Five Countries, Four Rivers, Two Cruises – One Live Voyage Report

Join us November 22 to December 7 as we sail aboard two separate itineraries with Viking River Cruises. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

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.

Bordeaux, France is a striking destination in its own right. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Bordeaux, France is a striking destination in its own right. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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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