We left our bus tour in Amsterdam and flew to Budapest to commence the two week cruise back to Amsterdam. On arrival in Budapest, without transfers being previously arranged, we were fortunate to meet a Viking representative at the airport who assisted us with directions to the ship. Our attempts to tell the taxi driver, who did not speak much English, were not quite so successful but after much arm waving and pointing we were safely delivered to our ship. We were immediately made welcome by the staff on board the Viking Danube. Refreshments were provided and we got to meet our fellow travellers while our cabin was made ready. We discovered that the majority of passengers were from the USA with a few each from Australia, Mexico, Canada and the UK. Thus began a very enjoyable and totally relaxing two week interlude.
The food and waiter services were excellent, the staff could not do enough for us. The chefs excelled themselves at every meal. They even provided us with piping hot soup and crusty rolls at midnight on our return from an excursion to a concert in Vienna. The range of food was amazing. We dined on local specialties throughout our cruise. Our days were filled with interesting and exciting excursions and our nights with fascinating entertainment.
The trip covered the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. We stopped each day in a new city or town. Viking staff accompanied us on all our excursions so we were able to enjoy the experiences to the fullest knowing that they were there to assist if required. We really felt at home after the rough and tumble of 6.30am starts and rushed breakfasts of our bus trip. The range of included excursions was good as was the range of optional excursions. We were able to explore the towns each day as we progressed down river. We collected hundreds of photos of local people, buildings and places. We saw a wide range of historical buildings, castles and churches as well as the astonishing scenery of the rivers themselves.
To sum up, Viking River Cruises is a very civilised way to see the sights of Europe. We would heartily recommend a river cruise to anyone who is contemplating a holiday.