We travel to explore, to learn, to understand. We believe travel should be more than just a trip, it should be a doorway to cultural insight & personal enrichment. These intimate, inclusive river cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people & customs.
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VIKING INCLUDES MORE FEATURES & SERVICES THAN OTHERS:
✓One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
✓Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
✓Visits to UNESCO Sites
✓Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
✓Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
✓24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
✓Port taxes & fees
✓Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
• The Restaurant, featuring regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients and always available
Casual Dining and Additional Options
• Aquavit Terrace,® an outdoor seating area for acasual meal al fresco or meeting friends for a drink
• “Taste of...” events for an introduction to the food and drink of the region
• Sun Deck for the perfect opportunity to dine on light fare outdoors underneath an umbrella
Viking provides the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers, featuring regional cuisine and always available
ONBOARD CULTURE CURRICULUM®:
• Informative lectures on your destination’s history, art and more
• Tastings of regional wines
• Port talks providing an overview of your next
day’s port of call
• Enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows
• Musicians playing regional and classical music
• Cooking and craft demonstrations
VIKING LONGSHIP FEATURES:
• Viking Lounge for onboard entertainment featuring tunes from a baby grand piano
• Viking Bar, an inviting place to view the scenery as you enjoy a drink or cup of coffee
• Library with a thoughtfully curated book collection, the perfect place to read up on your next destination
• Sun Deck with 360˚ views, a shaded sitting area, organic herb garden and solar panels; plus a walking track for exercise and fresh air
ALL STATEROOMS FEATURE:
• Outside staterooms with river view
• Free Wi-Fi
• Bottled water replenished daily
• Voltage: 220V & 110V (US outlet), plus ample USB ports
• Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration
• Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower; heated floor and anti-fog mirror; premium Freyja® bath products; plush robes & slippers upon request
• 40" flat-screen LCD TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
• Telephone, security safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
Viking does not try to be all things to all people. Instead, They focus on delivering meaningful experiences.
- No casinos
- No children under 18
- No umbrella drinks
- No photographers
- No art auctions
- No charge for beer & wine with lunch & dinner
- No charge for alternative restaurants‡
- No charge for Wi-Fi†
- No charge for use of launderettes‡
- No entrance fee for The Spa‡
- No spa sales pressure‡
- No inside staterooms
- No smoking
- No waiting in lines
- No formal nights, butlers or white gloves
- No nickel and diming
†Connection speeds may vary.
‡Applies to ocean only.
*Based on Viking Longships; other ships vary, see website for details.
About the Ships:
Viking Longships integrate a patented corridor design and cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and current travel trends. These features include a revolutionary all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace that reinvents the onboard lounge experience by bringing the panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor - to - ceiling glass doors and allows guests to enjoy the views and dine al fresco. Accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for two Explorer Suites - the largest river cruise suites in Europe - as well as seven two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony Staterooms. Additionally, all Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels and organic herb gardens, and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations for a remarkably smooth ride.
Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, library, sun deck, onboard boutique and laundry service. Viking features non-smoking interiors on all ships.
When you travel with Viking, there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay covers just about everything - port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions - as well as hotel accommodations on their cruise tour itineraries. So all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great journey that is also a great value:
:: At least one included excursion per port
:: All onboard meals created by our Swiss-trained chefs featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialties, served in a variety of settings including al fresco dining
:: Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with our onboard dinner and lunch service; bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at a 24-hour hot beverage bar
Revolutionary in concept and design, this spacious indoor/outdoor seating area, with a lovely open-air cafe at the bow of the ship is perfect for having a casual meal al fresco, meeting friends for drinks or reading a book, all while enjoying breathtaking views and basking in the fresh air.
Light and airy, the ship's soaring atrium-style lobby rivals those of the finest hotels.
Gaze at breathtaking scenery through the Restaurant's panoramic windows as you dine on regional specialties and contemporary cuisine. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant, with high-quality table linens, china, cutlery and glassware at every meal.
Longship staterooms offer hotel-style beds in either single or double configuration and all have a private bathroom. 40" flat-screen stateroom TVs offer CNN and other English-language programming, as well as region-specific movies and documentaries. In Europe, programming includes CNBC, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more. Every stateroom comes with a view on Viking's Longships, as there are no interior cabins. You have a choice of Oceanview, French Balcony, Verandah and Suite accommodations. Cabin lighting, includes built-in dimmers, bedside controls and mirrored vanities There are four American (110 volt) outlets, two bedside and two at the desk, and two European (220 volt) outlets in addition to one European outlet for charging the QuietVox headsets.
Every cabin is equipped with a safe, a small refrigerator and a handheld hair dryer. Bath products are L'Occitane. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in your stateroom, as well as throughout the ship. On our Rhine river cruise, it was working most of the time, at reasonable speed.
( our French Balcony stateroom )
Boasting sweeping river views, the Veranda Staterooms are comfortable and airy, with hotel-style beds, a private bathroom, roomy closets and storage space, and amenities like flat-panel TVs and premium bath products.
Exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river cruise fleet include our spacious Explorer Suites - featuring separate sleeping and sitting quarters, a wraparound veranda with 270 degree views, a French balcony and modern amenities.
95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
Library corner and onboard boutique
Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
Free shipwide wireless Internet service
Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
You'll find most staterooms slightly smaller than ocean-going vessels, ranging from 135 square feet to 205 square feet.
The chefs created a variety of tasty offerings for us, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of guests and homemade soups are prepared daily. For breakfast, you can choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, we could select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrees and dessert. And for dinner, we were treated to a five-course menu with regional specialties. You may also select from a red or white regional wine, or beer ( complimentary ) to perfectly complement your meal.
Meals are served in a single, open-seating at set times. Breakfast is choice of a buffet, or ordering from a menu. The buffet area in the center of the room includes a choice of cereal, oatmeal with toppings, lox, yogurt, cheeses and meats. You toast your own bread, including bagels. There's also an omelet station, or you can order from the menu; pancakes, French toast or eggs cooked to your taste. Lunch includes a soup pasta station and salad bar. Again, you also have a choice of ordering from a menu with a featured sandwich, or entree.
Dinner features a full multi-course menu with hot or cold appetizers and three entrees, featuring a fish, meat or vegetarian choice that changes daily. The sweet desserts, are incredible. Available every day choices include grilled salmon, charbroiled New York-cut steak and Caesar salad.
Always available, are two coffee and tea stations that have self-service machines, where you can have a regular coffee, as well as lattes and cappuccinos, with mini-pastries offered in the morning and cookies in the afternoon.
Tips to the crew are not included in your cruise fare. At the end of the cruise, you'll get two envelopes in your stateroom. One for the Program Director, and the other to be shared with the general crew. You can tip in cash or by credit card. (Euros are the onboard currency, but dollars are also accepted for gratuities.)
We found the service onboard to be beyond the ordinary. Many of the crew that we often encountered, remembered our names and greeted us accordingly every day. A great "personal touch " not found on large ocean-going cruise ships. The recommended amount on Viking's Europe cruises is 12 euros per passenger, per day, for the the crew and 2 euros per passenger per day for the Program Director. Our Program Director, Chris did a great job and deserved extra recognition.
Hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes, traditional dance performances, and local tastings. These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which we cruised, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary. The ship offered a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places we visited. Topics included the Dutch Masters or French impressionists, castles along the Rhine Valley, the formation of the European Union, the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the wine and cuisine of southern France, and key words and phrases in the local language wherever we were traveling. These presentations provide a context for our own observations, enhancing our travel experience.
An onboard daily newsletter, Viking Daily, featuring information about daily activities, shore excursions and tour departure times is delivered to your stateroom every evening.
River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino. There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides, ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls. River Cruises do transport you " back in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe's rich history comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns.
Located on the upper atrium level is a spacious, large windowed lounge. This room is the social hub of the ship. Everyone gathers there each evening, for cocktails prior to dinner. There's a modern bar and a small dance floor. The ship's Program Director reviews next day's program prior to dinner.
Entertainment onboard is limited. The lounge features a baby grand piano, where a pianist plays both classical and modern tunes during cocktail hour. Regional performers occasionally come onboard to provide additional entertainment.
As as an example, in Cologne, musicians from Cologne's Academy of Music and Dance and WDR Symphony Orchestra presented an ensemble of German, European and international classics.
Want to reserve a table at local restaurant? Arrange for a private guide? Just like a hotel concierge, the Viking Concierge holds regular desk hours and can handle these and other requests.
The company has grown to a fleet of 60 river vessels (in 2015) offering scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. Viking has been honored multiple times in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" Awards and Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List" as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as "Best River Cruise Line," with the entire Viking Longships fleet being named "Best New River Ships" in the website's Editors' Picks Awards. The travel trade has ranked Viking as the "Best River Cruise Line" by Travel Weekly, Recommend and Travel Agent magazines, "Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises" at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence and as "Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising," "Best New River Cruise Ship" for the sixth consecutive year.
River water levels dictate what happens for your cruise. If the river water level is too low or too high, your river cruise may be delayed, ships changed, or overland adjustments made. Europe experienced much less rain this summer, than in past years and as result all the river cruise companies have had to make alternate arrangements, like changing ships half way during your itinerary. The real measure of how well a cruise line performs is when something out of the ordinary happens. On our trip we did need the change ships, from the Viking IDi to the Viking Kvasir. The transition was carried out in an efficient manner with only minor interruption to our itinerary.
We had an excellent experience and are looking forward to another cruise with Viking in the near future.
P.S. We flew to Amsterdam on the day of the Paris terrorist attacks. Needless to say, it was part of the conversation, almost daily on the ship. On our tours at the ports-of-call we felt very safe and on our cruise we only experienced traffic delays at the boarder check points between Germany and France.
Viking River Cruise Reviews tell you all about what sailing with Viking is like, from the personal service to the privileged access to some of the world's most stunning destinations. Read consumer reviews as well as those of professional travel writers Viking River Cruise Reviews give you information about the industries leading fleet and Viking's luxurious staterooms, cuisine and onboard enrichment programs. Who could explain best why cruising with Viking offers you the best value and the best travel experience anywhere? Viking's own cruise travelers.
So, take a moment to read the reviews and find out how much they enjoyed their journey as tell you about their Viking experiences.
Best River Cruise Ship - Viking Longship Hlin - Viking River Cruises hit this one out of the park, so to speak. The new Viking Longships are the biggest sailing the European waterways, but they are also some of the nicest. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design and construction of these floating hotels. Rich leather furnishings with a Scandinavian decor give the ship a classy and elegant feeling, like a 5-star hotel. Read our review.
Best Lounge - Viking Longship Hlin - There is no better view than sitting in the Viking Lounge on a Viking Longship. Expansive views of the river are made possible by walls of floor-to-ceiling glass without the typical dividing structures to impede the view. Simply brilliant.
Best Decor - Viking Longship Hlin - We really liked the light colors and Norwegian/Scandinavian decor theme on Hlin better than any river cruise ship we have been on to date. Very comfortable and very elegant..
Best Sun Deck - Viking Longship Hlin - Even though it was too cold to enjoy on our late November cruise, the Sun Deck on Hlin was the perfect design for enjoying the river scenery. There are plenty of deck chairs, many protected from the elements with canvas tarps. And, they have swapped the useless large chess set for a mini-golf putting area and herb garden!
Best New Concept - Viking Longship Hlin - Aquavit Terrace - This alternate dining venue is positioned all the way forward on Deck 3 and offers both indoor and outdoor (al fresco) seating. A Continental breakfast is served here each morning as well as a light luncheon each day at Noon. There is an evening "bar menu" for those who would rather skip a trip to The Restaurant. Diners can also enjoy seating for two in Viking Lounge.
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Enriching itineraries to the Most Rewarding and Fascinating Places
River cruises are designed so you can experience the essence of a place and its people. You can truly explore each destination, immersing yourself in its history, music, art and cuisine. River cruises include excursions led by knowledgeable local guides in every port of call, and provide onboard entertainment and enrichment lectures that bring history and culture to life. From the most intimate rivers to Europe's iconic cities and towns, horizons shimmering with possibility, there are waterways to explore, cultures to welcome you and fantastic natural beauty to behold. A glimpse into the world of river cruising reveals enriching itineraries over much of the world in some of the most rewarding and fascinating locations.
Here is just a small sample of where a 2022- 2023
river cruise will take you:
Vienna's elegant boulevards and Hapsburg treasures :: Budapest's historic Castle District :: The lush vineyards of France :: Storybook villages and hilltop castles of Germany :: The charming windmills of The Netherlands :: Glittering palaces of St. Petersburg, Russia :: Germany's spectacular Saxon Switzerland region :: Portugal's rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley :: Ancient temples along Egypt's timeless Nile River :: China's breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze :: Cambodia's sprawling Angkor Wat complex :: Vietnam's lush and fertile Mekong Delta.
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New River Cruise Scenery: All Day, Every Day. Imagine fairytale palaces, towering gorges carved through millennia, and tiny villages nestled in the still preserved beauty of the landscape. Enjoy breathtaking scenery that’s constantly changing through panoramic windows in the restaurant and lounge and stunning 360° views from the sun deck.
Just About Everything is Included: The last thing you want to do on vacation is worry about costs. When you travel on a river cruise, there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay covers just about everything including port charges, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on most river cruise itineraries. So all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great vacation that is also a great value. All aboard for affordable cruising!
Worldwide choices: Journey into the heart of Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you’ll discover the true nature of these fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You’ll travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried aboard an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination. Nothing compares to a river, and no experience compares to a Viking river cruise.
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Europe River Cruises. Traverse the vineyard-lined Moselle and Main Rivers to quaint Western European towns. In France, savor specialty cuisine and fine wines along Normandy’s Seine and Provence’s Rhône River. Or behold the splendor of the Elbe, one of Central Europe’s most unspoiled rivers. As the world’s leading river cruise line, no one shows you Europe like Viking.
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From thoughtfully designed itineraries to vessels that showcase state-of-the-art engineering and streamlined Scandinavian design, Viking River Cruises® continuously seeks new ways to delight travelers. Feel the majesty of sweeping landscapes. Embrace intriguing cultures and traditions. Marvel at grand expressions of art, architecture and engineering. Viking River Cruises lets you discover the world around you. Awaken your senses. Immerse your spirit. Indulge your dreams.Journey into the heart of Europe, Asia, Russia and beyond. Explore the scenic banks of the romantic Danube, the vineyards and castles along the Rhine, the rich cultures along France's Rhone and Seine, and the splendid vistas along Portugal's Douro and Germany's Elbe. Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you will discover the true nature of fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You will travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried on board an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination.
Texas School of Photography explored Windmills, Castles & Cathedrals.
Twenty Four Photographers experienced the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, they sailed past castles commanding the riverbanks, and toured both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. They admired Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and witnessed the lush landscape of the Black Forest region.