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Danube River Cruise and land
featuring the best of Prague, Vienna, Budapest & more

A 7 night Viking River Cruise visiting 4 countries
 plus a 3 night pre cruise hotel stay in Prague
Cruise dates August 2-9, 2017
Pre cruise hotel stay July 29-Aug 2, 2017

An all inclusive vacation package

Your cruise includes all meals, beer, wine and soft drinks with all meals,
6 shore excursions and all taxes.

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Enjoy a 7 night River Cruise on Viking River Cruises, the leader in River cruise vacations. Admire the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO Site, from your Viking Longship. Learn to waltz at a tradition-steeped Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest, and on your ship. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Český Krumlov and Bratislava. Soak up the soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. This 8-day itinerary reveals the highlights of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, while leisurely cruising through spectacular scenery.

Plus enjoy 3 nights before your cruise to visit the beauty of Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Pre cruise 3 night optional hotel stay in Prague Czech Republic

Sunday July 30th
Arrive on your leisure into Prague, Czech Republic. Transfers are available from the airport to our four star centrally located hotel.  After check in, the rest of the day is at your leisure.  This evening we will have a brief group orientation.

 

Monday July 31th
Today we will enjoy a city tour of Prague and the surrounding areas.
Evening at leisure

Tuesday August 1st
Today is a free day to explore.

Wed. August 2nd – Today we will check out of our hotel in Prague and we will be picked up at our hotel and transported by mini bus for the approx. 3 hour drive to Passau Germany where we will board our cruise ship, the Viking River Cruise Ingvi.

 

 

Highlights of the ship

 

Aquavit Terrace
Revolutionary in concept and design, this spacious outdoor seating area at the bow of the ship is perfect for having a casual meal al fresco, meeting friends for drinks or reading a book, all while enjoying breathtaking views and basking in the fresh air.

The Restaurant
Gaze at breathtaking scenery through the Restaurant’s panoramic windows as you dine on regional specialties and contemporary cuisine. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant, with high-quality table linens, china, cutlery and glassware at every meal.

Ship Features

  • 95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
  • All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
  • Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
  • The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • Laundry service
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • 40" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more

 

All This Is Included on your cruise

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy musical entertainment highlighting Austrian and Hungarian classics; attend lectures on Mozart and Viennese coffeehouses; learn some basics of German language; find out how Austrians make their apple strudel
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

 

Cruise itinerary

Day 1 Wed. Aug. 2nd — Passau, Germany
After boarding, spend free time exploring, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)


Passau Germany

 

Day 2 — Thursday Aug 3rd - Passau, Germany
Today you will take a walking tour of this elegant town, called the Dreiflüssestadt (“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)



St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Day 3 Friday - August 4th — Linz, Austria
Arrive in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český 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 cafés, 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 4 — Saturday August 5th -  Melk, 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 Dürnstein, 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 5 Sunday - August 6th — 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 6 —Monday August 7th -  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 7 - Tuesday August 8th — 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 Gellért 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)


  Beautiful Budapest

 

 

Day 8 - Wed. August 9th — Budapest, Hungary
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Cruise cost: with Category F cabins – picture window: $2850 per person based on double occupancy with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you.

Cruise cost with Category D cabins – with a French Balcony (has a sliding glass door and a railing just outside the door so you can lean on the railing to enjoy the fresh air): $3150 per person based on double occupancy with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you

A $500 deposit is due within 7 days of booking.  This is refundable until February 1st. 
From February 1st to March 31st a $100 penalty will be charged for cancelation and a $400 future trip credit will be granted toward any of our trips on our website in 2017 or 2018. Cancelations after April 1st are non refundable

Balance payments are due April 10th.

 

Optional 3 night pre cruise cost $799 including
* Three nights accommodations in a centrally located 4 star hotel in Prague
*  City tour of Prague
* Roommate assignment of the same gender
* three hour minibus transport from our hotel in Prague to our ship in Passau.
There is no additional deposit required to book the optional 3 night pre cruise stay in Prague.  Full payment for the pre cruise 3 night stay is due with the cruise balance payment due April 1st and is non refundable

 

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