Day 1 Budapest
Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. Transfer to your ship from the airport. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring; if your arrival schedule permits, you may join an organized walk to Budapest’s famous covered market housed in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D)
Day 2 Budapest
Today we visit highlights of both the older “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest” sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard with the rest of the day to explore on your own—you may wish to visit the Art Deco Gellért Spa or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Bratislava
Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital—the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary—with a long and fascinating history. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Habsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before a late departure. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Vienna
Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of Vienna’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore—as always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or you may choose to join an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the Versailles of Vienna, graced by a number of formal gardens, classical statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and the “Roman ruin” erected in 1778. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Dürnstein & Melk
This morning, we dock at the picturesque Wachau Valley town of Dürnstein, where you can explore on your own, sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region, or take an optional stroll with your Program Director to see the town’s highlights. After lunch on board, visit the 900-year-old abbey at Melk, a Benedictine monastery that was originally one of Leopold II’s castles. See its spectacular wall and ceiling frescoes, note the library’s comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts, and admire the graceful spiral staircase. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Linz & Salzburg
Awaken in Linz and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg, famous as the location for the film, The Sound of Music. Ride through the scenic Austrian countryside to Salzburg’s Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour featuring the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Hohensalzburg Fortress just above the city center. You have some free time to enjoy Salzburg’s narrow cobbled streets and colorful shops and get lunch in one of the charming cafés, then return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)
Day 7 Passau
Sail into Passau early this morning as you sit down for breakfast. Join a morning walking tour of Passau’s Italianate Old Town area, passing by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century fortress that served as a bishop’s stronghold for several centuries. Enjoy a concert on Europe’s largest pipe organ in St. Stephan’s Cathedral†. After lunch, your afternoon is free to spend at leisure enjoying the sights and sounds of Passau. Board your ship and relax before a dinner featuring German delicacies.
†Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.
Day 8 Passau
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Munich airport for your return flight.* (B)
All This Included
This 8-day itinerary takes you through four of Europe’s most enchanting countries—Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia—along the storied Danube River. Explore Budapest’s imperial and Art Nouveau delights, and take a comprehensive tour of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. In Austria, discover why Vienna is “the waltz capital,” sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein. And in Germany, admire Passau’s ancient fortress and Italianate architecture. Includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and a full-day excursion to the scenic city of Salzburg.
6 included guided tours
7 nights in your river-view stateroom
Included Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Port Charges Included on all itineraries
Complimentary Beverages Wine, beer & soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
Internet Access Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: River-river sateroom aboard Viking Njord, Viking Idun, Viking Odin, Viking Freya, Viking Idi, Viking Baldur, Viking Jarl, Viking Embla, Viking Aegir, Viking Lif, Viking Legend, orViking Prestige
Pre and Post Add-ons
2-night pre-extension - $399 to $449 per person
Begin your journey in Hungary’s legendary capital city; discover its gracious atmosphere and delightful cuisine. Two nights at the Hilton Budapest (or similar), daily breakfasts and hotel/ship transfer are included along with the services of a Viking host.
3-night post-extension - $699 to $799 per person
Extend your journey by discovering the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Three nights at the Hilton Prague (or similar), daily breakfast, panoramic city tour and the services of a Viking host are all included.Extend your time in Hungary’s legendary capital city; discover its gracious atmosphere and delightful cuisine. Two nights at the Hilton Budapest (or similar), daily breakfasts and hotel/ship transfer are included along with the services of a Viking host
Cabin upgrades are available.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.