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We know this is an unprecedented time in the travel industry and we want you to plan your amazing Viking River Cruise journey with confidence. Not only does Viking offer a Cancel for Any Reason Travel Protection Insurance plan, but also a Risk Free Guarantee:
✓ Change Your Cruise Date Up Until 24 Hours of Departure
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Nothing Compares to a Viking River Cruise

A river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. We invite you to take one of our European river cruises or Asia river cruises and see the world in luxury and comfort.

Sailing Europe’s storied rivers, the award-winning Viking Longships offer a variety of stateroom categories and true (two-room) suites with full-size verandas. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar and lounge, library and expansive sun deck. The ships feature al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, an elegant Scandinavian design and “green” features, such as solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines for a remarkably smooth ride.

River cruising is a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel where you can enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga and Yangtze. Unpack just once on an award-winning, state-of-the-art 190-guest Longship and journey into the very heart of iconic cities and charming towns.

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SPECIAL CRUISE PRICING FROM $1999!

AIR FROM $499

Plus $100 Onboard Credit on All 2021/2022 Sailings!

Expires September 30, 2020

Pricing based on select March 2021 Rhine & Danube 8 day sailings in stateroom category F when available, economy round trip air from select east coast gateways. Some gateways will have slightly higher air pricing. Onboard credit is $100 per stateroom, new reservations only made between 8/1/2020 and 8/31/2020 for travel by 12/15/2022. All pricing based on availability and is subject to change. Pricing accurate as of September 1.

Featured Itineraries

RHINE GETAWAY

Rhine Getaway

This itinerary takes you to the highlights of the legendary Rhine River. You will sail past castles commanding the riverbanks, visit the sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle and see well-preserved Marksburg Castle. In France, you can savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace.
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DANUBE WALTZ

Danube Waltz

Riverside beauty and a vibrant cultural scene converge in Budapest. You can visit the lovely Matthias Church in the Castle Hill District, delve into classical music history in Vienna, explore Bratislava’s medieval complex and stroll quaint Passau on this enriching journey.
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ROMANTIC DANUBE

Romantic Danube

Discover the grand cities and beautiful landscapes of the "Blue Danube." You can take in stunning views from Budapest’s Castle Hill District, discover Vienna’s baroque architecture and musical heritage, and stroll Regensburg’s charming cobblestone streets.
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LYON & PROVENCE

Lyon & Provence

Sail through beautiful countryside along the scenic Rhône River. You can view impressive Roman ruins in Arles, visit Avignon’s Palace of the Popes, see the famous lavender fields of Provence, savor Beaujolais wines, hunt for truffles and learn how chèvre cheese is made.
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CITIES ALONG THE ELBE

Cities Along the Elbe

Enjoy two nights each in historic Berlin and enchanting Prague, and witness eastern Germany’s dramatic landscape. See Saxon Switzerland’s monoliths, admire the baroque splendor of Dresden and trace the footsteps of Martin Luther in Wittenberg on this itinerary that includes multiple overnight stays in port.
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PORTUGAL'S RIVER OF GOLD

River of Gold

Experience the renaissance of Lisbon, newly invigorated with trending galleries and restaurants. Explore two of Iberia’s oldest university towns: Coimbra, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain. Roam the port warehouses of Porto. Enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing. Cruise the Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO Site.
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Nothing Compares to a River Cruise

River cruising is a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel where you can enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga and Yangtze. Unpack just once and journey into the very heart of iconic cities and charming towns.

Explore the world’s great cities

The most cosmopolitan cities developed along the rivers, the world’s first trade routes. From iconic “must-sees” like Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest to quaint villages and towns waiting to be discovered, a river provides you easy access to savor the delights of both. Cities like Berlin, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Cairo and Beijing are just a few that are accessible on a river cruise. In addition to the rivers listed above, cruises along lesser-known rivers like the Mekong in Southeast Asia and the Main in Germany are options.

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What to Expect on a River Cruise

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ACCOMMODATIONS

River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Stateroom are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas, and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.

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CUISINE

Guests are given a choice of dining options, including where and what to eat. Breakfasts can either be enjoyed al fresco or at the morning buffet, while lunches and dinners can be eaten while viewing passing sights or with friends in a common eating area. Open seating is offered, allowing guests to meet new people or enjoy the presence of the same people each day. Cruises offer regional cuisine and use locally sourced ingredients to help with their authenticity. Also common are wine pairings, selected from local tastes to help guests get a closer understanding of a region’s culture.

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THINGS TO DO

River cruisers spend more time in the cities, towns and ports along the way. Included shore excursions consist of guided tours that help guests become well-acquainted with the culture, art and history of their destinations. In addition to guided tours, guests can roam freely around local stops or arrange optional shore excursions. There’s always ample opportunity to find something to do in every port, whether it’s visiting an ancient castle, attending a classical concert or enjoying a famous museum.

Who You’ll Be Cruising With

While river cruises can be enjoyed by people of all ages, they generally appeal to people more advanced in age — baby boomers, in particular. Many river cruise lines allow children aboard their ships, although they may have age restrictions in place and usually there isn’t much for kids to do. The makeup of a liner can include people of a wide range of nationalities, but more often than not, guests come from English-speaking countries.

Best Times to Go

Whether you choose to travel in the on-season or the off-season, you’ll be able to gain a deep cultural experience in each of your destinations. In the spring and summer, you may witness local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur during the warmer months of the year. Cooler weather in the fall may mean you’ll run into fewer people in the streets of cities and ports you visit, which will allow you to take your time and get a closer look at sites that interest you without feeling rushed or crowded. And in the winter season, you’ll be delighted by festive Christmas markets and enchanted by the holiday traditions and celebrations of the locals.

What You Should Pack

Given that weather will be variable depending on where your river cruise takes you, bringing along both warm and light clothes is wise. Even during warm months, there is wind on the rivers, so it’s best to plan for layers even if the weather is hot. Additionally, you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, so bring along comfortable shoes. Lastly, pack some dressier clothes in case you attend a formal event while visiting one of your cruise destinations.

How They Differ from Ocean Cruises

Although river cruises and ocean cruises share a number of similarities, there are also various—and considerable—differences between the two. For one, ocean liners are bigger and offer more stateroom accommodations on average. Appropriately, they’re able to host significantly more guests. The smaller scale of river ships means fewer guests, but more opportunities to get to know fellow travelers, which often lead to lifelong friendships.

In contrast to ocean cruises that may include multiple sea days, you will rarely experience a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Typically, guests will awake each morning to find themselves in a new port. With river cruising, you can also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery.

For those without sea legs, river cruises have the advantage of smooth trekking, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight. Lastly, most river cruises offer inclusive value, meaning your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price. However, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale amenities, like fitness centers, multiple dining options and a variety of live entertainment.

Who Would Enjoy a River Cruise?

River cruises are great for everyone, especially those desiring a more relaxed and intimate form of travel. Individuals who’ve never stepped foot on a ship before will enjoy the relative ease of a river-bound trip with little chance of seasickness. Furthermore, with a focus on cultural exploration of locations, river cruises are perfect for those with a curiosity about art and history, or a general interest in travel.  Every river is unique and each tells a different story—not only of the countries through which it flows, but also of its locks, canals, scenery and bridges.

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Risk Free Guarantee: Postpone your cruise at any time up until 24 hours before the planned departure, without incurring any cancellation fees. You will be issued a voucher for future travel valid for 24 months, which can be used on any Viking product (river, ocean or expedition). This temporary exception to our standard cancellation policy is applicable for all guests who currently have a reservation with Viking and for all new reservations made through June 30, 2020.

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