Our journey began in the charming city of Budapest. We thoroughly enjoyed being in the old city in the evening when the lights turned it into a magical scene. This was just the start of a beautiful trip.
We had been warmly welcomed at the airport by the Viking staff. The same courtesy was extended on our entire voyage by all of Viking's people whether it was in the restaurants or elsewhere on the Modi. All of our questions were answered in a gracious manner. These people helped to make our tour a very pleasant experience.
The charm of the European cities on The Grand European Tour made history come alive for us. We enjoyed visiting the well preserved palaces and churches that are characteristic of this area. Strolling through the cobblestone cities and sampling the pastries was fun.
There were times when we sat on our balcony or went to the sun deck to view the beautiful scenery we were passing. The actual trip along the rivers was more enchanting than the advertisements we had seen on television that had served to entice us into taking our first river cruise.
On board the ship we were entertained by both Viking musicians and those from local areas who came to share their music with us. We liked the apple strudel cooking activity. Our favorite was listening to and watching the glass blower create his art.
Our visit to Amsterdam was an extended one. Here we found that Viking's service provided us with the transportation we needed to reach our hotel and days later to travel to the airport.
We were pleased with the size of our cabin and the amenities. When we experienced a problem with our thermostat, it was fixed immediately. Irma was able to give us information about using the laundry service.