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VIKING – Romantic Danube – Budapest to Nuremberg 8 days

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Encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River during this 8-day journey. Explore the two sides of Hungary’s capital—traditional “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest”! and see how the river divides this fascinating city from Fishermen’s Bastion. Tour riverside towns along Austria’s Wachau Valley and experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture. In Germany, stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and explore a baroque cathedral. Get to Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and find out why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his famous melody.


Day 1 Budapest

Arrive in Budapest and transfer from the airport to your ship.  Hungary’s vibrant capital is divided by the Danube River so take your free time to take a stroll beside the Danube or in the Váci Utca, a pedestrian thoroughfare featuring shops and cafés. (D)

Day 2 Budapest

Your morning starts with a panoramic tour of the “Pest” side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the National Opera House, 19th- and 20th-century mansions,  Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Explore Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to “Buda’s” Castle District. Walk up the hill and enjoy brilliant and amazing views from Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church; . Rejoin your ship in Visegrád and enjoy your lunch while cruising along the scenic Danube River. In the afternoon enjoy a Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Vienna

Arrive in Vienna  after breakfast for your half-day city tour. Witness some of Vienna’s gracious architecture before riding along the beautiful Ringstrasse with sights including the Opera House,  Hofburg Theater and Stadtpark . Carry on to see St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Lunch is served aboard your ship and the afternoon is then free to further explore this city on your own. Take time to shop along the Kärtnerstrasse or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, home of Maria Theresa and summer residence of the Habsburgs. After dinner aboard, you may choose to complete your day in this “City of Waltzes” with an optional evening concert. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Melk

After breakfast, sail through the scenic Wachau Valley to the Benedictine abbey at Melk. Join a guided tour through the ornate interior of this stunning baroque architectural gem. See its elaborate frescoes and extensive collection of medieval manuscripts; enjoy the garden courtyard and the view the Wachau Valley from the terrace. Rejoin your ship for dinner and a leisurely cruise along the Danube while tasting some local Austrian specialties as you spot charming riverside towns and castle ruins. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Passau

Enjoy a stunning morning arrival in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Take a guided walk along the town’s narrow streets through the Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. See the Oberhaus Fortress and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral with its ornate interior and be treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ†, considered Europe’s largest church organ. After lunch aboard, return to the city for further exploration on your own before an early evening departure and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

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

Day 6 Regensburg

After breakfast, meet your guide who will take you  for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. Also see St. Peter’s Cathedral  the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, and a number of idyllic courtyards. Stroll the streets, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstküche. Lunch will be served aboard.

In the afteroon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River—or take an optional Danube Narrows excursion. Travel to Kelheim by road and board a ferryboat to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. Later, visit Weltenburg Abbey, famous for the dark ale brewed here by monks since 1050. Rejoin your ship in Kelheim in time for dinner aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Main-Danube Canal & Nuremberg

In the early morning, you sail through a number of locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal, an engineering marvel stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube. Started as Charlemagne’s dream in 793, it was not completed until 1992 with 16 locks that raise the water level 1,332 feet. Today it enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

During breakfast arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Your tour features the former Nazi parade grounds and the historic home of the Nuremberg Trials, the Palace of Justice. Why not  join an optional World War II history tour visiting the Documentation Center Museum. You have a brief stop at the Court House before returning to the Old Town area enclosed by ancient city walls.

End your tour with a walk from the imperial castle grounds past the Albrecht Dürer House on your way to the Main Market Square with its elaborate Gothic fountain. Lunch is served aboard and you then have the rest of the day to explore. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Nuremberg

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight home,  Or, extend your journey in another country with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic. You will stay close to Prague’s Old Town and will get a tour of the landmark Prague Castle. (B)

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

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