I was very interested in the ports of call on this cruise. Many people still were not traveling so there were no crowds and all shore excursions were a delight. I especially enjoyed Lyon. Our local guide was excellent, even introducing us to the best candy shop and treating us to a sample. The walk of the Old City of Lyon was the highlight of my experience. The small passageways throughout the the town reminded me of a rabbit warren! The papal residence in Avignon was humble, to say the least. There were few furnishings which was surprising. The trip was a pleasant tour through the less populated and yet very historic region of France.
As for the Viking Delling, the food was fantastic and the ship was spotless. The crew was genuinely friendly and professional. In summary, it confirms for me that Viking is the finest of the river cruise options.