The Grand Budapest Walking Tour

Guests from Viking Lofn walk across the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests from Viking Lofn walk across the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Today, Viking River Cruises’ 15-day Grand European Tour aboard Viking Lofn enters its 14th and final day, as guests spend the day exploring the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest.

I’ve been to Budapest a number of times now. It’s the city that, prior to my first visit in 2011, I was the least excited about. That all changed once I arrived on a cold December morning nearly four years ago. I became immediately entranced with the city’s towering architecture, unique culture, and their dual ‘past-is-present’ focus. Today, Budapest is one of my top favorite European cities to visit, any time of the year.

The Chain Bridge at right and the Buda HIll Funicular in the distance. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The Chain Bridge at right and the Buda HIll Funicular in the distance. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Of course, because this is my sixth visit to Budapest, I’d gotten into the assumption of thinking that I’ve seen and done it all. So I truly appreciated that, once again, Viking was able to surprise me by offering up a complimentary shore excursion option that I’d never seen before.

In addition to the standard motorcoach tours of both Buda and Pest – the two distinct parts of the city that are separated by the River Danube – Viking also offered up a third option: the ability to tour both Buda and Pest with a local guide using nothing but our feet and public transit.

Our local guide met us pierside for our walking tour of Budapest that would use only our feet and Public Transit. Best of all, it was offered complimentary by Viking. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Our local guide met us pierside for our walking tour of Budapest that would use only our feet and Public Transit. Best of all, it was offered complimentary by Viking. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn’s Grand European Tour continues next week with a full recap of our voyage. Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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