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Vienna, Austria – Tauck River Cruise

Last day on MS Treasures and finishing up our training for the day. We’ll celebrate in the evening at a Gala dinner once we arrive into Vienna.

Meanwhile, we’ll just float along and keep our eye out for more swans, birds,  fish and all the things which keep one busy when relaxing and having a wonderful time – basically not doing much right now …

You can even keep connected while you’re busy wondering when’s the next delectable dish is going to be placed before you.

I will never say ‘no’ to anything which is accompanied by ice cream.

Gym is starting to look very much like a place I need to go to whilst onboard. However, we’ll be walking around Vienna soon enough, so that’s a start.

If there was one past time in my life I enjoyed the most, it was definitely horse riding and one of the best forms of exercise you could dream of. We’ve been transferred into Vienna by coach and a quick walk around reveals how close the Spanish Riding School is within the city itself. Here’s one of the stallions and he’s obviously used to all of the attention. More of that later …

The elegant Palais Pallavicini sets the scene for our graduation ceremony during the evening.

Stunningly beautiful décor and delightful staff greet us, and upon arrival a glass of bubbly is welcomed by all.

A private performance is given to our group and feeling quite thrilled about the display of superb singing, dancing and musician’s arrangement.

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With Deb and Lyn to celebrate – very happy to be part of the Tauck Academy for Travel Agents.

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A well-deserved reward with new insights about Tauck and its products. Contact me for any further information about their destinations of which they travel to – any tours, small ship cruising and family adventures.

Tauck is well renown in the industry and take great pride in their ninety-year history, especially in view it’s a family-owned and run business who enlist the best guides and services they can possibly source worldwide.

And, just like any blue movie, the fun continues onboard with our colleagues and a lot of laughs when the staff join in too. Miss the boat and the gang … Until next cruise!

Tauck River Cruise, Budapest to Bratislava – Part One

Once on board Tauck’s MS Treasures we started our training at Budapest – the staff took over and provided us with a sophisticated service offering incredible wine choices and an appetising luncheon whilst we mingled with other guests.

We had the opportunity for some more sightseeing of this exquisite bohemian city with its mosques, synagogues, cathedrals and many edifices of religious worship.

Heroes’ Square is one of the most visited sights in Budapest, surrounded by two important buildings, Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) on the right. The Habsburg emperors were replaced with Hungarian freedom fighters when the monument was rebuilt after World War II.

The Changing of the Guards is only a few minutes with a spectacular choreography – turning about the rifles, saluting and marching up and down the square. It takes place in front of the Hungarian Presidential Palace being one of the Buda Castle’s attractions each day.

Time to meet our facilitators and other industry colleagues for our Tauck Academy’s Training for Travel Agents to take place. Can’t think of a better place to be right now if I could do it all over again …

Without doubt, presentation and delivery truly make a difference. Really, just how long can one look at something so delectable before devouring it?

Time to say goodbye to Budapest and wave the Chain Bridge a hearty farewell.

Best looking Parliament building anywhere, even at night.

Time for bed and a little treat delivered to our cabins.

Cabins are spacious and comfortable with a turn-down service each night.

MS Treasures accommodates no more than 118 guests, while similar-sized riverboats average about 160. Guest amenities include 14 lush 300-square-foot suites include brocade upholstery, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, spacious marble baths with full-size tubs and two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows which open to idyllic river views. She also sports seven 183-square-foot cabins, similarly furnished. Standard cabins (150 square feet) are cozy and comfortable and are similar in décor and style to the larger suites. 85% have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies, opening onto a balcony in the fresh air; all have in-room movies, minibar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with toiletries to pamper yourself with.