Grand European Cruise Journal

Daily journal entries from our Grand European Tour, a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, with activities, experiences and tips.

Melk Abbey, the Danube Jewel of Austria

Places where you can stay

I wake up far too early every day … and it always starts the same way: I peek around our blackout drapes to see what’s passing by our window.

The storybook scene that met my eyes this morning made me want to throw open the curtains. Worse, every half-timbered building and steepled church tempted me to shake Dan awake to share it with him!

We were entering Austria’s 24-mile long picturesque Wachau Valley, a narrow gorge that’s blanketed with vineyards, woods and quaint little Austrian towns.

River cruise view of Spitz, Austria, a town along the Danube

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