Cruises


2018 : Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam
Destination: Europe
Ship: Viking Vili
Travel through the heart of EuropeAdmire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle.
 
Viking River Cruises Arrow Europe 2018 Arrow 2018 : Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam
2018 : Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

Travel through the heart of Europe

Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Sample the food and wine of Austria's Wachau Valley. Learn the Viennese waltz and linger in Budapest's Cafe Gerbeaud. Indulge all your senses on this 15-day journey spanning the best of Europe. Our most iconic itinerary traces the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland and the stunning landscapes of Hungary, with engaging encounters at every bend.

Grand European Tour

Imagine 15 magical days on a cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, seeing the best of The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

Day by Day

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 on board tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest's beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. (D)
* Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises

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 Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard 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 - Vienna, Austria


Enjoy a day of scenic cruising along the beautiful Danube toward Vienna. As we sail, perhaps join this morning's German language lesson to learn a few key words and phrases. You may also choose to attend an afternoon presentation on Viennese coffee houses. We arrive early this evening. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (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. Alternately, you may wish to join us on one of the day's optional excursions, perhaps touring Schönbrunn Palace, the "Versailles of Vienna," visiting the Spanish Riding School's famed Lipizzaner stallions, or celebrating a local tradition this evening at a high-spirited Heurigen dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Melk, Austria


Today, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria's finest Italian baroque architecture. See its wonderful frescoes and admire the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in its library. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 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. 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 aboard your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, set out this morning with your guide to enjoy a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)
?Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.

Day 7 - Regensburg, Germany


Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and 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 Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany's oldest restaurant. Alternately, you may choose to disembark this morning and drive with your guide to Munich for an optional full-day tour of this cultural and historic city, rejoining your ship before our evening departure. Cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg, Germany


Cruise the Main-Danube Canal this morning. Or, instead, disembark in Roth for a short drive to Nuremberg, where you will have free time to explore until lunchtime. After lunch, we will tour the city. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. See the Old Town area as you walk past the Albrecht Durer House and Main Market Square. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional afternoon World War II tour including the illuminating Documentation Center. Dinner is served aboard your ship. We depart late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Bamberg, Germany


Continue along the Main-Danube Canal this morning, arriving in Bamberg in early afternoon. Enjoy a tour of 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 picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and sample some of the town's distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Wurzburg, Germany


Today, enjoy an onboard lunch, then tour Wurzburg's Bishops' Residenz, one of Germany's largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, you may choose to disembark this morning to experience an optional full-day journey along Germany's picturesque "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Upon returning to Wurzburg, you will also enjoy a tour of the Bishops' Residenz. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an evening glassblowing demonstration. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Wertheim, Germany


Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. During your morning walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Stop in a bakery and a butcher shop, and learn about Wertheim's glassblowing tradition. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to your ship for lunch. Alternately, depart this morning on an all-day optional excursion where you will gain a rare glimpse into noble life, enjoying Privileged Access visits to two very different castles: Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Löwenstein. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Koblenz, Germany


Today, we cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine; this stunning stretch of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river's narrowest point; the rock is named after a legendary Rhine Maiden who lured sailors to their demise. This afternoon, we'll stop to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. Rejoin your ship in Koblenz and dine aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Cologne, Germany


Arrive in Cologne during breakfast, then disembark for a tour of Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and visit the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne's atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you will ascend to the Dom's roof for up-close views of the cathedral's architecture and bird's-eye vistas of Cologne. After, return aboard for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne's spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Kinderdijk, The Netherlands


We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam around midnight. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands


After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city's neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (B)

Viking Inclusive Value

We include more features and services than others:

  • 12 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Aquavit Terrace® and the most al fresco dining on Europe's Rivers
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Your experience includes:

  • 15-days; 4 countries; 14 ports
  • Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum®:enjoy concerts on board & ashore, from Austrian classics to baroque organ music; attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland & the European Union; learn how to make your own Rudesheim Coffee; experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Organic herb garden
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests

    Your stateroom:

  • Riverview stateroom
  • Room steward & twice daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV & complimentary Movies on Demand
  • Refrigerator, security safe, hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries, bathrobe & slippers (upon request)

    Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

    More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

  • Call 8778961668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13991417
    Cruise LineViking River Cruises
    OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Vili
    Click for more information on this ship.
    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Vienna  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Melk  
    Day 6Passau  
    Day 7Regensburg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11Wertheim  
    Day 12Koblenz  
    Day 13Cologne  
    Day 14Kinderdijk  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing
    Cruises

    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    July 20, 2018Category ES - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category AA - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category A - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category B - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category C - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category D - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category E - Sold Out Quote
    July 20, 2018Category F - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category ES - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category AA - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category A - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category B - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category C - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category D - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category E - Sold Out Quote
    August 17, 2018Category F - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category ES - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category AA - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category A - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category B - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category C - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category D - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category E - Sold Out Quote
    September 14, 2018Category F - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category ES - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category AA - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category A - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category B - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category C - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category D - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category E - Sold Out Quote
    October 12, 2018Category F - Sold Out Quote
    Durfee Travel Phone: 877-896-1668
    janice@durfeetravel.com

    CST#: 2065762-40