Custom-designed by our long-time partner Scylla to accommodate no more than 84 guests within an innovative deck plan featuring 12 300-sq. ft. Tauck Suites and 20 225-sq. ft. cabins, this brand-new 80-meter (263-foot) riverboat was specifically built for cruising amidst the historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal's golden Douro River.
Purposefully-built for cruising to historic quintas and picturesque villages along Portugal's golden Douro River, our newly constructed custom riverboat. ms Andorinha, will cruise from coastal Porto to the Spanish border with Tauck in 2020 and offers spacious accommodations for just 84 guests. The ship is outfitted with 12 300-sq.-ft. Tauck Suites and more 225-sq.-ft. cabins, to maximise the onboard experience in every way and features beautiful Portuguese craftsmanship from local companies, which can be found in some of the furniture and lighting fixtures. The ship's colour scheme as well as patterns used in the artwork, carpets and fencing are inspired by the typical decorative tiles which can be found throughout Portugal and the various lighting fixtures on board are custom made for Andorinha and resemble vines in the many vineyards along the Douro river. Add a small swimming pool atop the Sun Deck that refreshes the body and spirit as you drink in the background of the passing UNESCO World Heritage Site scenery, onboard dining venues, and built-in amenities custom-designed to delight, and you'll experience a riverboat truly inspired by the destination. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
Discover what makes traveling with Tauck along the European rivers such a unique experience. Learn about our exclusive access… from after-hours tours to private performances to lunch in castles whose corridors teem with history in every nook and cranny. Learn firsthand the all inclusivity of our cruises… all covered in one upfront price and no options sold, ever. Learn why small is the new big and how Tauck river cruises are bringing families closer together than ever before.
A Cruise for Every Guest
Indulge in your favourite hobby or interest with like-minded people… on the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, Seine and Douro River.
Virtually every expense is included; you get what you pay for and then some.
On a Tauck river cruise, we invite you to slow down and savour the experiences and connections that give you a taste of local life on Europe's great waterways including the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, Seine and Douro.
River cruising is an extraordinary way to see Europe with your family, making history come alive in the places they've read about, introducing them to new cultures, traditions and food, and creating shared memories that last lifetimes.
Personal, thoughtful service is the hallmark of our Tauck Directors and local guides – together, they provide a deeper, authentic travel experience.
Small is Big
A river cruise experience that truly goes beyond the ordinary on Europe's great waterways, from the Rhine and Danube to the Rhône, Seine and Douro.
Wheelchair & Motorised Scooter
Wheelchairs and certain types of motorised scooters can be accommodated on some Tauck journeys. It is best that you inquire for the specific journey you are interested in. As a general rule, wheelchairs and motorized scooters are not accepted for Tauck’s international and exotic destinations. The international community does not adhere to the same accessibility standards that hotels, restaurants and public buildings do in the United States. That combined with tour itineraries that might require a considerable bit of walking in old historic city sections, in and around attractions, over cobblestone streets, up hills and climbing staircases make wheelchairs impractical to bring.
Collapsible wheelchairs are more widely accepted for Tauck journeys within the United States and Canada. But even to this, there are exceptions so it always is best to inquire to be certain. Motor coach space limitations make motorized scooters harder to accommodate on journeys, but there are certain model collapsible motorized scooters that can be accommodated on many of Tauck’s North American journeys. Again, it is best to inquire.
Tauck cannot provide wheelchairs to guests or wheelchair assistance during the journey. Persons needing such assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
Many special dietary needs can be accommodated on Tauck journeys with advance notice, but cannot be guaranteed. Different destinations make some dietary needs harder to accommodate than others. Tauck will do everything possible in communicating your requests to hotels and restaurants. Common dietary requests like ‘low sodium’ or ‘vegetarian’ are likely to be accommodated much easier than very special or unique dietary needs. Meals that are full a la carte offer more flexibility for special dietary requests as do some limited a la carte meals. For the occasional ‘set menu’ or ‘buffet meals’ on Tauck journeys, unique dietary needs may prove a bit more challenging.
Typical dress for any Tauck journey is casual attire. Some journeys may include a specific dinner function or an event in which gentleman may be required to have, or feel more comfortable wearing, a sport jacket. But overall the rule of thumb is casual comfortable clothing. The final tour documentation will mention occasions (if any) on a journey in which a sport jacket or dressier clothing is suggested.
Children age 3 and older at the time of travel are welcome on Tauck Bridges itineraries. Based upon our experience with family travellers, for each itinerary we have a minimum recommended age to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. In some cases there may be age restrictions on activities; all children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 or older to make a reservation. Note: Minimum age for our Tauck Bridges river cruises is 4 years; minimum age for our Tauck Bridges African safaris is 5 years; and minimum age for our Tauck Bridges Galápagos cruise is 6 years.
We ask that you use good judgment if considering bringing a young child or children on a Tauck journey. Many of our itineraries do not cater to young children's interest, patience or stamina, and therefore aren't really suited to children of too young an age. Young children's behavior can be unpredictable, and with consideration for all fellow travellers wanting to enjoy their vacation to its fullest, it is important to know and understand that Tauck has the right to ask any tour member who is disruptive to a group to leave the tour whether they are 6 or 96 years of age.
Family travel is important to us. The bond between children and adults as they experience the world together makes for special memories that last lifetimes. It is for that reason we created 'Tauck Bridges' – journeys for the whole family to enjoy together. Each of these kid-friendly family oriented journeys has a minimum recommended age rating to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all our guests.
Just about everything! Virtually every travel expense is included in one up-front price – airport transfers as specified in the itinerary, all hotel and ship accommodations, entertainment, meals as specified in the itinerary, special dinner, land and cruise transportation, sightseeing, shore excursions, luggage handling, most taxes, concierge-style services Tauck Directors, services of local guides and more.
Most meals are included on Tauck journeys. Dining is a delightful and integral part of the Tauck experience – and that is why Tauck selects restaurants that offer a true taste of each region you visit. Enjoy Tauck's "free choice" dining where you often dine when and with whom you wish; some meals are full a la carte, some may be limited a la carte, and some may be from a set menu or buffet.
All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellmen, doormen, dining room servers, and ship staff are included. Tauck Tour Director and Tauck Cruise Director gratuities are included on all river cruises.
Over 100 cost components are included on every cruise – which means no hidden costs, no surcharges, no on-tour surprises
Located on the Diamond Deck
Located on the Diamond Deck