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Wanted to get the most out of our first trip to Europe and were able to add three days in Prague as a pre-cruise destination. Prague was definitely worth the visit. Great hotel, food, people, cultural sites, etc. We also enjoyed our optional excursion to Kutna Hora. Viking handled transfers from the airport to the hotel wonderfully. Similarly the transfer to the Atla was well handled. Because of high waters in the Nuremberg area, we actually boarded in St. Anna. The crew was wonderful in getting our baggage on board as the docking area was a bit rustic. We really enjoyed sailing on the Atla as the crew and staff were extremely attentive to out needs.The boat was immaculate and our room was compact but comfortable, satisfying all our needs. The dining experience was great. We enjoyed our breakfasts, lunches and dinners and the service was just right! The cruise director's and concierge's staff were extremely helpful in organizing the daily tours, filling us in on what we would be seeing. We went on all of the included tours and the guides did a wonderful job of explaining the local sites and culture. Our tours included the daily city tours of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Gottweig Abbey, Vienna and Budapest. In addition we booked optional tours of the concert at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and the thermal spas in Budapest. Our concierge was extremely helpful in helping me to rent a bicycle in Passau, and arranging to rebook our flight home from Budapest to NJ when Air France went on strike during the weekend of June 11/12.The on-board entertainment was enjoyable and just right considering how active we were with our daily tours. As I said earlier, this was our first time to Europe and my wife was hesitant to go on this trip based on things in the news and its cost. After we went, she said that she'd never anticipated how wonderful an experience it would be. We feel it was well worth the cost, and we hope to return to Europe soon. We highly recommend Viking and would certainly go on another river cruise with them!

Wonderful first time experience in Central Europe

Viking Atla Cruise Review by soberndorf@verizon.net

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
Wanted to get the most out of our first trip to Europe and were able to add three days in Prague as a pre-cruise destination. Prague was definitely worth the visit. Great hotel, food, people, cultural sites, etc. We also enjoyed our optional excursion to Kutna Hora. Viking handled transfers from the airport to the hotel wonderfully. Similarly the transfer to the Atla was well handled.

Because of high waters in the Nuremberg area, we actually boarded in St. Anna. The crew was wonderful in getting our baggage on board as the docking area was a bit rustic. We really enjoyed sailing on the Atla as the crew and staff were extremely attentive to out needs.The boat was immaculate and our room was compact but comfortable, satisfying all our needs. The dining experience was great. We enjoyed our breakfasts, lunches and dinners and the service was just right!

The cruise director's and concierge's staff were extremely helpful in organizing the daily tours, filling us in on what we would be seeing. We went on all of the included tours and the guides did a wonderful job of explaining the local sites and culture. Our tours included the daily city tours of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Gottweig Abbey, Vienna and Budapest. In addition we booked optional tours of the concert at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and the thermal spas in Budapest. Our concierge was extremely helpful in helping me to rent a bicycle in Passau, and arranging to rebook our flight home from Budapest to NJ when Air France went on strike during the weekend of June 11/12.The on-board entertainment was enjoyable and just right considering how active we were with our daily tours.

As I said earlier, this was our first time to Europe and my wife was hesitant to go on this trip based on things in the news and its cost. After we went, she said that she'd never anticipated how wonderful an experience it would be. We feel it was well worth the cost, and we hope to return to Europe soon. We highly recommend Viking and would certainly go on another river cruise with them!
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Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 309
Nicely arranged cabin considering the small spaces available on a river boat. Plenty of storage and comfortable bed. Climate control was very good.
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