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15 Day Grand European Tour

Viking River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Amsterdam

Read 7 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Viking's 15 Day Grand European Tour. Absorb the atmosphere of Budapest's Café Gerbeaud and learn the Viennese waltz. Sample the food and wine of Austria's Wachau Valley. Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. ...read more

Overview

Operator: Viking
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Budapest to Amsterdam
Tour Code: VKGET_R
Visits: Hungary, Austria, Germany, Holland
Our Price From:
$ 6,365
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Budapest, Hungary

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. After dinner on board tonight, enjoy an evening cruise on your ship to admire Budapest's beautiful scenery from the vantage point of the Danube River. (D)
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Budapest, Hungary

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, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. You may choose to join us on an optional excursion to experience the thermal springs, restorative natural spas whose waters locals have bathed in for centuries. Or, perhaps select another of our optional excursions designed to allow you to delve deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B/L/D)
3

Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of scenic cruising along the beautiful Danube toward Vienna. As we sail, perhaps join this morning's German language lesson to learn a few key words and phrases. You may also choose to attend an afternoon presentation on Viennese coffee houses. We arrive early this evening. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B/L/D)
4

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 wish to join us on one of the day's optional excursions, perhaps touring Schönbrunn Palace, the "Versailles of Vienna," visiting the Spanish Riding School's famed Lipizzaner stallions, or celebrating a local tradition this evening at a high-spirited Heurigen dinner. (B/L/D)
5

Melk, Austria

Today, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria's finest Italian baroque architecture. See its wonderful frescoes and admire the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in its library. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B/L/D)
6

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. Alternately, set out this morning with your guide to enjoy a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night. (B/L/D) *Passau organ concert is only available May 1 - October 31 and is closed on Sunday.
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Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and 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. Alternately, you may choose to disembark this morning and drive with your guide to Munich for an optional full-day tour of this cultural and historic city, rejoining your ship before our evening departure. Cruise through dinner. (B/L/D)
8

Nuremberg, Germany

Cruise the Main-Danube Canal this morning. Or, instead, disembark in Roth for a short drive to Nuremberg, where you will have free time to explore until lunchtime. After lunch, we will tour the city. 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 you walk past the Albrecht Dürer House and Main Market Square. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional afternoon World War II tour including the illuminating Documentation Center. Dinner is served aboard your ship. We depart late this evening. (B/L/D)
9

Bamberg, Germany

Continue along the Main-Danube Canal this morning, arriving in Bamberg in early afternoon. Enjoy a tour of 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 sample some of the town's distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B/L/D)
10

Würzburg, Germany

Today, enjoy an onboard lunch, then tour Würzburg's Bishops' Residenz, one of Germany's largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, you may choose to disembark this morning to experience an optional full-day journey along Germany's picturesque "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Upon returning to Würzburg, you will also enjoy a tour of the Bishops' Residenz. Rejoin your ship for dinner and an evening glassblowing demonstration. (B/L/D)
11

Wertheim, Germany

Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. During your morning walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Stop in a bakery and a butcher shop, and learn about Wertheim's glassblowing tradition. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to your ship for lunch. Alternately, depart this morning on an all-day optional excursion where you will gain a rare glimpse into noble life, enjoying Privileged Access visits to two very different castles: Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Löwenstein. (B/L/D)
12

Koblenz, Germany

Today, we cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine; this stunning stretch of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river's narrowest point; the rock is named after a legendary Rhine Maiden who lured sailors to their demise. This afternoon, we'll stop to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. Rejoin your ship in Koblenz and dine aboard. (B/L/D)
13

Cologne, Germany

Arrive in Cologne during breakfast, then disembark for a tour of Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and visit the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne's atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you will ascend to the Dom's roof for up-close views of the cathedral's architecture and bird's-eye vistas of Cologne. After, return aboard for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne's spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late evening departure. (B/L/D)
14

Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for an afternoon 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. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam around midnight. (B/L/D)
15

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Features

  • 15-days; 4 countries; 14 ports
  • Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 12 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum:enjoy concerts on board & ashore, from Austrian classics to baroque organ music; attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland & the European Union; learn how to make your own Rüdesheim Coffee; experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • Organic herb garden
  • Open-air walking track
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
  • All prepaid gratuities

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
  • * Airport transfers are included when Viking international airfares purchased and air arrival and departure dates coincide with the first and the last day and destination of the cruise/tour itinerary.

Operator Details

Viking Reviews: (38)
River Cruises on Sale: 39
Gratuities: Gratuities Included, except on Mekong River Cruises
Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals, Drinks Packages Available
Destinations: Europe & Asia

Reviews (7)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Grand European Tour with Viking.
WA, Australia
Jun 2016
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Grand European”
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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip along the Danube, Main and Rhine. It was unfortunate that following heavy rain in Europe the rivers were very full and we needed to change ships after four days aboard. While this was an inconvenience to us, we needed to repack and then unpack again once on the new ship, the organisation for the changeover was well thought out by the Programme Director and other crew and caused as little bother to us as possible. Indeed, we enjoyed the chance to travel along roads and see the countryside from another perspective. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew on board and they were so friendly and welcoming. From start to finish the holiday went very smoothly.
We chose to travel with Viking as my English cousin had holidayed with them and was going to take another trip. It also meant that the majority of passengers were from other countries than Australia and gave us the chance to meet other nationalities. Regards booking through Global Journeys, Michelle looked after us all the way. Tickets and information arrived in plenty of time before we traveled and Michelle answered all our questions quickly and courteously. We would be happy to book another trip through Global Journeys. My husband enjoyed the relaxing time on the Vili so much that we are ging to sail along the Murray River in South Australia in 2017.
NSW, Australia
May 2015
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Very high standard cruise”
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Viking did everything to make our journey/holiday enjoyable and easy. We lost credit cards but staff were readily available to assist in cancelling cards and obtaining new ones at a stop down the river. Would recommend this cruise to anyone. Standard very high.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2014
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Would travel with Viking again”
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Viking River Cruises were extremely efficient as to the way the cruise and onshore excursions were organised and conducted. We would travel with them again. The most important person for us was Michelle White our Global Journeys travel consultant who was most efficient and helpful in assisting with documentation and advice and we will certainly use Global Journeys and Michelle again.
Australia
May 2014
1 Trip
“The cruise of a lifetime”
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Viking Grand European River Cruise (15 days) was the cruise of a lifetime. All of the staff bent over backwards to ensure our every need was met, the route and included tours provided a fabulous insight into the regions we travelled through, almost every day was another UNESCO world heritage sight.
Yvonne at Global Journeys was great to deal with to ensure everything was in order before we left. We would definitely recommend Viking River Cruises.
Australia
May 2014
1 Trip
“Fantastic, everything was taken care of”
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It was fantastic, we didn't have to do anything from the time we arrived in Budapest until we left the ship in Amsterdam. We were met at Budapest Airport, taken to the ship, upon arrival we were booked in. What more can I say from that point everything was taken care of.
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