Amsterdam, Netherlands (Day 1)
A center of European commerce since the 15th century, Amsterdam is a lively city of canals, museums and entertainment. Perhaps you'll choose to explore this Dutch capital by canal boat. Visit the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmseum, with its collections of Flemish masterpieces.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Attractions & Activities - Life in Amsterdam is centered on its many canals. So the best way to see the city is aboard a glass-topped canal boat, gliding through the town center. Discover the elegant merchant mansions and rows of waterside warehouses, which once housed the riches brought from the Far East. Look for the 17th-century "Skinny Bridge" and Amsterdam's narrowest house as you make your way past beautiful old churches to the Anne Frank House. Journey by the Jordaan, the old French Quarter that is now a popular artists' haunt with a wide assortment of cafés, antique shops, boutiques and galleries.
Visit the world's largest flower auction in the city of Aalsmeer. Visit a Delft Blue Pottery factory to observe the fascinating process of transforming a shapeless piece of clay into a beautiful work of art. Then tour the Hague, seat of government for all the Netherlands. Head out to the countryside to see the quaint windmills in the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans. Stop by the Rembrandt House, home to Rembrandt from 1639 to 1660. Inside is a collection of his engravings and drawings, as well as some of his personal belongings.
Past guest discount $200 per person if sailed within the last year
Past guest discount of $100 per person if sailed over 1 year.
FREE AIR (from major gateways) if booked by June 30th: $500 per person deposit
Kinderdijk Windmills, Netherlands (Day 2)
Sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour 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 an actual working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarter.
Cologne, Germany (Day 3)
The largest city on the Rhine, its commercial importance was already established as long ago as the Middle Ages. In the time of the Roman Empire, Cologne was the most important trading and manufacturing centre north of the Alps.
Cologne, Germany - Attractions & Activities - Founded by the Romans, Cologne is more than 2,000 years old. Its Gothic cathedral, which dominates the skyline, is a top attraction. Construction took place over a 600-year period, and the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toast the town with Kolsch, Cologne's own beer style.
Koblenz, Germany (Day 4)
This 2,000-year-old city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. History buffs can explore the Neoclassical Residence Schloss, the Prince Elector´s palace; the Deusches Eck, a settlement founded by the German Order of Knights in 1216; and Ehrenbreitstein, the oldest fortress in Europe.
Rhine River (Day 4)
The Rhine River is a waterway of western Europe, and is culturally and historically one of the great rivers of the continent and among the most important arteries of industrial transport in the world. It flows from two small headways in the Alps of east-central Switzerland north and west to the North Sea, into which it drains through the Netherlands.
Bamberg, Germany (Day 7)
Described as probably Germany´s most beautiful city, Bamberg offers a treasure trove of Germany´s finest art and examples of Europe´s greatest architecture styles - Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Founded in 902, Bamberg remains a medieval-looking city known for its symphony orchestra and specialty "smoke" beer. Bamberg was also the first site in Germany of lithographic printing featuring movable type. The city's winding streets are filled with baroque patrician houses as well as the breathtaking 11th century cathedral of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II, which houses his tomb as well as that of Pope Clement II. Tour the 16th century Alt Residenz (Old Residence) and the 17th century Neue Residenz (New Residence), both of which were bishop's houses.
Main Danube Canal, Germany (Day 7)
Since the opening of the Main-Danube Canal in 1992, the Danube now forms part of the transcontinental Rhine-Main-Danube Waterway that allows vessels to travel 2,200 miles from Rotterdam on the North Sea to the port of Sulina on the Black Sea.
Regensburg, Germany (Day 9)
Regensburg (German Ratisbon) is a city in Bavaria in the southeast of Germany at the confluence of the Danube and the Regen Rivers. For a time, Albertus Magnus was the bishop of Regensburg. The fourteenth-century Reichssaal in the town hall was the site of the Imperial Diet between 1663 and 1806. But Regensburg was devastated by French troops in 1809, and was ceded back to Bavaria in 1810. Regensburg's impressive medieval architecture survived the French assault, however, and much of it still stands, including the twelfth-century Steinerne Brcke (stone bridge) across the Danube and the Cathedral of Saint Peter (1275-1524). St. Emmeram's, a ninth-century Romanesque church, was significantly remodeled in the eighteenth century. St. Emmeram's Abbey in 1812 became the palace of the princes of Thurn and Taxis.
Regensburg, Germany - Attractions & Activities - The most striking view of this unspoiled medieval gem is from its 12th-century bridge, 1,014 feet long. Wander through the city's winding cobblestone streets to the historic market square. Many stop for refreshment at the "Wurstkuche" - serving sausages and beer for more than 800 years!
Passau, Germany (Day 10)
One of Germany´s oldest and most beautiful cities, Passau is ideally located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers. This city, with its charming cobblestone streets and graceful arcades, is perfect for exploring. Begin with the impressive St Stephan´s Cathedral. Beneath its lavish interior is one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
Passau, Germany - Attractions & Activities - Set at the confluence of Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to charming cobblestone streets, elegantly colored building facades, and graceful arcades. Passau's baroque St. Stephan's Cathedral houses the world's largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes, which is still used for concerts today.
Melk (Day 11)
Set amidst an important wine-growing region with picturesque villages and hilltop castles, the charming city of Melk lies at the confluence of the Danube and Melk Rivers at the base of the Wachau Valley. An imposing 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a breathtaking example of baroque architecture, overlooks the town from its dramatic hilltop location. This architectural treasure has 365 windows, one for each day of the year. Its beautiful library houses medieval manuscripts and marvelous frescoes by Paul Troger, and its meticulously kept grounds are inviting and picturesque.
Wachau Valley, Austria (Day 11)
The Wachau Valley is a stretch of the Danube River between Melk and Krems in Lower Austria. It has been peopled since prehistoric times. How do we know this? Because its surrounding mountains contains traces of millennia of civilization, from agricultural use to architecture including villages, castles and monasteries, particularly dating from medieval times. Melk Abbey is rich in art and history and is a good place to start. Another way to see the area is by boat cruise down the Danube, seeing the many villages unfold as you round each bend in the river.
Krems (Day 11)
Krems an der Donau is the eastern gateway to the Wachau Valley, one of Europe's loveliest river landscapes. It is also one of the oldest cities in the land. This history extending back more than a thousand years is evident everywhere - in the streets and squares, in the old monasteries and churches, in the town houses and fortifications. The historical center of Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Over the centuries, builders and architects have created a unique city'scape here that has been lovingly cared for and preserved. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1975 Krems was singled out as a "Model City for Historical Preservation" and in 2000 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. With all this history, you might think that the city is dominated by the past. In reality, Krems is very open to modern life: Contemporary art and culture play an important role here, adding variety and energy to public areas throughout the city.
Vienna, Austria (Days 12, 13)
A wealth of treasures await you in Vienna - one of Europe´s most dynamic cities. A center of classical music, art, theater, and history, Vienna is the city of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sacher Torte, and the famous Vienna Boys´ Choir. A number of excursions allow you to capture the spirit of this elegant city.
Vienna, Austria - Attractions & Activities - Any visitor to Vienna should be sure to stop in one of the city's famous cafes to taste the delectable Sacher Torte. Noted landmarks include the impressive Hofsburg Palace, Vienna Opera House, and lavish Schonbrunn Palace, the preferred residence of the Hapsburgs.
Budapest, Hungary (Days 14, 15)
This enchanting and exotic capital of Hungary straddles the banks of the Danube and is divided into two distinct parts, traditional Buda and more modern Pest. Budapest is aptly called "Paris of the East," for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube's waters.
Budapest, Hungary - Attractions & Activities - The old city features amazing examples of architecture such as Buda Castle, the baroque Parliament building, Chain Bridge and Matthias church, where the coronation ceremonies of Hungarian Kings were held. Gellert Hill, high above the city, offers not-to-be missed views.
Everyone can find their choice of sports in Budapest. The most popular place in Budapest for sports is the Margaret Island - even the Prime Minister of Hungary is often seen jogging on some early mornings with his entourage. Hungarians have always been avid sports people: during the history of the summer Olympics, Hungarians have brought home 460 medals, of which 158 are gold. The top events in which Hungarians have excelled are fencing, swimming, canoeing, wrestling and track & field sports. Their affinity to water sports is unmistakably due to the presence of the Lake Balaton and the Danube, which have provided ample practice grounds since the beginning of times. Beside classic sports, recreational modern sports such as bowling, pool billiard, darts, go-carting, wakeboarding and squash are very popular in Budapest, and extreme sports are also gaining ground.
Cruise Fare $6,874.00 per person
- Stateroom size: 205 sq. ft.
- Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda
French Balcony: D
Cruise Fare $5,774.00 per person
- Stateroom size: 135 sq. ft.
- Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony
Cruise Fare $5,124.00 per person
- Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
- Half-height picture window
Viking Cruises - Grand European Tour 15-Day / 14-Night European River Cruise
Nuremberg, Germany (Day 8)
The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremburg is filled with gothic churches and traditional half-timbered houses. Although nearly destroyed during World War II, the protective city walls still feature some of the ancient moats, tall watchtowers and grand gateways. Nuremberg was long known for its metal and toy craftsmanship, and the city's modern historical significance can be traced to its role as the location for the post-World War II war crimes trials of the Nazis at the Palace of Justice. These trials were immortalized in the 1961 film, Judgment at Nuremberg.
Nuremberg, Germany - Attractions & Activities - Take a walk around the 13th-century city walls, complete with moats, watchtowers, and gateways.
Wurzburg, Germany (Day 6)
Surrounded by Franconian vineyards, Wurzburg was heavily damaged during World War II, but has since been completely restored. Here is Germany's most pristine example of baroque architecture, the great Residenz, built in 1744 by the Prinz-Bishops. Its sweeping staircase and amazing ceiling frescos by Tiepolo survived wartime bombs. Other landmarks include the medieval statue-lined Main Bridge and the Marienberg fortress, originally a Celtic hill fort and later residence of the bishops. The round 8th century church within the courtyard of the fortress is one of Germany's oldest churches.
Miltenberg, Germany (Day 5)
A quaint Bavarian village, Miltenberg began as a Roman fort on the Main. The Gothic grandeur of its Merchant Hall and many Medieval and Renaissance houses reflect its affluence and cultural wealth. Enticing outdoor cafes, half-timbered houses and a 400-year-old fountain are among the memorable sights you'll see in Market Square.
Departing Amsterdam on Tuesday, July 10th 2018
Visiting: Amsterdam, Kinderdijk Windmills, Waal & Merwede, Cologne, Koblenz, Rhine River, Miltenberg, Main River Village, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Main Danube Canal, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Wachau Valley, Krems, Vienna, Budapest