Breakfast was taken in the dining room - a buffet spread that was very extensive; cereals, cold meats, cheeses, breads, cakes, pastries, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs - plus you could order eggs cooked to order. I had a delicious omelette with some German sausage on the side. What was a very nice touch and something I've not seen before was on the tables there was a small "bin" for you to put all your empty wrappers, etc in, rather than leave them on the side of your plate. Also, tea is served in a glass mug on a small tray along with a small glass bowl for you to put your tea bag on - again something I've not seen before and a nice touch - showing Taucks attention to the small details.
Today we were heading on a 1-hour drive up to the top of a high hill to view the Steignerberger Grand Hotel Petersberg. The first hotel here was opened in 1892, and in 1912 it was purchased by Ferdinand Muhlens, the owner of the 4711 Eau-De-Cologne company. After the Second World War the Petersberg was used as the headquarters of the Allied High Commissions, and here on November 22nd of 1949, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Konrad Adenauer signed the "Petersberg Agreement", which largely restored the sovereignty of the Republic. The hotel has also been used as a residence for high-ranking state visitors, such as Queen Elizabeth II, American presidents and the Shah of Iran. The hotel has 88 rooms and 11 suites as well as salons which are furnished with expense works of art. The hotel offers a unique view over the beautiful landscape, a swimming pool and fitness area, a restaurant and a unique large Rhine terrace with a view over the Rhine valley and hills of the Eifel.
We had a brunch here in the opulent dining room, and plenty of time to take photos of the stunning vistas. Tauck like to include different places to visit and to dine at rather then the usual hotels and food onboard all the time. Then it was back on the bus for the return journey back to the MS Treasures.
Back onboard as we set sail for Nijmegan, there was a talk and presentation by the Tauck representatives, also a "Taste of Germany" event - basically beer tasting and a choice of 4 different sausages - followed by a baptising of the new Tauck Tulip - a flower bred especially for Tauck.
In the evening there was supposed to be a BBQ up on deck, but seeing as it had started raining this was brought inside, but was no less delicious for it! A great selection of meats, ribs and fish, accompanied with crisp salads and a cheese board.
After dinner it was off to the Panorama Lounge for music by the German DJ, and then bedtime- it's an early start tomorrow - 8am tour!