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Blue Danube Family River Boat Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 118 people
Destination(s): Germany   Austria   Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Family River Boat Cruise  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6740 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Welcome aboard in Budapest!
Meals D

Your family's Danube River tour begins at 2:00 PM in Budapest, Hungary. A transfer is included from Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport or Keleti train station right to the gangway, where you'll drop off your luggage aboard ms Swiss Jewel. Your 7-night cruise begins with a sightseeing tour of the city. Budapest is divided by the Danube River into two sections, Buda and Pest; you'll learn about the turbulent history and see iconic sites such as Heroes' Square and Fishermen's Bastion. Board your riverboat, settle in, and meet fellow families at the Captain's welcome reception and dinner aboard the riverboat tonight.
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 2 Bratislava, medieval games & more in Slovakia
Meals B, L, D

If you think that you'll spend the first day of your journey tromping through musty museums and dusty cathedrals, think again! After a morning spent cruising the Danube along Hungary's border with Slovakia to Bratislava, get set for an exciting day. Head outside the city to the partially restored ruins of Devin Castle, perched high above the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers. Explore the castle and enjoy a trip back to the Middle Ages with a knight tournament and medieval games, a fencing show, medieval dancing and more. You'll have time this afternoon to do some exploring on your own back in Slovakia's ancient capital, which has more than 17 centuries of stories to tell... along with one of the youngest populations of any city in Europe. Back aboard the riverboat this evening, enjoy a cookout dinner on the Sun Deck (weather permitting) and Slovak cultural entertainment... completing one day (of many) on your Danube River tour that your family will never forget!
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 3 Schönbrunn Palace & an Imperial Evening in Vienna
Meals B, L, D

Whether you call it Wien (as the Austrians do) or Vienna, this grand Imperial city is famous as the former capital of the Habsburg Empire and much more. A sightseeing tour views magnificent boulevards like the Ringstrasse, beautiful gardens and parks, and Vienna's famed architecture. Discover what royal life was like during a guided visit to the huge – it has 1,441 rooms! – Schönbrunn Palace, the permanent summer residence of the Austrian Imperial Family, the Habsburgs, from Empress Maria Theresa's time in the 18th century until 1918. Once, only the Imperial family (which included future French queen Marie Antoinette, who grew up here) was allowed to walk through the garden Maze. Today, it's your turn; look for its hidden secrets! Tonight brings another highlight on this most unique of family Danube river cruises – a visit to a traditional private Vienna palace for an Imperial Evening. Welcome drinks are followed by a special dinner and some extraordinary Viennese entertainment in a grand ballroom for a wonderful night of family fun.
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 4 Strüdel, the Prater & more in Vienna
Meals B, L, D

Your family's day in Vienna begins with a fascinating tour of the catacombs beneath St. Stephen's Cathedral, once a burial ground for cardinals, royalty... and common folk afflicted with the Black Plague. Later, spend some free time as you please; the city boasts over 100 museums among its many historical and cultural attractions! Back aboard the riverboat this afternoon, activities include a demonstration in making real Viennese strüdel. Following dinner aboard the riverboat this evening, have some family fun at the world-famous Vienna Prater amusement park, featuring over 250 rides and attractions to enjoy. You'll find the Riesenrad, a giant ferris wheel (which film buffs will recognize from the 1940s classic The Third Man); "extreme-speed" rides, merry-go-rounds and go-carts tracks; haunted houses and a fun house; and so much more. Tonight, sail on to Dürnstein.
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 5 Bicycling along the Danube & cruising the Wachau Valley
Meals B, L, D

When you wake up this morning, your riverboat will be docked in the pretty medieval town of Dürnstein, known for its 13th-century abbey and 16th-century houses along twisting, narrow, cobblestone streets. Take off on a leisurely bicycle tour* along the Danube River and through the countryside to a local village for some time on your own. Cycle back to Dürnstein, where you might want to hike up to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, for terrific vistas of the town, river and surrounding vineyards. Within the walls of this very castle, England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held as a prisoner after the Third Crusade – although he probably couldn't enjoy the view like you can! Spend the afternoon cruising through the valley; tonight, polish off your vocals and take part in "The Sound of Music" karaoke as your family's Danube River tour continues.
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 6 Spend time at the very unusual Hellbrunn Castle and Mozart's Salzburg
Meals B, L, D

Once upon a time, there was a Prince Archbishop of Salzburg who really liked playing practical jokes... and was maybe a little bit crazy. His many guests were astounded both by the Baroque beauty they found at his home, Schloss Hellbrunn (or Hellbrunn Castle), and the tricks he played on them in his "pleasure grounds" filled with gardens, fountains and gadgets that were a kind of 18th-century animatronics. Whether or not his guests found his pranks as funny as he did is another matter... but today, you'll find out for yourselves what surprises Schloss Hellbrunn has in store... and you may be as amazed by what you experience as his guests were! You'll also find some locations made famous by the movie The Sound of Music, including the pavilion that was the setting for the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen. Later, discover how much there is to see and do in lovely, historic Salzburg, as you explore the hometown of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as you please. Join your Tauck Director for a stroll through beautiful Mirabell Gardens. Maybe you'll even find all 14 of the ancient drinking fountains scattered around the Old City... or have fun trying!
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 7 Making music – and marzipan faces – in Passau
Meals B, L, D

Start your day with a walking tour of pretty Passau, Germany – Bavaria's Baroque "city of three rivers" at the junction of the Ilz, Inn and Danube. Have you ever had a chance to take a look at a really humongous pipe organ? If you have, you've no doubt wondered how any one person can play an instrument with as many as five keyboards and a whole bunch of pedals on the floor. Today, you'll see – as well as hear – the biggest pipe organ in Europe at Passau's historic St. Stephan's Cathedral, in a private demonstration for Tauck Bridges guests only; it has 17,774 pipes and 233 registers! Later, learn how marzipan, a candy made from sugar and ground almonds in all sorts of very realistic shapes, is made – and try your hand at making your own tasty tidbit in the shape of a face, very popular in Passau. Tonight, be sure to get the addresses of all your new friends who shared this cool Danube River tour with you at our festive farewell dinner aboard the riverboat.
Lodging Aboard the Riverboat

Day 8 Homeward bound!
Meals B

Tauck's family-friendly Danube River tour ends in Regensburg, Germany. Disembark your riverboat in Regensburg. Fly home anytime after 2:00 PM. A transfer from Regensburg to Munich Airport or Munich Hauptbahnhof train station is included. Be sure to allow 3 hours for check-in formalities at the airport.

Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices vary on dates and are based on double occupancy land only

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Client Request Served: 1290

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