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Day 1 – Arrive Budapest /  Begin cruise Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Budapest, Hungary. A transfer is included from Budapest’s Ferihegy Airport directly to the ms Swiss Jewel. Join us at 2:00 PM for a sightseeing tour including Heroes’ Square and Fishermen’s Bastion. Aboard the riverboat, meet your shipmates at the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner. Meals D


Day 2 –  Rafting* & more fun in Bratislava The ms Swiss Jewel arrives in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, with its lovely Old Town and 1,700 years’ worth of stories to tell. Play detective on a scavenger hunt; look up, down and sideways when following clues! Shoot the “rapids” on a controlled whitewater rafting course* used to train Olympians. (Note: Minimum age for rafting is 12; an alternate activity will be provided for guests under 12.) Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy a Slovakian cultural presentation and Slovak specialties for dinner. Meals BLD


Day 3 –  Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace & the royal treatment Welcome to Vienna, Austria – a grand old European city with a rich history as the capital of the old Habsburg Empire, but with a modern, 21st-century side, too. City sightseeing today takes in celebrated boulevards like the Ringstrasse, beautiful gardens and parks, and Vienna’s famous architecture. Ever dream about what it would be like to live in a palace? A visit to Schönbrunn Palace, where future French queen Marie Antoinette and other royal Habsburg kids grew up, is a start. Once upon a time, only the Imperial family was allowed to walk through the garden Maze. Today, you and your family will, too – and have a great time looking for its hidden secrets. Tonight, have another royal experience during Tauck’s exclusive Imperial Evening at the private Palais Pallavicini featuring Viennese entertainment. Meals BLD


Day 4 –  The Prater, Vienna as you please & strüdel-making Today’s the day for family fun at the Vienna Prater, one of the world’s oldest and most famous amusement parks! The Prater boasts more than 250 attractions including the 100+ year-old Giant Ferris Wheel (which film buffs will recognize from the 1940s classic, The Third Man), ghost trains and modern hi-tech roller coasters; ride the Ferris Wheel and take a tour of the park. Later, go back to Vienna’s Imperial days as you explore the Old Town, or spend time checking out some of Vienna’s more than 100 museums and cultural institutions on your own during a free afternoon. Back aboard the riverboat, take part in a hands-on strüdel-making demonstration... which includes a tasting of this delectable Viennese treat! Your riverboat winds her way along the Danube into the Wachau Valley this evening. Meals BLD


Day 5 –  Discover Dürnstein & bike the Danube to Krems Wake up in Dürnstein, whose twisting cobblestone streets are lined with 16th-century houses, for your next adventure – a leisurely bike ride* along the Danube to the country town of Krems to spend a little time before biking back to Dürnstein. The Wachau Valley is known for its vineyards, and we’ve included a wine tasting for the adults today. You might want to hike high above the town to the ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, where Richard the Lionhearted was once held for ransom... the views are spectacular! After dinner, give your vocal chords a workout during The Sound of Music Karaoke! Meals BLD


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Get ready... and raft some Olympic-style rapids


There’s a surprise around every corner at Hellbrunn Castle


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