Our tour guide with Viking was wonderful. We started the walking tour in the rain and ended in sunshine. She was informative and friendly and very helpful. Although she was Dutch herself, she is married to an Italian and suggested a restaurant to us for dinner which turned out to be fabulous. Viking provided these wonderful headphones during your cruise which you recharge at night in your room. They work well and we had no problems with them during the cruise. We loved this Amsterdam tour.
We sailed into Budapest after dinner around 10:30pm. The whole city was lit up and it was magical. We call it one of those "aha" moments of a cruise. You couldn't take enough pictures! The next day we took the ship's tour which was GREAT and in the afternoon we did a walking food tour A TASTE OF HUNGARY and it was FABULOUS. Highly recommend. We also head of a Soviet walking tour from someone in our group who had done it and said it was also great. I would love to go back to Budapest. We extended our cruise with 3 nights in Prague with Viking. They bussed us from Budapest to Prague with a very friendly and informative guide on the bus. It was a wonderful experience, too.
Prague is magical. Go there. We loved everything about it. We took a Viking tour the first morning which was great and we got our bearings and then were on our own. We went to the Jewish museum where they have an amazing cemetery. Go to the top of the Intercontinental Hotel for a drink as the sun is setting for a lovely view of Prague. Some friends had recommended that we do it and it was wonderful. Be prepared to walk on very uneven streets in Prague. Try the Prague ham from one of the food vendors in the city. Delicious!
Our tour guide was excellent and informative. Vienna is a very cosmopolitan city; it is kind of like going to Milan in Italy. We shared a little sausage plate at a food cart near St Stephens which had been recommended by our tour guide. Excellent. We went on an impromptu walking food tour with the head chef of our Viking ship. We took the subway into the city where we met him at the huge open air market. He ordered food or drinks for us at 5 different stops along the way. It was fabulous.