Gateway To Black Sea

    Day 1

    Day 1 –Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – Depart Denver, CO; Lufthansa Flight to Frankfurt, Germany

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    GATEWAY TO THE BLACK SEA

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    What a beautiful Indian Summer day on Monument...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany; Transfer to Budapest, Hungary; Board ms River Splendor; Welcome Briefing

    Our flight from Denver was very smooth and we arrived almost 30 minutes early in Frankfurt. At 10:30 we cleared customs, passport control, and then walked to our...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Thursday, October 10, 2013 - City Tour of Budapest; Fisherman's Bastion; Matthias Church; Optional Jewish Heritage Tour

    After a great night’s sleep, we had a fantastic buffet breakfast and then prepared for our day to explore Budapest. The temperature was 57° and humidity was 85 %; we...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Friday, October 11, 2013 - City Tour of Kalocsa, Hungary; Hungarian Lunch; Hungarian Puszta; Folk Show

    During the night we traveled south 88 miles from Budapest to Kalocsa. The boat moved very smoothly in the water, with only the minimal vibrations of the engines to lull us...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Saturday, October 12, 2013- Arrive in Mohacs; Bus to Pécs; City Tour of Basilica of St. Peter & Roman Necropolis; and Museum Quarter

    We had a gorgeous day for our day trip to Pécs; it was 63° and 81% humidity with blue Colorado skies and no clouds...

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    Day 06 - Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Lecture on Croatia; Full Day Tour of Vukovar; Visit Osijek and Home Hosted Lunch; Guitar Concert;

    It is Sunday – we must be in Croatia! We woke up at the port of Vukovar. We had a late morning departure so after our...

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    Day 07 - Monday, October 14, 2013 - Lecture on Yugoslavia; Belgrade Half Day Tour; Visit Kalemegdan Fortress; Optional Tour to Tito’s Memorial and Royal Palace

    We woke up at the Port of Belgrade on the River Sava, a tributary of the Danube. The temperature was 60° and the humidity...

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    Day 08 - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Day on Board; Cruise the Iron Gates of the Danube

    Our day was a “sailing day” as we continued south and east from Belgrade on the Danube. It rained last night and part of the early morning. Early this morning the temperature...

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    Day 09 - Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Cruise to Ruse, Bulgaria; Lecture on the European Union and Eastern Europe; Meet Icon Painter and Orthodox Priest; Dance by Bulgarian Children

    We had to set our clocks ahead one hour last night before we went to bed, we are now on...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Tour to Veliko Turnovo; Tsaravets Hill; Konstantsalieva House; Lunch with Students; Bus to Arbanassi; Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel; Captain's Farewell Party

    We woke up to a hard rain and cold wind, but after breakfast we left the ship at...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Friday, October 18, 2013 - Cruise to Festeşti; Bus Tour to Black Sea; Tour of Constanta; Walk the Promenade; Transfer to Mamaia

    We woke up on Friday morning at 6:30 am, just as we were pulling into the small Port of Festeşti. Our overnight journey of 300...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Disembark ms River Splendor; Motor to Bucharest; City Tour; Visit People's Palace; View Patriarchical and Greek Church; Farewell Dinner

    Our last day on the ship was a bit rushed. The crew was extremely focused on getting the ship ready for the next...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Friday, October 20, 2013 - Flight Home - Bucharest, Frankfurt, Denver

    Our last day in Bucharest and Romania started early. The wake up call was at 2:45 – we gave ourselves a bit of extra sleep time by taking our bags down to the lobby ourselves.

    We...

    Day 14

    EVALUATION

    GATEWAY to the BLACK SEA

    My wife and I took this Vantage Deluxe World Travel river cruise as a means to see the Danube River and the five nations that are part of the watershed of the river. We had done a good bit of research on what different...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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