Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Eastbound

Royal Danube, Berlin & Kraków - Eastbound

Operator: Tauck
Ship: MS Joy
Starts: Berlin, Germany on Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Ends: Krakow, Poland on Sat, Aug 17, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Czech, Germany, Poland

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Moments of history shape the sights you’ll see in the cities featured on the Danube River, Berlin and Kraków 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 cobble-stoned 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. Poignant pauses in Kraków, Auschwitz and Kazimier pay homage to lives lost during a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle.

Day 1 (Sun, Aug 04, 2019): Berlin Germany

Tour Begins: 5:00 PM, Hotel Adlon Kempinski. A transfer is included upon arrival at Berlin Tegel Airport or Berlin Central Train Station to the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, ideally located near Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Settle in and join us for a special welcome dinner where a local expert shares a personal perspective of life behind the Iron Curtain.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Mon, Aug 05, 2019): Berlin Germany

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 sightseeing tour this morning gives you an overview of its many charms, from architecturally rich neighborhoods, museums and manicured parks to historic monuments and memorials that line its famous avenues and riverfront promenades. Then it’s your choice of excursions, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island for a guided museum tour or an in-depth tour of Berlin’s Jewish Heritage sites. Everyone meets up for lunch and a boat ride, followed by time at leisure to explore Germany’s vibrant capital as you wish.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Tue, Aug 06, 2019): Berlin Germany

Today you can choose to experience the city from one of three perspectives. 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. Following lunch, spend the remainder of the day as you please; if you wish, take an optional bicycle ride to see Berlin from a different, modern-day perspective.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Wed, Aug 07, 2019): Berlin Germany

A ride aboard the fast train speeds you to Nürnberg today where ms Savor awaits. Enjoy a welcome reception and 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 (Thu, Aug 08, 2019): Bayreuth Germany

Follow your passions today on a choice of morning sightseeing excursions. Music lovers will delight in a visit to nearby Bayreuth, once home to German composer Richard Wagner and Hungarian musician Franz Liszt. Sightseeing here includes the lavish Baroque opera house. Or, walk off the riverboat for a locally guided tour of Nürnberg that focuses on its role in WWII. You will have the opportunity to view the Courthouse, Zeppelin Field rally grounds, and other sites associated with the war and its aftermath. Return to the riverboat for lunch and an afternoon cruise.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Fri, Aug 09, 2019): Kehlheim Germany

After a morning at leisure onboard your riverboat, disembark in Kelheim, located at the confluence of the Danube River and the Danube-Main Canal, for a choice of excursions. Take a walk through Kelheim followed by a visit to the Danube Gorge and Weltenburg Abbey or drive into the country for a tour of a working BMW factory, schedule permitting. You may wish to enjoy free time in Kelheim, perhaps riding along picturesque bike paths on one of your ship’s complimentary bicycles. Return to the riverboat for dinner onboard tonight.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 (Sat, Aug 10, 2019): Straubing Germany

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 themed tours that offer different perspectives of the city. Return to the riverboat for lunch and an afternoon cruise.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Sun, Aug 11, 2019): Linz Austria

Welcome to Austria, a land of great musical traditions, alpine beauty and Imperial lifestyles. Wake up this morning in Linz, 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 with an opportunity to taste freshly baked Linzer Torte at a traditional coffee house. 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. Or spend the day in the Lake District, enjoying a boat ride and a visit to St. Wolfgang in Salzkammergut to see the famous Gothic winged altar in its 14th-century church.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Mon, Aug 12, 2019): Krems Austria

Your riverboat arrives in the 1,000-year-old city of Krems this morning, located at the beginning of the Wachau Valley, celebrated for its exquisite Austrian wines. Spend the morning exploring as you wish, walking through town with a local guide or pedaling through the lush vineyard-lined landscapes of the Wachau Valley on a bicycle. This afternoon’s wine tasting excursion offers an authentic taste of the grape and reveals time-honored secrets of the Austrian winemakers. It’s on to Vienna this afternoon, where an evening arrival offers you the opportunity to see the city at night.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 (Tue, Aug 13, 2019): Vienna Austria

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 Schönbrunn palaces, graced by gardens and gilded treasures. The city’s historic Jewish Quarter, Judenplatz, is in the heart of the city, and Vienna’s contemporary center, including the new Hauptbahnhof and the university campus, is also nearby. You will have a choice of exploring the city’s Jewish Heritage sites, contemporary sights or Schönbrunn on different excursions with our local guides. 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!

 


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 (Wed, Aug 14, 2019): Krakow Poland

Disembark your riverboat in Vienna after breakfast and journey on a day’s drive across the border to Kraków, Poland, for a three-night stay. 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.  Arrive at your grand hotel in Kraków in late afternoon, ideally located near historic Wawel Castle. Enjoy the evening at leisure.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 (Thu, Aug 15, 2019): Krakow Poland

Kraków 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's national identity with its prestigious university, royal castle, Gothic cathedral and still-thriving Old Quarter.  A choice of sightseeing here today includes a tour of city sights or a poignant visit to nearby Auschwitz with a local guide. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy as you wish.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Fri, Aug 16, 2019): Krakow Poland

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 on an excursion that includes time to explore the area on your own. Or, you may wish to explore Kraków's Kazimierz District to learn more about its Jewish history with a visit to Schindler’s Factory, now a museum. Join us for an unforgettable farewell dinner tonight underground at the Wieliczka Salt Mine; if you wish, you can choose to take a robust walking tour prior to tonight's special evening – a fascinating descent down a shaft into the salt mine.

 


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Sat, Aug 17, 2019): Krakow Poland

Tour ends: Kraków. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Sheraton Grand Kraków to Saint John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice or Kraków Main Train Station. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Moments of history shape the sights you’ll see in the cities featured on the Danube River, Berlin and Kraków 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 cobble-stoned 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. Poignant pauses in Kraków, Auschwitz and Kazimier pay homage to lives lost during a three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow, overlooking beautiful Wawel Castle.

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Gala Imperial Evening in a private Viennese palace
  • All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director  
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3,837
  • A private underground dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow
  • 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 Krakow - all included

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Ship Information

MS Joy


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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