Tauck will operate its biggest-ever programme of European river cruises in 2024 with the announcement it is adding six new itineraries to its collection.
Each of the new sailings will feature a speciality dining excursion in a notable location. Lavish venues the 130-year-old Schlosshotel Kronberg, which was once the residence of German Empress Victoria Friedrich and served as home for General Dwight D Eisenhower after World War II.
An gala dinner and concert evening at the Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, which has hosted composers Ludwig Van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, will be a feature of the line’s new 12-day Danube Kingdoms sailing, which takes in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary.
Depending on their itinerary, Tauck guests will also enjoy lunch at the summit of the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest peak at nearly 10,000ftt), 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.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be expanding our river cruise offerings in such an unprecedented way, with exciting new itineraries that will appeal to our loyal past guests and new travellers alike,” said Tauck chief executive Dan Mahar.
“These signature land experiences are included in our cruise prices. They feature exclusive Tauck-guided sightseeing and they boast stays at wonderful properties such as Fairmount Montreux Palace, the Riessersee Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the InterContinental Geneve in Geneva.”
The new itineraries also include the 10-day Three Rivers: Danube, Main & Rhine from Amsterdam to Regensburg; the 11-day Rhine Connoisseur: Montreux to Brussels featuring a three-night stay at the Fairmont Montreux Palace; the eight-day Hidden Waterways of Flanders and Holland sailing from Brussels to Amsterdam; the eight-day River Seine: Châteaux, Impressionism & Normandy beginning and ending near Paris at Le Pecq and the 14-day La Belle Vie: The Rhône, Geneva & The Riviera cruising from Cannes to Geneva.