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.
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. Drive through Heroes' Square and 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. (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 choose to join us for an optional excursion to visit Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the "Versailles of Vienna.” This evening, you might celebrate the bottling of this year's wine vintage among the locals at a high-spirited optional Heurigen dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today, spend time exploring Vienna. You many choose to join one of our many optional excursions, including a panoramic tour of Vienna by bike or an all-day optional excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, filled with lovingly restored baroque city palaces and leafy squares. Perhaps venture to the local Farmers' Market with a local chef. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own or on board, after which you may choose to join us for a Mozart & Strauss concert. We are docked here overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, disembark in Krems and set off for Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in its imperial stairwell, one of the largest in the world. Visit the abbey church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Alternately, you may instead choose to explore your environs by bicycle, enjoying a ride along a riverside bike path considered one of Europe's most scenic. Afterward, rejoin your ship and cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties during lunch on board, taking in views of attractive towns and castle ruins along the way. (Breakfast, Lunch, 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. See the New Bishop's Residence and view the impressive baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy lunch on board your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, you may instead journey into the countryside on an optional excursion to a local farm where you will have the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to explore glorious Salzburg; visit the Italianate Old Town, see settings from the film The Sound of Music and enjoy lunch at Austria's oldest restaurant. We cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, meet your local guide for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered 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. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter's Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets, shop or visit Germany's oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche. Lunch is served on board your ship.
This afternoon, take an optional excursion to visit Weltenburg Abbey* and experience a short cruise through a stunning mountain pass, one of the most breathtakingly scenic bends in the Danube Narrows. Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to see the highlights of the grand city of Munich or a full-day optional excursion to Nuremberg, one of Germany's most renowned and intriguing cities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)* Weltenburg Abbey tour is available from May–October only.
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with our extension to Nuremberg or Prague, Czech Republic, including a tour of Old Town and Prague Castle. Alternatively, you can join or fully guided four-night extension to Prague and Nuremberg to experience the best of both towns. (Breakfast)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
8 Days 5 Guided Tours / 3 Countries
Daily Shore Excursions: 5 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
Viking met and exceeded our expectation. It was our very first river cruise and we're simply blown away with the overall experience. The room was always kept neat and tidy. The food and wait staff were outstanding. All the included excursions were great. Couldn't have ask for a better trip. Another check mark off our bucket lists!
If we had questions we could always call & get answers. This was our first river cruise so we were unfamiliar with what to bring, etc. the cruise was everything we expected & more. Thank you Shannon.
Ship was unable to sail the majority of the time secondary to the low water level; this greatly affected my experience. I am aware that Viking cannot control the weather but was informed that the water level had been low for several weeks prior to our trip and the ships had been unable/limited to sail for several weeks. I was only given about 24 hours notice of this situation and therefore unable to cancel/change my vacation. I paid for a cruise and basically got a bus tour. All in all though, the service and accommodations were excellent.
Our next trip will definitely be arranged with Affordable Tours. My wife and I appreciated the excellent care, information, and rapid responses that our tour consultant provided for us. I have recommended Affordable Tours to many of my friends.
last year we went down the danube river cruise and was impressed with the service, food, and the itinary. . It was our first cruise so we really had a good time. The excursions were well organized but could not get the excursions that I wanted to see, but that was ok.
The ship was lovely, and the room was very comfortable and well thought-out in terms of limited space. Staff was very, very pleasant and helpful.
Trip was just beautiful. Meals were excellent Viking Staff and experience were top notch. They could not do enough for you to make your experience more memorable. The river cruise thru the Waknau Valley were truly the most beautiful I have ever seen on a cruise. Would suggest that you tempor you off ship excursions as there are a lot to choose from and you are constantly on the go if you don't . Most excursions start early in the AM so do not expect to sleep in... Viking's assistance on transfers were well above expectations with on site representatives at both entry and exit airports. Could not have done it with out them.
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