Danube Waltz

Trip Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Trip Location: 
Budapest to Passau

 

 DAY 1   

Budapest, Hungary

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. After dinner on board tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest’s beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. (D)

 

DAY 2   

Budapest, Hungary

Today we visit highlights of the hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. You may choose to join us on an optional excursion to experience the thermal springs, restorative natural spas whose waters locals have bathed in for centuries. Or, perhaps select another of our optional excursions designed to allow you to delve deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 3   

Bratislava, Slovakia

Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital with a long and fascinating history. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Hapsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before our late departure. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 4   

Vienna, Austria

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 the city’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. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 5   

Krems & Dürnstein, Austria 

This morning, tour the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. Continue by coach to Dürnstein, where you will have free time to explore. After lunch on board, enjoy leisurely cruising through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Alternately, you may disembark for an optional walking tour of Dürnstein, followed by a scenic drive through the Wachau Valley and a visit to the breathtaking 900-year-old Melk Abbey, meeting your ship at tour’s end in Melk. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 6   

Linz, Austria

Arrive in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride through the scenic Czech countryside and take a walking tour featuring the lovely 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 cafés, shops, galleries and pubs. Maybe stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants. Return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)

 

DAY 7   

Passau, Germany

Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† Enjoy an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (B, L, D)

†Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.

 

DAY 8   

Passau, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Munich airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 additional nights in the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague. (B)

 

The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

 

Bring Your Own Sighted Guide:

Standard                     $2890.

French Balcony             3290

Veranda                         3690. 

Suite                              5490.

 

Minds Eye Travel Brings the Sighted Guides (One guide for 2 passengers):

Standard                     $4990.

French Balcony             5490.

Veranda                         5990.

Suite                              8390.

 

Please Note:

  • A $750 deposit per person is required to book a cabin; balances are due on April 1, 2018.
  • Cancellation fee - $100.
  • Single supplement is 100%.
  • Except where noted, prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airfare or gratuity
  • Trip insurance is recommended. Top of Form
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  • Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer.

*    Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking Cruises, $120 value.

 

Viking Inclusive Value

We include more features and services than others:

  • 6 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Aquavit Terrace® and the most al fresco dining on Europe's Rivers
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
  • All prepaid gratuities

Your experience includes:

  • 8-day cruise visiting 5 countries & 7 ports 
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian & Hungarian classics; attend lectures on Mozart & Viennese coffeehouses; learn some basics of the German language; find out how Austrians make their apple strudel
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Organic herb garden
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests

Your stateroom:

  • Riverview stateroom
  • Room steward & twice daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV & complimentary Movies on Demand
  • Refrigerator, security safe, hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries, bathrobe & slippers (upon request)

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