VIKING RIVER CRUISES
Christmas Markets in Europe CRUISE ONLY: From Passau to Budapest, admire the Wachau Valleys beauty and shop at the delightful Christmas markets along the way.
Why choose Viking River Cruises?
The Thinking Person's Cruise
Vikings intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore and engage with your destination through its food, culture, countryside and customs.
Every detail on board a Viking ship is meant to enrich and enhance your travel experience, helping you fully immerse yourself in the rich cultures you are visiting. From our thoughtfully curated library and the insights of our guest lecturers to cooking demonstrations with our chef and wine tastings of vintages from your destinations, Viking helps you connect to your destination in every possible way.
The Viking Way of exploration takes you deeper, offering behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities. While we include the expected and iconic, such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks, we also go beyond, offering Local Life, Working World
and optional Privileged Access experiences in places otherwise difficult to visit.
Viking Inclusive Value
Vikings fares include more features and services than competitors across our fleet, especially on board Viking Longships. These all add up to the very best value in cruising:
COMPANION FLY FREE OFFER! BOOK BY 31 MARCH 2020
For a limited time, book your Danube Waltz cruise by 31 March 2020 and complimentary return economy class flights from Auckland to Europe for your companion to meet your flight are included. Please discuss options with Our Specialists. This offer will not last!
Your Cruise Fare includes:
• One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
• Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
• Visits to UNESCO Sites
• Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
• Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
• 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
• Port taxes & fees
• Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
Your Stateroom includes:
• River-view stateroom
• Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
• 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
• 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
• Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
• Spacious glass-enclosed shower
• Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
• Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
• Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
COMPANION FLY FREE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD ARE PROTECTED BY THE TAANZ BONDING. *Prices include Companion Fly Free offer. Flights for first passenger are NOT included and are additional to price shown. Both passengers must fly together on all sectors. Our Specialists will book your flights with Viking Cruises, and these will be based on Economy Class from Auckland return. Airline, routing and dates of travel are at Viking Cruises sole discretion. Additional nights accommodation may be required and is additional cost. Stopovers may/may not be required and may be additional cost. More Companion Fly Free Terms and Conditions apply, please discuss with Our Specialists. Cruise is based on various categories & includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Gratuities included. Price includes all discounts. Cruise must be booked by 31 March 2020 to qualify for Companion Fly Free Offer. Companion Fly Free offer and cruise may sell out prior, or be withdrawn at any time. Prices are in NZ dollars & subject to currency fluctuations. Payment is by cash, eftpos or cheque only. QCard & credit card prices on application. Airfares & accommodation may not be available on all services & room/stateroom categories, capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. Airfares are non-refundable, non-transferable, & name changes not permitted. Prices were correct as of 28 January 2020 and are subject to change without notice.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Passau to Budapest aboard Viking Vilhjalm.
Day 1 Passau, Germany
Embark your ship in Passau. After boarding, spend free time exploring, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)
Day 2 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)
†Passau organ concert is only available May 1-October 31 and is closed on Sunday.
Day 3 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 Krems, Austria
After scenic sailing this morning through the Wachau Valley, you will arrive in Krems. Enjoy lunch on board, then depart your ship for an exclusive visit to the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. You may also pay a visit to a local vineyard for a tasting before returning to your ship. Dinner will be served on board as we prepare to set sail for Vienna. (B, L, D)
Day 5 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. Stephen’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 Bratislava, Slovakia
Arrive in Bratislava this morning 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. Enjoy scenic cruising this afternoon as we set sail toward Budapest. (B, L, D)
Day 7 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 on board 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)
Day 8 Budapest, Hungary
After breakfast, disembark. (B)