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This is going to be your most expensive bus tour, if you have it scheduled cancel if you can!! Started the tour on Oct 12th 2018. A week before VRC sent an email stating that there might be a ship swap at Regensburg. Nine days later we are on our THIRD viking boat, Vili. Mimir and Gefjon are a distant memory. Packing and unpacking is the highlight of the day. Had VRC informed us on a timely manner about the low water level on Europe’s rivers I would have cancelled this expensive trip. We will be in Passau for 3 days being bussed around for hours to the tours which have not been canceled. The ships Vili and Embla are docked as a pair, and we have no window view of the industrial docking area. Rumor has it that we will reach Budapest by bus. The crew releases the news one day at a time, so nothing is clearly known. Everybody gets more tired and I am counting down the remaining days while my luggage is ready for the next ship swap. Cancel your trip if you can!!!

Most Expensive Bus Tour from Amsterdam To Budapest

Viking Mimir Cruise Review by PaulChiru

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
This is going to be your most expensive bus tour, if you have it scheduled cancel if you can!!

Started the tour on Oct 12th 2018. A week before VRC sent an email stating that there might be a ship swap at Regensburg.

Nine days later we are on our THIRD viking boat, Vili. Mimir and Gefjon are a distant memory. Packing and unpacking is the highlight of the day.

Had VRC informed us on a timely manner about the low water level on Europe’s rivers I would have cancelled this expensive trip.

We will be in Passau for 3 days being bussed around for hours to the tours which have not been canceled. The ships Vili and Embla are docked as a pair, and we have no window view of the industrial docking area.

Rumor has it that we will reach Budapest by bus. The crew releases the news one day at a time, so nothing is clearly known.

Everybody gets more tired and I am counting down the remaining days while my luggage is ready for the next ship swap.

Cancel your trip if you can!!!
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I am adding this after the cruise ended:

During the 15th day trip we were moved on FOUR viking ships(Mimir - Gefjon - Vili - Idun) and spent half of the docking time sandwiched with or in between other viking ships, having no view.
There has been a low water level on the rivers for the last FOUR months, but Viking sent only one vague email a week before the cruise started, mentioning that there might be a ship swap at Regensburg. By that time it was too late to cancel the trip.

Instead of river cruising we were bussed and did ship swaps 3 times: from Cologne to Mainz - from Nuremberg to Passau - from Viena to Budapest. We spent most of the days on busses to go to these cities and to our included tours. Many optional tours were cancelled due to the lack of time.

The activity director was always releasing the news at the last moment, nothing was ever clear, the weather was always the culprit, and it looked that the VRC was doing the best they could, when in fact their lack of honest comunication ruined our vacation.

Everybody was tired, we almost always had to wake up early morning to either transfer to another ship or go on a tour.
We arrived by bus in Budapest at 12:30 PM, had lunch and went on the 3 hour included tour, that is all we saw from that city, which is shown as a 2 days stay in Budapest.
The crew did not look happy, everybody was exhausted from changing the guests so often and moving all the luggage in and out.

Food was average, and the included wine was terrible. Wifi was spotty and slow, sometimes totally dead.

In a nutshell, the cruise was an expensive by-product and it was poorly handled by Viking. I will definitely cancel the cruise scheduled for the next year, since this company seems not to care about the customer satisfaction, and provides subpar services for such an expensive price.

Read the reviews before booking, and ignore the ridiculos VRC responses to those complaining, they are an insult to everyone’s intelligence.