2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Nov 2017

15 Day Grand European Tour

Viking River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Amsterdam

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Read 7 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Viking's 15 Day Grand European Tour. Experience 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland's windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany's fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube...read more

Overview

Operator: Viking
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Budapest to Amsterdam
Tour Code: VKGET_R
Visits: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland
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Day By 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)
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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 Gellért 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)
3

Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of scenic cruising as you sail along the beautiful Danube toward Vienna, arriving early this evening. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B/L/D)
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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. (B/L/D)
5

Melk, Austria

Today, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. See its wonderful frescoes and admire the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in its library. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B/L/D)
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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 lunch aboard your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. We cruise through the night. (B/L/D)†Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.
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Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. Cruise through dinner. (B/L/D)
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Nuremberg, Germany

During our morning cruise, you may choose to attend a noteworthy presentation about the European Union. Then in the late morning you’ll arrive in Nuremberg; after lunch, disembark for a tour. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. See the Old Town area as you walk past the Albrecht Dürer House and Main Market Square. You can spend more time exploring Nuremberg, or join an optional World War II tour including the illuminating Documentation Center. Enjoy free time throughout the evening; dinner is served aboard your ship. We depart in the wee hours of the morning. (B/L/D)
9

Bamberg, Germany

Enjoy a tour of Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and sample some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B/L/D)
10

Würzburg, Germany

After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an onboard lunch or join an optional journey along Germany’s "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, which features a turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an evening glassblowing demonstration. (B/L/D)
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Wertheim, Germany

Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. During your morning walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Stop in a bakery and a butcher shop, and learn about Wertheim’s glassblowing tradition. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to your ship for lunch. (B/L/D)
12

Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine

Today, we cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine; this stunning stretch of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point; the rock is named after a legendary Rhine Maiden who lured sailors to their demise. This afternoon, we’ll stop to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. Rejoin your ship in Koblenz and dine aboard. (B/L/D)
13

Cologne, Germany

Arrive in Cologne during breakfast, then disembark for a tour of Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront before returning aboard for dinner and evening departure. (B/L/D)
14

Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours, enjoying scenic views. Spend your morning enjoying some popular Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). After lunch, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam after midnight. (B/L/D)
15

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. * Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam; take time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, museums and exciting nightlife. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Features

  • 15-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 12 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard Silver Spirits Beverage package: Unlimited wine, beer, premium cocktails, soft drinks, juices and specialty coffees
  • Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy concerts aboard and ashore, ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music; attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland & the European Union; learn how to make your own Rüdesheimer coffee; experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Ship Style: Premium
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
* Source: Viking for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (7)

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Australia
Trip Date: 24/06/2016

“Grand European”

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip along the Danube, Main and Rhine. It was unfortunate that following heavy rain in Europe the rivers were very full and we needed to change ships after four days aboard. While this was an inconvenience to us, we needed to repack and then unpack again once on the new ship, the organisation for the changeover was well thought out by the Programme Director and other crew and caused as little bother to us as possible. Indeed, we enjoyed the chance to travel along roads and see the countryside from another perspective. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew on board and they were so friendly and welcoming. From start to finish the holiday went very smoothly.
We chose to travel with Viking as my English cousin had holidayed with them and was going to take another trip. It also meant that the majority of passengers were from other countries than Australia and gave us the chance to meet other nationalities. Regards booking through Global Journeys, Michelle looked after us all the way. Tickets and information arrived in plenty of time before we traveled and Michelle answered all our questions quickly and courteously. We would be happy to book another trip through Global Journeys. My husband enjoyed the relaxing time on the Vili so much that we are ging to sail along the Murray River in South Australia in 2017.


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Australia
Trip Date: 13/05/2015

“Very high standard cruise”

Viking did everything to make our journey/holiday enjoyable and easy. We lost credit cards but staff were readily available to assist in cancelling cards and obtaining new ones at a stop down the river. Would recommend this cruise to anyone. Standard very high.

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Australia
Trip Date: 21/09/2014

“Would travel with Viking again”

Viking River Cruises were extremely efficient as to the way the cruise and onshore excursions were organised and conducted. We would travel with them again. The most important person for us was Michelle White our Global Journeys travel consultant who was most efficient and helpful in assisting with documentation and advice and we will certainly use Global Journeys and Michelle again.

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Australia
Trip Date: 31/05/2014

“The cruise of a lifetime”

Viking Grand European River Cruise (15 days) was the cruise of a lifetime. All of the staff bent over backwards to ensure our every need was met, the route and included tours provided a fabulous insight into the regions we travelled through, almost every day was another UNESCO world heritage sight.
Yvonne at Global Journeys was great to deal with to ensure everything was in order before we left. We would definitely recommend Viking River Cruises.


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Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Standard Stateroom (F)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Standard Stateroom (E) $ 500
French Balcony Stateroom (D) $ 2,300
French Balcony Stateroom (C) $ 2,750
Veranda Stateroom (B) $ 3,150
Veranda Stateroom (A) $ 3,250
Veranda Suite (AA) $ 4,950
Explorer Suite (ES) $ 16,250

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Upgrade prices can vary depending on the departure date & the month of travel. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote'.

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