Danube River Cruises, Austria: Great Golf, Much More

The opportunity to visit the grand capital cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, and the chance to play some of Europe’s best golf courses in Germany, Austria and Hungary would normally be enough for the average cruise enthusiast. But it still may come down to “little things that make a difference,” as one travel writer put it, which elevates Kalos Golf’s two scheduled summer cruises along the Danube River from “first-class” status to a “trip of a lifetime.”

Kalos Golf, which has built a special niche in the cruise market by providing small, exclusive golf and travel experiences for seasoned travelers, will sail aboard River Cloud twice to the Danube River region this summer, June 23-July 4 and again August 4-14. Kalos announced this week that cabins are still available for both cruises, with a maximum of 80 passengers for each voyage.

For starters, there’s a special private concert featuring the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss in an ancient Viennese music hall. There’s a private wine tasting on board the luxurious River Cloud by a local vintner from Austria’s famous Wachau Valley wine region. Move next to a private dinner in a traditional Bavarian half-timbered home in historical Nuremberg. Top it off with a visit to one of the most imposing architectural masterpieces north of the Alps, the Melk Abbey and its spectacular library.

In addition, Kalos has arranged for its passengers to visit the quaint towns of Passau, Regensburg and Duernstein, which will offer a contrast to stops in some of the region’s larger, riveting cities that also are on the itinerary. “This gives our passengers a perfect combination of visiting three of the world’s greatest cities, Budapest, Vienna and Prague, while also getting a chance to experience a wonderful slice of small-town life,” said Jim Lamont, president of Kalos Golf. “And contrast is also what our passengers will get when they take to the golf courses. We’ve worked hard to provide a nice balance.”

Kalos will provide its clients with an ideal blend of some new, modern courses along with a few more traditional layouts. New to the Danube cruise in 2004 will be a trip to the Fontana Golf Club, an 18-hole layout near Vienna designed by Doug Carrick and ranked by Golf Digest in the top five of courses in Austria; and Golf am Habsberg, on the outskirts of Nuremberg that was designed by Graham Marsh, the Australian who has enjoyed a long, successful playing career.

Conversely, venerable Schoenborn Golf Club, outside of Vienna, will appeal to the golfer who likes a course that has stood the test of time. Other courses to be played on the cruise include: Pannonia Golf & Country Club in the sunflower-splashed Hungarian countryside, and Sinzing am Minoritenhof, which meanders along the Danube River in Regensberg, Germany.

Additional information about Kalos Golf’s Danube River cruises, or any of its trips, can be obtained by calling (919) 942-3464, or by logging onto www.KalosGolf.com

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