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Danube Automotive Heritage

12 Day Automotive theme river cruise from £4,390 pp  

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Tauck 12 Day Automotive theme river cruise on MS Savor, Tauck from £4,390 pp  

Departure 13 April 2020 | Danube Automotive Heritage

Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.

Destinations

  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Dürnstein
  • Linz
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Frankfurt

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Danube Automotive Heritage

from £4,390 pp
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  •  Private Imperial Evening at a palace in Vienna featuring a gala dinner and Viennese performers
  • Private aperitif and dinner in Prague at Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle
  • A private tour of Prague’s Baroque libraries, Strahov Monastery

Includes

  • Transfers to/from airport
  • 2 nights in Budapest and 7 nights accommodation on board the river ship and 2 nights in Frankfurt
  • Motor coach transportation
  • Port charges
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £2,090
  • Entertainment
  • Special dinners
  • Beverages (including unlimited soft drinks, regional wine, beer and premium spirits)
  • Sightseeing and all tours
  • Services of the Tauck Directors, the Tauck Cruise Director, hotel and ship staff, and local guides and drivers
  • All customary gratuities for the hotel and ship staff, local guides and drivers, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director are included
  • Your cruise employs one Tauck Director for every 40 guests and one Tauck Cruise Director who will remain with the group throughout the tour. Your Tauck Directors are professional, fully trained employees of Tauck

Price based on October 2021 departures. Other dates may vary.

From the legacy of design pioneer Ferdinand Porsche to today's high-tech automobile production processes, celebrate Central Europe’s contributions to automotive history and culture on a unique Danube River cruise.

Visits to automobile factories, vintage car collections and museums, racing facilities and more highlight a very special 12-day journey featuring a 7-night Danube River cruise spotlighting the rich automotive legacy of Central Europe. Explore both Buda and Pest during a two-night stay in Hungary’s capital. In Bratislava, embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s capital or a visit to its Volkswagen plant. Activities in the celebrated Austrian capital, Vienna, include a sightseeing tour of this former Imperial city, a gala dinner and a visit to a technology museum. In the Danube’s Wachau Valley wine region, enjoy a tasting of the area’s wines and a bicycling trip. Call on Linz for a walking tour or an excursion to the Ferdinand Porsche Experience in Mattsee, celebrating the famed auto designer’s life. Explore Passau, Bavaria’s “City of Three Rivers,” on a walking tour or bike excursion. Choose a city tour of historic Regensburg on the Danube, or a visit to a nearby BMW factory. Discover the important city of Frankfurt on a two-night stay, including its modern role as the European headquarters of many international car companies.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — Budapest
King Saint Stephen's sculpture, Budapest, Hungary

King Saint Stephen's sculpture, Budapest, Hungary

A transfer is included from Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport or Keleti train station to Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. Budapest has acquired quite an excellent reputation for cuisine; tonight’s special welcome cocktail reception and dinner is at the grand Akadémia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Meet your fellow travelers and Tauck Directors and learn more about what's in store on your exploration of the Danube River, its cultural landscapes and the region's rich automotive legacies.

Day 2 — Budapest
Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is split into "Buda" and "Pest" by the Danube River. This morning, you can choose to explore the Pest side of the city, starting with a special tour of the opulent State Opera House, opened in 1884, followed by visits to City Park and Heroes’ Square, and a themed walking tour that focuses on the Hungarian Revolution and includes the Parliament building, the US Embassy and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Or you can join us for an excursion to the Hungaroring motorsports complex in Mogyoród outside Budapest, the first Formula One racetrack built behind the then-"Iron Curtain" (in 1986), and home to the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix; your tour includes the track's Race Control Center, the pits and more.

The afternoon and evening are free for you to pursue what interests you most in Budapest; enjoy lunch and dinner as you please in town.

Day 3 — Budapest
Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Head up to Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Danube on the Buda side of the city, for sightseeing and lunch at a local café. See Fisherman’s Bastion, with its Neo-Romanesque design, and admire the stained glass windows and centuries of history in the 14th-century, late-Gothic Matthias Church (may be closed on some days due to services).

Board your riverboat this afternoon in Budapest, and meet your crew at the welcome reception followed by dinner this evening, as you begin to cruise the Danube River, bound for Bratislava, Slovakia.

Day 4 — Bratislava

After the riverboat's arrival in Bratislava this morning, an onboard presentation by our resident expert takes you inside contemporary Slovakia and its capital, Bratislava, for a look at the region's politics, economy, religion, social order, preservation and emergence of the arts.

After lunch aboard the riverboat, you'll have a choice of exploring Bratislava's cobblestoned, vehicle-free historic city center on a walking tour – viewing its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall and Hviezdoslav Square, and visiting the Primates Palace (subject to availability), followed by some free time.

Or set off on an afternoon excursion to the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant – which builds various Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles – for a factory tour revealing some of the latest technology in modern automotive production.

Back aboard the riverboat, dinner tonight introduces you to a glimpse of daily life in Slovakia with a taste of regional cuisine and a performance by a talented troupe of Slovak dancers.

Day 5 — Vienna
Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Your riverboat arrives this morning in Vienna, where an onboard lecture on Austria by a local expert followed by an introductory tour of this former capital of the old Habsburg Empire – and its grand boulevard, the Ringstrasse – precedes your choice of a walking tour of medieval Old Town Vienna or a visit to the Vienna Technical Museum (Technisches Museum Wien), a century-old institution exploring how science and technology shape our daily lives.

After lunch aboard ship, the rest of the day is yours to explore this famous city as you please.

Later, nothing compares to the royal treatment and pageantry you’ll experience tonight at our private Imperial Evening in the opulent Palais Pallavicini, a private Baroque palace in Vienna that film buffs may have spotted in the 1940s film noir classic The Third Man. Welcome cocktails and dinner precede an unforgettable spectacle of beautiful ball gowns and a musical performance celebrating the legacy of Mozart.

Day 6 — Dürnstein
Durnstein

Durnstein

Wake up in Dürnstein for a closer look at its 16th-century Baroque houses and 13th-century Romanesque church on a walking tour along cobblestone streets; you may also choose to tour a local monastery, or take a bicycle ride. Enjoy some free time in this charming riverside town, perhaps taking an invigorating climb up the steps to the ruins of Kuenringerburg, a hilltop castle above the town where Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades. Sample the fruits of the Wachau Valley vineyards during a wine tasting at an authentic Austrian tavern. Back aboard, you'll continue to cruise the Danube River through the Wachau Valley, Austria's lush wine-growing region that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval landscapes, to Linz; after the Chef's Signature dinner onboard, enjoy a show put on by members of the riverboat crew.

Day 7 — Linz
Linz Cityscape with New Cathedral and Church of the Ursulines, Austria

Linz Cityscape with New Cathedral and Church of the Ursulines, Austria

With your riverboat docked in Linz today, you can choose to stay in town this morning and explore this Austrian city on the Danube on a walking tour, or set off on a full-day excursion to the Ferdinand Porsche Experience (fahr(T)raum) in Mattsee in the heart of Salzburg's Lake District. Your visit to this interactive museum and memorial to pioneer automobile designer Ferdinand Porsche, founded by his grandson, includes a guided tour and a ride on a vintage car. Back aboard ship, enjoy dinner and a musical performance by a classical group this evening as the riverboat makes its way to Passau, Germany.

Day 8 — Passau
View of Passau, Bavaria, Germany

View of Passau, Bavaria, Germany

Once a Roman outpost at the confluence of the Inn, Ill and Danube rivers, Passau is over 2,500 years old – a Bavarian town of pastel patrician houses, cafés, romantic cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenades. Upon your riverboat's arrival in Passau this morning, you'll have a choice of exploring this riverside town's storybook mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and German Gothic architecture on a guided walking tour; embarking on a bicycle excursion through town, accompanied by a local guide; or enjoying an opportunity for a personal driving experience (at an additional cost). The riverboat continues cruising this afternoon and evening, charting a course for Regensburg via Vilshofen.

Day 9 — Regensburg

With roots dating back nearly 2,000 years to Roman times, the well-preserved medieval city of Regensburg boasts more than 1,400 historic structures. After your riverboat docks here this morning, you can choose to explore this riverside city on a walking tour that includes the Dom (cathedral), the market, the town hall, and 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (a medieval stone bridge over the Danube).

Or set off on an excursion to a nearby working BMW plant to experience the state-of-the-art operations of one of Germany's pioneering automotive manufacturers – Bayerische Motoren Werke (or Bavarian Motor Works), founded in Munich in 1916 – firsthand. Return to the riverboat for your final night of cruising, a farewell toast and dinner.

Day 10 — Regensburg and Frankfurt
Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Disembark your riverboat after breakfast in Regensburg and travel to Frankfurt for a two-night stay. Upon arrival, join us for an introductory tour of this renowned German industrial and financial center, then check into your hotel in the heart of the city for an evening spent as you wish and dinner as you please.

Day 11 — Frankfurt
Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Your choices of sightseeing in Frankfurt this morning include a walking tour of city highlights followed by free time to explore on your own; or a tour highlighting Frankfurt's automotive legacy, including its role as the European headquarters of many international car companies. Following a free afternoon to pursue what interests you most in Frankfurt, join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception followed by dinner.

Day 12 — Frankfurt
Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Check out and take your included transfer from Sofitel Frankfurt Opera Hotel to Frankfurt International Airport or Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof train stations.

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Accommodating up to 130 passengers as she winds her way along the mighty Danube River to offer our guests exclusive Tauck discoveries in timeless cities like Munich, Nürnberg, Vienna, Passau, Bratislava and Cesky Krumlov, our 443-foot riverboat ms Savor leads the way in spacious comfort with the mos

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