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Grand European Tour with Viking

This 15 day journey carries you gently along the RhineMain and Danube rivers, through the most spectacular landscapes, medieval towns and imperial cities.

Amsterdam river cruise view

DAY 1 AMSTERDAM

From Amsterdam airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time to explore.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 KINDERDIJK

Enjoy a tour of the Kinderdijk windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, sample delicious Dutch cheeses and jenever, a juniper liquor and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Reception and Dinner on board. Today’s included excursion: Kinderdijk windmills.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3 COLOGNE

The jewel of the Rhine, take a tour through Cologne, visiting the Old Town, St. Martin’s Church and Cologne Cathedral. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring this lovely city. Enjoy an optional walking tour through the illuminated alleys to discover Cologne’s beer culture!

Included excursion: walking tour and Cologne Cathedral.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 KOBLENZ

A tour of 700-year-old Marksburg Castle is a perfect start to the day. Sail the Middle Rhine and look out for the Lorelei rock formation, named after the legendary Rhine maidens who lured sailors to their doom.

Included excursion: Marksburg Castle.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 MILTENBERG

Enjoy a relaxing morning along the Main River. Dock in Miltenberg for a guided walking tour of this historic town. On board, enjoy a German glassblowing demonstration. Today’s included excursion: guided walking tour.

Today’s included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 WURZBURG

Visit Wurzburg and tour the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s most ornate baroque palaces. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this charming town, or take an optional tour to the medieval town of Rothenburg.

Included excursion: Bishops’ Residenz tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 BAMBERG

The delightful Main River takes you to the Bavarian town of Bamberg and a walking tour of its medieval center. Try a Rauchbier, the local smoke-flavored beer.

Included excursion: guided walking tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 MAIN-DANUBE CANAL AND NUREMBERG

Sail the magnificent Main-Danube Canal. In Nuremberg, tour the medieval walled city and shop in the delightful Market Square. Or take an optional WWII history tour.

Included excursion: guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 REGENSBURG

Today, tour Regensburg. See St. Peter’s Church, the Old Town Hall and 12th-century Old Stone Bridge. Enjoy free time to visit the 800-year-old Alte Würstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant.

Included excursion: city walking tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10 PASSAU

An elegant German city, Passau is home to the grand 18th-century New Bishop’s Residenz. Visit St. Stephan’s Cathedral where at certain times of the year, you can enjoy a concert on Europe’s largest pipe organ.

Included excursion: walking tour and organ concert.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11 MELK AND DURNSTEIN

In Melk, explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey. Sail through Austria’s glorious Wachau Valley and in the evening, stroll the cobbled streets of Dürnstein.

Included excursion: Melk abbey tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 12 VIENNA

Your panoramic city tour takes in the magnificent Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. Tonight, enjoy an optional classical concert by a Viennese orchestra in one of Vienna’s palaces.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 13 BRATISLAVA

On your city tour of Bratislava, see the 15th-century Michael’s Tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and palaces from the Habsburg Dynasty. Sail into Budapest late at night.

Included excursion: guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 14 BUDAPEST

Enjoy a guided city tour of this fascinating and historical city. Enjoy afternoon free time or take an optional tour to see the legendary Puszta horsemen.

Included excursion: city tour of Budapest.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 15 BUDAPEST

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Budapest airport.

Included meals: breakfast.

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