Sailing from Germany
Before you board
Two nights in Prague
Your tour begins with two nights in Prague, the captivating Czech capital. You'll enjoy a Tauck Exclusive tour and dinner at the 16th century Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle, and a choice of walking tours will acquaint you with the city's handsome architecture, cosmopolitan outlook and truly excellent beer. You'll also have free time to explore, so we recommend ducking into one of the many bars that line the cobbled lanes of the Old Town, or taking a stroll amongst the picturesque palaces and gardens of the Malá Strana district.
Setting sail from Regensburg
Originally founded by the Celts and later an important Roman settlement, Regensburg is one of Bavaria’s lesser known gems. Situated on the northernmost bend of the Danube, it’s a friendly and laid back city, with an exceptionally well preserved medieval centre.
The pretty Bavarian town of Passau, situated close to Germany’s border with Austria, enjoys a unique setting at the confluence of three rivers: the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube. The narrow cobbled streets of the handsome old town, the Altstadt, are quite delightful.
Austria: Linz (Salzburg)
The city of Linz is included on river cruise itineraries due to its proximity to Salzburg, which is where you’ll most likely be headed. Salzburg’s Altstadt attracts millions of visitors every year with its fairytale skyline of domes and spires, and the city is renowned as both the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for ‘The Sound of Music’.
One of the prettiest towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley, little Dürnstein charms visitors with its handsome 16th century architecture. Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned in the castle that sits on the hillside above the town, and the region is also famous for its wine.
Formerly the centre of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna is as grand a European capital as you can imagine, jam packed full of thrusting, bombastic buildings that stand as a reminder of Austria’s glorious imperial heyday.
Bratislava, Slovakia’s quaint little capital, straddles the Danube close to the border with Austria and Hungary. The compact old town is the best place to begin your exploration, before heading up to the hilltop castle for commanding views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Arriving in Budapest
Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most appealing cities, a vibrant and welcoming capital that straddles the Danube. The history of Budapest has been somewhat turbulent, but plenty of beautiful buildings survive, including the imposing Parliament and iconic St Stephen’s Basilica.
Before returning home
Two nights in Budapest
After disembarking your ship you will enjoy a two day tour of Budapest, exploring sights the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castle Hill, the spectacular Parliament building and the lavish State Opera House. You'll have plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, and your base is the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Budapest hotel. On your final night there will be a special farewell dinner at the Akademia Club at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the following day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.
Cruise Line Offer
No single supplement on Category 1 cabins
Your home from home
Tauck’s most modern design, the Inspiration Class, offers the most space per guest of all European river vessels.
What we love
Rich woods are complimented by muted tones, giving these ships an airy and luxurious feel. The alternative restaurant with outside seating at the rear is an idyllic place for a relaxed lunch as you cruise to your next call and the regional cuisine served in the Dining Room is excellent.
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Active days followed by sophisticated evenings.
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Budapest
We like the Hotel Palazzo Zichy on the Pest side of the river, which used to be the residence of Count Nándor Zichy.
A taste of Hungary
If you’re a wine lover, you really should visit the world’s oldest classified wine region, known for its sweet Tokaji aszú dessert wine.