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The Blue Danube 2018
(Eastbound)

12 days with Tauck  Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this River Cruise


  • Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Single travelers receive $1,000 per person off the single supplement of select river cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some offers are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Prague - private evening at Lobkowicz Palace
A transfer is included from Václav Havel Airport Prague or the Praha Hlavni Nadrazi train station to the InterContinental Prague in the heart of the city. Tauck brings you inside Prague's soaring cathedrals and city architectural riches with sightseeing hosted by local guides. Begin your amazing Danube adventure with a Tauck Exclusive - a royal welcoming reception, tour and dinner at 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle. Immerse in an evening of classical cultural treasures - music and art played an important role in the aristocratic world of the Lobkowicz family. (D)

Day 2 Legacy of many centuries in Prague
Start your exploration of Prague this morning with a choice of walking tours through Prague's ethereal Old Town, choosing between a "walk through the centuries" including a visit to St. Agnes Convent, or the city's poignant Jewish sites in Josefov, the historic Jewish Quarter (ask at booking about dates that cannot visit inside the Jewish Heritage sites as they are closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidays; in those cases, alternate sightseeing will be offered). This afternoon, explore the ancient Hradcany (Castle) district on a guided excursion that takes you to 1,000-year-old Prague Castle's complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens; the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus; and the grand Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery, where a private tour is a Tauck Exclusive. Sample the culinary pleasures of Prague with dinner on your own tonight; the city's many fine restaurants and cafés feature a wide range of cuisines... and some of the best schnitzels, goulashes, strudels, dumplings and beer the region has to offer. Tomorrow - your Danube river cruise begins.Tomorrow - your Danube river cruise begins. (B)

Day 3 Regensburg / Embark your riverboat
You may choose to remain in Prague for a morning spent exploring as you please, or drive to the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg, whose roots stretch back to Roman days. Enjoy a little free time upon arrival, perhaps visiting the Gothic Dom St. Peter and opting for some of the town's famous Bavarian sausage for lunch on your own. The best way to explore this treasure-trove of history is on foot, as our local guide leads you on a walking tour that includes the Steinerne Brücke, a medieval stone bridge over the Danube; the 15th-century town hall; and the remains of the town's Roman wall. Depart Regensburg and continue on to Vilshofen, where you'll board your riverboat to launch your 7-night Blue Danube River cruise. Join your shipmates and crew at a welcome reception and dinner aboard the riverboat tonight. (B, D)

Day 4 Engelhartszell & cycling along the Danube
Take in the views from your riverboat's sun deck, lounge, or the windows of your outside cabin as your ship glides along the mighty Danube this morning. Your first port of call on your cruise is Engelhartszell, a pretty town on the Danube in Upper Austria. Enjoy a guided walking tour plus visits to several private homes and a taste of local cake, sweets and coffee. If you wish, join us for an optional bicycle ride along the Danube before continuing your cruise this afternoon, bound for Linz; after arrival, the musical trio Donau3Klang entertains onboard this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Linz
With your riverboat docked in Linz today, choose your preferred activity - go on a full-day excursion to Salzburg, Austria, to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or remain in Linz. A setting for "The Sound of Music," Salzburg is enticing with Baroque architecture, painted wrought-iron signage, ornate church towers, and grand palaces. Our walking tour explores Old Town, Mirabell Gardens, and Mozart's birthplace. Enjoy time on your own to have lunch and experience the sights as you wish; Salzburg holds an important place in the cultural fabric of Austria. Alternatively, travel with us through beautiful landscapes to Cesky Krumlov, which has been called a living gallery of elegant Renaissance-era buildings. Also graced with an incredibly well-preserved medieval heritage and charming ambiance, the town has earned its coveted designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic importance and physical beauty. A walking tour takes you to part of Krumlov Castle; it's worth climbing the many steps to see firsthand the medieval, Renaissance and Rococo design found inside, along with the stunning views of the town below. A third option today provides an opportunity to remain in Linz for time explore as you please on your own before returning to the riverboat for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Wachau Valley cruise to Dürnstein
Continue your Blue Danube River cruise through the Wachau Valley, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval landscapes. Dock in Dürnstein for a closer look at its 16th-century Baroque houses and 13th-century Romanesque church on a walking tour along cobblestone streets, or join us for a bicycle ride in the Wachau Valley. If you wish, visit the Augustinian Monastery. Enjoy some free time in this charming riverside town - perhaps taking an invigorating climb up the steps to the ruins of Kuenringerburg, a hilltop castle above the town where Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades, from which the views of the river and valley are glorious - and sample the fruits of the Wachau Valley vineyards during a wine tasting at an authentic Austrian tavern. The riverboat departs early evening for Vienna; enjoy a crew show onboard tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Vienna as you please
Your riverboat arrives overnight in Vienna, Austria, where you'll get an overview of this former capital of the old Habsburg Empire - and one of Europe's grandest cities - on a morning walking tour focusing on either medieval Vienna or the Jewish district of old Vienna, or a bike ride in the city. The rest of the day is yours to explore this famous city as you please. Later, nothing compares to the royal treatment and pageantry you'll experience tonight at our private Imperial Evening in the Palais Pallavicini, an opulent, private Viennese palace that played a role in the 1940s film noir classic The Third Man. Welcome cocktails and dinner precede an unforgettable spectacle of beautiful ball gowns and a musical performance celebrating the legacy of Mozart. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Vienna sightseeing & on to Slovakia
A choice of sightseeing this morning features a tour of the Habsburgs' Schönbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian cultural treasure, or the amazing Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg, Austria's official presidential residence. Then, shuttles are at the ready to bring you back to the riverboat before our afternoon cruise to neighboring Slovakia. Dinner tonight introduces you to a glimpse of daily life in Slovakia with a taste of regional cuisine and an onboard performance by a talented troupe of Slovak dancers. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Baroque in Bratislava
Our local expert comes onboard to share insider anecdotes about ancient Bratislava - today the capital of modern Slovakia - before you embark on a walking tour of the city's cobblestoned, vehicle-free historic center. See 17 centuries of history eloquently chronicled in sites including its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall and St. Martin's Cathedral. Back aboard ship, get ready to celebrate tomorrow's arrival in Budapest and the end of your Danube riverboat cruise with a farewell reception and dinner onboard. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Disembark in Budapest & explore Buda
Disembark your riverboat this morning in Budapest. Once the two independent cities of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube, Hungary's capital is blessed with architecture known for its grandeur and style. Take a guided walking tour of the city's hilly Buda section this morning, seeing Castle Hill, Fishermen's Bastion, and Matthias Church (may be closed on some days), followed by lunch at a local café. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city. (B, L)

Day 11 Discover Pest & celebrate at the Akadémia Club
The Pest side of the city reveals itself to you today with views of Heroes' Square - bounded by some of the finest architectural works in Hungary - and sightseeing including the spectacular Parliament building and tree-lined Andrassy Avenue. There may be some surprises in store on a special visit to the opulent State Opera House, opened in 1884, with its gilded vaulted ceiling, murals, royal boxes and three-ton chandelier. Conclude your Danube River cruise adventure by spending the afternoon exploring what interests you most in Budapest; you may want to stroll along fashionable Váci Utca, one of the city's grandest boulevards. Tonight's special farewell dinner is at the grand Akadémia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a fitting regal finale for your cruise along the "River of Kings." (B, D)

Day 12 Journey home
Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport or the Keleti train station; allow a minimum of three hours for check-in at the airport. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • All-inclusive 7-night cruise with two nights on land in Prague and Budapest
  • Exclusive dinner and evening at a private palace in Vienna
  • Private tour and dinner at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague
All This Included
Glide past fairy-tale castles and medieval villages on our popular Blue Danube River cruise. Explore Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava and Budapest - plus the castle-studded Wachau Valley - taking in views of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Attend a private Imperial evening with dinner and music at a palace in Vienna... a wine tasting in Dürnstein... spend a day in Mozart's Salzburg or medieval Cesky Krumlov... take an exclusive private tour of Baroque monastery libraries in Prague... discuss contemporary issues and historic events in Slovakia with a resident expert... and enjoy evenings of cultural entertainment on and off your riverboat. In Vienna, see the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg or tour opulent Schönbrunn Palace. Admire frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture as you spend two nights each in Budapest and Prague in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces... it's a Blue Danube River cruise to remember!
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $2,974 Value!
  • Two nights each in Prague and Budapest at centrally located hotels in the heart of the cities
  • Tauck Exclusive - Private Imperial Evening at a palace in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers
  • Tauck Exclusive - Private aperitif and dinner in Prague at Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle
  • Tauck Exclusive - A private tour of Prague's Baroque libraries, Strahov Monastery
  • Choice in Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg
  • Choice of a full day in Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov
  • Evenings of local performing artists and classical music aboard the riverboat
  • Special Solo Traveler Savings - No Single Supplement in Category 1: On all departures, the single price in Category 1 is the same as the double price - no single supplement, which means savings of up to 50% for solo travelers!
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 27 meals (11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners); select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Accommodations on this Tour
Prague: InterContinental Prague
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Savor or ms Joy
Budapest: The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Land / cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, beer and wine with lunch and dinner aboard ship, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, as well as on all included meals.
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • Note: Tours of May 17, October 4 will embark the riverboat in Straubing, Germany.
  • Itinerary Changes – Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. East and west itineraries are similar. Museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays. This cruise includes a fair amount of walking in each city.
  • Shore Excursion Selection: Tauck will contact guests 60 days prior to departure to assist with shore excursion selections.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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