Tauck has announced plans to introduce three new European river cruises next year; a new family river cruise along the Danube timed for the holiday season, a 10-day autumn journey along the Rhine highlighting Oktoberfest in Munich, and an eight-day exploration on the Seine highlighting Paris, Versailles and Normandy’s D-Day Beaches.
Beer lovers, meanwhile, will appreciate Tauck’s new “Autumn Along the Rhine: Munich’s Oktoberfest.” The 10-day itinerary (from $6,890 per person plus airfare) culminates with an entire day at the annual event. Tauck’s Oktoberfest experience includes reserved seating in one of the festival’s exclusive brewery tents, where guests will be treated to a three-course lunch and traditional Bavarian live music while they savor the singing, revelry and camaraderie for which Oktoberfest is known. Tauck is also providing complimentary round-trip shuttles between the riverboat and the fairgrounds, along with lederhosen and dirndls (traditional Bavarian dresses), so each guest will look and feel the part as they immerse themselves in the Oktoberfest festivities.
Prior to enjoying the pleasures of Oktoberfest, guests will begin their cruise in Amsterdam, embarking their riverboat for one of the journey’s two scheduled departures; September 16 aboard the ms Inspire and September 24 on the ms Grace. Subsequent ports of call include Dusseldorf, Heidelberg and Strasbourg, along with an overland excursion to Switzerland where guests will ascend 7,000-foot Mt. Pilatus and enjoy a walking tour of Lucerne. After disembarking their riverboat the following day, guests will travel through Switzerland and Germany to Munich for a two-night hotel stay, where the journey concludes following their Oktoberfest celebration.