In August 2010, I had the pleasure of cruising the Danube River on the new River Beatrice, part of the Uniworld River Cruise Collection. Simply one captivating city or town after another!
First, we were able to spend three days in Prague prior to our cruise; what a beautiful city! Known as the “City of Spires”, the architecture is stunning! With most river cruises, you can travel in either direction, so we began our cruise in Passau, Germany, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ; hearing a concert in the over 300 year old Cathedral was a highlight! From there, we explored the UNESCO World Heritage town of Salzburg, where we had plenty of time to wander at leisure after our included walking tour.
The next day we toured the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, followed by a scenic cruise thru the beautiful Wachau Valley. And, just enough time for a wine tasting at a local vineyard in the quaint village of Dürnstein. Then, on to imperial Vienna, again with included sightseeing as well as free time. Of course, we had to sample the famous Sacher Torte – delicious! But, the best was yet to come – Budapest – simply one of the loveliest cities in all Europe! We spent an extra day there at the end of our 7-night cruise, but still not enough time to see and do all that we wanted.