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Holiday Magic Danube Family River Cruise

Priced From $4,490 per person

8 Days  | 7 Nights


Both the young and young at heart delight aboard a weeklong Danube river cruise filled with European holiday festivities onboard and ashore…

Tauck Bridges Family Friendly River Cruise: Minimum age is 4 years

Tauck Value Includes: An evening at a private Viennese palace – with dinner, entertainment, and a waltzing lesson 

Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors, and Tauck Cruise Director Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,898
Visit to Oberndorf, birthplace of the carol “Silent Night”. Time to explore Mozart’s Baroque, alpine hometown of Salzburg on your own. 
In Passau, a choice of a walking tour of Old Town and a sweets-making workshop at a local café; a guided geo-caching game in Old Town; or a guided hike with a holiday theme and storytelling. Visit to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Medieval games, a walking tour, and a scavenger hunt in Old Town Bratislava. A tour of Budapest taking in the castle district, Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes Square, and more. Traditional European holiday dinner and events aboard the riverboat. Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks. Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted. 20 meals; service charges, admission fees, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

Why take a River Cruise? https://www.tauck.com/river-cruises/why-take-a-river-cruise

Trip operated by our partner: Tauck

DAY 1: Arrive Vienna and embark your riverboat

Cruise begins: 2:00 PM, Vienna, Austria. A transfer is included from Vienna International Airport or Vienna’s Main Train Station to your riverboat, ms Savor, all decked out for the holidays! Guests who enjoy a pre-cruise stay in Vienna will receive a transfer from Tauck’s hotel to the riverboat. Join us for a sightseeing tour, taking in the elegant boulevards, palaces, museums, opera house, and other impressive buildings built during the days when Vienna was the home of emperors who ruled much of Europe. The catacombs of St. Stephen’s Cathedral have nothing to do with combing cats. They’re the spooky underground cemetery that you’ll visit today, too. This evening onboard ship, enjoy your captain’s fun welcome reception followed by dinner. Then you’re off to one of Vienna’s most enchanting holiday markets, glittering with lights and sparkling with treats!

MEALS: Dinner


DAY 2: Emperors and empresses in palaces in Vienna

Following an introduction to Vienna this morning, enjoy a firsthand look at the Habsburg emperors’ home life during your guided visit at Schönbrunn Palace, once their magnificent summer residence, boasting 1,441 rooms and exquisite gardens. This afternoon is free for exploring Vienna as you please; shuttles between your riverboat and central Vienna run throughout the afternoon. Then, it’s time to dress up for a Tauck Exclusive evening at Palais Pallavicini, one of Vienna’s few private palaces, where you’ll enjoy a champagne (or juice) reception, dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson for a wonderful night of family fun.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 3: Budapest, pearl of the Danube

Disembark your riverboat for a tour of one of Europe’s most architecturally stunning cities. Budapest was once two separate cities divided by the Danube, Buda and Pest, now linked by the majestic Chain Bridge. Your family will go on a walking tour through the castle district and take in the amazing views from Fisherman’s Bastion. See elegant Andrássy Avenue, monumental Heroes Square, and City Park. When you reboard your riverboat, your Tauck Directors and Cruise Director have fun activities planned for your family to share! Set sail for Bratislava.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4: Medieval games in Old Town Bratislava

Your riverboat arrives this morning in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava. Head to Old Town to try your hand at some medieval games and enjoy an interactive walking tour in this car-free historic center with a scavenger hunt. Your afternoon is free. This evening onboard your riverboat, Slovak performers entertain your family with a taste of local culture.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5: The Wachau Valley – Dürnstein & Melk or Krems

Your riverboat sails through scenic Wachau Valley wine country before docking in Krems. Disembark for your choice of excursions. One possibility is to visit Melk Abbey, a sprawling Baroque edifice high on a hill overlooking the Danube. Softly golden in the winter light, Melk Abbey is filled with centuries of treasures. It’s been a beacon of learning for generations and is still home to a secondary school today. On a guided tour, your family will love imagining going to school in these magnificent surroundings. According to the abbey’s Christmas legend, the Virgin Mary and the Christ child made a miraculous visit to the abbey, where a young novice juggled oranges and entertained the infant so much that he clapped for joy and Mary gave the baby to the priest-in-training to hold. Your family’s other choice is a walking tour in the charming riverside Old Town of Krems, set against a striking backdrop of terraced vineyards. This evening, warm up for your visit to Salzburg tomorrow with The Sound of Music karaoke.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 6: Oberndorf, Silent Night, and Salzburg

Wake up early for your full-day excursion to Oberndorf and Salzburg. Mozart was born in Salzburg, and his family home is still there. The Sound of Music was set in Salzburg, and you might recognize a few locations from the movie. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and then you’re off on a choice of afternoon excursions. One choice will have your family discovering the story behind one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols in Oberndorf, the town where Silent Night was born in 1818, and hear some stirring music. Alternatively, enjoy some additional free time in Salzburg to explore as you please. Reboard your riverboat, and cruise to Passau.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 7: Old Town Passau

Dock in Passau, a picturesque city of narrow lanes, archways, and squares set on three rivers. You have a choice of activities. One is a walking tour of Old Town and a visit to a local café for a traditional sweets workshop. The family that owns the café has been making treats for the residents of Passau for four generations – and today they’ll share some tips with your family. Another choice is to discover Old Town as you play a geo-caching game with a local guide. Or go on a guided hike with a holiday theme and interactive storytelling. Back onboard your riverboat, join your captain for his farewell reception followed by dinner. Sail for Vilshofen.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8: Your journey home

Your family holiday river cruise ends in Vilshofen. A transfer is included from your riverboat to Munich International Airport. Fly home anytime. Travel time to Munich is two hours, so flights should be booked with that in mind. Families enjoying a post-cruise stay at Tauck’s hotel in Munich, Bayerischer Hof, will receive transfers from the riverboat to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport after their post-cruise stay. Please allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS: Breakfast

Tour Operated by Tauck Tours

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Space is subject to availability. The Itinerary and dates are subject to change.

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At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

  • Traveler’s Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport 
  • Passport copy – Photo page(Passport must be valid for 6 months after return date)
  • Traveler’s Address
  • Email Address
  • Traveler’s Phone Number 
  • Tour Name and Departure Date
  • Purchasing Airline Tickets in Business or Coach class along with departure/return airports
  • Purchasing a travel protection plan
  • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number of a relative or friend (not traveling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Certain travel partners mandate Covid vaccine and booster shots. This changes on an ongoing basis so please check with us at the time of booking.

Call to find out more about the initial deposit requirements and cancellation policy. 

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