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Tauck River Cruises

Information, Cruise Ships and Itineraries

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine 7 Nights

Strasbourg - Christmas Market

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  • Fabulous, top class, all-inclusive escorted river cruise from Cologne to Basel.
  • Spacious & elegant accommodation, most cabins with French balcony
  • Excellent dining with multiple venues and flexible dining times
  • Wide choice of guided tours, activities and excursions
  • Exclusive events and experiences en-route
  • 4 Tauck directors on board to really help you make the most of your cruise

Cologne​•Aachen​•Rüdesheim​•Heidelberg​•Baden Baden​•Strasbourg​•Colmar​•Basel

The Blue Danube 12 Nights

Budapest Chain Bridge

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  • Top class, all-inclusive river cruise and City stay, from Prague to Budapest.
  • Excellent dining with multiple venues and flexible dining times
  • Exclusive musical evening in a private Viennese Palace
  • Wide choice of guided tours, activities and excursions
  • 4 Tauck directors on board to really help you make the most of your cruise

Prague​•Regensburg​•Passau​•Salzburg​•Cesky Krumlov​•Dürnstein•​Vienna•​Bratislava•​Budapest

Romantic Rhine 7 Nights

Loft style cabin on the Inspiration class vessels

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  • Top class, all-inclusive river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel.
  • Excellent dining with multiple venues and flexible dining times
  • Exclusive evening in a historic Castle
  • Wide choice of guided tours, activities and excursions
  • 4 Tauck directors on board to really help you make the most of your cruise

Amsterdam​•Cologne​•Koblenz​•Heidelberg​•Speyer•​Strasbourg•​Baden-Baden•​Basel•​Lucerne

MS Inspire, Savor, Grace & Joy



Luxurious River Cruise Ships

Tauck exclusively charter these fabulous river cruise ships from Swiss operator Scylla. Designed to offer luxurious and elegant accommodation throughout with a contemporary European style. Tauck vessels carry fewer passengers than other comparablly sized ships, with more large suites on board. All of which contributes to an intimate, club like atmosphere on board

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious contemporary cabins and suites, most with French balconies
  • Full deck of suites
  • Sun deck with tables, chairs, loungers, jacuzzi and putting green
  • Elegant dining room with flexible dining times
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Rear bistro, Arthur's, for alternative informal dining
  • Al fresco dining on the sun deck weather permitting
  • Fitness center and massage*
  • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry*

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Tauck Inspiration class - deck plan
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Luxurious cabins and Suites


All Cabins Feature

  • Hotel style beds that can be made up as twin or large doubles
  • 400-thread-count satin bed linens made from the finest combed cotton
  • Puffy white duvets and pillows of very fine mako cotton, with a hypoallergenic 90% down filling
  • 100% cotton blankets, temperature balancing and so soft to the skin
  • Thick pillow-top mattresses that lull you to sleep
  • Private marble bathrooms with Molton Brown bath and body products
  • Absorbent Terry cloth Robes, slippers and fluffy towels
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, minibar & hair dryer
  • TV with complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets

Category 7 Suite, Diamond Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 7

Additional Features

  • Size: 300 sq.ft.
  • Two floor-to-ceiling French balconies
  • Separate seating area with table, couch and 2 chairs
  • Large bathroom separate bath and shower
  • Breakfast room service
  • Coffee machine
  • Breakfast room service
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Pullout couch can provide accommodation for 2 children

Category 6 Cabin, Ruby Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 5 & 6

Additional Features

  • Size: 225 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 5 Cabin, Ruby Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 5 & 6

Additional Features

  • Size: 225 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 5 Cabin, Diamond Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 3 & 4

Additional Features

  • Size: 190 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 4 Cabin, Ruby Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 3 & 4

Additional Features

  • Size: 190 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 3 Cabin, Emerald Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 2

Additional Features

  • Size: 225 sq.ft.
  • Extra large loft style windows
  • Raised seating area with 2 chairs and table

Category 2 Cabin, Ruby Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 2

Additional Features

  • Size: 150 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 1 Cabin, Emerald Deck

Tauck Inspiration Class - Cat 1

Additional Features

  • Size: 150 sq.ft.
  • High level twin windows
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

MS Esprit, Treasures, Swiss Jewel, Swiss Sapphire & Swiss Emerald



Luxurious River Cruise Ships

Tauck exclusively charter these fabulous river cruise ships from Swiss operator Scylla. Designed to offer luxurious and elegant accommodation throughout with a contemporary European style. Tauck vessels carry fewer passengers than other comparablly sized ships, with more large suites on board. All of which contributes to an intimate, club like atmosphere on board

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious contemporary cabins and suites, most with French balconies
  • Full deck of suites
  • Sun deck with tables, chairs, loungers, jacuzzi and putting green
  • Elegant dining room with flexible dining times
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Rear bistro, Arthur's, for alternative informal dining
  • Al fresco dining on the sun deck weather permitting
  • Fitness center and massage*
  • Complimentary Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry*

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Tauck Jewel class - deck plan
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Luxurious cabins and Suites


All Cabins Feature

  • hotel style beds that can be made up as twin or large doubles
  • 400-thread-count satin bed linens made from the finest combed cotton
  • Puffy white duvets and pillows of very fine mako cotton, with a hypoallergenic 90% down filling
  • 100% cotton blankets, temperature balancing and so soft to the skin
  • Thick pillow-top mattresses that lull you to sleep
  • Private bathrooms with Molton Brown bath and body products
  • Absorbent Terry cloth Robes, slippers and fluffy towels
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, minibar & hair dryer
  • TV with complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets

Category 7 Suites, Diamond Deck

Tauck Jewel Class - Cat 7

Additional Features

  • Size: 300 sq.ft.
  • Two floor-to-ceiling French balconies
  • Separate seating area with table, couch and 2 chairs
  • Large bathroom separate bath and shower
  • Breakfast room service
  • Coffee machine
  • Breakfast room service
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Pullout couch can provide accommodation for 2 children

Category 6 & 5 Cabins, Diamond & Ruby Decks

Tauck Jewel Class - Cat 5 & 6

Additional Features

  • Size: 183 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 3 & 4 Cabins, Ruby Deck

Tauck Jewel Class - Cat 3 & 4

Additional Features

  • Size: 150 sq.ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 2 Cabins, Emerald Deck

Tauck Jewel Class - Cat 2

Additional Features

  • Size: 183 sq.ft.
  • High level twin windows
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Category 1 Cabins, Emerald Deck

Tauck Jewel Class - Cat 1

Additional Features

  • Size: 150 sq.ft.
  • High level twin windows
  • 2 chairs, side table and desk

Unique Dining Experiences

Food is a important part of each day on tour and Tauck make every effort to ensure each meal is an experience built around you, whether on board or ashore. Unusually for River cruises the main dining room offers flexible dinning times for dinner rather than one large sitting for the entire ship, and a choice of dining venues onboard.

The Compass Rose, surrounded by panoramic windows, is the main dining room and serves guests for breakfast, lunch and dinnner.

Arthur's at the aft of the ship is a more casual, bistro style dining venue featuring a 180° opening glass wall. Classic favourites for lunch and dinner and alternative lighter breakfast are available.

A number of itineraries also include fantastic dining experiences off the river boat. Whether a trendy city restaurants or exclusive evening in a private royal palace you can rest assured you will have an experience to remember.

Al fresco dining is also available on the sundeck when the weather is fine.

Complimentary snacks are served from 10am to midnight with fresh fruit and cookies always available.

Tauck tours are truly all-inclusive with unlimited complimentary beverages onboard, including quality wines, premium spirits and champagne as well as coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.

Any special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

What We Think

AMA Waterways are a top level river cruise operator with their own fleet of beautiful river cruise ships on the European rivers. Outside of Europe AMA Waterways also offer cruises under their AmaVoyages umbrella where they charter ships for their cruises. Whilst not on AMA owned ships these itineraries are all still operated to a very high standard on some truly lovely ships.

Dining is of a very good quality, amongst the best on the rivers, all be it tuned to the North American palette. Standards of service on board are really very good and high quality excursions complete the package

We receive really excellent feedback from previous passengers on these cruises and would have no hesitation in recommending them as one of te best river cruise operators on the rivers.

What Others Say

Berlitz - Best River Cruise Ships

AMA waterways ships have just scooped the top 11 places in the recently released Berlitz River Cruising in Europe guide. Ships were assessed under 5 categories, Hardware, Accommodation, Cuisine, Service and Miscellaneous with AmaPrima, the newest of the AMA Waterways Concerto class ships rated, taking the top spot.

We're not sure we agree with everything the author, Douglas Ward has to say in this guide - but certainly would see AMA up at the top.


What AMA Waterways Say

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard an AmaWaterways Ship

Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result - an outstanding dining experience.

Our expert chefs create culinary masterpieces that highlight regional cultures and traditions. Guests aboard these Concerto class vessels may choose from multiple dining venues, including a Wine Bar, an intimate chef's table with a tasting menu and a delightful al fresco dining terrace on the AmaCerto.

Gold Medal Menus

Primus Perchtold, AmaWaterways' Executive Chef and winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art in Nuremberg, designs exquisite menus for guests' enjoyment in Europe.

La Chaine des Rotisseurs

Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.

AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris.

Multiple Dining Venues

Main Restaurant, Erlebnis Chef's Table & Wine Room

Guests aboard the AmaCerto, AmaVerde and AmaBella may choose from multiple dining venues, including a Wine Bar, an intimate chef's table restaurant with a tasting menu and a delightful Al Fresco dining terrace - AmaWaterways' latest dining innovation.

A Variety of Dining Options

Early risers enjoy breakfast in the main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily.

At lunch, you'll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the main lounge.

In the afternoon, stop by the main lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cookies.

Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.

Complimentary Drinks

Every dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks.

Complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast.

Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.

Culinary Delights, Bites & Sights Tours

New for 2012, these specially-crafted guided walking tours provide a delectable taste of Europe in select destinations. Tours include visits to cooking schools, stops at culinary specialty shops, chocolatiers and charcuteries and perhaps a bistro or biergarten and more.


Onboard Entertainment

After dinner, you are invited to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.

Small Group Excursions

Set your own pace on shore excursions and the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class tour in every destination using the very best local guides. You'll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you're visiting.

Onboard bicycles, Massage & Beauty Treatments and Fitness room

To cater for different preferences AmaWarterways offer a Gentle Walkers group, for those who'd like to explore at a more leisurely pace. Wherever possible, an Active Walkers group, for those interested in covering more ground, and a Late Starter group for those who prefer to sleep in is also on offer.

Complimentary Bicycles & Tours

AmaWaterways originated the concept of putting bicycles aboard river cruise ships in Europe. The idea sprung from the fact that so many of Europe's rivers are lined with paths that are perfect for pedaling. There are more than two dozen bicycles and plenty of safety helmets on board that are free for you to use. The bicycles give you the freedom to venture out and explore the riverside bikeways, or, meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks.

Health & Beauty

As you sail through Europe's most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? There are an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Nestled in a peaceful corner of the ship, next to a well equipped Fitness Center, the Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments using only the finest products available. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you're on board with AmaWaterways.

AmaWaterways Staff


The AmaWaterways Standard

Excellent Service from AmaWaterways Staff

With AmaWaterways, you'll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you'll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention.

Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers' experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise.

At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.

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