Trip Type : River Cruise
Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Eastbound 2019 tour

Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Eastbound 2019

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
14 days
From: $ 6,990 $ 499 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • A Tauck Exclusive Imperial Evening at a private palace in Vienna... a private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Kraków... 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 all-included choices of guided excursions in Berlin
  • Kelheim
  • Straubing
  • Vienna and Krakow... tasting Linzer Torte in a Linz coffeehouse... a mountain tram ride to Pöstlingberg for panoramic views... taking 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 in Krakow...

Short Description

Debuting in 2018, our 14-day Danube cultural odyssey includes three nights at city-center hotels in both Berlin and Kraków along with seven nights cruising the River Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna. Tauck Exclusive experiences include a Tauck Exclusive gala evening with entertainment at a Viennese palace... a special dinner in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Kraków... a ride aboard the new bullet train from Berlin to Nürnberg... and more.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Berlin, Germany
End City Zakopane, Poland

Travel Theme

50 plus Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

Austria Germany Poland

Cities & Attractions

Berlin Krakow Linz Vienna

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,837!
  • A Tauck Exclusive Imperial Evening at a private palace in Vienna
  • A private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow
  • 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, Vienna and Krakow- all included
  • Tasting Linzer Torte in a Linz coffeehouse and a mountain tram ride to Pöstlingberg for panoramic views or taking 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 in Krakow, today a museum
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Airport and train transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 30 meals (13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners); select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Berlin

Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, Hotel Adlon Kempinski. A transfer is included upon arrival at Berlin Tegel 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 and join us for a special welcome dinner where a local expert shares a personal perspective of life behind the Iron Curtain.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

PORTOFCALL : Berlin, Germany

Day 2 A choice of Berlin city sights

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 sightseeing tour this morning gives you an overview of its many charms, from architecturally rich neighborhoods, museums and manicured parks to historic monuments and memorials that line its famous avenues and riverfront promenades. Then it's your choice of excursions, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island for a guided museum tour or an in-depth tour of Berlin's Jewish Heritage sites. Everyone meets up for lunch and a boat ride, followed by time at leisure to explore Germany's vibrant capital as you wish.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

PORTOFCALL : Berlin, Germany

Day 3 Berlin or historic Potsdam

Today you can choose to experience the city from one of three perspectives. 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. Following lunch, 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.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

PORTOFCALL : Berlin, Germany

Day 4 Embark your riverboat in Nürnberg

A ride aboard the fast train speeds you to Nürnberg today where ms Savor awaits. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard in your choice of dining venues, from the formal Compass Rose to Arthur's intimate bistro, followed by evening entertainment in the piano lounge.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Nürnberg, Germany

Day 5 Discover Bavarian Bayreuth or Nürnberg

Follow your passions today on a choice of morning sightseeing excursions. Music lovers will delight in a visit to nearby Bayreuth, once home to German composer Richard Wagner and Hungarian musician Franz Liszt. Sightseeing here includes the lavish Baroque opera house. Or, walk off the riverboat for a locally guided tour of Nürnberg that focuses on its role in WWII. You will have the opportunity to view the Courthouse, Zeppelin Field rally grounds, and other sites associated with the war and its aftermath. Return to the riverboat for lunch and an afternoon cruise.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Bayreuth, Germany

Day 6 In Kelheim, an abbey, a gorge or BMWs

After a morning at leisure onboard your riverboat, disembark in Kelheim, located at the confluence of the Danube River and the Danube-Main Canal, for a choice of excursions. Take a walk through Kelheim followed by a visit to the Danube Gorge and Weltenburg Abbey or drive into the country for a tour of a working BMW factory, schedule permitting. You may wish to enjoy free time in Kelheim, perhaps riding along picturesque bike paths on one of your ship's complimentary bicycles. Return to the riverboat for dinner onboard tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Kelheim, Germany

Day 7 Exploring Straubing, your way

An ancient settlement that dates back to 6,000 BC and is steeped with Roman roots, Straubing is the quintessential Bavarian city. Explore it as you wish, choosing from themed tours that offer different perspectives of the city. Return to the riverboat for lunch and an afternoon cruise.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Straubing, Germany

Day 8 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 with an opportunity to taste freshly baked Linzer Torte at a traditional coffee house. 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. Or spend the day in the Lake District, enjoying a boat ride and a visit to St. Wolfgang in Salzkammergut to see the famous Gothic winged altar in its 14th-century church.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Linz, Austria

Day 9 Krems and Wachau Valley Wines

Your riverboat arrives 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. Spend the morning exploring as you wish, walking through town with a local guide or pedaling through the lush vineyard-lined landscapes of the Wachau Valley on a bicycle. 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.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Krems, Austria

Day 10 Vienna, Past and Present

The Austrian capital of Vienna is 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 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!

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat

PORTOFCALL : Vienna, Austria

Day 11 Disembark in Vienna & drive to Krakow

Disembark your riverboat in Vienna after breakfast and journey on a day's drive across the border to Kraków, Poland, for a three-night stay. Pass through the ancient kingdom of Moravia in the easternmost part of the Czech Republic en route to Kromeriz; this town is best known for its Archbishop Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at your grand hotel in Krakow in late afternoon, ideally located near historic Wawel Castle. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Sheraton Grand Krakow

PORTOFCALL : Cracow, Poland

Day 12 Krakow sights & Auschwitz

Krakow 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's national identity with its prestigious university, royal castle, Gothic cathedral and still-thriving Old Quarter. A choice of sightseeing here today includes a tour of city sights or a poignant visit to nearby Auschwitz with a local guide. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy as you wish.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Sheraton Grand Krakow

PORTOFCALL : Cracow, Poland

Day 13 Kazimierz or Zakopane in the Tatras

You have two choices today. First, a local guide shares insights about Jewish history on a coach and walking tour of the Kazimierz district of Kraków, the former Jewish Quarter; visit the former factory of Oskar Schindler, which is now a museum. Alternatively, visit Zakopane, nestled in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, for a walking tour and time to explore on your own. Join us for an unforgettable farewell dinner tonight underground at the Wieliczka Salt Mine; if you wish, you can choose to take a robust walking tour prior to tonight's special evening - a fascinating descent down a shaft into the salt mine.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Sheraton Grand Krakow

PORTOFCALL : Zakopane, Poland

Day 14 Journey Home

Tour ends: Krakow. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Sheraton Grand Krakow to Saint John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice or Kraków Main Train Station. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

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Ship Name

MS JOY, MS SAVOR

Ship Description

MS JOY

Maintaining Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort, ms Joy cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Danube River as part of our Destination Fleet. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters). Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins, our most popular cabins tend to be our largest... so we have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, we’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open

MS SAVOR

Maintaining Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort, ms Savor cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Danube River as part of our Destination Fleet. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters). Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins, our most popular cabins tend to be our largest... so we have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, we’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open -

Deck & Cabin Plans

MS JOY

MS SAVOR

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Standard Group

Trip ID#:

tauck-RUX2019

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