Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

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  • Tauck

Cruise along banks of the River Danube as the river's breeze pushes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schönbrunn Palace or the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Köln Cathedral, Melk Abbey, medieval towns like Regensburg, Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

Highlights
  • Day exploring Nurnberg, the walled medieval town whose history is forever intertwined with World War II
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces
  • Choice of sightseeing in Vienna – a visit to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg or to Schonbrunn Palace
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring a gala dinner and Viennese performers
  • All private Tauck shore excursions – £1,432 Value!
Destinations
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands
Tour Types
  • Luxury

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

<strong>Tour begins: 5:00 PM, Amsterdam.</strong> A transfer is included from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or Central Station directly to your&nbsp;riverboat.&nbsp;Enjoy a welcome briefing and a leisurely dinner as you settle into your floating hotel for a memorable two-week-cruise on the Main, Rhine and Danube Rivers.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Dinner

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

<p class="p1">Amsterdam... the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital&rsquo;s myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets and caf&eacute;s to awe-inspiring museums housing a treasure trove of world-famous art &ndash; and it&rsquo;s all yours to enjoy today. Your guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum is really inspiring &ndash; a firsthand look at Rembrandt&rsquo;s masterpiece <em>The Night Watch</em> is like meeting the artist himself, and you&rsquo;ll love seeing acclaimed works by other well-known &ldquo;Old Dutch Masters.&rdquo; Once an exclusive royal privilege, a private sightseeing cruise by canal boat on the city&rsquo;s network of concentric, tree-lined 17th-century canals provides a unique view of Amsterdam&rsquo;s blend of architectural styles &ndash; they date all the way back to medieval times &ndash; and a unique taste of daily life in this easygoing city. Enjoy dinner back aboard the ship tonight, as we chart a course to Germany.&nbsp;

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Köln, Germany

<p class="p1">After a morning of cruising and lunch aboard the riverboat, your explorations continue in K&ouml;ln (Cologne), the oldest city in Germany. A guided walking tour of city sights includes a visit to twin-spired K&ouml;lner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), boasting one of the world&rsquo;s largest church fa&ccedil;ades; it is one of Europe&rsquo;s most beloved Gothic cathedrals. You&rsquo;ll have some free time to wander through Cathedral Square and the Hohe Strasse pedestrian area in the afternoon. Join us tonight for a reception and a chef's signature dinner followed by an onboard performance by local musicians.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Rüdesheim, Germany

The perfect Rhine cruise... glide along the river until early afternoon, and relax as your Tauck Director shares a tale or two during the cruise through the scenic &ndash; and literally legendary &ndash; Lorelei Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in R&uuml;desheim, where an entertaining lunch in a local German restaurant with an old-world ambiance precedes&nbsp;a visit to <em>Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett</em>, an eclectic collection of mechanical musical instruments housed in a 15th-century castle in R&uuml;desheim, followed by free time; walk back to the ship or ride the mini train. Alternatively, you can choose to join us on a bicycling excursion along the Rhine today. Back aboard the riverboat this evening, enjoy dinner while cruising the Rhine.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the views as your Rhine cruise continues into the Main River, for a full day of cruising through scenic valleys studded with castles, cathedrals, and fortified towns. Enjoy a Bavarian-themed dinner aboard the riverboat tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Wurzburg, Germany

<p class="p1">Spend the morning cruising and have lunch aboard the riverboat before arriving in W&uuml;rzburg. Upon arrival, visit the town's 18th-century Residenz &ndash; a lavish Baroque palace where the town's prince bishops once lived, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site &ndash; and sample some excellent Franconian wines in the wine cellar (Hoffskeller). Then you'll have two choices of sightseeing. On one, explore W&uuml;rzburg's Old Town with a local guide; tour more of the Residenz (it was built and decorated by an international team of architects, painters, and sculptors); see the ornate Alte Mainbr&uuml;cke (a bridge over the River Main); and spend some time on your own. Alternatively, depart on an excursion to the nearby town of Rothenburg; nestled on Germany's "Romantic Road," it lives up to its reputation as Europe's "most perfect fairy-tale town." View its Gothic cathedral, towered walls and gabled houses on a walking tour, and enjoy some time at leisure. Both groups will return to the riverboat for dinner aboard ship.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Bamberg, Germany

Your riverboat cruises along the Main to the Bavarian town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated atop seven hills. You have a choice between discovering the town&rsquo;s lovely gardens, medieval architecture and 13th-century Gothic cathedral with its four imposing towers on a guided walking tour of Old Town (with time afterwards to explore this charming town on your own); or embarking on a bicycling excursion (due to the terrain, this activity is recommended for fit and experienced cyclists only). Enjoy dinner back aboard the riverboat this evening.&nbsp;

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Nürnberg, Germany

Tauck's Main, Danube and Rhine cruise arrives this morning in historic N&uuml;rnberg, where you'll have a choice of a walking tour through N&uuml;rnberg&rsquo;s medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city; view the Courthouse, Zeppelinfeld rally grounds, and other sites associated with World War II and its aftermath, and visit the Documentation Center, or, embark on a walking tour of nearby Bayreuth. Your riverboat negotiates the Main-Danube Canal today, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea &ndash; and which you'll learn all about from a local expert during your transit. The idea goes back as far as Charlemagne, but wasn't realized until this canal was completed in the 1990s; pass through 16 locks as the waterway traverses the mountains. Have dinner aboard the riverboat this evening.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Regensburg, Germany

<p class="p1">With its roots as a Roman encampment on the Danube, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg is home to more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town&rsquo;s 12th-century Steinerne Br&uuml;cke (Germany&rsquo;s oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall), the towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall. Visit the princely house of Thurn und Taxis on a guided tour, followed by free time. Enjoy an onboard musical performance by a local quartet before your ship sets off for Passau.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Passau, Germany

The riverboat docks in the port city of Passau, dating way back to Roman times. Today, you have the choice of a walking tour revealing the Baroque treasures of this lovely riverside town, known for its stained glass and its many churches &ndash; including St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ outside of the U.S., and the biggest cathedral organ in the world (inside cathedral visit may not be available on all departures); a cycling excursion around Passau, suitable for more experienced riders; or a full-day excursion to the lovely Austrian city of Salzburg, birthplace of W.A. Mozart (and setting of <em>The Sound of Music</em>). Back aboard the riverboat this afternoon and evening, listen to commentary from your Tauck Director as you continue your cruise, bound for Melk, Austria. Tonight, enjoy a musical performance by a classical trio.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Vienna, Austria

Your next destination is the town of Melk, Austria, where you'll step back in time on a guided tour of its 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop above the river. Inside this Baroque masterpiece are fine frescoes, early manuscripts, and a high altar. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy views of castles, vineyards, small towns, monasteries and medieval ruins while cruising through the Wachau Valley toward the magnificent Austrian capital city of Vienna.&nbsp;Tonight, a Tauck Exclusive &ndash; a private, gala evening in the beautiful Baroque Palais Pallavicini in the heart of the city, featuring a sumptuous dinner and live entertainment &ndash; just might sweep you off your feet!

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Vienna, Austria

Get an overview of Vienna, Austria's capital and one of Europe's greatest cities, with a morning sightseeing tour of this historic former capital of the Habsburg Empire. Take your choice of a tour of Sch&ouml;nbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' vast "summer residence" built to rival Versailles, or a guided visit to the Sisi Museum and the amazing Imperial Apartments inside the Hofburg, the Habsburg family's former royal palace that today is the official residence of Austria's president. Explore the city as you wish this afternoon, or return to the riverboat; dinner is aboard ship tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Depart Vienna after breakfast, and spend the morning cruising to Slovakia. Arrive early afternoon in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where 17 centuries of history are chronicled on a walking tour led by a local guide. Highlights include Baroque palaces from the Habsburg era, St. Martin's Cathedral and more, and a visit to Old Town Hall. This evening, enjoy dinner aboard the riverboat followed by onboard Slovakian entertainment by local performers in the lounge; set off for Budapest tonight.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Tauck's memorable Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise arrives at your final destination &ndash; Budapest, Hungary's remarkable capital. Standing on opposite banks of the Danube, Budapest&rsquo;s two distinct sections &ndash; Buda and Pest &ndash; were once independent cities. Discover both on a day of sightseeing that includes views of patriotic Heroes&rsquo; Square in Pest, dominated by statues of great leaders from Hungarian history; the Gothic-Revival Parliament building, an iconic feature of the Budapest skyline along the Danube; and Fisherman&rsquo;s Bastion, standing watch like a sentinel over the river. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own. Join us for our farewell reception and dinner tonight onboard ship.

Accommodation Name: ms Esprit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Budapest, Hungary

<strong>Tour ends: Budapest.</strong> Disembark in Budapest; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and Budapest Keleti Railway Station. Allow 3 hours for departure flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

4* Over the top
From start to finish we had nothing but praise for the itinerary, the staff aboard the ship, the cruise directors and the food. We are on Facebook with several crew members still. Special praise goes to our captain who, facing rising river water due to excess rain, made special preparations to pass under a very low bridge and made it by inches. Five course Dinner at the palace in Vienna with opera, ballet and chamber music.
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Date: 26-Sep-2017

4* A little slice of heaven...
I think with these types of trips you get out of it what you put into it. We had a boat full of lovely crew members, staff and passengers that made every experience worth savoring. As many have said before you don't worry about a single thing when you are traveling with Tauck and the quality of what they offer is noticeably different then most. The experience as a whole was what is truly the memory but some of the 'parts' that were most enjoyable were: Amsterdam canal tour; The Koln Museum; Rudesheim lunch; Cruising the river and those locks-fascinating-still thinking about them; Bamberg Biking-Love; Social Hour on the boat; Regensburg-love; Bratislava-LoveLove!; Budapest-LoveLoveLove!!
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Date: 04-Oct-2016

5* One Less Thing on the Bucket List
When we initially planned the trip, we were a little hesitant about the price. We came home feeling we got way more than our money’s worth! Everyone from the housekeeping staff to the tour directors we attentive to your every need without being overbearing. It's definitely the little things that make the difference between a good and a great trip. I most enjoyed the smaller German towns especially Rudesheim and Rothenburg. Naturally, my wife's favorite was Vienna. Additionally, we were two of about 25 “guinea pigs” for Tauck’s first ever bike tour of Bamberg. Everyone who participated had a blast. If you’re a rider, hope they add this as an option. Night cruise in Budapest was a nice bonus.
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Date: 06-Sep-2015

4* Amsterdam to Budepest
This was another magnificent trip from Tauck. We enjoyed the Danube and the towns and cities where we stopped. There were a couple of high points which only Tauck could put together. Thanks for more great memories! Dinner and mini concert in Vienna---really special.
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Date: 11-Jun-2015

5* An Idyllic Two Weeks
This cruise was a seamless experience from airport pickup until disembarkation. The staff was exceptional in their courtesy and attention. Each stop was well planned with able tour guides and good transportation, leaving as much free time as possible. Cruise guides were excellent. Follow each day's itinerary on www.cactuswanderer.blogspot.com. Gliding down the storied stretches of the Rhine and Danube on the top deck while listening to commentary and folklore.
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Date: 26-Aug-2016

4* 2017 Tauck river cruise Sept 18- Oct 2
This has truly been a trip of a lifetime. The special dinner in the Palais Pallavicini.
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Date: 09-Oct-2017

5* A Glorious Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest on the Swiss Jewel
We chose this trip because of the wealth of river cruising hours (not too much time docked and visiting sites off-ship). It was fabulous – lots of spectacular river scenery, often complemented by live narration from one of our tour directors. Often, we delayed going to dinner in order to relax with a glass of wine on the top deck in the evening. We arrived at the harbor of Linz, Austria on a beautiful evening. An onboard string trio was performing for us. We could see that the buildings ashore were lit up with blue colored lights. The trio played the famous Blue Danube waltz, while these beautiful lights cast a stunning blue color onto the Danube waters that surrounded us. It was magic!
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Date: 09-Jun-2015

5* Great
It's "great" to be with a team who constantly works to be the best and see that their customers enjoy the finest of everything! Budapest
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Date: 31-Oct-2016

4* Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise
The trip was wonderful. Of course the fact that there were only 42 guests for this particular trip might have added to the fact that nothing ever felt crowded or rushed. There was so much to see and things were nicely spaced out. The ship crew was fabulous as well as the Tauck staff. I liked staying on the ship and not having to repack daily. I don't think I can pick just one moment as there were many memorable moments. I loved sailing up the river into Budapest. Neuremberg. Maybe it was in Regensberg when an older German man watching us with our tour guide asked us where we were from and it turned out we live about a half hour from his daughter in Massachusetts! Its a small world!
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Date: 18-Nov-2016

5* Tour and also a rest on a smooth voyage
This was our first riverboat tour and our 13th Tauck Tour and now have been spoiled. To be able to unpack once and repack once is a “gift of time”. The 4 directors were all terrific, but I must say one of them went out of his way to be helpful to us. Just sitting on the sun deck and watching the heart of Europe drift by was endlessly enjoyable. We stayed on the boat for one full day to totally relax and take an afternoon nap since one of us was celebrating an 80th birthday. The food was great and the venues exciting. Our favorite city was Budapest, but Vienna and the night at the palace was not far behind. We look forward to another riverboat tour or cruising on a small ship.
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Date: 20-Nov-2017

4* Amsterdam to Budapest
Trip was great. Crew and staff couldn't be better. Food was excellent. Boat was beautiful. That's the good news. Bad news is that on passenger got on the boat with a terrible upper respiratory infection and spread it to the whole boat. Almost everyone was sick even the Tauck staff. One of the tour directors had to leave the boat and go home Least memorable - my traveling companion became seriously ill and ended up in the hospital in Budapest. A nightmare hole in the wall place, dirty , falling down, no food, no facilities, no one speaking English. My advice: NEVER GO TO BUDAPEST UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
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Date: 17-Jun-2015

5* Amazing Experience
Everything was wonderful: the staff were cheerful, friendly and helpful, the food was great, good local wines, and the tours were excellent. The best quality and most interesting we have ever experienced. The guides on board always kept the voyage interesting with talks, explanations and legends. Everything was first class: Most memorable... Was it the canal cruise through Amsterdam with that amazing meal on the first day of our cruise? or the elegant evening in Vienna with the orchestra, singers and ballet dancers? or all the history at the documentation center in Nuremburg? or... Too hard to choose, everything was amazing.
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Date: 19-Sep-2017

4* Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound
This was a wonderful trip with great stops along the rivers and outstanding care provided by staff. Unfortunately, the trip ended on a sour note. Our plane left Budapest midafternoon and we were taken to the airport midmorning resulting in a 5 hour wait at a crowded terminal with lack of checkin until shortly before departure. The visit to Vienna with a dinner and private concert in a Palace.
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Date: 11-Sep-2017

4* Delightful experience Educational
A river cruise is a different vacation-if you are used to a fast pace, this may be a bit slow for you. It is all inclusive-one day we stopped and they gave us each euro to go into town and enjoy lunch. By day 3 you walk in the lounge and your favorite cocktail appears before you! Discovering it was international gay pride weekend when I arrived in Amsterdam. What a show!
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Date: 14-Sep-2017

5* RIVER CRUISE
EVERTHING WAS OUTSTANDING, THE CREW, STAFF, THE SHIP, AND ALL THE EXCURSIONS. THE MEMORIES WILL LAST A LONG TIME. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRIP. I CAN NOT NAME JUST ONE AS THERE WERE TOO MANY.
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Date: 13-Sep-2017

4* Amsterdam to Budapest cruise May 28 - June 12, 2017
We were very lucky with the weather and the level of the river waters. Going through 68 locks along the scenic way and spending quality time in 12 ports, made for a perfect trip. Over the top were the little extras the crew kept surprising us with! We were in great hands on a fine boat. The unscheduled evening sightseeing boat ride on the Danube in Bucharest. Even though it was our last night and we had a 5:30 am wake up call, we were delighted to leave at 9:30 pm for the moonlit cruise. How great that Tauck gives its staff the freedom to make such decisions!
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Date: 19-Jun-2017

5* Best Ever Vacation of My Life
This was my first ever international trip and cruise experience. I cannot imagine finding a better one. The bar has been set very high. From the very first moment to the very last I was made to feel special and that my having a rewarding experience was the goal. In Rudesheim, traveling down the mountain in the gondola alone very peaceful and relaxing, the vines turned a golden yellow covering the hills when out of no where chimes echoed up the hill. It created an idyllic scene; church chimes announcing the top of the hour as I looked out over the valley to the town below and the river beyond...fantastic!
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Date: 06-Nov-2017

5* Trip of a Lifetime.
Better than we ever expected and worth every dollar! The crew on our boat were just great, really helped to make the trip so memorable. Coming from such a young country, New Zealand - we were blown away with the old buildings and cathedrals we saw along the way. Just magic! Had to be the Formal dinner at the Palace, so special, we will never forget that night, great music, lovely food and fun company.
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Date: 08-Aug-2018

4* Danube river cruise
The tour directors were excellent as well as tour guides. Our excellent host kept everyone informed, making a fun atmosphere. The waiters were friendly but at times service was slow. There may have been a shortage of waiters?Food was good but not outstanding as on "Taste of France" cruise. Amstel Hotel terrible location and service. The excursions were excellent, dinner at the palace, tour of Budapest harbor at night.
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Date: 26-May-2015

5* Riverboat from Amsterdam to Budapest
This was our first riverboat cruise and it surpassed all of our expectations. Love that there were only 73 guests on board. Staff and crew were amazing. Due to low water levels we had to switch ships which was effortless for guests. Tauck again lived up to their great reputation. Cruising the Rhine was truly spectacular. The sights of castles, vineyards and little villages were nothing like we had ever seen. Our night in a Palace in Vienna was truly a night to remember. The entertainment, meal and service made us all feel like kings and queens.
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Date: 18-Aug-2018

5* Amsterdam to Budapest 2018
We started our adventure a day ahead of the cruise. Amsterdam is wonderful. The Intercontinental hotel is beautiful. On our own we booked a motorcycle/sidecar tour and had a great time. Every stop along our cruise was filled with good tours and wonderful local guides. Wish we had more time in Passau. We stayed over in Budapest to see more. So many to choose from! Dinner at the Palace in Vienna, the canal trip in Amsterdam. Quiet reflection at the Documentation Center. The churches were my favorite.
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Date: 11-Jun-2018

5* A wonderful trip!
Our first river cruise--it was wonderful. The ship was super, the crew incredibly efficient and friendly, and the tour guides wonderful! We saw so much and had a great time. Even having to change ships because of the low water on the Danube was handled as well as could be expected, unpleasant as it was. A first class trip, as always with Tauck. Too many to choose. Loved Passau with the beautiful church and impressive organ concert. Nuremberg was informative and sobering. The castles along the river were beautiful, Budapest at night from the river was fabulous, and the dinner in Vienna was the icing on the cake--we felt like royalty!
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Date: 14-Sep-2018

5* Oh OH OH IT WAS MAGIC-I NOW KNOW!!
If the word service could be altered to magic then anyone that wants to explore a riverboat experience with TAUCK would also know.Smooth as silk and not a kink in any of the whole perfectly orchestrated plans. The directors and ship staff work extrememly hard to make your day every single day.Little extra surprises and well honed timing of events. The ferris wheel in vienna was a most uplifting event.going under the bridges along the way and the main- danube canal lock was awsome.To witness everyday life and historic areas as we cruised was simply relaxing. The best was that I was allowed to cycle over 250 kms total in 10 different locations by bikes available on board made the trip. Thanks
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Date: 10-Sep-2015

5* River cruise - Amsterdam to Budapest
First class treatment with every comfort and convenience. Vienna banquet
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Date: 27-May-2016

4* Dream Trip
The trip was very pleasurable. We saw a lot of towns and sights and were told alot of history. The scenery was beautiful. The wait staff was very accommodating and the guides were very knowledgeable. The Tauck staff was very caring and helpful. I would definitely go on another Tauck tour. The most memorable moment was the dinner at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, Austria. The service, food and entertainment were wonderful.
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Date: 25-May-2016

4* Fantastic Voyage
First time Tauck travelers and we would highly recommend Tauck to anyone interested in traveling the rivers of Europe. Tauck managed all the variables with their tour guides and onboard tour director. Not a single hitch from beginning to end. Onboard staff was amazingly efficient and fun the entire trip. Cabin size the only criticism we had. Several moments stand out, but, most memorable would be the palace dinner - opera, ballet, concerto music in a ballroom Mozart performed in and Angela Merkle held her press conference just the day before.
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Date: 09-Oct-2016

5* Unforgettable
This trip could hardly have been better. The trip was a perfect way to see the highlights of Central Europe. The onboard experience was perfect. The day trips were mostly faultless. The only hitch was a blockage on the Danube between Regensburg & Passau. The resultant two nights in Vienna's top hotel was a great memory in itself. The cruise through the centre of Budapest at night while listening to Strauss waltzes including the Blue Danube was truly memorable. It was worth the cost of the cruise on its own.
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Date: 10-Jul-2016

5* Amsterdam to Budapest
We had a wonderful time, met a lot of new people, enjoyed outstanding service, and saw sights in five countries. My husband and I travel with just the two of us because we enjoy meeting new people. This was our fourth Tauck trip. We trust Tauck to take care of us. The staff took one passenger to a doctor to bridge the language barrier and stayed Hard to chose one "best moment". Would have to say the dinner at a Baroque palace in Vienna with an eight-piece orchestra, dancers, singers and wonderful food was the best. The organ concert in Passau of 15,000 pipes--you could hear a pin drop--was the best also.
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Date: 11-Jun-2018

5* Eveything we'd hoped for and more
This was our first Tauck trip, but it won't be our last. We took a river cruise 15 years ago and always wanted to do another one. We love the small ship concept and that one fee takes care of everything. The ship was lovely, the crew was friendly and fun, the itinerary was perfect -- we met several new friends, which was an added bonus. THANKS! We loved the dance night. Apparently it was a new feature, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the full day on the river to just relax, write, read, take photos and drink wine! We were NOT ready for the cruise to end.
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Date: 13-Jan-2017

2* Amsterdam To Budapest riverboat cruise June 2018
We were ecstatic about the riverboat operator Scylla. But the Tauck reps awful. One "guide" actually left people behind twice and when confronted with it, said oh they'll find their way back. They didn't know anything about the places we stopped at. They refused to give highlight info while on the river so we missed many castles etc BAD The staff on the ship as well as the beautiful places we visited.
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Date: 13-Aug-2018

5* Cruising the Rhine, Main, and Danube in Style
Our Cruise director, Lynn, grew up in Connecticut and she sounds just like her Connecticut neighbor – Martha Stewart. We learned a little about Lynn’s extensive knowledge of geography, culture, entertainment, and cuisine; but most of all we observed that she was tireless in her efforts to accommodate all the needs of the guests. Most of our two weeks were spent enjoying the careful planning and execution that resulted from what we have come to know as “Tauck excellence”. As we look back, what we paid was a bargain compared to the “lifetime memories” we received. But the evening in Vienna was the best of the best!
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

4* River Cruise Amsterdam to Budapest October 2017
We took this cruise 10 yrs ago and enjoyed it even more this time. Our three tour guides were superb. We enjoyed the bar on board thanks in large part to the bartender. The wait staff in the restaurant was often inattentive and sometimes rude. We hardly qualify as gourmets but we thought the food just ordinary. The evening in Vienna of course; it was even better than before. But we would like also to mention the onboard entertainment and informational lectures.
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Date: 27-Nov-2017

3* Floating nursing home
There were a lot of good points: the food, the service, and the food and the service. We saw a lot of interesting things and we did feel pampered. However, the pace is too slow for able-bodied people. We were on the ship for 45 hours, staring at concrete walls of locks! Less talk of bathrooms, and "watch your step," and more of history, please We loved the palace dinner! We were very pleased in Wurzburg when the ship was delayed and we spent extra time there. Budapest was great, too. Great trip for the over 75 crowd. Nobody is of the kindergarten mindset; so please, lose the condescension.
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Date: 09-Jul-2015

4* Our Riverboat Trip
We read that Tauck was top-of-the-line in their River Boat Cruises. They did not disappoint. There was much to see that is not seen from larger ships-the quant towns, museums that one would not get to see, an excellent balance of eating in restaurants tasting the local cuisine. What is more relaxing than sitting in your room rolling on the river. Definitely the Palais Pallavicini. We all felt like royalty. The entertainment was superb, the food was excellent and the dessert was to die for. This was the closest I came to feeling like a princess and my husband a prince.
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Date: 04-Sep-2015

5* Glad I found out what we had been missing!
From start to finish we were in awe of how well designed and how well executed our trip was. As first timers we had a lot to learn and a lot to experience. The quality of the staff, the outstanding food and beverages, and the well run and well chosen tours were a thing of beauty. Getting older and being harder to please made it even better!
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Date: 08-Nov-2017

5* Best Vacation Ever
Amsterdam to Budapest was our best vacation ever, and we've been all over the world. Our luggage did not arrive and we shopped for replacement clothing. I was going to buy a jacket for the formal dinner in Vienna, but our tour director said no - he would loan me his jacket. Thank you! (Luggage did arrive at the last minute!) Visiting the Nurnberg courtroom where the Nazi war crimes trials were held. Very surreal to stand in the room where the trials of top Nazi generals were held. The dinner and performance in Vienna were fabulous.
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Date: 06-Oct-2016

4* Tauck is The Very Best
From beginning to end this trip was over the top! It was so good to have everything planned and expertly executed with the option of doing any or none of the trips. One always has the feeling that the traveler "is number one". Nice surprises such as euros to pay for a snack , euros to pay for lunch and euros to use the toilette if needed. The dinner and entertainment in the castle was way more than I expected. The Tauck Staff and the Scyla Staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The massage therapist made me think that I will never have a massage that good again.
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Date: 17-Oct-2016

5* Where do I begin????
Our trip was with 10 family members - one of the most wonderful trips ever, thanks to the Tauck and Scylla staff. Our cruise director kept us in line and the Tauck Directors kept us informed and WALKING!!! Food, drink, scenery, tours were top notch! Staff personalities and cleanliness of ship are 5 Star! My most memorable moment was the evening in the Vienna Palace Palais Pallavicini. It was a dream come true - a once in a lifetime experience that I hope Tauck continues. Entertainment, food and overall experience was truly magical!
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Date: 05-Sep-2015

5* Floating Nirvana
Being my fifth Tauck trip, this one greatly exceeded my Tauck expectations. The ship was a floating 5-star hotel. Being able to unpack once and still see many different cities was unique. We were able to dock and experience local towns and have free time to explore. Even on the day we spent on-board was not boring or confining. Super trip. Cologne Cathedral, Vienna dinner and waltz, Passau
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Date: 01-Jun-2017

4* An Excellent First Experience with Tauck
My wife and I went on our first riverboat cruise and first trip with Tauck. High ratings on both accounts. The Swiss Jewel was a lovely ship, the excursions were well done and educational, and the tour and ship staff were absolutely first rate. Our cabin (on the top deck) was attractive and well designed and furnished. The food/wines were good. The visit to Budapest and the very nice people we met.
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Date: 19-Aug-2016

5* Amsterdam to Budapest
Loved the boat and the level of service. Just sitting on deck and watching the countryside go by was extremely relaxing and interesting at the same time. We would definitely do this type of trip again. Our tour guides and the cruise director were all helpful and made sure everything went smoothly. Their enthusiasm made the trip even more fun. Going to the Prater amusement park in Vienna at night was a special moment we had not anticipated. It was really great fun.
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Date: 26-May-2015

4* Amsterdam to Budapest August 2018
Europe in a drought summer 2018. River levels five-feet low. Hign temperatures 80 to 90F. Tauck was prepared with identical ships on both sides of the shallows near Nuremberg. Switched ships, and did Bratislava and Budapest by bus. Great trip, beautiful scenery, excellent cruise and tour directors, who were honest and caring as well as prepared. Cruising down the Rhine with castles and vineyards. Locally guided tours were interesting and informative but could have been longer. Everyone was on time. Concise and complete program issued the night before each day. Enjoyed our fellow travelers and Tauck staff. Knew we had a transfer to airport, but pleased with escort through Budapest airport.
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Date: 03-Sep-2018

4* Great trip
This was our first river cruise with Tauck, but our second Tauck trip. We had a wonderful time. The Tauck tour directors were outstanding, very well informed and extremely helpful. The local guides were outstanding as well. Tauck took very good care of us from beginning to end. We will definitely book another river cruise. Our most memorable moment was the stop in Nurnberg. And we also enjoyed the dinner at the Palais Ferstel in Austria.
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Date: 29-Sep-2017

5* Whatever it TAUCKS (tm!) to go above and beyond expectations.
Amsterdam-Budapest, we had the foresight to visit the tulip fields before we boarded. The trips ashore at each and every port were well received by a couple of history buffs and the guides were always well informed-the small groupings and earphone systems worked very well. European gastronomy tours would be a good sub-title as the chef excelled. Vienna is a city of exceptional beauty and the Tauck exclusive dinner at the Palais Pallavicini was just a blast from the past- especially with the addition of chamber music and ballet dancers. A close second/third was the appreciation and majesty of the Rhine castles and the beauty of the Danube and fun experience of ducking the low bridges.
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Date: 26-May-2015

5* Stupendous
From start to finish, a first class trip! I felt like I was royalty. It seemed that Tauck has an "in" with guides, fronts of lines, busses. Dining at the Prince's castle, including the welcome champagne, the beautiful music of the string quartet, the ballet dancers, the beautiful voice of the opera singer, the excellent 5 course meal.
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Date: 09-Nov-2015

5* Amsterdam to,Budapest by Riverboat
What an amazing trip. Everything was wonderful; the tours, the crew, the tour directors, even the weather cooperated! This was our first Tauck trip and riverboat cruise so we did not know what to expect. Tauck absolutely lived up to their exceptional reputation. There was always plenty to see and do, but also options for relaxing as well. There are so many to pick from it is difficult to single out just one. I personally loved sailing along the section of the Rhine with all of the little towns and old castles.
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Date: 13-Sep-2017

4* A Night in Vienna
This was our first river cruise on Tauck. We had sailed 3 times before on Uniworld. Upon arrival at the ship, no one greeted us, actually one of the officers saw us toting our bags. It was only when we finally got from the sidewalk on the dock to the gangplank that anyone sought to help. Not like Uniworld. See my review on Cruise Critic.. The Night in Vienna was and probably will be the most spectacular evening we have ever had, or hope to have, on a tour or cruise. From the Chamber music w/champagne, to the opulent dining with now 8 member orch, male-female ballerinas,tenor, suprano, white glove service of the most delicious veal steak and schmankerl parfait Pallavicini. Spectacular!
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Date: 15-Jun-2018

5* Great Trip with Tauck from Amsterdam to Budapest!
This was our fourth trip with Tauck; we've already signed up for the fifth. I doubt any company can surpass them. Everything is first class. The staff is wonderful; attentive to your every need. One of the guests had an emergency, and Tauck stayed with them until they knew they were all right. The itinerary was terrific! There were many memorable moments, but for us, it was the dinner and program at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna. We will never forget that evening, but I have to say every evening was special. We met many wonderful people and hope we can stay in touch. Thank you, Tauck!
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Date: 28-Jun-2018

5* Trip to remember
Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the cruising part of the trip. Beautiful scenery especially the Main River. Spoiled by good weather in May. Already planning next year's trip! Fantastic dinner with operatic show in Vienna despite having to wear a sport coat !
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Date: 26-May-2017

5* October Amsterdam to Budapest
Excellent trip from start to finish. Tauck employees couldn't have been more helpful with questions, were very knowledgeable about the places visited and gave excellent presentations on various topics. The ship staff were very friendly and personable and the food was very good and PLENTIFUL. Most memorable moment was the dinner in Vienna at the palace. The food was excellent and the entertainment was suberb...a small orchestra, opera singers and a ballet dance duo. So entertaining.
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Date: 27-Oct-2017

4* Exquisite, Informative and Inspirational
We were overwhelmed from the start with the grand hotel alongside the Amstel River, with its history, sweeping 19th century staircases, chandeliers and marble floors. The MS Esprit was just as elegant with a cosy cabin suite. Staff made us feel valued as individually prioritised guests. Varied and informative interseting programme provided. The World War II tour in Nurenburg stood out for the tradegy that it has brought to the lives of millions of families and generations. The memorial building created an environment of reflection on the cruelty that fellow humans can impact on others. The Nurenburg Court Trials helped to provide a satisfaction of justice.
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Date: 27-Aug-2018

4* Beautiful 5 country river cruise
This was our first Tauck river cruise. Everything was 5 star and lovely.. Tauck does it right always. Our only criticism would be that we didn't get enough time in the ports. For us it's important to experience the local culture and local food. We arrived after lunch most times... in a nutshell it was a bit too slow for us. Otherwise, Great! Going to the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, We enjoyed cocktails, dinner and serenaded by violins, all while we dined in the very room, Mozart played many times. It was a pinch ourselves moment. Meeting wonderful people in our travels is always memorable and the best part of travel.
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Date: 30-Oct-2015

5* Danube cruise
Wonderful trip down the Danube/Rhine on Swiss jewel. Great tours, wonderful staff and crew. Food was excellent. Tour guides were exceptional. I can't wait for our next trip. We met wonderful people. Dinner at the palace in Vienna.
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Date: 02-Jun-2015

5* What An Enjoyable Trip
We had considered a different river cruise line but our travel agent recommended Tauck. We are so grateful as the attention/service provided by the crew and Tauck tour guides was superb. The food was delicious and it was so nice not to have to pay for mixed drinks or be concerned about tipping. We met so many interesting people on board. The night in Vienna and the cruise on the Danube in the evening in Budapest were two of the highest of many highlights. We will never forget them and look forward to our next Tauck trip.
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Date: 16-Nov-2015

5* Sept 6-24 2018 Amsterdam to Budapest
First time with Tauck. Could not be happier. Unfortunately, this set the bar so high we may not be able to top it. The service was impeccable. Low water forced a ship swap at Nuremberg. It went off without a hitch. All of our personnel preferences transferred with us. Excelling at the small details is what brings you back! This moment has to be dinner at the palace in Vienna, complete with music, ballet, and opera performances throughout the meal. This certainly sets Tauck apart.
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Date: 03-Oct-2018

5* We did not think it could get any better -- we were mistaken.
It had it all, excellent overall balanced itinerary, dedicated staff, congenial fellow travelers, cooperative weather, and a little extra excitement, the challenge of squeezing under flood swollen river bridges. Beautiful countryside, stimulating history, classical entertainment, delicious food. Incredibly informed Tauck guides! The winetasting at candle lite Staatlicher Hofkeller, Wurzburg Residenz. Perfect! Elegant dinner at the Palais Pallavicini, music that never stopped, ballet, opera, chamber music. Over the top! Above expectation. Locking through Continental Divide on Main-Danube Canal in 81' high chambers
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Date: 20-Jun-2016

5* Surpassed all expectations
History came alive and deepened my appreciation for the culture and people who lived, loved, warred and contributed so much that has survived to this day. Every Tauck person was excellent in performing their duties. They went above and beyond every expectation. I have never been so spoiled in my life! The experience of going through all the locks and knowing that this connection of the rivers was the completion of a dream for Charlemagne.
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Date: 29-Oct-2017

4* First time river cruise
We cannot say enough about the service and attitude of all the Tauck employees. The scope of the guided tours was fabulous. The small number of passengers made for ease of meeting the other passengers. The entire trip was first rate from the pickup at Amsterdam to final good bye at the Budapest airport. It was the evening meal and entertainment at the palace in Vienna.
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Date: 19-Sep-2016

5* Awesome River Cruise~our first trip with Tauck
We just returned from Amsterdam-Budapest on the MS Espirit. Great crew on the ship, everyone we talked to noticed how great they all were. Cruise directors were also helpful and attentive. Boat is really clean and comfortable. Tauck takes care of all the details and we really enjoyed the tours. Coaches were clean and pleasant. Vienna event was memorable and more than expected. Also, just arriving at the beautiful towns and cruising and hearing about the history of castles with the commentary. Vienna the night tour on arrival was amazing also.
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Date: 10-Jun-2015

5* Great itinerary!
Check Tauck's Amsterdam tour itinerary so you don't end up having free time in an area you have already visited (as we did in the musuem area). The stops were wonderful and our guIdes were good. If we had a complaint, it would be the ship's food which was acceptable but not memorable. Budapest was a highlight as was our Prague add-on. Our most memorable moment was a nighttime cruise on the Danube in Budapest that was not included in our tour. Tauck went up the Danube in the daytime when we first arrived, but the night view is the absolute best!
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Date: 02-Oct-2017

5* An Enchanting 2-Weeks
Tauck does it again. Every detail, thoughtful gesture and wonderful experience is part of this trip. Our guides were full of information about each stop and the journey to our destinations. Food and wines were fresh, local and delicious. Itinereary was tops! Too many to count but the dinner in Vienna was waaaay up there.
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Date: 19-Jun-2017

4* Amsterdam to Budapest
The ship was wonderful, we ate (food wonderful) and drank too much but that is what cruising is all about! The staff were most accommodating. The on board entertainment and lectures were very interesting and helpful. Surprisingly being in Zepplin field and walking in the steps of the Nazi's! On a lighter note, the Summer Palace in Vienna was breath taking.
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Date: 01-Oct-2017

5* The time of my life!
Amsterdam to Budapest, awesome! Being almost 75 and solo I was a bit hesitant. However, no need. Tauck's organization was fantastic. From start to finish the trip was amazing. The staff the best, courteous, friendly and caring, informative. Activities well planned, food superior, guests friendly! Destinations well planned, small groups enhanced them. Now this is a difficult question to answer because each place we visited was new to me and very memorable. The best way to make a friend is to be a friend and I think with this in mind I made friends which made this trip along with the Tauck staff "the time of my life". Where and when can I go next? I loved Regensburg, Budapest amazed me! Memories!
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Date: 11-Jun-2018

4* Cruising down the River(s)
Ship was first class. Wonderful 'team.' Cruise director was hospitable. The on-board staff was over-the-top--INCREDIBLE SERVICE. Tour directors were great--accommodating, knowledgeable & friendly. We were pampered, educated, entertained, well-fed & tended to 24/7. Appreciated that there was no pressure to 'join in,' & all activities were optional. Cruising through the beautiful Wachau Valley for scenery, Waltzing to 'The Blue Danube' in Vienna for romance, eating the best-ever sausages with sweet mustard & drinking beer at the tavern by the Stone Bridge in Regensburg for just plain fun, and The Document Center in Nurnberg for most poignant.
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Date: 06-Nov-2017

5* Exceeded our expectations!
I am now a believer that Tauck travel is an exceptional experience! The commitment of the Cruise Director, the three tour directors, PLUS the Treasures crew to accommodate the needs and desires of all guests was evident throughout the journey. The itinerary was well thought out and evenly paced. Our first river cruise was the trip of a lifetime!!! I must include three that were WOW: 1) the organ concert at the cathedral in Passau 2) the Palace dinner in Vienna 3) the evening harbor cruise in Budapest our last night
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Date: 04-Sep-2015

5* Amsterdam to Budapest
What a great trip we had. Tauck took care of everything and made the whole experience amazing. Our tour directors and ship staff were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and were very flexible to meet the needs of the various people on the tour. Accommodations, food and service were top notch. Truly, there are too many to mention. Every stop had it's special moments and I would highly recommend this tour with Tauck to anyone that asked.
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Date: 03-Aug-2016

4* Amsterdam to Budapest
Our first river cruise with Tauck. Liked the tours, and how we could do our own thing if we choose to. Interesting towns,fun to wander around in. You always got the tour you wanted. Liked having a dining room and a bistro to eat in. Good food;liked having 3 steady entrees each night as alternatives to the changing menu. Good talks and entertainment Too many moments. Watching lots of beautiful scenery as we floated along. Little touches like giving us money for lunch in one fascinating town, the organ recital, the palace dinner in Vienna (great music and food); the 3 great directors bringing us goodies for our bus rides; superb service by all the staff on the ship; attractive public spaces.
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Date: 08-Jul-2015

5* Wonderful Danube River Cruise Despite the Weather
First Class staff and crew provided excellent customer service with professional aplomb and gracious courtesy and plenty of smiles. Despite the unseasonably cold weather and occasional rain, the trip was all that we expected and more. The food was great with many choices; fruits, breads, soups, and cheese offerings were surprising exceptional The dinner at the Palais Ferstel in Vienna was a definite highlight. The setting, food, service, and entertainment were all top shelf. Local tour guides were very good to excellent. Our guide in Bratislava was informative and possessed a great sense of humor with hilarious anecdotes. Our Passau guide was also excellent.
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Date: 01-Oct-2017

4* Amsterdam to Budapest
It is easy to understand why Tauck is the premier river cruise line. Your attention to detail, your customer focus and the crew's friendly can do attitude made the trip one to remember. While the ship facilities and tours were great, the crew made the difference. The Tauck Directors we had could easily serve as a model for all Tauck Directors. The highlight evening event was the dinner at the Palais Pallavicni in Vienna. It exceeded all expectations
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Date: 09-Nov-2015

4* Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise - a great journey
Although my wife was hesitant to take a long trip from home - now that we are back home a week later, she is still raving about that experience. Everything was great - the entire staff (tour directors, housekeeping, waiters, etc.) outdid our expectations. My wife says she is ready to take another river cruise - only to different destinations. Dinner at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna - it was fantastic
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Date: 15-Jul-2015

5* Couldn't have asked for more
Like many others I had my doubts, traveling alone can be wonderful or leave you thinking "I wish I hadn't done that". Tauck made sure we solo travelers got together and we made the most of the opportunity. Food was excellent, off-shore tours, though often too short, were first rate. All in all, the trip was wonderful. Vienna
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Date: 05-Sep-2015

5* river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
Five countries, three rivers, thousands years history, millions people's lives and dreams all combine in this 14 days cruise. We enjoyed and reflected in the beautiful music, food, wine , friendship and hope for a beautiful tomorrow for all .
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Date: 05-Jun-2015

4* Our First River Cruise
This was our first river cruise after years of ocean cruising and land tours. Though it took a few days to get used to the serenity of this type of travel we quickly embraced the pace of looking around and actually taking in our surroundings. Each town we saw was met with open imagination as to what was to come. From Amsterdam to Vienna to Budapest The historical events of Nuremburg. Given my family's history this stop held a special place on the trip. Though the river locks were amazing.
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Date: 07-Jul-2017

4* River Cruise
Outstanding cruise directors and local guides. I thought I would be bored, but I had no time to be bored! The trip lived up to Tauck standards, except for one glaring problem: the food on board was nearly inedible. The baked goods and salads were fine, but the main plates were terrible, way below the standard of Tauck; this is our 10th. Many, but meeting all the interesting passengers and seeing all of the sites from a different perspective.
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Date: 01-Nov-2016

4* If it`s a river cruise, it`s with Tauck
We enjoyed this trip very much. We were the only passengers from Mexico and found so many compatible passengers on board that it really made a difference. Up to this point we have tried to be independent travellers and were a little worried about group excursions and itineraries, but Tauck organizes giving you choices. Felt safe and taken care of We didn`t feel a special memorable moment, everyday was different and had a special moment. The dinner at Vienna`s Palace was very special. Riding bikes, buying Christmas decorations, seeing palaces, cathedrals, trying different wines and beers. Vienna and Budapest were our favorite
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Date: 17-Sep-2017

5* River Cruise
We had a great trip, it was our first trip to Europe and we loved it immensely. Tauck took care of every detail, The Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise was a excellent trip to some great cities. This was a trip we will never forget. Thank you Tauck. There was some very memorable moments, like the private dinner in Vienna at the Palais Pallavicini palace. We also enjoyed the wine tasting in the palace cellar at the Wurzburg Residenz. We had a great time at the lunch at Rudesheimer Schloss in Rudesheim. This was such a few, every city had something exciting to discover.
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Date: 23-Mar-2016

5* The best way to see central Europe
Our riverboat cruise through Amsterdam, Germany, Slovakia and Budapest was a great vacation, experienced by us and a small (as riverboats go) group of like minded people. The scenery was tremendous, the service was exceptional, and everything was included. The entire journey was exceptional.
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Date: 29-Aug-2016

4* Music on the Danube
We loved the musical entertainment on board the Treasures Ship. Each music group was different and the quality of their performances was excellent. Thank you, Tauck, for going the extra mile to provide us with special music. The view from the hill in Buda. I was awe-struck!
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Date: 29-Sep-2017

5* First European Trip
We wanted to try and see as much as possible during our trip of 16 days. Bus or boat? Definitely boat. You see a lot of the country and all of the small and large cities that are on the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube. It was perfect for us. We were busy nearly every day on an excursion. The food was good and the staff excellent! Vienna. Have always wanted to visit there. This trip afforded us the opportunity to visit many places in 5 countries. We found there were many places that we would go back to and visit again. That gets us started planning our next trip!
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Date: 26-Aug-2016

5* Best tour ever
We've been on four Tauck tours. The river cruise was our favorite. Weather was decent. Stops and side tours were terrific. We had a great tour director and equally good tour guides. Local guides were perfect. The ship was very nice and the food excellent. We had a great time! Vienna dinner was extraordinary.
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Amsterdam to Budapest Sept,Oct 2016
My wife and I generally enjoy traveling on our own, finding our way around and the excitement of serendipitous adventures. We have done a few cruises, meh. After a lot of research, we signed up for the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. It was great. The boat was comfortable, our fellow travelers were interesting and we made many new friends. Listening to The Blue Danube Waltz as we entered the Danube, and wine tasting in the cellar of the Residenz in Wurtzburg
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Date: 09-Dec-2016

5* Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise
This was our first Tauck trip but definitely will not be the last. The friendly manner in which we were always treated made us feel like family. The itinerary was well planned and gave us the opportunity to view the old towns (history), museums (art and music culture), and shopping time. St. Stephen's Cathedral organ concert - husband's favorite Dinner in Palais Pallavicini - wife's favorite
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Date: 06-Sep-2016

4* An Amazing Journey
This was our first trip with Tauck & hopefully not our last. Everything about our experience on the Swiss Jewel was first class. From boarding to departure it was a very smooth operation, no detail is overlooked and each guest is made to feel special and comfortable. The cabins are clean and comfortable, the meals & service consistently 1st class Simply enjoying a cocktail on the sundeck as the ship cruised through stunningly beautiful country was a real treat. Also, the all inclusive nature of the cruise is a key to total enjoyment.
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Date: 31-May-2015

5* Awesome Vacation
Our trip from Amsterdam to Budapest on the Swiss Jewel was fabulous. Starting in Amsterdam and staying at the Intercontinental was perfect. The itinerary was great and the staff of the Swiss Jewel was exceptional. They were courteous and any and every need was taken care of. Our cruise director did an amazing job keeping us informed. It is hard to pick any certain moment. It was a trip of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Date: 10-Jul-2016

5* Beyond expectations
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with our first experience with Tauck. Extraordinary staff members!Perfect trip agenda each day visiting memorable important cities and local highlights. On board offerings with demos, entertainment, lectures were top-notch. Small ship sailing on the Danube is a picturesque luxury and memories of a lifetime Organ concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany. (Hard to pick one out of so many significant experiences.)
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Date: 01-Jun-2017

5* Great Trip - Great Organization
The Amsterdam-Budapest cruise was well-planned and well-run; I've never felt so fully taken care of. The tour directors kept things working smoothly, and dealt very well with the surprises (heavy river traffic) that could have disrupted plans. Outstanding gourmet meals and service enjoyed with new friends helped complete the experience. Beautiful late afternoon cruise into Vienna.
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Date: 06-Jul-2015

5* Typically Tauck
Weather was wonderful the whole way. We were very lucky. We found Amsterdam beautiful and were fascinated by all the people on bicycles. We were very impressed with Bratislavia's energy. Glad we could visit that city. We liked that there were only 96 people on our trip and the tour hosts and staff on our ship were typically Tauck (very attentive.) The beautiful evening in Vienna was spectacular. We expected the music but didn't know about the program it in its entirety.
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Service was well above our expectations
The service at Tauck was the best we ever experienced. The Tauck cruise personal and staff of the Ms Espirit provided a very welcome atmosphere. The first day the staff called us by name and knew our preferences for all of our dinners. The tours were amazing and the guides were very informative and provided personal input. Our favorite moment was the free time in Vilshofen, Germany where we watched the local beer fiesta parade in town. Our cruise director prepared an impromptu tour of the town due to an alternative docking location because of river levels. Our local guide provided a very professional and personable tour of this small town.
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Date: 03-Sep-2018

4* excellente
The cruise was enjoyable from start to finish. The ship's staff were wonderful and unfailingly pleasant. We visited many beautiful churches and palaces and the escorts were knowledgeable and friendly. The banquet at the Palace was a delight from start to finish. The food and wine were excellent and the entertainment was first-class.
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Date: 05-Sep-2016

5* Amsterdam to Budapest
Outstanding trip. Crew and Tauck guides were first rate. The refurbished ship with the 96 person capacity is a great improvement over the previous larger capacity vessel. Shore excursions were very good and informative; our "cruise day" on the river was spectacular with multiple castles and villages on each side of the river. Nuremberg with the remains of the Zeppelin Field and museum. Budapest at night from the river. Vienna with the summer palace and the outstanding evening dinner at the palace.
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Date: 28-Sep-2018

4* Amsterdam to Budapest August 2015
Excellent overall river cruise experience--truly "all-inclusive"--enjoyed the excursions with walking tours of the cities along the way, special culinary adventures (wine tasting in Wurzburg, wurst-tasting in Bamberg, imperial dinner at the palace in Vienna) and ample unscheduled time in Vienna, Nurenburg, and Koln to explore the cities. climbing the tower in the Rothenburg city hall, riding the cable-car to the Germania statue in Rudesheim, and the imperial dinner experience in Vienna
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Date: 11-Oct-2016

4* Unexpected Excellence
My wife and I took this trip with some apprehension. The weather did not cooperate, but the Tauck directors never faltered. The excursions were well thought out and we noted with admiration the various comfort levels provided. There was no "cheapness" or "nickel and diming" anywhere. Which was quite appreciated. Visiting with the other passengers. Tauck seemed to go out of their way to be sure that all the passengers were included with others.
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Date: 29-Sep-2017

5* Fantastic European River Cruise
This was our first river cruise with Tauck and I cannot recommend them enough for an extraordinary experience. Our boat the Esprit only had 52 passengers as there were numerous cancellations and this made the entire 15-day journey more like a private party every day. The attention to detail, service, and comfort was fantastic. Sailing through the Wachau Valley. The weather was in the 70s and everyone was on the sun deck enjoying incredible views and weather. The scenery was totally amazing.
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Date: 06-Nov-2017

5* trip of a lifetime - Amsterdam to Budapest
We were absolutely blown away by the quality of service, excellence of food and hospitality, in-depth tours and guides (who were always present with us to give us "loo" money, keep us secure, make sure everyone was accounted for....we could go on and on). After speaking w/others who traveled other cruiselines, they will be switching to Tauck. The evening at the Vienna palace was like a fairy tale. Absolutely stunning, exquisite food, entertainment was outstanding. We also enjoyed the lunch at the small hillside village with impromptu band & dancing - so scenic.
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Date: 31-May-2015

5* Tauck Is Tops
This was our 4th Tauck journey and 1st river cruise. Everything was fantastic. Great Tauck directors, fabulous Scylla crew, wonderful food and wine and an itinerary that was the best. We were also blessed to have wonderful fellow travelers to share the fun. Looking forward to another Tauck journey next year. I loved Bamberg and my wife loved the wine tasting in Wurzburg.
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Date: 06-Sep-2015

5* 15 Day Amsterdam-to-Budapest River Cruise, 6 Aug 2016
This bucket-list trip was our first Tauck trip and our first river cruise - it did NOT disappoint! The scenery was spectacular. The Tauck Tour Directors and the local guides were incredibly knowledgeable and always personable. The ship's staff were always friendly and accommodating - the food and entertainment were great and often had a local flair Wonderful dinner in a beautiful palace on our first night in Vienna, complete with a 7-piece orchestra, very talented opera singers and dancers.
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Date: 31-Aug-2016

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Touring with Tauck

Tauck has been a family run business since its first tour through New England in 1925. Spanning three generations and currently run by six family members, their 90 years of experience is clearly seen in more than 140 unique travel experiences.

Tauck makes dreams come true with inspiring journeys of discovery all over the planet. Wherever you travel with Tauck, their aim is to help you explore the world’s treasures, discover people and cultures you may not have known existed and experience extraordinary, life-changing moments. From North America’s magnificent West to the land of the Incas in South America’s Andes; from Alaska’s glaciers to New Zealand’s fjords; from Europe’s cultural capitals to the wildlife-rich plains of Africa; from Melbourne to Moscow and Bangkok to Bucharest. Choose from land journeys, river cruises, family adventures, small group tours or small ship cruises for your hassle-free adventure with Tauck.

Tauck have built their company on the personal referrals and recommendations of their guests as they can think of no higher testament to their trips and commitment to customer satisfaction. Guests speak of how powerful travel can be and how much they enjoy exploring the world with Tauck, explaining that their special access lets them become part of the culture they are discovering. They appreciate that the trips are seamless and inclusive, with all the details taken care of, so they can relax and enjoy. Travelling well includes getting the best value for your money and Tauck guests feel that it’s not about spending as little as you can, but about what you get for what you spend. A Tauck trip is worth every penny; they say the exclusive experiences provided, the great hotels they stay in, and the exemplary service they receive often far exceeds their expectations.

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This tour is operated by Tauck

14 nights from pp exc.flights; per Night
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Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Finish: Budapest, Hungary
Suitable for: 0-99
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