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					tHe Blue DanuBe

                                                                                 Maximum Elevation: 1,200 ft.
                                                 Prague    CZECH REPUBLIC
                                                    Passau    Dürnstein
                                                         Linz           Bratislava
                                                                Vienna a

                                            Salzburg      AUSTRIA                River   Budapest

                                            ITALY       SLOVENIA

                                   voyage at a Glance
                                   M 7 Cruise Days

                                   Day        DestinatiOn
                                       1      Arrive Prague         Prague Marriott Hotel
                                       2      Prague
                                   M   3      Embark Regensburg
                                   M   4      Passau, Linz
                                   M   5      Linz or Salzburg
                                   M   6      Wachau Valley, Dürnstein
                                   M   7      Vienna
                                   M   8      Vienna, Bratislava
                                   M   9      Bratislava
                                       10     Disembark Budapest
                                                                 InterContinental Budapest
                                       11     Budapest
                                       12     Depart Budapest

                             1. arriVe praGue
                             Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Prague Marriott Hotel. A transfer is included
                             from Prague’s Ruzyne Airport to the Prague Marriott Hotel,
           triumphs such
                             ranked among the Top 100 Best Luxury Hotels of the World, for
           as Budapest’s
                             a memorable two-night stay in the historic “city of a hundred
                             spires.” Tauck brings you inside Prague’s soaring cathedrals and
           buildings or
                             city architectural riches during your visit, beginning with a royal
                             welcoming reception, tour and dinner at 16th-century Lobkowicz
           Palace are more
                             Palace at Prague Castle. Immerse in an evening of classical
           than landmarks.
                             cultural treasures – music and art played an important role in the
                             aristocratic world of the Lobkowicz family. Meals D

                                                                                 TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES:
                                                                                 • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck
                                                                                    Directors and Tauck Cruise Director

                                                                                 • All private Tauck shore excursions – $745 Value!
                                                                                 • Two nights each in Prague and Budapest at five-star
                                                                                    hotels, centrally located in the heart of the cities

                                                                                 • Tauck Exclusive – Private Imperial Evening at a palace
                                                                                    in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers

                                                                                 • Tauck Exclusive – A private tour of the beautiful
                                                                                    Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery in Prague

                                                                                 • Choice of a visit to the Hofburg’s Imperial Silver
                                                                                    Room or a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace

                                                                                 • A day in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, Austria,
                                                                                    including a visit to Mirabell Gardens

                                                                                 • Evenings of traditional Slovakian entertainment and
                                                                                    classical music aboard the riverboat

                                                                                 • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  Whether it’s the country sights you
  see on an impromptu bike ride                                                  • 27 meals (11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners);
  or the kaleidoscope of colors in                                                  select meals in local restaurants; wine with dinner on
  Salzburg’s Mirabell Gardens, shore                                                the riverboat; service charges, taxes, porterage, and
  excursions ignite the senses.                                                     applicable fuel surcharges

2. DisCOVer past & present praGue                                        4. M piCturesQue passau
Exquisite European architecture awaits on a guided excursion             One of our guests told us that The Blue Danube is like taking
that takes you to the Hradcany (Castle) district and the                 a magic carpet ride through a parade of picturesque places,
magnificent Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus. An exclusive private          getting on and off in towns that just beg to be explored! An early
tour of the grand libraries of Strahov Monastery is a highlight.         arrival in Passau this morning lets you do just that when we
Spend time at leisure exploring the courtyards and squares of            disembark for a walking tour with a local guide whose passion for
Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, or join us on a walking            his hometown makes your time spent there even more special.
tour through ethereal Old Town; see the famous Astronomical              Sights include Dom St. Stephan (St. Stephan’s Cathedral) and
Clock, Tyn Church, iconic Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square.           its magnificent church organ, and the 14th-century Town Hall.
Lantern-lit streets set the mood for dinner on your own tonight,         Spend some free time in Passau, where pedestrian walkways take
tempting with cafés and restaurants that serve up the region’s           you through tunnels and archways and along ancient cobblestone
best schnitzels, dumplings, strudels, goulashes and beer. Meals B        streets – the town is located on a hill. Board your riverboat and
                                                                         spend the afternoon cruising to Linz, Austria. Meals BLD
3. reGensBurG / M emBarK riVerBOat
Drive to the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg,                 5. M salZBurG         anD    linZ
Germany, nestled on the banks of the River Danube. Walking here          Your boat stays docked in Linz today, giving you the opportunity
is a delight and is the only way to view its historic sights up-close.   to visit the town as you wish or join us for a full-day excursion to
A local guide will lead the way as you see the town’s 12th-century       Salzburg on the Salzach River, hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus
Steinerne Brücke (Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge), the          Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music. A parade of
15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall), towering Dom St. Peter,          beautiful Baroque architecture, painted wrought-iron signage,
and the remains of the Roman wall. Enjoy lunch on your own –             ornate church towers and grand palaces paves the way for
this medieval town is famous for its Bavarian sausage – before           your visits to Mozart’s birthplace and the very cleverly designed
embarking your riverboat; join us this evening for the Captain’s         Mirabell Gardens. You’ll have some free time in Salzburg before
welcome reception and dinner. Meals BD                                   rejoining the riverboat for dinner. Meals BLD

Call your travel agent or Tauck at 800-468-2825                                                                       17
 Special Tauck experiences include an Imperial Evening in
 Vienna and a private tour of the libraries at Strahov Monastery.

6. M WaCHau Valley Cruise / DÜrnstein                                 9. M BratislaVa / DanuBe Cruise
On-board commentary enriches this morning’s leisurely cruise          Our local expert shares insider anecdotes about Bratislava before
past lush vineyards, fairy-tale castles and ancient monasteries in    you embark on a walking tour of this cobblestoned, vehicle-free city.
the Wachau Valley, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for          See 17 centuries of history eloquently chronicled in its 13th-century
its well-preserved medieval landscapes – it is the perfect scenic     Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House,
appetizer for your stop in the charming little village of Dürnstein   Slovak Philharmonic Hall, and St. Martin’s Cathedral, site of the
in Austria’s wine country. Take a closer look at its 16th-century     coronation of many Hungarian kings and queens, and sample some
Baroque houses and 13th-century Romanesque church as you              of Slovakia’s delectable almond pastry at a local café. Back aboard
stroll down its one main street or take an invigorating climb         ship, get ready to celebrate tomorrow’s arrival in Budapest –
up the steps to the ruins of hilltop Kuenringerburg Castle for        and the end of your Danube riverboat cruise – with the Captain’s
great views. A wine tasting back in town at an authentic tavern       farewell reception and dinner. Meals BLD
celebrates local cultural traditions and new friendships. Meals BLD
                                                                      10. DisemBarK BuDapest / eXplOre BuDa
7. M tHe imperial City                Of    Vienna                    Disembark this morning in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, divided
Wake up in Vienna, inspiring romantic visions of “Old Europe.”        by the mighty Danube River into Buda and Pest. A guided
A choice of sightseeing today features a tour of the Habsburgs’       walking tour of the city’s Buda section includes Castle Hill,
Schönbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian          Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Church (may be closed on
cultural treasure, or the amazing Imperial Silver Room at the         some days), with lunch at a local café. Budapest has acquired
Hofburg, Austria’s official presidential residence. Nothing quite     quite an excellent reputation for its cuisine; tonight you’ll dine at
compares to the royal treatment – and pageantry – you will            your choice from a selection of restaurants. Meals BLD
experience tonight at our private Imperial Evening in a historic
Viennese palace. Welcome cocktails and dinner precede a               11. fasCinatinG pest
spectacle of beautiful ball gowns and elegant finery, and a           Your tour of Pest includes patriotic Heroes’ Square, Váci Utca,
musical performance that celebrates the rich legacy of Mozart...      the Parliament building, tree-lined Andrássy Avenue, where
you’ll feel like you could dance all night! Meals BLD                 magnificent mansions and villas reflect some of Europe’s most
                                                                      elegant 19th-century architecture, and a special visit to Hungary’s
8. M Vienna / Cruise                tO   slOVaKia                     State Opera House. The remainder of the day is free to explore –
Spend some time pursuing what interests you most in Vienna            so much to see, from unique museums to an amazing zoo! Meals B
today – outstanding museums, magnificent boulevards, the
intriguing Prater... the choice is yours. Return to the riverboat     12. JOurney HOme
for an afternoon cruise to neighboring Slovakia. Dinner tonight       Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary. Fly home anytime. A transfer
introduces you to a glimpse of daily life in Slovakia with a taste    is included from the InterContinental Budapest to Budapest
of regional cuisine and an on-board performance by a talented         Ferihegy Airport; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight
troupe of Slovakian dancers. Meals BLD                                check-in at the airport. Meals B

“This was our first Tauck experience, and I can only describe it as marvelous. Every aspect of the trip was organized and
handled efficiently. I must compliment the tour leaders and Cruise Director; they were the most professional travel directors
we have ever experienced. No one could surpass their professionalism, knowledge and interest.                   ”          – Stanton L. Meltzer, NJ

                                                          8-Day Cruise-Only frOm $2,990 plus airfare
                                                                          (7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners)
                                                                     12 Days frOm $3,990 plus airfare
                                                                         (11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 9 Dinners)
                                                           8-Day                           Cruise Price Per Person
                                              Date         Cruise-
                                                            Only       MS Swiss Sapphire, MS Swiss emerald, Ms Swiss Jewel,
                                                                                     new-for-2011 riverboat

                                              Date	 M	CAT 1             M CAT 1 M CAT 2 M CAT 3 M CAT 4 M CAT 5 M CAT 6
                                              May 9	   $3990	            $4990	  $5240	 $5840	   $6140	  $6740	 $7440
                                              May 12*	 $3990	            $4990	  $5240	 $5840	   $6140	  $6740	 $7440
                                              Jun 2	   $4190	            $5190	  $5440	 $6040	   $6340	  $6940	 $7640
                                              Jun 16	 $4190	             $5190	  $5440	 $6040	   $6340	  $6940	 $7640
                                              Jun 30	 $3390	             $4390	  $4640	 $5240	   $5540	  $6140	 $6840
                                              Jul 14	  $2990	            $3990	  $4240	 $4840	   $5140	  $5740	 $6440
                                              Jul 28	  $2990	            $3990	  $4240	 $4840	   $5140	  $5740	 $6440
                                              Aug 11	 $2990	             $3990	  $4240	 $4840	   $5140	  $5740	 $6440
                                              Aug 18*	 $3390	            $4390	  $4640	 $5240	   $5540	  $6140	 $6840
                                              Sep 8	   $3990	            $4990	  $5240	 $5840	   $6140	  $6740	 $7440
                                              Sep 15*	 $4190	            $5190	  $5440	 $6040	   $6340	  $6940	 $7640
                                              Sep 22	 $4190	             $5190	  $5440	 $6040	   $6340	  $6940	 $7640
                                              Sep 29*	 $3990	            $4990	  $5240	 $5840	   $6140	  $6740	 $7440
                                              Oct 2*	 $3590	             $4590	  $4840	 $5440	   $5740	  $6340	 $7040
                                              Oct 9	   $3390	            $4390	  $4640	 $5240	   $5540	  $6140	 $6840
                                              Oct 20	 $3190	             $4190	  $4440	 $5040	   $5340	  $5940	 $6640
                                              Oct 27*	 $3190	            $4190	  $4440	 $5040	   $5340	  $5940	 $6640
                                              Nov 5	   $3190	            $4190	  $4440	 $5040	   $5340	  $5940	 $6640

                                             * Indicates Budapest to Prague westbound direction. Single prices start at 40% over the double
                                             price; please inquire at time of booking or visit for complete single pricing,
                                             additional 8-Day Cruise-Only price categories, and up-to-the-minute space availability. Cruise will
                                             be on ms Swiss Jewel, ms Swiss Sapphire, ms Swiss Emerald or our new-for-2011 riverboat; ask at
                                             time of booking.
                                             Special Singles Savings – $1000 per cabin – on May 9, Jun 2, Jun 16, Jul 28, Oct 20 and Oct 27
                                             departures. Certain restrictions apply; ask at time of booking.
                                             Land / cruise price per person, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port
                                             charges, wine with all dinners aboard ship, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and
                                             gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, as well as on
                                             all included meals.
                                             International Airfare is additional. Call Tauck for special rates on international air, in coach or
                                             business, for travel originating in the United States (subject to availability).
                                             Itinerary Changes – Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or
                                             omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. See page 22 or go
                                             to for Budapest to Prague day-by-day details; east and west itineraries are similar.
                                             Museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.
                                             Note: This cruise includes a fair amount of walking in each city.
                                             Please ask at time of booking about additional hotel nights before or after your cruise, or about our
                                             Cruise Protection Product.
                                             See page 64 for deck plans and riverboat specifications.
                                             Special Tauck Bridges 8 day / 7-night family cruise on Jun 25, Jul 9 and Aug 6 follows a similar river
                                             routing as The Blue Danube with lots of added interactive family activities to make it even more fun
                                             for every generation to enjoy together – all included in one up-front price for great family value!
                                             Full details and pricing will be available at in September, 2010.

Call your travel agent or Tauck at 800-468-2825                                                                                 19

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