Danube Waltz: Viking River Cruise
October 19-30, 2019
12 days | 6 guided tours | 5 countries
Escorted by Paula & Travis Stewart
Cruise to enchanting destinations
Start by spending three days exploring the "City of a Hundred Spires" - Prague, in the Czech Republic. Continue on your adventure to admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty from your Viking Longship. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava. Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. This 8-day river cruise itinerary reveals the highlights of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.
|1||October 19||Flight||Overnight flight from Atlantic Canada to Prague|
|2-4||October 20-22||Prague, Czech Republic||3-day visit to Prague, "The City of a Hundred Spires"|
|5||October 23||Passau, Germany||Arrive in Munich, then transfer to your ship in Passau. After boarding, spend free time exploring, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)|
|6||October 24||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)|
|7||October 25||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)|
|8||October 26||Krems, Austria||Today’s highlight is an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. You can choose to begin your day with visit to the beautiful Melk Abbey, followed by a scenic drive through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Leave your motor coach for a walking tour of this historic town before returning on board. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely cruise from Melk to Dürnstein, and free time to explore. After lunch on board, enjoy a panoramic drive through the vineyards along the River Danube. Arrive at Göttweig Abbey, where you will participate in an exclusive visitor program, created to provide behind the scenes understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. After your tour, rejoin your ship in Krems. (B, L, D)|
|9||October 27||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. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)|
|10||October 28||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)|
|11||October 29||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)|
|12||October 30||Budapest, Hungary||After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Budapest, giving yourself more time to explore the bustling Hungarian capital. (B)|
Serene Scandinavian Spaces
Viking has fine-tuned the art of exploring the world in comfort. Viking ships have been thoughtfully engineered by nautical architects to bring the outside in with large, expansive windows. Graceful staterooms and suites are designed for ultimate comfort and serenity, and light-filled public spaces inspire and refresh you throughout your journey. Viking has designed their ships down to the most minute detail—from the light and airy Atrium to the relaxing Viking Lounge.
Sail on the Viking Ingvi Longship
Viking Longship Features
95 comfortable outside staterooms
All Explorer and Veranda 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
Observation Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass windows
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
Ecological 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
Pricing is based on stateroom category selected:
Non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required upon booking.
Full, non-refundable payment is due April 15, 2019.
Travel insurance is highly recommended. Ask your Trusted Travel Advisor for details.
This Stewart Travel Group Tour will be Escorted by STG Co-Owners Paula and Travis Stewart. With decades of experience between them, Paula and Travis are experts at ensuring their clients are extremely well taken care of and have a great trip.
"Please join us - we'd love to have you."
~Paula & Travis