Danube Waltz with Viking Cruises

Viking Cruise

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required.**

Upcoming tour dates to be announced

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Ottawa for your flight(s) to Munich. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)

Day 2

Early morning arrival in Munich. You will be transferred to your hotel (keeping in mind check in time is not until 1600). Remainder of your day is free.

Day 3

We depart by motorcoach this morning for a guided tour of Munich (with a local guide) before we travel from Munich to Passau (drive is approx. 2 hrs), stopping for lunch along the way. Arrival at the port for Viking is approximately 3pm. After boarding, use free time to explore, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and start getting oriented.


Day 4

Passau, Germany- Today you will take a walking tour of this elegant town, called the Dreiflüssestadt (City on Three Rivers), which is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. You will see the impressive Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century fortress that served as a bishop’s stronghold for several centuries. This afternoon, you are free to explore Passau. See the sights and experience the local culture, or simply relax on board before dinner.


Day 5

Salzburg, Austria – Today’s activity is an excursion to the legendary Austrian city of Salzburg, known as the location for the film, The Sound of Music. Ride through the scenic Austrian countryside to Salzburg’s Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour featuring the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Hohensalzburg Fortress just above the city center. Take free time to explore Salzburg’s narrow cobbled streets and colorful buildings and get lunch in one of the charming cafés; return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure.


Day 6

Melk, Austria – This morning, visit the 900-year-old abbey at Melk, a Benedictine monastery that was originally one of Leopold II’s castles. See its spectacular wall and ceiling frescoes, note the library’s comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts, and admire the graceful spiral staircase. After lunch aboard, we stop at the picturesque Wachau Valley town of Dürnstein, where you can explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region.


Day 7

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, graced by a number of formal gardens, classical statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and the “Roman ruin” erected in 1778. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert.


Day 8

Bratislava, Slovakia – Arrive in Bratislava this morning and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital with a long and fascinating history, 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, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Habsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship for lunch and departure. Enjoy relaxing Danube cruising; sail into Budapest late this evening.


Day 9

Budapest, Hungary – Today we visit highlights of both the older “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest” sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard with the rest of the day to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Art Nouveau Gellért Spa, or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner.


Day 10

Budapest, Hungary – After breakfast we disembark the ship. You will meet your motorcoach at the dock for a city tour (with a local guide) before check in at hotel for your two nights’ accommodation in Budapest.


Day 11

Today you will be free to explore the city on your own.

On your free day, you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools or spas.

Day 12

Today you will be brought to the airport to board your flight(s) from Budapest to Ottawa.

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