The Viking Europe represents a new generation of ships designed for river cruising, specifically cruising along the waterways of Europe. This ship, built in Holland, offers spacious accommodations and wide open public areas and cozy lounges. Because she sleeps only 150 passengers, you are guaranteed to get both excellent, attentive service and the capacity to have an intimate experience while really get to know some of the other passengers who are sailing with you. All of the comfortable and intimate cabins onboard offer picture windows that allow you to watch the varying lands along the Danube River pass by. There is a lounge and bar on the top sun deck from which you get even better views, and which serve as gathering areas for your fellow passengers to sit and discuss some of the wonderful experiences they'e had on their land excursions.
Viking Europe Destinations
This ship specializes in a tour of the mighty Danube River and travels around the lands once owned by the Hapsburg dynasty. This 14-night cruise begins in Budapest, Hungary, a city with incredible architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Known as the Paris of Eastern Europe, this city rests on an easy bend in the Danube, and features wide boulevards, many parks, and much architecture from the early 20th century, when this city experienced much of its growth. You'l be enchanted by the Castle District, which is a premier destination for visitors and the seat for many of this city most important monuments. It also offers many grand views of the city and the river. Much of this area is walled, and there are two districts within. The colorfully painted houses of the Old Town are charming and there are decorative churches and the well-known Fisherman? Bastion. The hill offers commanding views over the city, and is dominated by seven gleaming turrets (representing the seven Magyar tribes who entered the Carpathian Basin in the 9th century) and a statue of St. Stephen on horseback. Immediately south of the Old Town is the Royal Palace.
Your next destination is Pecs, Hungary, and then you sail on to Novi Sad, which is just north of Belgrade. This is a jovial modern university town, sprinkled with mixes of Hungary and Yugoslavia, and features three good museums and an old citadel fortress that offers views of the surrounding countryside.
Recently known as Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro are next on your journey. The history of war here is still fresh, but there still is much to see in these beautiful areas. Belgrade has been destroyed 40 times by war, yet still is a city with lovely parks and excellent museums.
Between the Wallachian plains and the Carpathian foothills, Bucharest is a gem on the banks of the Danube. Built in the 1980s, Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world (after the Pentagon), and there are many recent structures built during that era, but there also is a wonderful old town with may churches with wonderful frescoes.
Constanta is Romania, second largest port and its second largest city, and serves as the gateway to other resorts. While the beaches here are crowded, a sort of eastern European version of Palm Beach, it is a picturesque city with good museums and charming architecture.
The next stops are Ruse, Romania and Iron Gate, before you sail on to Belgrade and Dubrovnik, where, within the city walls from the 13th and 16th centuries you will find marble and cobblestone streets, towering houses, churches, palaces fountains, and museums. The view from the tops of the towers is unrivalled.
After a night in Bratislav, Slovakia you are off to your final destination in the city of music, Vienna. Well-known as one of the true beauties of Europe, Vienna is strewn with gorgeous buildings, vast edifices in the middle of town, extraordinary museums, Gothic spires, and the Imperial Palace remnants from what once was the center of the Habpsurg Dynasty. Enjoy the many outdoor cafes and open public spaces before heading off to visit the Eisnenweit Caves, the largest accessible ice caves in the world.
Viking Europe Accommodations
Viking Europe offers beautifully appointed cabins with picture windows, private shower and toilet, color satellite television and video, individual climate control, and direct-dial telephone. Arranged over three decks, the cabins on the Main Deck are smaller, and there are three other types of cabin, each varying slightly in size but all offering the same basic amenities.
Viking Europe Dining
While there are countless dining options on your on land excursions, three full meals are sent out each day in the onboard restaurant. Open seating and resort casual dress are the norm in the dining room, and finding new dining companions is encouraged. The well-designed public areas are spacious and include a single-sitting dining room offering international cuisine, buffet breakfast, three course lunch, and four course dinner.
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