October 1, 2022
Join Our State and experience the charm of Europe as we sail on the legendary Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany.
October 1-9, 2022
Saturday, October 1
This afternoon, meet your Our State hosts at the Raleigh-Durham airport for your flight to Budapest. Settle in for your overnight flight with your fellow Danube Waltz travelers.
Sunday, October 2
On arrival, you will be met by your Viking representative who will assist with your transport to the Viking Longship, your home for the next week. You will have the afternoon to get acquainted with your ship or do a bit of exploring. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.
Monday, October 3
After enjoying breakfast onboard, you will join your fellow travelers on a city tour. We will see highlights of the once separate towns of Buda and Pest, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Herpes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthais church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Art Nouveau Gellert Spa, or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters,” or take a tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner.
Tuesday, October 4
Have breakfast and a leisurely morning enjoying the scenery. Arrive in Bratislava and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital with a long and fascinating history. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Hapsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening, you can relax or take a walk before our late departure.
Wednesday, October 5
After breakfast 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. This afternoon, we will be taking a special tour to visit Schönbrunn Palace, magnificent home of the Hapsburg Dynasty, built to rival the sprawling Château de Versailles. With your guide, drive just outside the city center to the monarchy’s fabulous summer residence. In 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II erected the original hunting lodge here and called it Schönbrunn, meaning “beautiful spring.” In 1775, Empress Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Hapsburgs, added the grand neoclassical Gloriette colonnade so she could have sweeping city views. Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial apartments and grandly furnished rooms where Maria Theresa resided. Learn about her extraordinary reign, which featured many military campaigns and domestic reforms in medicine, education and civil rights. There will be free time to explore the formal gardens.
Thursday, October 6
This morning, you will arrive in the town of Krems, Austria — home to the stunning Göttweig Abbey. This included tour will take you to the working abbey featuring Benedictine monks who live in the high, hilltop setting overlooking the beauty of the Wachau Valley. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on board the ship while taking in views of the castle ruins along the banks of the Danube. This afternoon will be scenic cruising followed by dinner aboard the ship.
Friday, October 7
Wake up in Linz this morning and set off after breakfast to explore this cultural gem by mini-train and on foot. Ride along the Danube’s south bank and take in the sights; see the Brucknerhaus concert hall, Linz Castle and the Market Hall, where Mozart wrote the Linz Symphony, followed by a walking tour of the city’s Old Quarter. Alternatively, join a full day optional excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the baroque and Renaissance buildings and the town’s charming streets, brimming with cafés, shops and galleries. Return on board for dinner and a late-evening departure.
Saturday, October 8
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. Admire the New Bishop’s Residence and see the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral; its ornate interior is home to the Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy an onboard lunch, but return to the city to further explore on your own before dinner.
Sunday, October 9:
Our trip comes to a close. After breakfast, you will disembark and transfer to the airport for a connecting flight home.
For reservations or more information, contact Beth Rackham at AAA Vacations by phone (919) 832-0543 ext. 16012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org