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. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (Dinner)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
Today we see highlights of the once separate towns of Buda and Pest, 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 on board your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. 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 a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. Stephen'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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 an understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. You may also take an invigorating bicycle ride through the Wachau Valley before returning to your ship. This afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing as we cruise toward Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wake up in Linz this morning and set off to explore this cultural gem by mini-train and on foot. Ride along the Danube's south bank and take in the sights; see the Brucknerhaus concert hall, Linz Castle and the Market Hall, where Mozart wrote the Linz Symphony, followed by a walking tour of the city's Old Quarter. Alternatively, join a full day optional excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the baroque and Renaissance buildings and the town's charming streets, brimming with cafés, shops and galleries. Return on board for dinner and a late-evening departure. (Breakfast, Dinner)
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. Admire the New Bishop's Residence and see the impressive baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral; its ornate interior is home to the Europe's largest church organ. Enjoy an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 additional nights in the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague. (Breakfast)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
8 Days 6 Guided Tours / 4 Countries
Daily Shore Excursions: 6 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
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Affordabletours (Alyson) booked our Danube Waltz Viking River Cruise. Everything she said was confirmed and Viking and Affordabletours worked well together from our perspective. Having Viking arrange flights and transfers made for seamless travel. Viking more than met our expectations and Passau-Budapest is a fascinating set of cities/countries. We did every tour, lecture, etc that we could fit in. Can't wait to go on lower Danube now! Allyson was so responsive to any and all of our questions and went out of her way to communicate with us and Viking- thank you!
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Our recent river cruise from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary aboard the Viking Vilhjalm was most enjoyable. The boat was in excellent condition and decorated very nicely. Our cabin, which was on the lowest level, was a perfect choice for us as we declined the option for a cabin with a balcony. It had a small, eye level window, a safe, a refrigerator, charging outlets, hairdryer, a very nice size closet with hanging space, room for our suitcases under the bed, a private bath and shower with a retractable clothes line for drying bathing suits, etc., a comfortable bed, and a wall-mounted television. Our room was always kept very clean and the cleaning lady often had been in to clean and organize by the time we stopped back in before leaving for morning excursions at 8:45 A.M. The dining room staff did an absolutely exceptional job of making all of our dining experiences extremely enjoyable.
We could not have been more pleased with all aspects of our Viking cruise and stay in Prague. Everything ran as smoothly as expected and the standard of service was top notch. However some of the shore excursions were a bit rushed without enough free time to shop and enjoy the site a little longer. The ship was excellent and well maintained by the staff and we found them very accommodating and eager to please.
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