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8 Day The Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Eastbound

Tauck Family River Cruise starting in Vilshofen and finishing in Budapest

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 8 Day The Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Eastbound. Selected as one of the '10 Best River Cruises' by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of 'Top River Cruise Line' for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! See the Old World through new eyes...read more
Overview
Operator: Tauck
Type: Family River Cruise (Premium)
Style: Bridges Family Travel
Duration: 8 Days
From: Vilshofen to Budapest
Tour Code: RIVR
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
Our Price From:
$ 4,990
Per Person ($AU)
Day By Day
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1
Arrive Vilshofen, Germany
Tour begins at 4:00 PM in Vilshofen or Regensburg, Germany. A transfer is included from Munich's Franz Josef Strauss International Airport or Munich Train Station directly to MS Savor or MS Joy in Vilshofen or Regensburg. Board your riverboat, settle in, and meet fellow families at the Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner aboard ship tonight. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard MS Savor or MS Joy (D)
2
Passau, Germany
If you think that you'll spend the first day of your journey tromping through musty museums and dusty cathedrals, think again! After your riverboat arrives bright and early in pretty Passau, Germany, disembark for your choice of a walking tour of this Baroque Bavarian "city of three rivers" at the junction of the Ilz, Inn and Danube, or a geocaching tour through Passau. Learn how marzipan, a candy made from sugar and ground almonds in all sorts of very realistic shapes, is made - and try your hand at making your own tasty tidbit in the shape of a face, very popular in Passau. After some free time to explore Passau on your own, reboard your riverboat and continue your family's cruise to Linz, Austria - enjoying lunch, a social hour, a discovery briefing, dinner and entertainment en route; arrive in Linz this evening. (B/L/D)
3
Salzburg, Austria
Today, disembark in Linz for a full day of fun in and around lovely Salzburg, or stay aboard and explore Linz. Once upon a time, there was a Prince Archbishop of Salzburg who really liked playing practical jokes... and was maybe a little bit crazy. His many guests were astounded both by the Baroque beauty they found at his home, Schloss Hellbrunn (or Hellbrunn Castle), and the tricks he played on them in his "pleasure grounds" filled with gardens, fountains and gadgets that were a kind of 18th-century animatronics. Whether or not his guests found his pranks as funny as he did is another matter... but today, you'll find out for yourselves what surprises Schloss Hellbrunn has in store... and you may be as amazed by what you experience as his guests were!
You'll also find some locations made famous by the movie The Sound of Music, including the pavilion that was the setting for the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen.

Later, discover how much there is to see and do in beautiful, historic Salzburg, as you explore the Baroque hometown of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as you please. Join your Tauck Director for a stroll through beautiful Mirabell Gardens. Maybe you'll even find all 14 of the ancient drinking fountains scattered around the Old City... or have fun trying! Reboard the riverboat back in Linz for the evening; polish off your vocals and take part in "The Sound of Music" karaoke after dinner! (B/L/D)
4
Dürnstein, Austria
After cruising through Austria's Wachau Valley overnight, your riverboat arrives in the picturesque medieval town of Dürnstein, known for its 13th-century abbey and 16th-century houses along twisting, narrow, cobblestone streets. Take off on a leisurely bicycle tour* along the Danube River and through the countryside to a local village for some time on your own. Cycle back to Dürnstein, where you might want to hike up to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, for terrific vistas of the town, river and surrounding vineyards. Within the walls of this very castle, England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held as a prisoner after the Third Crusade - although he probably couldn't enjoy the view like you can! This afternoon, your riverboat continues on to Vienna, arriving in Austria's inimitable capital late this evening. (B/L/D)
5
Vienna, Austria
Whether you call it Wien (as the Austrians do) or Vienna, this grand Imperial city is famous as the former capital of the Habsburg Empire and much more. A sightseeing tour views magnificent boulevards like the Ringstrasse, beautiful gardens and parks, and Vienna's famed architecture. Discover what royal life was like during a guided visit to the huge - it has 1,441 rooms! - Schönbrunn Palace, the permanent summer residence of the Austrian Imperial Family, the Habsburgs, from Empress Maria Theresa's time in the 18th century until 1918. Once, only the Imperial family (which included future French queen Marie Antoinette, who grew up here) was allowed to walk through the garden Maze.

Today, it's your turn; look for its hidden secrets! Following a Marionette Theater performance and lunch at the palace - then an afternoon free to explore Vienna on your own - tonight brings another highlight of your cruise... a visit to the historic Palais Pallavicini, a traditional private Baroque palace in the heart of Vienna, for an exclusive Imperial Evening. Welcome drinks are followed by a special dinner and some extraordinary Viennese entertainment in a grand ballroom for a wonderful night of family fun! (B/L/D)
6
Vienna, Austria
Your family's day in Vienna begins with a fascinating tour of the catacombs beneath St. Stephen's Cathedral, once a burial ground for cardinals, royalty... and common folk afflicted with the Black Plague. Later, spend some free time as you please; the city boasts over 100 museums among its many historical and cultural attractions! Back aboard the riverboat this afternoon, activities include a demonstration in making real Viennese strüdel. Following dinner onboard this evening, have some family fun at the world-famous Vienna Prater amusement park, featuring over 250 rides and attractions to enjoy. You'll find the Riesenrad, a giant ferris wheel (which film buffs will recognize from the 1940s film noir classic The Third Man); "extreme-speed" rides, merry-go-rounds and go-carts tracks; haunted houses and a fun house; and so much more. Overnight, your riverboat departs amazing Vienna and sails on to Bratislava, Slovakia. (B/L/D)
7
Bratislava, Slovakia
As the day begins, your riverboat arrives in Bratislava, modern Slovakia's ancient capital city. Once ashore, head outside the city to the partially restored ruins of Devin Castle, perched high above the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers. Explore the castle and enjoy a trip back to the Middle Ages with a knight tournament and medieval games, a fencing show, medieval dancing and more. Return to Bratislava for a fun interactive walking tour that includes a scavenger hunt through the city's pedestrian-only Old Town, which harbors more than 17 centuries' worth of stories to tell, and a knighthood ceremony; you'll have time this afternoon to do some exploring on your own, too. Back aboard the riverboat for your final night aboard ship, enjoy Slovak cultural entertainment and a farewell cocktail party followed by dinner onboard as you wind your way toward beautiful Budapest, Hungary. (B/L/D)
8
Depart Budapest
Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary. Disembark your riverboat in Budapest. Fly home anytime after 2:00 PM. A transfer from the riverboat to Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport or Keleti train station is included. Be sure to allow 3 hours for check-in formalities at the airport. Guests who have booked a post-stay with Tauck in Budapest can enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of this historic city, which until the 19th century was actually two independent cities divided by the Danube River, Buda and Pest; learn about its turbulent history and see iconic sites such as Heroes' Square and Fisherman's Bastion. (B)
1
Arrive Vilshofen, Germany
Tour begins at 4:00 PM in Vilshofen, Germany. A transfer is included from Munich's Franz Josef Strauss International Airport or Munich Train Station directly to MS Savor or MS Joy in Vilshofen. Board your riverboat, settle in, and meet fellow families at the Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner aboard ship tonight. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard your 443-ft. riverboat (D)
2
Passau, Germany
If you think that you'll spend the first day of your journey tromping through musty museums and dusty cathedrals, think again! After your riverboat arrives bright and early in pretty Passau, Germany, disembark for your choice of a walking tour of this Baroque Bavarian "city of three rivers" at the junction of the Ilz, Inn and Danube, a geocaching tour through Passau, or a guided bicycle ride along the Inn River. Learn how marzipan, a candy made from sugar and ground almonds in all sorts of very realistic shapes, is made - and try your hand at making your own tasty tidbit in the shape of a face, very popular in Passau. After some free time to explore Passau on your own, reboard your riverboat and continue your family's cruise to Linz, Austria - enjoying lunch, a social hour, a discovery briefing, dinner and entertainment en route; arrive in Linz this evening. (B/L/D)
3
Salzburg, Austria
Today, disembark in Linz for a full day of fun in and around lovely Salzburg, or stay aboard and explore Linz. Once upon a time, there was a Prince Archbishop of Salzburg who really liked playing practical jokes... and was maybe a little bit crazy. His many guests were astounded both by the Baroque beauty they found at his home, Schloss Hellbrunn (or Hellbrunn Castle), and the tricks he played on them in his "pleasure grounds" filled with gardens, fountains and gadgets that were a kind of 18th-century animatronics. Whether or not his guests found his pranks as funny as he did is another matter... but today, you'll find out for yourselves what surprises Schloss Hellbrunn has in store... and you may be as amazed by what you experience as his guests were! You'll also find some locations made famous by the movie The Sound of Music, including the pavilion that was the setting for the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen. Later, discover how much there is to see and do in beautiful, historic Salzburg, as you explore the Baroque hometown of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as you please. Join your Tauck Director for a stroll through beautiful Mirabell Gardens. Maybe you'll even find all 14 of the ancient drinking fountains scattered around the Old City... or have fun trying! Reboard the riverboat back in Linz for the evening; polish off your vocals and take part in "The Sound of Music" karaoke after dinner! (B/L/D)
4
Dürnstein, Austria
After cruising through Austria's Wachau Valley overnight, your riverboat arrives in the picturesque medieval town of Dürnstein, known for its 13th-century abbey and 16th-century houses along twisting, narrow, cobblestone streets. Take off on a leisurely bicycle tour* along the Danube River and through the countryside to a local village for some time on your own. Cycle back to Dürnstein, where you might want to hike up to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, for terrific vistas of the town, river and surrounding vineyards. Within the walls of this very castle, England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held as a prisoner after the Third Crusade - although he probably couldn't enjoy the view like you can! This afternoon, your riverboat continues on to Vienna, arriving in Austria's inimitable capital late this evening. (B/L/D)
5
Vienna, Austria
Whether you call it Wien (as the Austrians do) or Vienna, this grand Imperial city is famous as the former capital of the Habsburg Empire and much more. A sightseeing tour views magnificent boulevards like the Ringstrasse, beautiful gardens and parks, and Vienna's famed architecture. Discover what royal life was like during a guided visit to the huge - it has 1,441 rooms! - Schönbrunn Palace, the permanent summer residence of the Austrian Imperial Family, the Habsburgs, from Empress Maria Theresa's time in the 18th century until 1918. Once, only the Imperial family (which included future French queen Marie Antoinette, who grew up here) was allowed to walk through the garden Maze. Today, it's your turn; look for its hidden secrets! Following a Marionette Theater performance and lunch at the palace - then an afternoon free to explore Vienna on your own - tonight brings another highlight of your cruise... a visit to the historic Palais Pallavicini, a traditional private Baroque palace in the heart of Vienna, for an exclusive Imperial Evening. Welcome drinks are followed by a special dinner and some extraordinary Viennese entertainment in a grand ballroom for a wonderful night of family fun! (B/L/D)
6
Vienna, Austria
Your family's day in Vienna begins with a fascinating tour of the catacombs beneath St. Stephen's Cathedral, once a burial ground for cardinals, royalty... and common folk afflicted with the Black Plague. Later, spend some free time as you please; the city boasts over 100 museums among its many historical and cultural attractions! Back aboard the riverboat this afternoon, activities include a demonstration in making real Viennese strüdel. Following dinner onboard this evening, have some family fun at the world-famous Vienna Prater amusement park, featuring over 250 rides and attractions to enjoy. You'll find the Riesenrad, a giant ferris wheel (which film buffs will recognize from the 1940s film noir classic The Third Man); "extreme-speed" rides, merry-go-rounds and go-carts tracks; haunted houses and a fun house; and so much more. Overnight, your riverboat departs amazing Vienna and sails on to Bratislava, Slovakia. (B/L/D)
7
Bratislava, Slovakia
As the day begins, your riverboat arrives in Bratislava, modern Slovakia's ancient capital city. Once ashore, head outside the city to the partially restored ruins of Devin Castle, perched high above the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers. Explore the castle and enjoy a trip back to the Middle Ages with a knight tournament and medieval games, a fencing show, medieval dancing and more. Return to Bratislava for a fun interactive walking tour that includes a scavenger hunt through the city's pedestrian-only Old Town, which harbors more than 17 centuries' worth of stories to tell, and a knighthood ceremony; you'll have time this afternoon to do some exploring on your own, too. Back aboard the riverboat for your final night aboard ship, enjoy Slovak cultural entertainment and a farewell cocktail party followed by dinner onboard as you wind your way toward beautiful Budapest, Hungary. (B/L/D)
8
Depart Budapest, Hungary
Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary. Disembark your riverboat in Budapest. Fly home anytime after 11:30 AM. A transfer from the riverboat to Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport or Keleti train station is included. Be sure to allow 3 hours for check-in formalities at the airport. Guests who have booked a post-stay with Tauck in Budapest can enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of this historic city, which until the 19th century was actually two independent cities divided by the Danube River, Buda and Pest; learn about its turbulent history and see iconic sites such as Heroes' Square and Fisherman's Bastion. (B)
Tauck Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Visit four countries on a 7-night cruise alond the Danube River
  • An Imperial Evening in a Vienna palace and an evening of action at one of the oldest amusement parks in the world
  • Tours of the Habsburgs' Schönbrunn Palace and Hellbrunn Castle, built to amuse - by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg
  • Castle games in Slovakia, marzipan making in Passau, and strüdel making aboard the riverboat
  • Bicycling along the Danube River to a country village
  • "Sound of Music" sightseeing in Salzburg
River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • Private Tauck shore excursions
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Gratuities to Tauck Directors, drivers, local guides and ship staff; applicable fuel surcharges, porterage, taxes, and service charges
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights
  • An Imperial Evening in a Vienna palace and an evening of action at one of the oldest amusement parks in the world
  • Tours of the Habsburgs' Schönbrunn Palace and Hellbrunn Castle, built to amuse - by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg
  • Castle games in Slovakia, marzipan making in Passau, and strüdel making aboard the riverboat
  • Bicycling along the Danube River to a country village
  • Gratuities to Tauck Directors, drivers and local guides; applicable fuel surcharges, porterage, taxes, and service charges
River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • All-included: private Tauck shore excursions
  • Visit four countries on a 7-night cruise aboard the MS Joy or MS Savor
  • Gratuities to ship staff
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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Trip Starts Trip Ends Ship Retail Offer Our Price  
Saturday
07 Jul 2018
Saturday
14 Jul 2018
MS Joy

5,240

per person

5,240

per person

Enquire
Saturday
14 Jul 2018
Saturday
21 Jul 2018
MS Savor

5,240

per person

5,240

per person

Sold Out
Saturday
28 Jul 2018
Saturday
04 Aug 2018
MS Savor

4,990

per person

4,990

per person

Enquire
Saturday
07 Jul 2018
Saturday
14 Jul 2018
MS Joy

5,240

per person

5,240

solo traveller

Enquire
Saturday
14 Jul 2018
Saturday
21 Jul 2018
MS Savor

5,240

per person

5,240

solo traveller

Sold Out
Saturday
28 Jul 2018
Saturday
04 Aug 2018
MS Savor

4,990

per person

4,990

solo traveller

Enquire
Thursday
18 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019
MS Treasures

6,240

per person

6,240

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
31 Jul 2019
Wednesday
07 Aug 2019
MS Savor

5,990

per person

5,990

per person

Enquire
Thursday
18 Jul 2019
Thursday
25 Jul 2019
MS Treasures

6,240

per person

6,240

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
31 Jul 2019
Wednesday
07 Aug 2019
MS Savor

5,990

per person

5,990

solo traveller

Enquire
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Deck Plans & Cabin Upgrades
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Emerald Deck (Category 1)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Ruby Deck (Category 2) $ 500
Emerald Deck (Category 3) $ 1,060
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,440
Ruby/Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,190
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,440
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,060
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