Imagine relaxing on a cushioned lounge chair on the top deck of what feels like your personal yacht. As you glide along the Danube River sipping a frothy cappuccino the tower of an eight hundred year old Castle peeks out from a bend up the River. The stone grey tower pitted against the morning blue sky and the misty green of the vineyards behind is mesmerizing. Grabbing your Nikon for an album worthy picture you move to the front rails for an unobstructed view of the entire river valley. There you spot two men on the river bank fishing. The one on the left waves hello while his friend is working hard at bringing his newly caught meal to the shore. After waving back and framing some pictures that hopefully will do the fishermen, landscape and castle justice your friend reminds you that the Lecture on the History and Future of the European Union is about to begin.
A typical day
8 AM: Enjoy a buffet breakfast with an omelet station and French pressed coffee. Make yourself a Mimosa with OJ and Sparkling wine
9 AM: Disembark for an included tour of the city with personal audio headsets.
12 NOON: Return to the ship to freshen up and enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch featuring a carving and pasta station. Enjoy lunch with complimentary wine or beer and soft drinks.
2pm Your choice: wander back in town to explore quaint shops and cafe's or stay on board to join a lecture and discussion of the European Union.
6PM: Meet your friends in the Lounge for cocktails and snacks while the Cruise Manager reviews the itinerary for tomorrow.
7:30 PM Open seating dinner begins with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks. Dine on local dishes created by the on board chef. Meet new friends as you glide down the river to the next day's adventure.
9:30 Return to the lounge for a presentation of local Folk Dance and Songs followed by a night cap and lively conversation.
Advantages of a River Cruise