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Grand European Tour

Four countries, three rivers; climb aboard one of our classic Viking Longships for the adventure of a lifetime. This fifteen day cruise through Europe’s most appealing attractions promises to both entertain and inspire you.

Featuring three nights in Prague as an optional post-cruise extension, keep it classy on our tours through several UNESCO World Heritage sites and enjoy live demonstrations and lessons arranged by our team to help you dive deep into the cultures you’re exploring.

Keep your spirit free and your head high on this journey from Amsterdam to Budapest knowing that whatever experience you’re looking for, the team at Viking has you covered.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Longship Tir + 12 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Mar-Dec
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Grand European Tour Cruise Itinerary

Cruise through The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary on the getaway of a lifetime. With post-cruise options to extend your journey and jam-packed with excursions to some of the most coveted tourist-attractions, from the Bishop’s Residenz to Heroes’ Square, this cruise promises to be so great you won’t want to disembark.

Day 1

Amsterdam (EMBARK)

Arrive in Amsterdam then transfer onto your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to explore the city independently; you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 2


Enjoy a tour through this UNESCO World Heritage sight, see an ingenious network of windmills and flood management. Sample Dutch diversions for lunch aboard your ship.

Day 3


Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, view the DOM (Germany’s largest cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site) and spend your free time along the atmospheric waterfront, with the option to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture and try samples.

Day 4


Cruise past hilltop castles, pay a visit to Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress to never be destroyed. Then, continue along your way along the Rhine to a UNESCO World Heritage site, keeping an eye out for Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point.

Day 5


Sail your way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White. During travel enjoy a live demonstration of the region’s glassblowing traditions. After lunch, join us for a walking tour that concludes in free time for you to explore.

Day 6


Join an optional full-day excursion along Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’ to Rothenburg, enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Residenz (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Day 7


Enjoy a tour of Bamberg’s medieval city centre (another UNESCO World Heritage site), a magnificent 11th-century cathedral and the picturesque city hall. Take some free time to sample the town’s distinctive smoke-flavoured beer.

Day 8


Pay a visit to the ruins of Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. Alternatively, opt for a World War II tour that includes the Documentation Center Museum, or visit the secret network of underground bunkers where art was hidden during wartime.

Day 9


Tour the preserved medieval city (a UNESCO World Heritage site), including structures dating back to Roman times and St. Peter’s Cathedral. During your free time, visit the Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). Alternatively, choose to embark on a full day tour through Munich.

Day 10


Admire the New Bishop’s residence and St. Stephen’s cathedral – home to one of Europe’s largest church organs on a guided walk through Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day tour of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for musical The Sound of Music.

Day 11


Pay a visit to the Abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery. Cruise through Wachau Valley in the afternoon and hop down to explore the town of Krems, paying a visit to Steiner Tor. Alternatively, embark on an optional excursion to a local winery and sample some local vintages.

Day 12


Ride along the Ringstrasse and view the Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace on a guided tour. Alternatively, see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions or choose to join an art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, enjoy a classical concert.

Day 13


Enjoy a day of leisure; you may wish to see the collection of Old Masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, visit the Albertina or ride the Riesenrad. Alternatively, join a tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” or enjoy a Viennese waltz lesson as well as visiting the palace during a full-day optional excursion.

Day 14


The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides: see Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.

Day 15

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark your ship and proceed to the airport for your return flight.

Day 16/17/18


Extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague; where you’ll tour Old Town landmarks and Prague Castle.

Grand European Tour Cruise Ships

Viking Longship Tir

Luxury and space are the name of the game on Viking Longship Tir. All suites feature two full-size rooms with a veranda in the living area and a French balcony in the bedroom. Ecologically-friendly hybrid engines guarantee a sustainable voyage.

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See Europe from the river with Crui.se

14 Nights
Mar Dec

Grand European Tour

  • Amsterdam
  • Bamberg
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Kinderdijk
  • Koblenz
  • Melk
  • Miltenberg
  • Nuremberg
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Vienna
  • Würzburg
£3,795pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Longship Tir + 12 more ships  

Grand European Tour Cruise Review

“My husband and I took a risk with this river cruise, as its the longest one we’ve ever booked and we worried that we would end up feeling cooped up. Spoiler alert: we didn’t. It was action packed and so different to anything we’ve ever done before, 10/10 in terms of organisation and options for activities. The team really took care of us, so much so we barely spent any time in our cabin. 100% recommend.”

Gabriella Harold, Dewsbury

Grand European Tour FAQ

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

Will my ship include a pool?

Sadly, none of our viking longships are designed to include a pool, but our fabulous sun deck makes up for it with a spectacular herb garden and a unique walking track, we promise.

Is dinner provided?

Each day, you will have the opportunity to dine aboard our viking longships, enjoying food prepared using fresh ingredients by our fabulous chefs.

How many UNESCO World Heritage sites will we visit?

Over the course of this cruise, you will have the opportunity to visit at least 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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