Viking Longship Ingvi—Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
Dec 4-11, 2019
Come join our intimate and super-friendly group of Daddies, admirers and friends aboard the Viking Longship Ingvi for a special holiday Danube River Cruise. Sailing in early December means we get to visit two of the most renowned Christmas markets in Europe—Vienna and Budapest—and still have time to check out Slovakia's capital Bratislava and one of Bavaria's oldest cities, Passau.
We sail out of Passau, Germany on the lovely Viking Longship Ingvi (not sure where the name comes from; maybe Ikea built it??). Viking Cruises was voted the #1 river cruise line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2017 Readers' Choice Awards. CruiseCritic awards the Ingvi 4 out of 5 stars and says the first thing you notice upon boarding is all the natural sunlight—yes, views from anywhere on board will be great! Cruiseable.com awards 4.5 out of 5 stars, and past guest reviews average 4.75 out of 5—so you're gonna love this ship! And you can feel good knowing you're on a "green" ship with hybrid diesel-electric engines that burn less fuel and produce 20% fewer emissions. Solar panels on top help fuel the engines and the ship's chef even maintains an organic herb garden up there!
Because we spend so much time in port, the focus is more on the destinations, and less on the actual sailing. That's why shore excursions in each port are included in the price of this cruise! There's no gym on board (you'll get your exercise exploring the fabulous cities and towns we'll visit). No theater with huge Broadway-style productions because you'll still be in port checking out the local nightlife instead! That said, you'll still have plenty to appreciate on board. Service is top notch! Meals on board are fantastic (and typically much better than what you expect on ocean cruises). The décor throughout is understated and minimalist. Little touches everywhere will amuse, pamper and amaze you.
Exclusive extras for our group only:
Day 1: Passau, Germany
Arrive in Passau and get yourself settled into your cabin. Then use the rest of the afternoon/evening to wander this ancient German city, famous for its baroque architecture. Perhaps check out the Christmas market here?
Day 2: Passau, Germany
Overnight on board and then our included excursion in Passau. Passau was settled over 2,000 years ago by the Celts and then became a strategic fortress town for the Romans, primarily financed by nearby salt mines. We'll visit the ancient fortress Veste Oberhaus that overlooks the city, and then on to St. Stephen's Cathedral, which houses the second-largest cathedral organ in the world. Evening time you'll be free to continue exploring, or make your way back to the Christmas market.
Day 3: Linz, Austria
The third-largest city in Austria, Linz is the birthplace of the Linzer torte, the oldest cake in the world, with a recipe dating from 1653! Today's excursion will allow us to sample the real thing. Then we'll visit the birthplace and house of the famous composer Mozart, and St. Mary's Cathedral (the tallest in Austria), and other architectural wonders from as far back as medieval times.
Day 4: Krems, Austria
Home of the oldest known grave in Austria (a boy who lived over 27,000 years ago!), Krems is part of the Wachau Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today's tour will include Gottweig Abbey, a Benedictine abbey over 1,000 years old, and Steiner Tor—an original city gate, still standing after 500 years.
Day 5: Vienna, Austria
Ah, Vienna! Where to begin? There's the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), the Schönbrunn Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and over half a dozen major Christmas markets. Also symphony and ballet, a thriving LGBTQ community, historical sites galore, and even legal brothels! Surely there's something for everyone in this thriving European capital of culture.
Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia
This is the only capital in the world that borders two other countries (Hungary and Austria). Our tour will include a visit to the magnificent Devin Castle, which towers over the city, and a stroll through the old town (medieval, of course!) on our way to Michael's gate. Built in 1300, this original city gate was beautifully reconstructed a few hundred years ago. Maybe some more Christmas markets this evening, if you like.
Day 7: Budapest, Hungary
Nicknamed "Paris of the East" because of its natural and man-made beauty, Budapest is the cultural and historic capital of central Europe. We dock next to the world-famous Parliament Building. The Christmas markets here are some of the best in the world, as are the art museums, cathedrals, palaces and historical sites. We'll spend the day touring many of these, and then you'll have time to explore further on your own. We remain overnight in Budapest, so you can stay out as late as you like, no problem!
Alas, our adventure comes to a close this morning as we disembark and head home…or do you? How about a few extra nights in Budapest? There's no way we did and saw everything yesterday! ☺
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT RIVER CRUISES: River cruise prices, while higher than ocean cruise prices, include a whole lot more! Included in the prices below are all port taxes (so there are no hidden surprises there); beer, wine or soft drinks at lunch and dinner; shore excursions in every port; free WiFi while on board; and much more!
AND, round trip economy airfare from USA or Canada is available for just $599/person! No, that is not a typo!! So getting to your exciting Danube River cruise won't even cost more than getting to Miami for a run-of-the-mill Caribbean cruise.
STANDARD DOUBLE OCCUPANCY cabins start at just $2324 (tax included) per person for 150 square feet. You'll have your choice of two twin beds or one queen bed, wardrobe, desk, flat-screen TV, private bath and shower. You even get a picture window! Hurry! Only 2 cabins left!
FRENCH BALCONY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY cabins start at $2474 (tax included) per person. All the same amenities as above, but these cabins include a large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that opens to a "French" balcony (a fancy cruise line label for the fact that there is no real balcony—there's a railing there to keep you from falling out) so you can see what's going on outside as we cruise through the countryside! SOLD OUT!
VERANDA DOUBLE OCCUPANCY cabins start at $2724 (tax included) per person for 205 square feet. These cabins are slightly larger than the other cabins, and they are similarly appointed (beautifully!). They each have a private and very real balcony accessed by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors so you'll enjoy a view from inside or outside of your cabin! Imagine sitting on your private balcony watching central Europe pass by at Christmas time! SOLD OUT!
SUITE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY cabins start at $3424 (tax included) per person for 275 square feet. These cabins offer the same great features of the Veranda cabins above, but they are larger, include a sitting area, and they are in the best locations of the ship for convenience, views and comfort. You'll get all this, but at a price that won't break your wallet! SOLD OUT!
Remember: These prices include almost everything: your berth and transportation from port to port including taxes, onboard entertainment and activities, free shore excursions in every port, all your meals and snacks including beer/wine/soft drinks with meals, free WiFi on board, all Daddy Cruise extras, and much more!
Limited space is still available for this exciting adventure. Email or call for more details.
Brian Cole Miller
LGBT Travel Specialist