Another very informative talk by a local Budapest professor - Hungary's
political past and present - started off the day. Then on to touring
Budapest and a few hours at the ancient baths before an evening cruise on the
After breakfast, enjoy an exclusive Discovery Series discussion of Hungary’s
Political Past & Present, led by
a professor from Budapest University. Then, embark on a tour of Hungary’s lovely
capital, situated on both sides of the magnificent Danube River. In Buda,
on the right bank of the Danube, you'll view a grand panorama of the entire city
and visit Matthias Church, where the Hungarian kings were crowned. Cross over
the Danube bridges and see how the imposing Parliament Building dominates Pest,
on the other side of the river.
From the Elisabeth Bridge, the tour takes you to Heroes Square, with monuments
to all the Hungarian kings.
Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps you’ll want to return toVaci Utca,
the shop-lined, pedestrian-only street where you’ll find excellent Herend
porcelain, peasant embroidery, and other souvenirs of Hungary. Or you may want
to visit Castle Hill, encircled by ramparts that protect the massive castle
complex. Destroyed during World War II, the palace has been restored to its
original splendor and is now a vast museum complex where remains of the original
structure are displayed.
After dinner on your own this evening, regroup with your fellow passengers for a
scenic evening cruise down the legendary Danube River.