This Beautiful Danube River cruise, from Berlin to Budapest will last 12 days (8 days on the river, 2 nights in Berlin and Dresden). This river cruise will take through cities in Germany to Vienna Austria and on to Hungary.
Experience priceless historic treasures including Berlin’s Museum Island, Wittenberg’s Castle Church, Dresden’s Green Vault.
Meals included on board & ashore: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
Organic herb garden
Danube River Cruise
Itnerary and Excursions
Day 1 & 2
Germany’s vibrant capital, Berlin, lies on the flatlands at the confluence of several rivers and lakes.
Arrive at the Berlin airport, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to get acquainted with the city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
See the Reichstag with it spectacular glass dome, the historic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and many other iconic sites. In the afternoon, explore one of the city’s amazing museums, or join fellow travelers on an optional tour of nearby Potsdam with its delightful gardens and palaces. (B)
Birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Wittenberg is encircled by a ring of public parks symbolizing the fortifications of ancient times.
Follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps to view many of Wittenberg’s historic landmarks. Tour inside Luther’s House and St. Marien’s Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his “95 Theses”..
Prior to its World War II destruction, Dresden was called the “Florence of the Elbe” for its wonderful art treasures and beautiful baroque architecture.
Embark on a tour of Dresden, nicknamed Florence on the Elbe.
Drive through the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle complex; enter the Green Vault to see a comprehensive collection of the Saxon monarchs’ crown jewels.
Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome, which survived World War II bombings but collapsed the following day and was later rebuilt.
The town square of Bayreuth exudes a rich and atmospheric medieval air, made more authentic by its small size.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and head for the Franconian city of Bayreuth, known for its Wagner Opera Festival. See the Festival Theater, the Margravial Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Wagner Residence, now a museum. Continue to the former imperial city of Nuremberg, where you will embark your ship.
Nuremberg brims with half-timbered houses and Gothic churches. Remains of medieval city walls stretch some three miles.
Your morning tour of Nuremberg includes a drive to the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and Congress Hall.
You will also drive by the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. Then, visit medieval Nuremberg Castle. Your tour comes to a close with a walk from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Dürer House and on to the Main Market Square of Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls.
Alternately, you can join an optional World War II tour. Visit Zeppelin Field on foot, see Congress Hall and spend time at the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. After, visit Courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice (unless the court is in session) before heading into the historic area surrounded by the city’s medieval walls to explore Nuremberg’s Old Town.
Having escaped major damage during World War II, the picturesque town of Regensburg is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and the oldest city along the Danube.
This morning, meet your 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.
Travel by road to Kelheim then cast off on a ferryboat ride to marvel at the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows.
You will also visit the renowned Weltenburg Abbey, famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050.
You may choose instead to sample some of the excellent local beer on an optional excursion to explore the Brauhaus culture and Bavarian micro brews. Rejoin your ship for dinner. We depart late this evening.
Set at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to elegant colored buildings and graceful arcades.
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 enjoying a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night
Explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate.
This morning, cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taste some local Austrian specialties as you spot attractive riverside towns and castle ruins along the way.
After lunch, explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate.
Visit Gottweig Abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. The splendid ceiling fresco in the Imperial stairwell is one of the largest in the world. Visit the church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture.
Arrive in Vienna after dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening, or you may choose to attend an optional concert in the City of Waltzes.
This capital city of Austria is filled with green parks, upscale stores, theaters and gracious boulevards.
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.
Or, you may join us for an optional excursion to visit Schönbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the “Versailles of Vienna.”
Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to explore Vienna’s elegant architecture and visit its celebrated Museum of Fine Arts; you will also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Ringstrasse. Dinner is served aboard.
Days 11 & 12
Budapest is aptly called “Paris of the East” for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube rivers.
Arrive in Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary and take a panoramic city tour through the more modern Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see
Astounding Art Nouveau buildings, stalwart castles and glittering palaces set the stage for awe-inspiring strolls and long soaks in thermal spas.
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.
Dates for this river cruise on Viking includes
November 15, November 22, December 5, December 12 2017
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