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Danube Waltz

June 4 – 11, 2024

Itinerary

Day by Day Cruise Ports
1 Tuesday, June 4, 2024 Budapest, Hungary
2 Wednesday, June 5, 2024 Budapest, Hungary
3 Thursday, June 6, 2024 Bratislava, Slovakia
4 Friday, June 7, 2024 Vienna, Austria
5 Saturday, June 8, 2024 Krems, Austria
6 Sunday, June 9, 2024 Linz, Austria
7 Monday, June 10, 2024 Passau, Germany
8 Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Passau, Germany

Cruise to enchanting destinations

Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. This 8-day itinerary reveals the best of these places, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.

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. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (Dinner)

* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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Today we see highlights of the hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. 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 dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D)

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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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Today’s highlight is an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. Participate in an exclusive visitor program at Göttweig, created to provide an understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. You may also take an invigorating bicycle ride through the Wachau Valley before returning to your ship. This afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing as we cruise toward Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Wake up in Linz this morning and set off to explore this cultural on foot. Ride along the Danube’s south bank and take in the sights; see the Brucknerhaus concert hall, Linz Castle and the Market Hall, where Mozart wrote the Linz Symphony, followed by a walking tour of the city’s Old Quarter. Alternatively, join a full day optional excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the baroque and Renaissance buildings and the town’s charming streets, brimming with cafés, shops and galleries. Return on board for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)

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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. Admire the New Bishop’s Residence and see the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral; its ornate interior is home to the Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 additional nights in the breathtaking Czech capital of Prague. (Breakfast)

* Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.

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Viking Longship Vilhjalm

Vilhjalm – Name of Norman Rulers

Vilhjalm Langaspjót, or William I Longsword as he is also known, was the half brother of Kadlin and the son of “Rolf the Ganger,” a Viking chief and first Duke of Normandy. Following in his famous father’s footsteps, William ruled Normandy from 927 until 942.

Deck Plan

Ship Features

Staterooms

Our purpose-built ships offer a wide variety of staterooms for your selection. From Veranda Staterooms to the abundance of extra perks and amenities in our spacious Explorer Suites, there is no finer way to travel. And whichever stateroom you choose, you will find it beautifully designed in the understated elegance for which Viking is known.

Explorer Suite (ES)

Explorer Suite (ES)

Stateroom size: 445 sq ft (includes private veranda)
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Veranda Suite (AA)

Veranda Suite (AA)

Stateroom size: 275 sq ft (includes private veranda)
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Veranda Stateroom (A, B)

Veranda Stateroom (A, B)

Stateroom size: 205 sq ft (includes private veranda)
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French Balcony Stateroom (C, D)

French Balcony Stateroom (C, D)

Stateroom size: 135 sq ft
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Standard Stateroom (E, F)

Standard Stateroom (E, F)

Stateroom size: 150 sq ft
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Onboard Dining

The Restaurant

The Restaurant

Enjoy a multicourse meal featuring regional cuisine and always available classics in the Restaurant, an upscale dining venue with panoramic windows with ever-changing views.
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Aquavit Terrace®

Aquavit Terrace®

Located at the bow of the ship, the Aquavit Terrace is a casual outdoor space where your destination is your dining room. Serving both breakfast and lunch, it provides the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers.
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Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.
Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Pre: Budapest

Pre: Budapest

Explore Hungary’s legendary capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Castle District, venture across the Danube along the Chain Bridge and indulge in some delightful local cuisine.
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Post: Prague

Post: Prague

Discover the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Tour Hradčany Castle, visit the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and stroll along Charles Bridge.
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Standard Stateroom (E, F)
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  • Stateroom size: 150 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window
  • 12 PM Embarkation
  • 3 PM stateroom access
  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring a selection of live TV channels, complimentary Movies On Demand and in-house programming
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Private bathroom with accessible shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator
  • Individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Standard Stateroom (E, F) in our 360° Tour
Veranda Stateroom (A, B)
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  • Stateroom size: 205 sq ft (includes private veranda)
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to full-size veranda
  • 12 PM Embarkation
  • 3 PM stateroom access
  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring a selection of live TV channels, complimentary Movies On Demand and in-house programming
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator
  • Individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Veranda Stateroom (A, B) in our 360° Tour
French Balcony Stateroom (C, D)
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  • Stateroom size: 135 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door)
  • 12 PM Embarkation
  • 3 PM stateroom access
  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring a selection of live TV channels, complimentary Movies On Demand and in-house programming
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers (upon request)
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator
  • Individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the French Balcony Stateroom (C, D) in our 360° Tour
Guest Services

Our onboard Guest Services is always open and can assist you with any questions. You can also drop off any cards or letters for mailing; if postage is required, a fee equal to this will be added to your shipboard account.

Shop

Forget to bring something? Looking for a gift or memento? The onboard shop near Guest Services has everything you need to make your voyage comfortable and convenient, plus signature Viking keepsakes including books, clothing and jewelry.

The Restaurant

Enjoy a multicourse meal featuring regional cuisine and always available classics in the Restaurant, an upscale dining venue with panoramic windows with ever-changing views.

Veranda Suite (AA)
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  • Stateroom size: 275 sq ft (includes private veranda)
  • River-view suite with full-size veranda off a spacious, separate sitting room, and French Balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door) in sleeping quarters
  • 12 PM Embarkation
  • 12 PM priority stateroom access
  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring a selection of live TV channels, complimentary Movies On Demand and in-house programming
  • Additional flat-screen TV in sitting area
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator
  • Individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate
  • Binoculars
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary laundry & shoe shine services
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Complimentary Viking Air Plus (US & CA only)
  • View the Veranda Suite (AA) in our 360° Tour
Explorer Suite (ES)
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  • Stateroom size: 445 sq ft (includes private veranda)
  • River-view suite with private wraparound balcony offering 270-degree views off a spacious, separate sitting room, and French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door) in sleeping quarters
  • 12 PM Embarkation
  • 12 PM priority stateroom access
  • Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring a selection of live TV channels, complimentary Movies On Demand and in-house programming
  • Additional flat-screen TV in sitting area
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator
  • Individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate
  • Binoculars
  • Personal coffee machine with premium coffee & tea selections
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary in-room breakfast service
  • Complimentary laundry & shoe shine services
  • Silver Spirits beverage package included
  • Private arrival/departure transfer in destination
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Complimentary Viking Air Plus (US & CA only)
  • View the Explorer Suite (ES) in our 360° Tour
Aquavit Terrace®

Located at the bow of the ship, the Aquavit Terrace is a casual outdoor space where your destination is your dining room. Serving both breakfast and lunch, it provides the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers.

The Library

Tucked in a quiet corner, the onboard Library offers a selection of titles carefully curated by premier London bookseller Heywood Hill. Choose a book and settle in for a good read that is sure to inform and inspire you during your journey; we only ask that you please return your selections at the end of your journey.

The Lounge

Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, The Lounge is peaceful, serene and casual. Settle in with a cocktail from The Bar and watch the scenery pass by as you compare notes about the day’s discoveries with new friends.

Herb Garden

These “green” ships, feature an organic herb garden.

Sun Deck

On top of the ship, take in 360-degree views as you relax on the Sun Deck. Exercise en plein air on our walking track. And enjoy the fragrances of our onboard herb garden, harvested daily by the culinary staff and infused in our authentic regional dishes. For safety reasons, guest access to the Sun Deck is restricted during lock transits and when the ship is sailing under low bridges.

Walking Track

Enjoy sunshine and fresh air while you take in 360-degree views of the scenery on the walking track.

EXTEND YOUR CRUISE WITH 2 NIGHTS IN BUDAPEST

Explore Hungary’s legendary capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Castle District, venture across the Danube along the Chain Bridge and indulge in some delightful local cuisine.

Central Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary
Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary
Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary
Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian goulash
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Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, Hungary

Day 1 – Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, then transfer to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax and sample some Hungarian cuisine. A Viking Host is available to help you plan your time in Budapest so you can make the most of your visit.

National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary

Day 2 – Budapest

You have a full day to enjoy some of the sights and attractions of this beautiful city. Cross the Danube via the famous Chain Bridge and walk through Pest, perhaps pausing to do some shopping along Váci Street. Or enjoy the hillier Buda neighborhoods, tour the Hungarian National Gallery or relax at one of the city’s elegant thermal spas. (Breakfast)

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Day 3 – Budapest

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to your ship in the afternoon. (Breakfast)

Your Accommodations

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Intercontinental Hotel Budapest

Overlooking the Danube River and offering stunning views over the Parliament building, the Intercontinental Hotel Budapest is located in close proximity to the castle district. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed and the on-site spa offers soothing relaxation therapies and sauna. The hotel’s Arz restaurant serves upscale Lebanese fare.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 2 hotel nights in Budapest (as shown or similar)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Services of a Viking Host
  • All transfers

 

UPGRADE TO OUR PREMIUM HOTEL:
The award-winning Four Seasons Gresham Palace is located by the Chain Bridge in the heart of Budapest. This hotel is a stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture, with a sweeping staircase, stained glass, mosaics and ironwork. This Premium experience includes a guided small-group walking tour so you can explore the city intimately.

NOTE: Extension is not available on all departure dates; confirm availability & seasonal pricing when booking. Pricing may vary by departure or activity date. Activity order may vary. Accommodations are subject to change depending on availability; if advertised hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be confirmed.

EXTEND YOUR CRUISE WITH 3 NIGHTS IN PRAGUE

Discover the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Tour Hradčany Castle, visit the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and stroll along Charles Bridge.

Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic
Jewish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic
Stained glass, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
St. Wenceslas, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic

Day 1 – Prague

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own and sample some of the hearty local cuisine. A Viking Host is available to help you plan your time in Prague so you can make the most of your visit.

Old Town Square, Prague

Day 2 – Prague

Set out on a panoramic tour of Prague, including a guided walk through Prague Castle. Few cities embody the past as authentically as Prague, the Czech Republic’s atmospheric capital that clings to its history with unwavering passion. Prague’s medieval architecture is its most prominent, but the city is also a rich repository of Romanesque, baroque and art nouveau buildings that stir the imagination. Later, enjoy free time to visit some of the city’s landmarks or museums. (Breakfast)

Astronomical Clock, Prague

Day 3 – Prague

Spend the day further exploring Prague on your own. See more of the Old Town or check out some of Prague’s more modern sights such as the Frank Gehry–designed Dancing House, an office building inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Cross Charles Bridge, see the Astronomical Clock and the Lennon Wall, and stand in historic Wenceslas Square. Stroll past the colorful cottages on Golden Lane, or visit the Jewish Quarter and see the 13th-century Altneuschul, Europe’s oldest active synagogue. (Breakfast)

Charles Bridge, Prague

Day 4 – Prague

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to your ship to begin your river cruise. (B)

Your Accommodations

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Corinthia Hotel Prague

Located minutes from cultural highlights such as Old Town Square and the National Museum, this contemporary hotel offers guests an opportunity to relax at the tranquil day spa while enjoying sweeping views of the city from the 26th-floor pool. Guests can also indulge in one of five dining options, which specialize in Eastern European delicacies.

ALL THIS IS INCLUDED:
  • 3 hotel nights in Prague (as shown or similar)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts (B)
  • 1 guided tour: Prague City Tour
  • Services of a Viking Host
  • All transfers
 

UPGRADE TO OUR PREMIUM HOTEL:
Located a five-minute walk from Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Wallenstein Gardens, the historic Augustine Hotel Prague boasts a connected, still-active Augustine monastery complete with 13th century library. This Premium experience includes a guided small-group walking tour so you can explore the city intimately.

NOTE: Extension is not available on all departure dates; confirm availability & seasonal pricing when booking. Pricing may vary by departure or activity date. Activity order may vary. Accommodations are subject to change depending on availability; if advertised hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be confirmed.