The cruise was exceptional with a wonderful ship manned by an enthusiastic crew. The included tours were informative and provided enough information for self-exploration after the walking tours. It was great to tour Zurich on your own to seek out areas of interest and great places to dine. The Alps tour was a fun filled day to see the quintessential Alps from mountain lakes, wood carving, snow covered peaks, back roads to see the country side. Do not miss this tour! The hotel in Paris was wonderful and in a great location for dining and hopping on the metro. The included walking tours were fine but could get a little repetitive going to multiple cathedrals of similar or identical design. Some of the tours were on days when the venues was closed, but Viking arranged to have these open, unfortunately they were not open long enough to view the museum leaving you with a rushed feeling. Longer time should have been arranged.
Great cabin with more space than a veranda room which we have used on previous cruises. The fresh flowers and champagne is a nice touch. The room was very nice, quiet and convenient to the public areas. The cabin attendant was perfect keeping the room clean, all in an unobtrusive manner.
Did not have time due to taking the Alps tour, which was great fun.
The walking tour and optional "Taste of Alsace" was a great way to really explore the city and experience how the locals live. The guide was very informative and knew the city like the back of her hand.
This was an interesting town center with a large cathedral. Unfortunately it was a Sunday so most stores and businesses were closed limiting your options. There is a technical museum close by that should have been on the schedule and in waling distance from where the buses were parked. Look into this museum if travelling to Speyer.
The city tour included a visit to the Gutenberg museum which was fine, but because the museum was only open especially for Viking there was not enough time to view the museum. Viewing the original bibles and a printing demonstration was wonderful. There were many different types of architecture to be viewed in the city and the guide provided an in depth explanation of the styles and reasons.
The location at the confluence of the rivers is a great place to see the monument of Emperor Wilhelm dividing the two rivers. The tour was somewhat dampened by the rain, which did not help with the experience. The guide was good at pointing out some of the smaller and important details of the city.
Winingen had a unique extra tour in the evening to see a local church to hear the organ and after that retreat to a pub for adult beverages and entertainment. A great way to end a day!
You get to experience a lock transfer during the day which is fin. The castle tour was good with a mini bus taking you as far up the hill as possible saving many uphill steps. There is an interesting wall as the bridge describing the city's history. Take a good look! There was plenty of time to explore the downtown before returning to the ship.
The city tour took in all the sites, the Roman church, other more modern cathedrals, Porte Nigra. There was too much time in the city center due to the variability of the ships schedule through the locks. This trip was in early March so it was cold which may have made the time feel longer.
The trip to the cemetary is something everybody needs to do in order to experience the way the solders are remembered for their sacrifice. This is a very moving locaton.
The hotel, Le Collectionneur, is in a good location for walking the city being close to the Arc de Triomphe, metro and a city park. The facilities and services in the hotel are first class with large and comfortable rooms. There are many tours offered while in Paris allowing you to select areas of your interest. The Versailles tour was a great introduction to the facility, but plan on spending another day exploring the gardens and the Trianons further back in the estate. The "Taste of Paris" is a must-do tour as you are in Paris. The Paris after Dark is good as you see different things after the sun goes down. The caberet, Paradis Latin, was a wonderful take as Viking arranged for up-close seating to really enjoy the show. A very tastefully done show the talented performers.