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What to expect on your Viking River Cruise

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Viking Cruises River Cruises

Enjoying its reputation as the world’s leading river cruise line, Viking River Cruises has been taking travellers on fascinating journeys along some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic waterways for over 15 years. Viking River Cruises’ expansive, award-winning fleet of over 50 vessels explores Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia and visits more destinations than any other river cruise line. No matter which ship you choose to travel on, you’ll be able to relax in upmost comfort as you enjoy top-class cuisine, professional and attentive service and spectacular scenery, wherever you are on-board.

  • Premium river cruising experience
  • Deluxe en-suite accommodation
  • All on-board meals
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks
  • In-depth cultural enrichment programme
  • Regional flights from the UK

Accommodation

With a choice of veranda stateroom, suite, or stateroom with picture window or balcony, there’s sure to be an option to suit your budget. All Viking River Cruises staterooms are outside-facing and feature large picture windows, meaning that you’ll enjoy a feeling of space, a constantly changing backdrop and some spectacular views throughout the duration of your river cruise. Stylishly designed to offer the best in both elegance and comfort, each stateroom is air conditioned and fully equipped with en suite shower and all the amenities you’ll ever need, including WC, telephone, TV, hairdryer and safe. Suites offer connecting doors, a separate bathroom and spacious living area, featuring a sofa, and a French balcony in the bedroom.

Dining

With Viking River Cruises, whichever ship you choose, you’ll benefit from the line’s open seating policy, meaning you’re free to sit wherever you like. Enjoy a delightful breakfast in your ship’s dining room with the full run of the buffet, or perhaps just a coffee and a croissant on deck? During days on the river, there’s a great choice of delectable dishes, while in the evening, there’s no fewer than five courses to savour, created using the best ingredients from the regions you explore as well as some more traditional choices. Each mouth-watering meal is prepared by expert chefs using locally-sourced produce, so whether you feel like Smoked Tea Pan Roasted Salmon or a delicious herbs-encrusted Rack of Lamb, you’ll know that you’re sampling only the very best ingredients. Whatever and whenever you choose to eat, you’ll enjoy it in the relaxed but elegant ambience of the ship’s dining room, where panoramic windows help to ensure that you won’t miss a minute of the beautiful scenery as it passes by.

The Viking fleet

Carrying between 112 and 260 guests, Viking ships offer an intimate cruising experience and can visit many ports which are not accessible to larger cruise vessels. Whether you choose to explore the Rhine on the purpose-built Viking Sun, any of a number of Europe’s most beautiful rivers on one of the line’s state-of-the-art Viking Longships, or the Mekong River on the intimate RV Mekong, you’ll experience first-hand Viking River Cruises’ innovative and revolutionary approach. Heralded as the future of river cruising, the line’s Viking Longships benefit both passengers and the environment, with a radical new Scandinavian design which allows cruisers full-sized staterooms and verandas, luxurious spaces and features, along with green-conscious hybrid engines and solar panels. Viking River Cruises are the only western-owned fleet to sail the waterways of Russia and with the line’s refurbished Russian vessels, such as the Viking Helgi, you’ll be able to explore the very best of this awe-inspiring country.

What’s included

Viking River Cruises offer excellent value because there’s so much included in your price, such as your return travel from the UK, all your on-board meals and selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You can also explore a host of exciting destinations, safe in the knowledge that all your shore excursions are included and led by expert guides. To compliment your cruise and deepen your knowledge of the places you discover, you’ll also benefit from an entertaining choice of activities, performances and lectures, all included in the price you pay.

Shore excursions

Designed to ensure that you get the most out of your river cruise, Viking shore excursions are your personal ticket to a host of memorable attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll typically enjoy a different excursion on each day of your cruise, planned in partnership with a key organisation and led by an expert, English-speaking guide. From walking tours of iconic cities and quant riverside villages to explorations of medieval castles and papal palaces, you’ll experience exactly what makes each area you visit so special. And with many excursions offering authentic, first-hand experiences such as sampling the local cuisine, wine-tasting and traditional music, you’ll feel like you’ve truly experienced what life is like in the places which you visit.

Awards

Best River Cruise Company 2016

Travel Weekly Globe Awards

Best Cruise Line 2015

Independent Travel Awards

Best River Cruise line 2015

Times Travel Awards

Best River Cruise Line 2015

Cruise International Awards

Best River Cruise Line 2015

British Travel Awards

Best River Cruise Line 2014

British Travel Awards

Best River Cruise Line of the Year 2014

Food and Travel Magazine

Best River Cruise Line 2014

Travel Agents Choice Awards

Best River Cruise Line 2013

Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks

Gold List 2013

Conde Nast Traveler

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