European Luxury River Cruises

VIKING – Grand European, Amsterdam to Budapest – 15 days

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Introduction

Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine,  Main and Danube Rivers. This epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Savour the panoramic views of imperial Budapest and enjoy a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café . Along the way, discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

DAY 1 Amsterdam

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

DAY 2 Kinderdijk

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

DAY 3 Cologne

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

DAY 4 Koblenz & Middle Rhine

Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine this morning, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg, the only Rhine castle never destroyed. Continue cruising after your tour; 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 your ship. (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,  and which has the oldest inn in Germany. Enjoy 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 Würzburg

After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces. Enjoy a relaxing and 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 a facinating presentation about the European Union. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 Bamberg

Sail through the morning, and after lunch, visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Bamberg, with its wonderful medieval city center. 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. Later, take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 Nuremberg

After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg and 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. Later, spend some free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town area, or perhaps join an optional World War II history tour including the Documentation Center Museum. We depart just before dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 Regensburg

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

DAY 10 Passau

This morning, enjoy a walking tour through Passau’s narrow streets and Italianate architecture, and pass theVeste 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 free 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. Later in the afternoon, rejoin your ship and cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley. Before dinner, you have some 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

Today, 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,  Hofburg Palace and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Return aboard for lunch. The rest of the day is yours free to further explore Vienna’s many museums and cafés; you could visit the home of your favorite classical composer. After dinner, enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 Bratislava

Today, arrive early and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital and see the medieval fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the 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, walk from  Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship with the rest of the day to explore on your own free time. 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 home. Why not extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, where you tour Old Town landmarks and Prague Castle. (B)

The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:
+ Return flights
+ Deluxe accommodation
+ Shore excursions
+ Delicious on board meals with complimentary wine

 

Amsterdam 2-night pre-extension – From £449 per person

Budapest 2-night post-extension – From £349 per person

Prague 3-night post-extension – From £549 per person

 

2015 CHECK-IN DATES
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MAR29 – Viking Longship Eistla
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DECKPLANS:  VIKING LONGSHIP EISTLA | VIKING LONGSHIP EMBLA | VIKING LONGSHIP AEGIR | VIKING LONGSHIP BESTLA | VIKING LONGSHIP BRAGI | VIKING LONGSHIP BALDUR | VIKING LONGSHIP ALSVIN

 

 

AVAILABLE SHIPS
AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM
Viking Longship Eistla Mar 15; May 24; Jun 21; Jul 19; Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 11; Nov 8 Mar 29; Jun 7; Jul 5; Aug 2, 30; Sep 27; Oct 25
Viking Longship Aegir Mar 18; May 13; Jun 24; Aug 5; Sep 16; Oct 28 Apr 29; Jun 10; Jul 22; Sep 2; Oct 14
Viking Longship Embla Apr 1; May 27; Jul 8; Aug 19; Sep 30 Mar 18; May 13; Jun 24; Aug 5; Sep 16; Oct 28
Viking Longship Alsvin May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12; Oct 10; Nov 7 Mar 20; Jun 6; Jul 4; Aug 1, 29; Sep 26; Oct 24
Viking Longship Bragi May 16; Jun 13; Jul 11; Aug 8; Sep 5; Oct 3, 31 Mar 21; May 30; Jun 27; Jul 25; Aug 22; Sep 19; Oct 17
Viking Longship Baldur May 17; Jun 14; Jul 12; Aug 9; Sep 6; Oct 4; Nov 1 Mar 22; May 31; Jun 28; Jul 26; Aug 23; Sep 20; Oct 18
Viking Longship Bestla May 10; Jun 7; Jul 5; Aug 2, 30; Sep 27; Oct 25 May 24; Jun 21; Jul 19; Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 11

PRICE GUARANTEE

Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED

  • 15-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • Return travel from the UK
  • 13 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy concerts aboard and ashore, ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music; attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland & the European Union; learn how to make your own Rüdesheimer coffee; experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

2015 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: On all sail dates the discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. Offer expires 31 October 2014.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Cruise fares listed are cruise only in GBP, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for UK residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only as of 1 October 2014 and are subject to availability. Discounts are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

ALL PRICES SHOWN ABOVE ARE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS:
F: 50%. E – ES: 100%.

FLIGHT UPGRADES:
Club Europe / Business Class from £350 per person (subject to availability).

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