Danube & Christmas Markets

Viking River Cruises on the Viking 
Vilhjalm

December 4 - 11, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights

(From Budapest, Hungary to Passau, Germany)


Budapest, Hungary ~ Bratislava, Slovakia ~ Vienna, Austria ~ Krems, Austria ~ Linz, Austria ~ Passau, Germany 

Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty from your Viking Longship. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. This 8-day itinerary reveals the highlights of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Passau, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.

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Danube & Christmas Markets

Viking River Cruises on the Viking 
Vilhjam

December 4 - 11, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights

(From Budapest, Hungary to Passau, Germany)

 

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. After dinner on board tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest’s beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. (D)

 

Day 2

Budapest, Hungary

Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy brilliant views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen’s Bastion. Rejoin your ship in Visegrád for lunch as we cruise along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel. (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. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5

Krems, Germany 

Today’s highlight is an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. Participate in an exclusive visitor program at Göttweig, created to provide behind the scenes understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. Continue by coach to Dürnstein, where you will have free time to explore. After lunch on board, you may disembark for an optional walking tour of Dürnstein, followed by a scenic drive through the Wachau Valley and a visit to the beautiful 900-year-old Melk Abbey, before rejoining your ship. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely cruise through the Wachau Valley from Dürnstein to 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 Český 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)

 

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)

 

Starting from $2,599

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