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Viking Gefjon Cruise Review
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Grand European Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam - Aboard Viking's Gefjon

Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by Fred Perry

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  • Sail Date: Aug 2016
  • Destination: Europe River

We had the time of our lives. Even though one of us was limited in walking abilities, due to an injury, the staff did their utmost to make sure we both had an enjoyable experience. There is even a "Gentle" walking tour group at every stop, for those who have limited abilities. We were shown special attention to make sure we both were taken care of. We both felt like royalty. When one of us got sick and stayed in the cabin through two dinner services, the staff of the restaurant made sure that he received a full hot meal, delivered by the restaurant Manager. We were totally impressed with the entire staff and crew.

The shipboard entertainment was first-class, with shows by such professionals that I would compare them to highly paid stage performers.

The food on the ship was outstanding. I cannot praise the chef and his team enough, especially after seeing the tight quarters that they have to prepare the meals.

Truly a "Trip of a Lifetime"!


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Highlights Tour

The guide was extremely informative and friendly.

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Schonbrunn Palace

We actually had two excursion in vienna. The first evening, we attended a fantastic concert by the Vienna Residence Orchestra in their beautiful theater. After our morning included tour of Vienna, we went on an optional excursion to the lovely Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens.

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Walking Tour

We arrived in Passau, Germany on the morning of our 6th day cruising the Danube River. We then took a stroll through the elegant city of Passau that was capped off with an organ concert at the Saint Stephan's Cathedral, home of Europe's largest pipe organ with more than 17,000 pipes. The sanctuary of this church was huge. It looked to be longer than a football field. During the concert, you could hear pipes being played in the very distant front of the sanctuary, along each side and behind us. Talk about your Surround Sound!! Of course, we also had to sample some of the tasty treats at a local café near the cathedral.

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Regensburg

On Day #7 of our Viking River Cruise, we sailed into the wonderfully preserved medieval city of Regensburg, Germany. After breakfast we explored this city which remained untouched by any of the World War II bombing. Some of the buildings date back to Roman times. We walked past the Old Town Hall that was holding several weddings on the day we were there. We admired the Gothic Saint Peter's Cathedral and found the Cuckoo Clock store that was the sister to the one we had visited in Passua. We purchased a Cuckoo Clock

Melk Abbey

We spent the afternoon at the Melk Abbey, home to the beautiful Church decorated in a kaleidoscope of red, orange and gold leaf

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Wurzburg

We finally left the Danube on the 8th morning of our Viking River Cruise and entered the Main-Danube Canal. The Canal was the idea of Emperor Charlemagne over 1,200 years ago. His dream was finally realized in a 106-mile canal with a series of locks to account for the 574 feet change in elevation. The first stop along the Canal was the city of Nuremburg, Germany. In Nuremburg, we visited two of the former venues for Nazi rallies (a huge stadium and the old Zeppelin field that was used for even lager rallies). We rode past the 13th-century walls that still surround this medieval Old Town part of the city, with its many gates and watchtowers fully intact.

Nuremberg

We finally left the Danube on the 8th morning of our Viking River Cruise and entered the Main-Danube Canal. The Canal was the idea of Emperor Charlemagne over 1,200 years ago. His dream was finally realized in a 106-mile canal with a series of locks to account for the 574 feet change in elevation. The first stop along the Canal was the city of Nuremburg, Germany. In Nuremburg, we visited two of the former venues for Nazi rallies (a huge stadium and the old Zeppelin field that was used for even lager rallies). We rode past the 13th-century walls that still surround this medieval Old Town part of the city, with its many gates and watchtowers fully intact.

Koblenz

On the morning of Day #12, our Viking River Cruise Longship left the Main River and entered the Rhine River Valley. We stayed on the top deck almost the entire way to Koblenz, Germany in order to see all of the castles. Almost one at each curve in the river. There was even one right in the middle of the river. We arrived in Koblenz after lunch and we had decided to spilt up. One of us wanted to see German Corner, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet to see the massive statue of Prince William I sitting atop his horse. They also wanted to ride the cable car up to Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Europe's largest fortress which towers over 400 feet above the Rhine and offers incredible views of Koblenz. The other wanted to go on the included tour to Marksburg Castle, the only castle in the Rhine Valley to have never been destroyed and is perfectly preserved. We both enjoyed a perfect afternoon, as the weather was perfect. Just as it had been every day of our trip.

Cologne

Our ship arrived in Cologne, Germany during breakfast on Day #13 of our Viking River Cruise. We prepared for our walking tour to the Old Town and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. One of us was in a great deal of pain on this day and only made it about 100 yards from the ship before having to turn around and go back. The other stayed on the walking tour They visited the Chocolate Shop, which was the only building to survive the bombing of World War II. They also visited an Ice Cream store and a bakery


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