After breakfast we met in the reception area for our first official Viking tour - Budapest City Tour. On river cruises you will find that in your ports an excursion is included every day. Sometimes you will have a choice or two of different excursions that are included. Most passengers who have not yet been to the port will take advantage of these included excursions, but of course you are welcome to venture out on your own, as long as you return to the ship before it leaves for it's next destination! You also will have optional, extra charge excursions available in some of the ports as well. These are often a bit more unique, or excursions that may have an additional admission charge that is passed along to you. Alex and I participated in several of these on this trip and are looking forward to sharing those as well!
But first up, we boarded our bus for the included City Tour! We drove along Andrassy Avenue passing by the shops and buildings where Alex and I had walked the other day when we went to our Segway tour.
The rain was still coming down, but here is the Opera House
And some other buildings along the way
We stopped at Heroes Square and got out for some pictures and a bit of a history lesson.
Now it was time to go to the Buda side of the city, and the Castle district.
St. Stephen's Statue outside of Matthias Church
Our ship down below on the Danube!
The Parliament Building