VIKING RIVER CRUISE – OCT. 10, 2018
Cities of Light
2018 Paris to Prague
- From $2,799
- 12 Days
- 10 Guided Tours
- 4 Countries
Sail Europe’s most iconic rivers: the Moselle with its steep vineyards; the castle-studded Rhine; and the Main, lined with quaint villages. Taste legendary Moselle Rieslings. Survey the Rhine from 900-year-old Marksburg Castle. Explore Prague’s Lobkowicz Palace on a Privileged Access tour designed just for us by Prince William. Savor French, German and Czech cuisine. With bookends in Paris and Prague, this 12-day journey celebrates Europe’s most luminous ports.
2-for-1 Cruise & Air from $295
Exp March 31, 2017
Day 1 – Paris, France
Arrive in Paris, the romantic capital of France. Transfer from the Charles de Gaulle airport to your hotel for a 2-night stay.* After check-in, enjoy free time to explore this exciting city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Day 2 — Paris, France
Today’s tour begins with a drive along the Champs-Élysées, past the Arc de Triomphe to the world-famous Louvre. The remainder of the day is yours to experience more of this timeless city: visit a museum, explore Montmartre or take a moonlit cruise along the Seine River. The banks of the Seine, with their graceful bridges and unrivaled city views, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. (B)
Day 3 — Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Today, visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and pay homage to the many Americans who lost their lives during the WWII Battle of the Bulge. See the city of Luxembourg on a guided tour, then you’ll continue on to Trier and embark your ship. Dinner is served aboard. (B, D)
Day 4 — Trier, Germany
Enjoy a morning tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, set on the banks of the Moselle River. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Lunch is served aboard as we depart. Enjoy scenic cruising along the Moselle this afternoon. We dock in Bernkastel around dinnertime. After your evening meal you can take a walk through the town’s cobblestone streets, or join an optional wine-tasting excursion in this famous wine region. (B, L, D)
Day 5 — Cochem, Germany
A walking tour takes you through the quaint Moselle town of Cochem. Then, visit imposing Reichsburg Castle. After lunch you sail the scenic Moselle to Winnigen,
arriving in the evening during dinner. Explore the cobbled streets and cafés, or stay on your ship and hear folktales about the Moselle. (B, L, D)
Day 6 — Koblenz, Germany
After breakfast, disembark in Koblenz for a tour of Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress that was never destroyed. Since its fortifications have remained so intact, stepping inside is a veritable journey back to the Middle Ages. Take in views of the Rhine Valley from this castle’s stunning vantage point. Meet your ship in Braubach, where it has sailed during your excursion. Have lunch and enjoy cruising through the storied Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lined with medieval castles, historic towns and vineyards. (B, L, D)
Day 7 — Heidelberg, Germany
Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 12th century but twice destroyed by lightning and then later rebuilt. A guided walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace is included, as is lunch in a local restaurant. Return to your ship for dinner and departure. (B, L, D)
Day 8 — Würzburg, Germany
Disembark in Karlstadt and take a half-day excursion to the enticing Franconian wine town of Würzburg where you tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. Enjoy some free time in Würzburg this afternoon, or join an optional journey along the “Romantic Road” to the walled medieval village of Rothenburg. Meet your ship in Würzburg and dine aboard. (B, L, D)
Day 9 — Bamberg, Germany
This morning, enjoy scenic cruising along the Main River as you make your way eastward through the Franconia region of Germany. After lunch we stop in the historic town of Bamberg, founded in 902 and an important center of the German Enlightenment. Enjoy a walking tour of Bamberg’s beautifully preserved Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then take time to explore or perhaps sample the town’s famous locally brewed smoky beer, rauchbier. Dine aboard. (B, L, D)
Day 10 — Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, disembark in Bamberg for a tour of the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. See the ruins of Zeppelin Field, Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. Enjoy lunch on your own, then transfer to Prague. Check in to your hotel for a 2-night stay and take time to explore the city and see what you discover. (B)
Day 11 — Prague, Czech Republic
This morning, tour the “City of a Hundred Spires.” A guided walk takes you through Old Town to the famed Charles Bridge. Then, travel to Hradčany for a guided tour inside Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; you can see the Town Hall’s intricate 15th-century astronomical clock, spend some time in historic Wenceslas Square or discover the city’s Jewish heritage in the Josefov Quarter. (B)
Day 12 — Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Prague and discover more of this celebrated city. (B)
The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
- Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruise.
- All This Is Included
- 12-day cruisetour (8-day cruise) visiting 4 countries, 7 ports & 4 additional cities by land
- 2 nights each at the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower Hotel & Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar)
- Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 10 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
- Culture Curriculum®: enjoy a folkloric performance; attend lectures on the European Union & the Main River; learn how to make your own German bread pudding & Rüdesheim Coffee; get to know a local glassblower & his craft
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
- Meals included on board & ashore: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
- Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
- Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
- Multiple dining venues with open seating
- Most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers
- 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
- Organic herb garden
- River-view stateroom
- Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
- Evening turndown service
- Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
- 40″ flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
- Complimentary Movies On Demand
- Security safe
- Hair dryer
- 110/220 volt outlets & USB port
- Direct-dial satellite phone
- Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
- Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
- Premium Freyja™ toiletries
- Open-air walking track
- 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
- Port taxes & fees
- Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Save an additional 3.3%—just pay via electronic check. Ask for details.
PRICE GUARANTEE Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you. 2017 & 2018 RIVER CRUISE AND AIR SAVINGS: Offer valid on bookings made from March 01, 2017-March 31, 2017. 2-for-1 cruise plus FREE air valid on available departures of Grand European Tour, European Sojourn, France’s Finest and Waterways of the Tsars. Air savings varies on other itineraries. Air offers valid on all North American gateways except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. All prices are in US dollars and for US residents only. Additional restrictions may apply. 2017: Book and pay in full by March 31, 2017 or at time of booking if within 90 days of departure, whichever comes first. 2018: Book and deposit by March 31, 2017. Pay in full by June 30, 2017. Offer expires by March 31, 2017.
This is a 12 day cruisetour including two nights in Prague at the Hilton Prague at the beginning of the trip and two nights in Paris at the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower Hotel at the end of the trip. It is an 8 day cruise on the Moselle and Main Rivers. You will visit 4 countries, 7 ports, 4 additional cities by land.
Prices include round trip air from Rochester, NY for a cost of $395 per person. Other cities are available as well.
There is an additional $125 discount per person for a group (minimum of two cabins for a group). This is not reflected in the prices below.
This offer is subject to availability and must be booked by March 31, 2017. There is limited availability for the Standard F category cabins. It is 2 for 1 pricing on the cruise portion, air for $395 per person from many US gateways. There is an additional 3.3% discount if you pay with echeck.
Unlike Uniworld this is not all-inclusive alcohol, nor does it include the gratuities. In Paris, Nuremberg and Prague only breakfast is included (I do have a fabulous restaurant in Prague to take you to — everything is so inexpensive there!). With Viking, however, you can bring alcohol on board that you have purchased in the towns/cities. There is no corkage fee.
Pricing is as follows — other categories may be available:
Standard F category — 150 sq. ft.
$4,099 per person plus $395 air per person
French Balcony D category — 135 sq. ft.
$4,399 per person plus $395 air per person
Veranda B category — 205 sq. ft.
$4,799 per person plus $395 air per person
A deposit of $500 per person is due 72 hours after booking with final payment due by June 30, 2017