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We started with 3 days in Helsinki, then took the high-speed train to St. Petersburg for 3 days followed by 7 days on the Volga River and canals with fascinating stops along the way to Moscow for 3 days. This was our second Viking River Cruise, having taken the Grand European Cruise the year before. Viking does a terrific job all the way with all arrangements including flights, meeting us at the airport, shuttle to the boat and back. Great food with wine. Fascinating tours with excellent local guides speaking English along the way. Most of the things you want to see are included in the tour package. There are a few special tours that you pay extra for, but you are not nickle dimed all along the way as some do. Excellent written material is left at your room every night describing what you will see the next day, when the meals will be served, the weather, etc. Condensed USA and other national news letters are available daily. Boat has fairly good wifi. It worked better in Europe last year than in Russia this year. Special speakers are brought aboard to give talks on things of interest from the Russian Revolution to present day Russian politics. The boat had a piano player and singer for lounge entertainment. Food was excellent with both local food choices and American choices. I don't see how they could have done a better job. Next year we have booked our third Viking Cruise, this time through France and Paris. St. Petersburg has got to be one of the jewels of the world with the 18th century palatial palaces that were destroyed in WWII and then meticulously restored.

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Viking Ingvar Cruise Review by rjensen999

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We started with 3 days in Helsinki, then took the high-speed train to St. Petersburg for 3 days followed by 7 days on the Volga River and canals with fascinating stops along the way to Moscow for 3 days. This was our second Viking River Cruise, having taken the Grand European Cruise the year before. Viking does a terrific job all the way with all arrangements including flights, meeting us at the airport, shuttle to the boat and back. Great food with wine. Fascinating tours with excellent local guides speaking English along the way. Most of the things you want to see are included in the tour package. There are a few special tours that you pay extra for, but you are not nickle dimed all along the way as some do. Excellent written material is left at your room every night describing what you will see the next day, when the meals will be served, the weather, etc. Condensed USA and other national news letters are available daily. Boat has fairly good wifi. It worked better in Europe last year than in Russia this year. Special speakers are brought aboard to give talks on things of interest from the Russian Revolution to present day Russian politics. The boat had a piano player and singer for lounge entertainment. Food was excellent with both local food choices and American choices. I don't see how they could have done a better job. Next year we have booked our third Viking Cruise, this time through France and Paris. St. Petersburg has got to be one of the jewels of the world with the 18th century palatial palaces that were destroyed in WWII and then meticulously restored.
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Cabin 412
We had a veranda stateroom on an upper deck. Very nice accomodations with queen size bed. Quiet, no noise. Large flat screen TV. Adequate size shower and bathroom. Clothes closet, vanity with ample drawers for unpacking. Suitcase storage under the bed. We find we end up spending most of our time on the boat upper deck or lounge areas. We love the friendly environment with a crew and passengers under 200 people you soon feel like you know everyone.
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