Today, you will arrive in Munich. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the charming hamlet of Oberammergau at the foothills of the beautiful Ammergau Alps. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy time to explore your stunning surroundings. Your Viking Tour Director is available to help you plan your time today, so you can make the most of your visit. (D)
After breakfast, enjoy a morning at your leisure. This afternoon, take your seats for a performance of Passionsspiele, The Passion Play. The play's origins date back to 1633 when the Great Plague descended upon the village. After many lives were lost, the villagers made a promise to God that they would tell the story of Christ, should no more lives be lost. The tradition continues today and it is a great honor for Oberammergau's residents to be a part of this powerful dramatic performance. During the intermission, enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Chiemsee-a beautiful freshwater lake immersed in a picturesque setting. Upon arrival, you will take a boat ride to Herreninsel. Meet your guide and take a stroll to Herrenchiemsee Palace. Built by King Ludwig II in 1878, its design replicates the Palace of Versailles. Explore its rooms and extensive grounds with your guide. Then, return to your motor coach and continue your journey to Salzburg. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore with dinner at your leisure. (B, L)
This morning, explore more of Salzburg, the revered birthplace of Mozart and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walking tour as you take a stroll past many of the city's grand sights. Stop at the Alter Markt, Salzburg's oldest marketplace, dating from the 13th century. At Domplatz, see the impressive Salzburg Cathedral and the Statue of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by allegorical figures on four sides. You will also see St. Peter's Abbey and Salzburg's famous Festival Halls, where international stars of opera, concert and theater have performed during the Salzburg Festival for nearly a century. After your tour, enjoy free time to further explore and dinner at your leisure. (B)
After breakfast, set out to see the most renowned sites where The Sound of Music was filmed, including the gardens at Mirabell Palace, where the Pegasus Fountain and a now-famous stairway played a role in the song "Do-Re-Mi.” You will also see Nonnberg Abbey, Hellbrunn Palace and Mondsee Cathedral, better known as St. Michael's Basilica, where Maria and Baron von Trapp's wedding was filmed. Enjoy free time for lunch and a stroll around this lakeside, picturesque town. Afterward, continue to Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers, to embark your ship. (B, D)
Today you will take a walking tour of this elegant town, called the Dreiflüssestadt ("City on Three Rivers”), which is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. Admire the New Bishop's Residence and see the impressive baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral; its ornate interior is home to Europe's largest church organ. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
After scenic sailing this morning through the Wachau Valley, you will arrive in Krems. Enjoy lunch on board, then depart your ship for an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. You may also pay a visit to a local vineyard for a tasting before returning to your ship. Dinner will be served on board as we prepare to set sail for Vienna. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Bratislava this morning 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. Enjoy scenic cruising this afternoon as we set sail toward Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Budapest, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital. (Breakfast)* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
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Viking does an outstanding job. We will use them again.
We were so impressed with the staff on our Viking cruise. The gave great service and always with a smile. The cities that were chosen- Budapest, Venice, Duetensyein were beautiful with the architectural and rich history. Guides were excellent as well. The small number of passengers made the trip intimate and more accommodating. No long lines while leaving the ship and returning. The trip was relaxing and educational. An A for Viking.
Viking was great across the board. There was a slight glitch in our Prague extension -- our reservation for an optional excursion was left off the list -- but their representative promptly arranged alternate transportation to get us to the tour.
Viking delivered far beyond our expectations. Everything was 1st class: the boat was clean and well maintained, the staff was exceptionally courteous and helpful, and the food was "off the charts" This was our 1st Viking cruise and we can't wait to do another. Affordable Tours was also wonderful to deal with.
This was an excellent River Cruise. Due to the high water on the rivers, the top deck was closed for five (5) days. This resulted in some "down time" in the afternoons. We spent more time in our cabin than anticipated. Several days we while docked in port, there were several Viking ships docked side-by-side. Therefore, you had no view other than the ship next to you. These are minor disappointments compared to the overall cruise and the sites we saw. The local guides were exceptional. The included tours were appropriate and enjoyable.
Overall was very good with the exception of the internet, very deficient and poor quality.
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