy Út where you will see the National Opera House and Heroes’ Square. See other landmarks, including the Parliament, before crossing the river to the more traditional “Buda” side of the city. Here your tour highlights the massive hilltop castle complex with its turreted Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. You also see the famous Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge, two of many that connect the two halves of this vibrant city.
Budapest Leisure Time or Optional Tours -‚. Return to your ship for lunch and then enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along Váci Utca where you will find excellent Herend porcelain (produced in Hungary since 1839), the country’s renowned peasant embroidery, and other souvenirs of Hungary.
Alternatively, this afternoon you may take an optional tour and discover the heritage of the legendary Hungarian “cowboys.” At the outskirts of Budapest, near the edge of the Puszta region where the cowboys herd their sheep and cattle on horseback, you will be greeted by these fearless horsemen and enjoy traditional Hungarian Pálinka (brandy) and Pogácsa (biscuits). Then you are treated to a horsemanship exhibition where young riders control their horses with only bridles and the cracking of six-foot whips. They use no saddles or stirrups—the horse and rider are as one in a display based on trust between the two. After the show, you can visit the stables or try a carriage ride (cost of the optional tour is 49 euros, which includes motorcoach transportation, horsemanship show, snacks and a guide).

Or, you may join an optional tour highlighting Budapest’s colorful Jewish past and present. The city’s 19th-century Moorish-style Dohány Street synagogue, known as the Great Synagogue, is the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It was severely damaged and used as a stable during World War II, but in the 1990s—after the fall of Communism— it was restored. In addition to being a synagogue, the building also houses the Hungarian Jewish Museum. Visit the Emmanuel Memorial, a moving tribute to the 400,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust. See the Hungarian Jewish World War II Memorial, a poignant scattering of empty shoes along the Danube (cost of the optional tour is 44 euros, which includes transportation, entrance to Dohány complex, and a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter) Please note: this tour is not offered on Saturday.
Return to your ship for dinner aboard this evening. After dinner, you may want to disembark for a romantic evening stroll.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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