The Blue Danube - Westbound Aboard ms Savor

Wind your way past medieval landscapes aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy to explore five European countries, visit castles and cathedrals, embark on locally guided sightseeing and spend special evenings in two private palaces. Enjoy two nights each at centrally located hotels in Prague and Budapest.



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... From Prague to Budapest, castles of all descriptions have watched over the landscape from their royal perches for centuries. On this 12-day journey featuring a 7-night Danube cruise, they remain lasting testimony to kingdoms and culture, ready to welcome you… during a private dinner in Lobkowicz Palace… an exclusive evening of Imperial entertainment at a private Vienna palace... in Baroque Salzburg and atop Budapest's Castle Hill... and exploring Vienna's Hofburg or Schonbrunn Palace. It's a Blue Danube cruise to remember!

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... From Prague to Budapest, castles of all descriptions have watched over the landscape from their royal perches for centuries. On this 12-day journey featuring a 7-night Danube cruise, they remain lasting testimony to kingdoms and culture, ready to welcome you… during a private dinner in Lobkowicz Palace… an exclusive evening of Imperial entertainment at a private Vienna palace... in Baroque Salzburg and atop Budapest's Castle Hill... and exploring Vienna's Hofburg or Schonbrunn Palace. It's a Blue Danube cruise to remember!

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Private Imperial Evening at a palace in Vienna featuring a gala 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
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $3,090 Value

  • Day 1 - Begin your adventure in Budapest

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport or Keleti train station to Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. Budapest has acquired quite an excellent reputation for cuisine; tonight's specialwelcome cocktail reception anddinner is at the grand Akademia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Meet your fellow travelers and Tauck Directors and learn about the upcoming daysahead.



    Lodging: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Discover the landmarks &; stories of Pest

    Budapest is split into Buda and Pest by the Danube River. This morning, explore the Pest side of the city on a tour including City Park and Heroes' Square &;ndash; bounded by some of the finest architectural works in Hungary &;ndash; 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 Dohany Synagogue; or a guided bicycle tour in Budapest. In the afternoon, you'll have an opportunity to visit one of Budapest's famed public spas, if you wish.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.



    Lodging: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

    Meals: B

    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 cafe. 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 aboardms Joy or ms Savor, bound for Bratislava, Slovakia.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: 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 &;ndash; 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 &;ndash; 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 ana performance by a talented troupe of Slovak dancers.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    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 &;ndash; and its grand boulelvard, the Ringstrasse &;ndash; 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.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - A choice in Vienna and journey to Durnstein

    A choice of sightseeing this morning features a tour of the Habsburgs' Schonbrunn 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 we cruise the Danube River through Austria's Wachau Valley; glide past castles and abbeys to medieval Durnstein, where you'll arrive late this evening.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Picturesque Durnstein and the Wachau Valley

    Wake upin Durnsteinfor a closer look atits 16th-century Baroque houses and 13th-century Romanesque church on a walking touralong 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 theruins 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 the Chef's Signature dinner onboard, enjoy a show put on by members of the riverboat crew.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Salzburg sights or Cesky Krumlov

    Your boat stays docked in Linz today, with a choice of how you spend your day &;ndash; full-day excursions to Salzburg (Austria), or Cesky Krumlov in the CzechRepublic, or remaining in Linz. A setting for The Sound of Music, a Salzburg 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. Alternatively, travel to Cesky Krumlov; 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.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    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 tonight for your final destination, Vilshofen; enjoy a farewell reception followed by dinner onboard this evening.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Disembark Vilshofen for Regensburg &; Prague

    Disembark in Vilshofen; you have a choice of visiting theBavarian town of Regensburg or heading straight to Prague. If you choose to visit Regensburg, a walking tour led by a local guide visits the Steinerne Brucke (a medieval stone bridge over the Danube), towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the town's Roman wall. Enjoy a light lunch and time to explore on your own before driving to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and the City of 100 Spires, arriving late afternoon. If you travel to Prague this morning, explore the ancient Hradcany (Castle) district on a guided excursion that includes 1,000-year-old Prague Castle's complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens, and the grand Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery where a private tour is a Tauck Exclusive.The remainder of the day is free; the city's many fine restaurants and cafes feature a wide range of cuisines... and some of the best schnitzels, goulashes, strudels, dumplings and beer the region has to offer.



    Lodging: Prague Marriott Hotel

    Meals: B, L

    Day 11 - The legacy of many centuries in Prague

    Start today's exploration of Prague this morning with a choice of walking tours through Prague's ethereal Old Town, choosing between a one-hour introductory tour; 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). Tonight, cap a memorable trip with a truly royalevening that'sanother Tauck Exclusive; join us for a farewellreception, tour and dinner at 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle. Immerse in an evening of classical cultural treasures &;ndash; and see for yourself how music and art played an important role in the aristocratic world of the Lobkowicz family.

    Lodging: Prague Marriott Hotel

    Meals: B, D

    Day 12 - Journey home

    Tour ends: Prague, Czech Republic. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Prague Marriott Hotel toPraha Hlavni Nadrazi train station orVaclav Havel Airport Prague. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2019
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Savor

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Budapest  
    Day 4Bratislava  
    Day 5Vienna  
    Day 6Vienna  
    Day 7Durnstein  
    Day 8Linz  
    Day 9Engelhartszell  
    Day 10Regensburg  
    Day 11Prague  
    Day 12Prague  
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    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    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. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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