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Friday, May 20 - ARRIVE BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, AND BOARD THE VIKING LONGSHIP TOR (OVERNIGHT)
Welcome to Budapest, the 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 Included)

Saturday, May 21 - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Your morning begins with a panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrassy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Drive through Heroes' Square and learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda's Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy brilliant views of the Danube and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament building from Fishermen's Bastion. Rejoin your ship in Visegrad for lunch as we cruise along the scenic Danube River. Enjoy a midafternoon Viennese coffee workshop, complete with apple strudel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

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Sunday, May 22 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA (OVERNIGHT)

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 choose to join us for an optional excursion to visit Schonbrunn Palace, erected in 1778 and admired as the "Versailles of Vienna." This evening, you might celebrate the bottling of this year's wine vintage among the locals at a high-spirited optional Heuriger dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Monday, May 23 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Today, spend time exploring Vienna. You may choose to join one of our many optional excursions, including a panoramic tour of Vienna by bike or an all-day optional excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, filled with lovingly restored baroque city palaces and leafy squares. Perhaps venture to the local Farmers' Market with a local chef. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own or board, after which you may choose to join us for a Mozart & Strauss concert. We are docked here overnight.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

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Tuesday, May 24 - KREMS, AUSTRIA

After breakfast, disembark in Krems and set off for Gottweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns many of the vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in its imperial stairwell, one of the largest in the world. Visit the abbey church, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Alternately, you may instead choose to explore your environs by bicycle, enjoying a ride along a riverside bike path considered one of Europe's most scenic. Afterward, rejoin your ship and cruise leisurely through the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste some local Austrian specialties during lunch on board, taking in views of attractive towns and castle ruins along the way.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Wednesday, May 25 - 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. See the New Bishop's Residence and view the impressive baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy lunch onboard your chip, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, you may instead journey into the countryside on an optional excursion to a local farm where you will have the opportunity to join a festive Bavarian party, experiencing traditional German music and food and tasting locally brewed beer. Or, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to explore glorious Salzburg; visit the Italianate Old Town, see settings from the film The Sound of Music, and enjoy lunch at Austria's oldest restaurant. We cruise through the night
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

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Thursday, May 26 - REGENSBURG, GERMANY (OVERNIGHT)

After breakfast, meet your local guide for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. See one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers, and patrician houses north of the Alps. You also encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter's Cathedral, and several idyllic courtyards. Take time to stroll the streets, shop, or visit Germany's oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstkuche. Lunch is served on board your ship.

 

This afternoon, take an optional excursion to visit Weltenburg Abbey and experience a short cruise through a stunning mountain pass, one of the most breathtakingly scenic bends in the Danube Narrows. Alternately, you may choose a full-day optional excursion to see the highlights of the grand city of Munich or a full-day optional excursion to Nuremberg, one of Germany's most renowned and intriguing cities.
(Breakfast & Lunch Included)

Friday, May 27 - PICK UP GROUP IN REGENSBURG AND TOUR TO MUNICH, GERMANY

Today we leave the river behind us as we travel inland towards Munich. Our 1st stop will be the charming town of Altoetting which has been the home of Dukes, Kings, and Popes over the ages. It is also home to the famous Black Madonna shrine, which people going on religious pilgrimages will visit every year. We continue to Munich and enjoy wonderful views and lunch at the Olympic Tower. We'll enjoy a city tour of the area before we check into our hotel in the city center. The evening is yours to enjoy Munich.
(Breakfast & Lunch Included)

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Saturday, May 28 - OBERAMMERGAU, BAVARIA

Today we'll depart Munich and travel into the Bavarian countryside and visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles. These were the residences of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An eccentric recluse, Ludwig depleted the treasury of his country, building extravagant castles, and died in mysterious circumstances. Neuschwanstein seems unreal in its romantic Alpine setting, and Linderhof is certainly the most elaborate "hunting lodge" you will ever see! In the afternoon, we will visit the fabulous Rococo Weiskirche - it looks somewhat plain and simple on the outside, but just wait until you see the interior! We will end the day and overnight in Oberammergau.
(Breakfast & Dinner Included)

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Sunday, May 29 - OBERAMMERGAU

Today we will attend the famous Oberammergau Passion Play that began in 1634. It will act out with music the last week of the Savior's ministry with a fabulous dinner at intermission. Overnight in Oberammergau.
(Breakfast & Dinner Included)

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Monday, May 30 - MUNICH, GERMANY

Bidding a fond farewell to Europe, we travel by coach back to Munich for our return flight to the U.S.A.
(Breakfast Included)

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