Danube Waltz (8 Days)

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

Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. Transfer to your ship from the airport. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring. After dinner onboard tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest's beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. (D); Note: Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

Today we visit highlights of the hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest sides of the city, starting with Pest's National Opera House and historic Heroes' Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch onboard your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. You may choose to join us on an optional excursion to experience the thermal springs, restorative natural spas whose waters locals have bathed in for centuries. Or, perhaps select another of our optional excursions designed to allow you to delve deeper into the history, culture, and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Bratislava, Slovakia

Arrive in Bratislava this morning and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia's charming capital with a long and fascinating history. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael's Tower, the Baroque Jesuit Church, and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, and pass by several Habsburg-era Baroque palaces before returning to your ship. Enjoy scenic cruising this afternoon as we set sail toward Budapest. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
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. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B,L,D)

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

Today's highlight is an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. Participate in an exclusive visitor program at Göttweig, created to provide an understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. You may also take an invigorating bicycle ride through the Wachau Valley before returning to your ship. This afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing as we cruise toward Linz. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Linz, Austria
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Linz, Austria

Wake up in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride through the scenic Czech countryside and take a walking tour featuring the lovely historic center of the city with many Baroque and Renaissance buildings, dating back hundreds of years. You have some free time to enjoy Krumlov's charming streets, filled with cafés, shops, galleries, and pubs. Maybe stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants. Return onboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)

DAY 7
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. Admire 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 an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (B,L,D); Note: Passau organ concert is available May 1–October 31 only and is closed on Sundays.

DAY 8
Passau, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Munich airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with three additional nights in the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague. (B); Note: Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Danube Waltz map

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