Day 1 Arrive Krakow Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, Sheraton Grand Krakow. A transfer is included to the Sheraton Grand Krakow from Saint John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice or Kraków Main Train Station. Settle into your hotel, then join us for a memorable Tauck experience – a fascinating descent down a shaft into the nearby historic Wieliczka Salt Mine for an underground welcome reception and dinner. If you wish, you can choose to take a robust walking tour of the mine prior to tonight's special reception and dinner. (D)
Day 2 Auschwitz and Krakow
The city of Kraków reigned as the capital of Poland for nearly six centuries, its rulers residing at Wawel Castle until the court and parliament moved to Warsaw in 1609. Today it’s renowned for preserving its country national identity with its prestigious university, royal castle, Gothic cathedral and still thriving Old Quarter. Enjoy a walking tour of the city with a local guide, and choose to join us on a drive into the countryside for a poignant visit to the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum, site of the infamous Nazi concentration camp, or remain in Kraków to spend some time on your own. Please note: the Kraków walking tour and the Auschwitz visit could be either in the morning or afternoon, depending on ticket availability at the Auschwitz site. Your evening is free to spend as you wish; you can enjoy an included dinner at your hotel either tonight or tomorrow, your choice. (B, D)
Day 3 Kazimierz or a tasting tour in Krakow
More sightseeing choices await you this morning in Kraków. One is a visit to the Kazimierz District – the city's former Jewish Quarter – for a coach and walking tour to learn more about its poignant Jewish heritage, including views of Oskar Schindler’s Factory, now a museum; following your tour, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Galicia Museum on your own, or enjoy some free time in the area. Or you can join your local guide for a walking tour of Kraków focusing on food and drink tasting. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Kraków. (B)
Day 4 Embark Your Riverboat in Hungary
Depart Kraków this morning and drive from Poland through Slovakia and on to Esztergom, Hungary, where your riverboat awaits your arrival. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard in your choice of dining venues, from the formal Compass Rose to Arthur’s intimate bistro. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Vienna, Past and Present
Your riverboat arrives this afternoon in the Austrian capital of Vienna, a compact city with an abundance of important sights. Many are clustered around the Hofburg, the former Imperial Court. Farther afield you’ll find palaces like Belvedere and Schönbrunn palaces, graced by gardens and gilded treasures. The city’s Jewish Quarter, Judenplatz, is in the heart of the city, and the city’s contemporary center, including the new Hauptbahnhof and the university campus, is also nearby. This afternoon you'll have a choice of exploring Vienna on one of three different tours; each begins with an introductory tour of the city and its Ringstrasse with our local guides, then focuses on either classic, Imperial Vienna (including the Habsburgs' Schönbrunn Palace); the city's Jewish Heritage sites; or highlights of modern, contemporary Vienna. Spend the afternoon as you like, then return to the riverboat for dinner, or choose to stay in town and dine in Vienna tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Choices 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. Tonight, dress up for an exclusive royal dinner at the private Palais Pallavicini with sparkling entertainment... a highlight of your cruise! (B, L, D)
Day 7 Krems and Wachau Wines
Your riverboat arrives in the 1,000-year-old city of Krems this morning, located at the start of the Wachau Valley, celebrated for its exquisite Austrian wines. Spend the morning exploring Krems on one of two guided tours – one that begins with a drive followed by a moderate walking tour of town, or another featuring a challenging walking tour designed for robust walkers. Following lunch onboard the riverboat, the afternoon presents a choice of staying aboard the ship for a leisurely cruise past the lush vineyard-lined landscapes of the Wachau Valley, with insights from your local guide; or a guided bicycle excursion through those wine country landscapes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon’s wine tasting excursion offers an authentic taste of the grape and reveals time-honored secrets of the Austrian winemakers. Have dinner onboard your riverboat tonight as your ship cruises overnight to Linz. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Lovely Linz & the Lakes of Austria
Arrive in Linz this morning, 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. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Passau on foot or by bicycle
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). (B, L, D)
Day 10 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 and an afternoon and evening of cruising to Regensburg, including a farewell reception followed by dinner onboard. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Disembark Ship and Train to Berlin
Disembark your riverboat in Regensburg after breakfast and join us for a morning walking tour of this ancient Bavarian city, home to more than 1,400 historic structures. After lunch in town, spend the afternoon traveling aboard a new special fast train to Berlin. Arrive at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin early this evening, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B, L)
Day 12 A day of choices in Berlin
In the years since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Berlin has emerged as one of the most exciting cities in the world. An introductory tour leads to your choice of sightseeing excursions this morning – a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island for guided museum tours of either the Pergamon Museum 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 your choice of time at leisure to explore Germany’s vibrant capital as you wish, or a bicycle excursion offering a new perspective on the city. (B, L)
Day 13 Berlin or historic Potsdam
Today you can choose to experience the city from one of three perspectives. You can join us for a guided visit to the Baroque city of Potsdam, where the WWII-in-Europe-ending treaty was signed, attractively rebuilt after its wartime losses and a showcase of beautiful gardens and grand palaces. Your second sightseeing choice is an opportunity to explore World War II history in Berlin – and your third sightseeing choice is also in Berlin, an opportunity to learn more about the unification of the split city through a tour of contrasting sights and stories. Spend the remainder of the afternoon as you please; if you wish, take an optional bicycle ride to see Berlin from a different, modern-day perspective. Join us for a special farewell dinner tonight at the Parliament where a local resident shares a personal perspective of life behind the Iron Curtain. (B, D)
Day 14 Journey home Tour ends: Berlin. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Hotel Adlon Kempinski to Berlin Airport or Berlin Central Train Station. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Gala Imperial Evening at a private Viennese palace
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Early-opening visit to Pergamon Museum in Berlin
All This Included
Moments of history shape the sights you’ll see in the cities featured on the Danube River, Berlin and Kraków included.
During a three-night stay in Kraków, poignant pauses in Poland's one-time capital, Auschwitz and Kazimierz pay homage to lives lost in tragic times. Board your Tauck riverboat in Hungary for a 7-night cruise, crossing into Austria to experience its storied capital, Vienna, with choices of sightseeing and an Imperial Evening at a private palace; stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District; explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle; and visit historic and charming Bavarian towns like the "city of three rivers," Passau; ancient Regensburg; and cobblestoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC. Then it's on via high-speed train to a three-night stay 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 – and choices including an excursion to Potsdam, a Berlin bicycling trip and more.
All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,562
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, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Kraków – 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
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
32 meals; select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Accommodations on this Tour
Krakow: Sheraton Grand Krakow
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Joy or ms Savor
Berlin: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
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.