|View of Budapest from Viking Vili|
Day 1 – Munich
|At the Munich Christmas market|
Day 2 – Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace
Day 3 – Munich
Our day started with a tour of the BMW exhibition center where I got to feel posh behind the wheel of a convertible. I would have preferred it to come in yellow, but they explained to me those were on demand only, and I felt a bit disappointed – yeah, that’s how much I know about cars!
Day 4 – Salzburg
|I grew wings in Salzburg!|
Day 5 – The Sound of Music tour
|‘The Sound of Music’ gazebo|
In the afternoon we arrived in Passau where we got on board Viking Vili. We were welcomed by the friendliest of crews and they reassured us right from the very beginning that our satisfaction and safety was of paramount importance to them. They also joked they won’t let us disembark unless we gained at least 3kg (6.6lbs) by the end of the week. It turned out it wasn’t a joke after all – we met the requirements to get off the ship just in time.
Day 6 – Passau
|The gorgeous St Stephan’s Cathedra in Passau|
Day 7 – Cesky Krumlov
Day 8 – Melk Abbey & Wachau Valley wine tasting
|Views from the Melk Abbey|
Day 9 – Vienna
Day 10 – Bratislava
Day 11 – Budapest
|Dohany Street Synagogue|
During the chef’s dinner, it was finally time to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye to our fellow travelers. Many of them would have flights to catch early in the morning. But we couldn’t call it a night before one last visit to the lounge to listen to a local quartet that just came onboard. They filled the room with glee while singing Chrismas carols with a wrist, which put a smile on everyone’s faces.
Day 12 – Farewell
Disclaimer: We were guests of Viking River Cruises, but all options are our own.