2017 : Castles & Legends - Budapest to Munich

Tour cities & fairy-tale castles

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

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 - 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; if your arrival schedule permits, join an organized walk to Budapest's famous covered market in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D)

    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 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 dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia


    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 our late departure. (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. 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Passau, Germany & Salzburg, Austria


    Disembark and transfer to Salzburg today. Along the way, see the most renowned sites where The Sound of Music was filmed, including Mondsee Cathedral, where Maria and Baron von Trapp were married, Hellbrunn Palace, Leopoldskron Palace, Nonnberg Abbey and, of course, the gardens at Mirabell Palace, where the Pegasus Fountain and a now-famous stairway played a role in the song "Do-Re-Mi." This afternoon, check into your hotel in Salzburg, the revered birthplace of Mozart and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Day 9 - 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 10 - Munich, Germany


    This morning, transfer to Munich, the historic capital of German Bavaria. After lunch on your own, spend the afternoon exploring the city with your guide. 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.

    Day 11 - 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 12 - Munich, Germany


    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.*

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

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