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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.

Viking River Cruises Itinerary Romantic Danube

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