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Oberammergau, Innsbruck & the Rhine 2020

12 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum next door. (D)
* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.
 
Day 2 — Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, and enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)
 
Day 3 — Cologne, Germany
Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure. (B, L, D)
 
Day 4 — Koblenz, Germany
Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking for a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Alternately, choose an optional excursion to tour the 700-year old Marksburg Castle, or enjoy an optional guided exploration of Koblenz on foot. After, enjoy an onboard lunch as you cruise the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. Dine on board your ship, or in town if you prefer. You may also choose to experience one of our optional dinners on shore tonight. We depart after midnight. (B, L, D)
 
Day 5 — Speyer, Germany
Cruise into midmorning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, enjoy an included tour to visit the historic town of Speyer and take in views of the imposing Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building’s design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. Alternatively, after breakfast, you may choose to disembark for a full-day tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Visit the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle and admire the Neckar River Valley. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. After lunch, visit the historic town of Speyer on your way back to your ship. (B, L, D)
 
Day 6 — Strasbourg, France
We dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome art nouveau and modernist architecture. Alternately, join our optional excursion into the Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. On board this evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event. (B, L, D)
 
Day 7 — Breisach, Germany
Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. Return to your ship for lunch. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar to discover the storybook charm of its streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and visit a fine arts museum. Alternately, choose an optional excursion that explores Colmar’s World War II history. Dine on board this evening and cruise on through the night. (B, L, D)
 
Day 8 — Innsbruck, Austria
Disembark your ship in Basel and set out on a scenic drive through an alpine landscape to Innsbruck. Along the way, enjoy a short stop in Vaduz—the quaint capital city of one of the world’s smallest and wealthiest countries, Liechtenstein. Cross the border into Austria and visit the medieval town of Feldkirch. Enjoy free time for lunch and take a stroll around the town before continuing your journey. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, check in to your First-Class hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore on your own. Your Viking Tour Director is available to help you plan your time here so you can make the most of your visit. (B)
 
Day 9 — Innsbruck, Austria
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Innsbruck and explore the Old Town, where a wealth of imperial architecture awaits. See the Goldenes Dachl, a gold-colored roof that covers the balcony where Emperor Maximilian once stood and a symbol of the city’s heritage. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Perhaps take a cable car ride to the Nordkette for spectacular panoramic views over the valley and the surrounding peaks of the Alps. Or, you may choose to visit the grand Imperial Palace and discover the history of the Hapsburgs, one of the most distinguished royal houses of Europe. This evening, join an optional excursion to a traditional Austrian folklore dinner at a local restaurant, or enjoy free time to dine on your own. (B)
 
Day 10 — Oberammergau, Germany
Set out on a scenic drive to Oberammergau. Along the way, stop in the charming hamlet of Mittenwald, renowned for the art of violin making and known as the “Village of a Thousand Violins.” This afternoon, visit Ettal for a guided visit of the baroque-style monastery located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Arrive in Oberammergau and check in to your hotel, then enjoy free time before dinner at your hotel this evening. (B, D)
 
Day 11 — Oberammergau, Germany
After breakfast, enjoy a morning at your leisure, or you may choose to join an optional tour to Linderhof Palace, the former residence of Bavarian King Ludwig II. After lunch, take your seats for a performance of Passionsspiele, The Passion Play. The play’s origins date back to 1633 when the Great Plague descended upon the village. After many lives were lost, the villagers made a promise to God that they would tell the story of Christ, should no more lives be lost. The tradition continues today and it is a great honor for Oberammergau’s residents to be a part of this powerful dramatic performance. During the intermission, enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner at a local restaurant.
(B, L, D)
 
Day 12 — Oberammergau, Germany
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with an extension in Munich, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Bavarian capital. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Explore one of Europe’s best-loved rivers, the Rhine. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine—a UNESCO Site. Visit the picturesque town of Innsbruck, nestled in the Tyrolean Alps. Take in a dramatic performance of The Passion Play and savor a rich landscape of beauty and culture. Limited availability; please reserve today.
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • All port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with Viking Air purchase
  • River-view stateroom
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking longship 
Innsbruck: To be determined
Oberammergau: To be determined
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre: Amsterdam
2 nights: May-Aug $599 / Sep $699
Start your journey in Amsterdam, where you will be centrally located near key sites like Museum Square and the Anne Frank House.

Post: Munich
1 night: May-Oct $149
2 nights: May-Oct $299

Munich is southern Germany’s celebrated center of culture. All things Bavarian converge in its grand and sprawling 12th-century main town square, the Marienplatz. Here, its splendid Gothic Revival town hall, the Neues Rathaus, lures locals and visitors alike each morning at 11:00 AM as the 32 life-size carved figures of the Glockenspiel spring to life. Linger a while in Munich’s famous outdoor beer gardens. The Hofbräuhaus has been pouring since 1589. More than one-sixth of the world’s breweries are in Bavaria, and there is nothing like enjoying a stein or two with the rhythmic beat of oompah music washing over you.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • 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.



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