1. 2017 Morris Murdock Private 2 Week Danube and Rhine River Cruise-SOLD OUT

Dates July 10-24, 2017
Destinations Amsterdam, Netherlands; Kinderdijk, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Miltenberg, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Bamberg, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Regensburg, Germany; Passau, Germany; Melk, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary;
Duration 15 days 14 nights
Price From $4,489
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Come join Morris Murdock Travel's president Brian Hollien on the Viking River Cruise Grand European Tour from July 10-24, 2017!

Spend 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairy-tale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese cafe. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more.

We are excited to announce that Scot and Maurine Proctor, owners and publishers of Meridian Magazine as well as other ventures will also be joining this cruise. They will lecture on the relevant history of the areas visited as well as other LDS faith based topics for those who’d like to join.

Unlike their deep-sea brethren, river cruises prefer to open the world to its patrons in the shadow of old European cities. Let The Viking Eistla adhere to your comfort needs so you have less to worry and more to experience. A mind at ease is a mind that sees more. Cuisine designed with European inspiration and smooth, fine wines enrich the soul with fresh ingredients prepared daily. The exquisite service handles the little necessities so there is nothing to distract from the lovely architecture and wonderful culture. Learn about this wonderful corner of the world on and off the boat. When the day is done, sleep soundly adrift the calm river and amid the soft light of the old world.

When you travel with Morris Murdock Travel and Viking, we make sure that there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay will cover just about everything including port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions. So, all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great journey.

Day 1: July 10, 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Anne Frank House. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: July 11, 2017

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return aboard for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and try your hand at sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard). Dinner is served aboard; we cruise through the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: July 12, 2017

Cologne, Germany

You have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on your own: There are Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; we depart at midnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: July 13, 2017

Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine

Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. After your tour, continue cruising this stunning stretch of the Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point and is named after the legendary Rhine maiden who lured sailors to their demise. Lunch and dinner are served aboard your ship.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: July 14, 2017

Miltenberg, Germany

The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White. After lunch, we stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses and Germany’s oldest inn. Join our walking tour that concludes with free time for you to explore. Back on your ship, learn about the region’s glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration. We sail through the night to Würzburg.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: July 15, 2017

Wurzburg, Germany

After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then enjoy scenic afternoon cruising. Or, instead of touring Würzburg, join an optional full-day journey along Germany’s “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, which features a turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: July 16, 2017

Bamberg, Germany

Sail through the morning; after lunch we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: July 17, 2017

Nuremberg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg and visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s; then see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. Spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town, or join an optional World War II tour that includes the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. We depart just before dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: July 18, 2017

Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg midday. After lunch, tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. Dinner is served aboard before our evening departure.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: July 19, 2017

Passau, Germany

Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. We cruise through the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: July 20, 2017

Melk & Krems, Austria

After breakfast, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Rejoin your ship; cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, you have time to explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: July 21, 2017

Vienna, Austria

Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or you may take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, Grecian statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and Roman ruins. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: July 22, 2017

Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna. Perhaps see an unrivaled collection of Old Masters and other spectacular art treasures at the Museum of Fine Arts, or visit the Albertina, with the most valuable graphic arts collection in the world. Maybe ride the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Ferris wheel, or go shopping for high-quality gifts inspired by the turn-of-the-century arts movement. A cup of coffee or tea and a slice of exquisite sächertorte are a must for any afternoon in Vienna. Later, rejoin your ship and sail for Budapest.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: July 23, 2017

Budapest, Hungary

The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: July 24, 2017

Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic, where you tour Old Town landmarks and Prague Castle.

Meals : Breakfast
  • 15-day cruise with river-view stateroom from July 10-24, 2017
  • 12 enriching daily shore excursions led by friendly knowledgeable local guides utilizing a high-tech audio headset system (includes 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
  • Attentive service from award-winning, English-speaking staff, plus the personalized assistance of your on board Viking Concierge
  • Engaging cultural enrichment with lectures, craft demonstrations, performances, hands-on cooking classes, and much more
  • All on board meals created by Swiss-trained chefs featuring fresh ingredients, regional specialty options, and served in a variety of settings including al fresco dining (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners total)
  • Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch service; bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee, and tea at 24-hour hot beverage bar
  • In-room infotainment system features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • Complimentary internet service on board
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Champagne Reception
  • Welcome Cocktail reception
  • Travel document kit including ticket wallet, bag tags, and destination booklet
  • All on board gratuities and port charges are covered in your package price