My husband and I joined Mayflower Tours on The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise on October 3, 2011 for a one week river cruise. The deluxe escorted tour began in Budapest, Hungary and cruised up the Danube River and ended its voyage in Passau, Germany.
Although small in size, carrying just over 100 passengers, the ship was very classy and service was excellent. The cuisine on board was outstanding and featured many local dishes. Meals included a full breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine, beer and soda, afternoon tea and pastry, as well as an evening snack. The entertainment onboard was also very enjoyable. There was an on-board pianist, some folkloric performances, and a funny crew show as well. The “Bells of Rome” performance was the best!
The well-run tours included some motorcoach tours and some walking tours in the small towns along the river. We preferred the walking tours through the smaller towns because they were less crowded and had beautiful scenery and architecture. While we were there we also did some geocaching which took us to some interesting places.
Since Mayflower Tours charters the boat for their clients only, most passengers were U.S. based. Of the approximately 100 passengers, my husband and I were among the youngest of our very mature fellow travelers. We enjoyed listening to stories of their many past vacations to Antarctica, Galapagos and more. They also told us some of their secrets to success and how they have been able to travel around the world. It was a great experience to be surrounded by these successful, well-educated world travelers since we share the same future goals.
We enjoyed touring so many cities in a relaxed mode. We would awake to a new city almost daily with no early wake-up to rush to another airport or drive for many hours a day. Daily, we fed our stomachs with excellent cuisine and fed our minds with history dating back thousands of years. We hope we learned enough from our fellow passengers so we can continue to travel the world.
If you enjoy great culture and cuisine while slowly cruising, then this may be the tour for you too!
For more information on this tour and other great cruising options, contact your local Boscov’s Travel Specialist, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-755-8020.