Waltzing its way through the glorious landscapes and grand cities of Hungary, Austria and Germany, the River Danube has for centuries inspired composers and artists.
From Hungary’s vibrant and strikingly beautiful capital, Budapest, to the elegant cafes of Vienna – the music capital of Europe, and Austria’s breathtaking Wachau Valley, Viking’s Romantic Danube river cruise is one you will fall in love with. Explore medieval towns and grand cities, taste traditional dishes and local wines and indulge in the comfort and style on board your award-winning Viking Longship.
Everything you need to enjoy yourself is included – your return flights from the UK (including selected regional airports), a river-view stateroom, all your onboard meals, with wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, complimentary onboard Wi-Fi, guided excursions in almost every destination, and lots more.
Full itinerary below.
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Day 1 Budapest. From Budapest airport we take you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time in Hungary’s historic capital. Enjoy a stroll along the Danube or visit the shops along the Váci Utca. Meet your fellow guests at a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner on board.
Day 2 Budapest. Enjoy an included guided tour of the city, starting on the cosmopolitan Pest side of the Danube. See the elegant boulevards and mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Visit Heroes’ Square to find out more about Hungary’s history. Cross the Danube to the Castle District of Buda, and explore Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion for magnificent views of the city. In the afternoon, sail the picturesque Danube Bend.
Day 3 Vienna. Your included panoramic city tour takes in the Ringstrasse, lined with imposing palaces and grand residences. See the magnificent Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. Enjoy free time to further explore this elegant city, or relax in one of the traditional cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the 18th-century Schönbrunn Palace, the grand residence of Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Empire, and find out about her extraordinary reign. The evening brings a wonderful opportunity to attend an optional concert of Strauss and Mozart in a Viennese palace, and lose yourself in the lifting airs of Vienna’s beloved music.
Day 4 Krems and Danube River. The morning brings an included excursion to Göttweig Abbey. This UNESCO-listed Benedictine abbey towers above the Wachau Valley. Incorporating different architectural styles, some of the abbey’s buildings date back to the 11th century. The 18th-century monastery complex is a baroque masterpiece and boasts an impressive library and stunning ceiling fresco. In the afternoon, continue cruising through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in culture, history and natural beauty.
Day 5 Passau. This elegant German city on three rivers – the Inn, Ilz and Danube – is home to the extraordinary 18th-century New Bishop’s Residence. On your included guided tour, stroll the town’s beautiful old streets, past traditional patrician houses. Visit the impressive Baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral where, at certain times of year, you can enjoy a concert on Europe’s largest pipe organ.*
*Organ concert is not available on Sundays or public holidays and is available from May – October only.
Day 6 Regensburg and Kelheim. In the beautifully preserved medieval city of Regensburg, see St. Peter’s Cathedral with its gleaming spires, the Old Town Hall and Old Stone Bridge as part of your included tour. In the afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River. Or take an optional sailing trip through the spectacular Danube Narrows, the narrowest and steepest section of the river and alight for a guided tour of Weltenburg Abbey. One of Germany’s oldest monasteries, the abbey is renowned for its dark ale brewed here by monks since 1050.
Day 7 Main-Danube Canal and Nuremberg. Sail through the many locks that comprise the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal. Stretching 106 miles from Kelheim on the Danube to Bamberg on the River Main, it connects the Black Sea to the North Sea. In Nuremberg, tour the medieval walled city with its half-timbered houses and dramatic castle. See the Palace of Justice, site of the 1946 Nuremberg Trials. Shop for handicrafts in the delightful Market Square, or take a fascinating optional World War II history tour to the Documentation Centre Museum where you can learn about the Nazi party rallies held in Nuremberg.
Day 8 Nuremberg. After breakfast, we take you to Munich airport for your return flight to the UK.