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This was our first trip on a river cruise and on a long boat. The room was very nice and the food was excellent. Chef Karl was visible at all our dinners and asked us how we liked our meals. For lunch we used the open air buffet on an upper deck so we did not miss any of the landscape as we sailed along the river into Germany. The crew and staff were very friendly and interacted with us on a daily basis. Our room steward was friendly and helpful all during our trip. We went to Kinderdijk, Netherlands where our tour went to a working dairy and cheese producing business to learn how they make the cheese to sell in their shop. Our favorite excursion went to see the famous 19 Kinderdijk windmills where visitors were allowed to climb to the top of one. The guides told us how the mills were used in the 1700's to drain the below-sea-level land so that it could be used for farming. Following the daily excursions we were able to go on our own into the town where we were docked and gained added exposure to the people and culture. We visited the cathedral in Cologne and went inside Marksburg Castle in Koblenz. Heidelberg Castle and the Black Forest were both interesting and worth another visit. Another trip took us to Strasbourg, France for a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. We learned a lot of European history and saw four countries including our final stop in Basel, Switzerland.

Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel.

Viking Vidar Cruise Review by rustpainter

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
This was our first trip on a river cruise and on a long boat. The room was very nice and the food was excellent. Chef Karl was visible at all our dinners and asked us how we liked our meals. For lunch we used the open air buffet on an upper deck so we did not miss any of the landscape as we sailed along the river into Germany. The crew and staff were very friendly and interacted with us on a daily basis. Our room steward was friendly and helpful all during our trip.

We went to Kinderdijk, Netherlands where our tour went to a working dairy and cheese producing business to learn how they make the cheese to sell in their shop. Our favorite excursion went to see the famous 19 Kinderdijk windmills where visitors were allowed to climb to the top of one. The guides told us how the mills were used in the 1700's to drain the below-sea-level land so that it could be used for farming. Following the daily excursions we were able to go on our own into the town where we were docked and gained added exposure to the people and culture.

We visited the cathedral in Cologne and went inside Marksburg Castle in Koblenz. Heidelberg Castle and the Black Forest were both interesting and worth another visit. Another trip took us to Strasbourg, France for a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. We learned a lot of European history and saw four countries including our final stop in Basel, Switzerland.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 235
Our stateroom was at the end of the passageway so away from any noise from the lobby or day room. it had a spacious balcony with chairs and a table. Going through locks with their walls a foot from your rail is quite an exciting adventure. There was plenty of room for the two of us and we had no problem with storage. The bathroom was clean and roomy enough so that we never felt cramped.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Basel
    Basel was our debarking location so this morning was spent packing and having our bags taken to the bus location for our connection to our extended trip to Lucerne, Switzerland. The transfer from boat to bus went very easily.
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  • City Tour
    We found out Eau de Cologne was indeed created in Cologne, Germany. We saw remnants of the Roman occupation of this area in 220 AD and Cologne Cathedral. The rain did not dampen our enjoyment of the city but we did not have enough time in the Cathedral to spend as much time as we would have liked at each artifact. There was no time for shopping on the tour but we did have an opportunity to go back from the boat once the excursion was over and we had eaten lunch.
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  • Heidelberg Castle
    Heidelberg Castle overlooks the red-roofed old town part of Heidelberg, the Neckar River and the University. The walk through the grounds, hearing the history of the inhabitants and seeing inside several of the buildings gave us a better understanding of this area in the 12-1700's.
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  • Castle Tours
    We went to Marksburg Castle for a tour inside the lovely building that stands high on a hill overlooking Braubach, Germany. The guide gave a very interesting history of life in the area in the 1200's and many of the decorations, furniture and tapestries are on exhibit.
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  • Notre Dame Cathedral
    Strasbourg, France is headquarters to a number of European institutions such as the European Parliament. Our bus tour took us past several of the buildings on our way to Notre Dame Cathedral. It was a holiday so mass was being celebrated so we were unable to get a tour inside the building. We were able to walk around it and see the grand statues, stained glass and gargoyles. The tour allowed time for us to shop and eat before going back to the boat.
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