River Cruise – Grand European Tour 15 days

2016 Amsterdam to Budapest

Tour Highlights

Imagine 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 Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

DAY 1 | AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House. (D)

DAY 2 | KINDERDIJK, THE NETHERLANDS

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 | COLOGNE, GERMANY

You have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on your own: There are Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; we depart at midnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 | KOBLENZ, GERMANY & MIDDLE RHINE

Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. After your tour, continue cruising this stunning stretch of the Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point and is named after the legendary Rhine maiden who lured sailors to their demise. Lunch and dinner are served aboard your ship. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 | MILTENBERG, GERMANY

The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White. After lunch, we stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses and Germany’s oldest inn. Join our walking tour that concludes with free time for you to explore. Back on your ship, learn about the region’s glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration. We sail through the night to Würzburg. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 | 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. Then enjoy scenic afternoon cruising. Or, instead of touring Würzburg, join an optional full-day 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | BAMBERG, GERMANY

Sail through the morning; after lunch we visit 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 perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | NUREMBERG, GERMANY

After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg and visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s; then see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. Spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town, or join an optional World War II tour that includes the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. We depart just before dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 | REGENSBURG, GERMANY

Arrive in Regensburg midday. After lunch, 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. Dinner is served aboard before our evening departure. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | 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)

DAY 11 | MELK & KREMS, AUSTRIA

After breakfast, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship; cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, you have time to explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | 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 13 | VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna. Perhaps see an unrivaled collection of Old Masters and other spectacular art treasures at the Museum of Fine Arts, or visit the Albertina, with the most valuable graphic arts collection in the world. Maybe ride the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Ferris wheel, or go shopping for high-quality gifts inspired by the turn-of-the-century arts movement. A cup of coffee or tea and a slice of exquisite fächertorte are a must for any afternoon in Vienna. Later, rejoin your ship and sail for Budapest. (B, L, D)

DAY 14 | BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides, 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. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 15 | BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, where you tour Old Town landmarks and Prague Castle. (B)

Fares

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ALL Prices BELOW are Per-Person based on double occupancy.
2016 Check-In Dates
Explorer Suite (ES) Veranda Suite (AA) Veranda Stateroom (A) Veranda Stateroom (B) French Balcony Stateroom (C) French Balcony Stateroom (D) Standard Stateroom (E) Standard Stateroom (F)
Brochure Rate2-FOR-1
Sold Out
$14,899
$7,562
$12,099
$6,162
$11,299
$5,762
$10,099
$5,162
Sold Out
Sold Out
Sold Out
Brochure Rate2-FOR-1
$32,689
$16,457

* Free Business Class Air
$19,899
$10,062
$14,299
$7,262
$13,499
$6,862
Sold Out
Sold Out
$9,199
$4,712
$8,899
$4,562
$32,889
$16,557

* Free Business Class Air
$20,099
$10,162
$14,499
$7,362
$13,699
$6,962
$12,499
$6,362
$11,499
$5,862
$9,399
$4,812
$9,099
$4,662
$32,489
$16,357

* Free Business Class Air
$19,699
$9,962
$14,099
$7,162
$13,299
$6,762
$12,099
$6,162
$11,099
$5,662
$9,199
$4,712
$8,899
$4,562
$31,889
$16,057

* Free Business Class Air
$19,099
$9,662
$13,499
$6,862
$12,699
$6,462
$11,499
$5,862
$10,499
$5,362
$8,799
$4,512
$8,499
$4,362
$31,889
$16,057

* Free Business Class Air
$19,099
$9,662
$13,499
$6,862
$12,699
$6,462
$11,499
$5,862
$10,499
$5,362
$8,799
$4,512
$8,499
$4,362
$33,489
$16,857

* Free Business Class Air
$20,699
$10,462
$15,099
$7,662
$14,299
$7,262
$13,099
$6,662
$12,099
$6,162
$9,999
$5,112
$9,699
$4,962
$31,689
$15,957

* Free Business Class Air
$18,899
$9,562
$13,299
$6,762
$12,499
$6,362
$11,299
$5,762
$10,299
$5,262
$8,599
$4,412
$8,299
$4,262
Brochure Rate2-FOR-1
$20,089
$10,157

* Free Business Class Air
$14,099
$7,162
$11,299
$5,762
$10,899
$5,562
$10,299
$5,262
$9,299
$4,762
$7,599
$3,912
$7,299
$3,762

Deckplans:  Viking Longship Vili | Viking Longship Embla | Viking Longship Gefjon | Viking Longship Ingvi | Viking Longship Aegir | Viking Longship Ve | Viking Longship Alsvin | Viking Longship Egil | Viking Longship Modi | Viking Longship Lif | Viking Longship Mimir | Viking Longship Skadi | Viking Longship Baldur | Viking Longship Gullveig | Viking Longship Skirnir | Viking Longship Bragi | Viking Longship Magni

Available Ships
Amsterdam to Budapest Budapest to Amsterdam
Viking Longship Vili Mar 18; May 13; Jun 10; Jul 8; Aug 5; Sep 2, 30; Oct 28 Apr 29; May 27; Jun 24; Jul 22; Aug 19; Sep 16; Oct 14
Viking Longship Embla Mar 24; May 5; Jun 16; Jul 28; Sep 8; Oct 20 Apr 21; Jun 2; Jul 14; Aug 25; Oct 6
Viking Longship Gefjon Mar 25; May 6; Jun 3; Jul 1, 29; Aug 26; Sep 23; Oct 21 Apr 22; May 20; Jun 17; Jul 15; Aug 12; Sep 9; Oct 7; Nov 4
Viking Longship Ingvi Mar 26; May 7; Jun 4; Jul 2, 30; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 22 Apr 23; May 21; Jun 18; Jul 16; Aug 13; Sep 10; Oct 8; Nov 5
Viking Longship Aegir Apr 21; Jun 2; Jul 14; Aug 25; Oct 6 Mar 20; May 19; Jun 30; Aug 11; Sep 22; Nov 3
Viking Longship Ve Apr 22; May 20; Jun 17; Jul 15; Aug 12; Sep 9; Oct 7; Nov 4 Mar 25; May 6; Jun 3; Jul 1, 29; Aug 26; Sep 23; Oct 21
Viking Longship Alsvin Apr 23; May 21; Jun 18; Jul 16; Aug 13; Sep 10; Oct 8; Nov 5 Mar 26; May 7; Jun 4; Jul 2, 30; Aug 27; Sep 24; Oct 22
Viking Longship Egil Apr 24
Viking Longship Modi Apr 25; May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12; Oct 10 May 9; Jun 6; Jul 4; Aug 1, 29; Sep 26; Oct 24
Viking Longship Lif Apr 28; Jun 9; Jul 21; Sep 1; Oct 13 May 26; Jul 7; Aug 18; Sep 29; Nov 10
Viking Longship Mimir Apr 29; May 27; Jun 24; Jul 22; Aug 19; Sep 16; Oct 14 May 13; Jun 10; Jul 8; Aug 5; Sep 2, 30; Oct 28
Viking Longship Skadi Apr 30; May 28; Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 12 May 14; Jun 11; Jul 9; Aug 6; Sep 3; Oct 1, 29
Viking Longship Baldur May 1, 29; Jun 26; Jul 24; Aug 21; Sep 18; Oct 16 May 15; Jun 12; Jul 10; Aug 7; Sep 4; Oct 2, 30
Viking Longship Gullveig May 3
Viking Longship Skirnir May 9; Jun 6; Jul 4; Aug 1, 29; Sep 26; Oct 24 May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12; Oct 10
Viking Longship Bragi May 14; Jun 11; Jul 9; Aug 6; Sep 3; Oct 1, 29 May 28; Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 12
Viking Longship Magni May 15; Jun 12; Jul 10; Aug 7; Sep 4; Oct 2, 30 May 29; Jun 26; Jul 24; Aug 21; Sep 18; Oct 16

Price Guarantee

Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED

  • 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 wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • 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

Receive $1000 discount off airfare.
Restrictions apply—details below. Prices shown are per person.
For greater comfort, upgrade to Business Class or Premium Economy air—call for details.
*Explorer Suite pricing includes Business Class air.

Add all-inclusive roundtrip air & transfers
Mar-Apr; Nov May-Aug Sep-Oct
BROCHURE FARE VIKING AIR BROCHURE FARE VIKING AIR BROCHURE FARE VIKING AIR
Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. $1,395 $395 $1,695 $695 $1,595 $595
Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Raleigh, St. Louis, Tampa $1,495 $495 $1,795 $795 $1,695 $695
Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle $1,595 $595 $1,895 $895 $1,895 $895

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UPGRADE to Premium Economy air from $795 per person, or Business Class air from $2,995 per person based on select gateways and dates. For Veranda Suite guests, Business Class flights for just $1,995 per person. For more information about customized air services, US gateways and our Frequent Flyer Upgrade Program, visit Viking Air Plus or call the Viking Air Plus department at 1-877-523-0580 between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, between 5:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Pacific time.

AIR OFFER RESTRICTIONS: Special air pricing reflects $1,000 savings per guest. Offer expires August 31, 2015.

Note: U.S. flights depart one day prior to check-in date. Paid Business or Premium Economy Class may require travel in economy on flights within North America or Europe. Premium economy is limited to specific airlines and we may not be able to accommodate based on aircraft type and availability. Roundtrip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruisetour package; if air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers must be in conjunction with a Viking-purchased cruise, cruisetour, land extension or extra hotel nights. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date and include transfers plus all government taxes/fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of air is received.

2016 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: On all sail dates the discount is per stateroom, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement savings are off applicable rates. The 2-FOR-1 cruise and international air discount are considered a single offer. International air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Request offer EBD at time of booking. Offer expires August 31, 2015. Book and pay deposit by August 31, 2015; pay in full by September 30, 2015.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Cruise fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for U.S. residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only as of August 1, 2015, are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers except Viking Explorer Society Travel Credit and Referral Rewards Credit, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. 2-FOR-1 fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Air promotion applies to economy, roundtrip flights only from select Viking River Cruises U.S. gateways and includes airport-to-ship or hotel transfers, air taxes and air fuel surcharges. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your Travel Agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking River Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for fully paid cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

Grand European Tour River Cruise Dates and Pricing – 2016 Amsterdam to Budapest