2019 Danube Waltz River Cruise with Eric Dowdle

Dates June 10-18, 2019
Destination Passau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Krems an der Donau, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Hungary;
Duration 9 days 8 nights
Price From 3,224
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We invite you to join puzzle artist and painter Eric Dowdle for an unforgettable cruise experience on the beautiful Danube River!

Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty from your Viking Longship. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava. Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. This 8-day itinerary reveals the highlights of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.

Eric has been creating art for over twenty years. He started painting in his early twenties, parting ways with college after one year, to “go make something happen”. Making things happen is how Eric does things; painting, exploring, marketing, and working day and night to expand the business, and his collection of over 200 paintings. Today, his work is distributed throughout the world.

Call us for more details or if you are ready to confirm your spot, click on the BOOK NOW button below and take your 1st steps in booking a dream experience, providing memories to last a lifetime. Eric will truly become your new “Best Friend”!

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
Email Sarah

Days 1/2: June 10-11, 2019

Passau, Germany

Depart your US city. Arrive in Munich (June 11), then transfer to your ship in Passau*. After boarding, spend free time exploring, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: June 12, 2019

Passau, Germany

Today you will take a walking tour of this elegant town, called the Dreiflüssestadt (“City on Three Rivers”), which is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. Admire the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† This afternoon, you are free to explore Passau. See the sights and experience the local culture, or simply relax on board your ship before departure. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: June 13, 2019

Linz, Austria

Arrive in Linz this morning and set off on an all-day excursion to the beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride through the scenic Czech countryside and take a walking tour featuring the lovely historic center of the city with many baroque and Renaissance buildings, dating back hundreds of years. You have some free time to enjoy Krumlov’s charming streets, filled with cafés, shops, galleries and pubs. Maybe stop for lunch in one of the many local restaurants. Return on board for dinner and a late-evening departure. (B, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: June 14, 2019

Krems, Austria

Today’s highlight is an exclusive visit of the splendid Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a working monastery for more than 900 years. You can choose to begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Melk Abbey, followed by a scenic drive through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Leave your motor coach for a walking tour of this historic town before returning on board. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely cruise from Melk to Dürnstein, and free time to explore. After lunch on board, enjoy a panoramic drive through the vineyards along the River Danube. Arrive at Göttweig Abbey and participate in an exclusive visitor program, created to provide behind-the-scenes understanding of the daily business of the venerable institution. After your tour, rejoin your ship in Krems. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: June 15, 2019

Vienna, Austria

Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: June 16, 2019

Bratislava, Slovakia

Arrive in Bratislava this afternoon and embark on a walking tour of Slovakia’s charming capital with a long and fascinating history. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. See attractions like the medieval Town Hall complex and fortifications at Michael’s Tower, the baroque Jesuit Church and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, and pass by several Hapsburg-era baroque palaces before returning to your ship. This evening you can relax or take a walk before our late departure. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: June 17, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

Today we visit highlights of the once separate towns of Buda and Pest, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch on board your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Art Nouveau Gellért Spa, or one of the many other lavish facilities in this “City of Healing Waters.” Return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: June 18, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, join the Prague post tour. (B)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: June 18, 2019 POST TOUR OPTION

Budapest, Hungary

Transfer form Viking Ship to Budapest Airport. Upon arrival be met and transferred to the hotel. (B)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: June 19, 2019 POST TOUR OPTION

Prague, Hungary

Full day sightseeing in Prague includes Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace, St. George Basilica, Goldlane Lane, Daliborka Tower, Jewish museum and the Old-new synagogue.

Day 11: June 20, 2019 POST TOUR OPTION

Prague, Hungary

Half day sightseeing in Prague with the rest of the day at your leisure!

Day 12: June 21, 2019 POST TOUR OPTION

Prague, Hungary to Home Cities

Transfer from hotel to airport for flights home with memories to last a lifetime!


  • Hosted by Eric Dowdle – based on 20 people
  • 7 night Danube Waltz River cruise on the Viking Hermod
  • All cruise taxes and fees
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itineraries
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for the Cruise/tour guide and driver
  • Transfers if doing cruise only $120.00

Optional Pricing for Cruise Cabins:

  • Standard Outside cabin starting at $3,224.00
  • French Balcony cabin starting at $3,724.00
  • Full balcony cabin starting at $4,124.00
  • Price based on 20 people

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 deposit due at time of booking
  • Final payment due March 1st

Prague Post-Tour $999.00 based on double occupancy

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • 3 night Accommodations in 4 Star hotel in Prague
  • All transfers
  • Flight from Prague to Budapest
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary and entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide on tours
  • Price based on 40 people