Royal Danube, Berlin & Krakow - Westbound Aboard ms Joy

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 Nurnberg to Vienna. Tauck Exclusive experiences include a Tauck Exclusive gala evening with entertainment at a Viennese palace... a special dinner in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow... a ride aboard the new bullet train from Berlin to Nurnberg... and more.



Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities featured on the Danube River, Berlin and Krakow included.

Three nights in Berlin chronicle 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. 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. Crossing into Austria, stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District, explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle and attend an evening in Vienna at a private palace. During a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle, poignant pauses in Krakow, Auschwitz and Kazimierz pay homage to lives lost in tragic times.



Moments of history shape the sights you'll see in the cities featured on the Danube River, Berlin and Krakow included.

Three nights in Berlin chronicle 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. 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. Crossing into Austria, stop at Linz for a walking tour or boat ride in the nearby Lake District, explore Krems and the Wachau Valley by bicycle and attend an evening in Vienna at a private palace. During a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle, poignant pauses in Krakow, Auschwitz and Kazimierz pay homage to lives lost in tragic times.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Gala Imperial Evening at a private Viennese palace
  • A private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,562
  • 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 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.

    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 - Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains or Kazimierz

    Nestled in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane was first established as a resort town at the end of the 18th century, known for helping heal tuberculosis patients. Not long after, skiers flocked to the town attracted by its alpine landscapes. Today it retains its role as a picturesque resort town that is enjoyed year-round. You will have an opportunity to sample its charms in person on an excursion that includes time to explore the area on your own. Or, you may choose to explore Krakow'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. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B

    Day 4 - Embark Your Riverboat in Vienna

    Depart Krakow this morning for Vienna where your riverboat awaits your arrival. 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.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Vienna, Past and Present

    The Austrian capital of Vienna is 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 Schonbrunn 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. Today you'll have a choice of exploring 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' Schonbrunn Palace); the city's Jewish Heritage sites; or highlights of modern, contemporary Vienna. After lunch, spend the afternoon as you like, then dress for an exclusive royal dinner at the private Palais Pallavicini with sparkling entertainment... a highlight of your cruise!



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - 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:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - 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 Postlingberg 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:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Explore Straubing or Deggendorf

    Spend the morning at leisure while your riverboat cruises to Deggendorf, Germany, for a choice of excursions in the nearby town of Straubing. An ancient settlement that dates back to 6,000 BC and is steeped with Roman roots, Straubing is the quintessential Bavarian city. Explore it 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.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - An Abbey, BMWs and the Danube Gorge

    Enjoy onboard commentary as you cruise aboard your riverboat this morning. Disembark ship in Kelheim, located at the confluence of the Danube River and the Danube-Main Canal, 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.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Nurnberg or Bayreuth

    Your riverboat docks in Roth this morning, then continues on to Nurnberg, arriving this afternoon. Follow your passions today on a 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 Nurnberg 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. Join us tonight aboard the riverboat in Nurnberg for a farewell reception, followed by dinner at your leisure and entertainment in the lounge.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 11 - Disembark Ship and Train to Berlin

    Disembark your riverboat in Nurnberg 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, from architecturally rich neighborhoods and manicured parks to historic monuments and memorials that line its famous avenues and riverfront promenades. Arrive at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin this afternoon, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy the evening at leisure.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B

    Day 12 - A day 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. 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.



    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. 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. 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 Tegel 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 12/31/2019
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Joy

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