European river cruise

Viking - Cities Of Light

12 Day Cities Of Light

Cities Of Light

Days: 12

From: Prague to Paris

Countries Visited: Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, France

Code: vkcol

Our Price (from): $6,394 pp

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Itinerary


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.

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 Hradčany 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.

3. Nuremberg, 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.

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.

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.

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.

7. Mainz, 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.

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.

9. Trier, Germany
We dock in Bernkastel this morning, one of the Moselle's most beloved medieval villages and a thriving wine center. You might join an optional wine tasting excursion during your stay. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy lovely unspoiled scenery as we cruise along the Moselle River toward Trier. We arrive this afternoon and will have time 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. We remain docked here tonight so you may wish to take an evening stroll in town.

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.

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.

12. Paris, France
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.*

Dates & Prices


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01 Aug 2018
12 Aug 2018
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

15 Aug 2018
26 Aug 2018
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

29 Aug 2018
09 Sep 2018
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

12 Sep 2018
23 Sep 2018
Viking Alsvin
$7,595
$7,267

26 Sep 2018
07 Oct 2018
Viking Alsvin
$7,595
$7,267

10 Oct 2018
21 Oct 2018
Viking Alsvin
$6,695
$6,394

24 Oct 2018
04 Nov 2018
Viking Alsvin
$6,695
$6,394

17 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,395
$7,073

01 May 2019
12 May 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,395
$7,073

29 May 2019
09 Jun 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,395
$7,073

12 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,095
$6,782

26 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,095
$6,782

10 Jul 2019
21 Jul 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

24 Jul 2019
04 Aug 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

07 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

21 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,795
$6,491

04 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,595
$7,267

18 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
Viking Alsvin
$7,595
$7,267

02 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,695
$6,394

16 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,695
$6,394

30 Oct 2019
10 Nov 2019
Viking Alsvin
$6,695
$6,394

13 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
Viking Alsvin
$5,295
$5,036