Viking River Cruises, a Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler award winner, offers inspiring itineraries on the rivers of Europe, Russia and China.
Enjoy exciting cities, rich cultural experiences, fine dining and deluxe accommodations on board the most modern ships —with everything from meals to shore excursions included in your fare. And our award-winning Viking Longships® have raised the bar yet again with full-size veranda staterooms, the largest suites in Europe, al fresco dining and more. Come discover for yourself why Viking® is truly the world’s leading river cruise line.
Named “Best River Cruise Ship” by Cruise Critic. Tops Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Poll for “Best River Cruise Ships”
Elegant interiors custom-designed by the same architecural design firms that transformed the renowned Four Seasons, St. Regis, James, Conrad Hilton, The W and Loews.
The Explorer Suites offer a private sanctuary for your clients with the largest and only true suites on the rivers of Europe, featuring private wraparound verandas and spectacular 270° views.
The Aquavit Terrace, a Viking exclusive, is a window to the outdoors with a seating area at the bow of the ship for relaxing or enjoying a meal al fresco.
All the amenities of a fine hotel including hotel style beds topped with European linens and duvets, bathrooms featuring heated floors and mirrors, L’Occitane bath products and plenty of storage.
With the world’s largest and best fleet of river cruise ships, more awards than any other river cruise line and choice in every aspect of your travels, Viking delivers remarkable value.
Economies of ship design, ownership of our vessels and high standards all lead to increased savings that we pass on to you. We manage every aspect of our business efficiently, including locking in air contracts and negotiating the best rates, thus providing you with a high-quality travel experience at a significant value.
You receive exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river cruise fleet. Enjoy your choice of staterooms, including Suites, Junior Suites and staterooms with verandas and French balconies.
Enjoy attentive service from our award-winning, English-speaking staff, plus the personalized assistance of your onboard Viking Concierge.
Your daily shore excursions are led by friendly, knowledgeable local guides utilizing a high-tech audio headset system so you never miss a word.
Your Viking itinerary includes informative talks, performances, hands-on cooking and craft demonstrations, and much more.
Taste the exquisite cuisine created by our Swiss-trained chefs, featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialty options, and served in a variety of settings including the most al fresco dining available on the rivers.
Refreshments are included with your onboard dinner and lunch service. Also enjoy bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at our 24-hour beverage bar.
You receive complimentary Internet service in your room and throughout our ships.
Your in-room infotainment system features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more.
Viking partners with deluxe hotels for overnight stays during our pre- and post- packages and the land portions of your cruisetour itinerary.
Viking’s all-inclusive air covers flights, taxes, fees and airport transfers. You can also save more with our competitively priced upgrades to Premium Economy or Business Class.
The scent of rosemary on roasted lamb. The sight of scarlet tomatoes, plump and ripe. The way the pastry flakes in your fingers and melts in your mouth. You experience travel with all your senses and food that indulges every one of them is food that you never forget. With Viking, you celebrate food in all its glory. On board and on shore, you discover that food is something to be sampled, savored and, above all, enjoyed!
With Viking, fine food is fresh food. Sorbet made with lemons from the orchards of Provence. Hungarian goulash with paprika from the produce market in Budapest. And with your trout? Hand-picked dill from the organic herb garden on the sun deck of a Viking Longship. Our chefs use fresh locally sourced ingredients in the creation of authentic dishes bursting with flavor.
Greet the morning with a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the dining room. Or pick up a croissant and cappuccino and head off to the sun deck to watch the river come to life. Lunch presents yet more choice with a selection of inspiring dishes. When evening falls, the artistry in the kitchen transforms into a masterpiece of a five-course dinner, with a menu that incorporates traditional influences as well as contemporary cuisine.
To be an occasion, it must be shared. And there is no more relaxing place to share good food, good wine and stories with friends, both old and new, than in our intimate dining rooms.
With an array of lighter choices or vegetarian dishes, our chefs work with nutritionists to provide a selection of balanced options. And, because some days you feel like a simple supper, a perfectly grilled steak or chicken breast or grilled salmon and Caesar salad is always an option.
Freshly brewed coffee in the lounge as you gaze at the river’s early morning mist. Iced tea on the sun deck as you pass villages shaped by time. A bottle of fine local wine with lunch or dinner. You can enjoy it all, included in your cruise fare.
Perfect pairings make the dining experience even more memorable with an extensive wine list created by Viking’s own vintner. Viking is the only river cruise line with our own winemaker that works side by side with our culinary team. Expert chefs take you on a culinary journey with the very best in contemporary cuisine and traditional regional specialties featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Viking’s signature "Taste of..." events are a great introduction to the food and drink of the region. This delightfully informal gathering is as much a visual feast as it is an edible one. Displays of colorful fruit sit alongside a smorgasbord of delicacies, such as you might find in a traditional café. Pretzels and sweet mustard, leberwurst and Kölsch are some of the many tasty treats at "A Taste of Germany." Surrounded by glorious riverside scenery, it is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow guests, chat with Viking chefs and enjoy a taste of the world.
Accompany the chef on a food shopping trip to the local market. Discover why herbs are a cook’s best friend. Meet local producers of fine food and wine. With Viking, food is never just for sustenance, it’s a joy to be shared. Whether you are making an apple strudel or whipping up a fondant au chocolat, our tastings, cooking classes and hands-on demonstrations are the perfect way to expand your mind and satisfy your taste buds.
Guests have the opportunity to dine al fresco on the sun deck or the Viking Longships Aquavit Terrace. Relaxing amidst ever-changing landscapes, it is the perfect casual dining experience.
Viking’s pledge to bring you exceptional choice extends to your dining experience, with a variety of cuisine that you can enjoy where and when you like. Have a leisurely breakfast in the restaurant. Or, take a plate of freshly baked pastries to the sun deck. For a lunch less ordinary, enjoy one of the daily specials in the restaurant or something lighter in the lounge.
Inspiring destinations, thoughtfully designed itineraries, immersive cultural explorations, state-of-the-art ships, fine cuisine, excellent service and remarkable value. All created with personal attention to every detail.
We call this the Viking Experience. It’s the way your bartender has your drink prepared at just the right moment. The gentle guidance from your tai chi master during your lesson in China. Or the handwritten directions from your concierge to the oldest coffeehouse in Vienna. Every aspect of your time with Viking, from expertly prepared meals to carefully created enrichment programs and beautifully appointed ships, is planned to bring you closer to experiencing the most from your destination.
With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, we offer behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set us apart from other travel companies.
While we deliver the expected and iconic, such as visits to museums and landmarks, we also go beyond. On every itinerary, you can experience local life through such excursions as home-hosted visits or trips to local markets. We also offer the opportunity to see the working world of bakers and artisans, and the option for our guests to experience Privileged Access to museums, private collections and after-hours events that we thoughtfully curate.
Our daily shore excursions include must-see highlights and delightful surprises. These expertly guided tours bring you closer to the art, architecture, history and people of the land.
Watch a local German glassblower or learn about French Impressionism. Our Culture Curriculum, an enriching onboard program, infuses every cruise and brings history to life.
Accompany us on a shopping trip to the local market. Walk through the door of a centuries-old cathedral or visit a contemporary art museum. Meet local fine food and wine purveyors. Our tastings and demonstrations expand your mind and satisfy your senses.
Have you yearned to visit the vaults of the famed Hermitage Museum? Attend a classical concert in Vienna? Enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xian? Your Program Director can organize a variety of optional tours.
An appointment at the best spa in Prague or dinner at one of Lyon’s Michelin-star restaurants? Our onboard Viking Concierge is there to assist you with special requests.
Since our founding in 1997 as Viking River Cruises, we have received many accolades from both guests and the travel industry. We strive to be the best provider of destination cruising with both our river cruise line and our newly launched ocean cruises, delivering value and a high-quality experience for our guests.
We are the most award-winning river cruise line: since 2004, we have been recognized consistently by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure for our outstanding quality, as well as being named "Best River Cruise Line" multiple times by Cruise Critic. We consistently receive more “bests” from the travel trade as well. With the recent announcement of our new ocean division, we are now Viking Cruises, and as our maiden ocean voyages begin this spring, we look forward to setting yet more industry standards.
Viking’s river cruise ships are built to provide a comfortable, relaxing backdrop for your cruise. Spectacular scenery beckons from every part of the ship, including the Sun Deck, Restaurant, Lounge, lobby and every stateroom.
Hot coffee and tea are free all day; your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee, house wines and beers and soft drinks. Complimentary bottles of water are supplied in your stateroom each day. There is no corkage fee, so you may bring local wine aboard and enjoy it with your meals.
For those who may wish to enjoy premium wines and beers, cocktails and sparkling wine, we offer a Silver Spirits beverage package that may be of interest. Here is a link to details about what is covered and what the package costs, and another to a typical ship’s bar menu including a range of cocktails, premium wines and beers, so you can compare the two.
All meals aboard are prepared by local chefs under the guidance of our European management team. Meals are open seating during set meal times. No table reservations are accepted. Room service is not available.
The onboard daily newsletter, Viking Daily, features information about daily activities, shore excursions and tour departure times, plus interesting background about your destinations.
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