5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Do not take this tour if you have any mobility issues at all. When I booked this I was told that the tour buses let you on and off throughout the towns . "All you have to be able to do is get on and off of a bus". I was lied to. ... Read More
Do not take this tour if you have any mobility issues at all. When I booked this I was told that the tour buses let you on and off throughout the towns . "All you have to be able to do is get on and off of a bus". I was lied to. The walks are long and at times challenging to and from the ship and buses, as well as on the excursions. Even on the "easy" excursions. We paid cab drivers (50 Euros per hour is the current rate) to get us out so we could see something. The excursion towns all started to look the same and got quite boring. Food was of good quality but we started to see reruns at the end of the week. All in all I do not feel that this was worth the amount of money that I paid for this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Having enjoyed previous river cruises with Viking and having decided that 2 weeks was too long this seemed an excellent opportunity to be in France without the bother, but somehow it failed to press our buttons. We weren't helped by ... Read More
Having enjoyed previous river cruises with Viking and having decided that 2 weeks was too long this seemed an excellent opportunity to be in France without the bother, but somehow it failed to press our buttons. We weren't helped by the very high temperatures that made sitting on deck and watching the world go by an option and as most of the sailing was at night we were denied that pleasure. The morning expeditions were fine but going ashore in the afternoons was really demanding. The boat was frequently moored at inconvenient stations and we wondered if this too was to do with costs. We couldn't escape the feeling that Viking were cutting corners. The boat felt understaffed (there was never anyone a the Concierge desk) and the whole day excursions were hugely expensive at almost £200 per person per trip. The food seemed to be less exciting than we recall from last year although some of the staff, particularly the programme director and some of the waiters worked extremely hard to look after us. Given French patisserie the biscuits at the drinks station left much to be desired. So did it reach expectations? Compared to previous cruises, sadly no. We're fairly gregarious but this time often felt excluded by the many groups in the dining room. We love river cruising and have more to do but we will widen our search and perhaps look for better value for money. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was a cruise tour and our first. Three days in France and two in Dijon. The land part was excellent, with great guides and tour director. The Paris hotel was good and Dijon ok. I cannot say enough about the staff on the Buri. I ... Read More
This was a cruise tour and our first. Three days in France and two in Dijon. The land part was excellent, with great guides and tour director. The Paris hotel was good and Dijon ok. I cannot say enough about the staff on the Buri. I know that they work long hours for low wages, but they were exceptional. The chef was a wonderful man and we discussed many recipes. For reasons that we were never told, the ship ran aground while sailing. There were only about 20 passengers on board and the staff handled everything professionally. The internet however was atrocious. Viking needs to spend money to upgrade. We were bused once because the water level was low. They acted as if it was a rare occurrence, but it's known that this is a regular thing. They just don't bother telling you. For the price we paid, the rooms were very small. We also spent more time docked than cruising. Our suite was on the water side, otherwise we couldn't have opened our curtains or sit in the verandah. This was a Burgundy and Provence wine cruise. The included wineries chosen were mediocre and not enough. The better winery was optional, with a price tag. Including tips would be beneficial as there was a great discrepancy in everyone's dollar amounts. Viking doesn't give enough of a bang for the money it charges and we won't be taking another cruise, unless corporate makes changes. I would like to reiterate that all the staff is excellent. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
It was a nice extension to our 8 day Viking Cruise on the Rolfe through Northern France and ended in Paris with a connection by high speed train to Lyon for the next cruise on the Buri, touring the South of France. The excursions and ... Read More
It was a nice extension to our 8 day Viking Cruise on the Rolfe through Northern France and ended in Paris with a connection by high speed train to Lyon for the next cruise on the Buri, touring the South of France. The excursions and guides were excellent and unique. The food was outstanding on both cruises as well as the wait staff. The Rolfe experience set the bar high with an excellent experience. where as the Buri's staff were not as engaging or friendly as if they were tired of dealing with their guests and gave very curt responses. When we returned to the ship after an excursion the staff on the Rolfe was always there with a treat and refreshing towels. Where on the Buri if you were not in the first tour groups there was no welcome only a staff member collecting your Excursion cards to make sure you had returned to the ship. We found it amazing that the captain could not speak any English when addressing the guests in the Cruise briefings. The Cruise Director was not organized especially in coordinating the Tours especially making sure all of the the Whisper Boxes were all working prior to the bus departures and had plenty of extras on hand prior to tour departures. This was our 5th Viking Cruise and Viking overall does an outstanding job!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Boat and crew were fabulous but the river was not. We were not allowed to go on top of the boat during cruising due to low bridges. We have been on three other river cruises and that is one of our favorite parts. I would recommend Viking ... Read More
Boat and crew were fabulous but the river was not. We were not allowed to go on top of the boat during cruising due to low bridges. We have been on three other river cruises and that is one of our favorite parts. I would recommend Viking but I would not recommend the Rhone River. Shore excursions were crowded and not real interesting most of the time. Exploring on our own where possible was much more enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2014
Well, this was our first River Cruise and we were excited. However we were a little put back when 2 days before we left we were told the first part of the trip was out due to high river levels. So we stayed moored at Lyon for 3 days. We ... Read More
Well, this was our first River Cruise and we were excited. However we were a little put back when 2 days before we left we were told the first part of the trip was out due to high river levels. So we stayed moored at Lyon for 3 days. We had just 2 days cruising and another 2 moored in Avignon. The sun deck was closed the entire time we cruised and the bar was very limited in wine choice until they re-stocked after 3 days. No complaints about the crew. They tried hard and the food was ok as were the tours, although they involved much longer bus drives than planned due to the changed locations. We wanted a cruise , we could have stayed in hotels anywhere with bigger rooms and more amenities at a much lower cost. Beware the Portraits of Southern France because the boats are really too big for these rivers and this will continue to occur regularly in the future. Read Less
Viking Buri Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.3
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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