Tauck Augments Its Danube Portfolio With New River Cruise For 2014
New 10-Day Itinerary Is Tauck’s Seventh On The Danube, The Company’s Most Popular River
NORWALK, CT (November 6, 2013) Tauck is adding a new 10-day river cruise itinerary on the Danube for 2014, bringing the company’s total number of cruises on the river to seven and underscoring the Danube’s standing as the most popular destination for Tauck river cruisers.
According to company CEO Dan Mahar, Tauck’s new “Danube Reflections” represents a new way for Tauck guests to experience the Danube, despite the fact that the company already offers six other cruises along the river. “Our other cruises featuring the Danube, either alone or in combination with other waterways, range from 12 to 24 days. At just ten days, the new ‘Danube Reflections’ is a great option for travelers with less vacation time, ” said Mahar. “Our new itinerary also has a greater focus on Vienna, one of Europe’s true gems and a perennial favorite among our guests, and we’ve built in sightseeing choices during many of our port visits.”
The new Tauck cruise sails between Regensburg and Vienna on an eastbound itinerary, and as a westbound Vienna-to-Regensburg itinerary. The seven-day cruise is complemented by an included two-night stay at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Vienna, complete with guided sightseeing in the city and an exclusive “Imperial Evening” that features a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and performances of period music and dance inside a private Viennese palace.
During their time in Vienna, Tauck guests will also visit their choice of several museums in the city, including the Belvedere Museum, the interactive House of Music, or the Kunsthistorisches (a fine arts museum). The selection of museums in Vienna is just one example of several such choices that guests will be able to make during shore excursions, ensuring that each guest enjoys an experience best suited to their personal tastes.
Other options include the choice of a walking tour with a local expert in Bratislava, or an excursion outside the city for a wine tasting and castle visit. In Germany guests can opt for a tour of World War II-related sites in Nurnberg, or a walking tour in Regensburg. And in Austria, guests can disembark in Krems to visit Graffenegg Castle and Gottweig Abbey (a mountaintop Benedictine monastery), or stay on board and travel to Durnstein for a guided walking tour of the town and Kuenringerburg Castle perched above it.
A number of unique experiences will be enjoyed by all guests, including a local “heuriger” lunch with traditional food and music at a tavern in the Vienna Woods, and a full-day excursion to the well-preserved medieval town of Cesky Krumlov where Tauck has arranged an exclusive private lunch at the Winter Riding School. A large hall where 18th-century aristocrats once exercised their prized horses, the Winter Riding School today is a lavish venue for concerts and other high-profile social events.
As with all Tauck river cruises, 100% of the shore excursions on “Danube Reflections” are included in the price (from $4,590 per person, plus air). Also included are all gratuities, onboard beverages throughout the day including soft drinks, wine, beer and premium spirits, meals aboard ship and selected meals ashore, all port charges, airport transfers, luggage handling, and more. The new cruise will also be highlighted by Tauck’s signature superior service, with a Tauck Cruise Director and three Tauck Directors aboard to attend to guests’ needs (versus a single cruise director as is frequently found on ships of other lines). Tauck will operate eight departures of “Danube Reflections” in 2014, from July through October, each sailing aboard the new-for-2014 ms Savor.
FOUR NEW CRUISES, TWO NEW SHIPS ON TAP FOR TAUCK
“Danube Reflections” is just one of four new Tauck river cruises debuting in 2014, along with two new itineraries on the Seine (Tauck’s first on the river) and a new option on the Rhine. Also launching in 2014 will be two new Tauck riverboats, the aforementioned ms Savor and the ms Inspire, which together will comprise Tauck’s new Inspiration Class of ships. The two newbuilds are notable for their twenty-two 300-square-foot suites, and for accommodating just 130 guests. Other ships of the same identical size (443 feet) typically accommodate 190 passengers, or nearly 50% more than the new Tauck vessels.
Both ships will also feature eight innovative 225-square-foot “loft” cabins on each ship’s lower deck. Featuring an elevated platform seating area with a raised ceiling above, the loft cabins also incorporate a much taller window than can normally be used in lower-level cabins. The upper portion of this window can be opened for fresh air, and being taller, the window will allow far more natural light to fill the cabin.
Those interested in more information can contact their local travel agent, visit www.tauck.com, or call 1 800 468 2825.
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