Romantic Danube (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Nürnberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
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DAY 1
Nürnberg, Germany

Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria's second-largest city. Transfer from the airport to your ship. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. After boarding, you have free time to stretch your legs and explore the city a bit on your own. (D)

DAY 2
Nürnberg, Germany

Your morning tour of Nuremberg includes the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. You have a brief stop at the main courthouse before walking from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Dürer House, and on to the Main Market Square of Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls. After lunch aboard your ship, join a lively and entertaining discussion of the European Union as you sail through the locks that comprise the Main–Danube Canal. An engineering marvel, the canal stretches 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube, enabling river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Dinner is served aboard while we cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Regensburg, Germany

This morning, meet your guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers, and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter's Cathedral, and a number of idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets or to shop. As always, your program director can help you plan your free time. This afternoon, spend more time in Regensburg, perhaps visiting Germany's oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstküche. Or, choose an optional excursion to Kelheim at the southernmost point of the Main–Danube Canal. Travel by road to Kelheim, then cast off on a ferryboat ride to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. You also visit the renowned Weltenburg Abbey (tour available from May-October only), famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050. Rejoin your ship for dinner and cruise through the night. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
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. Stephan'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 lunch aboard your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. We cruise through the night. (B,L,D) †Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.

DAY 5
Krems, Austria
Göttweig Abbey, Austria
Krems, Austria
Vienna, Austria

This morning, cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties as you spot attractive riverside towns and castle ruins along the way. After lunch, explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate. Visit Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. The splendid ceiling fresco in the imperial stairwell is one of the largest in the world. Visit the church, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship and continue cruising through the splendid Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening, or you may choose to attend an optional concert in the "City of Waltzes". (B,L,D)

DAY 6
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. Or you may take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the "Versailles of Vienna", erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, Grecian statuary, the world's oldest zoo, and Roman ruins. Dinner is served aboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital divided by the Danube River. Take a panoramic city tour through the more modern Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building, and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes' Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda's Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church; enjoy brilliant views of the city below. Return to your ship for lunch and the rest of the day is yours to explore both sides of the city. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises. Or, extend your journey with two additional nights in Budapest, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital. (B)

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