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I'm hoping to find out what you saw during your day in Budapest with Ama.  We are spending one extra day and would like to see some sights that will not be on the next day's tour!  Does anyone remember what you did on the city tour?  Thank you!

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40 minutes ago, summertrav said:

I'm hoping to find out what you saw during your day in Budapest with Ama.  We are spending one extra day and would like to see some sights that will not be on the next day's tour!  Does anyone remember what you did on the city tour?  Thank you!

Although we did not cruise with Ama, we spent an additional week in Budapest. One suggestion I have is to book a tour of Parliament - it is fascinating and the building is beautiful. A tour of Parliament will most definitely NOT be offered on your AMA tour (it may be offered as an additional tour for a fee). You can book online and print out your vouchers (reservations are a necessity as tours are sold out well in advance).  Parliament is easy to reach via tram (#2) that runs along the Danube and tram #2 is a short walk from cruise ship docking locations.

If you are interested, more info here:

https://latogatokozpont.parlament.hu/en/home

https://www.introducingbudapest.com/tram

 

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Hi Summertrav,

We went on the AmaLea Danube cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen 8/30/19-9/6/19. It was wonderful, you will love it!

If you chose the "Queen of the Danube Tour", it included a 2 hour bus ride plus 1 hour, 30 minutes of walking. While driving we saw many monuments and sites including; the City Park, National Opera House, St Stephen's Basilica a Synagoge and had a picture stop at Heroes' Square. We also had a walking stop at Buda Castle Hill and Fisherman's Bastion. We also stopped and went inside the Great Market Hall.

 

We had stayed overnight 1 night pre-cruise. We managed a Viator tour on embarkation day where they picked us up at our hotel and we took a mini-bus to Goldolo Palace for a tour then on to Lazar Horse Ranch for a tour, horse carriage ride, horse riding show. They dropped us back in Budapest in the early afternoon so it was easy to make the late afternoon embarkation.

 

There are so many interesting things to choose from in Budapest, you will have a hard time deciding.

 

Ama did not do the night-time illumination cruise on the river. We did cruise by the Parliment Building the next day in daylight.
You can book a tour with one of the small boats separately if you have your heart set on a night time illumination cruise. It was a very busy river in the evening, we sat on top and watched all of the tour boats go by.

 

Enjoy your trip!

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The stop at the Great Market Hall during the tour was very short. I recommend walking there from the ship the first day for an extended visit to this marvelous market. 

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Just keep in mind that the Great Market is closed on Sundays and closes at 3pm on Saturdays.

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The AMA tour was basically a drive through.  I agree about getting tickets to the parliament. It is amazing.  We went to the baths.  If you have watched Rick Steves show on Budapest, it is exactly like that.  The old men were playing chess in the water.  We stayed on the Pest side and walked everywhere.  We did go to the Buda side to see the castle.  I was really glad we had the time on our own prior to the cruise.

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Before our AMALea cruise, we used Budapest Tuk Tuk. to tour Budapest.  It was a blast, picked us up at our hotel, customized our tour to not go to the places that were included on the AMA tour.   I used the info provide from AMA that described their tour to customize the Tuk Tuk. We went to places that big buses couldn’t begin to get to and were able to negotiate traffic quickly to see many sights.  Our tour also included a daytime Danube cruise, where we got off at Margeret Island and spent a delightful hour there.  The next boat picked us back up.   Just google Budapest Tuk Tuk.   We booked directly with them.  The guide was great and informative.   We had a really enjoyable experience.  The Tuk Tuk  tour was 2 1/2 hours long.   And then we went on the Danube cruise with  Legenda which included a glass of wine or beer and lemonade on the return trip. 

 

We we also toured the Parliament, reserving tickets on line at their website.  It was really worth seeing.  Highly recommend. 

Edited by KY Deb

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