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Join this 8-day cruising adventure sailing between Budapest, Hungary and Regensburg, Germany. 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. Visit historic Salzburg. Spend two days in Vienna, and celebrate the city’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. With medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery, this journey on the “Blue Danube” is one you are sure to love.

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

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Days 3-4 : Vienna, Austria
Day 5 : Krems, Austria
Day 6 : Passau, Germany
Day 7 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 8 : Regensburg, Germany | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Matthias Church in Budapest
  • Explore Schönbrunn Palace, known as the “Versailles of Vienna”
  • See the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, during your visit to Passau
  • Tour the scenic town of Regensburg, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities

Ship

Viking River Cruises

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A view over the cultural hub of Vienna Evening lights in beautiful Regensburg Explore the history and culture of Budapest Visit beautiful Regensburg Sunset over Passau
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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
This 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.

The Panoramic Budapest excursion is included.

Day 3-4 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 the ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, the Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, you may choose to join 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. 

The following day, spend time exploring Vienna. You may choose to join one of the many optional excursions, including a panoramic tour of Vienna by bike or an all-day optional excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, filled with lovingly restored baroque city palaces and leafy squares. Perhaps venture to the local Farmer’s Market with a Viking chef. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own or on board, after which you may choose to join a Mozart & Strauss concert. 

The Panoramic Vienna excursion is included. Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Jewels of Vienna's Ring, Schonbrunn Palace, Heurigen Dinner, Behind The Scenes At The Vienna Boys’ Choir, Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna Boys’ Choir, Historic Framer's Market Visit with Viking Chef, Behind the Scenes of Lipizzaner Stallions, Mozart & Strauss Concert.

Day 5 Krems, Austria

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

Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Gottweig Abbey, Wachau Valley by Bicycle.

Day 6 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. The 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 see the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 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 get the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, 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. Cruise through the night.

The Passau Walking Tour & Organ Concert excursion is included. Optional excursions are available for an additional charge: Salzburg Highlights, Bavarian Beerfest, Hike the Passau Hills, Fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle by Plane, Flightseeing over Passau, Bavaria by E-Bike.

Day 7 Regensburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, meet the 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. 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, 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. Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to see the highlights of the grand city of Munich or a full-day optional excursion to Nuremberg, one of Germany’s most renowned and intriguing cities.

The Regensburg Walking Tour is included. Optional excursions are available at an additional charge: Weltenburg Abbey & The Danube Narrows, Munich Highlights, Microbreweries Of Bavaria.

*Weltenburg Abbey tours are available from May-October only.

Day 8 Regensburg, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark in beautiful Regensburg.
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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.

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