Friday, September 14, 2012

Melodies of the Danube with Ariel Quintana - Group flight schedules

Here is the group flight schedule with roundtrip economy class tickets for 35 travelers currently confirmed on Lufthansa German Airlines.
Departure to Europe:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Lufthansa LH 457 leaves Los Angeles (LAX) at 02:55 pm, arrives in Frankfurt at 10:40 am on Thursday, April 4, 2013. A bus transfer will bring your group to Passau to board the river cruise
 Return to US:
 Saturday, April 13, 2013, Lufthansa LH 1403 leaves Prague (PRG) at 06:00 am, arrives in Frankfurt (FRA) at 07:20 am. Lufthansa LH 456 departs Frankfurt at 10:00 am, arrives in Los Angeles (LAX) at 12:40 pm.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Your home away from home on the MS Mozart!

The accommodations on the MS Mozart are spacious, comfortably furnished twin staterooms with a large window on the Dorabella deck (lower) or a ceiling-to-floor window opening to a French balcony on the Tamino deck (upper). For your nights on board the Mozart, each cabin provides individually controllable air-conditioning, telephone, TV, hairdryer, WiFi, generous closet space, a desk, as well as a coffee table. Bathrooms include a bathrobe, shower, toilet, cosmetic mirror and storage shelf.
The MS Mozart is a non-smoking ship.

Shaded sun deck, shuffleboard, putting green
Don Giovanni-Deck:
Observation lounge and Don Giovanni Bar, library, on-board shop, Cafe Amadeus, Main Restaurant
Reception, hair dresser, Spa area with pool. Queen-sized/double bed cabins and sofa-bed cabins, all with French balcony.
Please note: the sofa-bed cabins on this deck are already sold out for the Melodies on the Danube Cruise 2013 with Dr. Ariel Quintana!
Queen-sized/double bed cabins, sofa-bed cabins. The cabin windows on this deck cannot be opened.

Room Types:

Queen-sized or double bed cabins

2 sofa-bed cabins

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Protecting Yourself and your Investment

Incantato Tours strongly recommends getting travel insurance for your upcoming journey. Not only are you covered medically should anything happen when traveling, but with TravelGuard's policies, you also protect your investment should you have to cancel or interrupt the trip. Last but not least, there is also coverage for delayed and lost luggage etc.
Here is a direct line to purchase travel insurance online and can you do so with your credit cards and also select the option that is best for you.

In the meantime, have a look at the most comprehensive coverage option The Protect Assist Gold below.

Protect Assist (Gold) -
Comprehensive Travel Protection for the World Traveler
  • Trip Cancellation
  • JUST ADDED! - Trip Cancellation due to employment loss or layoff
    if employed with the same employer 1 year or longer
  • Trip Interruption and Travel Delay
  • Emergency Medical and Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Baggage and Travel Document Protection
  • Baggage Delay and Lost Baggage Tracking
  • NEW - Cancel For Any Reason option now available
  • NEW - Cancel For Work Reasons option now available
  • NEW - Children age 17 and under covered at no additional cost
  • IMPROVED -Trip Cancellation limit increased to $100,000 (from $15,000),
  • IMPROVED - Trip Interruption coverage increased to 150% of Trip Cost
  • IMPROVED - Travel Delay required hours reduced to 5 hours (from 12)

ProtectAssist special features:
  • Best coverage for Weather Related Cancellations
  • Pre-existing Condition Exclusion Waiver*
  • Default/Bankruptcy Protection*
  • $50,000 Flight Accident Insurance*
  • 24-Hour "LiveTravel" Travel Agency
  • Emergency Cash Transfers
  • Identity Theft Restoration

Comprehensive non-insurance travel services* automatically included with plan!With the ProtectAssist plan, every customer also has access to these valuable travel services when they travel:· Arrangements for last-minute flight changes· Hotel finder and reservations· Rental car reservations· Emergency medical assistance· BagTrak® -- lost baggage tracking· Pre-trip health and safety advisories· Live e-mail and phone messaging to family and friends· Cash transfers· Airport transportation· Golf course reservations· Event ticketing· Floral services· Identity Theft restorationBusiness Assistant* (available when Optional Cancel for Work Reasons coverage is purchased)

*Non-Insurance services are provided by AIG Travel Assist.

Citizenship: All Nationalities
Residency: United States
New York, Oregon, and Washington residence please call to purchase
Some rider options are not available and other restrictions may apply

Destination: Worldwide
Ages: All Ages
Max Trip Length: 365 Days

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Join us on the MS Mozart this fall

Vineyards of the Danube: A Special 8-day Epicurian River Cruise with Incantato Leisure Tours

Experience the cultural richness along Europe’s second longest river as you leisurely cruise from Passau, Germany via Austria and Slovakia to Budapest, Hungary and back to Passau. Experience stunning scenery as you travel aboard the grandest cruise ship on the Danube through castle-dotted wine growing areas. Have your senses heightened with the timeless beauty and rich history of cities such as Vienna and Budapest. Sightsee, relax, indulge. Learn first-hand about and taste local wines, beers and foods while you explore some of the most beautiful European cities and regions.

It is all about Tastes!
Sample the many flavors of Central Europe starting with Hungarian Goulash & Bullsblood Wine in Budapest, Pilsner Beer & Dumplings (Slovakia), Wiener Schnitzel and Apple Strudel in the Austrian capital of Vienna with either beer or wine plus Weisswürste mit Bretzeln in Bavaria (Germany), accompanied by Weissbier. Explore the picturesque small towns and major capital cities - and all that without having to pack your bags as you travel through four countries! Meet local wine-makers and brew-masters, hang out with the locals in traditional pubs, at Heurigen and beer gardens.

On Board
Spend seven nights aboard the MS Dertour Mozart, by far the grandest ship on the Danube: a floating 4 star superior hotel and gourmet restaurant all in one. Panoramic windows throughout the ship provide stunning views of Europe’s heartland.

  • Superb 5 Star Service 
  • Gala welcome and farewell dinner   
  • Deluxe breakfast buffet with freshly baked local breads and omelette station, free-flowing sparkling wine and mimosas 
  • Multi-course a la carte gourmet lunches and dinners served in the fine dining restaurant, coffee, tea and an assortment of freshly baked cakes, as well as savory late-night snacks in the lounge 
  • Every meal features culinary masterpieces that highlight the cultures and traditions of the regions using fresh local produce 
  • Get pampered by the highly-professional, yet very caring European crew - be it in the restaurant, at the spa, in the bar...
The Mozart Crew together with Incantato‘s team is at your disposal 24/7 to make this the journey of a lifetime!'

"Vineyards of the Danube" with Incantato Leisure Tours on the MS Mozart


DAY 1 Saturday, October 20, 2012
Welcome aboard the MS Mozart!

Sandra and Ted from Incantato Leisure Tours welcome you aboard the MS Dertour Mozart, alongside the fantastic crew. Your luggage will be brought to your stateroom while you sip on your welcome glass of Champagne. Take a private tour of the ship, have a snack and relax in the Don Giovanni panorama bar & lounge prior to sail-away. A sumptuous four course welcome dinner awaits you this evening as you set sail for Austria. As an Incantato guest, you may enjoy your complimentary first glass of typical local wine with dinner on board every night.

DAY 2 Sunday, October 21
Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey 

Wake up in one of the most beautiful valleys in Austria, the Wachau, named a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique cultural landscape. This stunning stretch of the Danube Valley has been used principally for the cultivation of wines since prehistoric times. You may choose to visit the famous Melk Abbey or just stroll around town prior to a special Incantato tasting of local wine and other spirits. Return to the Mozart for lunch and to continue the journey. Why not take a dip in the pool, get a massage in the Spa or make new friends at happy hour on the sundeck? Tonight’s dinner selections will already give you a taste of Hungary, which awaits you tomorrow. After another gourmet dinner, and once the sun sets over the Danube, your floating hotel will start the journey through Slovakia, where seeing Bratislava by night from the water is a very special treat. Some of you may even want to experience the sunset sail-away from the rooftop as you bid farewell to Austria.

DAY 3 Monday, October 22
Hello Hungary: Esztergom and Budapest

Enjoy breakfast in yet another country, beautiful Hungary. Take a stroll through the ancient capital city of Esztergom with its stunning Cathedral, then arrive in the present capital city of Budapest around lunchtime. Also known as the Paris of the East, Budapest features all the amenities of a metropolis thriving with culture, a rich history and friendly people. You can choose to go on a guided city sightseeing tour or just explore the combined cities of Buda and Pest on your own. The ship is docked just minutes away from many attractions and shops, including the famous Market Hall, Liberty Bridge and pedestrian zone. After dinner, the MS Mozart takes you on a „Lights of Budapest“ cruise and Incantato invites you to a special reception on deck featuring Hungarian drink specialties.

DAY 4 Tuesday, October 23
Dolce Vita Day in Budapest

There is so much to see and do in Budapest that you will enjoy having another full day here. We recommend taking a stroll through the nearby historical Market Hall featuring hundreds of food vendors alongside traditional artisan handicraft shops. An optional excursion to an Estate in the countryside (Puszta) is also offered. Some of you may also want to visit one of the thermal spas or simply relax. In the evening, bid farewell to Hungary and set sail for Slovakia while enjoying your floating hotel. 

DAY 5 Wednesday, October 24
Welcome to Slovakia: Bratislava at leisure

Unlike most other cruises, you won‘t feel rushed on the Mozart as you are given more time at exciting stops such as Slovakia‘s capital city of Bratislava. After an orientation tour of the historical city center, a special Slovakian beer tasting awaits the Incantato group. Learn about and taste the two traditional types from various local breweries. 
Afterward, you have ample time to shop, explore and even get a feeling of Bratislava nightlife since you don‘t have to be back aboard the ship until after 10 pm for sail-away back towards Austria.

DAY 6 Thursday, October 25
Willkommen in Wien: Vienna in-depth

You will wake up in Austria‘s capital city of Vienna or Wien, as the locals say in German. If you are a first time visitor, then we recommend going on the optional guided city tour in the morning. Alternatively, explore the historical center with your Incantato host on a leisurely walk ending at the famous Cafe Sacher. Some of you may want to visit museums, shop or just people watch near the famous Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral. Again, you will have the full day and most of the evening in port to take full advantage of the many attractions Vienna has to offer. 

DAY 7 Friday, October 26
Beautiful Danube Valley 

Visit the picturesque town of Krems where the Mozart is docked until lunch. Taste some of the local products such as Marmelade or Schnapps made from the indigenous Marille, an Austrian apricot, which the region is most famous for. You also have the option of embarking on the excursions to Goettweig Abbey and the riverside town of Duernstein. Today will feature not only one, but two wine-tastings, first off the ship in Krems, and then aboard your floating hotel as the journey continues again along the most scenic part of the Danube towards Passau. A gala farewell dinner awaits you in the ship restaurant followed by entertainment in the panorama lounge.  

DAY 8 Saturday, October 27
Auf Wiedersehen MS Mozart

Prior to bidding farewell to the MS Mozart, enjoy one last breakfast aboard the ship as you sail back to Germany and prepare for disembarking in Passau.

Monday, February 13, 2012

La Comida Española

While traveling in Spain, there might be some types of food that you have not encountered before. Especially the typical Spanish ‘Tapas’, a wide assortment of appetizers or snacks, offer up a great variety of Spanish dishes and foods. Tapas may be cold or warm and were designed to encourage conversation while eating because people do not have to focus upon an entire meal.

Some of the most typical and essential ingredients for any meal are chorizo (spicy sausage),
jamón iberico (Iberian ham) and jamón serrano (cured ham). Ham is cherished in Spain as as much champagne is in France. The process of curing it takes a couple of years. Chorizo is a type of spicy sausage, either sliced thinly and served cold on bread or cut into chunks and cooked.

Another extremely typical Tapas dish and Spain’s very own fast food are patatas bravas. They are chopped, fried potatoes (basically potato wedges) that are covered either in a very spicy tomato sauce or a mayonnaise olive oil garlic sauce.

Speaking of fast food, another one of Spain’s favorites is the tortilla española. The plain ones are simply made with just eggs, potatoes and onions, cooked together in an omelet-type combination, then cut into pie slices and served. Variations include shrimp cooked inside or cheese melted on top.

The last dish often comes as a bit of a shock to people. It looks likes tomato soup, but careful - it is cold! This typical appetizer is a mixture of pureed tomatoes, cucumbers and a few other ingredients, topped with croutons. If you are traveling in
southern Spain, however, be sure to watch out for salmorejo on restaurant menus. This is the regional variation of Gazpacho and a bit more flavorful. A combination of tomatoes, bread, oil, garlic and vinegar, salmorejo is much thicker than Gazpacho because it includes more bread. It is also typically served with diced jamón serrano and diced hard-boiled eggs on top.

Crista’s personal favorites include the tortilla española and the salmorejo. Check out the recipe linked to the tortilla española to try this dish at home. Yum!