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Romantic Danube

By Viking River Cruises


Budapest to Nuremberg Nuremberg to Budapest

During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungarys capitaltraditional Buda and more cosmopolitan Pestand from Fishermens Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Viennas imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austrias Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the Blue Danube in his famous melody. Celebrate the Season with Thanksgiving Cruises: Sailing dates between November 1 and November 28 will include a traditional Thanksgiving feast served on board. This celebration of fine food features succulent turkey with caramelized vegetables grown in Germanys market gardens; clementines poached in red wine from vineyards in Austrias Wachau Valley; pumpkin pie made with pumpkins grown in northern France; and more! The Magic of European Christmas: Sailing dates between November 30 and December 24 will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, youll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.

DAY 1Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, Hungarys vibrant capital divided by the Danube River. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to take a stroll beside the Danube or in the Vci Utca, a pedestrian thoroughfare featuring shops and cafs. (D)

DAY 2Budapest

Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrssy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20thcentury mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Budas Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermens Bastion and Matthias Church; enjoy brilliant views. Rejoin your ship in Visegrd for lunch as we begin cruising along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel. (B, L, D)

DAY 3Vienna

Arrive in Vienna just after breakfast for your half-day city tour. See some of Viennas gracious architecture, then ride along the beautiful Ringstrasse with sights including the Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater. You then see St. Stephans Cathedral. After lunch aboard, the afternoon is yours to further explore this city on your own. Shop along the Krtnerstrasse or take an optional excursion to Schnbrunn Palace, home of Maria Theresa and summer residence of the Habsburgs. Dinner is served aboard and you may choose to complete your day in this City of Waltzes with an optional evening concert. (B, L, D)

DAY 4Melk

After breakfast, sail through the stunningly scenic Wachau Valley to the Benedictine abbey at Melk, and join a guided tour through the ornate interior of this baroque architectural gem. See its elaborate frescoes and admire the librarys extensive collection of medieval manuscripts; enjoy the garden courtyard and the terraces Wachau Valley views. Rejoin your ship for dinner and leisurely cruising along the Danube taste some local Austrian specialties as you spot charming riverside towns and castle ruins here and there. (B, L, D)

DAY 5Passau

Enjoy a glorious morning arrival in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the towns narrow streets takes you through the Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You see the Oberhaus Fortress and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephans Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europes largest church organ. Eat lunch aboard, but return to the city for further exploration on your own before an early evening departure and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)
Passau organ concert is only available May 1October 31 and is closed on Sunday.

DAY 6Regensburg

After breakfast, meet your guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europes bestpreserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13thand 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peters Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets, shop or visit Germanys oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstkche. Lunch served aboard. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube Riveror take an optional Danube Narrows excursion. Travel by road to Kelheim and board a ferryboat to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. Visit Weltenburg Abbey, renowned for the dark ale brewed here by monks since 1050, then rejoin your ship in Kelheim in time for dinner aboard. (B, L, D)
DAY 7Main-Danube

Canal & Nuremberg

Very early this morning, you sail through a number of locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal, an engineering marvel stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube. Begun as Charlemagnes dream in 793, it was completed in 1992 with 16 locks that raise the water level 1,332 feet. Today it enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Arrive during breakfast in Nuremberg, Bavarias second largest city. Your tour features the former Nazi parade grounds and the Palace of Justice, historic home of the Nuremberg Trials; or, join an optional World War II history tour visiting the Documentation Center Museum. You have a brief stop at the Court House before returning to the Old Town area enclosed by ancient city walls. Your tour ends with a walk from the imperial castle grounds past the Albrecht Drer House on your way to the Main Market Square with its elaborate Gothic fountain. Lunch is served aboard, but you have the rest of the day to explore. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 8Nuremberg

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey in another country with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic. You will stay close to Pragues Old Town and will get a tour of the landmark Prague Castle. (B)
The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.

Price Guarantee Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxesnone of these will apply to you. ALL THIS IS INCLUDED 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom 6 guided tours with audio headset All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captains Farewll Dinner Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Culture Curriculum: Enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian & Hungarian classics; attend lectures on the European Union, Viennese coffee houses and Mozart; learn how to make your own apple strudel All port charges Free wi-fi, connection speed may vary

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