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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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Romantic Danube River Cruise with Viking

With medieval towns, grand cities, ancient abbeys, soaring river gorges, picturesque valleys and more UNESCO World Heritage sites than you can point a camera at, a cruise along the Romantic Danube is one that you are sure to love.

Viking Idun river cruise liner

DAY 1 BUDAPEST

From Budapest airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time in Hungary’s vibrant capital. Enjoy a stroll along the Danube or visit the shops along the traffic-free Váci Utca. Meet your fellow guests at a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner on board.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 BUDAPEST

Enjoy a guided city tour, starting on the cosmopolitan Pest side of the city. See the elegant boulevards and mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and famous Chain Bridge. Visit Heroes’ Square to find out more about Hungary’s history. Cross the Danube to the castle district of Budapest, and explore Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion for magnificent views of the city. In the afternoon, sail the picturesque Danube Bend.

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

DAY 3 VIENNA

Your panoramic city tour takes in the Ringstrasse, lined with imposing palaces and grand residences. See magnificent Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its shining spire and the beautiful State Opera House. Relax at one of the city’s famous cafes, with a delicious pastry or Sachertorte. Enjoy an optional evening concert of Mozart and Strauss performed by a Viennese orchestra in one of Vienna’s palaces.

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

DAY 4 DANUBE RIVER AND MELK

Sail the Danube through Austria’s glorious Wachau Valley; a World Heritage site rich in culture, history and natural beauty. Explore 900-year-old Melk Abbey, perched high on sheer cliffs, with its magnificent frescoes and library with priceless medieval manuscripts.

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

DAY 5 PASSAU

This elegant German city on three rivers – the Inn, Ilz and Danube – is home to the impressive 18th-century New Bishop’s Residenz. Stroll the town’s beautiful old streets, past traditional patrician houses. See the Oberhaus Fortress and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, with Europe’s largest pipe organ on which you can enjoy a concert at certain times of the year.

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

DAY 6 REGENSBURG AND KELHEIM

In the beautifully-preserved medieval city of Regensburg, see St. Peter’s Church with its gleaming spires, the Old Town Hall and Old Stone Bridge. In the afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River. Or take an optional excursion to the dramatic Danube Gorge through the narrowest and steepest section of the river. Explore Weltenberg Abbey, one of Germany’s oldest monasteries, renowned for its dark ale brewed here by monks since 1050.

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

DAY 7 MAIN-DANUBE CANAL AND NUREMBERG

Sail through the many locks that comprise the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal. Stretching 106 miles from Kelheim on the Danube to Bamberg on the Main River, it connects the Black Sea to the North Sea. In Nuremberg tour the medieval walled city with its half-timbered houses and dramatic castle. See the Palace of Justice, site of the 1946 Nuremberg trials. Shop for handicrafts in the delightful Market Square, or take an optional WWII history tour.

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

DAY 8 NUREMBERG

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Munich airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

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Passage to Eeastern Europe with Viking

A journey through Europe’s eastern lands of legends is a journey like no other. Sail through the soaring white cliffs of Iron Gate, explore beautiful Belgrade and the ancient Roman ruins at Viminacium. Watch the whip-cracking horse herders of Hungary’s Puszta in action, and discover the historical treasures of Bulgaria – this voyage along the Danube is unforgettable.

Explore The iron gate on Danube with Viking

DAY 1 BUDAPEST

From Budapest airport Viking takes you to your hotel where you can settle in and enjoy free time in Hungary’s historic capital.

DAY 2 BUDAPEST

Enjoy a guided city tour, starting on the cosmopolitan Pest side of the city. See the elegant boulevards and mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and famous Chain Bridge. Visit Heroes’ Square to find out more about Hungary’s history. Cross the Danube to the Castle District of Buda – a UNESCO World Heritage site and explore Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion for magnificent views of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon or take an optional excursion to Visegrad; with three castles, it was once a royal retreat.

Included excursion: city tour of Buda and Pest.
Included meal: breakfast.

DAY 3 BUDAPEST

After breakfast in your hotel, we take you to board your ship. Enjoy a free day in Budapest; explore a museum, do some shopping or visit an Art Deco spa. Or take an optional excursion sailing the picturesque Danube Bend. Return to your ship for a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner.

DAY 4 KALOCSA

Take a guided tour of Hungary’s city of Kalocsa with its beautiful cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace. Enjoy a performance by the Puszta horsemen. Today’s included excursions: guided city visit and Puszta horsemanship show.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 OSIJECK

From the ship in Vukovar, travel to Osijeck, eastern Croatia’s largest city that has been populated by Romans, Ottomans and Habsburgs, and is home to numerous beautiful baroque buildings, parks and monuments.

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

DAY 6 BELGRADE

In Serbia’s beautiful capital of Belgrade, take a guided tour through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress in the Old Town, see the Orthodox Cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy free time in this ancient city or take an optional excursion to the town of Kovacica to visit a gallery of naive art, a violin maker and sample some delicious local foods.

Included excursion: city walk with guided tour of Kalemegdan Fortress.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 DANUBE RIVER AND KOSTOLAC

The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders; a spectacular narrow gorge with white limestone cliffs soaring above. In Kostolac enjoy a tour of Viminacium, the ruins of an ancient Roman town and military camp.

Included excursion: excursion to Kostolac with Viminacium Tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 VIDIN

From Bulgaria’s picturesque port of Vidin, we take you to Belogradchik Fortress built into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. Enjoy free time in Vidin to explore its many attractions including the fortress of Baba Vida.

Included excursion: tour featuring Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 VELIKO TARNOVO AND ARBANASI

From the ship in Russe, take a full-day excursion to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo. From Tsaravets Hill see the picturesque ruins of the royal castle. Shop for handicrafts in Samovodska Charshia. Enjoy lunch in the historic village of Arbanasi, and a guided tour of the Nativity Church.

Included excursions: full-day Veliko Tarnovo excursion and Bulgarian lunch in Arbanasi.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10 OLTENIT  AND BUCHAREST

Disembark in Oltenit a for a scenic drive through the Romanian countryside and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with an included folkloric performance. On a panoramic tour of Bucharest, see the Arch of Triumph, the Antim Monastery, Palace of Justice, and Palace of Parliament. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore Bucharest at night.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour featuring the Palace of Parliament.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch.

DAY 11 BUCHAREST

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Bucharest airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

Viking River Cruises Itinerary: Passage to Eastern Europe

Douro – River of Gold Cruise

Pristine and picturesque, discover historic cities, quiet landscapes and charming villages. This enchanting 10 day holiday begins with two days and nights exploring Lisbon, from where you travel to Porto to embark your new Viking ship, Viking Douro.

Douro Viking river cruise guide

DAY 1 LISBON

From Lisbon airport Viking takes you to your hotel, where you can settle in and begin to explore the city.

DAY 2 LISBON

Enjoy a half-day tour of Lisbon with a visit to the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of Jeronimos, which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walking tour of the maze-like Bairro Alto (old town) and
discover Lisbon’s multicultural history. This evening you are free to discover Lisbon’s restaurants, or choose a Lisbon by Night evening with a visit to a fado club for dinner and a show of traditional music.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meal: breakfast.

DAY 3 PORTO

After breakfast check out of your hotel and enjoy a drive along the coast to Porto, stopping for lunch at Coimbra. After boarding Viking Douro, settle into your stateroom before a Welcome Cocktail and dinner aboard.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 PORTO & BITETOS

Enjoy a city tour of Porto, whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See its graceful bridges and baroque cathedrals set among narrow cobbled streets, and the old fishing village of Foz. This afternoon, visit a port wine–making facility before sailing to Bitetos. Or, after your Porto tour, take an optional excursion to Guimaraes with its medieval quarter. In the evening, disembark to visit the Alpendurada Monastery for dinner.

Included excursions: tour of Porto city center with port wine tasting, dinner at Alpendurada Monastery.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 REGUA & PINHAO

This morning sail along to Regua for a visit to Lamego, a town famous for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century. Visit the shrine, decorated with exquisite tile work in the
Moorish manner. You will also see the town’s Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle. Rejoin your ship in Pinhao for dinner and a Portuguese folk music show on board.

Included excursion: Lamego excursion.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 PINHAO & BARCA DALVA

Your morning is free to explore Pinhao – take a stroll or visit the railway station with its spectacular azulejos (Portugal’s distinctive blue and white tiles). Sail to Barca d’Alva for a visit to Quinta do Seixo, a renowned port wine-making institution. See the vineyard and sample their wares. Enjoy a festive Captain’s dinner on board.

Included excursions: Quinta do Seixo excursion and wine tasting.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 SALAMANCA

Drive to Salamanca in Spain where you can enjoy a full-day excursion of this ancient city that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a living museum of the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time to explore Plaza Mayor (Main Square). Lunch is at a local restaurant and features a flamenco show. Your afternoon guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th-century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón.

Included excursion: full-day excursion to Salamanca with guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 VEGA DE TERRON & PINHAO

Enjoy a half-day tour to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes. This evening, dine at Quinta da Avessada, a winery in the heart of the Douro Wine District and sample some varieties of port, such as Moscatel from nearby Favaios.

Included excursions: Castelo Rodrigo excursion. Dinner and wine tasting at Quinta da Avessada.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 PINHAO & REGUA

Arrive in Regua for a tour of Vila Real, site of the Mateus Palace, a stunning baroque building. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing back toward Vila Nova de Gaia. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight and you are free to enjoy an evening stroll.

Today’s included excursion: excursion to Vila Real; guided tour of Mateus Palace and gardens.
Today’s included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10 PORTO

After breakfast, Viking takes you to the airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

Douro River Cruise

Portraits of Southern France with Viking

With its ancient towns, beautiful scenery, warm sunshine and incredible food and wine, there is no place quite as evocative as southern France. Visit the Gallo-Roman ruins in Vienne and Arles, explore the historic Papal Palace in Avignon, discover the region’s time-honoured wine making traditions and sample the gastronomic delights of Lyon. Bon voyage!

DAY 1 CHALON-SUR-SAONE

From Lyon airport Viking takes you to your ship where you can settle in and enjoy free time to explore this pretty town.

Included meal: dinner.

DAY 2 BEAUNE

Viking Neptune ship - European river cruises

A scenic drive through Burgundy’s wine route takes you to beautiful Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy. Enjoy a tour of the architectural jewel, the Hotel Dieu, founded as a former almshouse and built in 1443. Sample a number of regional wines in one of Beaune’s famous cellars.

Enjoy an afternoon’s cruising the Saone, or take an optional tour to the pretty town of Cluny. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Macon and meet your fellow guests at a Welcome Reception and Welcome Dinner on board.

Included excursion: Burgundy wine route featuring Hotel Dieu and wine tasting.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3 LYON

A tour of Lyon, the food capital of France and UNESCO World Heritage site, takes you to the top of Fourviere Hill for amazing views of the city. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and see the magnificent St. Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Take a stroll through the Old Town and enjoy free time to shop, and sample the finest French food. Or take an optional tour to the medieval hilltop town of Perouges.

Included excursion: tour of city with guided walk through Vieux Lyon.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 LYON AND VIENNE

Enjoy a free morning to further explore Lyon before sailing to the ancient and beautiful riverside town of Vienne. A short walking tour takes you to the town’s lovely cathedral and Cybele Garden. Discover Vienne’s
Roman history at the 1st-century Temple of Emperor Augustus and Livia, and the Roman amphitheater. See the Gothic cathedral of St. Maurice, and enjoy some free time to explore this historic town.

Included excursion: walking tour of Vienne featuring Temple of Augustus & Livia.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 TOURNON AND VIVIERS

In the town of Tain l’Hermitage, famous for its red wines, tour a winery and sample the different varieties. Visit the oldest house in the region, home of the Musee de Tain l’Hermitage with its impressive collection of paintings. Scenic cruising takes you to the picturesque town of Viviers, where you can enjoy a leisurely evening stroll through the Old Town, with its medieval and Renaissance buildings.

Included excursions: Tain l’Hermitage excursion with wine tasting and evening guided walk through Viviers Old Town.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 RHONE RIVER AND ARLES

Sail the beautiful Rhone to Arles, the town beloved by Vincent van Gogh. Also settled by the Romans, Arles is home to some fascinating ruins. Your walking tour of Arles takes you to the 20,000 seat Les Arenes, an arena that is still used today, and Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime. See many sites made famous through Van Gogh’s art, and enjoy time to explore Arles on your own.

Included excursion: walking tour of Arles featuring Les Arénes amphitheatre.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 AVIGNON

Enjoy a walking tour of Avignon, the ‘City of Popes’ that was home to seven popes in the 14th century. Explore the historic center, taking time to stop at the famous Pont d’Avignon and museum, and walk the Place de l’Horloge. Visit the Gothic Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a fascinating tour through its vast maze of palatial rooms.

Take time to further explore this lovely town on your own, or join an optional tour to the world-famous Chateauneufdu-Pape winery, to learn about and sample this renowned wine.

Included excursions: guided walk featuring Pont d’Avignon and guided tour of Palace of the Popes.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 AVIGNON

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Marseille airport for your return flight.

Included meal: breakfast.

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