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Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest for our 25th anniversary. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Viking does it up perfectly. They are so organized and all the shore excursions are planned out to include every detail and timed with precision. The excursions include local tour guides so you really get a feel for each locale that you are in. You can do as much or as little as you want to. Staff is super personable. Definitely do the optional excursions for beer tasting in Cologne, Germany, bus trip to Salzburg, Austria, and wine tasting in Krems, Austria. Another great part of the Viking experience is that they let you bring your own wine on board. Buy local wine from each port you are in and then drink it that night in the lounge. The trip itself is over 1,200 miles on various waterways and includes going thru 68 locks while on the Rhine River, Main River, Main-Danube canal (with aqueducts), and then onto the Danube River. They make sure that the very scenic parts of the rivers are cruised during the day for great photo opportunities with the many castles along the rivers. We chose to do the optional extension at Budapest at the end and it was well worth it. Budapest is very walkable and has a relaxed vibe. We also lucked out with timing since it was their Spring Festival while we were there. Incredible local food and crafts. Our suitcases were packed! Don't miss the tokaji tasting at the Faust Winery in the castle district! Free beer and wine during lunch and dinner also help out! Many great selections, including some local ones. Food was very tasty with a local flair. They even opened up the ship's kitchen one night for all the guests to see. If you cruise on the Gefjon, make sure to get to know the bartender Stefan...he ROCKS!

Incredible Cruise with Great Sightseeing...Super Relaxing

Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by mcr0269

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest for our 25th anniversary. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Viking does it up perfectly. They are so organized and all the shore excursions are planned out to include every detail and timed with precision. The excursions include local tour guides so you really get a feel for each locale that you are in. You can do as much or as little as you want to. Staff is super personable. Definitely do the optional excursions for beer tasting in Cologne, Germany, bus trip to Salzburg, Austria, and wine tasting in Krems, Austria.

Another great part of the Viking experience is that they let you bring your own wine on board. Buy local wine from each port you are in and then drink it that night in the lounge.

The trip itself is over 1,200 miles on various waterways and includes going thru 68 locks while on the Rhine River, Main River, Main-Danube canal (with aqueducts), and then onto the Danube River. They make sure that the very scenic parts of the rivers are cruised during the day for great photo opportunities with the many castles along the rivers.

We chose to do the optional extension at Budapest at the end and it was well worth it. Budapest is very walkable and has a relaxed vibe. We also lucked out with timing since it was their Spring Festival while we were there. Incredible local food and crafts. Our suitcases were packed! Don't miss the tokaji tasting at the Faust Winery in the castle district!

Free beer and wine during lunch and dinner also help out! Many great selections, including some local ones. Food was very tasty with a local flair. They even opened up the ship's kitchen one night for all the guests to see.

If you cruise on the Gefjon, make sure to get to know the bartender Stefan...he ROCKS!
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