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Danube River Cruise on the River Beatrice of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

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Budapest to Passau - River Beatrice Cruise Overview
River Beatrice in Durnstein on the Danube River

River Beatrice in Durnstein, Austria, one of the ports of call on "Enchanting Danube" River cruise from Budapest to Passau.

River Beatrice in Durnstein (c) Linda Garrison
The Uniworld River Beatrice sails the Danube River between Budapest and Passau, which is one of the most popular European river itineraries. When sailing upstream from Budapest, the River Beatrice has stops in Vienna; Durnstein at the beginning of Austria's Wachau Valley on the Danube River, which is a World Heritage site; Melk; Linz, with a day trip to Salzburg; and Passau.

I cruised this itinerary on the first voyage of Uniworld's Danube River cruise season in late March. The guests were very lucky with the weather, with temperatures mostly in the 60's and sunny. There was just enough rain and cold to remind us that it was early spring. The river scenery along the way was lovely, with green fields bordering the river. The forests and vineyards were mostly barren and brown, but it was fascinating to see the bare vines and trees, knowing that they would be leafed-out in just a few short weeks. Other than the green fields and blue sky, golden forsythia and flowering fruit trees dotted the landscape, providing some more color to our memories.

My high school friend Maggie traveled with me to Europe to attend the Uniworld S.S. Antoinette in Amsterdam. After the S.S. Antoinette 3-night inaugural sailing, we spent two more days in Amsterdam before flying to Budapest, where we stayed for four nights before boarding the Uniworld River Beatrice. We had a great time in both these cities, and they are certainly worth extending your river cruise vacation in either of them.

We stayed at the Hotel Palazzo Zichy, a 4-star boutique hotel on the Pest side of the Danube in Budapest. It was in a good location, near a subway station and large city market. From the hotel we walked to the Parliament building, the central market, the large synagogue, to sites near the city center, and across the Danube River to Buda. We only rode the subway out to the thermal baths. The hotel had an excellent breakfast, free WiFi, and very friendly, competent staff. It's a good choice for those who prefer a smaller hotel in a good location. The hotel doesn't have its own restaurant, but there are several within easy walking distance.

Although we had a wonderful time in Budapest, we were both excited to board the Uniworld River Beatrice the next morning.

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