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Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest - 2024

From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Sat, Oct 26, 2024
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Departure
Oct 26, 2024
Arrival
Nov 09, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Sat, Oct 26, 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.

  2. Day 2
    Budapest
    Sun, Oct 27, 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.

  3. Day 3
    Vienna
    Mon, Oct 28, 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.

  4. Day 4
    Vienna
    Tue, Oct 29, 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.

  5. Day 5
    Scenic Sailing: Wachau Valley
    Wed, Oct 30, 2024

    Sail through a serene tapestry of terraced vineyards, forested slopes, charming towns and castle ruins in Austria's Wachau Valley, celebrated as perhaps the most scenic stretch of the Danube. Journey 18 miles through this vast UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the river courses through picturesque hillsides. Gaze upon the prolific grapevines and quaint wine-producing villages hugging the shores-the legacy of vintners that stretch as far back as Celtic and Roman times and an echo of the more than 30 monasteries that served as vineyards in Renaissance days.

  6. Day 6
    Passau
    Thu, Oct 31, 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.

  7. Day 7
    Regensburg
    Fri, Nov 01, 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.

  8. Day 8
    Scenic Sailing: Main-Danube Canal
    Sat, Nov 02, 2024

    As far back as 1,200 years ago, visionary Frankish Emperor Charlemagne contemplated connecting the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers so ships could travel the length of Europe. Today, his dream dramatically comes to life. The Main-Danube Canal employs 16 stair-step river locks that allow vessels to travel 2,200 miles through 10 countries, from the North Sea coast of Holland to the Black Sea shores of Romania.

  9. Day 9
    Bamberg
    Sun, Nov 03, 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).

  10. Day 10
    Würzburg
    Mon, Nov 04, 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.

  11. Day 11
    Wertheim
    Tue, Nov 05, 2024

    Situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers, Wertheim is a charming town brimming with history. The dukes of Wertheim built a castle at this strategic spot in the 12th century. It was captured and destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War, but it is still impressive today, peering down upon the medieval town center and half-timbered houses from its perch. Its Pointed Tower has guarded the junction of the Main and Tauber Rivers for 800 years. Known as a successful merchants’ town during the Middle Ages, today Wertheim is famous for its Franconian wines.

  12. Day 12
    Scenic Sailing: Middle Rhine
    Wed, Nov 06, 2024

    The Rhine River flows through one of Germany’s most scenic regions. As you sail its most picturesque stretch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine, you will pass vineyard-blanketed hills whose steep slopes require vintners to pick grapes by hand, keeping a centuries-old tradition alive. Splendid castles line the banks, all of which have stories to share, and the Lorelei Rock presides at a dramatic curve in the river. This infamous river maiden mesmerized sailors with her song and lured them to their demise at her feet.

  13. Day 13
    Cologne
    Thu, Nov 07, 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.

  14. Day 14
    Scenic Sailing: Waal & Merwede
    Fri, Nov 08, 2024

    Sail the bucolic waters of the Rhine, deep into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, as classic Dutch landscapes unfurl all around. Flat farmland, charming windmills and svelte poplar trees line the shores, and vast tracts of land stretch in all directions, growing all manner of bounty, from tomatoes to tulips. Gaze upon Friesian cows and tidy villages with their neatly laid farmhouses and marvel at how much of this land was reclaimed from the sea, with the aid of traditional windmills and the construction of dikes.

  15. Day 15
    Amsterdam
    Sat, Nov 09, 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.

Countries Visited

Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

15 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
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 44 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

As with my past experiences, Allyson made booking this trip with ease and professionalism. I appreciated how she answered all my questions promptly and provided with me with all the information I needed. Viking Cruise Lines exceeded my expectations. The ease in which the entire tour ease handled made it one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. They were beyond organized and accommodating in every way. I will definitely continue using Affordable Tours and continue using them recommending them for my future travels.

Viking river cruise was outstanding despite the very low water conditions that required we change ships twice. We were met on our arrival in Amsterdam and throughout our 14 day cruise there level of service was first class. At the end of or cruise we were driven from the ship to the airport where a Viking representative met us and helped secure our boarding pass for our flight from Amsterdam back to the USA.

We were extremely pleased with the Viking staff who were always warm and welcoming to all guests. The food service and selections were exceptional. The Viking Skadi was a very nice ship. It was well maintained and clean. The Grand European Tour was wonderful. There were many included side tours and optional tours. Having heard other travelers experiences with the optional tours we wish we had included some that we did not sign up to take. All trips were well planned and the guides were knowledgeable. The only optional side trip that we did not think was worth the cost was the trip to Salzburg Austria.The bus ride was several hours on two lane farm roads and there was very little explore time. This side extra cost trip seemed strictly for tourists. The remainder of the trip was outstanding and we were sad to see it end. Viking was wonderful but they do want fully paid costs some two years in advance for further travel. For us, this makes payments not possible. I'm not sure if this is standard with all tour companies.

There was unusual high water on the Danube river which precluded our ship from passing under some low bridges. Viking arranged a seamless transfer fo another Viking ship on the other side of the obstacle. We packed and left suitcases in the morning when we started our sightseeing and they returned us to another, identical ship, placing everyone in exactly the same cabin number as their original ship. This is a significant advantage to using Viking because they have so many ships going in both directions, that they can even adjust to high or low water conditions.

Exceeded our expectations. Every detail was taken care. Up to date modern ship. Everything was neat, clean and worked. The staff on board were very professional and friendly. I would definitely travel with Viking again. Great value!

We have now returned from our trip and it exceeded our expectations!

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