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River Cruise Description
What could be better than an 8 day 2019 Viking river cruise from Passau to Budapest as your next dream vacation?
This exciting adventure will take you through some of the most amazing places in Europe, letting you soak up the scenery, the architecture and the wonders that characterized this area and make it one of the most beautiful in the world.
An 8 day 2019 Viking river cruise from Passau to Budapest sounds like the perfect getaway for you and your loved one!
Start this marvelous adventure by soaking up one of the most amazing places in all of Europe, where you can learn about the history of Imperialism while witnessing some of the most impressive remnants of this period.
This river cruise through the Danube will allow you to explore, learn and be mesmerized by the beauty of the European landscape, while taking you to Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.
As if this wasn’t enough, Viking river cruises takes pride in preparing day-tours that allow you to sample the local produce, shop, wine and dine like one of the locals, while you create memories that you and your loved one will treasure for years to come.
Take time to wander around and explore some of the Gothic architecture that characterizes the region, learn what makes Vienna such a magical city, or simply unwind in one of the many cafés housed through the cobblestone streets of Dürstein.
Don’t forget to do a little shopping during this fabulous European river cruise vacation. Taking home some mementoes is one of the best ways to help you remember the wonderful time you had during this amazing 8 day 2019 Viking river cruise from Passau to Budapest.
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Passau, Germany
Welcome to Munich, where you’ll transfer to your cruise ship in Passau. After boarding, spend your free time exploring, or join our “welcome walk,” an opportunity to stretch your legs and get oriented. (Dinner)
Day 2 Passau, Germany
Today features a walking tour of this fashionable town, called the Dreiflüssestadt (“City on Three Rivers”), which is situated where the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers meet. You’ll see the elegant New Bishop’s Residence and enjoy the beauty of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its baroque interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on Europe’s largest church organ with 17,774 pipes. This afternoon, you are free to explore Passau. Visit the must-see sights and experience the vibrant local culture, or simply relax aboard your ship before departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Linz, Austria & Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
Arrive this morning in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and a crucial river port where culture plays an important role in everyday life. You’ll enjoy an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian village of Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride through the beautiful Czech countryside and take a walking tour featuring the charming historic center of the city with many baroque and Renaissance buildings, dating back hundreds of years. You have some free time to enjoy Krumlov’s charming streets, filled with bustling cafés, alluring shops, amazing galleries and festive pubs. You may choose to stop for lunch in one of the many fine local restaurants available to you. Return aboard ship for a wonderful dinner and a late-evening departure. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Melk & Dürnstein
This morning, visit the impressive 900-year-old abbey at Melk, a Benedictine monastery that began as a castle of Leopold II. Marvel at its spectacular wall and ceiling frescoes; checkout the library’s comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts; and admire the craftsmanship in the stunning spiral staircase. After lunch aboard your cruise ship, you’ll stop at the charming Wachau Valley town of Dürnstein, where you can sightsee and explore on your own, or you can join an optional excursion to sample some local vintages from this world-famous wine-producing region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Vienna, Austria
Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna, the fascinating “City of Music,” and the place that inspired the creative genius of Strauss, Mozart, and Beethoven. Take a ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. Marvel at some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St. Stephan’s Cathedral. You’ll return to your ship for lunch, but the rest of the afternoon is yours to further explore many of the must-see sights in this exciting city. Vienna is home to the posh Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its world-famous Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions – plus, countless other amazing sights. As always, your Program Director can suggest numerous fascinating places to visit during your free time. Or you may take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” erected in 1778 and boasts a number of extremely beautiful formal gardens, fabulous Grecian statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and historic Roman ruins. After dinner, just relax onboard or enjoy an optional classical concert – a fitting end to a fantastic day in the “City of Music.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Bratislava, Slovakia
You’ll arrive in charming Bratislava this afternoon and embark on an exciting walking tour of Slovakia’s capital city, known for its long and fascinating history. Bratislava is the only national capital that borders two other countries – Austria and Hungary. Visit attractions like the ancient medieval Town Hall complex and rugged fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the ornate Jesuit Church and elegant Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. You’ll pass by several Hapsburg-era ornate palaces before returning to your ship. You can relax this evening or take a walk before our late departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Budapest, Hungary
Today we visit Budapest and enjoy the highlights of the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. First we’ll see Pest’s National Opera House and the historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, you’ll walk along impressive Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and elegant Matthias Church. While you enjoy a great lunch aboard your ship, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant city on your own. You may choose to visit the refreshing Art Nouveau Gellért Spa, or one of the many other plush facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” You’ll return to your cruise ship to enjoy a fantastic traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Budapest, Hungary
After a wonderful breakfast, disembark your ship and head to the airport for your return flight home. Or, you might choose to extend your vacation with 2 additional nights in exciting Budapest, giving yourself more quality time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital. (Breakfast)