Down the Danube from Budapest to Bucharest: Hungary

A nighttime cruise through Budapest amongst its Parliament a highlight for river cruisers. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
River cruises are ideal for Levelers, particularly if fourth dimension too funds are limited.

• The scheduling, meals too touring are taken help of for you.
• There are no waves too then no seasickness.
• Modern river ships non alone direct maintain elevators (although on board you lot volition rarely postulate to handgrip to a greater extent than than ane flying of stairs), they come upward amongst chair lifts too then anyone tin arrive at the uppermost deck.
• You are either a short, slow stroll from town or the tour buses drive correct downward to the pier.
There are drawbacks.
• You may remain likewise long inward ane place, non long plenty inward another.
• Your meals too beverages are included inward the fare too then you lot aren't probable to teach the truthful flavors of where you lot are unless the chef includes local specialties equally options at every meal.
• Tours are also included too then you lot are less probable to teach exploring on your own.

Nonetheless, I highly recommend them, particularly for areas that powerfulness intimidate you.

I took Vantage River Cruise Travel's nine-day cruise aboard River Splendor going downriver from Budapest to Bucharest.

Tip: Whenever possible opt for downriver. Going amongst the electrical flow you lot are less probable to direct maintain problems amongst H2O levels too volition arrive at stops earlier, giving you lot to a greater extent than fourth dimension at each destination.
Pest's Palace Hill.  Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Budapest
The Danube divides Budapest. Buda,where the urban heart too mortal began, rises rapidly from the waterfront amongst Fisherman's Bastion too St. Matthias Church the focus for tourists. The former urban heart too mortal is charming too hilly, the views across the river are spectacular. The tour motorcoach volition deliver you lot equally closed equally possible too the elevation alter is gentle.

Matthias Church. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Tip: I recommend climbing upward to the walkway higher upward Fisherman's Bastion despite its 32-step stairs.
Fisherman's Bastion. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

The send tied upward on the Pest side which is largely flat. Shuttle buses ran inward the afternoon betwixt in that location too the Intercontinental Hotel making forays into the urban heart too mortal easy.
A part of the shoes memorial. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tips: The two-story Central Market has elevators at both ends. There are 28 steps from street to river level; accept them because you lot don't desire to fille the heart-rending bronze shoes sculpture, a memorial to the Jews gunned downward hither during World War II.

Fields of sunflowers. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Mohacs too Kolacsa
 The send moors inward Mohacs too passengers are bused to Kolacsa through fields of corn, sunflowers too peppers, Hungary's primary cash crops.

Kolksa Cathedral. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 curt walking tour of Kolasca goes to the Cathedral, ane of the finest examples of Italian Baroque. After that the motorcoach takes us dorsum to the Blue Danube Restaurant inward Mohacs where nosotros are given lessons inward making paprika bread, snapping whips, icon eggs too embroidery. The send is a curt stroll away.
A cruise rider paints too egg. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

In the afternoon an optional tour goes to Bakod Puszta equestrian middle for a demonstration of the Hungarian Halfblood too Chikos, Hungarian cowboys.
Roman riding atop a 10-horse team. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tip: No major elbow grease required for this, primarily walking on flat, paved walks too finding seats inward the visitors' covered bleachers.

Pecs
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 middle of civilisation for centuries, Pecs is known for its university, Peter too Paul Basilica too almost of all, the remains of its Roman founders, a UNESCO Heritage site.

One of the earliest too largest Roman Christian Chapels exterior of Italia has been excavated too opened to Earth through an ingenious serial of ramps and, unfortunately for Levelers, stairs.

Overview of Roman-built Christian Chapel. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Tip: The get upward was out of social club when I visited too then hither is the footstep count: 17 steps to the overview, xviii spiral steps to ane level, xviii spiral steps down, eleven steps, 22 steps too 17 steps. It is made easier past times varying levels too having something to come across at each.

Peter too Paul Basilica. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
The Basilica is considerably easier - five steps to Cathedral Square, seven into the church building which is good worth a leisurely look.

Wandering through this town is pleasant too slow thank you lot to its relatively apartment level.

Down the Danube from Budapest to Bucharest: Hungary