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Capitals of Eastern Europe

Guests enjoy a spectacular Viking River Cruise down the Danube, stopping at coveted destinations across 7 countries.

Tour, traverse, and taste your way around a variety of scenic landscapes, historical landmarks and cultural hotspots over the course of a coveted 17-day Danube River Cruise itinerary, designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests.

At the end of each day, recline in a luxurious suite aboard either the Viking Kadlin or Viking Rinda – unique floating hotels designed by Viking’s engineers to elevate the guest experience by providing a wealth of on-board comforts and activities.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Kadlin / Viking Rinda
  • Duration: 16 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct
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Capitals of Eastern Europe Cruise Itinerary

From Vienna to Bucharest, this fantastic 17-day itinerary conducts guests down the Danube through a range of coveted scenic views, historically-rich cultures and unique architectural advances. Guests enjoy a range of tours, tastings and excursions arranged by Viking’s spectacular team.

Day 1

Vienna (EMBARK)

Upon arrival – transfer to your ship and settle into your stateroom.

Day 2


Spend your first full-day browsing museums and enjoying delicious Viennese pastries.

Day 3


Today, you’ll explore Vienna’s stunning imperial architecture and learn why its viewed as one of Europe’s most elegant and romantic cities.

Day 4

Bratislava / Danube Bend (scenic sailing)

By morning, explore Hapsburg-era palaces and the stately Bratislava Castle. After, you’ll re-join your ship before a scenic sailing featuring all the stunning landscapes around the Danube Bend.

Day 5


Split your time between Buda’s historic Castle District and the modernised Pest.

Day 6


Today, you’ll have the opportunity to browse museums, visit a thermal spa and cross the famed Chain Bridge in the ‘Paris of the East’.

Day 7


Spend the day learning about the 1526 Battle of Mohacs – which ended in Hungary’s dominance.

Day 8

Vukovar / Ilok

Spend your morning on a deep-dive into Vucedol culture or learning about Vukovar’s role in the Yugoslav Wars.
Later, sample wines and culinary delights in Croatia.

Day 9

Novi Sad

For today’s adventure, choose between a visit to one of the city’s museums or admiring the views from the Petrovaradin Fortress.

Day 10


Spend the day on a walk around Kalemegdan Fortress or pay a visit to both the Church of St. Sava and Square of the Republic.

Day 11

Donji Milanovac / The Iron Gate (scenic sailing)

By morning, admire the Iron Gate from afar and learn about an important site in European prehistoric culture.
Later, we sail the Danube River and admire the Iron Gate up close.

Day 12


Explore and admire Vidin’s historic landmarks, including its magnificently preserved medieval castle.

Day 13


Spend today exploring the historic Pleven and learn about the 1877 Siege of Pleven.

Day 14


Admire the views in Constanta – from its magnificent waterfront and historic old town. View the spectacular art nouveau casino.

Day 15

Bucharest (DISEMBARK)

View the Palace of Parliament and the Village Museum in Romania’s spectacular capital.

Day 16


Today, admire stunning architecture and explore an array of world-class museums.

Day 17


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey home.

Capitals of Eastern Europe Cruise Ships

Viking Rinda

Wife of Odin, father of the gods – Rinda personifies the hard and frozen earth. The team at Viking chose to honour her legacy through the naming of this extravagant and enduring vessel. Guests can choose from a range of elegant suites featuring floor-to-ceiling glass doors, French balconies and ever-changing scenic views.

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Continue exploring along the Danube

16 Nights
May Oct

Capitals of Eastern Europe

  • Vienna (EMBARK)
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava / Danube Bend (scenic sailing)
  • Budapest
  • Mohacs
  • Vukovar / Ilok
  • Novi Sad
  • Belgrade
  • Donji Milanovac / The Iron Gate (scenic sailing)
  • Vidin
  • Pleven
  • Constanta
  • Bucharest (DISEMBARK)
  • Bucharest
£4,395pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Kadlin / Viking Rinda  

Capitals of Eastern Europe Cruise Review

“A spectacular adventure packed to the brim with a range of tours, natural views and lots of opportunities to learn. I really enjoyed my suite aboard the Viking Rinda – it was clean and very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone considering.”

Johnny Garner, Birmingham

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Capitals of Eastern Europe FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What’s the maximum capacity of passengers for this trip?

Both the Viking Kadlin and Viking Rinda have a maximum capacity of up to 190 guests.

How many days of this getaway are spent cruising?

14 out of 16 nights of this cruise will be spent aboard one of two Viking Longships.

Are there any Pre & Post cruise extensions available?

Yes, guests can choose from pre-cruise excursions: Venice & Zagreb (5 nights), Prague (3 nights) and Prague Premium (3 nights).
Also on offer is a post-cruise excursion to Transylvania & Bucharest (3 nights).

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