Review: Delightful Danube
Soaking up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer on board a floating luxury hotel was what was awaiting us once we arrived in Budapest.
After an overnight stay in in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, where we walked around the historic city which is split into Buda and Pest by the Danube, we boarding our ship for our seven night cruise. We slipped our moorings in early evening and enjoyed the view of Budapest at night, the castle, bridges and major buildings all lit up against the night sky. Food is a large part of any river cruise and we were not disappointed with our meticulously prepared fine cuisine and complimentary wines.
The following morning finds us in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where we joined a walking tour of the city. Our local guide was friendly and funny, he bought the history alive in an easy stroll.
Back to the ship for lunch and we set sail to Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned on his return from the crusades. The morning included a visit to Melk and its magnificent monastery where the 200m long Emperor’s Gallery is lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.
Our next stop on our cruise is Linz where, as on each day, there are a choice of excursions with Salzburg being the highlight, the birthplace of Mozart.
Our 9 days also included stops in Passau and Regensburg but for the majority of passengers the overnight stop in Vienna was a highlight. During the day there was an opportunity to participate in a walking tour of the city or take the coach to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. The evening allowed us to visit the Vienna State Opera for a magnificent performance.