We chose Viking's Paris and the Heart of Normandy river cruise because we wanted to visit the Beaches of Normandy and pay our respects to all the brave souls who gave up their lives so we could enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today.
This was our third Viking cruise. We went on the Portraits of Southern France and enjoyed it so much, we took the Amsterdam to Budapest, with a three day extension to Prague, last year. We also have an ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking for next year.
The Viking experience is wonderful. We booked the flights along with the cruise and were met at the airport and whisked to our boat, the Kadlin. We were there so early, we had a small breakfast and later lunch and went on a brief walking tour in the afternoon. All of the transfers are included, which makes for a seamless vacation. All we have to do is relax, enjoy fellow passengers, the wonderfully modern boat, the friendly staff, food and drinks along with nightly entertainment - opera singers, piano virtuoso and informative talks before our dinner to go through the next day's activities.
The cabins are lovely and have everything you need to make your cruise as comfortable as possible. Incredibly soft and comfortable bed with lovely linens, pillows and duvet. Sad to have to leave it every morning!
The lounge area is huge and has floor to ceiling windows so you can sit there and enjoy a drink, cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the views from both sides or the boat. There is also a lovely sun deck for photo ops and sitting in the warm sun as you sail along or just rest in port.
The staff were as courteous as you could possibly wish for and meals most delectable. Service was incredibly efficient and we felt so welcome and treasured as guests, which is why we keep on going back on Viking cruises.
We enjoyed all the tours with informative guides. The Paris at night was fun and it was absolutely spectacular seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night. Truly magical.
The D Day Beaches were very moving and sad. Viking provided a separate luxury coach, as all of their coaches are, for the 18 of us who were interested in Juno and the Commonwealth Beaches. A very moving day which was the highlight of our trip.
We also enjoyed Monet's gardens - just incredibly beautiful and fragrant.
The Medieval city of Rouen was lovely and each excursion had very knowledgeable and pleasant guides. The Paris tour included a visit to the Notre Dame cathedral, also breathtaking in its beauty and stained glass windows.
All in all, a most wonderful cruise and we can hardly wait until next year's adventures to Portugal on a river cruise and Into the Midnight Sun - an ocean cruise.
Very comfortable, well appointed cabin with a lovey veranda. Nice bottle of water provided each day. Headphones so we could enjoy the daily guided tours. Great to be able to get wifi on the boat. The fridge came in handy as well. Fragrant high-end toiletries provided as well. Most comfortable bed, pillows and linens.
Lovely overview of the hilights of Paris. Loved the Eiffel Tower which was more breathtaking than ever imagined.
Very moving tribute to the D-Day Landing Beaches of Juno and the Commonwealrh.