Blue Danube – Family Riverboat Adventure (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Tauck River Cruising
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Munich, Germany
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Budapest, Hungary

Your family's Danube River tour begins at 2 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 Savor or ms Joy. 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, which before the 19th century were independent cities; you'll learn about the city's turbulent history and see iconic sites such as Heroes' Square and Fisherman's Bastion. Board your riverboat, settle in, and meet fellow families at the welcome reception followed by dinner aboard the riverboat tonight.

Bratislava, Slovakia

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 Devín 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. Return to Slovakia's ancient capital for a fun interactive walking tour that includes a scavenger hunt through Bratislava, which harbors more than 17 centuries' worth of stories to tell; you'll have time this afternoon to do some exploring on your own, too. 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!

Vienna, Austria

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 your Danube river tour – a visit to the Palais Pallavicini, a traditional private Baroque palace in the heart of Vienna, 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.

Vienna, Austria

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 strudel. 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 film noir 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, your riverboat sails on to Dürnstein.

Dürnstein, Austria

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 Lionheart 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.

Linz, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Linz, Austria

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 Palace), 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!

Passau, Germany

Start your day with a walking tour or a geocaching activity in pretty Passau, Germany – Bavaria's Baroque "city of three rivers" at the junction of the Ilz, Inn, and Danube. 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. After lunch, join your Tauck director for a walk to a nearby fortress, then spend some time exploring Passau as you please before reboarding the riverboat for your final night. You'll spend your final evening at our farewell cocktail party and dinner as the riverboat makes its way to Vilshofen and the conclusion of your family's Danube River tour.

Deggendorf, Germany
Munich, Germany

Your river cruise ends in Vilshofen or Deggendorf, Germany. Disembark your riverboat in Vilshofen or Deggendorf. Fly home anytime after 2:00 PM. A transfer from Vilshofen or Deggendorf to Munich Airport or Munich Hauptbahnhof train station is included. Be sure to allow three hours for check-in formalities at the airport.

Blue Danube – Family Riverboat Adventure map

About Us

The art of personalized river cruising meets the heart of history aboard Tauck's signature river cruises. Tauck's uncommon access and exclusive cultural experiences ashore along European waterways – the Rhine, Danube, Main, Rhône and Moselle rivers – connects you with each place you visit... and ancient civilizations take on new meaning on our Egypt and China trips along the River Nile and the Yangtze River. River cruises – and river cruising – at their best...

Insider Tip

Contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for insider knowledge to help enhance your experience.

Terms & Conditions

Click here to view terms and conditions.

The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Reviews and Recommendations for Tauck River Cruising


of 2

Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by