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Visit Budapest’s Castle District and cross the famous Chain Bridge. Explore Göttweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most revered monastic centers, and make dumplings with Wachau Valley apricots.

See Europe’s largest pipe organ in Passau, or travel to Salzburg. Celebrate Vienna’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss.

With medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery, this 8-day journey on the “Blue Danube” is one you are sure to love.

What’s Included:

  • Complimentary shore excursions, one in every port of call
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Return Flights from a UK airport & Ground transfers
  • Onboard Gratuities
Danube - Riverside of the Danube river in Regensburg, Germany
Day 1 - Budapest (Embark)

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 on board tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest’s beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest, Hungary

Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the 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. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy brilliant views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen’s Bastion. Rejoin your ship in Visegrád for lunch as we cruise along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel.

Day 2 - Budapest, Hungary

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - 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 choose to join us for an optional excursion. Perhaps visit Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the “Versailles of Vienna,” or go behind the scenes at the Spanish Riding School to see its famed Lipizzaner stallions. This evening, you might enjoy an optional classical concert or celebrate the bottling of this year’s wine vintage among the locals at a high-spirited optional Heurigen dinner.

Day 3 - Vienna, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Krems, Austria

After breakfast, disembark in Krems and set off for Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in its imperial stairwell, one of the largest in the world. Visit the abbey church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Alternately, you may instead choose to explore your environs by bicycle, enjoying a ride along a riverside bike path considered one of Europe’s most scenic. Afterward, rejoin your ship and cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties during lunch on board, taking in views of attractive towns and castle ruins along the way.

Day 4 - Krems, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - 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. See the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’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 on board your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, you may instead journey into the countryside on an optional excursion to a local farm where you will have the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to explore glorious Salzburg; visit the Italianate Old Town, see settings from the film The Sound of Music and enjoy lunch at Austria’s oldest restaurant. †Passau organ concert is available May 1–October 31 only and is closed on Sundays.

Day 5 -  Passau, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Regensburg, Germany

After breakfast, meet your local guide 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, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche. Lunch is served on board your ship. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising along the Danube River, or take an optional excursion to visit Weltenburg Abbey and experience a short cruise through a stunning mountain pass, one of the most breathtakingly scenic bends in the Danube Narrows. 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. Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to see the highlights of the grand city of Munich. * Weltenburg Abbey tour is available from May–October only.

Day 6 - Regensburg, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Nuremberg, Germany

When you awake this morning, your ship will be on the Main–Danube Canal, an engineering marvel that stretches 106 miles from Kelheim on the Danube to Bamberg on the Main River. It began as Charlemagne’s dream in 793 and 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. Disembark in Roth to take a shuttle directly to Nuremberg and begin exploring; or, stay on board to enjoy cruising this legendary canal and arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, around lunchtime. After lunch, take a city tour that features a drive to Zeppelin Field, the former Nazi parade grounds, and Congress Hall. You will also drive by the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. Then visit medieval Nuremberg Castle. Your tour comes to a close with a walk from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Dürer House and on to the Main Market Square with its elaborate Gothic fountain. Afterward you have some time on your own to explore.

Day 7 - Nuremberg, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Nuremberg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, including a tour of Old Town and Prague Castle. * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Nuremberg, Germany (Embark)

Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to stretch your legs and explore the city a bit on your own. * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Dinner

Day 2- Nuremberg, Germany

Your morning tour of Nuremberg includes a drive to the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and Congress Hall. You will also drive by the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. Then, visit medieval Nuremberg Castle. Your tour comes to a close with a walk 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. Alternately, you can join an optional World War II tour. Visit Zeppelin Field on foot, see Congress Hall and spend time at the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. After, visit Courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice (unless court is in session) before heading into the historic area surrounded by the city’s medieval walls to explore Nuremberg’s Old Town.

Day 2- Nuremberg, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Regensburg, Germany

This morning, meet your local guide 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. Alternately, you may instead choose to join an optional excursion to Kelheim, located at the southernmost point of the Main–Danube Canal. Travel by road to Kelheim, then cast off on a ferryboat ride to marvel at the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. You will also visit the renowned Weltenburg Abbey*, famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050. Upon your return in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the same included walking tour of Regensburg that was offered this morning. Or, you may choose instead to sample some of the excellent local beer on an optional excursion to explore the brauhaus culture and Bavarian microbrews. Rejoin your ship for dinner. We depart late this evening. * Weltenburg Abbey tour is available from May–October only

Day 3 - Regensburg, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. See the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’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 on board your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own. Alternately, you may instead choose a full-day optional excursion to explore glorious Salzburg; visit the Italianate Old Town, see settings from the film The Sound of Music and enjoy lunch at Austria’s oldest restaurant. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. We cruise through the night. †Passau organ concert is available May 1–October 31 only and is closed on Sundays.

Day 4 - Passau, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Krems, Austria

This morning, cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spotting attractive riverside towns and castle ruins along the way. After lunch, disembark in Krems and 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 one of this evening’s optional excursions: experience a classical concert in the “City of Waltzes,” or head to the famed Grinzing district to join locals in a high-spirited Heurigen celebration of the year’s wine vintage.

Day 5 - Krems, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Or, you may join us for an optional excursion to visit Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the “Versailles of Vienna.” Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to explore Vienna’s elegant architecture and visit its celebrated Museum of Fine Arts; you will also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Ringstrasse. Dinner is served on board.

Day 6 - Vienna, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy brilliant views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen’s Bastion. Return to your ship for lunch; the rest of the day is yours to explore both sides of the city. You may also choose to join us on one of several optional excursions designed to reveal this fascinating city’s culture, history and cuisine in greater depth

Day 7 - Budapest, Hungary

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Budapest, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital. * Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

Breakfast

The Viking Longships provide guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe’s most remarkable destinations. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, or relax on the Sun Deck. These “green” ships, featuring energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden, were named to honor prominent members of the Norse pantheon. Each ship carries 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels, putting green, chess and walking track
  • Varied dining options including the Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, piano and dance floor
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Library corner & Onboard Boutique
  • Lift
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40″ flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand, news and entertainment channels
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms).

All suites feature two full-size rooms with a veranda off the living room & a French balcony in the bedroom 40″ flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic & more.

Staterooms & Suites feature 40″ flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic & more.

Explorer Suite ES

445 ft² – (Upper) Deck

  • Private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • In-suite premium bathrobes & slippers, binoculars, coffee brewer, cashmere blanket & complimentary shoe shine service
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily)
  • Complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, laundry service & room service (during breakfast)
  • Private airport transfers in Europe

Veranda Suite AA

275 ft² – (Upper) Deck

  • Full-size veranda off the spacious living room
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • In-suite premium bathrobes & slippers, binoculars, coffee brewer, cashmere blanket & complimentary shoe shine service
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily)
  • Complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, laundry service & room service (during breakfast)

Veranda Stateroom A & B

205 ft² – (Upper& Middle) Deck

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, Open to a full size veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobes & slippers available upon request/li>
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom

French Balcony C & D

135 ft² – (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, Open to create a french Balcony
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobes & slippers available upon request/li>
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom

Standard E & F

150 ft² – (Main) Deck

  • Half height picture window
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobes & slippers available upon request/li>
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
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