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Join this 8-day Danube River cruise with Viking River Cruises. Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. View the Wachau Valley’s beauty. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. This voyage reveals the best of these places while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.

*This itinerary runs departures aboard multiple sister-ships. Select departures run in reverse: Passau to Budapest. Contact us for more details.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 3 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 4 : Vienna, Austria
Day 5 : Krems, Austria
Day 6 : Linz, Austria
Day 7 : Passau, Germany
Day 8 : Passau, Germany | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church
  • Explore the medieval Town Hall complex in Bratislava
  • Visit the world-famous Opera House in Vienna
  • Discover the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig

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Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungarian parliament, Budapest Evening in Vienna, Austria A quiet autumn morning in Bratislava Explore castle ruins outside beautiful Bratislava Budapest, the capital city of Hungary

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit highlights of the once separate towns of Buda and Pest, 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 on board your ship, 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.

The Panoramic Budapest excursion is included. Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Hungarian Horseman, Budapest Castle Hill City Hike, Dohany Street Synagogue & Jewish Budapest, Budapest by Bike, Budapest Thermal Bath, Hungarian Icons, Life behind the Iron Curtain, Grand Market: Taste of Hungary & Pancake Kitchen.

Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon 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 Hapsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before the late departure.

The Panoramic Bratislava excursion is included. Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Bratislava Walking Tour, Bratislava Home-Hosted Visit.

Day 4 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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. Stephen’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.

The Panoramic Vienna excursion is included. Optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Schönbrunn Palace, Behind the Scenes at the Lipizzaner Stallions, Mozart & Strauss Concert, Heurigen Evening, Historic Farmers' Market Visit with Viking Chef.

Day 5 Krems, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 toward Linz.

Optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Wachau Valley by Bicycle.

Day 6 Linz, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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 on board for dinner and a late-evening departure.

Cesky Krumlov Walking Tour and Linz Walking Tour excursions are included. Optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Austrian Countryside.

Day 7 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 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 an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner.

Passau Walking Tour & Organ Concert excursion is included. Optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle by Plane, Hike the Passau Hills, Bavaria by E-Bike, Bavarian Farm & Countryside.

*Passau organ concert is available May 1-October 31 only and is closed on Sundays.

Day 8 Passau, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark in Passau.

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150 sq ft, river-view with half-height picture window. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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150 sq ft, river-view with half-height picture window. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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French Balcony Stateroom (D)
135 sq ft, river-view with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door & French balcony. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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French Balcony Stateroom (C)
135 sq ft, river-view with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door with French balcony. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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Veranda Stateroom (B)
205 sq ft, river-view with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door & full-size veranda. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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Veranda Stateroom (A)
205 sq ft, river-view with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door & full-size veranda. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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Veranda Suite (AA)
275 sq ft, river-view with full-size veranda off separate sitting room & French balcony off sleeping quarters. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.
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Explorer Suite (ES)
445 sq ft, river-view with private wraparound balcony off separate sitting room & French balcony off sleeping quarters. Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows. Flat-screen TV with infotainment system, outlets & USB ports. Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control. Private bathroom with heated floor and premium toiletries.

Notes

*This itinerary runs departures aboard multiple sister-ships. Contact us for more details.

*Shore excursions vary by departure and are subject to change.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
Cruise fares exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities onboard or on land
  • Travel protection plan, trip cancellation or travel health insurance
  • Optional shore excursions/ tours/concerts
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Drinks, beverages, and meals not included in the package are additional costs to the passenger.
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