Published on February 14th, 2016 | by Crissandra Ayroso0
Fairytale Journeys With Viking River Cruises
From the vineyards and lavender fields in the French countryside, to the windmills and porcelain factories in Holland, the colourful spires in Red Square, and the pagodas along the Yangtze, the heart of some of the oldest towns and villages were born along a river.
Like the great Vikings who navigated the ancient rivers, these canals and waterways once bustled as the main routes to trade, settle, and discover. Today we venture down these waterways to explore and wander the fairytale-like towns that live amongst them and discover the tell-tale stories of mystery and intrigue behind these river walls. If these banks could talk.
Viking help tell these tales from the comfort and luxury of their Longships, in-depth itineraries, expert guides, and extras that make river cruising with Viking like jumping in to a modern day time machine. Discover cruising the Viking Way, the feel of travelling in a Longship, and the top two rivers to cruise.
River Cruises the Viking Way
Experiencing some of the world’s most captivating waterways is an entire journey on its own. Viking will take this experience and go beyond what is expected for the most authentic, local and VIP-feel. Homestays, trips to local markets, exclusive access to after-hours events at museums, and behind-the-scenes tours make each Viking river cruise special and unique.
Viking’s fleet of Longships were designed to have a small-ship, intimate feel. Accommodating under only 200 guests, each spacious stateroom has a modern 4-star luxury hotel feel and comes with a riverview – perfect to watch the scenery pass you by from the comfort of your own room. Because of the small-ship design, guests are able to easily walk straight off your ship and straight in to port to wander around right away.
The Blue Danube
The Danube River will transport you back in time. Ancient fortresses, baroque architecture and imperial wonders punctuate this fabled river, while Vienna, the waltz capital, serenades your journey from the 11th century Melk Abbey in Austria to the historic Cesky Krumlov to the striking contrast of old and new in Budapest.
The Romantic Rhine
The Rhine River gracefully reaches the tulip gardens and iconic windmills of Holland, through the canals and waterways of Amsterdam, and Germany’s lush evergreen Black Forest, with an everchanging tapestry of 13th century medieval castles and gothic palaces that once housed kings and queens.
- Viking itineraries include fresh cuisine prepared by onboard Swiss-trained chefs inspired by regional dishes, with a wine or beer to paired. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are complementary with lunch and dinner. Beverages including cappuccino, coffee, and tea are also available around the clock.
- At least one excursion is included at each port.
- Wi-fi is complimentary, onboard.
- On cruisetours, with overnight stays in new cities, your hotel is included.
For more information on river cruising with Viking River Cruises, contact a Flight Centre Cruise Expert by connecting with us online, calling 1-866-940-0207, or visiting your closest Flight Centre store.