6 New 2024 European River Cruises that Include Dinner in a Castle
One luxury river cruise line is giving you a new way to immerse yourself in Europe’s rich culture, history and cuisine during your voyage. Tauck has unveiled its 2024 lineup of European river cruises. It’s adding six new itineraries - each with an exclusive highlight: an included dinner ashore in a palatial setting.
Imagine yourself sailing along scenic European waterways, exploring vineyards and quaint riverside towns, then strolling from your luxury river cruise ship to an evening dining in an an elegant Viennese palace, a Dutch castle on its own private island, or a Renaissance-style mansion in a small commune in northern France.
All of Tauck's special dining and tasting experiences are included in the price of the company's river cruises, as are all shore excursions, all gratuities, all onboard beverages (including all beer, wine and spirits), airport transfers, luggage handling and much more.
The special evening dinners aren't the only unique food and drink-related experiences Tauck has included in its new cruises.
On different itineraries, Tauck guests also enjoy lunch:
at the summit of the Zugspitze (Germany's highest peak at nearly 10,000 feet),
at historic Weltenberg Abbey near Regensburg, and
at a private ranch in the Camargue region in Provence.
Tasting tours are also on tap in a number of cities and towns, including Frankfurt, Strasbourg, and Chalon-Sur-Saône, France.
Tauck guests will also have an opportunity to quench their thirsts during wine tastings in Burgundy and the Lavaux region of Switzerland, on a craft beer tour in Dusseldorf, during a brewery tour in Antwerp, and with a tasting of local brandies and apple ciders in Normandy.
And of course, the special access and memorable moments crafted for Tauck guests extend beyond food and wine experiences, and include:
early "pre-opening" admission to the home, gardens and studio of Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, France,
a guided excursion into the rock-cut tunnels beneath Nüremberg, and
a stroll across the Peak Walk by Tissot, a high-altitude suspension bridge connecting two Swiss peaks and offering stunning views of the Matterhorn, Mont-Blanc and Jungfrau.
Several of the trips also incorporate included pre or post-cruise hotel stays in new-to-Tauck cities including Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and Montreux and Geneva Switzerland. These signature land experiences are included with your cruise prices, feature exclusive Tauck-guided sightseeing, and incorporate stays at landmark local hotels such as the Fairmont Montreux Palace, the Riessersee Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the InterContinental Geneve in Geneva.
Even if you’ve sailed on any of these European rivers before, Tauck’s new itineraries will provide you with a completely new way to experience these river cruising destinations.
Ask us About Tauck's New 2024 River Cruise Itineraries Including:
Danube Kingdoms: Bavaria, Austria & Hungary
Munich to Budapest; 12 days from USD $6,990 per person
Itinerary: Includes a four-night, land-based exploration of Bavaria with hotel stays in Munich and Partenkirchen, plus a seven-night cruise along the Danube visiting Passau, Linz, Salzkammergut, Cesky Krumlov, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Highlight dinner: Guests will attend a Tauck Exclusive evening at a private Viennese palace, Palais Pallavicini (pictured below), featuring a reception, gala dinner and classical music performances. The palace has hosted luminaries including Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, and it has been the home of the Pallavicini family for more than 180 years.
Three Rivers: Danube, Main & Rhine
Amsterdam to Regensburg (or reverse); 10 days from USD $5,990 per person
Itinerary: Ports of call include Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Köln, Bonn, Koblenz, Boppard, Frankfurt, Wertheim, Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Nürnberg and Regensburg.
· Highlight dinner: Guests will enjoy an evening at the opulent Schlosshotel Kronberg (pictured above and below). The former residence of German Empress Victoria Friedrich, Schlosshotel Kronberg housed a U.S. Army officers club during the post-World War II occupation of Germany. It was also the temporary home of General Dwight D. Eisenhower for a seven-year period after the war, during which time he designed the on-site, 18-hole golf course still in use today.
Rhine Connoisseur: Montreux to Brussels
Montreux to Brussels (or reverse); 11 days from USD $6,790 per person
Itinerary: Begins with a three-night stay at the Fairmont Montreux Palace and explorations of the Lavaux Vineyards, Montreux and Glacier 3000. A subsequent seven-night cruise visits Strasbourg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Düsseldorf along the Rhine before traveling on to Gorinchem, Antwerp and Brussels.
Highlight dinner: A Tauck-exclusive reception and dinner are featured at Slot Loevestein (pictured, top). Set in a nature reserve on a private island open only to Tauck guests for the evening, the 14th-century castle has served as a prison, residence and toll station at the strategic confluence of the Maas and Waal rivers.
Hidden Waterways of Flanders and Holland
Brussels to Amsterdam (or reverse); eight days from USD $4,690 per person
Itinerary: Ports of call along the scenic Dutch waterways include Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Gorinchem, Leiden, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Highlight dinner: A Tauck-exclusive reception and dinner are featured at Slot Loevestein. Set in a nature reserve on a private island open only to Tauck guests for the evening, the 14th-century castle has served as a prison, residence and toll station at the strategic confluence of the Maas and Waal rivers.
River Seine: Châteaux, Impressionism & Normandy
Begins and ends near Paris at Le Pecq; eight days from USD $4,990 per person
Itinerary: Visits Auvers-sur-Oise, Les Andelys, Tilly, Mont-Saint-Michel, Étretat, Honfleur, the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, Rouen, Giverny (where Tauck guests enjoy exclusive early-entry admission to the home and gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet) and Le Pecq.
Highlight dinner: Tauck guests will enjoy a private evening with a tour, dinner and music at Château du Taillis. Set on a parkland estate in Duclair, France and built in 1530, this Italian Renaissance mansion with baroque interiors is an architectural showcase.
La Belle Vie: The Rhône, Geneva & The Riviera
Cannes to Geneva (or reverse); 14 days from USD $7,990 per person
Itinerary: This 14-day itinerary includes a nine-night river cruise along the Rhône bookended by two, two-night hotel stays with guided Tauck sightseeing in Cannes and Geneva. Along the way, guests have the opportunity to experience Aix-en-Provence, Arles, La Camargue, Avignon, Uzès, St-Rémy, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tain l'Hermitage, Mâcon, Cluny, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune, Tournus, Cormatin and Lyon.
Highlight dinner: Tauck guests will enjoy an exclusive evening at Duché d'Uzès featuring a private tour, dinner and cocktails. The family castle of the Duke of Uzès, the home was once the site of a Roman governor's residence and the haven of an exiled 9th-century duchess.
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