After revisiting Budapest and Vienna, the remaining stops on The Majestic Rivers are in Germany and are all new for us. Today we did a walking tour. Vantage has divide us into three walking groups: the regular walkers, the active walkers, and the gentle walkers. We have chosen the active walkers. It doesn’t mean we walk faster, but we cover more territory which must mean (since all groups take the same time) we spend less time in a location and get less information at each site.
Today was the only day of our cruise with no scheduled port stops. On an ocean cruise we would call that a “sea day”. I guess we should call this a “river day”. Our cruise today was on the Danube through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history. There are many vineyards on its hills. Following are pictures of some of the sites in the valley. As you can see, it was a gray day with occasional drizzle.
We booked the Vantage Travel Majestic Rivers of Europe for mid August many months ago. Our flight to get there was from Wilmington, NC to Atlanta to Amsterdam, and to our destination to start the cruise, Budapest. For the last few months, the restrictions due to COVID have been greatly relaxed. That worry was replaced with near daily alarmist articles about the drought in Europe making river cruising dubious, flight cancellations throughout Europe and the US due to staffing shortages, and lost luggage – particularly in Amsterdam. We soldiered on despite these worries, but did decide to do a little cross packing in case only one of our suitcases made it to Budapest. No worries! Our first two flights arrived early, our flight from Amsterdam was only 15 minutes late due to a baggage handling staffing shortage, and both our suitcases made it to Budapest.