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Grand European Cruise
Budapest View
Tour Dates June 7th - 22nd, 2018 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Dr James Clubine
Pricing from $6,399 CAD
Join us for a relaxing cruise through the most scenic and historic regions of Europe. Imagine fifteen magical days sailing along the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. Enjoy the imperial beauty of Budapest, the dazzling elegance of Vienna, breathtaking landscapes and fine wines of Germany’s Rhine Valley and the old world ambiance of Holland. All from the comfort of your luxurious floating hotel, the newly built ms Viking Lif. It's no wonder this epic voyage is Viking's most popular itinerary.
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Day 1 - Departure Day

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Our wonderful journey begins as we meet our fellow travellers at the airport and board our overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2 - Budapest

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Budapest ViewToday we arrive in Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and capital of Hungary. We transfer to our ship and settle in to our stateroom. The afternoon is free to relax or explore the city on our own. Or, choose to join an organized walk to Budapest’s famous covered market in the three-story Great Market Hall established in 1897. Onboard ship tonight, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Budapest

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Budapest Parliament BuildingsThe Danube River divides the Hungarian capital city into Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east. Today we visit 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, we walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch on board ship. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. Perhaps a visit to the Art Nouveau Gellért Spa, or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” Return to the ship for dinner and evening departure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Cruising Day

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Primates Palace in BratislavaEnjoy a day of scenic cruising as we sail along the beautiful Danube toward Vienna, arriving early this evening. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Vienna

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Parliament BuildingsToday we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna (WHS). 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. We return to our ship for lunch, and the rest of the day is free to further explore at leisure. Or, take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace (WHS), 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Melk Abbey

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Melk MonasteryThis morning we cruise along the Danube through the beautiful Wachau Valley (WHS). We visit Melk Abbey (WHS), a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. We will admire its wonderful frescoes and the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in the library. Afterwards we rejoin our ship and cruise through the dinner hour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Passau

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Passau Aerial ViewWe arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Our guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes us through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. We’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, we are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy lunch aboard the ship, and return to the city for further exploration on our own before departing. We cruise through the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Regensburg

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Stone Bridge, RegensburgThis morning after breakfast, we arrive in Regensburg (WHS) and tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city which contains structures dating back to Roman times. We discover many 13th and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. After an interesting day, we continue cruising along the 'Blue Danube'.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Nuremberg

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Albrecht Durer HouseDuring our morning cruise, we may choose to attend a noteworthy presentation about the European Union. In the late morning we arrive in Nuremberg and after lunch will disembark for a tour. We visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. See the Old Town area as we walk past the Albrecht Dürer House and Main Market Square. We can spend more time exploring Nuremberg on our own, or join an optional World War II tour including the illuminating Documentation Center. Enjoy free time throughout the evening; dinner is served on board. We sail during the wee hours of the morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Bamberg

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Bamberg CityHallToday we enjoy a tour of Bamberg's medieval city centre (WHS). Our walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century. We also visit the picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. We have some free time to enjoy Bamberg and sample some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavoured beer before returning to the ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Würzburg

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Residenz in WurzburgAfter breakfast, we tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz (WHS), one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces. Enjoy lunch on the ship, or join an optional journey along Germany’s "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, which features a turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. We rejoin our ship for dinner and an evening glassblowing demonstration.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Wertheim

Monday, June 18th, 2018

CastleWertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. During our morning walking tour, we experience life in a typical small German town - stop in a bakery or a butcher shop. Learn about Wertheim’s glassblowing tradition, and later enjoy some free time before returning to the ship for lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Middle Rhine and Koblenz

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Rhine and Moselle Rivers MeetThis morning we cruise past hilltop castles along the Middle Rhine (WHS) a stunning stretch of the river. We pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point. The rock is named for a local legend about Rhine Maidens who lured sailors to their doom. This afternoon we stop to visit Marksburg, the only Rhine castle never destroyed. Then we rejoin the ship and travel to Koblenz and dine aboard.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Cologne

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Cologne CathedralDuring breakfast we arrive in Cologne. We disembark for a tour of Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through the Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom (WHS), Germany’s largest cathedral. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront before returning for dinner and an evening departure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Kinderdijk - Amsterdam

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Dutch WindmillsThis morning, enjoy the beautiful scenic views as we sail along the Rhine, or try playing sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Around lunchtime we arrive at Kinderdijk (WHS) and tour this fascinating network of windmills and other ingenious flood management technologies. We return to the ship for dinner, and sail toward Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

This morning we disembark and are taken to the airport for our flight home, where family and friends are waiting to hear about our exciting adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Cruise Information

Viking River Cruises
Ship Name
Viking Lif
Life Onboard

Prices per person (CAD)

Category F$6,399
Category E$6,599
Category D$7,899
Category C$8,199
Category B$8,999
Category A$9,299
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  • Transfers between airport and ship
  • Riverview stateroom on cruise ship
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner during cruise
  • Hot coffee and tea on the ship
  • Comprehensive sightseeing program
  • Shipboard entertainment and lectures
  • Port taxes and foreign taxes
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Extensive and personalized tour documentation
  • Tipping for onboard ship staff

Not included

  • Other beverages
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
  • Tipping for local guides
  • Viking Special Airfare
  • Any airline luggage fees
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