TRAVEL ALERT: Flooding in Europe -Updated June 9, 2013

As of this posting, there are no new updates to our river cruises and land tour in regards to the floods in Europe. We continue to monitor the affected areas and will provide updates as necessary. We are committed to delivering the best travel experience possible, and as always, our guests’ security, safety and enjoyment are our utmost concern.


Updated on June 8

As high river levels have persisted in Central Europe, they have forced unforeseen changes and challenges to our river cruises and land tours. We continue to monitor information from our operations team and travel partners in 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 top concerns.

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

River Cruise Update:

Rhine and Moselle – June 7: Our vessel, ms Swiss Jewel, arrived in Basel this morning and our guests have embarked the ship. We are sailing towards Strasbourg as scheduled, and this itinerary is currently operating as planned. We continue to closely monitor the water levels, on both the Rhine and Moselle.

Blue Danube – June 13: This departure is operating as planned. The tour starts in Prague, which according our local partners has not been impacted in the areas we visit (Prague Marriott Hotel, Prague’s Old Town, and Hradcany). Other major sites we visit in Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest were minimally affected. There are reports of some damage in Passau, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov and Wachau Valley, but we believe can safely operate the departure and deliver the Tauck experience.

We have cancelled following 2013 departures:

May 30 - The Blue Danube-Eastbound
June 6 -The Blue Danube- Westbound
June 2 - Grand European Cruise-Southbound
June 2 - Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat-Southbound
June 14 - Budapest to the Black Sea-Eastbound*
*As the surge of the Danube River is expected to pass Budapest Monday or Tuesday, and the impact of the surge as it heads from Budapest to the Black Sea is unknown at this time, we have cancelled this departure.


Land Journey Update

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

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

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

Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague – Jewish Heritage Journey
• June 12 – 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 26 – Visit to Theresienstadt is pending further updates. Currently there is a 50% chance of operating as scheduled.

Imperial Europe: Budapest, Vienna and Prague – June 9, 19, 30
• Possible sightseeing modifications in CeskyKrumlov. We are in contact with our suppliers in the area and are will update.

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