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Cities of Light (Prague to Paris)

12-day River Cruise with Viking

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Prague, Czech Republic
Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Transfer from the airport to your hotel.* After checking in for a 2-night stay, enjoy free time to explore this celebrated city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Day 2 Prague, Czech Republic
This morning, tour the “City of a Hundred Spires.” A guided walk takes you through Old Town to the famed Charles Bridge. Then, travel to Hradcany for a guided tour inside Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; you can see the Town Hall’s intricate 15th-century astronomical clock, spend some time in historic Wenceslas Square or discover the city’s Jewish heritage in the Josefov Quarter. (B)

Day 3 Nuremberg & Bamberg, Germany
Travel to the Bavarian city of Nuremberg and join a tour that takes you to the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and the Palace of Justice, the venerable vestige of the Nuremberg Trials. You’ll have a brief stop at the courthouse before returning to Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls. Complete your day with a walk from the imperial castle grounds, past the Albrecht Dürer House to the Main Market Square, with its elaborate Gothic fountain. Continue to Bamberg to embark your ship. (B, D)

Day 4 Bamberg, Germany
Today enjoy a walking tour of Bamberg’s beautifully preserved Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then take time to explore or perhaps sample the town’s famous locally brewed smoky beer, rauchbier. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship before we depart this afternoon and begin cruising along the scenic Main River, which winds its way west through the Franconia region of Germany. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Würzburg, Germany
Disembark in Würzburg, a Franconian wine town, and tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. After lunch aboard, enjoy some free time in Würzburg, or join an optional journey to the walled medieval village of Rothenburg. After returning to your ship, you’ll dine and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Heidelberg, Germany
We sail through the early morning, arriving in Wertheim after breakfast. Disembark for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, an ancient city that is home to Germany’s oldest university founded in 1386. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 12th century but twice destroyed by lightning and then later rebuilt. A guided walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace is included, as is lunch in a local restaurant. Return to your ship at dinnertime; we sail through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Mainz & Rüdesheim, Germany
Arrive in Mainz during breakfast, then disembark and join a guided tour of a city that boasts over 2,000 years of history. Walk along the postcard-picture streets of Old Town and stop at the Gutenberg Museum. Founded in 1900, 500 years after the birth of Johannes Gutenberg, the museum covers the history of the printed word and displays many illuminating books and fascinating printing technologies, including a replica of Gutenberg’s workshop. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon cruising along the Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim midafternoon. You have time at leisure to enjoy the restaurants, bars and shops that line Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse, or you may choose to join an optional wine-tasting experience. Dine aboard and remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cochem, Germany
Cruise this morning through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. With castles perched on both sides, this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch aboard your ship, you’ll arrive in the quaint Moselle town of Cochem. Stretch your legs with a walking tour of the city and visit the imposing Reichsburg Castle. Return to your ship before dinnertime; we sail through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Bernkastel & Trier, Germany
After breakfast, an optional guided walk through the 700-year-old town of Bernkastel is available, replete with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy lovely unspoiled scenery as we cruise along the Moselle River toward Trier. We arrive this afternoon for a tour of Germany’s oldest city. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Dine aboard your ship. We remain docked here tonight so you may wish to take an evening stroll in town. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Disembark in Trier this morning, then travel to Luxembourg where, at the American Cemetery, you can pay homage to the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the World War II Battle of the Bulge. See the city of Luxembourg on a guided tour, then stop for lunch before continuing on to Paris. When you arrive in Paris, the romantic capital of France, check in to the Le Méridien Étoile (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Your evening is free to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 11 Paris, France
Today’s tour begins with a drive along the Champs-Élysées, past the Arc de Triomphe to the world-famous Louvre. The remainder of the day is yours to experience more of this timeless city: visit a museum, explore Montmartre or take a moonlit cruise along the Seine River. The banks of the Seine, with their graceful bridges and unrivaled city views, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Day 12 Paris, France
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your trip with 2 additional nights in romantic Paris. (B)

Tour Map
All This Included
This 12-day journey includes two nights each in two of Europe’s most glorious cities, Paris and Prague, plus a scenic river cruise along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers. Drink in the picturesque landscape of vineyard-clad hillsides and sample fine German appellations. Discover the romance of Paris and fall in love with the graceful architecture of Prague, home to countless spires and a vibrant cultural scene.
  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 2 nights each at the Le Méridien Étoile and Hilton Prague (or similar)
  • 10 guided tours with audio headset
  • All onboard meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner plus breakfast at the Paris & Prague hotels
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a folkloric performance; attend lectures on the European Union & the Main River; learn how to make your own German bread pudding & Rüdesheimer coffee; get to know a local glassblower and his craft
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Prague: Hilton Prague (or similar)
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Alsvin or Viking Ingvi
Paris: Le Méridien Étoile (or similar)
Pre and Post Add-ons

Pre-Extension: Prague
From $499-$549 per person / 2-night pre-extension

Discover the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Tour Hradcany Castle and its palaces, churches and museums; visit Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral; and stroll along Charles Bridge. Explore Prague’s Jewish heritage in the Josefov Quarter and encounter history and culture in Wenceslas Square. Two nights at the Hilton Prague (or similar) and daily breakfasts are included along with the services of a Viking host.

Post-Extension: Paris
From $499-$599 per person / 2-night post-extension

Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art in the Louvre or stroll along the famed Champs Elysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light,” dine at a Parisian bistro or enjoy an evening at a cabaret. Two nights at Le Méridien Étoile (or similar) and daily breakfasts are included along with the services of a Viking host.

Post-Extension: Oxford &  Highclere Castle
From $1,499 per person / 3-night post-extension

Spend three days in the rolling hills of England’s countryside. Visit the historic town of Oxford and the University of Oxford. Tour Highclere Castle, known to audiences worldwide as the setting of the television series Downton Abbey, with Privileged Access and a special welcome for Viking guests. Enjoy included tours to Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds. Three nights in the First-Class Old Bank Hotel, Oxford (or similar), daily breakfasts, three guided tours and a Eurostar “Chunnel” train between Paris and London are included in this fully escorted program.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • * Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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