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Enchanting Danube: Excursion Question
Rdaj23Rdaj23Member since 9/11/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:21 PM
We will be going on our first River Cruise, leaving Passau next Sunday, Nov 10. I am curious...will the tours be broken into smaller groups, going on smaller buses, based on physical capabilities? My husband and I are 47 and 50 and I'm wondering how this is done.

I appreciate your response.

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cruisecruiseMember since 8/26/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2013 5:58 PM
I just got back from the Enchanting Danube cruise. Our experience was that for most excursions visitors were transported on 50-passenger buses. In several instances, where walking might be challenging, there were "gentle walking" options or a mini-van for those who might have less stamina. At age 50-60, those in my group of 8 were on the "young side" of most of the passengers, but it appeared to us that most of the older folks were in good physical condition and we never felt like we were slowed down. (If I had it to do over again, I might not take so many excursions and would have relaxed on the boat more. I was exhausted when I got home on Wednesday! But don't miss the optional Bratislava, Slovakia tour). You will also find that Uniworld has added some free options called Go Active excursions -- bike trips and nature hikes -- that weren't listed in the cruise guide. They are perfect for more-active people.
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deborarichterdeborarichterMember since 7/11/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Monday, November 04, 2013 5:55 AM
We also just returned and we are on the young side. The walking tours are interesting and give you a good feel for the area, most of the time you had free time to explore a bit afterwards. The groups were more like 20-30 people in each group. Although we were sometimes bused in large busses, they weren't necessarily filled. Also, walking around all day on cobblestones can be rough on the body. Make sure your shoes are good!
Some of the things we did were:
In Passau, after lunch we hiked up to the Veste Oberhaus. We were docked right under a bridge, we walked across the bridge and there were stairs right there. As long as you keep right (where there's an option and one path leads left, the other right) you'll have no trouble. The path itself is very interesting with old walls, etc. Great photo opportunities and views down to the rivers.
In Salzburg, after the formal tour, we were on the hunt for sound of music sights. We did take the funicular up to fortress, wandered around a bit there, then walked down. You could walk both up and down. But there's lots to explore in town too.
In Vienna, we didn't do the organized Schonbrunn tour, but took the subway out. Instead of touring the palace, we hiked (well, an uphill walk) to the Gloriette (the building at the top of the hill with views of not only Schonbrunn and the gardens, but also all of Vienna.
In Budapest, we opted for the Parliament and Market tour (instead of the regular Budapest tour). There were only 6 of us on this tour and the inside of the Parliament building is amazing. Since we were such a small group, our guide had the bus driver drop us off and we'd walk a bit. After the market, she took us on the subway to show us 2 different styles of subway stations (soviet-era and the origian art-deco). I would have loved to have spent more time in market. After lunch we walked up to castle hill on our own. In retrospect, we should have gone back to the market hall before it closed, then started our walk up to castle hill. We had time for both and didn't really need to walk down the main shopping street.
Enjoy your trip! It is a fantastic way to see the world! Be prepared to be called "kids" or "youngsters" and be prepared to meet wonderful people on your ship.
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