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Tauck Bridges Family Travel

Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise

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$3,890
Journey Type
Tauck Bridges
Time of Year
Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Budapest, Vienna, Dürnstein, Wachau Valley, Salzburg
Christmas Markets River Cruise
Salzburg Austria

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Tour Overview

Experience with Tauck

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – An evening at a private Viennese palace – with dinner, entertainment, and a waltzing lesson

 

Tauck Value Includes

 

Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors, and Tauck Cruise Director

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,808

 

Visit to Oberndorf, birthplace of the carol “Silent Night”

 

A visit to Baroque Salzburg and, weather permitting, a funicular ride up to the city’s hilltop fortress

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Tauck's Danube Christmas cruise along the Danube brings your family to the best of Budapest, Vienna and more.

World Travel. Family Discovery.

Both the young and young at heart delight aboard a weeklong Danube river cruise filled with European holiday festivities onboard and ashore...

Your family will discover Europe’s 700-year-old holiday markets tradition in historic town centers, decorated, lit up, and brimming with the sights, flavors, scents, and music of the season. Magic’s in the air along with the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon, hot gluhwein, crackling fires, and evergreens. Sightseeing is designed for all generations to enjoy together – in Oberndorf, home of “Silent Night”… at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and magnificent Melk Abbey... in Old Town Bratislava with medieval games and a scavenger hunt… and in Budapest, “the Pearl of the Danube.” Your family will toast the season during a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private palace in Vienna with dinner, a performance, and a waltzing lesson!  Read Less

Europe's Christmas Markets

Discovering Christmas Markets and traditions along the Danube

Every year as Christmas approaches, historic squares around Gothic cathedrals and Baroque town halls in cities and towns along the Danube are magically transformed into winter wonderlands alive with twinkling lights and festive greenery… the aromas of roasting sausages, gingerbread, cinnamon and hot glühwein… and visitors hopping from one brightly decorated booth to another in search of everything from handcrafted ornaments to mouth-watering marzipan. These are Europe’s Christmas Markets, which began centuries ago when local tradesmen set up shop each winter in the market squares of towns large and small. Depending on the date of your cruise, you may discover the magic of the Christmas Markets in such destinations as Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and more, while exploring their city’s unique holiday traditions.

Making Gingerbread and Marzipan

Holiday Gingerbread & Marzipan making at Passau's Café Simon

Baking gingerbread… it’s one of the best aromas of the holidays! Four generations of the Simon family have perfected the art of making gingerbread, and they’ll show you how it’s done during a lively demonstration at their Café Simon in riverside Passau... whose Christmas Market turns the square in front of St. Stephan’s Cathedral into a bright Yuletide wonderland. And 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. You'll also discover Germany's love affair with this sweet concoction with a demonstration at Café Simon 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."

Bratislava's Old Town

Scavenger hunting and more in Bratislava's fascinating Old Town

Slovakia's capital city, Bratislava, is old... really old... but also very cool, with a pedestrian-only Old Town that has more than 17 centuries worth of stories to tell! On your family's visit, you'll enjoy some time-tested games that go back to the city's medieval days. And you'll embark on a interactive walking tour and scavenger hunt in the city, discovering fun facts about Bratislava’s rich history on plaques adorning centuries-old buildings, and amidst some of the whimsical, modern bronze statues that seem to pop up in the city’s streets where you least expect them – on benches or postal boxes... on the corners of buildings... even out of manholes!

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie, traveling with like-minded travelers who share similar interests. Solo Travelers enjoy special savings on all departures – no single supplement in Category 1; and on select departures in select cabins, savings of $1000 per cabin. See details on Pricing & Availability.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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