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  1. Was on the Jira out of Budapest on Dec 10 to Nuremberg. We were told we could board anytime on Dec 9; if our room was ready, so much the better, but we could leave our luggage and then go back out again, as we were overnighting on the boat. As it happened, because of tours we took, we didn't attempt to board until around 8:00pm, and FINDING the boat was a nightmare. Viking rep told us where the Jira as docked, but when we cabbed it over there, that wasn't the case. We wandered up and down the street, in the dark, looking for the Jira (there were several Viking boats in the area). When we finally found it, there was no ramp nearby, only many cement steps leading down to where the boat was docked, so we lugged large suitcases down the stairs and onto the boat. Once we found it, life was good. IMHO, there should be a rep(s) ON THE STREET where the ship is docked, keeping an eye out for passengers and assisting them in finding their boat, and helping with luggage. This was my first experience with Viking (my first river cruise, in fact), and I expected more.
  2. Hi Fran, would you be willing to share the contact information for the transportation company you've used? As you stated, it might be nice to have that arranged ahead of time, just in case flights go sideways. Thank you, in advance.
  3. I am glad to hear that some of the craftspeople/vendors accept credit cards. I use ccs for nearly everything when travelling, as the exchange rate is optimal, and, has already been noted, it's safer for everyone, both at the time of the purchase, and afterwards. That said, I will be prepared with local currency in small bills, as well. Local tour operators, hotel housekeeping, and other hospitality workers prefer tips in their currency, so I like to accommodate that too.
  4. Can anyone tell me what the taxi fare would be from BUD to the Hilton Budapest City? Do the taxis perhaps have a fixed rate? How about Taxify? Do they do airport pickups? Anybody know how much they charge for same route? Thanks in advance.
  5. Aye, aye, aye.... so much to consider!! OK, then... Buda it is!! Love the idea of using the HOHO as transportation. I hadn't gotten that far in my planning, but we have done this in other cities. We like to take the whole route early on, as it's a great way to 'get the lay of the land' and find out where 'stuff' is, in relation to other 'stuff', and our hotel. We have found great restaurants that way... places that were within walking distance to our lodging, and we never would have known it, without seeing it on a HOHO. Again, thanks to all you experienced travelers! Your input has helped tremendously!
  6. Thank you, Ritabob. The reason I thought that maybe they would accept USD, is because a good many Americans visit these Advent Markets, and they would want to accommodate travelers. That said, I totally get where you're coming from. Certainly, I don't want to insult anyone, or put the craftspeople in an awkward position, and that's why I asked. Many years ago, I did some travelling in Europe, and USD seemed to be accepted by everyone, stores and individual sellers alike. In fact, some of the sellers had signs showing the exchange rate of their local currency against USD, so we felt assured we weren't being taken advantage of, and yes, I know that change is returned in local currency, so having small bills is ideal. In any case, thank you again for your reply, and we will be sure to have local currency at the ready!
  7. Ritabob, I'm trying to NOT insult anybody, or be the 'ugly american', that's why I asked the question. Perhaps I am being overly sensitive to your reply; it seemed unnecessarily harsh to me. I, too, remember, when the USD was very much welcomed by everyone. If using USD would offend anyone, in any way, then I'm more than happy to comply by coming armed with local currency.
  8. Many thanks to all. If I'm understanding all this correctly, staying at the Hilton Budapest City is the better choice for my needs. It's in Pest, and that's where Vorosmarty Square is, which is home to a nice Christmas/Advent Market: It's also likely to be considered a "centrally located hotel" as far as tour operators are concerned, so I/we can be picked up at the hotel for tours. Did I get that right? And are there actually 'made in China' items at these markets???? That makes me sad.
  9. Thanks to all. Yes, we are sailing on the Atla. Can't wait!! So, which side of the river has the market(s)? I'm not familiar with where the Intercontinental is. Yes, using points, this will help us to keep costs down, so we can spend that $$ on tours and whatnot. Thanks again.
  10. Oh my gosh, you are so right! I mistakenly thought that if a country was in the EU, they used the euro. THANK YOU for setting me straight!! So, that begs the question, for Christmas Markets, do I need to have some Forint and Koruna on hand, for smaller purchases, or do the vendors take USD? How about credit cards for pricier purchases? Thank you again, this shows the value these boards bring to travelers like me.
  11. We are doing opposite itinerary - Budapest to Nuremberg, because we wanted the trip extension to be in Prague. Can't wait!!! Logistics questions for you experienced 'market goers': All countries we're going to use the euro, so will get some beforehand from the bank. While I know better than to ask, "How much money should I bring?", I am wondering if the Market vendors accept credit cards for pricier items (I wouldn't whip out my credit card for a pretzel or wine), or should I plan on having enough cash for all purchases? I'm contemplating buying holiday ornaments/decor and other 'only available here' delights. How about packaging delicate items for the trip home? Do the Market vendors wrap stuff up pretty well, knowing that most buyers are far from home, or should I bring some bubble wrap/tape? Thanks so much.
  12. CORRECTION: cruise departs Budapest on 10 Dec, 2018.
  13. Hi all, Booked on the Viking Romantic Danube on 10 Dec out of Budapest, and I'm flying in, alone, for a couple days beforehand, arriving late afternoon on 6 Dec. I want to stay at a Hilton (using points), and not sure which location to choose. There is one on both the Pest side, and the Buda side, of the river. Pest side is City Center; Buda side is in Royal Castle District. I will be taking some tours on my own before my friend joins me on 8 Dec., and prefer it when the tour company picks me up at my hotel (I'm not very good at navigating unfamiliar spaces, so the less time I have to spend on my own, the better). Tours will be of major sights, maybe a foodie tour, that kind of thing. The tour websites always say something along the lines of 'pick up from centrally located hotel', which is pretty vague. Is there a Christmas market in the area? Would love to visit one at night, if possible. That might come into play on my decision. With those two things in mind (tours and proximity to Christmas Market, if there is one), can anyone make a recommendation as to which hotel is best? I'm inclined towards the Pest location, but would love to hear from others who are experienced with this area. Many thanks, in advance. Happy to answer any questions/'fill in the blanks' if more info is needed, in order to make a decision.
  14. I am booked on the Romantic Danube, Budapest to Nurnberg (with the extension to Prague), on 12/5/2018. I called Viking to ask about the markets, and was told that there are markets at all ports, except Krems. They operate during the day, as well as the evening. We have a couple tours that will preclude seeing all the markets at night, but hopefully will see them all at some point.
  15. While I have not yet experienced a Viking cruise firsthand (that comes in December), I have called Viking several times with a plethora of questions, and the amount of detail they have to share is really impressive. It might be too late for the OP, but for others, don't hesitate to give them a call. They were most helpful and very knowledgeable.
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