Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise - Westbound

Make the holidays even more magical for your family aboard our family river cruise departing December 20 (westbound, from Vienna) aboard ms Savor... a weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore, sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.



Both the young and young at heart delight aboard a weeklong Danube river cruise filled with European holiday festivities onboard and ashore... Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of 'Silent Night'… at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt… and in Budapest, 'the Pearl of the Danube.' Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

Both the young and young at heart delight aboard a weeklong Danube river cruise filled with European holiday festivities onboard and ashore... Your family will discover Europe's 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic's in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together - in Oberndorf, home of 'Silent Night'… at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt… and in Budapest, 'the Pearl of the Danube.' Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - 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 $1,808
  • Visit to Oberndorf, birthplace of the carol ?Silent Night?
  • A visit to Baroque Salzburg and, weather permitting, a funicular ride up to the city's hilltop fortress

  • Call (215) 236-3660 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14710385

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2020
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1ViennaArrive 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!



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: D
    Day 2ViennaEmperors and empresses in palaces in Vienna

    You'll have a firsthand look at the home life of the Habsburg emperors this morning during your guided visit at Schonbrunn Palace, their summer residence, and its gardens. Your family can return to the riverboat for lunch or try a local restaurant or cafe. This afternoon is free for exploring Vienna as you please. Shuttles between your riverboat and downtown Vienna will 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! Sail for Budapest tonight.

    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3BudapestBudapest, 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 Andrassy 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.



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4BratislavaMedieval 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.



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5DurnsteinThe Wachau Valley - Durnstein & 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. Late afternoon, enjoy some local wines at a tasting and learn about wine-making in the Wachau Valley. It's Christmas Eve, and everything closes early in Europe for family time. This evening warm up for your visit to Salzburg tomorrow with The Sound of Music karaoke! Can you yodel?



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6SalzburgOberndorf, Silent Night, and Salzburg

    Wake up early for your full-day excursion to Oberndorf and Salzburg. Your family will discover 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. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and then you're off to tour Salzburg, a beautiful city of cobblestone streets, palaces, and a hilltop fortress. 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. Your family will have free time to explore. Then you're off to reboard your riverboat. Without revealing any secret details, we can say that your evening onboard ship will be… magical. Sail for Passau tonight.



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7PassauOld 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 cafe for a traditional sweets workshop. The family that owns the cafe 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. Enjoy some free time in Passau, and weather permitting, walk with your Tauck Director up to the city fortress for some great views. Back onboard your riverboat, join your captain for his farewell reception followed by dinner. Sail for Vilshofen.



    Lodging:ms Savor

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8VilshofenYour 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.



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    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    December 20, 2021$0.00* (USD) / MS SAVOR - AVAILABLEQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    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.

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