2022 Grand European Tour River Cruise
Ready to spend two weeks floating down Europe’s famous rivers with enlivening performances and only the best wine and food? If this sounds like your kind of adventure, read on to view an itinerary of this world-class European river cruise.
What Your AAA Concierge Cruise Includes
- Two weeks aboard a river cruise that covers four countries and 14 ports.
- Stops at UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- 14 complimentary on-shore excursions (one per each port of call).
- Cultural enrichment education including lectures and performances.
- Welcome aboard and farewell events featuring cocktails and dinner.
- Complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner.
- Complimentary meals (onboard) featuring a range of regional delicacies along with American favorites.
- Airport transfers on the day of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program.
- Complimentary WiFi aboard your river cruise.
- A special gift from your AAA cruise concierges.
- $200 per passenger onboard credit.
- $125 per person savings on cruise fare.
- All port taxes and fees.
- Access to specialty beverages including coffee, tea, and bottled water.
15-Day Tour Itinerary
Days 1 & 2: Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a city that one could happily explore for many weeks. It is culturally vibrant, festive, and teeming with diverse activities for every type of visitor to enjoy.
Days 3 & 4: Vienna, Austria
Vienna in the autumn is breathtaking, with sparser crowds of tourists and still ample activities to be enjoyed. Take part in the city’s annual wine “hike” to get a diverse taste of the fine wines that are produced in the region.
Day 5: Melk, Austria
Melk’s largest claim to fame is a Baroque abbey (Melk Abbey) that was constructed in the 1700s. Inside, visitors can marvel at marble corridors and the elaborate architecture that permeates every corner.
Day 6: Passau, Germany
Known colloquially as the Three Rivers City (because it is the meeting place of three rivers in Germany), Passau is an excellent place to visit to get a taste of Bavarian culture and baroque architecture.
Day 7: Regensburg, Germany
Home to St. Emmeram’s Basilica, an 11th-century Romanesque-style church, and an old medieval bridge, Regensburg offers many understated and grand architectural wonders to explore.
Day 8: Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg is famous for being the site of the Nuremberg Trials (a series of trials that prosecuted Nazi leadership following World War II). Besides being a city rich in architectural and historic significance, Nuremberg is also known for its advances in the culinary world — specifically for being the birthplace of delicacies such as bratwurst sausages and gingerbread.
Day 9: Bamberg, Germany
A thoroughly charming medieval town, Bamberg is dotted with Gothic and Romanesque architecture, towers, a cathedral, and numerous gorgeous structures for visitors to lose themselves in.
Day 10: Würzburg, Germany
Royal housing, elaborate gardens, pristine museums, and prominent fortresses all jump out to emphasize their grandeur in the streets of Würzburg. Many of the city’s landmarks are hundreds of years old and offer a unique peek into medieval life in Germany.
Day 11: Wertheim, Germany
Wertheim wouldn’t be a historic German city without a few museums, stunning churches, and castles to enrich visitors.
Day 12: Koblenz, Germany
Churches, city squares, palaces, and monasteries can be found built in the most intricate and interesting styles in Koblenz. One way to soak in all of the architectural glories of the city is via the Koblenz cable car that operates from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Day 13: Cologne, Germany
Famous for being home to 12 Romanesque churches, Cologne is a city bursting with history, vibrancy, and architectural wonders.
Day 14: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
Famous for its 19 stone windmills that were built in the 1700s, Kinderdijk is a lovely autumn destination for viewing the mills surrounded by fiery fall colors.
Day 15: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Famous for canals, Dutch cheese, cyclist-friendly layout, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam is a culturally and historically significant European city one could spend days getting acquainted with.
Note: This river cruise itinerary may also be done in the reverse order, hitting all of the same ports of call (except for Wertheim) and with the addition of Krems and Miltenberg.