15 Day Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2018


Grand European Tour River Cruise

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River Cruise Description

Why just imagine these fabulous Viking river cruises when you can actually enjoy one? This exciting 15 day Viking river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest 2018 vacation features a scenic ride in a luxurious riverboat along the fascinating Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. You’ll enjoy the trip from Holland’s beautiful iconic windmill-studded tulip fields to historic Germany’s majestic castles, from the amazing engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the lush green grape vineyards of Austria’s sensational Wachau Valley. This exciting European river cruise presents you with all of the must-see sights of four scenic countries – Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. You’ll savor a decadent Sachertorte in one of the most popular Viennese café. You’ll enjoy eye-opening panoramic views of stately Budapest. And along the way you’ll discover the alluring legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the fantastic music of musician/composer Mozart and more. Travelers who choose this amazing voyage soon see why this 15 day Viking river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest is one of our most popular itineraries.

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River Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You’ll arrive in beautiful Amsterdam, then transfer to your cruise ship. After boarding, the afternoon is all yours to relax or explore this fascinating city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the historic Anne Frank House. (Dinner)

Day 2 Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

This morning we sail to picturesque Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other fascinating flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work. As a bonus, you’ll enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and amazing living quarters. Return aboard ship for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). You will enjoy a relaxing cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

You have a fascinating morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the fabulous city of Cologne on your own: You will see Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum – not your typical museum tours. As always, your Program Director can help you plan to make your free time much more than you would expect. Lunch and dinner are served aboard ship and we will depart at the stroke of midnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine

Cruise past stately hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in charming Koblenz to visit majestic Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed by wars or invaders. After your tour, continue cruising this stunning stretch of the Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point and is named after the legendary Rhine maiden who lured unsuspecting sailors to their demise. Lunch and dinner are served aboard your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Miltenberg, Germany

The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it meanders its way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White (and you thought Snow White was just a fable). After lunch, we stop in charming Miltenberg, known for its beautiful half-timbered houses and Germany’s oldest inn. Join our walking tour to see the sights and it will conclude, leaving more free time for you to see what more Miltenberg has to offer. When you return to your ship, you’ll learn about the region’s glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration. Then you wil sail through the night to wonderful Würzburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Würzburg, Germany

After a wonderful breakfast, tour Würzburg’s elegant Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then enjoy scenic afternoon cruising the river. Or, instead of touring Würzburg, join an optional full-day journey along Germany’s fascinating “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, which features a mighty turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. You’ll enjoy dinner onboard your cruise ship in the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Bamberg, Germany

Enjoy a morning of sailing and a wonderful lunch before docking and a visit to Bamberg, with its bustling medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the elegant 11th-century cathedral, refurbished in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the charming city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the Catholic bishop refused to give the townspeople land for the building. Take some free time to enjoy more of fascinating Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning to your ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg, Germany

After a hearty breakfast, disembark in historic Nuremberg and visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the expansive Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s; then see the impressive Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. Spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town, or join an optional World War II tour that includes the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. Your cruise ship will depart just before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Regensburg, Germany

Arrive midday in the historic city of Regensburg, dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. After lunch, tour this wonderful city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the spectacular St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the popular Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. Dinner is served aboard before our evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Passau, Germany

Arrive this morning in Passau, ideally located at the junction of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the charming town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the elegant New Bishop’s Residence and visit the extravagant baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,774-pipe organ, considered to be Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy a great lunch aboard your ship, and then you can return to the city for further exploration and adventure on your own before departing for an all-night cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Melk & Krems, Austria

After a wonderful breakfast, visit the stately abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. The abbey houses an extravagant library with more than 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its sensational frescoed ceilings, stunningly high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. You’ll rejoin your ship for an exciting afternoon cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley. Before dinner, you have time to explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or sample some local vintages from this world-famous wine-producing region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Vienna, Austria

Today we tour the Austrian capital city of Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. 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 Vienna Opera House, elegant St. Stephan’s Cathedral and impressive Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore this marvelous city. As always, your helpful Program Director can share suggestions on numerous sightseeing opportunities for you during your free time. Or you may take an optional tour to elegant Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, impressive Grecian statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and Roman ruins. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert – just what you would expect to hear in the “City of Music.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a leisurely day in fascinating Vienna. Perhaps see an unrivaled collection of Old Masters and other spectacular art treasures at the Museum of Fine Arts, or you can visit the Albertina, with what is considered the most valuable graphic arts collection in the world. You might choose to ride the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Ferris wheel, or go shopping for wonderful high-quality gifts inspired by the turn-of-the-century arts movement. A cup of coffee or tea and a slice of exquisite fächertorte are a must for any afternoon in Vienna. Later, rejoin your cruise ship and sail for bustling Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Budapest, Hungary

The beautiful Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides of this bustling city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, make sure you walk along impressive Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and elegant Matthias Church. Enjoy a great lunch aboard your ship, with the rest of the day free to explore this great city on your own. Return to your ship and be treated to an outstanding traditional Hungarian dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Budapest, Hungary

After a wonderful breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight home.* Or, extend your journey with 3 exciting nights in Prague, Czech Republic, where you tour must-see Old Town landmarks and the impressive Prague Castle. (Breakfast)

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