Trip to Budapest in September. Arrive late afternoon 7th, leave on the 12th early morning. Hotel near St. Stephens/Opera area.
Wish Lists A and B are below. I need help organizing the itinerary, allowing for some relaxation time. We already have two reservations for dinner but can possibly alter them as there should still be time - Hungarikum on the 8th, Zeller Bistro on 9th, both at 8:00 p.m. The items we want to do in evening which are a river cruise with the city lights and if possible a Danube Bend trip returning by boat. Not sure about the Folklore Shows. I have heard there is a wine festival in town and a Jewish festival neither of which is an A list item but if there are any activities that would be influenced by these festivals it would be good to know.
A LIST: Funicular and Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, St. Mattias, 1 or 2 of the Baths (not sure which two - definitely Sechenyi plus either Gellert or a Turkish one, Veli Bej), Jewish Quarter Synogogue(s), Great Market Hall, Ruin pubs (Szimpla Kert or other?), night cruise on Danube, Danube Bend visit ( need to know exactly how far to travel to enjoy the best scenery without sacrificing too much time - we thought a river trip for the return) , 360 Rooftop Bar, Hungarian folk performance (?)
B LIST: Short tour of Opera and Parliament, rooftop bar at Aria, Cave Hospital, third Bath, climb to top of St. Stephens tower, Falk Miska Street shops, wineries.
Proposed Itinerary = I can't get past days one and two because I want to squeeze in; the evening lights Danube Cruise and possibly the Danube Bend trip. I know the Synagogue is closed Friday pm through Saturday pm and the Market is closed on Sunday.
Day 1 - Arrive midday, transport to hotel near St. Stephens/Opera area. Use rest of afternoon to walk off jeg lag. Walk down Andrassy to Chain Bridge, view river, back up go to Miniversum, go back and find a restaurant nearby, to bed early.
Day 2 - Up early to Buda side. Funicular up to Castle, St. Mattias, Fisherman's Bastion. Lunch in Buda or return to Pest? After lunch in Buda either bath at Gellert or Veli Bej OR return to Pest for lunch and try Secheyni Bath. We have dinner reservations at 8:00 at Hungarikum.
From this point, I am having a really hard time. Any help and comments are appreciated. The more I read, the more I want to do and don't want to miss out yet don't want to burn out.