We had a non-stop flight from Portland, Oregon.Viking met us at the airport in Amsterdam and took us by coach to the Lofn. At the end of the cruise In Basel Viking took us by coach to the airport and walked us to where we check in for departure. They were there throughout the journey. This is a lot smaller ship than the big sea ships so more contact with the crew. The crew was great from the Captain on down. The cabin was roomy enough with the 2 beds. No balcony which was fine, the window was at water level. Just right to view the swans. There was always a choice at dinner time between local food or American. It was fun to try something different. The tours were set up with local people that knew their area well. It was wonderful to have a shore excursion included in every stop at no extra charge. They also had different excursions you could pay to join. The "Leisure Group" was great for people with walking challenges. We avoided stairs and walked slower, but still saw all the sites. I am 67yrs and my husband is 71 yrs. He has two new hips and he was able to enjoy all the excursions we went on. If the walking is not smooth, they let us know in advance so we could decide to try or not. The ship looked bran new. It was in excellent condition. Always very clean and comfortable. Everything about the trip was beyond our expectations. We will definitely travel with them again.
The cabin was great. We had the bed split into 2 beds. Still had room to move around. We were at river level. It was fun to watch the swans at eye level.
Since we just arrived in Amsterdam that morning after an over night flight, we choose to see the city via Hop-on-Hop-Off-bus. We saw alot on this bus and they had a tour guide telling us about the area that was very nice.
We would have liked to see the Ann Frank House, but found out it had to be booked a couple of months in advance.
We walked to the Gothic Cathedral. It was amazing. They had more technology than I imagined back then. The structure is so detailed and beautiful.View All 125 City Tour Reviews
We took a gondola to the hilltop then had a fun walking tour of the mighty fortress. The rock that they used to build all the walls had to also be hauled up from the river area. It was not a square fort, but curved walls within a court yard and more walls, each with gun slits in the walls to protect at each wall. Very interesting tour. We took this one, rather than the Marksburg Castle, because to the rough walking on that one. Good choice.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We took a bus to the Heidelberg Castle which encompasses a large area on top of a hill. We didn't go inside, although we did go down into a room with a huge wine keg. 7 men standing on top of each other, may have reached the top of the keg. I am amazed at the intricate design on the structures. Beautiful buildings. Lovely view from the courtyard of the town below and the river.View All 180 Heidelberg Castle Reviews