Explore the intricacies of a vast and diverse region with a fabulous choice of European cruises from Viking. Glide along the majestic Danube. Sail the Main or Moselle, and discover the heart of the continent by cruising the Rhine. There is no more relaxing or rewarding way to see the world than from its great rivers. And there is no better river cruise line than Viking.
On a Viking European River Cruise you'll enjoy a wealth of history, culture and beauty. Discover the historic windmills of the Netherlands. Marvel at Germany's fairytale castles and gothic cathedrals. Explore the wild natural beauty of Saxon Switzerland, and the imperial palaces of Austria.
France is a destination that always appeals, and with Viking you can discover a new view of this enchanting land. Whether you are sailing through glorious southern France with its Roman monuments, or Paris and Normandy with their dramatic history and stunning landscapes, or beautiful Bordeaux, you are sure to enjoy any one of our river cruises in France.
Discover the art and culture of Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. Explore Lisbon and Porto on Viking's Douro, River of Gold holiday through Portugal. There are so many wonderful holidays available, you truly are spoiled for choice.
If you'd like to travel further afield, let Viking show you the real Russia. From St. Petersburg to Moscow, sail the Waterways of the Tsars and see all the highlights of this remarkable land. Or explore China and its many treasures: the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, Terracotta Warriors and Three Gorges. Combining hotel stays and deluxe cruising along the Yangtze, their China cruises offer the best of both worlds. Likewise, Vietnam and Cambodia are best explored whilst on Viking's cruise and stay holiday, the Magnificent Mekong.
Climb aboard one of the extensive fleet, which includes such names as Viking Embla and Viking Truvor, all of which are specifically designed to suit the specific rivers that they transverse, perfectly.
Your suite or stateroom will provide everything you wouldexpect from a land-based hotel. Space and comfort are present in abundance andthanks to carefully designed cabins that are thoughtfully decorated; there is alight and airy feeling present throughout the fleet. Mod-cons such as TVs,infotainment centres and internet connectivity are all included, and most shipsalso offer in-room climate control.
You’ll be able to get a great night’s sleep on the hotelstyle beds, whilst fine linens, premium bath products and comfortable slipperswill also help you relax. As for the views, well, they come as standard.Whether you are enjoying them through a picture window, from your Frenchbalcony, or whilst standing on your private veranda (suites only), you’ll beable to make the most of every passing landscape.
The fresh and elegant cuisine featured on a Viking river cruise includes the use of locally sourced ingredients. And by locally, we mean as local as you can get. Even to the point of utilising herbs that have been grown on the ship’s Sun Deck. The menu will feature a range of regional and international dishes, and Viking’s signature ‘Taste of…’ events are a great way to sample the flavours of the destinations you will visit.
Breakfast and lunch will be a casual affair, as you help yourself to a range of buffet choices. However, when the evening rolls around, you will be treated to a five-course dinner that is accompanied by carefully chosen speciality wines and beers. And the best part is that it’s all included in your cruise fare.
Finally, when it comes to deciding where to eat, the options are just as varied as the menu choices. You can choose to dine in the main restaurant, enjoy something light in the lounge, make the most of the weather on the Sun Deck or, on board the Viking Longships, take a seat on the glorious Aquavit Terrace.
The facilities on board these ships include expansive atriums, a large Viking Lounge, the main restaurant, the sun-drenched Aquavit Terrace, a library, a putting green and a walking track. There’s also free Wi-Fi across the entire ship and the hybrid engines help to keep vibration to a minimum.
Ships in Russia and Asia are designed differently to suit the waters that they travel through, although the types of facilities and public areas are largely the same.
Viking River Cruises creates excursions that take you to the main attractions as well as those hidden gems that you’ll only find off the beaten track. The goal of these trips ashore is to immerse you in the local culture and enable you to see things that you wouldn’t normally have access to.
There’s also the option to customise your shore excursions to create your own personal experience. If you don’t want to join the group on a specific day; you don’t have to. And if you’d rather go off exploring on your own; that’s totally OK too. Plus, if you are looking for extra, more personal, activities in a certain destination; just ask the concierge. They will be able to arrange things such as restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and much more.
Finally, when taking part in a group shore excursion, you’ll be able to wander at your own pace and still hear everything the guide is saying. This is thanks to the audio headsets that Viking give to their guests during their tours.