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Viking 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 20 years.

Viking’s award-winning fleet of more than 60 ships explores Europe, Russia, China, Egypt 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 utmost comfort as you enjoy top-class cuisine, attentive service and spectacular scenery.

What's Included

plane Return flights from the UK Return flights from the UK
overseas transfers Overseas transfers Overseas transfers
food All dining on-board All dining on-board
wine beer soft drinks Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board
complimentry tea and coffee Complimentary water, tea and coffee all day long Complimentary water, tea and coffee all day long
welcome reception champagne Welcome Cocktails and Farewell Dinner Welcome Cocktails and Farewell Dinner
expert travel guides Shore excursion in every port of call Shore excursion in every port of call
wifi Internet access and Wi-Fi Internet access and Wi-Fi
on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment All on-board entertainment
port charges taxes All port charges and taxes All port charges and taxes


Viking River Cruises offer more stateroom variety than any other river cruise line. Every stateroom is outside-facing and features large picture windows, meaning that you’ll a constantly changing backdrop and some spectacular views throughout your river cruise.

Whichever stateroom you choose, you’ll enjoy a hotel-style bed topped with European linens and duvets, a bathroom with a heated floor and premium Freyja bath products. There’s also a 40-inch flat-screen TV with complimentary movies on-demand, fridge, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers. You’ll also enjoy the services of a stateroom steward as well as twice-daily housekeeping.

For those looking to enjoy the utmost in luxury, the suites on Viking’s Longships are second-to-none. Featuring two full-sized rooms, they’re the largest suites you’ll find on any river cruise ship and offer outstanding river views. 

Viking Sun Deluxe Stateroom

Viking Longship Explorer Suite

Viking Hild Veranda Suite


Dining is an important part of a Viking River Cruise. The highly-trained chefs offer a destination-focused menu filled with authentic regional dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. In the evenings you’ll enjoy five-course meals as you watch the passing scenery.

Venues include The Restaurant which serves sumptuous buffets for breakfast, soups and salads for lunch and multicourse dining in the evenings. The Aquavit Terrace is a more casual affair, offering al fresco dining as you sail past some of Europe's stunning destinations. You can also dine on the Sun Deck for a light meal in the sunshine or under the shade of an umbrella. Viking’s open seating policy means that you’re free to sit wherever you like.

Cultural Enrichment

On-board your ship you’ll enjoy a cultural enrichment programme designed to help you learn about and enjoy the history and culture of the places you visit. It features guest lectures on art, architecture, music, geopolitics and history, as well as tasting sessions with local wines, informative talks about each port and musicians performing regional and classical music. 

You’ll enjoy cookery demonstrations which present recipes for regional delights and craft demonstrations which reveal the techniques of local artisans such as lace making, silk screen printing and wooden shoemaking.

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 quaint riverside villages to explorations of medieval castles and papal palaces, you’ll experience exactly what makes each area you visit so special. Many excursions offer 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.

Exclusive to adults

Viking River Cruises are only available to those aged over 18. This is due to the cruise line offering little to no facilities for children and the desire to maintain a luxury cruising atmosphere for like-minded travellers to enjoy.

Facilities on-board Vikings Longships include:

  • Library
  • Sun deck
  • Walking track
  • On-board herb garden
  • Shop
  • Shuffleboard court
  • Giant chess
  • Laundry service

Viking Cruises Itineraries

Viking Cruises Ships

With an impressive fleet of over 60 vessels, Viking River Cruises is in the perfect position to offer an extensive range of itineraries throughout Europe, as well as Egypt, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. On-board you'll enjoy all the comforts of a fine hotel with attentive staff ready to do anything they can to make your holiday memorable.

European River Cruise Ships

Viking River Cruises have continually reinvented their ships over the years, and modern vessels which sail on the waterways of Europe are innovative and modern yet with traditional comforts. The ships are the perfect size to sail into the heart of Europe's towns and cities - perfect for travelling in comfort and elegance along such iconic and memorable rivers as the Danube and the Rhine.

Viking Longships

Viking's European fleet also includes the line’s revolutionary Viking Longships. These state-of-the-art vessels offer unprecedented levels of comfort, with huge verandahs and the largest suites you'll find on the river of Europe.

Russian River Cruise Ships

If you choose to explore Russia you will benefit from the line’s expertly upgraded Russian fleet as you cruise the Volga and the Dnieper River. The renovated ships feature expanded restaurants, deluxe staterooms and attractive public areas. A Russian river cruise with Viking is the perfect way to explore the colourful sights of the Red Square and quaint towns such as Uglich and Yaroslavl.

Asian River Cruise Ships

Viking Emerald is your gateway to China’s Yangtze River. This state-of-the-art ship carries 256 passengers past the unforgettable scenery of the Yangtze. It features spacious suites and staterooms with full verandahs and an English-speaking crew.

Viking Mekong is the ship for exploring Southeast Asia, as it journeys along the Mekong and Irawaddy Rivers. This ship is designed in a traditional Asian style but with state-of-the-art modern features.

Choosing Your Ship

Whichever ship you choose and wherever you decide to go, you can be assured of first-rate attentive service, delicious cuisine, deluxe accommodation where a view of the river. You'll also enjoy an extensive and varied choice of guided tours and excursions as well as an excellent on-board enrichment programme.

Viking Cruises Awards

  • 2017 Cruise Critic UK Editor's Pick Awards
    • 9X Winner: Best River Cruise Line
  • British Travel Awards 2017
    • Best River Cruise Line
  • Cruise International Awards 2017
    • Best River Cruise Line

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