B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Mar 13 | Amsterdam | (D)
Arrive in Amsterdam, and then transfer to our ship. After boarding, the afternoon is ours to relax or explore the city on our own. If our arrival schedule permits, we may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door.
Day 2**Mar 14 | Kinderdijk | (B, L, D)
This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. We learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus we will enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night.
Day 3**Mar 15 | Cologne | (B, L, D)
We have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After our tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on our own: There are Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, our Program Director can help us plan your free time. Or join an optional excursion on which we will ascend to the Dom’s roof, enjoying up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; we depart at midnight.
Day 4**Mar 16 | Koblenz | (B, L, D)
Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. After our tour, continue cruising this stunning stretch of the Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point and is named after the legendary Rhine maiden who lured sailors to their demise. Lunch and dinner are served aboard our ship.
Day 5**Mar 17 | Miltenberg | (B, L, D)
The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White. During our sail, we will have the opportunity to learn about the region’s glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration. After lunch, we stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses and Germany’s oldest inn. Join our walking tour that concludes with free time for us to explore. Alternately, depart the ship prior to our morning sail for an all-day optional excursion where we will gain a rare glimpse into noble life, enjoying Privileged Access visits to two very different castles: Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Löwenstein. We sail through the night.
Day 6**Mar 18 | Würzburg | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, instead, join an optional full-day journey along Germany’s picturesque “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Upon returning to Würzburg, we will also enjoy a tour of the Bishops’ Residenz. Before rejoining our ship for dinner.
Day 7**Mar 19 | Bamberg | (B, L, D)
Sail through the morning; after lunch we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our walking tour includes a visit to the Magnificent 11th-Century Cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the Picturesque City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard.
Day 8**Mar 20 | Nuremberg | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg and visit the Ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s; then see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. Alternately, we may take an optional World War II tour that includes the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. After lunch, spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town. Or, join an optional tour to discover the secret network of underground bunkers where priceless art was hidden in wartime. We depart just before dinner.
Day 9**Mar 21 | Regensburg | (B, L, D)
Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the scenic Svir River, traveling the 139-mile “Blue Route” as it takes you southwest from Lake Onega. Stop in Mandrogy and take some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya; (traditional Russian bath house), or you may choose an optional tour where you will witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making (both tours bookable on board only). Continue along the Svir, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake, on your way to the Neva River. All meals are served aboard your ship.
Arrive in Regensburg midday. After lunch, tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. Alternately, we may choose to disembark this morning and drive with our guide to Munich for an optional full-day tour of this cultural and historic city, rejoining our ship in time to enjoy dinner on board before our evening departure.
Day 10**Mar 22 | Passau | (B, L, D)
Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Our guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes us through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. We’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, we are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. Enjoy lunch aboard our ship, and return to the city for further exploration on our own before departing. Alternately, set out this morning with our guide to enjoy a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night.
Day 11**Mar 23 | Melk | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship; cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, we have time to explore the Time-honored Town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or take an optional excursion to a local winery to sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region.
Day 12**Mar 24 | Vienna | (B, L, D)
Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to our ship for lunch. The rest of the day is ours to further explore. As always, our Program Director can help us plan our free time. Alternately, we may choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert.
Day 13**Mar 25 | Vienna |(B, L, D)
Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna. Perhaps see an unrivaled collection of Old Masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, or visit the Albertina. Maybe ride the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Ferris wheel. Alternately, we may join an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” or enjoy a Viennese waltz lesson as well as visiting the palace during a full-day optional excursion. A cup of coffee or tea and a slice of exquisite Sachertorte are a must for any afternoon in Vienna. Later, rejoin our ship and sail for Budapest.
Day 14**Mar 26 | Budapest | (B, L, D)
The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore both sides, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and Historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, we will walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard our ship, with the rest of the day to explore on our own. Alternately, choose one of our optional excursions designed to allow us to delve deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to our ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.
Day 15**Mar 27 | Budapest | (B)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for our return flight.
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of cruise is due on August 30th, 2018. In the event balance payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a service fee for cancellation.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. $100.00 of the deposit is non-refundable due to security deposit for Viking River Cruise.
The cancellation fee will be as follow for Viking River Cruise:
**At the time of application, $100 of the deposit is non-refundable
**November 12 – December 11, 2018: 15% of the cruise full fare per person is non-refundable
**December 12 – January 11, 2019: 35% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**January 12 – February 10, 2019: 50% of the cruise full fare plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
**From February 11, 2019 to departure or withdrawal during the tour shall be shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of the total price, and the request for other service as substitute shall not be accepted.
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