108 Viking River Viking Heimdal Cruise Reviews

Recommended by friends and family, who went on other cruises with Viking. We had a great time . We enjoyed the off shore tours ,the guides were excellent. They knew so much about the area. There was a good variety of activities , ... Read More
Recommended by friends and family, who went on other cruises with Viking. We had a great time . We enjoyed the off shore tours ,the guides were excellent. They knew so much about the area. There was a good variety of activities , excursions off shore , bus travel and food. on the ship we meet so many interesting people and we have remained in touch with some of them. We may be planning additional trips together. The food served on the ship was very good and a lot of variety. I especially like the scrambled eggs and learned how to make them at home. My family and friends really like the way they taste also. Dinners were fun we sat with mostly the same couples each night and our waiters were very good and accommodating . We all enjoyed the variety of food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner . We also celebrated a couples at our tables 50th wedding anniversary. The head waiter and table waiters helped with the festivities. Lounge; We enjoyed each other's company , music and variety of alcoholic beverages. The bartenders were willing to learn new ways to make the drinks we like. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was a great first impression of France and Viking River Cruises! As a gay couple, I was concerned about the atmosphere and how we would be received, but it was absolutely wonderful! The Heimdal was lovely, warm, and welcoming! ... Read More
This was a great first impression of France and Viking River Cruises! As a gay couple, I was concerned about the atmosphere and how we would be received, but it was absolutely wonderful! The Heimdal was lovely, warm, and welcoming! There was one minor hiccup while we were cruising with a lock gate that was closed due to a France national holiday, but it led us to a charming small town (La Voute) we would have never seen otherwise, and the locals met us with open arms- some local shop owners even opened on the holiday just for us! I can't speak highly enough of Viking, everyone was so welcoming and made us feel like family. The cruise director was hilarious and really helped us find local spots to see after hours. Each port held its own unique charm and local flare, but I have to say my favorite stop on the Rhone River was in Lyon. The city was full of energy and had so many great shops, sights, and transportation was a breeze (outside of rush hour). We extended our stay with a 3 night stay in Paris, and we are so glad we did! We had a full time Viking host that helped us find local sights, and the hotel staff were amazing and treated us wonderfully- they even helped us make dinner reservations, given we are not fluent in French. Viking gets an A+ from us!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
First river cruise. - everything was efficient, well-organized, great staff, interesting on-board activities (silk industry / wine tasting / piano player in lounge - very talented and amiable) inspiring excursions with knowledgeable tour ... Read More
First river cruise. - everything was efficient, well-organized, great staff, interesting on-board activities (silk industry / wine tasting / piano player in lounge - very talented and amiable) inspiring excursions with knowledgeable tour guides. Very pleasant to have only about 180 fellow travellers, a more personal experience. I would definitely cruise with Viking again. We were made welcome even before boarding - as we walked toward the ship, staff came to take our baggage. Attention to detail included a special rich chocolate drink on our return to the ship after a chilly day on shore; another day we were treated to a local aperitif; on another day, we were presented with a Provençal lunch comprised of various cheeses, several entrees including ratatouille, many desserts including eclairs, and tables set with Provençal tablecloths (and staff dressed in French fashion). Wines and beers were provided in abundance at lunches and dinners; table staff were friendly and helpful and did their best to enrich our dining experiences - getting to know these people certainly added to our cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
okay, lets get right to it. my wife and i just got back from our firsr river cruise on the rhone 1 week ago and it was awesome. i had many concerns based on previous negative reviews, all of which were unfounded. our trip was great, we ... Read More
okay, lets get right to it. my wife and i just got back from our firsr river cruise on the rhone 1 week ago and it was awesome. i had many concerns based on previous negative reviews, all of which were unfounded. our trip was great, we already scheduled our next one. some of the negative comments are just inherent in a river cruise , many locks, sail alot at night, tie up to other ships at ports in which case you may be looking right into another persons cabin. if this bothers you, dont do a river cruise. it is a different way travel, accept it. once you do the experience is awesome. so different from an ocean cruise of which we've done many. we liked the small group and the smaller ship, it fostered intimacy and togetherness, you would get to know your fellow travelers better than on an ocean liner. they are an older crowd, no kids on our trip although there was a newly married young couple celebrating their honeymoon. very high end, everything was great, rooms very clean, food was wonderful with many options, wines were plentiful, included shore excursions and guides were all top notch. the roman ruins, the medievil villages, the winerys, the vibrancy of lyon, were truly one of a kind experiences. we did 3 extra excursions which were also great. four of our 7 stops were right in town, 3 we had to take a bus. we didnt consider this a problem, some may see it as so. it was a wonderful experience, cant wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I went with a friend who needed someone to go with, I didn't think I would really like cruising and wow I was wrong, I am an active person and found that it was wonderful! I could run on trails right next to the River at most stops, ... Read More
I went with a friend who needed someone to go with, I didn't think I would really like cruising and wow I was wrong, I am an active person and found that it was wonderful! I could run on trails right next to the River at most stops, people were friendly and it was safe. The optional tours were wonderful, the highlite for me was going to a farmers wonderful house, having a great lunch and then truffle hunting in the woods with his great dog! I was totally thrilled! I am going on another cruise this year and can hardly wait! I also eat vegetarian and the food was beyond my expectations, it was great and they accommodated my needs.The staff was excellent, they went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and also helped us with anything we wanted. This will probably be a yearly habit for me! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We love the all inclusiveness of Viking cruise line! Being picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel or ship eliminates the confusion and stress when arriving in a foreign airport that you are not familiar with. If you choose ... Read More
We love the all inclusiveness of Viking cruise line! Being picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel or ship eliminates the confusion and stress when arriving in a foreign airport that you are not familiar with. If you choose a pre or post trip there is most often a city walking tour of the area you are staying, and always a Viking host who can answer any questions you may have as well as help you reserve a special tour you might be interested in. A bus then takes you to your boat and the rooms are beautiful and welcoming. We like unpacking once and our room being cleaned daily. The food and drink are delicious. There is a pre dinner time that guests can meet in the lounge durning which the activities director introduces the next days excursion and the chef talks about the meal choices and identifies his recommendations. The daily tours and guides are most often excellent as is the cruise staff. Because of our past experiences with Viking we most likely will not change cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I booked our first river cruise with Viking because of the fabulous stories we heard from many friends and acquaintances. The Rhone trip to Provence and Lyon really appealed to us and a September sailing date promised fine ... Read More
My husband and I booked our first river cruise with Viking because of the fabulous stories we heard from many friends and acquaintances. The Rhone trip to Provence and Lyon really appealed to us and a September sailing date promised fine weather. Our trip was a perfect experience! Our Viking crew was certainly dedicated to making every detail seamless and enjoyable - from travel assistance to dining experiences, shore excursions to personal comforts aboard ship. Dining on board was so wonderful that we rarely stayed ashore for meals. The ports we visited were great choices for cultural and educational experiences and the local guides added personal stories and a sense of pride in describing the histories of their towns and cities. After eight days, we could say that there was never a single glitch. Upon our return home, we joined the chorus of those who sing the praises of Viking River Cruises. We're looking forward to our next cruise...the Rhine? Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
As a wine lover, I wanted to travel to the area where the best wine came from. While I could have chosen another cruise that concentrated more on wine country, my wife is a fan of history and this trip combined the two superbly. It ... Read More
As a wine lover, I wanted to travel to the area where the best wine came from. While I could have chosen another cruise that concentrated more on wine country, my wife is a fan of history and this trip combined the two superbly. It was my first experience with Viking River Cruises. I feel the choice could not have been better. From the comfort and condition of the ship, to the attentiveness of the crew, I was made to feel like a long time passenger onboard. The dining was spectacular. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were so varied and exquisitely prepared it would be impossible not to have your taste buds tantalized and a satiating amount to eat. Being that it was a cruise in France, the cuisine followed suit. Gourmet offerings of escargot and frog legs as appetizers highlighted the main courses they accompanied. The food offered was so good, different, and surprising it would take up too much space to describe here. So, all this, and then there was the touring experience at each port of call. Every evening the next day's itinerary in extolled by the cruise director in the comfort of the lounge before dinner. The ships passengers were assigned to small groups of 20-25 people. Each group was led by a seasoned guide for the town. Not only were the guides I experienced knowledgeable, they expressed how much they enjoyed showing you the town. And there is no trouble hearing the guide, because you have a personal earpiece allowing you to hear them even sixty feet away. The value of the cruise is hard to believe until you have the experience. There are other tours that may be lower priced, but I felt that Viking had everything so well planned and executed there was never a concern about fully enjoying myself. I don't yet know when or where, but I look forward to my next cruise with Viking. And also meeting so many other interesting fellow cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our second Viking and it met the high standards of the first one. The service was excellent. The food continues to be superb and the staff are the best. Like one big family. The shore excursions were just the right length ... Read More
This was our second Viking and it met the high standards of the first one. The service was excellent. The food continues to be superb and the staff are the best. Like one big family. The shore excursions were just the right length and time. Being a short cruise little time was actually spent looking at the countryside as most movement was at night. The director was fabulously entertaining as were the wait staff. They all seemed to love their job, especially those that had worked on other cruise lines. They said Viking was the best. My one negative was when they were presenting the opportunity to buy travel certificates for future travel. It was not made clear that only 1 per person can be used per cruise. We did the Paris extension and very impressed with the care we were given from the ship through to checking in at the airport. Viking staff members were with us every single step of the way. The Paris hotel was fine and within walking distance of many fine restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Short and packed with interesting Roman ruins and Cluny Abbey Staff was friendly and efficient and attentive The waiters saw to our every need and the omelet chef was a gem. The food was lovely with out being cloying. The provided ... Read More
Short and packed with interesting Roman ruins and Cluny Abbey Staff was friendly and efficient and attentive The waiters saw to our every need and the omelet chef was a gem. The food was lovely with out being cloying. The provided wine was nice and plentiful I r The cabin cleaner Sebastian was so attentive that when Was looking for my cane he piped up to remind me The walking tours were well guided and done at a leisurely pac which was much appreciated by the wobbly knees. The most outstanding feature of the trip was the visit to the abbey at Cluny Learned a lots saw a lot and was enriched by and excellent talented and kind guide. The busses were all clean and quiet, the drivers courteous and helpful The other guests were interesting people from diverse backgrounds I loved having the wifi abord I reccommend this cruise and Viking in general Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our second cruise with Viking and the experience is well above expectation. Embarkation and disembarkation always went smoothly. Dining was fantastic and the ports and excursions were excellent. We want to do a third cruise with ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking and the experience is well above expectation. Embarkation and disembarkation always went smoothly. Dining was fantastic and the ports and excursions were excellent. We want to do a third cruise with Viking in 2019 because you really take care of your passengers. You really go out of your way to ensure that each passenger feels special and that the cruise is memorable. We will never use any other cruise company the Viking. The personnel are really professional and attentive to all our needs. The tour guides that you select are extremely knowledgeable therefore providing a wonderful experience to the passengers. The cabins are wonderful and well thought. The bathrooms are a good size and very functional. The longboats are well designed and well decorated. Both Program Directors that we encountered were great and creatives. Overall our two cruises were extremely enjoyable and we learned may things. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had a cancelled flight to contend with. Although booked through Viking Air (and they did know about the cancellation) they offered no help. We were on our own. We arrived on the cruiser at 2pm - not a good start. They don't tell ... Read More
We had a cancelled flight to contend with. Although booked through Viking Air (and they did know about the cancellation) they offered no help. We were on our own. We arrived on the cruiser at 2pm - not a good start. They don't tell you that other cruises moor alongside. It happened three times in our trip - not good. They don't tell you that you cruise more at night than during he day. If you go on the off-cruiser tours you will hardly see anything of the countryside. I have been in correspondence with Viking about aspects of our break. My first letter was answered within 14 days; my second letter remains unanswered after three weeks. On the positive side, the food and drink is good; the line staff are excellent (but we had reservations about more senior staff). Our fellow passengers were generally very good company and the off-cruiser cruiser trips were very good value. ... it could have been so much better Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our very first cruise of any kind, so we have nothing to compare it with. We had considered the South of France for a honeymoon when we got married 4 years ago-neither of us had been to France before. When we saw the deal for this ... Read More
This was our very first cruise of any kind, so we have nothing to compare it with. We had considered the South of France for a honeymoon when we got married 4 years ago-neither of us had been to France before. When we saw the deal for this cruise, we booked it right away and are so glad we did! It was hot, but France was beautiful-we loved it and look forward to going back! Highlights for me were Avignon and Tournon-the walled city was so charming, and Tournon was just really cool-I fell in love the minute we walked into town-the scenery, the architecture, the forests, the steam train-and our guide, Philippe. I could live there! Another highlight was our excursion into the Ardeche region-unlike anything I have ever seen and fascinating. We loved Cluny, too-gorgeous countryside and impressive abbey. I liked Paris but not as much as the smaller towns in Southern France. We loved the local guides, too. Our crew was stellar, especially Christine, our cruise director-she was simply fabulous! We also loved the young people who served us meals-so friendly and nice. I wish I had had the chance to practice my French a bit more, but that is a minor thing. Overall, the service was exceptional. The food was good, but there were a few "misses"-I did see some regional food, but it appeared that some meal choices were the chef's interpretation of regional specialties. The Provencal luncheon was wonderful-from the tablecloths to the food served that day. Overall, the food was very good and we liked having choices for all our meals. The shore excursions were great, and I'm glad we were able to add on the ones to the Ardeche and Cluny-I just wish we hadn't missed one of the towns because of the Ardeche excursion. It was hard to choose some of them! We loved the ship and look forward to our next river cruise! It was the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We stayed in Nice for 3 days prior to the cruise, which was a great way to see a wonderful city, while acclimating to the time difference. Viking met us at the airport and shuttled us to our hotel, where we met our Viking staff who ... Read More
We stayed in Nice for 3 days prior to the cruise, which was a great way to see a wonderful city, while acclimating to the time difference. Viking met us at the airport and shuttled us to our hotel, where we met our Viking staff who took care of us on our Nice visit. The Le Meridian was a comfortable hotel and convenient to the sea and downtown. We also got top enjoy a Jazz festival the coincided with our time there. We were comfortably transported to our ship by motor coach and greeted warmly once onboard the Viking Heimdal in Avignon. We stayed in a suite which I would recommend. The service on Viking is fabulous. This was our second cruise with them, and we are already planning another. Everyone speaks english buy do learn a bit of the local language. We might have planned too many excursions and will plan on spending more time onboard next time. The food is plentiful, fresh and deliciously prepared. Great wines as well. Good idea to buy the Spirits package. There are some wonderful excursions with guides that truly know each port that you visit. I cannot Compliment Viking enough for their extremely professional experience at every level. I forgot my IPhone on the coach and the quickly found it and got it back to me. We made many friends on this cruise who we remain in touch with and plan on cruising with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I chose Viking for it's reputation! The Captain & 2nd Captain were amazing! The entire crew in itself are beyond words! My cabin was fantastic & clean, the ship was very clean! And OMG the food on the ship was incredible ... Read More
I chose Viking for it's reputation! The Captain & 2nd Captain were amazing! The entire crew in itself are beyond words! My cabin was fantastic & clean, the ship was very clean! And OMG the food on the ship was incredible - if anyone was hungry after any meal it was their own fault, and the wines just kept coming! The entertainment was also wonderful on the ship. I had such a amazing time on all the shore excursion tours that we did, how well planned everything was. I traveled solo but I was never alone for any length of time because you meet so many wonderful people on the ship and the crew never leaves you out of anything. If you ever need anything at all, the crew is on top of it immediately. I really did not want to come home when my trip was ending, France is absolutely beautiful and thank you to Viking because they made me feel welcome and safe. I am already planning for 2 more Viking River cruises for next year (2018). Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our second cruise with Viking and our experience was every bit as good as the first! The crew was fantastic and provided a wonderful atmosphere. You could tell they liked being with each other which translated to the guest having ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking and our experience was every bit as good as the first! The crew was fantastic and provided a wonderful atmosphere. You could tell they liked being with each other which translated to the guest having a wonderful time. Our room was great and the attention to detail that the room steward gave was fantastic. My husband and I were there for our anniversary and we exchanged cards in the morning and the next thing we know there was special touches in our room and a special treat that night at dinner! The dining is fantastic and again they will bend over backwards if that's what it takes to please you. The food is excellent and always served with a smile. The open seating is great as it gives you the chance to meet more people. The tours are very good and having the audio boxes are great as you can wonder from your guide( always very knowledgeable) to get the pictures you want and not miss a word they are saying. We did the extended stay both pre in Paris and post in Nice. The accommodations at both locations were very good. We got to ride the high speed train from Paris to Lyon which was an added bonus. The tours in Paris and Nice were every bit as good as the ones provided while on the cruise. Also would like to say that being greeted at the airport by a Viking rep and then taking to the departure airport by them as well takes a lot of the worry away. We are already looking forward to our next cruise. Thinking about an ocean cruise next. The thought of only 930 passengers vs 3,000 - 5,000 is very appealing. We also met some wonderful people and hope to sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our third Viking in three years. What could be better than the south of France! We traveled with my sister and her husband. We were active participants in the shore excursions because we particularly enjoy the guided tours. ... Read More
This was our third Viking in three years. What could be better than the south of France! We traveled with my sister and her husband. We were active participants in the shore excursions because we particularly enjoy the guided tours. Viking is the way to travel, no need for trains or rental cars, lots to see every day with no hassle, saves time. We could never have visited these venues touring in a car. The Viking boats are a perfect size with less than 150 guests. Food on board is superb and healthy. No assigned seating. Lots of opportunities to make new friends. The opportunities each day for photos is always fun and creative. We brought home some wonderful memories. Viking long boats would also be a perfect way for an extended family to travel. Each would have their room and meals together. Then all of the venues for outings. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We love history, we love Roman history, and we love wine. We had never been to France before, and this trip gave us everything. Viking organization is impeccable; the shore tours are extremely well conducted. The tour guides are always ... Read More
We love history, we love Roman history, and we love wine. We had never been to France before, and this trip gave us everything. Viking organization is impeccable; the shore tours are extremely well conducted. The tour guides are always first class. There is never any ambiguity about where and when events are going on. I am impressed with how the crew gets everyone to participate, and enjoy themselves. We love the food on board. We really appreciate the local cuisine offerings. We also appreciate the portion sizes - just right. There's never any problem enjoying all the courses and the dessert. The house wines are always good. I know the staff must be working very hard to keep things running smoothly and on time, but they always have a smile and are polite and friendly. They get to know you, even in a trip as short as one week. I have encouraged my friends and acquaintances to consider a Viking trip, even if they think it's only for the well-off, as there are frequent special offers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The ship and crew were exceptional. They both have our highest recommendation. The food was delicious. It was perfectly prepared and served with style and elegance. The ship was kept clean and well maintained at all times. The ... Read More
The ship and crew were exceptional. They both have our highest recommendation. The food was delicious. It was perfectly prepared and served with style and elegance. The ship was kept clean and well maintained at all times. The excursions were very educational and enjoyable. We new river cruises had less entertainment than ocean cruises; but were pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of entertainment. We found the river cruise more relaxing than the ocean cruises we have been on. We enjoyed having fewer people on the ship than ocean cruises. We had the drink package and thought the wines were excellent. We had never been through locks before and found them very interesting. I'm an engineer so you may not feel the same. And if all that weren't enough, every crew member acted like they truly cared about us the entire time. This was the first Viking cruise we have ever been on and it was easily the best cruise we've ever been on. We stayed in Paris a few days after this cruise and thoroughly enjoyed that too. It was a perfect combination with the cruise. The history and architecture in Paris was breathtaking. Very romantic--if you can't get a little action from your wife or hubby in Paris you really need to see a therapist :). Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Having so enjoyed the Rhine River Viking Cruise last Fall, we contacted our expert travel agent Jeffrey Elkin at VacationsToGo.com for booking our Provence cruise and air fare. My husband and I flew from Fort Myers, Florida to Lyon and ... Read More
Having so enjoyed the Rhine River Viking Cruise last Fall, we contacted our expert travel agent Jeffrey Elkin at VacationsToGo.com for booking our Provence cruise and air fare. My husband and I flew from Fort Myers, Florida to Lyon and joined our close friends arriving from Boston. Every hour of every day on the Rhone River was just as the Viking River cruise brochure and the website had described. We were very pleased with the ambiance and friendliness of the staff and crew onboard our longship Heimdal. A large painting acquainted us with the ship's namesake: The Norse god Heimdal is the ever-vigilant guardian of the gods. Our river view cabin was cozy and we only were there to shower and sleep. Once we unpacked, the empty suitcases went under the bed and we were ready to join our friends for drinks and dinner. Our 3 meals a day were carefully prepared and artistically served. Everything on the ship was pleasing to the eyes! Chris Harrington, Hotel Manager, was attentive to everyone's wants and needs 24/7 and always with a kind word, smile, or perhaps a joke to brighten our day. We enjoyed the cheese tasting, musical entertainment, French cooking lesson of molten lava chocolate cake, and highly informative silk painting class. History and French culture were emphasized daily and it was refreshing to learn in such a relaxed setting. Passing through locks was fun to watch from the Aquavit Terrace as we continued cruising on the Rhone River. Having time to relax on the upper deck, snuggle into a comfy chair to read a chapter in our books, or take a quick nap in the afternoon left us refreshed for our evening Cruise Director's informative talk in the lounge. From there we went downstairs for our satisfyingly delicious dinners next to the floor to ceiling windows that allowed us to enjoy the passing river views and vineyards.. Chef Daniel and our Maitre D' made sure we were well fed and that there were regional favorites paired with wine as well as several entree choices. Best of all was our terrific "Taste of Provence" dinner. It was also nice to have round the clock availability in two locations of make-it-yourself hot tea, coffee, or cocoa plus cookies. Our morning tours were superb and our English-speaking guides were extremely knowledgeable. Having the ear piece and receiver was very helpful in hearing everything that was being described. Our full day in Lyon began with a bus trip up to the Basilica of Norte-Dame de Fourvieres and hilltop view of the sprawling city below us . The city walking tour featured architecture and the trompe l'oeil frescoes on several buildings. Then we were allowed to enter through doorways that led us via hidden passageways (' traboules ') along the ground level of stair-cased buildings all with interesting designs. This allowed us to go from a main street to other small streets and shops. Of course there was time for a quick cafe au lait and people watching at a local cafe. Lyon now reminds us of Paris 40 years ago when life was not so hurried as it is now. Pont du Gard was enthralling when looking at the remains of the Roman aqueduct built in 1st Century AD. Their museum was well worth the time spent beforehand and the olive trees scattered about on the grounds are still thriving there. Oh, how I loved walking in the old Medieval walled towns of Perouges known for the Three Musketeers, Viviers with the spectacular view from Belvedere de Pipet, Vienne for a moonlit walk, and majestic Avignon. Beaujolais wine tasting at Chateau Ravatys was a delightful outing in the French countryside and their 5 tasty wines paired with 2 kinds of breads was wonderful. The old-fashioned steam train de l'Ardeche provided us with hidden vistas and the turn-around was interesting to watch before we took the return trip. Arles was a fascinating city with Roman ruins and cobble stone streets. However, the highlight of my trip to Provence was the 8 hour special tour there walking "In the Footsteps of Van Gogh". Philippe Monnier and his wife welcomed ten of us into his studio where we were immersed in classical music as we each used acrylic paints and a variety of brushstrokes to paint in the style of Van Gogh. We also looked at Vincent's various scenes of Arles and the surrounding countryside before we walked along and saw the yellow Night Cafe, the hospital where he was treated in town, and at the riverside where he painted the Starry Night. Color, light, and composition were key to Vincent as he painted portraits as well as scenes of still life and landscapes especially during his 15 months in Arles. Here he discovered and was inspired by the light of the south in Provence! Our gourmet 3 course luncheon at Hotel Jules Cesar was included. Philippe met us there after dessert to give each of us our painting that had dried and was wrapped in brown paper for our trip back to the ship. A short bus ride next took us out into the countryside to the quaint town of St. Remy. The restoration of the buildings and Van Gogh's bedroom at Saint Paul's Hospital was heart-warming. To see Vincent's iron bedstead and then gaze out his window at numerous fields of flowers was breath-taking. Such a variety of flowers and many shades and types of iris were plentiful in the May sunshine. Having large reproductions of Vincent's work at the locations where they were painted was awe-inspiring. This restoration work is based on sketches and descriptions in Vincent's letters to his brother Theo Van Gogh. A sign told us "Thank you for respecting the tranquility of this site. Patients and residents are still housed and cared for in a contemporary way according to the traditions, values, and vocations of the place and caretakers from the times of Vincent Van Gogh." Not only did Vincent love painting the various floral scenes and buildings here, he tried to capture the beauty of the flowering olive trees against the cloud strewn sky with mountains and moonrise in the background. Thank you, Vincent! We have found that each of our two Viking River Cruises provided us with many delightful experiences while we were making new memories. Now we have had Jeffrey Elkin from Vacations To Go book another trip for us: this time it's a 2 week Viking Ocean Cruise to Panama and Central America. Stay tuned for details when we return! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose the French Provence cruise because we wanted to explore southern France and end it in Paris. Every port gave us an opportunity to see the cities and villages of France. While giving a wonderful place to return to on board the ... Read More
We chose the French Provence cruise because we wanted to explore southern France and end it in Paris. Every port gave us an opportunity to see the cities and villages of France. While giving a wonderful place to return to on board the ship. The rooms were very comfortable and the cuisine was delicious. Entertainment was entertaining. The pianist was very good. All of the staff was friendly and helpful with whatever was needed. We travel with our malienial daughter and she thoroughly enjoyed the river cruise up the Rhone and Saone. She really enjoyed the food and drinks provided by Viking. And the cuisine was geared to give everyone a taste of France. The smaller size ship gives a more intimate feeling and enables the guests to mist and mingle. She found the cruise very enriching and would definitely cruise with Viking in the further, saying it is not just a cruise for older people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wonderful experience. We went with my parents who are older and had been on several of these cruises. The fact that they offered a slower paced tour in every port for those who were not as mobile was great. My parents were able to enjoy ... Read More
Wonderful experience. We went with my parents who are older and had been on several of these cruises. The fact that they offered a slower paced tour in every port for those who were not as mobile was great. My parents were able to enjoy the entire trip that way. The food was out of this world. I know I gained wait with all that I ate. There were activities in the evenings for those who wanted to participate and they were lots of fun. The cabin was small but more than adequate for our needs. We only slept and bathed there so it was not problem. There was plenty of room for our clothes, suitcases and the other things we brought. The tours into town both those provided and the extra ones were all amazing. We learned so much about French history and culture that we were not aware of. I would recommend this trip for anyone who loves history, good food, great service and a relaxing trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We took the Viking "Paris, Burgundy, and Provence" land tour and cruise. It was a wonderful experience! The land portion included two days (nights) in Paris and two in Dijon. We didn't participate in any excursions in ... Read More
We took the Viking "Paris, Burgundy, and Provence" land tour and cruise. It was a wonderful experience! The land portion included two days (nights) in Paris and two in Dijon. We didn't participate in any excursions in Paris, preferred to "do our own thing," but did like the hotel (Le Meridien Etoile) - good location near the Metro, easy access to the rest of the City of Light. The trip to Dijon was great - our tour director, Charles, was excellent, lots of knowledge about the Burgundy region and its history. We toured the city of Dijon including the Duke's Palace, had a wine tasting in Burgundy, visited the city of Beaune and the Hotel-Dieu, and learned about Bresse and the famous chickens. We also visited the medieval town of Perouges - a lot of touring packed into a couple of days, very interesting and enjoyable. We arrived at the Viking Heimdal docked in Lyon in the afternoon, enough time to unpack, change our clothes, and lead for the lounge for a drink.....and the safety briefing. The Viking Heimdal is one of the older longships, and has some wear and tear - we could tell that the carpets were a little worn, and there were some spots and stains. But the ship was very comfortable, and since this was our 4th cruise with Viking, it met all of our expectations. We had a Veranda A stateroom and had plenty of storage room, three drawers each and a nice sized closet. We loved the balcony and used it often, especially when we were docked in a great scenic location like Avignon or Tournon.. The service was outstanding - all the staff were friendly and accommodating. The wine list was very good and we had some excellent bottles of wine on this cruise - we had the Silver Spirits package and enjoyed choosing a different bottle of wine each night for dinner. We appreciated the efforts of Dida in the lounge and Mihai in the restaurant to help us with the right choices. If we had to rate one thing lower, it would be the food. There were few memorable dinners (lamb chops on night one), and some strange ones (fried chicken and waffles in France?). We had to send our eggs Benedict back one morning because they were seriously undercooked. Escargots appetizer was way too salty and had chunks of rock salt in the sauce (ugh - thought they were glass at first). Beef bourgignon very tough, had to cut it with a knife. We didn't starve, but expected better food in France! Program Director Christine and Hotel Manager Chris were very enjoyable and funny, and we loved the cooking demonstration/comedy routine with Chef Daniel and Maitre D' Imre. There weren't too many other activities on board - a cheese tasting, a silk printing demonstration, French lesson, nautical talk. Excursions were wonderful! Starting with the city tour of Lyon, Beaujolais wine tasting, tour of Vienne, Tournon and the train de l'Ardeche, Avignon, and Arles, all tour guides did an excellent job, providing interesting and enjoyable information. We chose two optional excursions, a wine tasting at Chateauneuf-de-Pape. and the afternoon to the Carrieres des Lumieres and Les Baux. In general, the wine tastings on this trip were not very good, nice people and well set up, but the wines were not to our taste. The best thing was the Carrieres des Lumieres - a huge quarry full of art and music, an incredible experience, highly recommended. If I had to skip one tour, I would choose the steam train, sort of a "meh" experience, especially since we live in the Rockies and have similar scenery nearby. The walking tour of Arles was a little arduous - busses could not get close to town due to an Easter weekend carnival and it was a long trek back to the bus after the tour. And......we chose the "leisurely" walking group on all tours due to some minor mobility issues, but our group spent more time looking for bathrooms than we did touring. I don't understand how someone can go on a 20-minute bus ride from the ship and immediately have to find a rest room. I felt a lot of our time was wasted on every tour because so many people had bathroom issues. Maybe skip the second cup of coffee at breakfast, or leave yourself enough time to go before leaving the ship? Also - how rude can some people be? We had one group on our tours who were not at all interested in the history of anything, all they wanted was to go shopping. They actually rudely interrupted a guide inside one of the churches because they had to know where the shopping area was. The same group was rude on the ship, talking through most of the presentations and telling people to "go to hell" when asked to quiet down. Ugh. Guess there's always some on every trip, but they give us Americans a bad name. Overall, we loved this trip. We learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed all the excursions. Loved the staff on the ship, couldn't ask for better service. We would recommend this itinerary to anyone interested in history, especially Roman and medieval. We also had some good wines, chocolate, and beautiful scenery. Can't wait for our next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were intrigued by the combination ability on this particular cruise. We wanted to see a lot of France and so we started on the Heimdal on the Rhone but after that week was over we took the high speed train to Paris and joined the ... Read More
We were intrigued by the combination ability on this particular cruise. We wanted to see a lot of France and so we started on the Heimdal on the Rhone but after that week was over we took the high speed train to Paris and joined the Viking Rinda for a second week, this time on the Seine. Both were excellent. Our cabin was lovely and comfortable and even the weather co-operated (both cruises) and we were able to sit out on our verandah and relax when we didn't feel like going up to the upper deck and join the masses. The food, service, crew, etc are top notch. And so many "extras" are included so we didn't feel nickel & dimed to death like on all the ocean cruises (big ships) we've been on. Loved it! This was our 4th & 5th cruise with Viking River Cruises and it won't be our last. We've also been on one of Viking's ocean cruises and won't go back to the "big" ships after such a lovely inclusive and intimate trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We were attracted by the destination and itinary and we have travelled with Viking before. As always, the accomodation, food, service and tours were all excellent. Very nice ship, light and airy and well kept. Excellent staff, excellent ... Read More
We were attracted by the destination and itinary and we have travelled with Viking before. As always, the accomodation, food, service and tours were all excellent. Very nice ship, light and airy and well kept. Excellent staff, excellent organisation. Trips in every port were varied, interesting and enough free time to explore independently. Chef's and Maitre d's daily food and wine reccomendation were always reliable. Live pianist in the lounge provided excellent background to pre and post dinner drinks! Near the end of the cruise my wife fell in Lyon. We were accompanied to hospital by the Hotel Manager, Chris. As surgery was required, Chris arranged accommodation and rebooked travel for us. Every member of the crew, from the Cruise Director to kitchen staff, were aware of our predicament and did everything possible to help and make life easier. This was service way beyond what could have been expected. We are already planning our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Viking Heimdal Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.8
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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