Five Countries, Four Rivers, Two Cruises – One Live Voyage Report
This Saturday, I will embark Viking River Cruises’ Viking Forseti in Bordeaux, France for a look at one of the line’s newest itineraries: the weeklong Chateaux, Rivers & Wine. Over the course of the week, we’ll sail on three separate rivers (the Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne), visit five different ports of call, and tour three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not to mention, of course, partaking in the region’s famous wines and cognacs.
This is, however, no ordinary Live Voyage Report: once Viking Forseti returns to Bordeaux and concludes our weeklong journey, we’re hopping a plane to Budapest, Hungary where we’ll stay overnight at the gorgeous Kempinski Hotel Corvinus. This boutique hotel is just steps away from the city’s Christmas Market, and that’s a good thing: the following day, we’ll be joining Viking Baldur for a weeklong Danube Waltz through the Christmas Markets of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.
The full itinerary, both here and onboard:
|November 22, 2014||Bordeaux, France||Arrival; free time.|
|November 23||Gironde River / Pauillac, France||Scenic Cruising / Medoc and Margaux wine country visit; wine tasting & evening at leisure|
|November 24||Blaye, France||Tour of Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site; afternoon free time or optional excursion to Cognac|
|November 25||Libourne, France||Tour of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Pomerol wine region; afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Bergerac|
|November 26||Garonne River / Cadillac, France||Scenic Cruising / Excursion to Sauternes wine region & wine tasting|
|November 27||Cadillac, France / Bordeaux, France||Morning city tour / evening at leisure in Bordeaux|
|November 28||Bordeaux, France||Tour of city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site; afternoon at leisure|
|November 29, 2014||Bordeaux, France||Disembark Viking Forseti; flight to Budapest, Hungary for the start of our next Live Voyage Report!|
|November 29, 2014||Budapest, Hungary||Flight from Bordeaux, France to Budapest, Hungary. Overnight in Budapest|
|November 30||Budapest, Hungary||Embark Viking Baldur; free time to visit the Christmas Market. Traditional Hungarian dinner onboard.|
|December 1, 2014||Budapest, Hungary||City tour of Buda and Pest, including Castle District – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.|
|December 2||Bratislava, Slovakia||City tour through Slovakia’s capital|
|December 3||Vienna, Austria||Ringstrasse tour or free time; optional excursion to the Christmas Market at Schonbrunn Palace; optional evening concert.|
|December 4||Durnstein & Melk, Austria||Free time or optional walking tour in Durnstein; tour of Melk Abbey.|
|December 5||Linz, Austria||Full day excursion to Salzburg, Austria; free time. Return to ship late at night.|
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