We're arriving in Budapest Tues morning and are staying at the Marriot which I believe is on the Pest side. We're boarding a Viking cruise ship on Wed (board ship by 4pm but afterwards we can go back into town) and Thurs morning we have a free tour (details below). I've listed the sites we'd like to see other than the ones on the tour, but I'm unsure about the order (or if any of these locations make them impractical). Would love info on which type of transit makes the most sense. We plan to take a cab form the airport to the hotel.
Would appreciate if anyone can comment on the anything we should drop if we run out of time. I'm thinking we tackle Buda first and use the longer day on Wed for the Pest side, but am totally open to suggestions! We're a couple in our mid-fifties but reasonably fit and prefer to walk when feasible.
Thanks in advance!
Vajdahunyad Castle - tour
St Stephens Basilica - tour & climb up the fancy stairs to the dome
Hungarian Parliament Building - external only
Market Hall - grab a quick meal and look around
Széchényi Baths (to see the Mosaic art - don't plan to bathe)
Climb Gellert Hill
Buda Castle (funicular up, tour and walk down)
Meet your guide at your ship for a panoramic tour, beginning in modern Pest. Along the elegant Andrássy Avenue, the Champs-Élysées of Budapest, admire the Hungarian State Opera House. Stop at Heroes’ Square, a wide-open plaza of monuments and statues commemorating the Magyar state. Across the river, explore the more traditional Buda side of the city. Here you will visit the Castle District with its massive hilltop castle complex, the turreted Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church, named for the country’s most popular medieval king. From the heights of Buda Hill, enjoy fantastic views of the famous Chain Bridge