Budapest & A River Cruise
Before I embarked on my river cruise with Tauck, I had the opportunity to stay at a lovely hotel in Budapest. The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, was so well-maintained and our corner executive room was 632 square feet with magnificently large windows and views of the city. Our accommodations were opulent and with a very comfy bed.
The club lounge inside was very large with lots of interesting local bites and a very relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for late arrivals when you need something that’s not a full meal. Additionally, you’ll find the tastiest champagne and lots of dessert surprises there.
I especially enjoyed the lobby restaurant for breakfast, which was very quiet, with blue velvet club chairs and sofas.
My favorite ports of call were the small village visits. First off, there was Dürnstein. In the Wachau wine valley, we were the only tour there and visited a winery restaurant for a tasting and the view. While there, I learned that Austrian Riesling wines are never sweet like German Rieslings.
Next up: Engelhartszell. This village is very small and picturesque and has a large abbey. For the most part, it was just wonderful being the only ship in port to explore the village.