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We had visited northern France before, but never southern France. Friends had told us great praises about the Avignon area and we had relatives living on the southern coast of France, so we wanted to combine the great experience of a river cruise ( we had a great previous two-week cruise experience with Viking) with a visit to a part of France that we had never previously experienced. This cruise exceeded our expectations in almost every regard. River cruise boats have less than 200 passengers, so this is small by cruise standards, but this is just right for river cruising. The staff is very friendly and you get to know the cruise (program) director and many of the other staff personally. The executive chef on this cruise was outstanding. His selection of local specialties was great and the preparations were outstanding. Every evening meal was outstanding. The breakfasts and lunches were also very good. Embarkation was easy and disembarkation was very smooth and organized. Viking includes at least one free shore excursion at every stop. The tours we liked best were the Beaujolais Wine tour, the Lyon city tour, the Tournon steam train, and the Avignon Walk and Popes Palace. We also paid for optional tours of Pont du Gard Aqueduct (outstanding!) and Arles in Van Gogh's Footsteps (also outstanding!) . Although Viking carefully advises which tours require walking and some physical effort, and on most tours, Viking offers a "less demanding" option, some passengers overestimate their physical ability and they don't take the more leisurely tour, this they tend to hold back some groups on these tours. On this cruise we paid for, but were very disappointed in only one tour - to the timeless town of Perouges. There are numerous scenic old walled mountain towns/cities in France, and this is not among the best! Skip this one! Every Viking ship had its piano player who entertains nightly, and we have enjoyed the piano player and his music on this and previous cruises. Viking also brings on board entertainment one to three times a week, and these small entertainment groups are usually very good. The 4 person vocal group on this cruise was very entertaining one evening. Our experiences with Viking River Cruises have been great and we are already planning another river cruise for next year.

A delightful French river cruise to Provence

Viking Heimdal Cruise Review by rberthold

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
We had visited northern France before, but never southern France. Friends had told us great praises about the Avignon area and we had relatives living on the southern coast of France, so we wanted to combine the great experience of a river cruise ( we had a great previous two-week cruise experience with Viking) with a visit to a part of France that we had never previously experienced. This cruise exceeded our expectations in almost every regard.

River cruise boats have less than 200 passengers, so this is small by cruise standards, but this is just right for river cruising. The staff is very friendly and you get to know the cruise (program) director and many of the other staff personally.

The executive chef on this cruise was outstanding. His selection of local specialties was great and the preparations were outstanding. Every evening meal was outstanding. The breakfasts and lunches were also very good.

Embarkation was easy and disembarkation was very smooth and organized.

Viking includes at least one free shore excursion at every stop. The tours we liked best were the Beaujolais Wine tour, the Lyon city tour, the Tournon steam train, and the Avignon Walk and Popes Palace. We also paid for optional tours of Pont du Gard Aqueduct (outstanding!) and Arles in Van Gogh's Footsteps (also outstanding!) .

Although Viking carefully advises which tours require walking and some physical effort, and on most tours, Viking offers a "less demanding" option, some passengers overestimate their physical ability and they don't take the more leisurely tour, this they tend to hold back some groups on these tours.

On this cruise we paid for, but were very disappointed in only one tour - to the timeless town of Perouges. There are numerous scenic old walled mountain towns/cities in France, and this is not among the best! Skip this one!

Every Viking ship had its piano player who entertains nightly, and we have enjoyed the piano player and his music on this and previous cruises. Viking also brings on board entertainment one to three times a week, and these small entertainment groups are usually very good. The 4 person vocal group on this cruise was very entertaining one evening.

Our experiences with Viking River Cruises have been great and we are already planning another river cruise for next year.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 228
A French Balcony is not really a balcony. It is just a sliding glass door that opens to the outside. Great for viewing, but no balcony to sit on. It was adequate for us on this cruise. We would normally go on the upper deck while cruising, but with so many low bridges, the upper deck was often closed and the "French Balcony" was used for viewing the shoreline.
Cabins are nice and adequate, but there is not a lot of extra space. Perfect for the time you spend in them.
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins