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Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam - 2024

From Budapest, Hungary to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 21 Days - Departs: Sat, Oct 26, 2024
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Oct 26, 2024
Arrival
Nov 09, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Amsterdam
    Sat, Oct 26, 2024

    A city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses, splendid museums and abundant bicycles, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a delight to explore. Its patchwork of waterways forms about 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded manses and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands' grand repository of art and cultural history. Discovering Amsterdam is a pleasure best pursued on foot; visitors line the tranquil canals and linger over Dutch pancakes, or take a stroopwafel to go.

  2. Day 2
    Kinderdijk
    Sun, Oct 27, 2024

    Kinderdijk is a village community in the Alblasserwaard province. This corner of South Holland, part of the scenic Waal and Merwede regions, has long been shaped by Rhine Delta waters. Kinderdijk is most known for its 19 remarkably preserved 18th-century windmills. The charming hamlet is located amid low-lying polders, tracts of land reclaimed from the sea by the power of the windmills and enclosed by embankments, or dikes. This legendary place calls to mind the 1865 novel Hans Brinker, in which a heroic boy plugs his finger into a ruptured dike.

  3. Day 3
    Cologne
    Mon, Oct 28, 2024

    Cologne reveals its Roman heritage in its city layout and the ancient ruins that lie scattered through the town. Cologne's modern plazas and Hohe Strasse host welcoming shops, enticing restaurants and cologne boutiques. Of note is the city's 14th-century cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic artistry and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having survived Allied bombs during World War II, the cathedral's imposing twin spires are visible for miles and its stained glass windows fill the interior with brilliant colored light. Its steps lead to a platform with astounding views.

  4. Day 4
    Koblenz
    Tue, Oct 29, 2024

    Koblenz is a traditional German city, founded more than 2,000 years ago. This former trading settlement rests on a massif of the Middle Rhine Highlands. Its cobblestone streets, wood-beamed houses adorned with flowers, ancient market square and medieval churches recall the fairy-tale Germany of old. At the "German Corner,” a massive equestrian statue of Prince William I observes the lovely riverside scene. The famed Teutonic Knights set up their first base here in 1216. The Romanesque Basilica of St. Castor, Koblenz's oldest building, dates to 836.

  5. Day 6
    Würzburg
    Thu, Oct 31, 2024

    Surrounded by Franconian vineyards, Würzburg was heavily damaged during World War II, but has since been completely restored. This prestigious university city is a jewel of baroque architecture. Its most pristine example of pomp and glory is the great Bishops' Residenz palace, built in 1744 for the prince-bishop; his unwavering support of artists is evidenced by the sweeping staircase and magnificent ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. Other landmarks include the medieval, statue-lined Old Main Bridge and Marienberg Fortress, originally a Celtic hill fort and later residence of the bishops. The city remains a major wine-making center, hosting Germany's oldest and largest vineyard.

  6. Day 7
    Bamberg
    Fri, Nov 01, 2024

    Founded in 902, Bamberg remains a medieval-looking city known for its symphony orchestra and rauchbier, specialty smoked beer. The city's winding streets are filled with baroque patrician houses and are home to the stunning 11th-century Cathedral of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II, housing his tomb and that of Pope Clement II. Bamberg is especially noted for its Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, situated on a twin-arched bridge over the Regnitz River, and for the old bishop's houses: the 16th-century Alte Hofhaltung (Old Court) and 17th-century Neue Residenz (New Residence).

  7. Day 8
    Nuremberg
    Sat, Nov 02, 2024

    The second-largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is filled with traditional half-timbered houses and Gothic churches with intricate spires. Although nearly destroyed during World War II, the remaining medieval city walls stretch some three miles and feature original gateways and 80 original watchtowers. Nuremberg is well known historically for its metal and toy craftsmanship. But it is infamous for its role in World War II, first as the site of Zeppelin Field's Nazi rallies and later as the site of the war crimes trials at the Palace of Justice that captured the attention of a generation.

  8. Day 9
    Regensburg
    Sun, Nov 03, 2024

    Having escaped major damage during World War II, the picturesque town of Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, the oldest city along the Danube and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Stone Bridge, constructed in the 12th century, is a masterpiece of medieval engineering with its 16 arches. St. Peter's Cathedral is widely considered Bavaria's best Gothic architectural work. The Old Town's Neupfarrplatz square is a cross section of history-it was once a thriving Jewish quarter, a bustling marketplace and the site of Nazi book burnings.

  9. Day 10
    Passau
    Mon, Nov 04, 2024

    Founded by the Celts over 2,000 years ago, Passau is one of Bavaria's oldest cities. Known as the "City of Three Rivers,” it rests at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. The city has long enjoyed its strategic position and grew to great economic and political power because of it. The legacy of its past prosperity lives on in graceful arcades, colorful houses with rococo facades and the glorious baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of Europe's largest pipe organs. Passau is also where two nations meet; it is here that the German-Austrian border begins.

  10. Day 11
    Melk
    Tue, Nov 05, 2024

    Set amid an important wine-growing region of picturesque villages and fairy-tale castles, the charming city of Melk lies at the base of the Wachau Valley. An imposing 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a stunning example of baroque architecture, overlooks the town from its dramatic hilltop location. This architectural treasure has 365 windows, one for each day of the year, and the views from its expansive balcony are stunning. Its beautiful library houses priceless medieval manuscripts and marvelous frescoes by Paul Troger, and its meticulously kept grounds are inviting and picturesque.

  11. Day 12
    Vienna
    Wed, Nov 06, 2024

    Renowned as the “City of Waltzes,” Austria’s capital city of Vienna is Europe’s center of classical music. Strauss and Mozart composed many of their finest pieces here. Vienna’s musical history is matched by the elegant, graceful architecture that lines the Ringstrasse, the wide boulevard encircling the Inner City. Baroque, neo-Renaissance, Gothic-Romanesque and other splendidly styled structures, from the Hofburg Palace to the Vienna State Opera, take the breath away with their grand facades. Vienna has a more intimate side too: inviting footpaths lead through green parks and its famed Viennese cafés sweeten any stay with coffee and the city’s delectable Sachertorte.

  12. Day 13
    Vienna
    Thu, Nov 07, 2024

    Renowned as the “City of Waltzes,” Austria’s capital city of Vienna is Europe’s center of classical music. Strauss and Mozart composed many of their finest pieces here. Vienna’s musical history is matched by the elegant, graceful architecture that lines the Ringstrasse, the wide boulevard encircling the Inner City. Baroque, neo-Renaissance, Gothic-Romanesque and other splendidly styled structures, from the Hofburg Palace to the Vienna State Opera, take the breath away with their grand facades. Vienna has a more intimate side too: inviting footpaths lead through green parks and its famed Viennese cafés sweeten any stay with coffee and the city’s delectable Sachertorte.

  13. Day 14
    Budapest
    Fri, Nov 08, 2024

    Riverside beauty and a vibrant cultural scene blend together in Budapest to form one of Europe's most rewarding cities. Hungary's enchanting capital straddles the banks of the Danube, with traditional hillside Buda on one side and modern Pest on the other. By day, astounding art nouveau buildings, stalwart castles and glittering palaces set the stage for awe-inspiring strolls and long soaks in thermal spas. By night, a nostalgic glow settles in as the city's lights dance on Danube waters, the Chain Bridge uniting it all as a dramatic centerpiece.

  14. Day 15
    Budapest
    Sat, Nov 09, 2024

    Riverside beauty and a vibrant cultural scene blend together in Budapest to form one of Europe's most rewarding cities. Hungary's enchanting capital straddles the banks of the Danube, with traditional hillside Buda on one side and modern Pest on the other. By day, astounding art nouveau buildings, stalwart castles and glittering palaces set the stage for awe-inspiring strolls and long soaks in thermal spas. By night, a nostalgic glow settles in as the city's lights dance on Danube waters, the Chain Bridge uniting it all as a dramatic centerpiece.

Countries Visited

Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

21 Days 12 Guided Tours / 4 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 12 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 34 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

Trip was great. Food not as good as expected. Maya did a great job booking our trip for us

We enjoyed our shipboard credit that we were offered with Affordable Tours.

Sue and I felt like we were living an experience through the shoes of Maria Teresa as we were treated as royalty. The experience of traveling with the Viking River trip (Danube Waltz) was beyond our expectations and the staff was warm, respectful, and welcoming .....very accommodating. All tour guides were knowledgeable and brought history and culture back to life. We will certainly endorse the trip for our friends and give you an A+ rating. We offer a quick shout out to JOEY who was a great ambassador for your program as he ran everything perfectly on the Bragi Viking ship. We care and thanks to all staff who made our trip one we will never forget. Love and hugs to all. Sue and Bob

Everything went as promised. The only disappointment was that we thought the food was not up to our expectations. However, this is based on only 1 other cruise we have taken which was with Oceania. All other amenities were excellent.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Viking River Cruise and recommend it. The scenery, food, and history were all wonderful and I especially enjoyed learning about the culture and history of all of the countries we visited.

This was a fantastic trip. The staff paid attention to detail, the room was maticulously cleaned, the food was prepared to perfection and the tours were well coordinated. The local guides were very knowledgeable.

Excellent trip, one of the top vacations if my life. I thought that the 15 days was a bit long before leaving but it turned out that it wasn\'t long enough. I throughly loved the trip.

Completely happy with the service and the value.

We chose the Grand European Tour as it provided the most information and sites within the locations we were interested in. The Veranda AA cabin worked out well, it is worth the upgrade. The ship was very clean and all staff attentive to the traveler. Our Program Director provided current information and history along the cruise. Our stateroom was meticulously attended to, the Aquavit Lounge was our favorite spot because of our primary servers. The food was excellent thanks to Executive Chef. Overall superior care and service.

Our Viking cruise was even better than I anticipated. The entire experience was fantastic and that began with Affordable Tours, I would definitely recommend your company to others.

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