2017 : Castles & Legends - Munich to Budapest

Tour cities & fairy-tale castles

Discover Munich's charming Marienplatz. Delight in whimsical Neuschwanstein, the real-life castle that inspired Walt Disney. Hear the sounds of music-from Mozart to the von Trapps-in Salzburg. Be dazzled by Vienna and Budapest. This 12-day cruisetour enhances your Danube Waltz Passau to Budapest cruise with a pre-cruise visit to Munich and Salzburg, cities where Germanic culture finds its most joyful expression. It's like having dessert first-a sweet start to a travel feast.

All This Is Included

  • 12-day cruisetour (8-day cruise) visiting 5 countries, 7 ports & 2 additional cities by land
  • 2 nights each at the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel & Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt, Salzburg (or similar)
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 10 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian & Hungarian classics; attend lectures on Mozart & Viennese coffeehouses; learn some basics of the German language; find out how Austrians make their apple strudel
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Multiple dining venues with open seating
  • Most al fresco dining on Europe's rivers
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Organic herb garden
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Munich, Germany


    Arrive in Munich, the historic capital of German Bavaria. Transfer from the airport to your hotel, then take some free time to get acquainted with the city on your own. Perhaps You'll browse the main square, Marienplatz.

    Day 2 - Munich, Germany


    Today's full-day tour takes you to two of the region's most spectacular palatial treasures built by one of Bavaria's most celebrated monarchs, King Ludwig II. Begin with a drive into the countryside, where you will visit the famed castle of Neuschwanstein. This fairy-tale fortress was built by Ludwig as homage to composer Richard Wagner. Then, continue to Linderhof Palace, said to have been inspired by the Palace of Versailles despite its relatively small size. (B)

    Day 3 - Munich, Germany & Salzburg, Austria


    Explore Munich this morning on a guided city tour. See Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavarian rulers, the broad Maximilianstrasse, lined with impressive neo-Gothic buildings, monuments, high-end shops and the Bavarian State Opera. Observe the famous Glockenspiel at Marienplatz, and experience the gastronomic joy of the Viktualienmarkt, these days a gourmet market renowned for its diversity and size. After lunch, you will continue to Salzburg, the revered birthplace of Mozart and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

    Day 4 - Salzburg, Austria


    During a morning walking tour of Salzburg, you will see the place of Mozart's birth. Then, continue to the Alter Markt, Salzburg's oldest marketplace, dating from the 13th century. On Cathedral Square, see the impressive Salzburg Cathedral and the statue of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by allegoric figures on four sides, as well as St. Peter's Abbey and Salzburg's famous Festival Halls, where international stars of opera, concert and theater have performed during the Salzburg Festival for nearly a century. The afternoon is free to continue exploring on your own. (B)

    Day 5 - Salzburg, Austria & Passau, Germany


    This morning, see the most renowned sites where The Sound of Music was filmed, including the gardens at Mirabell Palace, where the Pegasus Fountain and a now-famous stairway played a role in the song "Do-Re-Mi." You will also see Nonnberg Abbey, Leopoldskron Palace, Hellbrunn Palace, and Mondsee Cathedral, where Maria and Baron von Trapp's wedding was filmed. Continue to Passau, where the Inn and Ilz Rivers meet the Danube, to embark your ship.

    Day 6 - Passau, Germany


    Today you will take a walking tour of this elegant town, called the Dreiflussestadt ("City on Three Rivers"), which is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. 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.? This afternoon, you are free to explore Passau. See the sights and experience the local culture, or simply relax aboard your ship before departure. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Linz, Austria


    Arrive in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Ceský 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 cafes, shops, galleries and pubs. Maybe stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants. Return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)

    Day 8 - Melk & Durnstein, Austria


    This morning, visit the 900-year-old abbey at Melk, a Benedictine monastery that began life as a castle of Leopold II. See its spectacular wall and ceiling frescoes; take note of the library's comprehensive medieval manuscript collection; and admire the graceful spiral staircase. After lunch aboard your ship, we stop at the picturesque Wachau Valley town of Durnstein, where you can explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 - 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," 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - Bratislava, Slovakia


    After an afternoon arrival, you embark on a walking tour of Slovakia's charming capital to see attractions like the medieval fortifications at Michael's Tower, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. You also pass by several baroque palaces from the Hapsburg Dynasty before you return to your ship and depart late tonight. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 - Budapest, Hungary


    Today we 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 aboard your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Art Nouveau Gellert 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 12 - 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. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Hermod

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Munich  
    Day 2Munich  
    Day 3Munich  
    Day 4Salzburg  
    Day 5Salzburg  
    Day 6Passau  
    Day 7Linz  
    Day 8Melk  
    Day 9Vienna  
    Day 10Bratislava  
    Day 11Budapest  
    Day 12Budapest  
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