Viking Tor Cruise Review by lifewith4boys
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
You can probably guess that this particular cruise required us to go with the flow. We chose the Romantic Danube cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. After a great trip from Budapest to Passau, we received the one of the worst possible outcomes due to low water levels - not that we would be packing up and transferring to another ship, but that there were no remaining Viking ships available to transfer to further up the river. The last Viking ship had made it through the day before, otherwise we could have traded with them. As a result, at Passau, our boat was docked in a not so picturesque location for the last couple of days – in fact there were 3 Viking ships docked side by side. We were then transported each day to the last remaining excursion points – Regensburg and Nuremberg (Viking actually switched these two days – Nuremberg and then Regensburg). Some chose to stay behind and were allowed to return to Passau to spend the day. We travelled 3 hours by coach to Nuremberg. I enjoyed the scenery and my husband enjoyed the nap. Unfortunately, our day was shortened but we enjoyed lunch followed by the World War II excursion. We missed out on walking around Nuremberg but enjoyed the excursion. Two couples chose to end the cruise at that time – one due to health concerns with the traveling, one because “we paid for a river cruise”. Believe me, we were privy to this couple’s unhappiness as we returned to Passau.
Honestly, I’d do this again even if I knew how the last couple days would go. I would have booked the pre-extension in Budapest. Coming from Washington state, we did not arrive until 6:00 pm, just in time for the port talk and dinner. We missed out on exploring Budapest as the Panoramic Budapest tour was a drive through both sides on a Saturday morning - no traffic to slow us down - to view the buildings or take in one of the thermal baths.We enjoyed the Vienna "Up Close and Personal" excursion that was later added, allowing us to learn how to use the subway so we could continue to explore after the tour and return easily to the ship.We booked several optional excursions (1)The Heurigan Dinner was fun especially given the company we had to spend it with. (2) The Biking Tour at Krems to Durnstein and back was our favorite excursion, biking through vineyards and small towns and allowing us to explore the charming village of Durnstein. (3) Bavarian Beerfest - more than we expected, this was held on a farm where we received a tour of the facilities, ending with the tapping of the keg, pretzels, meats, spreads, and entertainment; (4) World War II - toured Courtroom 600 and then traveled to Zeppelin Field and the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rallying Grounds Museum- just wish we had had more time.
We did add the post extension to Prague. Highly recommend. We loved both the Panoramic Prague and Kutna Hora excursions. Lots and lots of time to explore. Just be sure to bring super comfy shoes!
We exchanged information with some wonderful people (meeting them and learning about their personal travels was one of the best parts of the trip) and saw some truly beautiful places. No regrets!
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City TourThis was called Panoramic Budapest. It was a Saturday morning and there was very little traffic. As a result, there was no traffic slowing down the bus to see the sights being pointed out. Everything went by too fast. I do believe they could have at least stopped at Hero Square for a quick photo shoot. We then were taken to The Castle District which was stunning. Our tour arrived early which meant smaller crowds. Enjoyed the time allotted for sightseeing.View All 301 City Tour Reviews
Durnstein (Krems)We opted for biking instead of Gottweig Abby. I am so glad we did! I had debated because the description made it seem as if we would not have an opportunity to see the Wachau Valley by boat. That wasn't the case at all. This tour went through vineyards and small villages, ending in Durnstein where we had the opportunity to explore this charming town. We rode a total of 9 miles and the e-assist bikes were easy to operate whenever you needed a little help.View All 12,792 Durnstein (Krems) Cruise Port Reviews
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NurembergWe never were in "port" as our ship was stuck at Passau and couldn't get upriver. A 3 hour bus ride didn't leave much time to explore. We were provided lunch and then disbursed to our tours. We took the World War II excursion, visiting Courtroom 600 and the museum on the rally grounds. Definitely needed more time for that tour but needed to return to the boat for dinner.View All 522 Nuremberg Cruise Port Reviews
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PassauA little rainy but what a quaint little town. Colorful houses and cobblestone.View All 242 Passau Cruise Port Reviews
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PassauReceived tour of a lovely farm in Passau. This location serves as an events venue, a stable and riding venue and entertainment for the cruise lines.Tapping of the keg, pretzels, meets and spreads, and accordion playing. Enjoyed this immensely.View All 12,792 Passau Cruise Port Reviews
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St. Stephen's CathedralActually part of the walking tour, we also experienced an organ concert. This church was beautiful. Truly enjoyed it.View All 89 St. Stephen's Cathedral Reviews
RegensburgDue to our ship being stuck in Passau, we were bussed to Regensburg. The tour was informative and the town is beautiful. We were given plenty of time to explore.View All 517 Regensburg Cruise Port Reviews
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ViennaNot what we had expected. Only 12 of our ship went on this excursion. Lots of wine, beer, and food provided by a family located on a vineyard (you won't realize that until you're inside and given a tour). We spent it with a wonderful group of people from New Jersey. This was one of our favorite excursions.View All 12,792 Vienna Cruise Port Reviews
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Walking TourChose the Up Close and Personal Vienna excursion that was added instead of Panoramic Vienna. The guide had us travel through the subway system which was very easy to navigate and provided great information. We were able to stay in Vienna after the tour and used the subway to return at the end of the day.View All 159 Walking Tour Reviews