Tauck is adding a new 10-day river cruise itinerary on the Danube for 2014, bringing the company’s total number of cruises on the river to seven. According to company CEO Dan Mahar, Tauck’s new “Danube Reflections” represents a new way for Tauck guests to experience the Danube. “Our other cruises featuring the Danube, either alone or in combination with other waterways, range from 12 to 24 days. At just 10 days, the new ‘Danube Reflections’ is a great option for travellers with less vacation time,” said Mahar. “Our new itinerary also has a greater focus on Vienna, one of Europe’s true gems and a perennial favourite among our guests, and we’ve built in sightseeing choices during many of our port visits.”

The new Tauck cruise sails between Regensburg and Vienna on an eastbound itinerary, and as a westbound Vienna-to-Regensburg itinerary. The seven-day cruise is complemented by an included two-night stay at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Vienna, complete with guided sightseeing in the city and an exclusive “Imperial Evening” that features a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and performances of period music and dance inside a private Viennese palace.

During their time in Vienna, Tauck guests will also visit their choice of several museums, including the Belvedere Museum, the interactive House of Music, or the Kunsthistorisches (a fine arts museum). The selection of museums in Vienna is just one example of several such choices that guests will be able to make during shore excursions, ensuring that each guest enjoys an experience best suited to their personal tastes. Other options include the choice of a walking tour with a local expert in Bratislava, or an excursion outside the city for a wine tasting and castle visit. In Germany guests can opt for a tour of World War II-related sites in Nurnberg, or a walking tour in Regensburg. And in Austria, guests can disembark in Krems to visit Graffenegg Castle and Gottweig Abbey (a mountaintop Benedictine monastery), or stay on board and travel to Durnstein for a guided walking tour of the town and Kuenringerburg Castle perched above it.

“Danube Reflections” is just one of four new Tauck river cruises debuting in 2014, along with two new itineraries on the Seine (Tauck’s first on the river) and a new option on the Rhine. Also launching in 2014 will be two new Tauck riverboats, the aforementioned ms Savor and the ms Inspire, which together will comprise Tauck’s new Inspiration Class of ships. The two newbuilds are notable for their 22 300-square-foot suites, and for accommodating just 130 guests. Both ships will also feature eight innovative 225-square-foot “loft” cabins on each ship’s lower deck. (