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Viking River Cruises is the world's largest river cruise line. Viking River Cruises showcase the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and the Ukraine. With more than 23 river cruise ships, Viking River Cruises continues to expand to new destinations and builds innovative river cruise ships that provide all the comfort of fine hotels with attentive management.
Why a River Cruise?
Unlike a bus tour where you spend more time on the bus than actually seeing the country, Viking River Cruises offers you fine food, great service and scenic cruising along some of the world's great rivers.
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Your cruise will not only bring you up close to historic sites and natural wonders, it will provide an enriching and scenic journey that's sure to be one of the most delightful vacations you'll ever have.
Viking River Cruises are built to easily navigate Europe's rivers, while the Scandinavian-designed interiors ensure the same outstanding comfort you would expect from a fine hotel. These maneuverable ships often dock right in the heart of town, so you step right into Europe's history-filled cities. The ships' sophisticated hydraulic systems and maximum flexibility allow you the excitement of journeying through engineering marvels like the Main-Danube Canal.
Every day offers and opportunity to stroll on the Sun Deck and marvel at breathtaking 360-degree views of the ever-changing scenery... to savor fine dining in the elegant restaurant... to relax with friends over a game of cards or curl up with a good book in the library... to enjoy a leisurely cocktail in the stylish bar and observation lounge with its large picture windows. And every evening you'll retire in comfort to your well-appointed outside cabin.
You'll cruise intimately with no more than 190 other travelers, and become known as an individual and friend to the English-speaking crew. They'll enhance your shipboard experience and enrich your discoveries of Europe with personal insight into their culture. The ships of Viking River Cruises truly offer you the most rewarding way to discover the real Europe.
In 2012 Viking introduced a new class of ship - Viking Longships, and will inaugurate more between 2013 and 2017, for a total of 24 Longships. The Aegir, Bragi, Embla, Forseti, Freya, Idun, Njord, Rinda, Skadi, Tor and Var set a new standard in river cruise ships with patent-pending designs featuring full-sized verandas on some cabins. Seventy-five percent of the 95 cabins will have a veranda or French balcony. Two 445 sq. ft. Explorer Suites have wraparound verandas, and each new Longship features an open-air terrace cafe.
Viking River Cruises offers passengers the ultimate in river cruising. All itineraries are designed to provide travelers with comprehensive sightseeing opportunities and feature:
- Attentive personal service including an experienced Cruise Manager
- Fine gourmet dining and regional specialties
- In Europe & Russia, the Viking Old World Highlights® program, featuring folkloric entertainment, lectures and demonstrations and daily shore excursions led by knowledgeable, English-speaking guides
- In China, a fully-escorted vacation with English-speaking guides, fascinating guided tours and cultural highlights
- Accommodations in an outside, river view cabin with private bathroom and shower with hotel-style beds and large picture windows that open in many cabins
- Intimate, deluxe ships averaging 150 passengers for Europe and just 186 for China
- Beautifully appointed public areas with single-seating restaurants, bar, and lounge
- Modern nautical equipment meeting the highest safety standard
Perhaps one of the most anticipated features of your journey through Europe with Viking River Cruises is the opportunity to sample new tastes. Their chefs are trained in the finest European traditions, with specialties in French, German, Austrian and Swiss cuisine.
When you dine with Viking River Cruises, your needs are anticipated and your desires fulfilled with pleasure. This starts with the dining rooms, which feature extra large windows for unobstructed sightseeing, and single-seating, open-seating dining so you are free to make new friends. And you'll love the elegance of dining on place settings of fine Norwegian china, Swiss cutlery, premium Indian cotton linens and German glassware.
Start your morning off with a buffet breakfast, complete with a selection of fresh breads, eggs, cereal, pastries, cheese and European cold cuts, plus fresh fruit. You're also welcome to order from a selection of hot items prepared in the kitchen. For lunch, choose from the salad and sandwich bar or enjoy a homemade soup, choice of entrees and dessert. At dinner, you'll look forward to a five-course gourmet menu with a choice of entrées including regional specialties like Roast Pork and Barbary Duck Breast.
Thanks to the talent and creativity of their first-class chefs, every item on a Viking River Cruise menu is sure to satisfy and delight. For those with special dietary needs, they can also prepare low cholesterol, low sodium and diabetic selections on advance notice.
Viking River Cruises designed their cabins with your needs in mind. All cabins are outside cabins - no dark, interior rooms. Many cabins are equivalent in size to more mainstream cruise ships that range from 130 to 435 square feet of well-appointed comfort. Clean, Scandinavian-designed rooms offer storage options from wardrobes and bureaus to built-in desks and shelving.
Many cabins feature hotel-style beds and twin balconies, two unique features not found on many river cruise vessels. All western European ships have in-room televisions with English-language programming, movies for leisure-time viewing, and telephones so you can keep in touch. And a gracious cabin stewardess will service your cabin twice daily and will pamper you with turndown service to prepare you for a peaceful night's rest.
A river cruise with Viking River Cruises is the best way to see the Europe, Russia or China up close and in depth. In Europe you can cruise the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Elbe, Seine and Rhône Rivers. In Russia, you'll sail along the banks of the Volga River. And in China, you'll experience the wonders of the Yangtze.
*Closeouts, groups, special interest bookings, special conditions imposed by the cruise lines may be excluded. Please check with the cruise line or tour company websites or brochures for their terms and conditions.