11 Days | 7 Guided Tours | 5 Countries
Budapest to Bucharest
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Arrive at Budapest airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or do some exploring on your own.
This morning, take a tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated along the Danube, it combines the once separate towns of hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest into a city rich with history. Begin in Pest, where you see the National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda, where you walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (Breakfast)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and relax as we take you to board your ship. Enjoy a final free day in Budapest. Explore a museum; do some shopping; ride the city’s innovative, efficient metro; relax in one of the Art Nouveau spas; or visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. Alternatively, join an optional tour to explore more of Budapest. Return to your ship for a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Arrive in Kalocsa, Hungary this morning and take a guided city tour visiting the town center followed by a short organ concert at St. Joseph Church. Then, you are treated to a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship. Return on board and enjoy your lunch during departure. Dine on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wake up in Vukovar and have breakfast before your excursion to the Croatian city of Osijek. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this area has had several heydays under the Romans, the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs; now, Vukovar is revered for its baroque buildings, parks and monuments. Return on board for lunch and enjoy free time before an early-evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wake up in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Take a guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress, now a stately park; also see the Orthodox cathedral and stop at the Square of the Republic. Enjoy lunch on board your ship before you have free time to explore Belgrade’s gracious architecture or visit one of its many museums. Dine on board your ship or experience some of Belgrade’s nightlife. We depart very late this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sail to Golubac this morning and enjoy an included tour of the Golubac Fortress and admire sweeping views over the Danube. You may also choose to join an optional tour; explore Europe’s first settlement from the Stone Age, or take an invigorating hike to Djerdap National Park. Rejoin your ship in Donji Milanovac for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising as you travel through one of the most picturesque areas of the Lower Danube. The Iron Gate is one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders—a spectacular narrow gorge with enormous white limestone cliffs. Take in your Program Director’s commentary about the region and scenic points of interest as you sail toward your next port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Arrive in the picturesque Bulgarian port of Vidin, and take an excursion to see Belogradchik Fortress, built right into the striking Belogradchik Rocks. See the fortress’s amazing construction, begun in Roman times and greatly extended by Bulgarian tsars and the Ottomans, and enjoy breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; then you have free time to explore Vidin’s city center, Orthodox churches and the ruins of the city’s once-grand synagogue. We depart during dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, disembark at Ruse for a full-day excursion to Bulgaria’s former capital, Veliko Tarnovo. See Tsaravets Hill and the ruins of the royal castle. During free time, shop for local crafts along Samovodska Charshia. Continue your venture to Arbanasi for lunch in a local restaurant and a guided tour of the Nativity Church, with its intricate floor-to-ceiling murals and icons. Return to your ship for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Disembark in Giurgiu and set off by motor coach to Bucharest for a day of exploration. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a tour of Romania’s lovely capital city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. After your tour, proceed to your hotel and enjoy a final evening in Bucharest. (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Bucharest and Transylvania. (Breakfast)
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.
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.
Selected as our Premium hotel for its grand elegance and award-winning service, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace offers panoramic vistas from its prime location. Savor fine Hungarian cuisine or visit the spa and indulge in a pampering body treatment. Your stay includes an intimate guided walking tour of Budapest (average group size 8–12).
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.
Selected as our Premium hotel for its rich history and prime location, the Augustine Hotel Prague offers contemporary accommodations in a beautifully restored setting. Dine beneath the stars in the courtyard or sip on a cocktail in the monks’ former refectory. Your stay includes an intimate guided city tour of Prague (average group size 8–12).
Set in the heart of Romania’s capital, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest is near the historic Old Town, as well as a short drive from the country’s most iconic landmark, the Palace of Parliament. Guest rooms are well-appointed with modern amenities and the on-site restaurants offer a range of delicious cuisine, from fresh sushi to delicious steaks.
Kronwell Braşov Hotel is located in the city center in an area renowned for its cultural offerings. Guests can relax in this spacious and contemporary hotel’s well-appointed guest rooms or indulge themselves at the luxurious on-site spa. Dinner can be enjoyed at the stylish à la carte restaurant Couchette.
*Pre & Post Cruise Extensions are not included in the cruise package. Availability and pricing may vary by departure or activity date.
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The ship’s highly trained chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience. With flavors accented from our onboard herb garden and a wide selection of regional wines, you will find that with Viking, dining is part of the journey.
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.
On top of the Longship, relax on the Sun Deck while you take in 360° views. Exercise en plein air on our walking track. And enjoy the fragrances of our onboard herb garden, harvested by our culinary staff and infused in our authentic regional dishes.