Grand European & Viking Fjords
|Resort:||Budapest – Bergen|
|Operator:||Viking Ocean Cruises|
Span the continent on an epic journey from the cultural riches of Budapest to the pristine shores of Norway. Sail the legendary Danube into Austria’s vineyard-laden Wachau Valley. Traverse the remarkable Main-Danube Canal, pausing to sample Germany’s finest vintages and explore elegant palaces and impressive castles along the Rhine. In Kinderdijk and Amsterdam, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks. Then, sail the North Sea to the seaside village of Skagen, Denmark. Set off for Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes, journeying from vibrant Oslo and history-rich Kristiansand to cosmopolitan Stavanger and spectacularly scenic Flam. Disembark in historic Bergen, a city with deep Viking roots.
Day By Day
Day 1 – Budapest
Budapest is aptly called “Paris of the East” for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube’s waters.
Day 2 – Budapest
Riverside beauty, a vibrant cultural scene and elegant Art Nouveau architecture converge in Budapest.
Day 3 – Vienna
The capital city of Austria, Vienna is lined with green parks, upscale stores, theaters and gracious boulevards.
Day 4 – Vienna
Strauss and Mozart composed many fine pieces in Vienna, Europe’s center of classical music.
Day 5 – Wachau Valley
Amid the picturesque villages and hilltop castles of the Wachau Valley, famous for its wine-growing, lies the charming city of Melk and its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey.
Day 6 – Passau
Set at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to elegant colored buildings and graceful arcades.
Day 7 – Regensburg
Having escaped major damage during World War II, the picturesque town of Regensburg is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and the oldest city along the Danube.
Day 8 – Main-Danube Canal Nuremberg
One of Germany’s most renowned and intriguing cities, Nuremberg is surrounded by 13th-century walls that have many fully intact gates and watchtowers.
Day 9 – Bamberg
Founded in 902, Bamberg remains a medieval-looking city known for its symphony orchestra and specialty, “smoke” beer.
Day 10 – Wurzburg
Wurzburg is home to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 11 – Wertheim
Situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers, Wertheim is a charming town brimming with history.
Day 12 – Middle Rhine Koblenz
On a breathtaking stretch of the Rhine that leads from medieval Koblenz to Braubach to Rudesheim, the 11th-century Marksburg Castle towers over the river.
Day 13 – Cologne
An intriguing mix of old and new, Cologne reveals its Roman heritage in the city layout and ancient ruins that lie scattered through the town.
Day 14 – “Waal & Merwede Kinderdijk
The South Holland village community of Kinderdijk includes a set of 19 windmills and other ingenious technologies built in the 18th century to control flooding.
Day 15 – Amsterdam
Amsterdam, city of charming canals and elegant, gabled houses is a delight to explore. Today, you will depart your river ship and transfer to Viking Sun to continue your Viking Voyage by ocean.
Day 16 – Cruise the North Sea
The North Sea has been central to Europe’s history, from Viking voyages to oil drilling.
Day 17 – Skagen
The northernmost point of Denmark, Skagen is a charming old fishing village.
Day 18 – Oslo
Oslo brims with scenic beauty, Viking history and artistic heritage.
Day 19 – Kristiansand
Kristiansand is a vibrant city with an inviting Old Town and a historic fortress.
Day 20 – Stavanger
Stavanger’s Old Town has Europe’s highest concentration of 17th- and 18th-century wooden buildings.
Day 21 – Flam
Nestled in the breathtaking Aurlandsfjord, Flam enjoys a spectacular setting.
Day 22 – Bergen
Bergen, with its historic Bryggen wharf, exudes the quaint character of a fishing village.