Picture yourself sitting on the open deck, sipping a lovely Beaujolais as you leisurely glide past the rolling vineyards and stately chateaux of France. Feel your heart soar to the classical strains of Mozart, Chopin or Beethoven as you cruise along the Danube. Imagine the riot of color in the flower fields as you sail through the inland waterways of Holland. These feasts for the senses can be yours with Tauck European River Cruising.
With Tauck River Cruising, you can sail through Europe from the North Sea to the Black Sea along the Rhine, Danube, Main, Rhône and Moselle rivers on one of their four custom-crafted river boats. All cabins face the outside, most with floor to ceiling windows and French balconies, so you never miss any of the spectacular scenery. Sumptuous bedding of silk linens and down pillows and duvets will let you sleep like royalty.
Each Tauck river boat is designed for only 118 guests and in addition to the boat staff; three Tauck Directors plus one Cruise Director on board assure personalized attention for every guest. The atmosphere is intimate and club-like with upscale décor and gracious service that creates a comfortable, relaxed and inviting ambiance. The tone continues with open seating in the fine European dining restaurant, as well as the bistro-style Lido Bar, so you can join new friends or dine without company as the mood strikes. A sun deck, lounge, library, boutique and fitness center round out the boats’ public spaces.
Tauck’s river cruising experience doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. Private shore excursions include uncommon access to some of the most exclusive cultural experiences of the regions they visit. You might attend an Imperial Evening in a Viennese palace for dinner and classical music performance, or take a privately guided tour to see Beethoven’s handwritten scores in Prague. Enjoy a tasting lunch at Les Halles de Lyon, a French cooking class at Ècole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse or a market visit in Provence with a local chef. Tauck river cruise excursions are unlike any others and they are included in the cruise price!
In fact, on a Tauck river cruise, everything is included in one price: all meals on board, excellent wines with dinner, shore excursions, meals at local restaurants and special venues, local entertainment performances, all gratuities for ship staff, directors and local guides, airport transfers, luggage handling, port charges and all taxes. The price you pay up front is your final price with no “optional purchase” surprises.
By now you are thinking, “Tauck River Cruising sounds like the very best!” and you are not alone. Tauck was recently voted “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, as well as “Best Tour Operator” by Virtuoso for 2011. Itineraries for 2012 include sailings themed around food and wine, music, horticulture and family cruising. To find a Tauck River Cruising itinerary that matches your interests contact Covington Travel and experience the luxury of the World’s Best River Cruise Line for yourself.