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  1. Hi-

     

    We cruised from Nuremberg to Budapest with pre-cruise extension in Prague and post-cruise extension in Budapest. Our ship's captain told us that it is preferable to sail in this direction as the ship sails downstream on the Danube. Faster speeds allow for slightly longer times in ports. Our extra time in Prague and Budapest were very worthwhile. Enjoyed the restaurants, concerts, food tours, and sightseeing tours by locals.

  2. Hi Daisy Rose-

     

    We really enjoyed Kuchyn in Prague (it is located in the Prague Castle) and Pest-Buda Bistro in Budapest (right next to the Castle Hill Hilton). At Kuchyn they have an open kitchen and show you each entree and the sides. You tell them what you would like. You are welcome to extra helpings or to try different things. This was a lot of fun. The food was excellent and the price was very reasonable. The menu is in Hungarian and English at Pest-Buda Bistro. The food was delicious and the service very friendly. Excellent accordion player. 

     

    We also did a food tour in Prague in lieu of dinner that was a lot of fun.

     

    Enjoy your trip!

  3. I know it is not a Marriott property but our experience may apply. We stayed at the Budapest Castle Hill Hilton as a post cruise extension of our Viking Danube cruise. I am a long time Hilton Honors member but was told that the points and benefits did not apply as the lodging was arranged through Viking.

     

    I hope you enjoy your trip.

  4. We are looking forward to our Danube River cruise. We will start with a pre cruise extension in Prague and then visit Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Krems, Vienna, and Budapest. I have read that many of the towns and cities have cobblestone streets and we expect to do a lot of walking. Would we better off wearing hiking shoes or are sneakers sufficient? We would like to pack as lightly as possible.

     

    Thanks.

  5. I would second AP Tours. They were excellent and we would gladly use them again. Sarah promptly answered our emails and made sure that we put together the exact tour that we wanted. We had a wonderful tour of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. It was our anniversary and our guide, Roberto, arranged an excellent lunch at a restaurant in Ravello with incredible views.  We made several additional photo stops including overlooking Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and Sorrento. Roberto was very friendly and an excellent driver. We were never rushed. He returned us to port in Salerno with adequate time. Enjoy your trip!

  6. Hi-

     

    My wife and I will be spending several days in Prague pre Viking Romantic Danube Cruise and several days in Budapest post cruise. We have never been to either city and we always enjoy taking a small group guided tour.

     

    Viking offers included shore excursions of each city. I have also researched city tours which I can purchase. The purchased tour in Prague includes lunch and a cruise on the river. The Budapest tour also includes lunch. 

     

    Doing both the included and self-purchased tours seem somewhat redundant. Are the included tours sufficient or are they too cursory and largely traveling on a bus? Should we do the included tours and then explore on our own? Would we better off taking the purchased tours and forgoing the included tours allowing us more free time or should we still do both?

     

     

  7. Viking has added a shore excursion to our Romantic Danube cruise. They are offering a day trip when we are in Passau to Neuschwanstein Castle. There is a one hour flight each way.

     

    Has anyone done this excursion. What kind of plane is used? Is there sufficient time to see and enjoy the castle?

     

    Thank you.

  8. We are looking forward to a Viking Romantic Danube cruise. We have booked the included tour of Budapest for the morning of our arrival. We would like to tour the Parliament building on our own in the afternoon. Which tour would be preferable, 1:30, 2:30, or 3:30 PM? We wanted to allow time for lunch after the morning tour and time to arrive at the Parliament Building.

     

    Thank you.

     

     

  9. My wife and I will are excited about a Viking Danube River Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest in May that we have booked. We have never taken a river cruise before or visited Central Europe. We intend to do a three day pre-cruise extension in Prague. Should we also do a two day post cruise extension in Budapest? The cruise will spend one day in Budapest. The current cost for the post cruise extension is $399 pp.

     

    Thank you.

  10. We were very pleased with Liset Kotor Private Tours.

     

    We had limited time in port but saw Budva, Sveti Stefan, and Kotor. Our guide Daniel was informative and engaging. He had some excellent recommendations for lunch and shopping.

     

    By the way, both sail in and departure offer many scenic photo opportunities and should not be missed. There are great views of the fjord, Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George Island.

     

    Enjoy your trip and enjoy Montenegro!

  11. We stayed at the Alda Hotel. We were placed there by the tour service, Nordic Visitor, that we worked with for our land tour of Iceland. We actually stayed there twice, both at the beginning and end of our tour.

     

    The hotel is modern and clean with comfortable beds. It is conveniently located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, about a twenty minute walk from the Harpa and fifteen minutes from the Hallgrimskirkja. Several excellent restaurants were nearby.

    The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They helped us with a problem that we had with Icelandair reservations. The hotel provides you with a cell phone during your stay.

    There is a nice breakfast buffet which was included.

  12. My wife and I took the Lucky Catch trip several years ago. It was very enjoyable. We learned about lobstering, hauled traps, and banded lobsters. It was a nice trip into Casco Bay with good views of the Bug Light and Portland Head Light from the water.

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