WE just returned home from our first river cruise: 2 weeks Grand European Cruise with Viking was outstanding. We loved every minute. Relaxing, yet lots of history to see and learn about. I cannot say enough about the crew: they were the best we have ever cruised with (previously 5 ocean cruises). 186 people are taken care of by 50 crew. That does not count the numbers of Viking employees or associates on land that made our land excursions so seamless and interesting. They definitely have the logistics down pat!!
The cruise director was terrific and I would go anywhere with him again. The food was not fabulous, and I only gained 1 pound, but we chose to do as much walking as we could which was the only exercise we could get. Longships are limited in size by the lock systems on the European rivers, and by the shallow rivers we traveled on. Hence the lack of an exercise room. Since we booked air through Viking, we had greeters at our arrival airport, at the hotel of our pre-extension in Amsterdam, at the Budapest airport. WE felt special that Viking was able to make our vacation worry free.
Heated bathroom floor, contemporary Scandinavian design. Great bedding. Bed not as comfortable as mine, but I did sleep like a baby every night. Clean, temp easy to control
The guide was fine, but Cologne was dirty. The cathedral is impressive as is its history. The city was 97% destroyed in WW2, so the buildings are new except for the cathedral.View All 125 City Tour Reviews
WE looked around Koblenz but did not have much time there. We traveled by bus to Marksburg Castle, great tour there. Interesting history and great way to start the Germany part of our cruise
WE took the optional tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Loved the city and the lunch we had there. Again, our time was limited so only got a flavor for the city. Back in Wurzburg we toured the impressive REsidenz that was restored after WW2.