European River Cruising

Danube River

Our Danube river cruises along Europe's longest river include wine tasting at private vineyards... visits to medieval towns and riverside castles... and private palace evenings that come alive with music and merriment.

Danube River Cruising
Take a look at Tauck River Cruising along the Danube, the "River of Kings"

Welcome to the Danube River

This picturesque "river of kings" carves a winding path through a total of ten modern-day European nations with landscapes characterized by vineyards, forested slopes, wine-producing villages and imposing fortresses that remain a testimony to kingdoms and culture... regal, romantic and ready to welcome Tauck river cruisers.

Meet and cruise with Chef Luca Manfé

Celebrate Italian cuisine with Chef Luca Manfé on select Tauck river cruises

Italian-born, Texas-based chef and cookbook author Luca Manfé is the winner of MasterChef Season 4 on FOX, Executive Chef at "The Lucky Fig" food truck in Houston, and founder of the "Dinner with Luca” personalized catering service. You’ll have an exclusive opportunity to meet and celebrate European culinary traditions with Chef Luca aboard the October 28 departure of The Blue Danube, featuring onboard demonstrations, tastings and a Signature Dinner by Chef Luca!

Meet and cruise with Chef Jacques Haeringer

Cruise with Chef Jacques on a special departure of Danube Reflections

Renowned celebrity chef, TV host and author Chef Jacques Haeringer, of the famed L'Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques' Brasserie, will join us aboard a special August 14, 2019 departure of Danube Reflections – featuring special culinary perks, including onboard cooking demonstrations featuring regional products, locally sourced Chef Dinners onboard, and a tasting of Chef Jacques’ favorite beer in Regensburg, where Chef studied the language and culture of the region. Your culinary journey will also be accompanied by Chef Jacques’ friend Klaus Wittauer, the premier Austrian wine expert and former Sommelier of L’Auberge Chez Francois, who enriches our experience with his vast knowledge of the region’s fine wines, and special onboard tastings with Austria’s premier vintners and winemaker friends.

Tauck Exclusive – Imperial Evening at Palais Pallavicini

Our gala Imperial Evening at a private palace in Vienna

Built in 1784, the sumptuous Palais Pallavicini is a grand private palace in the heart of Vienna whose magnificent Baroque touches transport you to another time. Join us at the Palais for a gala evening featuring a reception, dinner and classical performances sure to sweep you off your feet... and let you experience firsthand how Europe's cultured classes lived and were entertained centuries ago. And film fans will note that the Palais and its elegant facade served as rogue Harry Lime's postwar Vienna apartment in the Cold War classic "The Third Man."

Bicycling along the Danube

What could be better than a leisurely bicycle ride along the Danube?

A leisurely bicycle ride through countryside along the Danube River with your local guide is a perfect way to experience the centuries-old castles and lush vineyards of the Wachau Valley wine-growing region – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval landscapes. Our river cruises offer numerous opportunities for cycling along Europe’s rivers; every Tauck riverboats has bicycles aboard for use by guests ashore.

Passau, Germany

Beautiful, Baroque Passau, the "City of Three Rivers"

The charming Bavarian riverside city of Passau – situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers – is the kind of town in which you’ll set off on a walking tour with a local guide… and your guide’s passion for his or her hometown makes your visit that much more special. Must-sees in this “City of Three Rivers” include the 17th-century Baroque Dom St. Stephan (St. Stephan’s Cathedral), with its magnificent pipe organ – the largest in Europe – and the 14th-century Town Hall. Enjoy time on your own exploring Passau’s pedestrian walkways through tunnels and archways and along ancient cobblestone streets, to find its wealth of Baroque architecture and beautiful churches, many of which are known for their exquisite stained glass.

Austria's Wachau Valley

The joys of Austria's Wachau Valley along the Danube

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval landscapes, the Wachau Valley, formed by the Danube River in Austria, invites a leisurely cruise past the lush vineyards of one of the country’s premier wine regions… fairy-tale castles… ancient monasteries, like famed Melk Abbey, with its Baroque “facelift” from the 18th-century… and typical, post-card perfect villages like Dürnstein. Take a closer look at its Baroque houses and Romanesque church as you stroll down its one main street… then challenge yourself to an invigorating climb up centuries-old steps to the ruins of hilltop Kuenringerburg Castle, where England’s King Richard the Lionhearted was once held for ransom by Austria’s Duke Leopold V. The views from up here say all that need to be said about the Wachau Valley…

Hungarian State Opera, Budapest

Enjoy a special Tauck visit to Budapest's opulent Hungarian State Opera House

Andrássy Avenue in the Pest section of Budapest is lined with grandiose public buildings. One of them is the Hungarian State Opera House, commissioned by Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph and opened in 1884; its imposing façade is adorned with statues of great composers like Beethoven, Verdi and Mozart, and Hungarian favorite sons Ferenc Erkel and Franz Liszt greet you at the main entrance. The Emperor himself only attended one event here, but the imprint of his wife, the Empress Elisabeth (known fondly to her subjects as “Sisi”), a great patron of the arts and of the opera in particular, is all over the place – from the general grandeur of its interiors to the private box in which she attended many performances. If you love opera, this is the place to hear it, enjoying some of the best acoustics in Europe. But even if you don’t, its sheer opulence makes it a must-see.

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Cruising the River Danube

The Danube winds its way through the heart of “Old Europe”… where you’ll encounter venerable cities that grew along its banks to became bastions of the Habsburg Empire and, later, today’s Europe, like Vienna, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Bratislava and Budapest… and go farther afield to explore such gems as Berlin, Salzburg, Munich, Cesky Krumlov and more…

Traveling With Tauck

Uncommon Access

Unmatched destination knowledge and land expertise maximize your time ashore, connecting & inspiring

Travel In Good Company

3 Tauck Directors and 1 Tauck Cruise director onboard every cruise – highest director-to-guest ratio in the industry

Sophisticated, Intimate Atmosphere

Tauck’s Destination Fleet is custom-designed for comfort – guests enjoy a relaxed, congenial atmosphere

Distinctively Inclusive

No options sold; all gratuities to Tauck Directors & Cruise Director, ship staff local guides included

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