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Monday, February 16, 2015

Germany’s Chocolate Museum with Viking River Cruises

Bring out your inner Augustus Gloop

Viking River Cruises are famous for their thoughtfully designed itineraries and immersive cultural experiences which is why you should consider their Grand European Tour next time you are planning a trip to the continent.

A highlight for any chocoholic is time spent in Germany's Cologne at the Chocolate Museum. German chocolate has unobtrusively taken over the world with brands such as Lindt, Haig, Ritter Sport, Sarotti (Stollwerck), Koppers, Hachez, Knusper, and the ever popular Kinder Bueno.  The varieties are mind-boggling not only in their flavors but also in the imagination that goes into the presentation and innovations. From plain milk chocolate to the bitter dark variety and infused with anything from nuts, fruits, herbs, liqueur, and alcohol, you're simply spoilt for choice. If being surrounded by this ethereal delight in this mini Wonker land is not enough, your highlights include a delicious flowing chocolate fountain and designing your own chocolate bar.

For those who seek pleasures other than chocolate, this 15 day cruise is sure to ignite your senses beginning its voyage in Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest. Onboard you will experience exclusive baroque concerts whilst gently floating along the Rhine, Maine and Danube Rivers. From Holland's windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany's fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria's Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Savour a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

This voyage includes lucky 13 enlightening and curated shore excursions offering a  taste of local delights, from Dutch cheese and Jenever, a juniper liqueur  through to Bamberg's distinctive smoke-flavoured beer.

'The Grand European Tour' itinerary is priced from $6195 per person for a Standard Stateroom, with various departures from March to November. This includes all port charges and fees, accommodation, all onboard meals, free W-Fi, complimentary onboard Silver Spirits Beverage Package, complimentary Travel Companion booklet, personalised Quietvox audio headsets and 13 curated shore excursions.

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