My husband and I decided to commemorate our 10th wedding anniversary by going on a trip to Europe. We are avid fans of Downton Abbey, and we were mesmerized by the Viking River Cruise commercials displaying the Ship, and the wonderful breathtaking views from the river. We felt that Viking River Cruise had a well planned cruise, with all meals and beverages included, daily excursions and bonus excursions which were optional, and that it was a wonderful way to relax and not worry about where to go, and what to do each day, as Viking River cruise staff had it all organized and planned out. We were so impressed with the hosts at each place we visited (Czech, Bamburg, Nuremberg, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Gutenberg, Cochem and Trier, then our week long trip in Paris France). All I can say is that I slept deeply and soundly each night, and woke up early to catch breakfast and mingle with our new friends.
Breakfast and Lunch offered healthy choices, (we skipped 1-2 excursions because we wanted to sight see on the ship and enjoy the weather)
Dinner was also good, but often I would eat when in the towns so I would definately enjoy the bar area where I was able to get to know the staff. I felt that I was treated like family by Each staff member, especially "Dada" Davorka Dada Grdic, Jindra Theresa, and Claudia Diederix, the program director, all were so helpful and made us feel at home!
Perfect space for two people, intimate. I loved having the balcony as I would sit out there in the morning, reading and or just viewing the scenery. I also practiced yoga daily either in my room next to the balcony or used both spaces.
The bathroom size was also large - enough room for a shower,toilet and our items we used could be stored in the there.
As far as our luggage, plenty of space under the bed, we used the dresser drawers and closet which helped us plan out our wardrobe for each day.
The cleaning staff did a wonderful job and often would leave pleasant surprises in our room, such as a towel formed into a bunny rabbit; plus they knew it was our anniversary and had champagne and chocolates in our room, with rose petals on our bed!
Quaint, historical ancient...lovely cafes - I think I'd live here for a month!
Another quaint area, fell in love, loved all the scenery, cafes, people.
Another favorite city, in love!
We stayed on the boat, and the scenery was amazing, it was nice relaxing outside and getting some Vitamin D on, enjoying a leisure lunch and drinks.
This was by far my favorite city - we walked around, had wine and beer at a very old pub that's been around a lot longer than the USA, the castle in the distance, the cobble stone streets, it was heavenly and another place I'd like to stay for a month!
I was excited about the city because it's the oldest city, but when I arrived, it was like a big outdoor mall, and I was overstimulated, I liked the vibe better in Bamburg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Rudesheim, - quaint, quiet, normal social noises.
This was our last stop, and I don't remember much, all I can say was that overall, I enjoyed our trip that it was hard saying farewell to the staff on Odin, and to Germany. I found myself yearning to stay longer in the towns of Bamberg, Rudesheim, Miltenberg. In Cochem, we took a bus to Paris France, I slept, and then I fell in love with the country side. This trip opened up my eyes to possibilities and planning trips abroad.