Grand European Cruise
Grand European Cruise– Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary –15 days / 14 nights, Amsterdam - Cologne - Koblenz - Rhine River - Wuerzburg - Rothenburg - Nuremberg - Passau - Danube River - Vienna - Bratislava - BudapestCruise 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland's windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany's fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to picturesque vineyards of Austria's Wachau Valley, this voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Enjoy a Sachertorte in a Viennese café, panoramic views of imperial Budapest and discover the legend of the Lorelei.
|Operation||March 18 - November 12, 2016|
|Departure||Amsterdam to Budapest 2016
Viking Longship Vili: Mar 18 / May 13 / Jun 10 / Jul 8 / Aug 5 / Sep 2, 30 / Oct 28
Viking Longship Embla: Mar 24 / May 5 / Jun 16 / Jul 28 / Sep 8 / Oct 20
Viking Longship Gefjon: Mar 25 / May 6 / Jun 3 / Jul 1, 29 / Aug 26 / Sep 23 / Oct 21
Viking Longship Ingvi: Mar 26 / May 7 / Jun 4 / Jul 2, 30 / Aug 27 / Sep 24 / Oct 22
Viking Longship Aegir: Apr 21 / Jun 2 / Jul 14 / Aug 25 / Oct 6
Viking Longship Ve: Apr 22 / May 20 / Jun 17 / Jul 15 / Aug 12 / Sep 9 / Oct 7 / Nov 4
Viking Longship Alsvin: Apr 23 / May 21 / Jun 18 / Jul 16 / Aug 13 / Sep 10 / Oct 8 / Nov 5
Viking Longship Egil: Apr 24
Viking Longship Modi: Apr 25 / May 23 / Jun 20 / Jul 18 / Aug 15 / Sep 12 / Oct 10
Viking Longship Lif: Apr 28 / Jun 9 / Jul 21 / Sep 1 / Oct 13
Viking Longship Mimir: Apr 29 / May 27 / Jun 24 / Jul 22 / Aug 19 / Sep 16 / Oct 14
Viking Longship Skadi: Apr 30 / May 28 / Jun 25 / Jul 23 / Aug 20 / Sep 17 / Oct 15 / Nov 12
Viking Longship Baldur: May 1, 29 / Jun 26 / Jul 24 / Aug 21 / Sep 18 / Oct 16
Viking Longship Gullveig: May 3
Viking Longship Skirnir: May 9 / Jun 6 / Jul 4 / Aug 1, 29 / Sep 26 / Oct 24
Viking Longship Bragi: May 14 / Jun 11 / Jul 9 / Aug 6 / Sep 3 / Oct 1, 29
Viking Longship Magni: May 15 / Jun 12 / Jul 10 / Aug 7 / Sep 4 / Oct 2, 30
Budapest to Amsterdam 2016
Viking Longship Vili: Apr 29 / May 27 / Jun 24 / Jul 22 / Aug 19 / Sep 16 / Oct 14
Viking Longship Embla: Apr 21 / Jun 2 / Jul 14 / Aug 25 / Oct 6
Viking Longship Gefjon: Apr 22 / May 20 / Jun 17 / Jul 15 / Aug 12 / Sep 9 / Oct 7 / Nov 4
Viking Longship Ingvi: Apr 23 / May 21 / Jun 18 / Jul 16 / Aug 13 / Sep 10 / Oct 8 / Nov 5
Viking Longship Aegir: Mar 20 / May 19 / Jun 30 / Aug 11 / Sep 22 / Nov 3
Viking Longship Ve: Mar 25 / May 6 / Jun 3 / Jul 1, 29 / Aug 26 / Sep 23 / Oct 21
Viking Longship Alsvin: Mar 26 / May 7 / Jun 4 / Jul 2, 30 / Aug 27 / Sep 24 / Oct 22
Viking Longship Egil:
Viking Longship Modi: May 9 / Jun 6 / Jul 4 / Aug 1, 29 / Sep 26 / Oct 24
Viking Longship Lif: May 26 / Jul 7 / Aug 18 / Sep 29 / Nov 10
Viking Longship Mimir: May 13 / Jun 10 / Jul 8 / Aug 5 / Sep 2, 30 / Oct 28
Viking Longship Skadi: May 14 / Jun 11 / Jul 9 / Aug 6 / Sep 3 / Oct 1, 29
Viking Longship Baldur: May 15 / Jun 12 / Jul 10 / Aug 7 / Sep 4 / Oct 2, 30
Viking Longship Gullveig:
Viking Longship Skirnir: May 23 / Jun 20 / Jul 18 / Aug 15 / Sep 12 / Oct 10
Viking Longship Bragi: May 28 / Jun 25 / Jul 23 / Aug 20 / Sep 17 / Oct 15 / Nov 12
Viking Longship Magni: May 29 / Jun 26 / Jul 24 / Aug 21 / Sep 18 / Oct 16
|Price||from $3,762 per person, Standard Stateroom F, March 2016|
|Included||15-day cruise with river-view stateroom
12 guided tours with audio headset
All meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners
Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain's Farewell Dinner
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Culture Curriculum: Enjoy concerts aboard and ashore, ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music
Lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland & the European Union
Learn how to make your own Rüdesheimer coffee
Experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market
All port charges
Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
|Not Included||Air transportation and airport taxes
Personal expenses on board
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Early Booking Discount savings; prices are per person.
Plus receive $500 per person off roundtrip airfare!
Offer expires September 30, 2013
You must have a valid passport.
Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
|Tour Options||Add airfare - now 2-for-1 special if purchased with cruise
Extend your cruise:
2-night pre-extension Amsterdam, $499 per person
2-night post-extension Budapest, $399 per person
3-night post-extension Prague, $699 per person
Grand Europe cruise map
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Day 1 AMSTERDAM (D) Arrive in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the rest of the day is yours to relax or begin exploring the city on your own.
Day 2 KINDERDIJK - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) This morning, sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you tour this fascinating network of windmills and other ingenious flood management technologies. After lunch aboard, enjoy an afternoon of sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard) and sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a juniper liqueur. Cruise through the night.
Day 3 COLOGNE - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) You have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on your own—there are Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; we depart at midnight.
Day 4 KOBLENZ - MIDDLE RHINE (B, L, D) Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg, the only Rhine castle never destroyed. After your tour, continue cruising; this stunning stretch of the Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river's narrowest point; the rock is named for a local legend about Rhine Maidens who lure sailors to their doom. Lunch and dinner served aboard.
Day 5 MILTENBERG (B, L, D) The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region. After lunch, stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses, including the oldest inn in Germany. You have a walking tour and some free time to explore. Back on board, learn about the region's glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration; you also have the opportunity to learn some useful German words and phrases. Sail through the night to Würzburg.
Day 6 WÜRZBURG - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) After breakfast, tour Würzburg's Bishops'Residenz, one of Germany's largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy scenic afternoon cruising—or instead of touring Würzburg, take an optional full-day excursion along Germany's "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, which features a turreted city wall and lovely Gothic and baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an interesting presentation about the European Union.
Day 7 BAMBERG - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) Sail through the morning; after lunch, we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late-Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the very picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town's distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard.
Day 8 NUREMB ERG (B, L, D) After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, used in the 1930s as Nazi parade grounds, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the famous Nuremberg Trials. Spend some free time exploring Nuremberg's Old Town area, or join an optional World War II history tour including the Documentation Center Museum. We depart just before dinner.
Day 9 REGENSBURG - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) Arrive in Regensburg in the late morning; after lunch, tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter's Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany's oldest restaurant. Dinner is served aboard before our evening departure.
Day 10 PASSAU (B, L, D) On this morning's walking tour, see Passau's narrow streets and Italianate architecture, and pass the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century fortress that served for centuries as a bishop's stronghold. Then, listen to a concert on Europe's largest pipe organ in St. Stephan's Cathedral.† Take some time this afternoon to explore Passau before returning aboard for dinner.
†Passau organ concert is only available May 1–October 31 and is closed on Sunday.
Day 11 MELK - KREMS - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) After breakfast, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria's finest Italian baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship; cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, you have free time to explore the historic riverside town of Krems; see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region.
Day 12 VIENNA - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) Ride along Vienna's Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. You will also see Vienna's world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan's Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return aboard for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore Vienna's many cafes and museums; you could visit the home of your favorite classical composer. After dinner, enjoy an optional classical concert.
Day 13 BRATISLAVA (B, L, D) Arrive early and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia's charming capital to see attractions like the medieval fortifications at Michael's Tower, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. You also pass by several baroque palaces from the Habsburg Dynasty before you return to your ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising. Late tonight, arrive in Budapest.
Day 14 BUDAPEST - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (B, L, D) The Danube River divides this Hungarian capital city into "Buda" and "Pest". Explore both parts, starting with Pest's National Opera House and historic Heroes' Square. In Buda, stroll Fishermen's Hill to Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard with the rest of the day to explore on your own. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner.
Day 15 BUDAPEST (B) After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.
Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, where you tour Old Town landmarks and Prague Castle. (B)
*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased with river cruise.