In October, my mother and I covered over half of this grand European river voyage, sailing from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers and through the Main-Danube Canal. We cruised for 14 days on the delightful river vessel the Viking Spirit, visiting four major European capitals (Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Amsterdam) and 11 towns and villages along the rivers. We also passed through 68 locks as the Viking Spirit crossed the continental divide of Europe. The cruise covered 1856 km.
This cruise journal has been divided into two parts. Part 1 covers the cruise upstream on the Danube from Budapest to the Main-Danube Canal at Nuremberg, and part 2 covers the cruise down the Main and Rhine Rivers to Amsterdam.
We embarked on the Viking Spirit in Budapest.