Viking advantages—quality, service and value
Viking River Cruises operates the world’s largest fleet of 21 deluxe vessels built specifically for river travel. With over 175 years of heritage in European river cruising, they are one of the most knowledgeable companies in the business. Viking was the first to offer river trips in Russia, and their China management team has decades of experience helping North Americans see China. As a result, more than half a million people have joined Viking on magical, enlightening journeys through these exciting places.
Elegant, Comfortable Ships
Viking ships are Scandinavian in design, with open, airy interiors by famed maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten. Guests enjoy all the amenities they might expect in a fine hotel, plus expansive, panoramic views throughout.
Every stateroom has an “outside” river view with a sitting area near the window or balcony for viewing, and on every ship, most windows open to the fresh air. Our clients enjoy the comfort of hotel-style beds with European comforters and duvets, and satellite television with CNN and other programming.
Classic, Gourmet Cuisine
Guests enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and gourmet lunches and dinners with Viking. Created by European and celebrity chefs, our menus incorporate regional specialties with American fare to delight the most discriminating palate. While meals are casual, open-seating affairs, the atmosphere is always elegant.
Consistently Excellent Service
Wherever they sail, guests enjoy the same standard of service—because Viking manages it all: nautical, technical, catering, sightseeing and guides. They operate all vessels themselves, with headquarters in Switzerland and offices in both Russia and China.
Deep Cultural Enrichment
Viking guests explore the places they visit with expert Program Directors who provide background, context and a regional perspective. Demonstrations, lectures and workshops supplement on-shore exploration. All this adds up to a personalized, in-depth travel experience.
The cruise fare covers meals, shore excursions, lectures and cultural performances; it also covers hotel accommodations during city portions of “cruisetour” itineraries. And when air travel is purchased through Viking, transfers to and from the airport, ship and hotels are covered at no additional charge.
Great Travel Value
Due to Viking’s close relationships with air carriers, they can at times provide our clients a great deal on airfare. Of course, the included transfers to ship and hotel save you even more. Additional savings can be gained by reserving early (Early Booking Incentive), travelling with Viking more than once and referring friends— travelling with a group can provide you with even greater benefits.
The World of Viking
Because Viking travels along the major rivers of Europe, Russia and China, Viking offers the widest possible variety of destinations. Travellers experience world cities like Budapest, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Shanghai, and immerse themselves in local culture in the smaller towns along the way.
It is no surprise that 99.8% of Viking’s passengers have rated their overall experience as meeting, exceeding or far exceeding their expectations. Viking is so confident that their guests will be delighted that they guarantee it.
Viking has consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best. Meanwhile, travel agents have honored Viking with awards including TravelAge West’s “Editor’s Choice” and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in the 2008 edition of National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.
Viking River Cruises has once again been recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure as one of the “Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Lines” in its 13th annual “World’s Best” awards. In this poll, readers rank their favourite travel providers based on their own recent travel experiences. We are especially proud to be ranked above any other dedicated river cruise line in this category.
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