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Family River and Small Ship Cruises

Family river cruises and small-ship cruises give your loved ones the opportunity to delight together in all-inclusive vacations with exciting shore excursions, onboard activities and exclusive, family-friendly experiences designed with every generation in mind.

On the Danube River: the picturesque medieval town of Dürstein, Austria.
Durnstein, Austria

Welcome to Eastern Canada

The lure of Eastern Canada is born of both rugged and picturesque origins... it is timeless, found in quaint fishing villages steeped in Acadian and Celtic culture, in multicultural capital cities, along dramatic seascapes where crashing tides envelop steep cliffs... throughout the pastoral beauty of the Maritime Provinces, summer or autumn... 

Niagara Falls, Ontario

"Canada's Capital Cities Plus Niagara Falls" and "Cruising the Great Lakes: Chicago to Toronto"

Comprised of three waterfalls – American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls – Niagara Falls water stems from the upper Great Lakes; the river is estimated to be 12,000 years old. Journey to thundering Niagara Falls for a catamaran cruise near the plunging waters and misty spray of the waterfalls – getting wet is a distinct possibility – and explore the quaint Victorian village of Niagara-on-the-Lake with its flower-filled, tree-lined streets.

Bay of Fundy, The Maritimes

"Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island"

Head out to the strip of land known as Digby Neck, on the Bay of Fundy, known for the highest tides on earth, the rarest whales in the world, semi-precious minerals and dinosaur fossils. It is a haven for whale- and seabird-watchers, a wonderful place to spot finback, minke and humpback whales as well as seals. And… you’ll attend a presentation by a local fisherman on the history and harvesting of the world-renowned – and melt-in-your-mouth delicious – Digby Scallop at a farewell dinner.

Quebec City, Quebec

"Canada's Capital Cities plus Niagara Falls"

Quebec City – the only fortified city north of Mexico – is a cultural treasure. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a 17th-century European village as you stroll along Old Quebec’s cobblestone streets and enjoy a taste of the royal life during your three-night stay in your château-hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

"Canadian Maritimes" and "Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island"

Old Town Lunenburg achieved its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it’s one of the best surviving examples of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Closely tied to maritime pursuits such as shipbuilding, fishing and privateering, the 19th-century houses are often timber-built and colorfully painted. An excellent place for a guided walk.


Welcome to Tauck Bridges Family Cruises

Our family cruises include the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, Seine and Douro Rivers. Dock in medieval villages and centuries-old cities to see hidden treasures and architectural highlights... sail aboard an expeditionary small ship to the Galápagos Islands to see wildlife found nowhere else in the world... or discover the historic wonders of Ancient Greece. All custom-made for fun, ease and comfort.

Bicycling with Your Family Ashore

A family cycling excursion through the countryside on your Tauck family river cruise

Whether you’re cruising the Rhine, Danube, Rhône or Seine, you can stretch everyone’s legs a bit with a leisurely family bicycle ride through the countryside on your Tauck family river cruise. It’s a perfect way to experience the centuries-old castles, lush vineyards and other unique landscapes along the river you’re cruising. Our river cruises offer numerous opportunities for cycling along Europe’s rivers; every Tauck riverboats has bicycles aboard for use by guests ashore.

After-hours private visit and scavenger hunt at Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

In Paris, on select dates, Tauck Bridges families skip the lines – and the general public – on a Tauck Exclusive after-hours art-filled scavenger hunt in Musée du Louvre. See Mona Lisa smile, fall in love with Venus de Milo, meet Bernini’s sleeping beauty, mingle with Monets, Michelangelos, Rembrandts and Renoirs. See Pricing & Availability for specific departure dates.

Shipboard Fun for Kids

Onboard fun for everyone on your Tauck family river cruise

There’s always something fun for kids of all ages to do onboard a Tauck riverboat, and it’s the best place to socialize! Meet local dancers, musicians, and artists who come aboard to demonstrate their talents. Make local treats with chefs and savor tastings, from crêpes in France to pastries in Austria. Enjoy the putting green, hot tub or plunge pool on the Sun Deck, or the fitness center. Language lessons, song and dance fests, and group games fill your evenings with family fun and new friendships.

Making marzipan in Passau

A family marzipan making experience in riverside Passau

Marzipan is a sweet candy confection – traditionally made from sugar or honey and ground almonds, and often formed into pastries or shapes – that can be found around the world. Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and most regions of Europe all have marzipan-making traditions. And you'll discover Germany's love affair with this sweet concoction with a demonstration in Passau that lets you try your hand at making your own tasty tidbit in the shape of a face... very popular in this "city of three rivers."


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Featured River, Small Ship and Land Journeys

Family favorites on the rivers of Europe

Tauck Bridges on the river offers family bonding, adventure, exploration and FUN... in Paris during a scavenger hunt in the Louvre, listening to stories of WW II in Normandy, discovering castles on the Rhine, ascending Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, on a canal boat cruise in Amsterdam discovering the Netherland's capital city, aboard a Douro River cruise in Portugal – or aboard a fabulous expeditionary ship in the Galápagos Islands. These are the memories that last lifetimes.

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.

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