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This was our second Viking cruise. The first was the cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. It was wonderful. "Portraits of Southern France" was disappointing. We had also booked the extra three days in Paris Our hotel the Marriott Rive Gauche was fine, but it was in a remote area of Paris. Our guide gave us a very perfunctory tour of the hotel neighborhood on our first afternoon. He must have spent all of an hour with us. On our own, we arranged a Grey Line tour of Normandy and amused ourselves on the third day. Due to flood conditions, our embarkation point was changed from Chalon sur Saone Port to Lyon. This was an inconvenience over which Viking had no control. However, the trip from Paris to Lyon could have been handled better. We were subjected to a six hour coach ride on which our guide felt compelled to chatter incessantly. From Lyon through the remainder of the cruise all of our expectations were met. Great crew, wonderful food, accomodations and service. The guides were all very knowledgeable.  

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Viking Heimdal Cruise Review by jdawson

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  • Sail Date: July 2014
  • Destination: France
This was our second Viking cruise. The first was the cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. It was wonderful.
"Portraits of Southern France" was disappointing. We had also booked the extra three days in Paris Our hotel the Marriott Rive Gauche was fine, but it was in a remote area of Paris. Our guide gave us a very perfunctory tour of the hotel neighborhood on our first afternoon. He must have spent all of an hour with us.
On our own, we arranged a Grey Line tour of Normandy and amused ourselves on the third day.
Due to flood conditions, our embarkation point was changed from Chalon sur Saone Port to Lyon. This was an inconvenience over which Viking had no control. However, the trip from Paris to Lyon could have been handled better. We were subjected to a six hour coach ride on which our guide felt compelled to chatter incessantly.
From Lyon through the remainder of the cruise all of our expectations were met. Great crew, wonderful food, accomodations and service. The guides were all very knowledgeable.
 
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Cabin 301
Very disappointed in transportation to boat, We were subjected to a guide who felt compelled to talk for the entire six hour coach ride from Paris to Lyon. I thought they had high speed rail in France.Everything else was fine.
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