Viking Danube River

      Budapest, Hungary

      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
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      66 reviews
      Sep 10 - 21, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 48
      Viking Danube River
      Budapest, Hungary

      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      • Email address verified
      66 reviews

      Sep 10 - 21, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 48

      About this trip

      Visit Budapest’s Castle District and cross the famous Chain Bridge. Explore Göttweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most revered monastic centers, and make dumplings with Wachau Valley apricots. See Europe’s largest pipe organ in Passau or travel to Salzburg. Celebrate Vienna’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. With medieval towns, grand cities, and stunning scenery, this 8-day journey on the “Blue Danube” is one you are sure to love. Join us for September’s fall colors after the summer heat, returning September 18, or with a post-cruise option to extend for three nights in Prague, returning September 21.

      Unlike other river cruise lines, Viking River Cruises provides this money-back guarantee: “We hope you love your cruise from the very beginning; however, should you be dissatisfied with our service upon first check-in (hotel or aboard ship) including food, personnel, or shore excursions — just notify us within 24 hours of the start of your cruise (if your first check-in is aboard ship, notify your Program Director; at a hotel, contact your Viking Host). We then have 24 hours to correct the situation, and in the unlikely event a solution isn’t possible, you can then depart as soon as possible and we’ll refund 100% of your cruise price. We can assist with any departure reservations, but your return trip/alternate travel plan costs are your sole responsibility. This Service Guarantee cannot be activated or applied due to Acts of God, Strike or Other as indicated in the Terms and Conditions.” Link 

      Highlights

      Three Countries • Hungary: • Budapest • Austria: • Vienna • Krems • Germany: • Passau • Regensburg • Kellheim Danube Narrows • Includes: local departure • Flights • Taxes • Insurance • Crew Tips

      Details

      Cruise operated by Viking River Cruises. Click here for Print Friendly Flier PDF. *All prices are per person, based on occupancy, double from $4770, single from $8173 • Document required for US Citizens is Passport valid through 3/17/2022 (or if staying after the cruise, 6 months after your return date); no visa or shots at this time. Other citizens should consult their consulate. • Insurance coverage is Deluxe Group Plan from Travel Guard is included and for coverage details see webpage steviejaytravel.com/insurance covering cancellation charges; other terms at steviejaytravel.com/terms which are incorporated by reference. • Price and details are subject to change. If taking the Prague extension, we will offer an option for the coach ride back to Central Illinois based on the number traveling. Ask family & friends to join you: east coast departure $100 less; west coast $100 more. Business-class upgrade option available $3215 if categories ES or AA ($4608 if categories A-F). Are you getting your own air tickets, then apply $799 discount code NO-AIR; or don’t want insurance, apply $321 discount code NO-INSURANCE; or, if you do not want either air or insurance, apply $1120 discount code NO-AIR-INSUR when booking. The deposit for suites is higher: $1500. Specialty optional tours are provided as an extra-cost alternative to the included shore excursions. Note that the stateroom category availability we show is subject to confirmation after you book. If we cannot get what you want and the alternatives are unacceptable, you will be given a full refund of your initial payment. You get at least a $117 discount for paying the balance by e-check and because of the special airfare, the balance due is earlier than our normal terms: September 30, 2021. Deposit includes travel insurance. Details subject to change. Acct#210909s 16Nov19 12:11

      More inclusive features

      VIKING RIVER CRUISES INCLUDES MORE FEATURES & SERVICES THAN OTHERS

      One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

      Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      Visits to UNESCO Sites

      Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances

      Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

      24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

      Port taxes & fees

      Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

      Your Stateroom Includes

      YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES 

      River-view stateroom

      Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows

      40” flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand

      110/220-volt outlets & USB ports

      Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer

      Spacious glass-enclosed shower

      Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers

      Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      Stevie Jay Travel Includes

      Local departure from Central Illinois

      Travel insurance from AIG Travel Guard

      Tour host, Stevie Jay, travels with you throughout to assure all goes well and have more fun, from Central Illinois and back home—we’re with you all the way

      Baggage handling at airports

      All tips — drivers, guides, and cruise staff!

      Surprise extras!

      Business Class Air Flight Upgrade Option

      Our group rate includes round trip, economy class air fare and transfers at a special promotion rate that is subject to change each month.

      If you want to fly in Business Class, Viking River offers the following option depending on the category of Stateroom or Suite you have chosen. When adding these amounts to our group price, it includes the insurance to cover this upgrade. 

      Following rates are per person & vary by category:

      • Business Class Air Upgrade - Stateroom categories A-F +$4608

      • Business Class Air Upgrade-Suite categories AA or ES +$3215

      If you want this, click the option that matches the category you have chosen.

      Note: if you were to buy business class air fare from the airline directly the round-trip price range can be $7000. Viking River gives you great savings and includes transportation from the airport to riverboat, round trip, also.

      Discounts

      Book early

      It’s important to book this Danube cruise earlier than most tours and cruises for two reasons:

      1. The riverboat only has 95 staterooms and so a tiny fraction of a typical ocean cruise holding 3000-6000 people. Some categories have just a few staterooms before selling out.

      2. Because we apply all current special offers from Viking River Cruises: “Two For One”, Reduced Air Fare, etc. These discount offers from Viking typically expire or the discount may be reduced at the end of each month. This urgency could save you hundreds of dollars if you act now.

      Join us from

      • Champaign • Chicago O’Hare • Bloomington • Decatur • Indianapolis • Peoria • Springfield • St Louis or call for a quote from other cities.

      Availability dwindling

      Because many earlier sailings were postponed, loyal Viking River Cruise customers booked up the 2022 sailings. Viking River Cruises has instituted a very flexible policy that allows you to postpone your cruise until 24 hours before departure. The otherwise cancellation policy is fully applied to a future cruise credit then!


      The number of cabins open (8/15/22) subject to change:

      ES - 0

      AA - 0

      A - 2

      B - 1

      C - 0

      D - 1

      E - 2

      F - 2

      Book Online—green Select button or call

      Book online or contact Tour Coordinator, Stevie Jay, stevie@steviejaytravel.com 217-840-9913. Pay by e-check or charge your credit card for the $1200 per person deposit (includes Travel Insurance). Or mail a check to Stevie Jay Travel LLC, 4413 Trostshire Cir, Champaign IL 61822. Balance is due September 30, 2021, to get special airfare savings.

      What’s included

      • Round trip motor coach
        transportation from Central Illinois
      • Baggage handling
      • Round trip flights
      • Round trip transfers
        transportation from airport to riverboat
      • Tips
        for daily drivers & guides
      • Travel insurance
        from AIG Travel Guard’s deluxe group program
      • Crew gratuities
      • 21 Meals
        7 Breakfasts 7 Lunches 7 Dinners
      • $160 taxes & fees
        currently, subject to change
      • Choice of cruise
        accommodations: stateroom or suite
      • Led by
        Stevie Jay & Janet Khachaturian
      • Shore excursions
        Note that specialty optional tours are provided as an extra-cost alternative to the included shore excursions

      What’s not included

      • Tax/fuel surcharges
        in effect if any
      • Optional Prague
        3-night hotel extension which includes breakfasts, transfers from Nuremberg (& to Prague airport) & travel insurance: $965/person dbl. occ. (single $1700) for Sep 18-21 with return flight from Prague

      Available Packages

      F Standard

      · F category stateroom size: 150 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with half-height picture window

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the Standard Stateroom in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Lower Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $4,770
      Deposit: $1,200
      E Standard

      · E category stateroom size: 150 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with half-height picture window

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the Standard Stateroom in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Lower Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $4,878
      Deposit: $1,200
      D French Balcony

      · D category stateroom size: 135 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony (no sitting area outside)

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the French Balcony on Middle Deck in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Middle Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $5,842
      Deposit: $1,200
      C French Balcony

      · C category stateroom size: 135 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony (no sitting area outside)

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the French Balcony on Upper Deck in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Upper Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $6,057
      Deposit: $1,200
      B Veranda

       · B category stateroom size: 205 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the Veranda Stateroom on Middle Deck in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Middle Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $6,378
      Deposit: $1,200
      A Veranda

      · A category stateroom size: 205 sq ft

      · River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · View the Veranda Stateroom on Upper Deck in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Upper Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $6,593
      Deposit: $1,200
      AA Veranda Suite

      · AA category suite size: 275 sq ft

      · River-view suite with full-size veranda off the spacious, separate sitting room & floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony, in the sleeping quarters

      · Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows

      · Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

      · Two 40" flat-screen Sony TVs with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more

      · 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports

      · Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

      · Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror

      · Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers

      · Bottled water replenished daily

      · Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

      · Space under bed for storing suitcases

      · Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

      · Early check-in (no later than 12 PM)

      · Complimentary Viking Air Plus, laundry & shoe shine services

      · Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate

      · Binoculars

      · View the Veranda Suite on Upper Deck in our 360° Longship Tour

      · Upper Deck of 3, Deck Plan

      $8,522
      Deposit: $1,500
      ES Explorer Suite
      • Suite size: 445 sq ft
      • River-view suite with private wraparound balcony offering 270-degree views off the spacious, separate sitting room & floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony, in the sleeping quarters
      • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
      • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
      • Two 40" flat-screen Sony TVs with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more
      • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
      • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
      • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
      • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
      • Bottled water replenished daily
      • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
      • Space under bed for storing suitcases
      • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
      • Early check-in (available from 12 PM)
      • Complimentary Silver Spirits beverage package, Viking Air Plus services, laundry service, room service (during breakfast) & shoe shine service
      • Private airport transfers in Europe
      • Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate
      • Binoculars, coffee brewer & Marius-weave blanket
      • View the Explorer Suite in our 360° Longship Tour, Upper Deck of 3, Deck Plan
      $10,452
      A Veranda Single
      $11,818
      Deposit: $1,160

      Available options

      Prague Extension, double occ, per person
      $965
      4 left
      Prague Extension, single occupancy
      $1,500
      Business Class Upgrade categories A-F
      $4,608
      Business Class Upgrade categories AA-ES
      $3,215
      F category Single Supplement
      $3,403
      E category Single Supplement
      $3,510
      D category Single Supplement
      $4,475
      C category Single Supplement
      $4,689
      B category Single Supplement
      $5,011
      A category Single Supplement
      $5,225
      AA category Single Supplement
      $7,155
      ES category Single Supplement
      $9,085


      Itinerary

      Day 1 Saturday: 9/10/22
      Central Illinois-Chicago/O’Hare-Flight

      Stevie Jay & Janet welcome us aboard our private motorcoach to Chicago O’Hare. He hires skycaps to help with luggage for check-in for our flight to Budapest.

      Your Organizer


      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      66 reviews
      Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 51 years and lives in an olive grove. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

      Reviews

      We had a great time! Travel was super easy with our bus to and from the airport, check-ins at the airport and into each hotel. It was great to have days perfectly planned with a great list of activities. We really enjoyed our travel guide in San Francisco - he was so knowledgeable and did a great job showing us around. Our LA guide was OK but I think it was hard to see much of interest as LA seems so spread out. We also wanted to provide a special 'shout out' to our bus driver (Ruben w/Via) for the week. Ruben was fantastic!! Would definitely go again!
      By Robert R for Wisconsin to World Ag Expo in California on Mar 03, 2024
      It was a delightful trip! Mary Beth does a beautiful job, as usual. Every detail went smoothly and was handled first class! 'Sorry to learn that there are no other day trips planned for the future. Janann Vance
      By Janann V for Yuletide Celebration 2023 on Dec 17, 2023
      The trip was good except for the flight which is normal and the bus back from Ohara but understand this will be corrected and gift available for future trips. But I also must mention the dinner on the last night there. Dinner was a long way from hotel and the time we it took us plus and the time we returned just did not make any since, since several in our group had to get up to catch their plane home early in the morning. It would have made much more since to have this dinner the night prior and the last dinner could have been held in the hotel or a walking distance from the hotel and much earlier. This should be looked at on any of your future trips
      By Michael M for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 06, 2023
      Overall, it was a great trip! The group guide was excellent and the local guides were also very good. I learned something new every day and have amazing photos to remember this trip for years to come!
      By Maryann H for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 03, 2023
      I enjoyed the accommodations, the tour of Provence, small towns, the guide, Gerard, the luxurious bus and wonderfully competent driver, Alessandro. The experience were exuberant, cooking class, truffle hunting and tasting, the boat ride. I enjoyed the people and camaraderie.
      By Kathryn M for Provence & Riviera, Off the Beaten Path on Oct 18, 2023
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