1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
The cruise was to celebrate birthdays. It was beyond our expectations. Great service, superb meals, excellent thoughtful crew members, well conducted tours (very informative), excellent environment and prestine clean ship. Loved it. ... Read More
The cruise was to celebrate birthdays. It was beyond our expectations. Great service, superb meals, excellent thoughtful crew members, well conducted tours (very informative), excellent environment and prestine clean ship. Loved it. The crew were pleasant and remarkably were able to remember your drink preferences and names. I had a food allergy. Not only were they accommodating they ensured I was awaited of any issues I might encounter offering alternatives. The chef was informative as to each meal selection, recommended wines, and was an exceptional cook, Every meal was above expectations. The tours were well organized. All guides were very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. The ship had selected key tours with great historical value. We were not disappointed. We appreciated we were also able to venture out on our own to investigate various cities on our own, if we so desired. We did this on a few occasions and enjoyed the discoveries we ventured upon. Shuttles were available to take you from and back to the boat. E.g. To investigate Paris on your own. Etc. A cruise that makes you want to come back and do it all over again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
Our group of 10 chose this cruise from the information all of us had. It was absolutely wonderful. We all spent 3 days in Paris before the cruise. Viking took very good care of us during the stay, as well as while cruising. The ship ... Read More
Our group of 10 chose this cruise from the information all of us had. It was absolutely wonderful. We all spent 3 days in Paris before the cruise. Viking took very good care of us during the stay, as well as while cruising. The ship and it's crew were great. The crew had a good happy attitude, which made it more enjoyable for the guests. They were all very knowledgeable and helpful.The food was excellent The trip to the Normandy "D day" beaches was very moving and emotional. The stop to see the castle of Richard the Lion-hearted" was delightful. Our tour guide Lionel, was great, he gave us a history lesson as well as a walking tour of the town. As it was a very hot day, we partook of a couple of "Richard the Lion-Hearted" beer from the local brewery. We also enjoyed the trip to Josephine's estate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We had heard many good things about Viking Cruises. While this was our first Viking Cruise, it more than exceeded our expectations and will not be our last. We have already booked our next. Everything shipboard was extraordinary. The ... Read More
We had heard many good things about Viking Cruises. While this was our first Viking Cruise, it more than exceeded our expectations and will not be our last. We have already booked our next. Everything shipboard was extraordinary. The staff couldn't be more helpful, accommodating, friendly and just easy to be around; the food was excellent, interesting, and beautifully presented; shipboard entertainment while limited was fun and geared to the passengers; the excursions were many and varied (if anything, we may be a little more eager to schedule free time for our own explorations) and the other passengers were just plain great. We made friends that I am sure we will keep in touch with in the future. While I cannot say enough good things about the shipboard experience the post ship 3 days in Paris generated a bit less positivity. The onsite coordinator was helpful, no complaints there. The hotel, the Rochester, while centrally located was a disappointment from entry into the room. Our room was small, the curtains were hanging off their hooks, and in my opinion didn't qualify as a 4 star hotel. Speaking with other cruise passengers who were also guests indicated that their rooms were lovely, large, and well appointed. So not only were my husband and I disappointed in our room but we felt as if we had been given the short straw in room assignment. I am assuming that we all paid the same after cruise premium which makes the disparity in rooms even more difficult to understand. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
Always wanted to go on a Viking River Cruise, Paris to Normandy, It was beyond superior in all aspects. Going to the Rhine Getaway next June. Will always choose Viking. Staff is excellent as are accommodations. Viking does everything for ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a Viking River Cruise, Paris to Normandy, It was beyond superior in all aspects. Going to the Rhine Getaway next June. Will always choose Viking. Staff is excellent as are accommodations. Viking does everything for you from the moment you arrive at the airport til the time you disembark. Viking is beyond organized. Guides are very versed in their itinerary.The lounge and dining facilities are absolutely gorgeous and food is very good and absolutely no reason to go hungry. Entertainment is of great quality and fun. Viking does not wear you out. A busy day and then at least one half day of River cruising. Breakfast extended on a leisure day so an early call one day and then a morning to sleep in. Viking is the golden star in River Cruises. Can't wait to go again next year with my family. I know they will love it as I did this year. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
This cruise was by far and hands-down, one of the best vacations/experiences my wife and I have ever had! Our room on the ship was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The crew on the ship was amazing, they made you want for ... Read More
This cruise was by far and hands-down, one of the best vacations/experiences my wife and I have ever had! Our room on the ship was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The crew on the ship was amazing, they made you want for nothing! The food, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, was nothing short of fantastic! The shore excursions that were provided were amazing. And you had choices of additional excursions you could do, which we did some of them had a wonderful time. Some of the excursions we did were... The Louvre, The Palace of Versailles, Claude Monets home, Notre Dame cathedral , Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel Tower, King Richard the Lion Hearts castle , actual site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and multiple landing sites at the beaches of Normandy, including the cemetery at Normandy, which words cannot describe the feelings/ emotions that you experience when you are there! My wife and I both highly recommend that you put this trip high on your "bucket list" We are planning another Viking European river cruise in the near future, can't wait! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first Viking River Cruise. The service was excellent and the food was always very good, if not delicious. The maitre d went out of his way to accommodate my husband's complex eating habits. Our host for the cruise, ... Read More
This was our first Viking River Cruise. The service was excellent and the food was always very good, if not delicious. The maitre d went out of his way to accommodate my husband's complex eating habits. Our host for the cruise, Lionel, was superb. He is as charming, informative and entertaining as a person could possibly be. It is worth booking a cruise with Lionel just for the joy of his company. The excursion guides were likewise often excellent and at worst, very good. We extended in Paris for 3 days and Viking took good care of our restaurant reservations in Paris and made the airport/VAT experience as painless as it can be. My only complaint is that embarkation/debarkation from Le Pecq is not great but it barely detracted from the overall experience. We wouldn't hesitate, and indeed intend to take another Viking River or Ocean Cruise in the future. Bravo Viking! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Viking was offering a fantastic deal for this cruise; two for one fares plus cancel up to the day before departure with a full refund (Viking no longer offers the full refund; believe it was due to events in Europe/France at the time). ... Read More
Viking was offering a fantastic deal for this cruise; two for one fares plus cancel up to the day before departure with a full refund (Viking no longer offers the full refund; believe it was due to events in Europe/France at the time). The cruise was phenomenal; we hadn't been on a river cruise and it was on our bucket list. Viking also offered air fare for an extremely reasonable price. The ship was placed into service earlier this year and was very elegant from the lobby/atrium to the lounge (light and airy - a good place to "get away"), to the dining facilities (great views from all seats) to the cabins. The cabins were smaller that what we've experienced on ocean cruises, but was spacious enough for the journey and we had a French balcony, which allowed us to open the floor to ceiling window (similar to sliding doors). The food was excellent and there were several selections plus a standard menu available each night. At breakfast and lunch you had the option of the buffet or ordering from the menu (the pancakes were amazing). The servers became well acquainted with you and treated you well; they spoke very good English, and could converse in multiple languages. The staff was extremely professional, but able to joke and have conversations with you. Viking really tries to accommodate dietary restrictions/preferences. My husband and his brother got an impromptu tour of the navigation bridge from the First Officer, simply by asking the question. Excursions are included for each port, with some having additional excursions to purchase, such as the Paris + Louvre, Versailles, and Paris by Night - all were worth the extra cost. The local walking tours were informative about the regions. We like the fact that Viking doesn't nickel and dime you for everything; wine and beer are included with lunch and dinner; free wi-fi, complimentary water in cabin and for each excursion; complimentary umbrellas for inclement weather; complimentary coffee/tea service outside the lounge 24 hours. After a damp/chilly day at the Normandy Beaches, the ship greeted us with "Happy Hot Chocolate" on our return to the ship. The ship docks in Le Pecq, which is about 35-45 min from Paris via shuttle (Viking provided, free). Our transfer from the airport to the ship was flawless and easy; departure from the ship was easy, however the airport part was hectic, hurried, and we almost got lost/left behind. The woman greeting the group at the airport left for the check-in area before getting all the passengers and their luggage. She provided no instructions and practically raced to the check-in area - something to be aware of. The other impressive part of Viking is that everyone on the ship works; my sister-in-law saw the captain assisting with loading luggage from the ship. The Program Director did this as well and accompanied us on all excursions. There is only a walking track on the upper deck. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Our second Viking river cruise, Danube was first. Excelled beyond the first one, which was outstanding. Had to visit France and the Normandy countryside. From start to finish, Viking lived up to its claims. Crew was remarkable. ... Read More
Our second Viking river cruise, Danube was first. Excelled beyond the first one, which was outstanding. Had to visit France and the Normandy countryside. From start to finish, Viking lived up to its claims. Crew was remarkable. Fun, professional, cheerful, untiring service. Easy transfer, informative excursions, all the right places, best guides. Meals were excellent on board. We purchased a beverage package that was worth the cost. More wine selections, and off hour bar service. Upon return we booked a Med cruise for March. Music during cocktail hour, diner and evening cruising was one of the highlights of our cruise. The friend we made among fellow passengers made day to day travel a joy. Cabin size for our Veranda A and deck location was perfect for us, quiet, easy to lounge and upper deck. Our extended stay in Paris kept us busy sunrise to late evening. Hotel was comfortable and caring. We will continue on with Viking. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Although we have cruised many times on ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise. Two of our travel partners had previously sailed with Viking on their Danube/Rhine itinerary and their high praise moved us to join them on the Paris ... Read More
Although we have cruised many times on ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise. Two of our travel partners had previously sailed with Viking on their Danube/Rhine itinerary and their high praise moved us to join them on the Paris to Normandy cruise. Everything was outstanding! We booked the three-night hotel pre-cruise hotel package through Viking. The Rochester Champs-Elysees Hotel was in a central location and very comfortable. The rooms were small but that is common in Europe The hotel stay included the services of a Viking concierge and a Paris walking tour. It was great that the tour included a subway ride which helped us learn how to navigate our way outside of walking distance. We were aware that the Kadlin did not dock in Paris, but rather in the suburb of Le Pecq Having spent several days in Paris, including Bastille Day, we got to experience the flavor of Paris and it was okay to be 11 miles from the city. There was a grocery store near by where we stocked up on extra wine for our cabins. The first day in Le Pecq included a Paris City Tour. If you chose to stay in Paris longer, there were shuttles available at different times to return passengers to the Kadlin. The other ports were beautiful and the included tours were very good. We signed up for one optional tour to the Palace of Versailles and were glad we did. Our favorite day was visiting the Normandy beaches and American cemetery. Viking gave each passenger a rose to place at a grave. We also gathered at Omaha beach to sing our National. Anthem and pay tribute to our armed forces veterans on our tour. The service from all staff was outstanding. The food on the Kadlin was better than experienced on any ocean cruise. I highly suggest going with the daily "Chef's recommendation." Every day it turned out to be the best choice, even though every choice is a winner. The Veranda cabin was very clean and had ample drawers and shelves for storage. We had a king sized bed with outlets for phones and other devices on both sides. I requested additional hangers and received them right after asking. There are water bottles daily in the cabins as well as for each time passengers leave for tours. The mini fridge was nice too. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy Luggage was set out one hour prior to one's scheduled disembarkation. There were some early flights with folks leaving the Kadlin at 4 am. A Viking rep was on the bus and walked us inside our particular terminal at CDG so that everyone was in the correct line. If there was anything that we would have liked better, I guess it would have been traveling down the River Seine on more days. We were parked in Le Pecq and Rouen two nights each. As is part of river cruising, there were two times another river boat parked right next to the Kadlin. The balcony was useless on those days or evenings. However, our group enjoyed sitting on the top deck every evening after dinner enjoying our wine and views of the French countryside. The balcony was seldom used. I also suggest you periodically check the status of your airline flights if you book with Viking. Ours changed and we were never informed of the change. If I had not checked one week prior, we would have missed our connection due to changes made by Delta. I highly recommend river cruising with Viking and I look forward to cruising with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We choose Viking because of their reputation, and we were not disappointed! From the moment we met our transportation in the Paris airport until we arrived back at the airport, we traveled top notch. We traveled the week of the terrorism ... Read More
We choose Viking because of their reputation, and we were not disappointed! From the moment we met our transportation in the Paris airport until we arrived back at the airport, we traveled top notch. We traveled the week of the terrorism attack in Nice, actually it happened enroute to Paris. We had time to change our minds, but chose to go ahead. We were never concerned for our safety. We knew that the crew was trained for any situation. They were very compassionate, yet frank about the events that occurred. We had the best vacation ever. The crew was extremely professional, caring, listened to and met our needs and were approachable, knowledgeable, and warm. I can't say enough nice things. Within a few weeks of returning home, we booked our next river cruise Viking vacation for July 2017! The booking process was easy. I was always able to reach an agent if I needed immediate assistance. Information presented online was easy to access. Booking our "extra" excursions was very easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
Always wanted to go to Paris, and the Viking Kadlin was my choice. It was all and much more than I expected. The destinations tours, service, crew, accommodations were outstanding. The other tourists we met on the cruise were so nice and ... Read More
Always wanted to go to Paris, and the Viking Kadlin was my choice. It was all and much more than I expected. The destinations tours, service, crew, accommodations were outstanding. The other tourists we met on the cruise were so nice and we shared so many wonderful stories, and made friends we will never forget. We still stay in touch with some of them The addition of on board activities, such as the watercolor class right after touring Monet's home was a highlight for me. It was an experience I will always remember. The servers and all attendants were so friendly and very helpful during the entire vacation. By the end of the cruise it was like a big family gathering! I was only on one ocean cruise and the difference between that and this river cruise is incomparable. I now know that river cruising with Viking is the ONLY way to go. Hopefully, I can book another one in the near future Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
Our 1st experience with Viking Cruises was excellent. We have been on numerous cruises but never a river cruise. The food, the service, the accommodations, the crew and the guides were all exceptional. The ports of call were fabulous, the ... Read More
Our 1st experience with Viking Cruises was excellent. We have been on numerous cruises but never a river cruise. The food, the service, the accommodations, the crew and the guides were all exceptional. The ports of call were fabulous, the onboard entertainment unique and well done. Our cruise director offered instruction in French wines, cheeses, desserts and the French language. The schedule accommodated several excursions but the pace was consistent with a relaxing vacation. Our cruise staff and director were outstanding and accommodated everyone's needs. We were greeted at the airport upon arrival, well cared for throughout the week and delivered to the airport for departure in a manner beyond our expectations. We especially enjoyed our visit to Normandy and our tour guide for that excursion was extremely knowledgable of the area, the history and the culture of the region. The time allotted for the ports of call was ample and usually allowed for some leisure time. We visited Paris the week of the soccer World Cup and Bastille Day, and our cruise director made special accommodations for us to enjoy those events in addition to the activities in our original itinerary. This was our first trip to France and we plan to return in the next couple of years to see the southern region. We will definitely travel with Viking again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose Viking's Paris and the Heart of Normandy river cruise because we wanted to visit the Beaches of Normandy and pay our respects to all the brave souls who gave up their lives so we could enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. ... Read More
We chose Viking's Paris and the Heart of Normandy river cruise because we wanted to visit the Beaches of Normandy and pay our respects to all the brave souls who gave up their lives so we could enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. This was our third Viking cruise. We went on the Portraits of Southern France and enjoyed it so much, we took the Amsterdam to Budapest, with a three day extension to Prague, last year. We also have an ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking for next year. The Viking experience is wonderful. We booked the flights along with the cruise and were met at the airport and whisked to our boat, the Kadlin. We were there so early, we had a small breakfast and later lunch and went on a brief walking tour in the afternoon. All of the transfers are included, which makes for a seamless vacation. All we have to do is relax, enjoy fellow passengers, the wonderfully modern boat, the friendly staff, food and drinks along with nightly entertainment - opera singers, piano virtuoso and informative talks before our dinner to go through the next day's activities. The cabins are lovely and have everything you need to make your cruise as comfortable as possible. Incredibly soft and comfortable bed with lovely linens, pillows and duvet. Sad to have to leave it every morning! The lounge area is huge and has floor to ceiling windows so you can sit there and enjoy a drink, cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the views from both sides or the boat. There is also a lovely sun deck for photo ops and sitting in the warm sun as you sail along or just rest in port. The staff were as courteous as you could possibly wish for and meals most delectable. Service was incredibly efficient and we felt so welcome and treasured as guests, which is why we keep on going back on Viking cruises. We enjoyed all the tours with informative guides. The Paris at night was fun and it was absolutely spectacular seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night. Truly magical. The D Day Beaches were very moving and sad. Viking provided a separate luxury coach, as all of their coaches are, for the 18 of us who were interested in Juno and the Commonwealth Beaches. A very moving day which was the highlight of our trip. We also enjoyed Monet's gardens - just incredibly beautiful and fragrant. The Medieval city of Rouen was lovely and each excursion had very knowledgeable and pleasant guides. The Paris tour included a visit to the Notre Dame cathedral, also breathtaking in its beauty and stained glass windows. All in all, a most wonderful cruise and we can hardly wait until next year's adventures to Portugal on a river cruise and Into the Midnight Sun - an ocean cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first Viking river cruise and it certainly did NOT disappoint! We chose Paris to Normandy because we wanted to see the city of Paris, the French countryside and the beaches at Normandy. The staff was amazing! The meals were ... Read More
This was our first Viking river cruise and it certainly did NOT disappoint! We chose Paris to Normandy because we wanted to see the city of Paris, the French countryside and the beaches at Normandy. The staff was amazing! The meals were beyond delicious and each meal was a delight with the waiters serving our table! The entire week was very well organized, definitely not their "first rodeo" as our cruise director told us! The tours were wonderful with small groups and the tour guides were great! I also loved the headsets they provided so we could hear every word! The icing on the cake was when they took us to the airport by bus to catch our flights home there was a Viking representative there to meet us and make sure we got our boarding passes and showed us the way to our departing gates. They didn't leave a stone unturned! A most enjoyable week and we will definitely be cruising with Viking again!!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We wanted to walk around Paris and see the Normandy beaches and the towns along the Seine from Paris to Rouen. We are limited to taking river cruises because one of us gets very sea sick and we can't take an ocean cruise because of ... Read More
We wanted to walk around Paris and see the Normandy beaches and the towns along the Seine from Paris to Rouen. We are limited to taking river cruises because one of us gets very sea sick and we can't take an ocean cruise because of that. The boat is unbelievable; there is absolutely no noise or vibration that you can feel. You would not even know you were moving, that's how smooth it is. The boat is much smaller than a large cruise ship so you feel at home and not lost in a 10 story "apartment" as you would in a typical ocean ship. It is also perfectly clean and fastidiously maintained. The cruise staff treated us (and all other passengers) as special guests, even welcoming people returning from town guided walks with glasses of champagne or wine. All staff were accommodating, including the room service people, the front desk, the wait staff and the officers. The food choices are excellent and very well prepared and served with unlimited complimentary wine or other drink. Also, there were many choices on a daily basis of tours, lectures, classes; truly something for everyone. We took the shuttle Viking provided free of charge to center Paris near the Petit Palais and walked for hours. We also took the Paris metro and went to the Musee Marmottan Monet and Sacre Couer in Montmartre. The Viking people did a great job at the US cemetery in Normandy; they organized a very moving ceremony and distributed roses for us to place on some of the graves. This was very much appreciated by all of us, I can tell you that. We'll not forget it. We highly recommend Viking cruises and plan to take others in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
We always wanted to visit Paris and this was the perfect way to do so. Everyone on the cruise was helpful and courteous. It was the best cruise we have been on. We enjoyed all of the tours throughout the cruise. Normandy was our favorite ... Read More
We always wanted to visit Paris and this was the perfect way to do so. Everyone on the cruise was helpful and courteous. It was the best cruise we have been on. We enjoyed all of the tours throughout the cruise. Normandy was our favorite stop on the cruise. Several men were present dressed in full uniform that served in the war. I went up to each of them to thank them for their service. It was a very emotional and wonderful feeling to speak with these gentlemen. The food was excellent and there was enough variety to choose from. There was an activity each night for entertainment. We were sailing on the fourth of July and they had an American Bar-B-Q on the deck. They served hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, watermelon, etc. which added a nice touch to the cruise.All of the staff made sure everyone's needs were met. The cabin was adequate in size and kept very clean. Kudos to Viking and their staff. They did an excellent job. We would definitely take another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
We chose this line because it had been highly recommended by our friends. We were not disappointed. The crew bent over backwards to please. The food was delicious and the selections were out of this world. We also enjoyed complimentary ... Read More
We chose this line because it had been highly recommended by our friends. We were not disappointed. The crew bent over backwards to please. The food was delicious and the selections were out of this world. We also enjoyed complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner. The long ship was clean and the bed, particularly after a busy day of touring, was comfortable as well. We loved the itineraries which were varied and highly organized. Every day there was an included trip which highlighted the region we were visiting with always built in time to souvenir shop. The trips were informative and we were able to see many things and places before they got crowded. Two days after returning home we booked our second cruise and this time we will be cruising the Rhine. I can't say enough about this cruise line, they know how to do things right! Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the ... Read More
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the Kadlin departure on June 24, the boat embarks from Le Pecq, not Paris. Day one Arrival: very smooth. Meet the Viking reps wearing red jackets right outside of customs (if you purchased the Viking Transfer). BTW, we were not stopped at all in French customs. Very well organized transfer to Le Pecq, which is outside of Paris. About 45 minutes on a very ugly, graffiti filled highway. The town of a Le Pecq is a lovely, upscale suburb on the banks of the Seine. Check in very quick and easy. TIP: bring a clock, there is no clock in your cabin. If you use a curling iron or something that generates heat you will need a converter. Otherwise you have US electric current. Cabins are small, stash your suitcase under your bed. TIP: bring extra hangers as the closet is large, only 3 drawers. There is a fridge in the cabin. Nearby: the banks of the Seine towards the bridge are lined with flower gardens. The path in the other direction takes you to a school with outdoor exercise stations. No bathrooms anywhere at all in town. Always use the one on the ship first. Be sure to pack and wear layers. It has been a rainy, chilly summer, dress for passing showers. Forget about fancy shoes as you will be walking across cobblestone streets. Tour to St. Germaine n Laye: was wonderful and not to be missed. Sweeping views of Paris in the distance. Large park. 12 century castle and church. St. Germaine n laye is also an upscale small city filled with shops and outdoor cafes. It has a large commuter rail station (RER) from which you can take a train every 10 minutes to Paris. Takes 30 minutes. Huge train, spotless, easy to navigate with an upstairs deck. Buy your ticket right at the kiosk or at the “service desk” which is staffed by humans. Be sure to hold onto your ticket as you need to have it to exit the system. TIP: if you need or desire fast wifi, buy a hotspot to take along on the trip as the ship’s wifi is affected by travel. There are lots of free movies in your room if you want to chill. TIP: the tour guide will ask if you wish to walk back to Le Pecq from the castle. DO IT! It is an awesome walk straight down the beautiful terraces to the ship which is quite easy to see at all times. The walk along the Seine to the ship is a garden path. TIP: sit anywhere you want in the dining room. Don’t be afraid to join a table by the window, as this is how you make friends. Night: Welcome lecture and procedures from Program Director. Followed by dinner and opera singers (we went to bed) Day two: Paris: The extended tour takes you thru the leafy suburbs west of Paris, which are a treat to see. TIP: sit on the left side of the bus, so that you can watch the lovely mansion go by situated along the Seine. Bring a small pair of binoculars for better viewing. We jumped off in Paris at the first stop which is the Eiffel Tower. From there it is an easy walk on either side of the Seine to anywhere you want to go. TIP: there is a bateaux mouche that has 8 stops along the Seine. You can hop on and off at will. Not sure of the fare. We went to L’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lillies. This is located in the Tulleries garden. There are many sights and museums in the area. We went on a scenic battteaux mouche. Ours had a crappy PA system so we could not hear the narration. It is fabulous to see Paris from the river. Do it! We rode on the big ferris wheel at the Tullleries. It’s okay, not a must. The took a pedicab up Avenue George V to the RER station. TIP: The pedicabs are a fun, wild ride, but the fare quoted is per person, don’t be fooled as we were. The RER station is insane, hold tight to purses and wallets. The train outbound to St. G en Laye is on the lowest level. You can buy your ticket at the service desk. The train arrives every 10 minutes, and is clearly announced on the marquee overhead. Ours was labled “Zeus”. The train is huge and lovely with an upper deck. You jump off at the very, very last stop. Then you will need to walk downhill via the terraces to Le Pecq. Night: cast off and cruise in the wrong direction towards Paris so that the boat can turn around. Lovely bucolic scenes, homes and parks. Bring your binoculars. TIP: you can eat on the deck where there are also cozy rocking chairs with heat lamps. The staff will bring you “blankies” as it is slightly chilly out there. The buffet is always available on the deck, not much variety though. Day three: Wake up in Vernon an antique town on the Seine just inside of Normandy. Hop off and take a walk. Read the plaques about the Duke of Vernon and the destruction of part of the town by the allies in WW2. This theme will be repeated as the allies heavily bombed Normandy to deprive the occupying Nazis of trains, food and train lines. Sad to imagine. The area near the ship has medieval houses and small castle. TIP: it is always freezing on the boat. Bring a lined jacket or a heavy shawl. Showers happen too so a folding umbrella or a hooded jacket is needed. Trip to Giverny leaves bright and early. Thankfully, as Giverny becomes unbearable overcrowded by noon. Use the restrooms on the walk to the gardens, leave a small coin for the attendant. No words can describe the beauty of the gardens. Take a million pictures and enjoy. The guides will rush you, but that is okay, they are trying to move you ahead of the huge crowds. You can enjoy the gift shops and there are some nice boutiques outside the gardens. Transfer back to the ship for lunch. Afternoon? The water color calls was excellent. Brigitte did a wonderful job of making you feel competent in a short time. Night:? Stays light until 10 pm or later Day four: cast off in the morning for Rouen. Lovely ride thru various locks upstream to upper Normandy. Look for a church built right into the limestone cliff. Arrive in Rouen. Lots of other cruise ships, not much to see. I don’t understand why they bother with this port. An included walking tour departs, or purchase the farm tour. TIP: do NOT book this trip if you are mobility challenged. Do not wear nice shoes, as you will be slogging thru the mud and worse. We went on the farm tour which was awesome. Lovely country villages and farms speed by the windows. It looks kind of like Amish country. Arrive at a 17th century farm. All organic. Sheepdog demonstration. Cider demo and tasting. Then on to another tasting of sparkling cider and Calvados. The most fantastic and flavorful Neufchatel cheese, and cinnamon apple tarts in croissant dough. Take a big nap on the one hour ride back to the boat. Night? Some go to the light show at Rouen Cathedral. NOT TO BE MISSED!! It is not a laser show, or a simple slide show. There are two shows VIKING and IMPRESSIONISTS. Both are awesome, but the Viking show is more spectacular. Do not leave after the first show ends, but stick around for one minute until the next show starts. Day five: early morning two hour drive to the beaches at Normandy. I was not at all excited for this tour, but it was fantastic. The seaside is lovely, with neat and picturesque cottages. The gardens are overflowing with roses and zinnias. The tour makes four separate stops at various places along the Normandy beaches. TIP: if you want to see the Bayouex tapestry take the Commonwealth tour. The museum is quite interesting and overwhelming. Spend some time thanking the dead quietly on the beach. TIP: good restrooms across from museum. The ones under the museum will have long lines. Leave a coin for the attendant. Ask which restaurant you are having lunch just in case you get lost like we did. Lots of fun boutiques along the pedestrian mall. TIP: if you have a food allergy bring a sign with you and put it next to your place. As the service happens very fast and there is no food choice. Then you arrive at the US Cemetery which is huge. If you wish to honor a specific soldier, find out PRIOR to leaving the where he/she is buried as the procedure at the cemetery is too cumbersome and you don’t have time. TIP: bring or buy a book for the two hour plus journey back to Rouen. The staff puts on a lovely welcome back to the ship. Dinner, then don’t miss the Liars Club show which is hilarious fun. Second chance to see the Rouen light show. DO NOT MISS THIS. Tomorrow is a is a light day with a late breakfast so you can sleep in. Day six: Get up late, breakfast isn’t until 7:30. Omelettes made to order, lots of menu choices or buffet choices. Be sure to go up deck and watch the holiday houses and villages slip by. You arrive in Les Andelyes at 1:00 or so. Be ready for the walking tours which depart at 1:45. You can take an easy walk down in the villages or trek up the hill to the Castle Gallaird. TIP: if you have a walking stick or telescoping hiking pole, bring it. It is quite steep in both directions, and not so nice to your knees. Lovely views up and down the Seine. We spied a big municipal swimming pool on the waterfront, so if you really want to go swimming, I am sure you could find it. It is right near the bridge. Day seven: Wake up in Mantres-Les-Jolies, which is a pretty town with a medieval church and waterfront. It is so typical of the French that they don’t even remark on how nice this town is. Don’t waste the opportunity to explore the waterfront and centre of town. Many shops are open early and the locals look to enjoy kibitzing as there day begins. We took the optional tour to Mal Maisson which allowed us to have a leisurely morning and return by 1 pm. It takes a brief half hour to get there, thru pretty leafy, upscale suburbs. Port Marly among them. Passing by the pump house and pipes that supply the fountains to Verseilles. Chateau Malmaison (named for the rowdy, misbehaving Normans) is pretty, loaded with history, and a very comfortable homey scale. Not grand and overwhelming. Back to the ship for lunch and time to sit in the rocking chairs up on deck. Grab a “blankie” from the storage bin in the lounge and watch the pretty shoreline slip by, a village, a race course, a nautical center, just waiting for a glimpse of old familiar Le Pecq. Also a cooking lesson at 3 and a tour of the galley at 4 given by the chef. Fill out your evaluations, pay your bills, fill up your gratuity envelopes, and say a tearful goodbye to friendly faces. Departure Day: early rise and shine, put your bag tags on and put your bags out at the correct time (not earlier). Remember to arrange for a wake up call the night before. Just do as they say and things will go very smoothly. Breakfast is crowded, so get up early. Charles De Gaulle airport is massive and crowded. You cannot print out your boarding pass the night before, but maybe you can download it to your phone, not sure. You have to stand in a 10 ques but eventually you make it on board. There is a TON of shopping in CDG, so save room for souvenirs. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We took this cruise as my wife had not been to Paris before. This was our first River Cruise and i cannot say one thing bad about Viking and their service. Just before we arrived i found out that our travel agent did not book the ... Read More
We took this cruise as my wife had not been to Paris before. This was our first River Cruise and i cannot say one thing bad about Viking and their service. Just before we arrived i found out that our travel agent did not book the transfers. I called the ship direct form the states and was assured they would take care of us when we arrived at CDG and would handle all for us. They did without any problem and made it seamless. They pay attention to every detail while you are there. The entertainments is very good and Lionell our cruise director is amazing. The food was more than abundant and was outstanding in both taste and variety. The agenda was excellent, the tours were great and all the modes of transportation to get there was very comfortable. Now be aware that there are some things Viking cannot control. Paris had very wet spring and the Seine River was over the banks so they had to dock futher from Paris than they had planned. This just means a little more time on the coach than would have been and they pull it off without a hitch. We are doing another one and after that another. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
This was my husband's first trip to Europe. It was thoroughly delightful. He was in seventh heaven with every historical venue from the Arch de Triomphe to the Normandy Beaches. The room was extremely nice, the food was exquisite, ... Read More
This was my husband's first trip to Europe. It was thoroughly delightful. He was in seventh heaven with every historical venue from the Arch de Triomphe to the Normandy Beaches. The room was extremely nice, the food was exquisite, the service was superb. The only disappointment was the amount of time we had to tour Versailles with the group. We could have used at least another hour at the site. However, Napolean's Chateau later that afternoon was grand !! Given the proximity of those two sites...we should have lunched nearby instead of going back to the ship for lunch. That would have given us much more time at Versailles. Not only would we love to sail the Seine again but we have already booked the Rhine Getaway for next year..with a couple that we met on the Seine cruise. Thank you Viking for our 1st Grand Adventure !! There will be more ! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Viking cruises always look so wonderful on the commercials so we decided to take one. We were not disappointed! Every last detail was taken care of from the moment we left the airport. We were greeted with a warm towel upon our arrival ... Read More
Viking cruises always look so wonderful on the commercials so we decided to take one. We were not disappointed! Every last detail was taken care of from the moment we left the airport. We were greeted with a warm towel upon our arrival onto the ship and it just got better from there. The staff was wonderful-so friendly and eager to help with any question or concern. The ship was beautiful and clean. Our cabin was spacious and the housekeeping staff did an awesome job at keeping it spotless. The activities on the ship were great. Our program director, Lionel, gave a daily briefing on what we could expect on our next excursion as well as his humorous take on river boat sailing. He was great! We really liked learning about the cities and towns where we docked. We also liked the exposure to the culture of France, from the cheese tasting to the French singing group to the informative talks. The menu also highlighted dishes from Normandy. All of the food was ample and delicious. Our chef was superb and the wait staff is amazing!! All of the ports we visited were spectacular! The audio devices that are provided really make the sightseeing that much better. All of our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely recommend Viking to everyone who asks about our vacation. We have already booked another one for next year!! Thanks, Viking, for an unforgettable vacation! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
River was flooded, but staff made excellent adjustments to conditions. Ship was in excellent condition. Rooms ready for us, meals top notch, stall as friendly and competent as could be.The room was extremely comfortable. I was quite ... Read More
River was flooded, but staff made excellent adjustments to conditions. Ship was in excellent condition. Rooms ready for us, meals top notch, stall as friendly and competent as could be.The room was extremely comfortable. I was quite taken with the heated bathroom floors! The entertainment was top quality. Great singers on one night. The Cruise Director, a native of Normandy, was superb. He had marvelous stories. We were taken from CDG to our ship's alternate dock rapidly and boarded with no problem. Our shore trips were great and went off with no trouble. the group system worked well, as the guides were very knowledgeable. Visiting the Normandy beaches has been on our "bucket list" for a long time. Were very impressed with you trip and the way it was handled. We enjoyed all the aspects of the tours and ship immensely and would look forward to another trip. We have just now to decide which one! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
We did not want to do a cruise with hundreds of people and Viking offered something smaller and more intimate with a great reputation to support it. From what we had read and heard from friends, Viking was the best choice and we were not ... Read More
We did not want to do a cruise with hundreds of people and Viking offered something smaller and more intimate with a great reputation to support it. From what we had read and heard from friends, Viking was the best choice and we were not disappointed. The ship, staff and experience was beyond all of our expectations. From the moment we arrived we felt that this was what we were looking for as a vacation experience. Viking focused on what our needs were, we were able to personalize our experience and do as much or as little as we desired. Our fellow guests were friendly and people we truly enjoyed spending our time with, many of whom traveled with Viking in the past. We plan to vacation in the future with this wonderful company. Europe has so many opportunities we plan to explore using Viking as our tour guide to the many adventures that await us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose a Viking cruise from Paris to Normandy to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and to experience the opulence of Paris and the history of WWII. We experienced so much more than that. We gained a better understanding of Medieval, ... Read More
We chose a Viking cruise from Paris to Normandy to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and to experience the opulence of Paris and the history of WWII. We experienced so much more than that. We gained a better understanding of Medieval, Renaissance, Directoire and Modern French culture. The Kadlin was a recently commissioned, comfortable, immaculate, beautiful ship that felt very much like we were cruising on a friend's personal yacht. Staff and crew could not have been more gracious and accommodating. Many of the staff new us by our names halfway into the trip. As we approached the lounge nightly, our bartender would have my martini and my wife's wine on the bar by the time we reached it. Fabulous meals morning, noon and night--each day reflecting the cuisine of region we were traveling through. Informative tour guides and comfortable motor coaches rounded out a world-class experience. We will surely cruise with Viking again in the future. Read Less
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