TRAVEL ALERT: Flooding in Europe -Updated June 6, 2013

As you are aware, high river levels have persisted in Central Europe, forcing unforeseen changes and challenges to our river cruises and land tours. We continue to monitor information from the affected areas and will provide updates as we get new information. We are committed to delivering the best travel experience possible, and as always, our guests’ security, safety and enjoyment are our utmost concerns.

Due to the unprecedented flooding throughout areas of Central Europe, we have decided to make the following necessary itinerary changes.

Unless otherwise notified, guests scheduled on June departures in Central Europe should assume that their journeys will be departing. If there is a need to alter or cancel any journeys, guests will be notified by Tauck’s Guest Relations Team via a personal call as soon as we are aware of changes.

River Cruising Update

The following 2013 departures have been canceled:

May 30 – The Blue Danube
June 6 – The Blue Danube
June 2 – Grand European Cruise
June 2 – Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat
June 14 – Budapest to the Black Sea – The surge of the Danube river is currently in Bratislava and is expected to pass Budapest Tuesday-Wednesday. The impact of the surge as it heads from Budapest to the Black Sea is unknown at this time, so the departure was cancelled.


River Cruises operating with modifications:

June 7 – Rhine and Moselle – Our vessel, ms Swiss Jewel, is currently in Mannheim, several hours away. As a result, we will not be able to embark the ship as originally scheduled. Our first two nights will be spent at Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel; our welcome dinner will be held at a local restaurant the first evening. Day 2, we will be sightseeing in Basel and Lucerne as originally scheduled. Day 3, we plan to travel to Strasbourg for sightseeing and lunch and plan to embark ms Swiss Jewel in the evening.


Land Journey Update

June 13, 20, 27 – Ultimate Alps and Dolomites – No sightseeing modifications at this time

June 1, 15, 29 – Romantic Germany – No sightseeing modifications at this time

June 8 – Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague – Minor sightseeing modification at this time – guests could not walk on the Charles Bridge

June 12, 26 – Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague – Jewish Heritage Journey – Visit to Theresienstadt on Day 12 has been canceled, roads are flooded, and museums are closed. We have arranged an architectural tour of Prague and lunch in local restaurant.

June 9, 19, 30 – Imperial Europe: Budapest, , Vienna and Prague – Possible sightseeing modifications in Cesky Krumlov. We are in contact with our suppliers in the area and are waiting for an update.



June 16 – Alpine Adventure – No sightseeing modifications at this time
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