On a Viking ship, guests will sail into the center of their destination, allowing them to discover the local culture up close. Their award-winning Viking Longships have set the standard in river cruising: their comfortable vessels have all the amenities of a fine hotel. With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, Viking offers behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set them apart from other river cruise companies. Their included and optional shore excursions cover cultural and historic highlights, Viking also goes beyond, sharing The Viking Way with their Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access encounters – opening doors to people and places otherwise difficult to visit. State-of-the-art Viking Longships® offer guests unprecedented levels of comfort, including full verandas and the largest suites on the rivers of Europe. With its fleet of 64 ships, Viking River Cruises sails all of the main rivers throughout Europe, Russia and Ukraine, Vietnam/Cambodia, Myanmar, China as well Egypt. Guests will enjoy their own private sanctuary on the river. Viking's innovation and patented design provides you with more choices and a more enriching overall experience than other ships. Their spacious staterooms offer luxurious comfort. The hotel-style bed is topped with European linens and duvets provide the perfect place to turn in after a full day of exploring Europe's quaint towns and bustling cities. Guests will feel pampered by bathrooms equipped with heated floors and premium Freyja™ bath products. Their European ships sail on the romantic Rhine, the legendary Danube, the Moselle, the Seine and the Rhone. Viking sails through Russia on the Volga River, and the Dnieper River through Ukraine. In Asia, Avalon sails the Yangtze River in China and the Mekong River through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Viking also sails the Nile in Egypt.
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Viking Cruises Highlights
Focusing on the destination, Viking offers superior river cruises throughout most of the European rivers as well as itineraries throughout Russia and the Ukraine, Asia and Egypt. This vast range of itineraries provides an in-depth opportunity to explore these regions and to learn about the cultures, histories and insights. Whether its cruising on the romantic Rhine through Germany lined with its 12th century castles or sailing through the classic vineyards of France, you will be completely immersed into the culture and life of historical Europe. Or travel through Russia, sharing stories at the kitchen table of an Uglich family, or picture yourself with Peter the Great, reveling in his massive Peterhof Palace. Discover Asia's rivers – the Yangtze's dramatic Three Gorges in China, the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam, or Myanmar's fabled Irawaddy.
From the second you board your Viking ship, you are sincerely welcomed by a kindly and trained English-speaking staff. The outstanding individual service given by Viking River Cruises has earned them the award for the "Best Small Ships" in Conde Nast Traveler magazine. If in the unlikely event that you should be dissatisfied with their service upon first check-in, you can notify Viking with 24 hours of the start of your cruise. They promise to correct the situation within 24 hours, according to their Service Guarantee, or they will refund 100% of your cruise price.
With their exclusive onboard program, Culture Curriculum, Viking River Cruises provide you with a unique perspective of the local perspective of the cruise destination which you are visiting. Their complimentary excursions in each port combined with the experience of the expert guides, on board lectures and guest interactions provide a unique insight into the history and culture of the area. Restaurant menus are inspired by local cuisine.
Viking River Cruises believes dining is an important part of your cruise journey, and provides a celebration of fine food and regional specialties. Their highly trained chefs introduce the local cuisines using the freshest ingredients and regional menus pared with local wines to give a distinctive perspective into the region that is being visited.
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