Onboard your Tauck riverboat for a 7-night cruise, you’ll visit picturesque Bavarian towns like Bayreuth, where composer Richard Wagner lived in 1872; Nuremberg, acclaimed as a leading arts and cultural center in the 15th and 16th centuries, Kehlheim, where the Danube meets the Main-Danube Canal and BMWs race into view; and cobblestoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC.
AAA MEMBER BENEFIT
- Save up to $300 per person when booking an air inclusive package with AAA and Tauck
- 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
- 31 meals; select meals in local restaurants; service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
- Gala Imperial Evening in a private Viennese palace
- 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 a choice of guided excursions in Berlin, Kelheim, Straubing, 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
- A visit to the Tatra Mountains resort town of Zakopane or a guided tour of Kazimierz and Schindler’s Factory, today a museum
Day 1: Arrive Krakow
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.
Day 2: Auschwitz and Krakow
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.
Day 3: Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains or Kazimierz
You will have an opportunity to sample the charms of Zakopane in person on an excursion that includes time to explore the area on your own. Or, you may choose to explore Kraków’s Kazimierz District – the city’s former Jewish Quarter – on a coach and walking tour to learn more about its poignant Jewish heritage, including a visit to 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.
Day 4: Embark Your Riverboat in Vienna
Depart Kraków for Vienna and 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. Embark ship this afternoon in Austria’s imperial capital city. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by 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.
Day 5: Vienna, Past and Present
Explore 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. In the evening, dress for an exclusive royal dinner at the private Palais Pallavicini with sparkling entertainment.
Day 6: Krems and Wachau 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.
Day 7: Lovely Linz & the Lakes of Austria
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.
Day 8: Explore Straubing or Deggendorf
Explore as you wish, choosing from two themed afternoon tours offering a different perspective of the city – one featuring the unique St. Peter’s Church and its historic graveyard, and another touring Straubing’s main square and its late-Baroque Ursuline Convent Church. Your riverboat departs for Kehlheim this evening.
Day 9: An Abbey, BMW’s and the Danube Gorge
Disembark ship in Kelheim for a choice of excursions. On one, take a walk through Kelheim, followed by visits to the Danube Gorge – a scenic stretch of the Danube lined by limestone cliffs, also known as the Weltenburg Narrows – and nearby Weltenburg Abbey, Bavaria’s oldest monastery and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On another, drive into the country for a tour of a working BMW factory, schedule permitting. Or enjoy free time in Kelheim, perhaps riding along picturesque bike paths on one of your ship’s complimentary bicycles.
Day 10: Nürnberg or Bayreuth
Today, enjoy your choice of morning sightseeing excursions… three of which will delight music lovers with a visit to nearby Bayreuth – once home to German composer Richard Wagner and the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt – and begin with a walking tour that visits the city’s Baroque opera house and views its magnificent Baroque palaces. Your Bayreuth choices then focus on either the life of Wagner at the Richard Wagner Museum; a brewery experience at Maisel Beer Adventure World; or a tour of Bayreuth’s Steingraeben Piano Factory. A fourth choice offers a locally guided tour of the Bavarian city of Nürnberg that focuses on its role in World War II, with opportunities to visit the Courthouse, the Zeppelin Field rally grounds, and other sites associated with the war and its aftermath.
Day 11: Disembark Ship and Train to Berlin
Disembark your riverboat in Nürnberg after breakfast and board a new special fast train for Berlin. An introductory walking tour en route to your hotel gives you an overview of the German capital’s many charms. Arrive at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin this afternoon, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Day 12: A day in Berlin
It’s 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.
Day 13: Berlin or Historic Potsdam
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. 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.
Day 14: Journey Home
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