Danube Waltz River Cruise with Alan McKay – April 17-30, 2014 – LESS THAN 10 SEATS LEFT
One of the best ways to see Europe is by boat on a luxurious river cruise. Sit back and relax on the pristine Danube River as you sail through various European highlights. The beauty of a river cruise is that your shore excursions listed below are already included as well as your drinks and meals on the ship! If you have ever wanted to do a river cruise, this one is very affordable for an incredible itinerary!
April 17 - OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE – Fly from your home city to Budapest, Hungary!
April 18 – OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE - Arrive in Budapest and transfer to the deluxe Hilton Budapest (or similar), in Buda’s Castle District. Take the rest of the day to relax and sample some Hungarian cuisine.
April 19 – OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE - You have a full day to enjoy some of the sights and attractions of this beautiful city. A Viking concierge is available to help you plan your Budapest visit. Walk through Pest and do some shopping along the Váci Utca; cross the Danube via the famous Chain Bridge to enjoy the hillier Buda neighborhoods. Tour the Hungarian National Gallery, the Bartók Museum or one of the thermal baths. (B)
April 20 – After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to your ship in the afternoon. Pick itinerary below on April 20. (B)
April 19 – Fly to Budapest for those who opted out of pre-cruise package.
April 20 – 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, you may join an organized walk to Budapest’s famous covered market housed in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D)
April 21 – Budapest – Today we visit highlights of both the older “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest” sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Fishermen’s Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard with the rest of the day to explore on your own—you may wish to visit the Art Deco 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)
April 22 – Bratislava - Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital—the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary—with a long and fascinating history. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Habsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before a late departure. (B, L, D)
April 23 – Vienna – 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 Vienna’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 choose to join an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the Versailles of Vienna, graced by a number of formal gardens, classical statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and the “Roman ruin” erected in 1778. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)
April 24 – Krems & Melk – This morning, we dock at the picturesque Wachau Valley town of Krems, where you can explore on your own, sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region, or take an optional stroll with your Program Director to see the town’s highlights. After lunch on board, visit the 900-year-old abbey at Melk, a Benedictine monastery that was originally one of Leopold II’s castles. See its spectacular wall and ceiling frescoes, note the library’s comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts, and admire the graceful spiral staircase. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)
April 25 – Linz & Salzburg – Awaken in Linz and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg, famous as the location for the film, The Sound of Music. Ride through the scenic Austrian countryside to Salzburg’s Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour featuring the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Hohensalzburg Fortress just above the city center. You have some free time to enjoy Salzburg’s narrow cobbled streets and colorful shops and get lunch in one of the charming cafés, then return aboard for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)
April 26 – Passau - Sail into Passau early this morning as you sit down for breakfast. Join a morning walking tour of Passau’s Italianate Old Town area, passing by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century fortress that served as a bishop’s stronghold for several centuries. After lunch, your afternoon is free to spend at leisure enjoying the sights and sounds of Passau. Board your ship and relax before a dinner featuring German delicacies. (B, D)
April 27 – Passau - After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the Munich airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 3 additional nights in the lovely Czech capital of Prague. (B)
OPTIONAL CRUISE EXTENSION – We transfer you from your ship to the superior first-class Hilton Prague (or similar), overlooking the Vltava River near the historic Old Town and the shopping district. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own and sample some of the hearty local cuisine. This evening, see the city’s monuments, like the National Theatre, Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge, beautifully illuminated.
April 28 - OPTIONAL CRUISE EXTENSION - Begin the day with a panoramic tour of Prague, followed by a free afternoon and evening to visit some of the city’s landmarks or museums. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Prague so you can make the most of your visit. (B)
Optional: Enjoy a wonderful afternoon at Lobkowicz Palace in the Prague Castle for an exclusive look at the art collection, a private concert and an elegant lunch. (This optional excursion can be booked in advance, no later than 30 days prior to sailing. Limited space will be available for in-destination booking.)
April 29 - OPTIONAL CRUISE EXTENSION - You have a full day to further explore Prague. See more of the Old Town or check out some of Prague’s more modern sights like the Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House, an unusual office building inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Walk across the Charles Bridge, see the mesmerizing Astronomical Clock and the poignant Lennon Wall, and stand in historic Wenceslas Square. Wander past the colorful cottages in Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka lived and worked. Or in Josefov, see the 13th-century Altneushul, Europe’s oldest active synagogue. (B)
April 30 - OPTIONAL CRUISE EXTENSION - After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Arrive back in the USA! (B)
Your Ship: The Viking Legend
Launched in 2009, this extraordinary vessel’s state-of-the-art hybrid engines set new standards in efficiency and fuel consumption. The two-room suits aboard this ship are among the largest on Europe’s rivers.
TravelAge West “Editor’s Choice” Award, Best New River Cruise Ship; Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Poll Top River Cruise Ship
Your Host: Alan McKay
Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Huntsville, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons. Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.
Cruise Cabins – Double Occupancy – starting at $2143 (includes cruise, tax and sightseeing listed above)
Airfare: Call for assistance or arrange your own
Optional Pre-Cruise Package – $399
Optional Post-Cruise Package – $699
Deposit Required: $750
Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment – pay by check to avoid it)
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