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Viking River Cruise: Grand European Tour

For 15 enchanting days, you will sail the length and breadth of the beautiful Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Discover the magical beauty of Holland's breath-taking tulip fields and Germany's historic castles. Marvel at the Main-Danube Canal, tour the tranquil Wachau Valley in Austria and master the art of glassblowing in Budapest. Viking River Cruises will take you on a delightful journey to the very heart of Europe, from Germany, Holland and Austria all the way to Hungary and Slovakia. Please note that the itinerary may vary when booking for next year.

What’s Included:

12 Included shore excursions with local guide & headset
All onboard meals featuring regional specialities
24/7 speciality coffees, teas and bottled water  
Welcome cocktail reception and farewell dinner
All port taxes and fees
Airport transfers on the date of embarkation/disembarkation
Free Wi-Fi 

Viking River Cruise: Grand European Tour Itinerary: 

Directions: Amsterdam to Budapest | Budapest to Amsterdam

Day 1 - Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and transfer to your ship. After boarding, the rest of the day is yours to relax or begin exploring the city on your own. (D)

Day 2 - Kinderdijk

This morning, sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you tour this fascinating network of windmills and other ingenious flood management technologies. After lunch aboard, enjoy an afternoon of sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard) and sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a juniper liqueur. Cruise through the night. (B, L, D)


Day 3 - Cologne

You have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on your own. There are Roman ruins, interesting neighbourhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; you depart at midnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Koblenz & Middle Rhine

Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg, the only Rhine castle never destroyed. After your tour, continue cruising; this stunning stretch of the Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river's narrowest point; the rock is named for a local legend about Rhine Maidens who lure sailors to their doom. Lunch and dinner served aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Miltenberg

The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region. After lunch, stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses, including the oldest inn in Germany. You have a walking tour and some free time to explore. Back on board, learn about the region's glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration; you also have the opportunity to learn some useful German words and phrases. Sail through the night to Würzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Warzburg

After breakfast, tour Würzburg's Bishops' Residenz, one of Germany's largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy scenic afternoon cruising or, instead of touring Würzburg, take an optional full-day excursion along Germany's “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, which features a turreted city wall and lovely Gothic and baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an interesting presentation about the European Union. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Bamberg

Sail through the morning; after lunch, we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late-Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the very picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town's distinctive smoke-flavoured beer before returning aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, used in the 1930s as Nazi parade grounds, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the famous Nuremberg Trials. Spend some free time exploring Nuremberg's Old Town area, or join an optional World War II history tour including the Documentation Center Museum. You depart just before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Regensburg

Arrive in Regensburg in the late morning; after lunch, tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter's Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany's oldest restaurant. Dinner is served aboard before our evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Passau

On this morning's walking tour, see Passau's narrow streets and Italianate architecture, and pass the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century fortress that served for centuries as a bishop's stronghold. Then, listen to a concert on Europe's largest pipe organ in St. Stephan's Cathedral.† Take some time this afternoon to explore Passau before returning aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)

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

Day 11 - Melk & Krems

After breakfast, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria's finest Italian baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship; cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, you have free time to explore the historic riverside town of Krems; see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Vienna

Ride along Vienna's Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. You will also see Vienna's world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan's Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return aboard for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore Vienna's many cafes and museums; you could visit the home of your favourite classical composer. After dinner, enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Bratislava

Arrive early and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia's charming capital to see attractions like the medieval fortifications at MichÅl's Tower, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. You also pass by several baroque palaces from the Habsburg Dynasty before you return to your ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising. Late tonight, arrive in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Budapest

The Danube River divides this Hungarian capital city into “Buda” and “Pest.” Explore both parts, starting with Pest's National Opera House and historic Heroes' Square. In Buda, stroll Fishermen's Hill to Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard with the rest of the day to explore on your own. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Budapest

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.

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