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The Blue Danube featuring Oberammergau 2020
(Westbound)

13 days with Tauck  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Begin your adventure in Budapest
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport or the Keleti train station to the Kempinksi Hotel Corvinus Budapest in the heart of the city along the Danube River. Join us for a cocktail reception and dinner tonight at the grand Akadémia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences set right on the river - a special Tauck experience. (Dinner)

Day 2 Discover the landmarks & stories of Pest
Once the 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. This morning, explore the Pest side of the city on a tour including City Park and Heroes' Square - bounded by some of the finest architectural works in Hungary - and a special visit to the opulent State Opera House, opened in 1884, with its royal boxes, gilded vaulted ceiling, exquisite murals and three-ton chandelier. Later, you have a choice of a themed walking tour that focuses on the Hungarian Revolution and includes the Parliament building, the Embassy and St. Stephen's Basilica; a guided visit to Dohány Synagogue; or a guided bicycle tour in Budapest. The afternoon and evening are free for you to pursue what interests you most in Budapest, as you get set to cruise the Danube tomorrow. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Explore Buda and embark your riverboat
Head up to Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Danube on the Buda side of the city, for sightseeing and lunch at a local café. See Fisherman's Bastion, with its Neo-Romanesque design, and admire the stained glass windows and centuries of history in the 14th-century, late-Gothic Matthias Church (may be closed on some days due to services). Board your riverboat this afternoon in Budapest, and meet your crew at the welcome reception followed by dinner this evening, as you begin to cruise the Danube River aboard ms Joy or ms Savor, bound for Bratislava, Slovakia. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Baroque in Bratislava
Our resident expert takes you inside contemporary Slovakia and Bratislava for a look at the region's politics, economy, religion, social order, preservation and emergence of the arts. After lunch aboard the riverboat, you'll have a choice of exploring Bratislava's cobblestoned, vehicle-free historic city center on a walking tour - seeing 17 centuries of history eloquently chronicled in its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, and St. Martin's Cathedral - or setting off on a bicycling excursion through the city's "Iron Curtain Area." Back on board the riverboat, dinner tonight introduces you to a glimpse of daily life in Slovakia with a taste of regional cuisine and an a performance by a talented troupe of Slovak dancers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Exploring Vienna & an Imperial Evening
Your riverboat arrives overnight in Vienna, Austria, where an introductory tour of this former capital of the old Habsburg Empire - and its grand boulelvard, the Ringstrasse - precedes a walking tour focusing on your choice of either medieval Vienna or the Jewish district of old Vienna, or on 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 opulent Palais Pallavicini, a private Baroque palace in Vienna that film buffs may have spotted 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 A choice in Vienna and journey to Dürnstein
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 for a cruise through Austria's Wachau Valley; glide past castles and abbeys to medieval Dürnstein, where you'll arrive late this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7 Picturesque Dürnstein and the Wachau Valley
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; you may also choose to tour a local monastery, or take a bicycle ride. 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. Sample the fruits of the Wachau Valley vineyards during a wine tasting at an authentic Austrian tavern. Back aboard, you'll continue to cruise the Danube River through the Wachau Valley, Austria's lush wine-growing region that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval landscapes, to Linz; after dinner onboard, enjoy a show put on by members of the riverboat crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Salzburg sights or Cesky Krumlov
Your boat stays docked in Linz today, with a choice of how you spend your day - full-day excursions to Salzburg (Austria), or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or remaining 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, perhaps taking the funicular to see the fortress overlooking the town; Salzburg holds an important place in the cultural fabric of Austria. Or 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Engelhartszell & cycling along the Danube
Wake up this morning in Engelhartszell, a pretty town on the Danube in Upper Austria. After a visit to a local private home (and a taste of local cake, sweets and coffee), you'll have a choice of a walking tour of town including 18th-century Engelhartszell Abbey and Danube World, or a guided tour of the Jochenstein Lock on the Danube, through which ships navigate through the Wachau Valley. Following lunch aboard the riverboat, you may, if you wish, join us for an optional bicycle excursion along the Danube (a fairly rigorous bike ride, for experienced cyclists only). Take in the views from the sun deck, lounge, or the windows of your outside cabin as your riverboat glides into Germany, bound overnight for your final destination, Vilshofen; enjoy a farewell reception followed by dinner onboard tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Disembark Vilshofen for Oberammergau region
The cruise portion of your trip concludes when you disembark your riverboat in Vilshofen and travel overland for a two-night stay in Bavaria's Oberammergau region, in anticipation of tomorrow's spectacle of the once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. Settle into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon and evening as you please. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 11 The Passion Play
Begin the day with a walking tour of the village of Oberammergau this morning with a local guide, followed by some free time to explore as you please. Early afternoon marks the beginning of one of Europe's most beloved and venerable traditions, the 2020 performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play (or Passionsspiele) depicting the story of the Passion of Christ. In the 1630's, as the plague raged throughout Europe, the people of Oberammergau vowed to perform a play about the life of Jesus Christ every ten years if they were spared from the epidemic... and they have kept their promise. Enjoy Tauck's premier seating – in the best category available – for the performance, beginning early afternoon; following a dinner break, the play continues into the evening. An English libretto is provided to enhance your enjoyment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 12 Discovering Munich
Depart the Oberammergau region and travel to the famed Bavarian city of Munich for an overnight stay. Embark with your local guide on a city sightseeing tour this morning that introduces you to many of Munich's iconic sights, perhaps viewing the Marienplatz, Old Town, the Altes Rathaus, the rebuilt Frauenkirche and St. Mary's Column. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Munich as you please. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner to cap an extraordinary Oberammergau experience with Tauck! (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 13 Journey home
Tour ends: Munich, Germany. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Westin Grand Hotel Munich to Munich Airport or Munich Hauptbahnhof train station. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for check-in. (Breakfast)
 
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Private Imperial Evening at a palace in Vienna featuring a gala dinner and Viennese performers
  • Premier seating in the best available category at the Passionsspiele
All This Included
Along the "river of kings"... medieval castles and Gothic cathedrals... charming riverside villages... the Imperial treasures of the Habsburgs... lush Wachau valley vineyards... the music of Mozart... It happens once, every ten years… when, as they have for nearly four centuries, the citizens of a little village in the Bavarian Alps come together to create a unique and moving performance event that travelers the world over come to see… On this cruise, you become part of the experience when you witness the power and pageantry of the Oberammergau Passion Play! 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... 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 a night in Munich and two nights in Budapest in city-center hotels, checking out remarkable bridges, cathedrals, museums, and grand Habsburg palaces... it's a Blue Danube River cruise to remember!
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions – $4,205 Value!
  • One night in Munich and 2 nights in Budapest at centrally located hotels in the heart of the cities
  • Premium accommodations in ideal locations
  • 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
  • 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
  • 30 meals; select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Savor or ms Joy
Oberammergau: Hotel Blaue Gams
Munich: The Westin Grand Munich
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.
  • Tour of May 17 will stay at the Schillinghof in Bad Kohlbrub nights 2 & 3; tour of June 14 will stay at the Ludwig Hotel in Ettal nights 2 & 3, and at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest nights 11 & 12; tour of August 23 will stay at the Riessersee Garmish-Partenkirchen nights 2 & 3. Please note that these exception hotels are subject to change.
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • 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.
  • 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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