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Danube Waltz 2018
(Budapest to Passau)

8 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Budapest, Hungary 
Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. Transfer to your ship from the airport.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring; if your arrival schedule permits, join an organized walk to Budapest’s famous covered market in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D) 

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary
Today we visit highlights of the hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. You may wish to visit the Art Nouveau Gellért Spa, or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D) 

Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia
Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital with a long and fascinating history. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Hapsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before our late departure. (B, L, D) 

Day 4 Vienna, Austria
Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or you may take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, Grecian statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and Roman ruins. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D) 

Day 5 Krems, Austria
This morning, tour the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. Continue by coach to Dürnstein, where you will have free time to explore. After lunch on board, enjoy leisurely cruising through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Alternately, you may disembark for an optional walking tour of Dürnstein, followed by a scenic drive through the Wachau Valley and a visit to the breathtaking 900-year-old Melk Abbey, meeting your ship at tour’s end in Melk. (B, L, D) 

Day 6 Linz, Austria
Arrive in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride through the scenic Czech countryside and take a walking tour featuring the lovely historic center of the city with many baroque and Renaissance buildings, dating back hundreds of years. You have some free time to enjoy Krumlov’s charming streets, filled with cafés, shops, galleries and pubs. Maybe stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants. Return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D) 

Day 7 Passau, Germany
Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† Enjoy an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (B, L, D) 

†Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.

Day 8 Passau, Germany
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Munich airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 additional nights in the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague. (B)
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All This Included

Soak up the soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Budapest and Vienna, and on your ship. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Ceský Krumlov and Bratislava. Learn to waltz at a tradition-steeped Viennese dance school. Admire the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO Site, from your Viking Longship. This 8-day itinerary reveals the highlights of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Passau, while leisurely cruising through spectacular scenery.

  • 8-day cruise visiting 5 countries & 7 ports
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 6 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian & Hungarian classics; attend lectures on Mozart & Viennese coffeehouses; learn some basics of the German language; find out how Austrians make their apple strudel
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja™ toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking longship
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Budapest
From $349 per person / 2-night pre-extension

Explore this legendary Hungarian capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its elegant boulevards, Parisian atmosphere and outstanding museums. Take a stroll in the parks of Margaret Island, discover the hidden medieval courtyards of the Castle District and eat your fill of savory Hungarian cuisine. Two nights in the First-Class Hilton Budapest (or similar), daily breakfasts and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.

Post-Extension: Prague
From $$699 per person / 3-night post-extension

Discover the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Tour Hradcany Castle and its palaces, churches and museums; visit Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral; and stroll along Charles Bridge. Explore Prague’s Jewish heritage in the Jewish Quarter and encounter local culture in Wenceslas Square. Three nights in the First-Class Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided city tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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