You know river cruising has become an increasingly intriguing way to see Europe when Mr. Italy himself Steve Perillo of Perillo Tours is choosing to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Italy touring company his grandfather founded with a Danube river cruise.
“I’ve always wanted to do a Danube cruise, and the quality of this itinerary is matched only by the elegance of the riverboat selected for the voyage,” said Perillo, who will be hosting a cruise along the Danube River on the 118-passenger Swiss Emerald this fall.
The cruise marks the first time the Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based Perillo Tours, which specializes in Italy, and offers trips to Hawaii and Israel, will be offering a river cruise.
The ship being chartered, the Swiss Emerald, launched in 2006 and is operated by Tauck World Discovery. It has 14 suites at 300 square feet each, and seven junior suites ranging from 150 to 183 square feet.
All staterooms feature a plasma TV, mini-bar, radio, safe, hair dryer, adjustable air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, l’Occitane toiletries and terry cloth robes and slippers. The ship also houses a restaurant, rear Lido lounge, fitness center, sun deck with a Jacuzzi, bar and lounge, library and boutique.
The Oct. 4-16 cruise sails through Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Salzburg, Durnsteain and Linz in Austria; Passau and Regensburg, Germany; and the Czech capital of Prague.
It begins with a two-night stay at the InterContinental in Budapest, where Perillo will welcome guests with a dinner and reception.
Prices for the Perillo river cruise start at $4,590 per person including daily breakfast and most lunches and dinners. Also included are entertainment, museums and attractions, service charges, taxes, airport transfers and gratuities. Dining is open seating with complimentary wines. Free Internet access will be provided.
See www.perillotours.com for details.