Royal Danube, Berlin & Krakow - Westbound Aboard ms Savor

Our cultural odyssey along the Danube includes three nights at city-center hotels in both Berlin and Krakow along with seven nights cruising the River Danube from Hungary to Regensburg. Tauck Exclusive experiences include a Tauck Exclusive gala evening with entertainment at a Viennese palace; an early-opening visit to Berlin's Pergamon Museum; a ride aboard the new bullet train from Berlin to Nürnberg... and more.



Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities and towns along the Danube River, bookended by moments indelibly etched in time in Berlin and Krakow.

During a three-night stay in Krakow, poignant pauses in Poland's one-time capital, Auschwitz and Kazimierz pay homage to lives lost in tragic times. Board your Tauck riverboat in Hungary for a 7-night cruise, crossing into Austria to experience its storied capital, Vienna, with choices of sightseeing and an Imperial Evening at a private palace; stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District; explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle; and visit historic and charming Bavarian towns like the city of three rivers, Passau; ancient Regensburg; and cobblestoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC. Then it's on via high-speed train to a three-night stay in Berlin, chronicling past political divides with a look back at Iron Curtain curfews, Jewish hardships and wartime woes, while cultural narratives in the museums on Museum Island showcase an evolution of art through the ages - and choices including an excursion to Potsdam, a Berlin bicycling trip and more.



Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities and towns along the Danube River, bookended by moments indelibly etched in time in Berlin and Krakow.

During a three-night stay in Krakow, poignant pauses in Poland's one-time capital, Auschwitz and Kazimierz pay homage to lives lost in tragic times. Board your Tauck riverboat in Hungary for a 7-night cruise, crossing into Austria to experience its storied capital, Vienna, with choices of sightseeing and an Imperial Evening at a private palace; stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District; explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle; and visit historic and charming Bavarian towns like the city of three rivers, Passau; ancient Regensburg; and cobblestoned Straubing, dating back to 6,000 BC. Then it's on via high-speed train to a three-night stay in Berlin, chronicling past political divides with a look back at Iron Curtain curfews, Jewish hardships and wartime woes, while cultural narratives in the museums on Museum Island showcase an evolution of art through the ages - and choices including an excursion to Potsdam, a Berlin bicycling trip and more.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Gala Imperial Evening at a private Viennese palace
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Early-opening visit to Pergamon Museum in Berlin
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,740
  • 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

  • Day 1 - Arrive Krakow

    Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, Sheraton Grand Krakow. A transfer is included to the Sheraton Grand Krakow from Saint John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice or Krakow Main Train Station. 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 a special underground welcome reception and dinner.

    Lodging:

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Auschwitz and Krakow

    The city of 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 national identity with its prestigious university, royal castle, Gothic cathedral and still thriving Old Quarter. 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 Krakow to spend some time on your own. Please note: the Krakow walking tour and the Auschwitz visit could be either in the morning or afternoon, depending on ticket availability at the Auschwitz site. Your evening is free to spend as you wish; you can enjoy an included dinner at your hotel either tonight or tomorrow, your choice.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, D

    Day 3 - Kazimierz or a tasting tour in Krakow

    More sightseeing choices await you this morning in Krakow. One is a visit to the Kazimierz District - the city's former Jewish Quarter - for a coach and walking tour to learn more about its poignant Jewish heritage, including views of 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. Or you can join your local guide for a walking tour of Krakow focusing on local life and hidden cultural gems. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Krakow.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B

    Day 4 - Embark Your Riverboat in Hungary

    Depart Krakow this morning and drive from Poland through Slovakia and on to Esztergom, Hungary, where your riverboat awaits your arrival. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard in your choice of dining venues, from the formal Compass Rose to Arthur's intimate bistro.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Vienna, Past and Present

    Your riverboat arrives this afternoon in the Austrian capital of Vienna, 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 Jewish Quarter, Judenplatz, is in the heart of the city, and the city's contemporary center, including the new Hauptbahnhof and the university campus, is also nearby. This afternoon you'll have a choice of exploring Vienna on one of two 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) or the city's Jewish Heritage sites. Spend the afternoon as you like, then return to the riverboat for dinner, or choose to stay in town and dine in Vienna tonight.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Choices in Imperial Vienna

    Today you'll explore more of this amazing city - once the capital of the Habsburgs' Austro-Hungarian Empire - with an on-tour choice of a guided visit to Austria's Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum), documenting the history of Austria's armed forces; or an exclusive opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal at a Vienna palace as an orchestra prepares for a performance, in the city considered by many to be the classical music capital of Europe. Return to the ship for lunch or stay in Vienna to enjoy lunch as you please. Tonight, dress up for an exclusive royal dinner at the private Palais Pallavicini with sparkling entertainment... a highlight of your cruise!



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Krems and Wachau Wines

    Your riverboat arrives in the 1,000-year-old city of Krems this morning, located at the start of the Wachau Valley, celebrated for its exquisite Austrian 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. This afternoon's wine tasting excursion offers an authentic taste of the grape and reveals time-honored secrets of the Austrian winemakers. Have dinner onboard your riverboat tonight as your ship cruises overnight to Linz.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Lovely Linz & the Lakes of Austria

    Arrive in Linz this morning, 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 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.

    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - Passau on foot or by bicycle

    Your riverboat arrives in Passau today for a choice of ways to explore this riverside town. Once a Roman outpost at the confluence of three rivers, Passau is over 2,500 years old, a Bavarian town of pastel patrician houses, cafes, romantic cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenades. You can choose to discover its storybook mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and German Gothic architecture on a guided walking tour, or on a bicycle excursion accompanied by a local guide; see St. Stephen's Cathedral, the hilltop fortress where Passau's prince-bishops once resided, and the 14th-century Rathaus (Town Hall).



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - A morning in Straubing

    Wake up this morning aboard your riverboat in Straubing. An ancient settlement that dates back to 6,000 BC and is steeped with Roman roots, Straubing is a quintessential Bavarian city. Explore it on a morning walking tour followed by some free time on your own. Return to the riverboat for lunch and an afternoon and evening of cruising to Regensburg, including a farewell reception followed by dinner onboard.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Disembark Ship and Train to Berlin

    Disembark your riverboat in Regensburg after breakfast and join us for a morning walking tour of this ancient Bavarian city, home to more than 1,400 historic structures. After lunch in town, spend the afternoon traveling aboard a new special fast train to Berlin. Arrive at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin early this evening, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy the evening at leisure.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L

    Day 12 - A day of choices in Berlin

    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 tour leads to your choice of sightseeing excursions this morning - a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island for a guided museum tour of the Pergamon Museum or an in-depth tour of Berlin's Jewish Heritage sites. Everyone meets up for lunch 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.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L

    Day 13 - Berlin or historic Potsdam

    Today you can 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 - or take an opportunity to explore World War II history in Berlin. Spend the remainder of the afternoon as you please; if you wish, take an optional bicycle ride to see Berlin from a different, modern-day perspective. 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.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B, D

    Day 14 - Journey home

    Tour ends: Berlin. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Hotel Adlon Kempinski to Berlin Airport or Berlin Central Train Station. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2022
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Savor

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Krakow  
    Day 2Krakow  
    Day 3Krakow  
    Day 4Krakow  
    Day 5Vienna  
    Day 6Vienna  
    Day 7Krems  
    Day 8Linz  
    Day 9Kehlheim  
    Day 10Bayreuth  
    Day 11Berlin  
    Day 12Berlin  
    Day 13Berlin  
    Day 14Berlin  
    Dates/Pricing

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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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