There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube on an idyllic 8-day trip featuring a 7-night Vienna to Munich river cruise. Your leisurely riverboat journey unfolds like a dream: dramatic river landscapes, fairy-tale castles, Roman ruins, romantic villages, the epicurean delights of Wachau Valley, wine tastings, a private lunch at a Cesky Krumlov castle, a mountaintop abbey drenched in lavish Baroque art and a lot more. There is so much to see and inspire the Danube Reflections. 

  • Day 01

    Arrive Vienna & Embark Ship

    A transfer is included from Vienna International Airport or the Vienna Westbahnof train station directly to your riverboat, where embarkation begins at 4:00 PM. Enjoy a welcome toast before dinner onboard as your riverboat sails from Vienna to Bratislava this evening. 

    Meals included: Dinner (D)

  • Day 02

    Slovakia

    Wake up this morning in Bratislava and disembark for a choice of activities. One possibility is to go on a guided walking tour of the cobblestoned and vehicle-free historic center of Bratislava.

    Slovakia's captial city - a mix of medieval, Baroque, and modern arhitecture styles. Be sure to visit sites that include the 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, St. Michael's Gate, St. Martin's Cathedral, and the Primate's Palace, where you'll view rare 17th-century Bristish tapestries.

    Afterward, spend some free time exploring as you please. Your other choice today is an excursion into the countryside, lush with vineyards, wine tasting and a visit to Cerveny Kamen Castle in the Carpathian Mountains.

    Dating back to the 13th century, "The Red Stone Castle" is one of the best preserved castles in Slovakia that is filled with historical furnishings and art. During your visit, learn about the finer points of falconry at demonstration. You'll have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, reboard your ship for an afternoon at leisure. Then in the evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 03

    A day and night in Imperial Vienna

    Begin the day in Vienna with a tour of the city’s fabulous landmarks, then take your choice of awe-inspiring museum tours. Be sure to visit the Belvedere, an opulent 18th-century palace and former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The housing masterpieces are from the Medieval to Art Nouveau and Modern, including works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Shiele.

    The Kunsthistorisches (Fine Arts Museum) was founded by the Habsburgs in the 19th Century. The museum is a work of art itself. The House of Music (Haus der Musik) is featuring with imaginative interactive exhibits on famous composers where you can actually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic .

    This afternoon is for you to explore more of this amazing city, including the capital of the Habsburgs' Austro-Hungarian Empire. Later, join by this evening at Palais Pallavicini for a Tauck Exclusive. Built in 1784, the sumptuous surroundings of Palais Pallavicini is filled with its ornate decor and magnificent state rooms that will transport you to another time.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04

    Castles, abbeys and picture-perfect Dürnstein

    This morning, your riverboat docks in Krems, which offers you a choice of unforgettable sightseeing excursions: visit the lofty, or lavish monastery at Göttweig Abbey, or even a mountaintop Benedictine retreat with Baroque architectural, which features as stunning as the views. 

    Then, descend to the Tulln plain to encounter Graffenegg Castle. The 19th-century count’s madly romantic vision of a medieval castle is complete with fairy-tale turrets and towers, balconies, and gargoyles. Or, you can stay onboard and sail to the picture-perfect Austrian village of Dürnstein for a guided walking tour.

    If you are willing to enjoy some free time to explore, climb to the brooding ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle high above the town, where Richard the Lionhearted was once held for ransom in the 12th century. The third possibility is to try a challenging bicycling excursion (not suitable for beginners) through the Wachau Valley from starting and ending in Dürnstein.

    Return to the riverboat as you set off on a leisurely and scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley. You'll spy vineyards, castles, ancient hilltop ruins and monasteries as you sail. This wine country is famous for its Reislings and Grüner Veltliners, which you will get a chance to sample at a Tauck Exclusive wine tasting event in the town of Weissenkirchen.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 05

    Grein or the Mauthausen Memorial 

    Spend a relaxing morning cruising and hearing your Tauck Director's commentary. Your riverboat docks in the picturesque riverside village of Grein for a choice of sightseeing - you can either explore Greinor or visit the Mauthausen Memorial nearby. If you choose to discover Grein, begin with a guided walking tour of the village, which includes views of the Grein Theatre. It was built in 1791 whereas it's the oldest operating theatre in Austria.

    You'll also see the historic town square with the adjacent Gothic St. Giles Church, known for its fine altar and stained glass. If you wish, visit Schloss Greinburg, the privately owned castle of the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. High on a cliff overlooking the river, the castle is a showcase for the history and lifestyle of one of the most influential ruling families in Europe in the 19th century. You'll also have free time in the village of Grein.

    The other possibility today is a poignant guided visit at the museum and memorial on the site of the infamous World War II-era Mauthausen-Gusen concentration and slave labor camp complex. You'll arrive back onboard your riverboat in the late afternoon. As you savor the chef's signature dinner, your ship sails on to Passau this evening. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 06

    Exploring Passau or Cesky Krumlov

    This morning, your riverboat arrives in Passau, where you'll have a choice. Go sightseeing in this German town at the confluence of three rivers, or head to the town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic for exploring there.

    Once an ancient Roman outpost, Passau is more than 2,500 years old, a quintessential Bavarian town of pastel patrician houses, cafes, romantic cobblestone lanes, and riverfront promenades. If you choose to stay in Passau, your guided walking tour immerses you in its storybook mix of Roman, Italian Baroque, and German Gothic architecture.

    Explore St. Stephen's Cathedral or view the hilltop fortress where Passau's prince-bishops once resided; and check out the 14th-century Rathaus (Town Hall). You might want to attend a public concert on the famously massive organ of St. Stephen's Cathedral when available.

    After lunch, if you feel energetic, join your Tauck Director for a brisk walk up to the hilltop fortress. Your other possibility today is to travel to Cesky Krumlov, a well-preserved medieval town in a landscape of exceptional beauty. Your walking tour of Old Town includes Cesky Krumlov Castle, one of the largest castle complexes in Central Europe, encompassing 40 buildings and palaces in medieval, Renaissance, and Rococo design styles, plus numerous courtyards and gardens. Be sure to enjoy free time in Cesky Krumlov as you will return to your ship and continue cruising this evening. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 07

    Historic insights in Regensburg

    Dock in Regensburg this morning for a choice of sightseeing activities; one of Germany's most well-preserved medieval towns - and famous for its sausages! 

    Regensburg has more than 1,400 historic structures, some dating to ancient Roman times. You may choose to go on a walking tour of this major Bavarian town, including the Gothic cathedral, the market, the town hall, and 12th-century Steinerne Brücke, a medieval stone bridge spanning the Danube that's the oldest surviving bridge of its kind in the country.

    You'll also have a guided visit to St. Emmeram Palace – royal residence of Thurn und Taxis. The family dynasty whose fortune began in the 16th century and is the largest in Germany today. The castle, formerly a Benedictine abbey, is lush with Baroque features and frescoes, from the throne room to the ballroom and magnificent library, with displays of splendid art treasures, weaponry and fine porcelain – you can’t see it all, of course, since the family still lives here!

    Your second choice is a challenging walking tour of Regensburg that includes a visit to the Walhalla memorial and a massive hilltop hall of fame. Your afternoon is free. Return to the ship for tonight's farewell toast followed by dinner as the riverboat makes its way to Straubing for the end of your cruise.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 08

    Journey home

    Your cruise ends in Straubing, Germany. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included from the riverboat to Munich International Airport or Munich's main railroad station. 

    Meals included: Breakfast (B)

Details

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Cruise Line: TAUCK
Cruise ship: ms Joy

Accommodating up to 130 passengers as she winds her way along the mighty Danube River to offer our guests exclusive Tauck discoveries in timeless cities like Munich, Nürnberg, Vienna, Passau, Bratislava and Cesky Krumlov, the 443-foot ms Joy leads the way in spacious comfort with the most space per guest on Europe’s rivers.
Guest Capacity: 130
Length: 443-foot
Passenger Decks: 4

Route details
From Vienna to Munich

Dates (7 nights)
2019 departures are available from May, August and September

Inclusion

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions
  • Tauck Exclusive – private Imperial Evening at a private Vienna palace with dinner and Viennese performers
  • Choice of sightseeing in Passau or medieval Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
  • Wine-tasting event at the village of Weissenkirchen, in Austrian wine country
  • Choice of visit to Grein or the poignant Mauthausen Memorial
  • Choice in Vienna of world-class museums, including the Haus der Musik
  • 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
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges

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