Thursday, May 25, 2006

European River Cruising Perks Up ...

Viking River's Danube for $777: Now's time to cruise the Danube, the celebrated river immortalized by Strauss in his Blue Danube waltz. Seven-night cruises show off hilltop castles and quaint towns of the pristine Wachau and Altmühl Valleys. Viking River's modern river ships -- more like cigar-shaped yachts -- call on the grand cities and quaint villages in Austria and Germany, allowing ample time to explore baroque abbeys, magnificent cathedrals and narrow cobbled streets. Venture to Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, and in Vienna, add the Hofburg Palace to a list of must-sees. Onboard amenities include restaurant, bar, lounge, mini-library, and sundeck Rates on Viking Europe's selected sailings are seven nights for $777 per person. For details, call 877-66VIKING.