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Viking has two itinerary for the Danube, Romantic Danube and Danube Waltz.  I was wondering how does the itinerary change in December for the Christmas Markets? I assume the markets are at night.  How long do you get to spend at the markets?  Is one itinerary for the markets better than the other? Is adding on before Budapest or Passu a good option (it would be through Viking)?  I went on the Rhine a few years ago and loved it.

 

Is there any options for non stop flight to New England area through Viking?  Thinking December 2021.

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Christmas Markets are open from 10:00 til 21:00 (approximately), starting late November and mostly closing on 23rd. December.

 

Would be helpful if you posted the two itineraries for us to compare?

 

A good cruise would be Budapest to Nuremburg a whole lot of markets there. Budapest as a  pre-cruise stay is well woth the time, Passau although a beautiful town and the most wonderful people (happens to be my home town🍻) can be done in a day.

 

The advantage of ending in the cruise in Passau or Nuremburg is that you are only a two hour drive from Munich Airport - connections to all over the world.

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Danube Waltz - or

          Budapest to Passau

 

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Danube river, Passau Germany

Passau, Germany

Set at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to elegant colored buildings and graceful arcades.

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Viking longship docks at Passau

Passau, Germany

Founded by the Celts more than 2,000 years ago, Passau is one of Bavaria's oldest cities.

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Town of Linz by sunset

Linz, Austria

Originally known as Lentia in its days as a 1st-century Roman castle-settlement, Linz is today's provincial capital of Upper Austria.

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Wachau by the Danube, Austria

Krems, Austria

The crown jewel of the Wachau Valley is the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

The capital city of Austria, Vienna is filled with green parks, upscale stores, theaters and gracious boulevards.

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Bratislava River by night

Bratislava, Slovakia

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is filled with lovingly restored baroque city palaces and dominated by an enormous castle 300 feet above the Danube.

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Parliament Building in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is aptly called “Paris of the East” for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube’s waters.

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Parliament Building in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Riverside beauty, a vibrant cultural scene and elegant Art Nouveau architecture converge in Budapest.

 

 

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Romantic Danube.

           OR Nuremberg to Budapest

 

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Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is aptly called “Paris of the East” for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube’s waters.

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Parliament Building in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Riverside beauty, a vibrant cultural scene and elegant Art Nouveau architecture converge in Budapest.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

The capital city of Austria, Vienna is filled with green parks, upscale stores, theaters and gracious boulevards.

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Wachau by the Danube, Austria

Krems, Austria

One of the crown jewels of the Wachau Valley is the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years.

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Danube river, Passau Germany

Passau, Germany

Set at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to elegant colored buildings and graceful arcades.

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Regensburg Cathedral, Germany

Regensburg, Germany

Having escaped major damage during World War II, the picturesque town of Regensburg is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and the oldest city along the Danube.

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River in Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany

One of Germany’s most renowned and intriguing cities, Nuremberg is surrounded by 13th-century walls that have many fully intact gates and watchtowers.

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Schöner Brunnen, Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany

A center of Bavarian culture, Nuremberg is filled with traditional half-timbered houses, Gothic churches and World War II history.

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Why is Munich airport a no go with Viking?  What airport do they use if the cruise begins or ends in Nuremberg or Passau?

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Hello,

We have just returned from the Viking Romantic Danube Christmas market trip sailing from Budapest on the 6th December, we had previously sailed on the Rhine with Viking (December 2017) Which was a wonderful trip, sadly this one did not meet our expectations :

Budapest - Boarded Friday all good, however if you did not wish to participate in the included or optional tours on Saturday you had to stay on board as the boat was moved to Kelheim and picked up the tour passengers at lunchtime there, this was only pointed out on the Friday evening

Vienna - beautiful did included tour, afternoon shuttle bus to Rathaus Christmas market, stunning but very very busy

Krems - Gottweig abbey amazing, don’t bother with the additional apricot dumpling class 19euros wasted too much time

Passau - due to low water levels we had to change boats here, we’ll organised by Viking but annoying that due to coach transfers we didn’t have much time to spend in Passau, it was all very rushed

Regensburg - we’re looking forward to a day exploring including the 4 Christmas markets, however boat again had to move (1pm)to another area and if we had wanted to stay in Regensburg the only option was to stay all afternoon until the one and only shuttle bus picked you up at 5.15pm very dissappointed as Regensburg is stunning and we would have loved to explore

Nuremberg - woke up to find we were in an industrial unpicturesque area...you won’t see that view in the brochure!  included tour took you into Nuremberg in the afternoon and we left the tour to explore the fantastic Christmas market..wow !!! So glad we did or we wouldn’t have had enough time before the coach back to the ship, the alternative was pay for a taxi yourself

Whilst I enjoyed the places we visited we felt rushed and unable to explore at leisure which was what we had enjoyed on the Rhine, we also felt the itinerary we had been given did not reflect reality with all the moving of the ship. We sailed on both the Viking Var and Viking Tor 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Canberra forever ! said:

Hello,

We have just returned from the Viking Romantic Danube Christmas market trip sailing from Budapest on the 6th December, we had previously sailed on the Rhine with Viking (December 2017) Which was a wonderful trip, sadly this one did not meet our expectations :

Budapest - Boarded Friday all good, however if you did not wish to participate in the included or optional tours on Saturday you had to stay on board as the boat was moved to Kelheim and picked up the tour passengers at lunchtime there, this was only pointed out on the Friday evening

 

Can you confirm you were moved from Budapest to Kelheim?

 

Or do you mean another town in Hungary as Kelheim is in Germany at the start of the Main-Donau canal.

 

PS All Christmas Markets are crowded - something to do with tourists.

Edited by G.M.T.

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8 hours ago, G.M.T. said:

Can you confirm you were moved from Budapest to Kelheim?

 

Or do you mean another town in Hungary as Kelheim is in Germany at the start of the Main-Donau canal.

 

PS All Christmas Markets are crowded - something to do with tourists.

Maybe it wasn’t Kelheim, maybe my memory has gone haywire 😁 I know we sailed all morning until we met the passengers off their tour, think Kelheim was later on the trip 😁

Yes all the Christmas markets are crowded ...🎄 something to do with tourists and Christmas 😁 but apparently the main market in Vienna is very crowded on weekends due to many local visitors coming for a day trip ...still magical though 

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Dear Canberra forever !,

 

Thank you for sharing this detailed feedback. We share your disappointment in the low water conditions that impacted your sailing, and regret to learn the changes made to preserve your itinerary did not meet expectation. We would be grateful for the opportunity to address your comments, and invite you to email TellUs@vikingcruises.com with your booking information.

 

We appreciate your choice to travel with us, and hope to hear from you. Sending our best wishes as you settle in back at home.

 

Warm regards,

Viking Cruises

 

23 hours ago, Canberra forever ! said:

Hello,

We have just returned from the Viking Romantic Danube Christmas market trip sailing from Budapest on the 6th December, we had previously sailed on the Rhine with Viking (December 2017) Which was a wonderful trip, sadly this one did not meet our expectations :

Budapest - Boarded Friday all good, however if you did not wish to participate in the included or optional tours on Saturday you had to stay on board as the boat was moved to Kelheim and picked up the tour passengers at lunchtime there, this was only pointed out on the Friday evening

Vienna - beautiful did included tour, afternoon shuttle bus to Rathaus Christmas market, stunning but very very busy

Krems - Gottweig abbey amazing, don’t bother with the additional apricot dumpling class 19euros wasted too much time

Passau - due to low water levels we had to change boats here, we’ll organised by Viking but annoying that due to coach transfers we didn’t have much time to spend in Passau, it was all very rushed

Regensburg - we’re looking forward to a day exploring including the 4 Christmas markets, however boat again had to move (1pm)to another area and if we had wanted to stay in Regensburg the only option was to stay all afternoon until the one and only shuttle bus picked you up at 5.15pm very dissappointed as Regensburg is stunning and we would have loved to explore

Nuremberg - woke up to find we were in an industrial unpicturesque area...you won’t see that view in the brochure!  included tour took you into Nuremberg in the afternoon and we left the tour to explore the fantastic Christmas market..wow !!! So glad we did or we wouldn’t have had enough time before the coach back to the ship, the alternative was pay for a taxi yourself

Whilst I enjoyed the places we visited we felt rushed and unable to explore at leisure which was what we had enjoyed on the Rhine, we also felt the itinerary we had been given did not reflect reality with all the moving of the ship. We sailed on both the Viking Var and Viking Tor 

 

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We have done both, one we flew into Munich and stayed for a few days as they have great Christmas markets and it's a great city then took the train to Passau to get on the boat, very easy. The second one we flew into Budapest 3 days early, it's a beautiful city and deserves extra time. One tip, get tickets to The Nutcracker at the Opera house as it's a beautiful place and the show was wonderful. We stayed at the Sofitel by the Chain bridge and the ship was right there.  We usually do our own airfare and get places early. If you do Viking air it is worth the extra $ to do your research and tell them what flights you want.

As to which I prefer, probably either as they are both great, I love the little Passau market and the shops and streets around it. Vienna market by the city hall should be experienced at night as the lights are magical.

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