TRAVEL ALERT: Flooding in Europe -Updated June 10, 2013


June 10th Update:

As of 5:00 PM: No new updates to our previous Central Europe river cruise and land tour updates. We continue to monitor information from the affected areas and will update this information if necessary.

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

Rhine and Moselle – June 7: Our vessel, ms Swiss Jewel, arrived in Basel the morning of June 8 and our guests 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.

The 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 the Wachau Valley, but we believe we can safely operate the departure and deliver the Tauck experience.

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 – 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

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 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

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.
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