The award-winning Viking Legend joined the Viking River Cruises' fleet in 2009. Setting sail with no more than 188 guests aboard, Viking Legend showcases streamlined Scandinavian interiors, deluxe staterooms and suites, and panoramic riverside views. Tasty culinary experiences, first-class service and a plethora of onboard facilities add to the ship’s appeal.
Days float by at a leisurely pace. After breakfast, why not sunbathe on the Sun Deck or relax in the shade and take in the ever-changing views? Lose yourself in a book in the library or learn to cook local-style with the ship's chefs. Research your next port of call at an onboard lecture, covering key words and phrases of the local language, history and culture. The daily newsletter 'Viking Daily will give you details of activities, shore excursions, and tour departure times.
The 97 river-facing staterooms and suites are spread across three beautifully appointed decks - discover Single, Standard and French Balcony Staterooms, together with Suites. All feature a Sony 26-inch flat panel TV with CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more, hotel-style beds, telephone, safe, fridge, hairdryer, individual climate control, daily replenished bottled water, and bathroom with shower and premium toiletries (bathrobes and slippers upon request).
See River Danube's most popular ports in comfort and style aboard Viking Legend.
The Restaurant on Viking Legend boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a menu of contemporary dishes and regional specialities. Breakfast is buffet-style; choose from a selection of light bites at lunch-time, before a multi-course dinner in the evening. Al fresco, casual dining is also available on the Sun Deck and at the open-air Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship.
Pay a visit to the 24-hour beverage station for hot and cold drinks whenever you wish. The stylish lounge bar is the perfect setting for cocktails and to mingle with your fellow guests. Aquavit Terrace is a great place to meet up for a drink in the sun or to enjoy a nightcap before retiring.
The entertainment on Viking Legend is relaxed and low-key. After dinner, ambient music in the bar and lounge is complemented by occasional live music and folkloric shows.
Day 1: UK to Passau, Germany
Fly from your selected UK airport to Passau and be transferred to the port where you will embark on board Viking Legend.
Day 2: Passau, Germany
The German city of Passau — which lies at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers — is your next port of call. Also known as the 'Three Rivers City', Passau is dominated by the 13th-century hilltop Veste Oberhaus fortress with its city museum and observation tower. Meander through the cobbled streets of the Baroque-style old town district, exploring City Hall, New Bishop's Residence, and the mix of handicraft shops and galleries en-route. No visit here would be complete without calling at St Stephen's Cathedral to admire the 17,774-piped organ and distinctive onion-domed towers.
Day 3: Linz, Austria
Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and lies in an attractive location on both banks of the River Danube. Famous for its fine churches and museums it’s an ideal location to explore. Take an historic ride on Pöstlingbergbahn and experience one of the world's steepest narrow-gauge railways. Enjoy the beauty of the New Cathedral (Mariendom) and gaze in awe at the breathtaking view over Linz from the cathedral's spire. Step into the future and visit the Ars Electronica Center and watch the stunning riverside lightshow. Get lost in the beauty of nature and take a visit to Linz Botanical Garden; home to more than 10,000 species of plants. Experience a poignant piece of World War II history with a day trip to Mauthausen concentration camp.
Day 4: Krems, Austria
Located at the eastern end of the Wachau Valley on the Danube River, Krems is a small city with a long heritage. Be sure to visit one of the many vineyards to sample locally-made white wines. You can also explore the Old Town and see the various churches and traditional architecture. The Karikaturmuseum and Cartoon Museum can provide an insight into the unique humour of the Austrian residents. Take a guided tour of Aggstein Castle and uncover the history of the 12th-century structure. Krems is also just 70km from the Austrian capital of Vienna; where you can explore the numerous palaces and museums.
Day 5: Vienna, Austria
A highlight of any cruise is a day in Austria's capital city — Vienna. Steeped in history, Vienna is packed to the brim with wonderful sights — from the world-famous Opera House and Spanish Riding School to the Burgtheatre, Town Hall, St Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Visit Vienna's Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and Museum of Modern Art, or get up close to exotic wildlife at Tiergarten. Make sure to admire city-wide views from the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel and Danube Tower.
Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains threaded with biking and hiking trails. Venture to heart of Bratislava and walk along the picturesque streets of the old town or become lost in the beauty of St Michael's street and gaze in awe at the fairy tale-like St Michael’s tower. Visit the peaceful Slavin to pay your respects to fallen soldiers and admire the breath-taking views of the city. Be amazed by the verdant fields and meandering rivers as you venture to the historical Devin Castle or lose yourself in the modern art at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.
Day 7-8: Budapest, Hungary to UK
Disembark in Budapest and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.