Day 1 Arrive Berlin Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, Hotel Adlon Kempinski. A transfer is included upon arrival at Berlin Airport or Berlin Central Train Station to the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Settle in, then join us for a special welcome dinner where a local expert shares a personal perspective of life behind the Iron Curtain. (D)
Day 2 A choice of Berlin city sights
In the years since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Berlin – once again the capital of a reunified Germany – has emerged as one of the most exciting cities in the world. Explore it on your choice of excursions today – a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island for guided museum tours of either the Pergamon Museum (on a private early-opening visit) or the Neues Museum; or an in-depth tour of Berlin’s Jewish Heritage sites. Everyone meets up for lunch and a boat ride, followed by an afternoon and evening at leisure to explore Germany’s vibrant capital as you wish. (B, L)
Day 3 Berlin or historic Potsdam
Today you can choose to experience Berlin and environs from one of three perspectives. One is a guided visit to the nearby Baroque city of Potsdam, where the WWII-in-Europe-ending treaty was signed, now attractively rebuilt after its wartime losses and a showcase of beautiful gardens and grand palaces. Your second choice explores World War II history in Berlin, from the Reichstag to the Holocaust Memorial; and a third choice, also in Berlin, offers an opportunity to learn more about the unification of the Cold War-split city through a tour of contrasting sights and stories. Spend the remainder of the day as you please; if you wish, take an optional bicycle ride to see Berlin from a different, modern-day perspective. (B)
Day 4 Embark your riverboat in Regensburg
A ride aboard the fast train speeds you from Berlin to the well-preserved medieval city of Regensburg, which boasts more than 1,400 historic structures. Following a brief walking tour of town that includes the Dom (cathedral), the market and 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (a medieval stone bridge over the Danube that’s the oldest surviving bridge of its kind in the country), embark your riverboat this afternoon. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard as the ship departs for Straubing, and enjoy evening entertainment in the lounge. (B, D)
Day 5 Straubing or a BMW factory tour
Wake up this morning aboard your riverboat in Straubing. An ancient settlement that dates back to 6,000 BC and is steeped with Roman roots, Straubing is a quintessential Bavarian city. You can choose to explore it on a morning walking tour followed by some free time on your own, or set off on an excursion to a nearby working BMW factory to see the modern operations of one of Germany's leading automakers firsthand. Return to the riverboat in Straubing for lunch onboard (or, if you wish, on your own in town), and an afternoon and evening of cruising to Vilshofen, where you'll be docked overnight, then tomorrow to Passau. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Passau by bike or on foot
Your riverboat arrives in Passau today for a choice of ways to explore this riverside town. Once a Roman outpost at the confluence of three rivers, Passau is over 2,500 years old, a Bavarian town of pastel patrician houses, cafés, romantic cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenades. You can choose to discover its storybook mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and German Gothic architecture on a guided walking tour, or on a bicycle excursion accompanied by a local guide; see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the hilltop fortress where Passau’s prince-bishops once resided, and the 14th-century Rathaus (Town Hall). After returning to the riverboat for lunch, spend the afternoon and evening cruising, bound for Linz, Austria – enjoying the chef's signature dinner followed by a crew show tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Lovely Linz & the lakes of Austria
Welcome to Austria, a land of great musical traditions, alpine beauty and Imperial lifestyles. Wake up this morning in Linz, inhabited since Roman times and one of Austria’s leading cultural centers. Today you may choose to stay in town and join our local guides for a walking tour of Old Town Linz, then hop aboard the historic mountain tram to Pöstlingberg for panoramic views of the countryside and time at leisure to visit the beer gardens or the pilgrimage basilica. Alternatively, you may choose to spend a full day in the Salzkammergut Lake District – enjoying a boat ride across a lake, a scenic journey by coach to Lake Wolfgangsee, and a visit to St. Wolfgang in Salzkammergut to see the famous Gothic winged altar in its 14th-century church. Onboard this evening, join your Tauck Cruise Director for Game Night or enjoy entertainment in the lounge. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Krems and Wachau Valley Wines
Arrive in the 1,000-year-old city of Krems this morning, located at the beginning of the Wachau Valley, celebrated for its exquisite Austrian wines. You may choose a walking tour through town with a local guide, or a bicycling excursion through the Krems area and the lush vineyard-lined landscapes of the Wachau Valley. This afternoon’s wine tasting excursion offers an authentic taste of the grape and reveals time-honored secrets of the Austrian winemakers. It’s on to Vienna this afternoon, where an evening arrival offers you the opportunity to see the city at night. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Vienna, Past and Present
The Austrian capital of Vienna is a compact city with an abundance of important sights, like former Habsburg family palaces including the Hofburg (the former Imperial Court), Belvedere and Schönbrunn palaces, graced by gardens and gilded treasures. The city’s historic Jewish Quarter, Judenplatz, is in the heart of the city, and Vienna’s contemporary center, including the new Hauptbahnhof and the university campus, is also nearby. You will have a choice of exploring the city’s Jewish Heritage sites, contemporary sights or Schönbrunn on different excursions with our local guides. Spend the afternoon as you like, then dress for an exclusive royal dinner at the private Palais Pallavicini with sparkling entertainment, a highlight of your cruise! (B, L, D)
Day 10 Choice of discoveries in Imperial Vienna
Today you'll explore more of this amazing city – once the capital of the Habsburgs' Austro-Hungarian Empire – with an on-tour choice of a guided visit to Austria's Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum), documenting the history of Austria's armed forces; or an exclusive opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal at a Vienna palace as an orchestra prepares for a performance, in the city considered by many to be the classical music capital of Europe. Return to the ship for lunch or stay in Vienna to enjoy lunch as you please. Your riverboat departs this afternoon for the final night of your cruise, bound for Budapest; join us onboard for a farewell reception followed by dinner tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Budapest & Journey Home Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary.A transfer is included from the riverboat to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport or the Keleti train station. Flights home should not be booked before 11:30; allow a minimum of three hours for check-in at the airport. Guests who have booked a post-stay in Budapest may enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour featuring both the Buda and Pest sections of the city, including the Castle district and Fisherman's Bastion. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Gala Imperial Evening in a private Viennese palace
All This Included
History takes center stage in Berlin and the cities you'll visit on a weeklong Danube River cruise – Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest and more. Your Danube cruise is preceded by three nights in Berlin, chronicling past political divides with a look back at Iron Curtain curfews, Jewish hardships and wartime woes – while cultural narratives in the museums on Museum Island showcase an evolution of art through the ages. After exploring and boarding your Tauck riverboat in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns, set off on a 7-night cruise. You'll discover picturesque Bavarian towns like cobblestoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC, where you'll take a walking tour or visit a BMW factory, and Passau, a quintessential Bavarian town at the confluence of three rivers. Crossing into Austria, stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District; explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle. In grand Vienna, enjoy two full days of sightseeing choices and attend an evening at a private palace, and conclude your cruise in glorious Budapest, straddling the Danube.
All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,508
Meeting a local resident in Berlin who shares a personal perspective about life behind the Iron Curtain
Wine tasting at a vineyard in the bountiful Wachau Valley
Sightseeing your way on a choice of guided excursions in Berlin, Kelheim, Straubing and Vienna – all included
A mountain tram ride to Pöstlingberg for panoramic views or a boat ride in Austria’s Lake District
Bicycle rides in Berlin and Wachau
A visit to the Tatra Mountains resort town of Zakopane or a guided tour of Kazimierz and Schindler’s Factory, today a museum
Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
Airport and train transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
31 meals; select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Accommodations on this Tour
Berlin: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
Cruising: cabin onboard ms Savor or ms Joy
Cabin upgrades are available.
Tour has optional activites which may incur additional costs.
Land / cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks, 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.
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. 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.