We had three days in Budapest. We had a city bus tour, explored on our own and enjoyed the indoor market and a ruin bar, took a bike ride around the city and along the Danube, and toured Eger for visits to two wineries.
The winery trips were a highlight. After a tour of the tunnels at the first winery (the city is honeycombed with over 60 miles of tunnels, some built before the 13th century to provide safe harbor against invading Turks) we were given a taste of the region's premier wine, Bikavér, which translates to "Bull's Blood". Working in groups we were challenged to make a blend that tasted the same using wines from four different varietals. It was great fun. The owner's daughter judged all of our products as tasting very "American", but declared our table's blend to come second closest to the original. It was an interesting exercise in tuning our tastes!
The second winery was recently carved into limestone cliffs. The owner bought the property, which had previously been used as a limestone quarry, and created a venue for concerts and festivals, as well as his winery. There we had a wonderful "local" lunch while enjoying three different wines.
It has undergone multiple rebuilding & renovation activities since it was built in the 11th century.
Budapest at night is simply gorgeous. The ship moved from a downtown dock one night to one a few miles away where it would be easier to offload and load luggage. Our cruise could be taken as two separate one-week cruises, or as a nineteen day cruise with stay overs at either end. We were doing the complete package, so reveled in the fact that we did not have to pack and have our suitcases outside the door at whatever awful hour our plane reservations would dictate! While we were at the wineries, 80 new passengers were arriving and getting settled in. That night the ship cruised back to the downtown area so we could again see the amazing lights, and be in position for a city activity the next morning.