Viking Atla Cruise Review by mjmcam: Trip of a Lifetime
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Trip of a Lifetime
This was our first river cruise. We extended our stay 2 nights in Amsterdam at the beginning to acclimate to the time change before the cruise started and we extended our stay 3 nights in Prague following the cruise. Would highly recommend doing both of those things. We had varied weather so would suggest that you pack for layering. Viking did not disappoint; they were there for us every step of our trip. Our tour guides in every port were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. They offered a surprise tour with the chef in Vienna that was so much fun. Sailing into Budapest after dinner was magical. The Nuremberg World War II side tour was overwhelming; would highly suggest doing that. We also did the evening concert in Vienna and would also recommend that, too. Our room on the third floor was small but there was room for everything and we did not feel crowded. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and we are so glad we opted for the long cruise with extra days More
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Cabin review: Viking Atla 321
Our cabin was small but very functional. We used the balcony.
Port and Shore Excursions
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.
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