June to Oct 2018 • 15 Day Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise • All-Inclusive with Tauck

  • Pricing

    per person twin share onboard ms Esprit

    Date Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5 Cat 6 Cat 7
    May 5, 2018 SOLD OUT  $8,590 $9,110 $9,430 $10,810 $11,800 $12,050 $13,550
    June 2, 2018 $9,490 $9,990 $10,300 $11,690 $12,680 $12,930 $14,430
    June 30, 2018 $9,490 $9,990 $10,300 $11,690 $12,680 $12,930 $14,430
    July 28, 2018 $8,240 $8,740 $9,050 $10,440 $11,430 $11,680 $13,180
    August 25, 2018 $8,740 Call $9,550 $10,940 $11,930 $12,180 $13,680
    September 22, 2018 $9,490 $9,990 $10,300 $11,690 $12,680 $12,930 $14,430
    October 20, 2018 $8,240 $8,740 $9,050 $10,440 $11,430 $11,680 $13,180

     

    per person twin share onboard ms Treasures

    Date Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5 Cat 6 Cat 7
    May 19, 2018 SOLD OUT $9,090 $9,610 $9,930 $11,310 $12,300 $12,550 $14,050
    June 16, 2018 $9,490 $9,990 $10,300 $11,690 $12,680 $12,930 $14,430
    July 14, 2018 $8,590 $9,110 $9,430 $10,810 $11,800 $12,050 $13,550
    August 11, 2018 $8,240 $8,740 $9,050 $10,440 $11,430 $11,680 $13,180
    September 8, 2018 $9,490 $9,990 $10,300 $11,690 $12,680 $12,930 $14,430
    October 6, 2018 $9,240 $9,740 $10,050 $11,440 $12,430 $12,680 $14,180

     

    Single price in Category 1 is the same as the per person twin share price. Contact us for single pricing & availability for other cabin categories. 

    Solo Travellers also enjoy Savings of AUD $1,250 per cabin in Category 4 and 5 on the May 5, July 28, August 25 and October 20 departures, subject to availability.

    Cabin categories are selling fast, call or email us for up-to-date availability.

    Category 1 Cabin Category 1
    Situated on the Emerald deck, eight 150-square-foot Category 1 cabins each feature a bathroom with shower and Molton Brown toiletries, a Tauck Exclusive.

     

    Category 2 CabinCategory 2
    One spacious, elegantly appointed Category 2 cabin is located forward on the Emerald deck, measuring 183 square feet and featuring a roomy bathroom with shower.

     

    Category 3 CabinCategory 3
    Two 150-square-foot Category 3 cabins, located on the Ruby Deck, feature one floor-to-ceiling French balcony with one sliding door for superior views.

     

    Category 4 CabinCategory 4
    Two spacious, well-appointed Category 4 cabins, located on the Ruby Deck, each measure 183 square feet and feature one floor-to-ceiling French balcony with one sliding door for superior views.

     

    Category 5 CabinCategory 5
    Set forward on the Diamond Deck, two spacious, well-appointed Category 5 cabins measure 183 square feet and sport one floor-to-ceiling French balcony with one sliding door.

     

    Category 6 CabinCategory 6
    Twenty spacious 225-square-foot Category 6 cabins, each featuring a floor-to-ceiling French balcony with one sliding door, are located on the Ruby Deck.

     

    Category 7 Tauck SuiteCategory 7
    14 luxurious 300-square-foot Category 7 suites on the Diamond Deck boast two floor-to-ceiling French balconies with sliding door and large bathrooms 

     

    Inclusions

    • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
    • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at AUD $3,080
    • A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers
    • Choices of bicycle excursions in Rüdesheim & Bamberg
    • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces
    • Day exploring Nürnberg, the walled medieval town whose history is forever intertwined with World War II
    • Choice of sightseeing in Vienna – a visit to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg or to Schönbrunn Palace
    • Memorable visits to Melk Abbey, Kölner Dom, and Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim
    • Guided sightseeing in the historic European capitals of Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest
    • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
    • Airport and train station transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • All meals included – 41 (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners); select meals in local restaurants, wine with dinner on the riverboat
    • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1: Embark on your cruise in Amsterdam
    Your Rhine cruise starts at 5:30 PM in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A transfer is included from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport or Central Station directly to your riverboat. Enjoy a welcome briefing and a leisurely dinner as you settle into your floating hotel for a memorable two-week-cruise on the Main, Rhine and Danube Rivers.

    DAY 2: Great art, canals & more in Amsterdam
    Amsterdam… the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital’s myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets and cafés to awe-inspiring museums housing a treasure trove of world-famous art – and it’s all yours to enjoy today. Your guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum is really inspiring – a firsthand look at Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch is like meeting the artist himself, and you’ll love seeing acclaimed works by other well-known “Old Dutch Masters.” Once an exclusive royal privilege, a private sightseeing cruise by canal boat on the city’s network of concentric, tree-lined 17th-century canals provides a unique view of Amsterdam’s blend of architectural styles – they date all the way back to medieval times – and a unique taste of daily life in this easygoing city. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight as we chart a course to Germany

    DAY 3: Modern & ancient history in Köln
    After a morning of cruising and lunch aboard the riverboat, your explorations continue in Köln (Cologne), the oldest city in Germany. A guided walking tour of city sights includes a visit to twin-spired Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), boasting one of the world’s largest church façades; it is one of Europe’s most beloved Gothic cathedrals. You’ll have some free time to wander through Cathedral Square and the Hohe Strasse pedestrian area in the afternoon. Dinner aboard ship tonight is followed by an onboard performance by local musicians.

    DAY 4: Cruising to Rüdesheim & music machinesRhine River Cruise
    The perfect Rhine cruise… glide along the river until early afternoon, and relax as your Tauck Director shares a tale or two during the cruise through the scenic – and literally legendary – Lorelei Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Rüdesheim, where an entertaining lunch in a local German restaurant with an old-world ambiance precedes a visit to Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett, an eclectic collection of mechanical musical instruments housed in a 15th-century castle in Rüdesheim, followed by free time; walk back to the ship or ride the mini train. Alternatively, you can choose to join us on a bicycling excursion along the Rhine today. Back aboard the riverboat this evening, enjoy dinner while cruising the Rhine.

    DY 5: A full day cruising the Main
    Enjoy the views as your Rhine cruise continues into the Main River, for a full day of cruising through scenic valleys studded with castles, cathedrals, and fortified towns. Enjoy a Bavarian-themed dinner aboard the riverboat tonight.

    DAY 6: Rothenburg or Würzburg & wine tasting
    Spend the morning cruising and have lunch aboard the riverboat before arriving in Würzburg for choice of sightseeing. You can choose an excursion to medieval Rothenburg, on Germany’s “Romantic Road,” to see its Gothic cathedral and gabled houses on a walking tour, and enjoy some free time. Or stay in Würzburg and visit its famous Residenz, where the town’s prince bishops lived from 1744. One of the largest and most beautiful Baroque palaces in Germany, it was built and decorated in the 18th century by an international team of architects, painters, and sculptors, and is today recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, gather in the Residenz wine cellar for a tasting of the local vintage. Both groups will return to the riverboat for dinner aboard ship followed by entertainment.

    DAY 7: Along the Main to Bamberg
    Your riverboat cruises along the Main to the Bavarian town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated atop seven hills. You have a choice between discovering the town’s lovely gardens, medieval architecture and 13th-century Gothic cathedral with its four imposing towers on a guided walking tour of Old Town (with time afterwards to explore this charming town on your own); or embarking on a bicycling excursion (due to the terrain, this activity is recommended for fit and experienced cyclists only). Enjoy dinner back aboard the riverboat this evening.

    DAY 8: Nürnberg & the Main-Danube Canal
    Tauck’s Main, Danube and Rhine cruise arrives this morning in historic Nürnberg, where you’ll have a choice of a walking tour through Nürnberg’s medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city, or view the Courthouse, Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, and other sites associated with World War II and its aftermath, and visit the Documentation Center. Your riverboat negotiates the Main-Danube Canal today, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea – and which you’ll learn all about from a local expert during your transit. The idea goes back as far as Charlemagne, but wasn’t realized until this canal was completed in the 1990s; pass through 16 locks as the waterway traverses the mountains. Have dinner aboard the riverboat this evening.

    DAY 9: Ancient Regensburg & on to Passau
    With its roots as a Roman encampment on the Danube, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg is home to more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town’s 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall), the towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall. Visit the princely house of Thurn und Taxis on a guided tour, followed by free time. Enjoy an onboard musical performance by a local quartet before your ship sets off for Passau.

    DAY 10: Baroque Passau & cruising the Danube
    The riverboat docks in the port city of Passau, dating way back to Roman times. Spend time exploring this lovely Bavarian town – well-known for its Baroque architecture including unique four-story homes, scores of churches and marvellous stained glass – on a walking tour; inside St. Stephan’s Cathedral, you’ll see (and maybe even hear) the largest pipe organ outside of the U.S. (and the world’s biggest cathedral organ). Listen to commentary from your Tauck Director and take advantage of other activities as you continue your Danube, Main and Rhine cruise in the afternoon, bound for Melk, Austria. This evening, enjoy a musical performance by a classical trio.

    DAY 11: Melk Abbey & a Grand Evening in Vienna
    Your next destination is the town of Melk, Austria, where you’ll step back in time on a guided tour of its 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop above the river. Inside this Baroque masterpiece are fine frescoes, early manuscripts, and a high altar. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy views of castles, vineyards, small towns, monasteries and medieval ruins while cruising through the Wachau Valley toward the magnificent Austrian capital city of Vienna. Tonight, a Tauck Exclusive – a private, gala evening in the beautiful Baroque Palais Pallavicini in the heart of the city, featuring a sumptuous dinner and live entertainment – just might sweep you off your feet!

    DAY 12: An “Imperial” day in Vienna
    Get an overview of Vienna, Austria’s capital and one of Europe’s greatest cities, with a morning sightseeing tour of this historic former capital of the Habsburg Empire. Take your choice of a tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ vast “summer residence” built to rival Versailles, or a guided visit to the Sisi Museum and the amazing Imperial Apartments inside the Hofburg, the Habsburg family’s former royal palace that today is the official residence of Austria’s president. Explore the city as you wish this afternoon, or return to the riverboat; dinner is aboard ship tonight.

    DAY 13: A bit of Baroque in Bratislava
    Depart Vienna after breakfast, and spend the morning cruising to Slovakia. Arrive early afternoon in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where 17 centuries of history are chronicled on a walking tour led by a local guide. Highlights include Baroque palaces from the Habsburg era, St. Martin’s Cathedral and more, and a visit to Old Town Hall. This evening, enjoy dinner aboard the riverboat followed by onboard Slovakian entertainment by local performers in the lounge; set off for Budapest tonight.

    DAY 14: Both sides of remarkable Budapest
    Tauck’s memorable Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise arrives at your final destination – Budapest, Hungary’s remarkable capital. Standing on opposite banks of the Danube, Budapest’s two distinct sections – Buda and Pest – were once independent cities. Discover both on a day of sightseeing that includes views of patriotic Heroes’ Square in Pest, dominated by statues of great leaders from Hungarian history; the Gothic-Revival Parliament building, an iconic feature of the Budapest skyline along the Danube; and Fisherman’s Bastion, standing watch like a sentinel over the river. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. Join us for our farewell reception and dinner tonight onboard ship.

    DAY 15: Journey home
    Your Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise ends in Budapest, Hungary. Disembark in Budapest; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and Budapest Keleti Railway Station. Allow 3 hours for departure flight check-in.

     

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