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Travel blog Stage Two: Classic River Cruise

Budapest to Passau – we’ve been here before!

Boarding the MS Johann Strauss for the first time was so exciting – we were at the first cross road of our journey the start of our Danube Cruise! We had done a smaller cruise from Passau to Budapest a few years ago and loved it – and declared our intention to do it again. Different company this time APT / TraveMarvel – and what a delight it was to find this 4 star accommodation floating home!

We located room 214 and quickly settled in – what a relief to finally unpack our suitcases. Some quick explorations and comparing notes with our Italian Treasures buddies and we immediately felt pampered and well catered for. The sumptuous breakfasts, lunches and dinners (not to mention the afternoon teas and late night suppers) were to prove a major source of our satisfaction with APT Travel Tours!

Our on board Tour Director, Cherie, is an Australian ex-patriot living and working in Europe, and proves to be the second source of our satisfaction of the ship organisation, the tours on shore, the briefings and commentaries! She is the best we have experienced to date!

We had two days to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the city of Budapest – one of our favourite European capitals. Lovely city with tragic history -Hungarians did it tough especially in the uprising of 1956! Different culture here, different currency to the rest of Europe, different food but great tasting. Hungarian musicians on board to entertain us!

Then we began our cruise through Austria and Germany! We sail several kilometres every day and evening except when we moor at a famous town for extended stays, Passau, Vienna, and then shorter stops at Durnstein, Melk, Bamburg, Wurzburg, a bus tour across to Rothenburg, Wertheim (Wet time) and finally a whole day and night to Rudesheim!

Currently I am in the Lounge of the MS Johann Strauss, enjoying the Happy Hour, 476th Bitburger bier and whiskey and dry before dinner at 7pm. Louis is at the piano and its raining outside! perfect relaxing day today!

Pictures later! Having too much fun!