Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 21
THE DANUBE RIVER
A new ship sails a classic
One of Europe's most popular travel experiences is sailing past terraced vineyards,
hilltop castles, and picturesque villages on a
Danube river cruise. Mike Kempinski and Gina
Morovati, Montclair, New Jersey-based travel
agency owners, joined a cruise on Crystal
Mozart, Crystal Cruises' first river vessel.
WHY GO: The iconic Danube River itinerary
(starting and ending in Vienna) is in high
demand, and this new, 154-passenger ship is
"pure perfection," Morovati says. "It's beautiful and spacious, with incredible food and
THE SHIP: Both agency owners praise the ship's
design, highlighting the spa (with an indoor
pool, sauna, and steam room), salon, and
Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez (far left) with Gina Morovati and Mike Kempinski and (right) the ship.
fitness center, plus a pop-up bar on the top
level that retracts to pass under low bridges.
service. Every Mozart voyage includes a complimentary dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. I highly recommend Tian in Vienna,
an award-winning vegetarian restaurant."
MEMORABLE MOMENT: They loved the private
evening tour of Vienna's Belvedere Museum,
followed by a classical concert.
CYCLING SLOVAKIA: "Grab an electric bike from the
CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS: "With Crystal, there are
ship and ride along the beautiful riverfront
in Bratislava, Slovakia," Morovati suggests.
always great dining choices," Kempinski says.
"Enjoy lunch at Waterside, the main restaurant; have a special dinner with local wines
in The Vintage Room; or order 24/7 room
TIP: Kempinski recommends booking extra
nights in Vienna early, especially for spring
or fall travel.
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South Africa: An Elegant Adventure
Tauck's 12-day South Africa tour inspires with beyond the ordinary travel experiences that
include private safari drives in prime wildlife areas during 2-night stays at premier game
reserves. Trips run January - December 2018.
Contact your preferred Virtuoso Advisor for details on Tauck's 2018 journeys.