Blue Danube Cycling Cruise

Prague to Budapest

Photo Itinerary

On Saturday, July 29 (aka Embark Day) we’ll retrieve stragglers at PRG airport on our way to the Danube. To break up the 3-hour transfer (using spacious picture window coaches instead of cramped bench-seat vans), we’ll pause in historic Pilzn, where the final PreTour event is a quick tour, tasting and early lunch at Pilsner Urquell—where aficionados will never forget their visit to the authentic birthplace of translucent beer—a Pilzn innovation that remains clearly superior to all preceding brews.

By early afternoon we cross the German border to board the Amadeaus Elegant in the Bavarian Village of Vilshofen. Top deck bike assembly occurs as we cruise through locks to reach an early evening professionally-guided walking tour of old Passau—where the soaring cathedral houses the world’s largest pipe organ. Do you think we’ll hear a short performance?

Tonight’s welcoming dinner aboard the Amadeus Elegant is formal—NOT! Because we’ve chartered the entire ship for cyclists, on Santana’s Danube Cruise you won’t be surrounded by elderly cruisers who may be offended if you don’t wear a tie or heels to dinner. On a Santana cruise the only people obliged to wear ties are our waiters.

Our first day of cycling passes through an exotic corner of Bavaria to reach a remarkable segment of Austria. A highlight of most Danube cycling tours is pedaling through the serpentine bends of the Danube’s Shlogen Gorge; a natural preserve that can’t be viewed from a car, bus or train because it’s only wide enough for the river and a paved bike lane. And here is a good example of why copycat Danube Bike Cruises using normal cruise itineraries are less satisfactory. Other cycling cruises, for example, remain tied up in Vilshofen on embark day. They pass through the river locks during the “overnight cruise to Passau.” On the following day the slow-paced seniors on their cruise (who will outnumber cyclists by a 4:1 margin) are happy to spend an entire day in Passau, a town active travelers will cover in two hours. After being stuck for an entire day in both Vilshofen and Passau, those aboard our competitors cruises won’t be able to cycle the Shlogen Gorge due to an “overnight cruise to Linz.” Let’s face facts: other “bike cruise” itineraries aren’t designed by cyclists. It’s easier to use a pre-existing itinerary designed for senior shoppers who need afternoon naps!

Participants who choose the wrong cycling cruise will visit one shopping port per day and charge hundreds of dollars for port fees. Santana’s Danube cruise provides better cycling by using up to 3 ports per day, and includes port fees in the cost of the cruise. Go figure!

Our tailwind ride through the Schlogen Gorge ends 40 miles downriver in Aschach, where the ship ties up to prepare a buffet lunch. The after-lunch ride continues 20-miles to Linz. If your pre-lunch ride was sufficiently long for our tour’s first day of cycling, we provide two other ways to reach Linz. Easiest is to remain aboard for this afternoon’s repositioning cruise. A third option was recommended to us by European Travel expert Rick Steves. Rick’s choice is a chartered coach ride from Aschach to Linz that detours to include a guided tour of KZ Mauthausen; a carefully-preserved remnant of Austria’s German occupation. More gruesome than the camp’s gas chamber is the adjacent hard-labor stone quarry with its prisoners’ Diving Platform and 186-step Stairway of Death. With all 3 of our afternoon options you’ll be able to stroll Linz before reboarding the ship for a twilight cruise that includes gourmet views from our ship’s panoramic dining room. Linz, by the way, is yet another delightful shopping port where other cruises spend an entire day.

Our third day begins in Grein. During our morning ride the ship moves to Melk, where we board for lunch after our guided tours of the town’s famous Abbey. Our afternoon ride pauses for a non-pedaling shuttle up the two-mile 20% driveway to Aggstein Castle, where your admission to the Danube’s most fascinating fortress is included. A nearly-perfect pedaling segment through a swampy nature preserve delivers you to a totally-green ferry crossing. We’ve arranged your passage on a current-powered ferry where you’ll enter a solar powered video room to view a contemporaneous show projected via centuries-old technology.

Can this day get any better? Yes! The final dozen afternoon miles weave through fabled wine villages to end where our ship is tied up for small-group early-evening walking tours that pass through medieval walls to enter a trio of heurigen, each in a small family-owned wine cellar. None of the three totally-authentic places should be confused with a larger Vienese-styled heurigen that’s open to the public and caters to tourists (we’ve saved that for tomorrow night!) On this insightful and unforgettable evening our local non-professional guides can be trusted to get you back to the ship in time for a late dinner (a fourth stop with great food and wine!).

Day four—a bit of a layover day—starts and ends in Vienna. In lieu of cycling this morning’s activity is a visit to Schonbrunn Castle. While half of us enjoy a ticketed tour of a Royal Palace that’s larger and grander than Versailles, the other half will find reserved seats in Schonbrunn’s diminutive Marionetten. Ninety minutes later, we’ll swap venues. Remember the movie Amadeus? Schonbrunn is where a tone-deaf Emperor sequestered an unhappy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To escape the pressure of his incarceration Mozart is said to have found refuge seated within a gaggle of royal offspring (including a young Marie Antoinette) who were schooled by Schonbrunn’s marionettes to appreciate serious Italian opera. After the young Mozart created his own serious Italian operas (including Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro) the aging genius’s final opera was the fantastical and childlike Magic Flute, which is thought to be Mozart’s homage to those afternoons spent in Schonbrunn’s Marionetten. In yet another experience that’s unavailable to a normal cruise passenger, cyclist or tourist, Santana’s command performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute has been shortened to include the highlights. Our version of Mozart’s masterpiece will be hosted and explained by a 22-inch reincarnation of the composer, who will speak English and moves a bit like Pinocchio. Following our morning sessions at Shonbrunn, professionally guided walking tours of old Vienna reveal lots of places to find a late lunch before time on your own that ends when you decide to catch a Danube Tram to it’s turnaround spot near our ship. Alternatively, you could return on our chartered coach for better lunch aboard Wolfgang Lueftner’s Amadeus Elegant. Either way, if you can’t tolerate a day without cycling our early evening group ride loops through the Vienna Woods and pauses for a glass of young wine at the big and touristy heurigen mentioned earlier. Because it’s in a delightful neighborhood and an easy walk from the ship, you can remain for dinner or pedal back to reach the ship in time for its dinner. If you want to return or stay in central Vienna, the tram runs until late and the our ship remains here overnight.

Day five’s cycling connects a pair of capitals: Austria’s Vienna and Slovakia’s Bratislava. On a tour where the shorter routes avoid all the long hills, this is the only day where all the longer routes are just as flat. Our morning exit from Vienna cycles the traffic-free spaghetti-shaped Danube River island that includes a naturalists’ beach. Fifteen miles into our ride most will stop at a bicyclists’ biergarten for ice cream, brewed hot coffee, or a refreshing cold brew flavored with hops (watch the slideshow!). An optional prelunch loop visits a Roman archeological site with its restored victory arch and recently unearthed amphitheater. Lunch is served at a medieval walled town. If you arrive before our ship, take a look at the infamous middle-ages gate tower where a sticky latch in the year 1683 prevented the escape of eight thousand Austrian residents who were cornered and hacked to death after Islamic invaders preparing their famous attack on Vienna breached the defending city’s walls. Today’s after-lunch route crosses a no man’s land between abandoned checkpoints. Here, as recently as 1989, Soviet border guards gunned down civilians who attempted the short sprint to freedom. Less than ten miles beyond the rusted remains of Europe’s iron curtain our afternoon rides end in Bratislava, the youthful and vibrant capital of Slovakia, a recently minted country that’s the Eastern portion of what was formerly Czechoslovakia. If, like many Americans, you’ve never been intrigued by the changing tides of history, I want this tour to be transformative.

Having pedaled a half-dozen miles within Eastern Europe, the day-shorter bike cruises that squandered entire days tied up in Vilshohen, Passau and Linz, will make an overnight dash to reach Budapest. What an incredible shame! For over 2,000 years the Danube River was the European continent’s most important thoroughfare. More than anywhere else in Europe, the Danube is where history occurred. Now that the Iron Curtain has finally been brushed aside, why would anyone want to avoid the beauty, history and great cycling that exists between Bratislava and Budapest? The unavoidable answer is the paucity of souvenir shops!

Santana’s Blue Danube Adventure was created for cycling enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to experience more. The sixth day of our cycling cruise passes deserted collective farms, reawakening centers of history, Esztergom’s massive Basilica and UNESCO heritage sights to reach Hungary’s strategic Danube Bend. A long option visits a hidden valley that now yields some of Hungary’s finest wine and the jewel-like royal castle at Tata, a summer retreat that’s older and far nicer than Camp David.

Twenty five miles above Budapest the Danube descends through a tight switchback. The 1,000-foot summit at the center of the Danube Bend is a strategic location fortified by the Romans. After the Hungarians arrived an early King cleared away the Roman ruins to erect a massive fortress castle. This castle and its underlying village of Visegrad still exist. A later King (who hated the steep hike) built his vacation home below the fortress. This smaller, newer and well-preserved castle dates back to the 13th century. When the King arrived by boat; a knights’ procession guided him to his tower. Rarely open to the public “Solomon’s Tower” now houses the area’s archeological treasures. Like the ancient King, our boat will be met for a procession that will ascend through the cobbled village, enter the usually-locked tower, and climb to the rooftop terrace to enjoy an expansive view, local wine, and an ancient Hungarian snack that’s reminiscent of Pizza. On the way back down, we’ll take time to examine showcases filled with priceless artifacts. In the courtyard, a dozen knights will demonstrate ancient weapons and practiced skills. Not to be confused with the cheesy tourist show you’re now imagining, this is a real castle and these are real knights. The Knights of Visegrad belong to ancient order that predates written history. They own and use deadly weapons, and will guide your use of their weapons after their performance. We’ll return to our ship for a late dinner.

On the seventh day we’ll arrange a ferry to allow an idyllic ride on the long Danube Island that leads to the Artists’ town of Szentendre. If you need to shop for souvenirs, resist temptation until now. The authentic items produced by Szentendre’s artists are better and far less expensive than the stuff you’ll find in Germany, Austria or Budapest. Speaking of Budapest, this is where our ship will serve today’s lunch. After we shower and change it’s a short walk to the Casino where Commie Bigwigs met to enjoy Cuban Cigars and Caspian Caviar. It’s also where Madonna stood on the balcony to sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” during the filming of Evita. After a quick pass through normally locked rooms, it’s time for Santana’s final command performance. We’ll again arrange a combined 45-minute performance of the renowned Rajko Gypsy Orchestra and Hungarian National Folklore Dance Ensemble. Do we need to dress up for this concert? No reason—it’s our private perfomance!

This leads to my answer for those who wrongly imagine smaller groups provide a superior experience. Jan and I have hosted multiple overseas tours with 10-30 participants. With these numbers we can’t charter anything larger than a barge (we’ve tried them; painfully slow vessels that typically cover fewer miles in a week than a cruise ship travels in a single day). Another answer is to charter a small portion of normal tourist cruise. With this “solution” you can’t get a decent itinerary, bring bikes aboard, come to breakfast in lycra, or avoid a dress code for dinner.

Instead of struggling to maintain a group size that can be shuttled in a pair of brightly-painted sag-wagons, Santana’s grander vision for European tours (since 1995) allow us to arrange special receptions and performances. On the Danube we’ll provide Shonbrunn’s Marionetten, Solomon’s Tower, Visegrad Knights’ tourney, and a Budapest performance showcasing Hungary’s most celebrated musicians and dancers. Small groups won’t open any of these normally-closed doors.

On the eighth day (when participants who chose a 7-night cruise head for the airport), a score of professional guides will ride up to our ship on their bicycles. On a low traffic Saturday morning a tour by bike is the very best way to get an overview of Budapest, the city our youthful guides love and are proud to share. My favorite photo from Budapest shows the prearranged mid-morning rendezvous of faster and slower groups that departed the ship at various times and in all directions. On the way back to the ship’s lunch you’ll have time to stop for an in-depth view of your favorite highlight. The rest of the day is all yours. Why not share it with some of your new friends?

On the ninth day (Sunday, August 6) our first airport shuttle will get you to Budapest’s BUD airport in time for the earliest departure. Our final airport shuttle leaves the ship at 8:30 to arrive BUD by 9. Flying with the sun, Americans who depart BUD in the morning will be able to arrive home the same evening. If you wish to spend additional days in Budapest, our post-tour hotel shuttle departs the ship at the “all off” time of 9:00am.

Final notes: Santana’s Blue Danube cruise rates include port fees and expert wash-and-fold laundering of your valuable cycling wear. Select wines and beer are served with lunch and dinner. Hard liquor and lounge drinks are extra, as are the Elegant’s reasonably-priced massage and spa services. Satellite wifi is less expensive than other ships (but just as slow). It’s not unusual to pick up free wifi when docked. Jan and I have never accepted tips. We will, however, collect gratuities for Lueftner’s crew. Our method is to show them an exceptional amount of cash (15 dollars per day per person), and challenge them to earn every cent. They love this game, and have never let us down. For all of Santana’s cruises (since 2006) we impose an off-ship fee to cover our doubled number of tours, guides, admissions, receptions, treats and site fees. For Jan’s Flash Cruise our per person off-ship fee is $380, about half what a typical cruise ship passenger pays for daily excursions.

Will we do this again. Why not? It won’t be in 2018 and prices will return to normal levels. With our no-risk booking portal that will be sent to you sometime in the next few days, the smartest strategy is to book a room and use the following 14 days to check it over with your riding partner. Even if they don’t agree to your romantic proposal for a cruise down the Blue Danube, you’ll be loved for your thoughtful offer that won’t cost you a nickel. Why do we give you two weeks to change your mind? It’s a lot easier than an avalanche of frantic phone calls from people who need to be assure their partner of a final detail (and having them decide after everything’s gone). If you have a question, Jan will be at her desk all next week. She helped design this itinerary, has ridden it five times, and is happy to answer all your questions. My wife’s toll free number at Santana’s tandem factory (still our core business!) is 800/ 334-6136 ext. 116. From outside the North America +1 (909) 596-7570 ext 116.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this tour limited to certain types of bikes or riders.
A: This cycling specific cruise is open to all cyclists and their partners—who do not need to ride.

Q: A bike tour for non-riders?
A: Welcome to an all-new type of vacation. Santana’s cycling cruises allow avid cyclists AND non-cyclists to choose from a daily menu of sublime choices. Cyclists can choose everything from flat-and-short to long-and hilly. Non-riders have a choice too. One choice is to sleep in before enjoying the morning cruise to lunch. The ship has a spa, sunchairs, lounge, library and dozens of attentive crew members. Another choice is to join Sergio, who arrives at the ship each morning with his deluxe touring coach. His oversized limo has view windows and dozens of reclining seats. More than enough room for the non-riders as well as the cyclists who want a day off. Sergio gets to the same highlights as the rides, and then some. This allows riders and their non-riding partners to share the mid-ride attractions. It also allows non riders to reach and explore an extra photo-op, festival or local street market. Cost for cruising, cycling or riding with Sergio is the same.

Q: What if we’ve never been to Europe?
A: If you ask your friends, they’ll probably advise you to begin your first European tour the same way they did: by flying into Paris or London. Because the cities and towns farther east haven’t been inundated by hoards of American tourists, the people you’ll meet on this tour will be far friendlier. And no one could possibly prefer Gatwick or Charles de Gaulle to the cleaner and less-confusing airports in Prague and Budapest. Best of all, when those friends who advised you to follow their lead instead find out that you’ll beat them to Prague, Vienna and Budapest, boy will they be jealous!

Q: What about the cycling?
A: While the typical American cyclist dreams of pedaling the Loire or chasing the Tour, cyclists who actually live in Europe prefer the Danube by a 3-to-1 margin. In the years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, European cyclists have made a ride down the Danube the world’s top-rated point-to-point tour. Whether you ride along the river or climb into the surrounding hills, you’ll pass through picture-perfect villages where the locals are guaranteed to wave and smile. The cycling is scenic and fabulous. The soft tailwinds are a bonus.

Q: Will I have to ride on bike paths?
A: Unlike most paths in the US, those along both sides of the Danube are clean and well-maintained. Instead of a narrow obstacle course with too many weaving beginners, bike paths in Europe are used by competent and conscientious cyclists who can ride a straight line— and along the Danube nearly all will be riding in the same downhill and downwind direction. But if you’d rather use parallel roads, that’s fine too. Because European motorists (even the bus and truck drivers) are all bike riders themselves, conflicts with vehicles are less of a problem than in the U.S. If flat rides become too boring, turn up a small road to explore the hills that rise to 900 feet above the Danube (which really is blue). And while we’ll provide great maps, finding your way is too easy. Just turn your tandem downhill, coast to the river, and follow the current until you find the nicest cruise ship (the one with bikes parked on the top deck).

Q: What if I’m a beginner, or haven’t ridden in years?
A: After a month of weekend training rides, any healthy non-cyclist (even a 75-year old) can get in good enough shape to finish every morning’s easiest ride. Since the easiest routes use bike paths that are off-limits to our SOS van, you’ll need to learn how to fix a flat tire. The other easy requirement is that you don’t start rides that are beyond your ability. If you’re tired or sore from the previous day, join the non-riders!

Q: Are Santana’s tours challenging enough for strong riders?
A: It’s true that Jan and Bill McCready produce cycling tours for people who want to do more than spend countless hours in the saddle. And when the next downhill-and-downwind day on the Danube seems too daunting, a few couples will elect to remain on our cruise ship. If you want to test your strength and endurance, on a few days you’ll be able to ride with Wolfgang—the strongest tandemist you’ll ever follow. Think we’re kidding? Just try to beat him to the top of a hill! And when you fail, don’t worry—Wolfgang always waits at the top, and then cheerfully guides his “Wolf Pack” to the base of following climb. Fit riders invariably love their days with Wolfgang (and some can “hang-in” for two or even three days in a row).

Q: Isn’t Eastern Europe drab, dangerous or unhealthy?
A: It is true that the Soviet occupation of three of the countries we’ll visit was a brutal period of physical and mental subjugation; and that the very buildings became grey with grime and neglect. But in the span of European history, where the buildings at village- and city- centers are 200-500 years old, the Soviet occupation was (thankfully) too brief to destroy the underlying architecture. Because there wasn’t enough money to build something new, recently-restored sections of Prague and Budapest are often prettier and more authentic than what you’ll find at the centers of modern London, Paris or Rome. And the vitality of these proud peoples now freed from decades of depressing domination is something that needs to be witnessed NOW, while the spirit of freedom is still fresh. Dangerous? People should not confuse the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary with portions of the former Yugoslavia, which fell into civil war or experienced ethnic cleansing. With the exceptions of their famous anti-Soviet uprisings in 1955 (Hungary) and 1968 (Prague), the “Eastern” countries on this tour have not seen armed violence since 1945. Arguably safer than the U.K. or France, there have been no riots or terrorist bombings. All five countries are members of the European Union; and are subject to health and food-safety laws that are stronger than those in the U.S.

Q: What if I’m a picky eater?
A: Just let Robert know. Santana’s famous “consulting chef” will work with the kitchens and wait-staff to make sure offending items don’t appear on your plate. But if you don’t have food allergies or religious taboos, please don’t crimp the creativity of the artists who will orchestrate our unending overture of the finest regional cuisine.

Q: What if I don’t drink?
A: Because it’s part of the regional culture, our dinners include local beers and wine. To abstain, simply turn your wine glass upside down. Our waiters will then know to ask you what you’d like instead—sodas, fruit drinks, milk, coffee and teas will be available with all meals.

Q: What if I get seasick?
A: Unlike huge ocean-liners or narrow river-barges, wide flat- bottomed river cruisers don’t pitch or rock. Motion sickness is impossible.

Q: Is it noisy, smelly or uncomfortable
A: The Amadeus Elegant, launched in 2011, is nothing like a river barge. All staterooms have individual thermostats, panoramic view windows, large private baths, soundproofed walls, and twin or euro-king mattresses with high-thread-count sheets and comfy duvets. Austrian-owned, the spotlessly clean Amadeus Elegant is a 5-star (highest-rating) non-smoking cruise-ship with English speaking crew and wait-staff.

Q: What if I suffer from claustrophobia?
A: By cruise ship standards all 76 staterooms are huge; plenty of room for the king width bed (that can be separated into a pair of full-width twins), coffee table, pair of chairs, a bit of desk space and even a color TV with English-language movies and CNN. After you unpack all your clothes into the wardrobe and dresser with drawers, you’ll stow your empty luggage under the bed.

Q: What’s the next step.
A: A secure booking portal, operated by PayPal and open all hours, allows you to reserve your space on a RISK FREE basis. You’ll then have two full weeks to talk it over and clear your schedule. If you change your mind within fourteen days send an email to Matt@SantanaAdventures.com for a prompt reversal of the PayPal transaction.

Q: When will more money be due?
A: Two subsequent payment checks are due in January and April. We’ll send reminders. Your personal check is fine.

Q: And the Pretour?
A: Our two and three night pre-tours in Prague are a magnificent way to ease yourself through jet-lag before you build or ride your tandem or singles. Details on this inexpensive option will be presented later this summer. PreTours are ordered and paid via PayPal, which allows you to use any major credit card.

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Amadeus Elegant

Amadeus Elegant

The AMADEUS Elegant certainly lives up to its name: with the famous pointed bow, and measuring 110 m in length and 11.4 m in breadth the newest flagship fits in perfectly with the traditional elegance of the majestic AMADEUS fleet. The vessel accommodates up to 150 passengers in its extremely comfortable 67 cabins and 9 AMADEUS suites. A crew about forty strong are on hand to meet their every wish in an atmosphere of total relaxation. The bright, modern and inviting standard cabins have a floor area of 15 m² (161 sq.ft.), giving passengers a space of their own with all the accoutrements and pleasant touches of an ocean-going cruise liner.

Although older river cruise ships have bunks and windowless interior rooms, the Amadeus Elegant doesn’t.
Even the least expensive staterooms at the aft section of the lowest level of the Haydn deck, come with a panoramic view window four times wider than a traditional porthole. To enjoy a brighter room with tripled window area a per-person upcharge of $500 moves you up to an aft stateroom on the ship’s middle level Strauss Deck. Instead of the Haydn deck’s fixed windows, all rooms on the upper two decks feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a French Balcony. To obtain the superior views over levees, locks and docks, a per-person upcharge of $300 moves you up the final level to a Mozart deck stateroom. Rooms on the Mozart deck are a flight of stairs closer to the ship’s public areas, lounges and sundeck. Except for windows and location, the boat’s 67 staterooms have identical floorspace, furnishings and amenities. In addition to Mozart staterooms, the top deck also has 9 Mozart suites.

MS Amadeus Elegant

Staterooms 68
Suites 8
Year Built 2010
Length 110 m
Speed 25 km/h
Crew 40

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Haydn Deck Spacious room with a wide window located high on the wall $4495* Yes
Haydn Aft Spacious room with a wide window located high on the wall $4195* 2 Left
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Our comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $380 per person covers off-ship activities, ride-support, site fees, admissions, performances, receptions, and guides.
Mandatory shipboard gratuities for Lueftner’s crew of $15 per-person per-day ($120 per-person) will be collected at the event.
Because cruise ship charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-with-a-deposit commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out, for any reason. This is the same policy that existed on all but 1 of Santana’s 17 previous cruises. While preparing for our 2009 Danube event, I neglected to include the following provision (shown below). That’s the year a group of friends, after verbally agreeing to pay in full and then stringing Jan along for many months, decided to cancel their plans. Lesson learned!
As you can only have received this link by having been a part of our waitlist, you have had time to think over this trip, it’s expenses, and your schedules. Your initial deposit is refundable for 14 days. Unless you cancel in writing within those 2 weeks, the following applies:
Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on Rallies and Tours, Santana’s Cruises are non-cancelable, non-transferable, and non-refundable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard Trip Insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without a single complaint. An informative application is available upon request; and further information is available online.