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I give this a 3 for neutral... This was a bucket list trip for us. We chose this trip so that we could get a taste of the cities that are advertised on this journey. There were many wonderful things we saw but most of all made great friends along the way... Before embarkation, we chose the Viking Prague extension on the front end of the trip. We flew business class so upon arriving in Prague we were able to get through Customs in 10 minutes. We were greeted by a Viking representative but told we would have to wait for the other 6 couples that were going though customs. After an hour and a half of waiting, we chose to take a cab to the hotel instead. Upon arrival, around 11 am, we quickly received our room keys. The hotel is ok. For us, we are in our late 40's, the almost mile walk into the city center is not an issue for us, but the majority of the guests are well into their 60's and I could see it being prohibitive for them to easily enjoy the sites unless you take a cab. We walked back and forth and got a good bit of exercize in prior to our cruise. The excursions in Prague were ok. The walking tours will give you the highlights of the city you are visiting so you can check off the main attractions. (they bus you from the hotel into the city) We opted for the Panoramic Prague and Kutna Hora (approx 1.5 hour bus ride). After day 3 we left for our ship which was in Nuremburg and it is a 3.5 hour bus ride from Prague. This was to be expected. Our first crew on the Tor was fantastic, unfortunately we had to change boats due to low water levels, and the second crew on the Var was simply awful. Viking should spend some time training them on customer service. Life on the boat - we had a suite and it was great! Bed is not as comfortable as the advertisement but to be expected. Shower and storage were good. No complaints. The food was good - not fabulous but good - the service was excellent! The problem: We knew there was a possibility of the river levels being low - we had no idea how badly this would affect our trip. We spent the majority of the time on busses. Basically we made it down the river to about Regensburg without hickups and then it went south from there... If you think that you are going to take the boat to a port where you can walk out of the boat into town, think again. We didn't ended up in the ports that we were suppose to and had to be bussed at least 1.5 hours away to the city center. 3 - 6 hours of your day are on a bus if you just take a city excursion. If you opt for Salzburg or some of the other trips then it could be 3 hours one way. This can be very discouraging. Here is how our trip went due to the low water levels: Saturday, July 28 - NUREMBURG Docked in a remote location outside of Nuremburg. Took a bus for the World War 2 Tour Sunday - July 29 - REGENSBURG We were not able to go on the Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Narrows trip because of water levels so took the walking tour. Monday - July 30 - STRAUBING (Suppose to be in Passau) Water levels were low so we ended up in Straubing. No tours in Straubing only Passau, so we bussed 1.5 hours into Passau. 3 hours in buses. We took the walking tour and the organ concert excursion and had lunch in Passau for some local food. We missed the Salzburg Highlights tour because it required longer bus rides and we wanted to see Passau which was a highlighted stop on the cruise. Tuesday, July 31 - YBBS - Transferred from Straubing to Ybbs - 3 hour bus ride AND the boat wasn’t there, stranded for another 1.5 hours. The unfortunate part other than being stranded was the entire city was shut down so we did not have anywhere to go. Many of us had to use the restroom so we found some small bicycle museum, gave them a donation and used the restroom! Remember, the majority of the guests were over 60....Thankfully, we grabbed the small bottles of wine from our suite and found a shady tree until our boat arrived. We were suppose to be docked in Krems - which I wanted to see - but we missed it... We did not go on the Gotweig Abbey tour because we wanted to actually cruise the Wachau Valley and not be on a bus. Wednesday - August 1 - VIENNA We bussed into Vienna from the port because you couldn't walk off the boat into Vienna. We took the walking tour and the bus came back to the boat around 12:30 p.m. We didn't go to the Mozart Concert because we would have to get on another bus into the city and we would have missed the sailing from Vienna to Komaron. (which was suppose to be Budapest) Another missed excursion. Missed the Danube Bend scenic cruising. Thursday - August 2 - Komaron Coulent make it into Budapest so we docked in Komaron. We missed the Budapest Castle Hill City Hike because the bus ride was 1.5 hours long to Budapest. Friday - August 3 Transfered to Budapest - 1.5 hour bus ride Budapest Extension: The Interncontinental was GREAT! We paid for an upgrade so that we could view the river from our room and the location was perfect. Sadly, there were river boats that were right in front of the hotel which was a daily reminder of how we missed that part of our cruise. Shopping and local restaurants: There was never enough time in the city for free time to shop or enjoy local restaurants. Don't bother looking up restaurants in the port cities because you would not have time to eat there. We did the tour and then got back on the bus back to the ship - in Vienna we had 1 hour of free time. The ports we were in were in an industrial area so it was difficult to get to any sign of life so we stayed on the boat. At the end of the trip our cruise director said we would be receiving a call from Viking to rectify some of the mishaps of the trip. I am fully aware Viking could not control the water levels, however, 1) they probably should not offer this cruise during the late summer months when the probability of low water levels are high. 2) They should better communicate the locations of the ports to the city center in their promotional material. 3) Communicate how far the excursions are and the length of the bus rides prior to signing up. 4) Allow more free time.

Rethink an end of July cruise/bus tour on the Danube

Viking Tor Cruise Review by globetrotter18

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
I give this a 3 for neutral...

This was a bucket list trip for us. We chose this trip so that we could get a taste of the cities that are advertised on this journey. There were many wonderful things we saw but most of all made great friends along the way...

Before embarkation, we chose the Viking Prague extension on the front end of the trip. We flew business class so upon arriving in Prague we were able to get through Customs in 10 minutes. We were greeted by a Viking representative but told we would have to wait for the other 6 couples that were going though customs. After an hour and a half of waiting, we chose to take a cab to the hotel instead.

Upon arrival, around 11 am, we quickly received our room keys.

The hotel is ok. For us, we are in our late 40's, the almost mile walk into the city center is not an issue for us, but the majority of the guests are well into their 60's and I could see it being prohibitive for them to easily enjoy the sites unless you take a cab. We walked back and forth and got a good bit of exercize in prior to our cruise.

The excursions in Prague were ok. The walking tours will give you the highlights of the city you are visiting so you can check off the main attractions. (they bus you from the hotel into the city) We opted for the Panoramic Prague and Kutna Hora (approx 1.5 hour bus ride).

After day 3 we left for our ship which was in Nuremburg and it is a 3.5 hour bus ride from Prague. This was to be expected.

Our first crew on the Tor was fantastic, unfortunately we had to change boats due to low water levels, and the second crew on the Var was simply awful. Viking should spend some time training them on customer service.

Life on the boat - we had a suite and it was great! Bed is not as comfortable as the advertisement but to be expected. Shower and storage were good. No complaints.

The food was good - not fabulous but good - the service was excellent!

The problem: We knew there was a possibility of the river levels being low - we had no idea how badly this would affect our trip. We spent the majority of the time on busses.

Basically we made it down the river to about Regensburg without hickups and then it went south from there...

If you think that you are going to take the boat to a port where you can walk out of the boat into town, think again. We didn't ended up in the ports that we were suppose to and had to be bussed at least 1.5 hours away to the city center. 3 - 6 hours of your day are on a bus if you just take a city excursion. If you opt for Salzburg or some of the other trips then it could be 3 hours one way. This can be very discouraging.

Here is how our trip went due to the low water levels:

Saturday, July 28 - NUREMBURG

Docked in a remote location outside of Nuremburg. Took a bus for the World War 2 Tour

Sunday - July 29 - REGENSBURG

We were not able to go on the Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Narrows trip because of water levels so took the walking tour.

Monday - July 30 - STRAUBING (Suppose to be in Passau)

Water levels were low so we ended up in Straubing. No tours in Straubing only Passau, so we bussed 1.5 hours into Passau. 3 hours in buses.

We took the walking tour and the organ concert excursion and had lunch in Passau for some local food. We missed the Salzburg Highlights tour because it required longer bus rides and we wanted to see Passau which was a highlighted stop on the cruise.

Tuesday, July 31 - YBBS - Transferred from Straubing to Ybbs - 3 hour bus ride AND the boat wasn’t there, stranded for another 1.5 hours. The unfortunate part other than being stranded was the entire city was shut down so we did not have anywhere to go. Many of us had to use the restroom so we found some small bicycle museum, gave them a donation and used the restroom! Remember, the majority of the guests were over 60....Thankfully, we grabbed the small bottles of wine from our suite and found a shady tree until our boat arrived.

We were suppose to be docked in Krems - which I wanted to see - but we missed it... We did not go on the Gotweig Abbey tour because we wanted to actually cruise the Wachau Valley and not be on a bus.

Wednesday - August 1 - VIENNA

We bussed into Vienna from the port because you couldn't walk off the boat into Vienna. We took the walking tour and the bus came back to the boat around 12:30 p.m. We didn't go to the Mozart Concert because we would have to get on another bus into the city and we would have missed the sailing from Vienna to Komaron. (which was suppose to be Budapest) Another missed excursion.

Missed the Danube Bend scenic cruising.

Thursday - August 2 - Komaron

Coulent make it into Budapest so we docked in Komaron.

We missed the Budapest Castle Hill City Hike because the bus ride was 1.5 hours long to Budapest.

Friday - August 3

Transfered to Budapest - 1.5 hour bus ride

Budapest Extension: The Interncontinental was GREAT! We paid for an upgrade so that we could view the river from our room and the location was perfect. Sadly, there were river boats that were right in front of the hotel which was a daily reminder of how we missed that part of our cruise.

Shopping and local restaurants: There was never enough time in the city for free time to shop or enjoy local restaurants. Don't bother looking up restaurants in the port cities because you would not have time to eat there. We did the tour and then got back on the bus back to the ship - in Vienna we had 1 hour of free time. The ports we were in were in an industrial area so it was difficult to get to any sign of life so we stayed on the boat.

At the end of the trip our cruise director said we would be receiving a call from Viking to rectify some of the mishaps of the trip. I am fully aware Viking could not control the water levels, however, 1) they probably should not offer this cruise during the late summer months when the probability of low water levels are high. 2) They should better communicate the locations of the ports to the city center in their promotional material. 3) Communicate how far the excursions are and the length of the bus rides prior to signing up. 4) Allow more free time.
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