By: Dana Woods, Senior Travel Consultant, CTA Certified
Our Active and Discovery on the Danube with Avalon began in Budapest, and we arrived at night. Budapest by night was gorgeous. The Matthias Church Cathedral and Castle on the Buda side and the Hungarian Parliament Building on the Pest side illuminated stunning views that straddled the Danube River. Our Hilton Hotel sat centrally located atop the Buda Castle Hill in the castle district, right next to the Holy Trinity Square. We dined at a table situated directly in front of the glistening black Danube as ships sailed by in both directions. What made it more stunning was the Parliament building lit in opulent amber light as its backdrop. Dinner included a piping hot bowl of delicious traditional Hungarian Goulash.
My family and I had the opportunity to go on The Rhine, Swiss Alps and Amsterdam with Tauck in September. It was a wonderful trip, and definitely up to Tauck’s second to none standards. After flying into Zurich, Switzerland, we were transferred (complementary) by Tauck to the capital city of Bern. The hotel Tauck uses is the Bellevue Palace Bern and is in the old quarter of the city, next door to the parliament building. Bern is one of the most beautiful, classically European cities I have ever been in. The view from the back porch of the hotel was amazing.
I just returned from my 3rdAvalon Waterways river cruise, and once again they did not disappoint! This time, I selected Danube Dreams with Avalon Waterways with Berlin – this itinerary has two nights in Berlin, and two nights in Prague before boarding the ship in Deggendorf and sailing through to Prague.
When cruising the Nile with Gate1 Travel you can expect to visit the country’s best highlights and some hidden gems as well. Cruise the life source of Egypt and discover the land of kings aboard the new deluxe ship, MS Esplanade.