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Viking Hild Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Paris to the Alps with extended stay in Paris and Switzerland

Review for Viking Hild to Europe
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Ken Zoellner
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2021
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Matterhorn, Switzerland; we rode the cog railroad from Zermatt to the foot of the Matterhorn.
Highlights of Switzerland; Lundgren (sp) lake on the bus ride from Basel to Zurich.
Highlights of Switzerland; by the lake in Bernz, Switzerland on the bus drive to Zurich.
Zurich, Switzerland; view from the cafe where we had lunch in Zurich.
Paris, France; highlights of Paris at night city tour.
Dinner in the main dinning room on the Viking Hild docked in Trier, Germany on the day of our embarkation.
View of Chochem castle in Germany from our boat docked on the Moselle river.

We traveled with Viking on the Paris to the Swiss Alps Tour river cruise from Paris to Geneva Switzerland. The accommodations and service in the Hild Long-ship were fantastic. The embarkation from Paris airport was excellent; we stayed at the Meridian Etoile (sp) hotel in Paris for 3 nights and then on to the cruise. When we arrived in Paris, the Viking representatives were there to meet us at the airport and helped us get a cab and with directions to the hotel. It went smoothly even though we didn't speak the language, thanks to the help of the Viking representatives at the airport. We spent 3 days in Paris and toured the museums and Seine river which we loved. We took a bus from Paris to Trier, Germany where we boarded the Hild, that was docked on the Moselle river and stopped along the way for lunch in Rems where we toured the cathedral.

On board the ship, the outstanding service continued; it's hard to single out any one individual because everyone on the ship was so nice and friendly; our cabin attendant and our breakfast waiter in the Aquivit Terrace were outstanding. The food in the main restaurant and in the informal Aquivit Terrace were equally delicious and varied.

The shore excursions were well guided with knowledgeable local guides, all of which spoke English (as did all the personnel on board the ship). We took not only the basic shore excursions which were included in the price, but also purchased two extra side excursions/extensions in Paris, Zermatt and along the Rhine. All the shore trips were enjoyable and informative.

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The cabin was exactly the same as the 3 prior Viking river boats I've been on, so I knew exactly what to expect. If you've never been on a river boat before, it will seem small at first, but ours had a balcony which gave it a more spacious feeling. Since we didn't spend much time in the cabin, the size was not an issue for us.

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