Budapest & a Cruise

Colette Cross visited Engelhartszell on her Tauck tour.
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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. 
 
Plus, what a wonderful location! It is across a small street from the Budapest Eye and local kiosks with quality items, leather, fur, and local artifacts. (A word to the wise: our dollar goes so far in this fantastic country.) Also, the Ritz-Carlton was just a 10-minute walk to the chain bridge and seven minutes by taxi to the Parliament building.
 
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.
 
I would’ve loved to stay for a few more days, but my European adventure with Tauck was beginning.
 
I was on the last cruise of the year before the Christmas markets begin late November. It was a splendid seven-night cruise aboard the MS Savor
 
For those who don’t know, Tauck is an all-inclusive river cruise product with private arrival and departure transfers included. The company includes everything! It was a very relaxed and carefree experience.
 
For those who are foodies, we had a celebrity chef on board, who was a winner from MasterChef and who offered cooking classes and a special dinner.
 
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.
 
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