15 Paris to Europe - All Viking River Viking Kadlin Cruise Reviews

This was our third Viking River Cruise (previously did 7 day Rhine and 7 day Danube, both of which I cannot recommend highly enough). Viking does an outstanding job, somethings I wish I had taken into consideration before leaving (which ... Read More
This was our third Viking River Cruise (previously did 7 day Rhine and 7 day Danube, both of which I cannot recommend highly enough). Viking does an outstanding job, somethings I wish I had taken into consideration before leaving (which are completely out of Viking's control). 1. Our cruise began on the Thursday before Easter, this led to crowds and closures at various points of our trip. 2. In preparation for the 2024 Olympic games, Paris has construction projects taking place everywhere, traffic getting in and out of the heart of the city is absolutely dreadful (this from someone born and raised in Los Angeles) 3. Another factor for crowds, a European explained to me, springtime is when many school children take field trips to various locations. 4. Finally, the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral led to increased tourist traffic at other locations. The Viking staff from booking to final departure were fantastic. We did not take the extension on either side of the trip, but booked our flight to arrive in Paris in the late morning. This allowed us to get our bags on the boat and spend several hours at the Louvre, which otherwise (due to other booked excursions) we would not have been able to see. Embarkation was great, the ship staff are outstanding. Excursion highlights, we took every included excursion (except those that conflicted with paid excursions) - several stops (after leaving Paris) include houses built in the Middle Ages that are incredible to see (Vernon and Rouen). Monet's Garden is beautiful. Out of Rouen we paid for the Farm and Country Tour which was a nice view of the Normandy country side, the farm is a neat experience. The excursion to the beaches of Normandy will leave you with a sense of profound gratitude for the soldiers of the D-Day Invasion. Having studied the history, then touring the site, I still cannot fathom the courage of the men that day. Paris at night was a treat, especially seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Our cabin steward Filip was great, the room was always perfect. I've seen other reviews where people complain of the size of the cabin, it is not spacious, but sufficient. The only time we are in our cabin is basically to sleep. I cannot speak to the entertainment options in the lounge in the evening, we never attended. We try to stay in town as long, doing as much as we can, after dinner, we're ready for bed. Several people we talked to mentioned the different events were a good time. The food is always top notch and the dining staff attentive to your orders and requests. The guides at each of the locations are always outstanding, usually locals who give you some much more than a guide who read a book about where you are going. At the tour in Versailles, it was absolutely packed, (literally shoulder to shoulder, front to back with people in some rooms), almost impossible. Our guide (I forgot her name) went out of her way trying to keep us together, inform us about the artwork, history, etc, and made the most out of the trip, she was phenomenal there. We will undoubtedly taking Viking again (Portugal, Rhine at Christmas, and the Norwegian Fjords for starters). It was the crowds that took the shine off this trip for us. So if that is an issue for you, the Fall would probably be a better time to book this trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I had enjoyed one previous Viking river cruise (Danube Waltz), and we planned and booked this trip nearly 21 months in advance. I have a particular interest in World War II history and have visited Pearl Harbor several ... Read More
My husband and I had enjoyed one previous Viking river cruise (Danube Waltz), and we planned and booked this trip nearly 21 months in advance. I have a particular interest in World War II history and have visited Pearl Harbor several times, so I was very much looking forward to spending time at the Normandy D-Day invasion sites and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer. Our good friends and travel companions, of whom he is a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, had not traveled on Viking before this trip. We were proud to share with them all of the exceptional aspects of quality and attention to detail for which Viking is famous. Our cabin was perfect and always spotless. All of our meals were absolutely delicious, and we appreciated the variety available at each meal. "Blondie," the amazing gentleman who entertained us at the piano, was, by himself, worth going on the cruise. His talent and lovely personality enhanced every evening in the lounge. Nearly every crew member was pleasant and welcoming, and acted as though taking care of the passengers' needs was enjoyable and fulfilling for them personally. I know they all work hard and we tried to be very generous with them at the end of the cruise. Our shore excursions were delightful as well as informative; we particularly enjoyed Montmartre and Lyon. The highlight, of course, was the full day at the D-Day invasion sites. The sites, the commentary from our guide, and my feelings of deep gratitude mixed with sadness, will stay with me forever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
For a very long time I have wanted to visit Monet's house and garden at Giverny and the visit was well worth the wait , even the the weather was unseasonably hot. Also had an unforgettable day at the Normandy beaches. The ceremonies ... Read More
For a very long time I have wanted to visit Monet's house and garden at Giverny and the visit was well worth the wait , even the the weather was unseasonably hot. Also had an unforgettable day at the Normandy beaches. The ceremonies there was so reverent and respectful to the heroes of that campaign who should never be forgotten. It was our first Viking cruise and it was nearly flawless from start to finish. It won't the last as Viking exceeded our expectations at every turn. The service level couldn't be better as the entire staff was accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable. We are very seasoned (50 years) travelers and both the tours and the guides were the best we have ever experienced. Every day was interesting and unique from the others. My wife has a medical issue that necessitates a rigid diet at all times. The maitre'd and his staff went above to ensure her needs were met while providing excellent meals all of the time. The only negative was we had to catch an early (0700) flight From Paris to London for a connection to return to the states. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This is our third Viking River Cruise. We enjoyed the food and wine on this cruise. We also thought the captain and the cruise director were brilliant and fun. More importantly, the excursions were well organized with knowledgeable tour ... Read More
This is our third Viking River Cruise. We enjoyed the food and wine on this cruise. We also thought the captain and the cruise director were brilliant and fun. More importantly, the excursions were well organized with knowledgeable tour guides (particularly Leif). Our only disappointment on this cruise was “the early bird” special mentality of the passengers. Guests rushed for the dining room frantically and grabbed the window tables. After say 2 hours, the waiters started to rush people out of the restaurant to clean up the dining room. On other cruises, we have had flexibility to tour a museum and arrive at dinner between 8 and 8:15 p.m. at a more leisurely pace. It was odd. The cabins are tiny, but housekeeping was excellent. Indeed, the housekeepers work from morning to evening and supplies are attentively replenished daily. Definitely take the tour of the wheelhouse. The captain is so charming when he tells how everything works. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I chose the Viking Paris to NormNdy River Cruise based on what I heard and was not disappointed in the least. The Crew was great and ship was beautiful. Food and the beverage service was first class. Excursions were awesome and onboard ... Read More
I chose the Viking Paris to NormNdy River Cruise based on what I heard and was not disappointed in the least. The Crew was great and ship was beautiful. Food and the beverage service was first class. Excursions were awesome and onboard entertainment great. An Air France strike during the cruise caused some passenger concern but Viking was on top of the situation assisting in rebooking flights on other carriers. I can not say enough about the friendliness and courtesy of all onboard staff. The restaurant provided a varied menu each day and included some standard items that could be ordered each day. Other fare offered in the restaurant were regional dishes. Wine and beer are offered st no additional cost with the lunch and evening meals. Local entertainers were brought onboard at several ports of call to add to the onboard entertainment experience. During our Normandy American Cemetery visit we were able to participate in a ceremony honoring the fallen. A special event on a very special cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The promotional price was good and Viking always gives great service. However, the included flights to and from France were fraught with delays and cancellations. The travel was the only downer to the trip. We had asked for ... Read More
The promotional price was good and Viking always gives great service. However, the included flights to and from France were fraught with delays and cancellations. The travel was the only downer to the trip. We had asked for consideration in assigning seats due to a medical condition and we were told that it was not possible on the return leg of the trip. This was very disappointing. The cabin was adequate and conveniently located; the room service was excellent. The dining experience was great as usual and so was the entertainment. Wait staff and chef did an excellent job. Brenton, our tour director also did an excellent job and was very efficient and concerned for everyone's welfare. The included shore excursions as well as the optional excursions were very good. There were no children on this cruise. We hope to make Viking Ocean our next cruise; however, we are sure more river cruises will be on our bucket list, too! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
On this cruise with friends. Some had been with Viking before, I had not. The flight was a little challenging, going thru huge airports but we were met with Viking rep. who kept us on track and got us where we needed to be. The cabins ... Read More
On this cruise with friends. Some had been with Viking before, I had not. The flight was a little challenging, going thru huge airports but we were met with Viking rep. who kept us on track and got us where we needed to be. The cabins on the Kadlin were so very clean, the staff was excellent, no request was too much. I very much enjoyed the excursions the guides were very well informed and spoke very well. Every time we left the boat we were given water and the same on the return if not a little snack. The Captain made himself available all the time. There were activities on board to prepare for some excursions. The food was excellent, if you went hungry it was your own fault, Especially enjoyed the local foods prepared on board. Enjoyed the restaurant at the Omaha Beach Golf club, local dining at it's best (part of the excursion). Would love to do another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We choose this cruise as a better reward and adventure to ourselves. Viking did most of the logistical planning including air flights, meeting us at the airport, bringing us to the ship, along with many other niceties that impressed us so ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a better reward and adventure to ourselves. Viking did most of the logistical planning including air flights, meeting us at the airport, bringing us to the ship, along with many other niceties that impressed us so very much. Each meal was excellent, service again excellent the staff and crew also excellent. The ports and excursions were well planned and went without a hitch, thoughtfully and engineered to make the trip an enjoyable pleasure. Our cabin was clean, well maintained, comfortable along with the patio. The air conditioning was very good as was the TV. We certainly had a good time meeting and socializing with other guests at dinner and other activities in the ship and on deck. Our excursions were handled with us, the guests, in mind, water was freely given for each trip the buses used were the best. We were fortunate that this trip was chosen by us and Viking River Cruises certainly exceeded our expectations, Thank you Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I am 65, newly retired, and had never been to Paris, so decided this was the perfect time. I couldn't find anyone to go with me since I decided in March to go in June, but Viking was offering a really good single supplement fare. I ... Read More
I am 65, newly retired, and had never been to Paris, so decided this was the perfect time. I couldn't find anyone to go with me since I decided in March to go in June, but Viking was offering a really good single supplement fare. I opted for the pre-extension trip to Paris, three days, and it was fabulous even if *quite* hot. Here there was no help as far as the hotel single supplement; I had to pay for both people which made the hotel quite expensive. Still, I really wanted the extra time in the city. Most of the people I ended up hanging out with during the cruise were those who also did the Paris add-on as we got to know each other then. The cruise was really nice with good stops. The only thing I wish we could have done was go to St. Malo. It's far, I know, but I really, really want to go there and I was so close. Giverney was jam packed with people. It was hard to really enjoy the gardens for all the people. My favorite village was Petite Andelys. The hike to the castle at the top is a true hike. I thought we should have stopped a couple times instead of just once for everyone to catch their breath. But it's the village itself I liked so much, not the castle. It's just beautiful! The light and sound show at the Rouen cathedral was incredible and a highlight of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We really wanted to see the American Memorial in .Normandy, France. Since Viking offered this cruise which included Paris, Monet's Giverny gardens, Rouen and most of the Normandy region. Also enjoyed great scenery in the Seine ... Read More
We really wanted to see the American Memorial in .Normandy, France. Since Viking offered this cruise which included Paris, Monet's Giverny gardens, Rouen and most of the Normandy region. Also enjoyed great scenery in the Seine valley. The dining was great. Foods were fresh and beautifully prepared. Staff is very helpful and always make sure all of your needs are met. Excursions were so interesting and full of knowledgeable information. After the cruise ended, we opted to spend some post-cruise days in the Loire valley. Was so worth it!! We visited chateaus in fine places-Chenonceaux, Amboise and Chambord and the cities of Tours and Orleans. So much beauty, so many nice French folks and such history! This was our second Viking cruise-first was the Romantic Danube-and they have continued to impress us with their service. We've discussed it several times and may even book our next cruise with Viking within the next 2 months! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our third cruise with Viking...and each one has been superb. Excellent accommodations, fantastic food, diverse and entertaining places to go, see and do. Viking caters to adult travelers... so don't expect to see young ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Viking...and each one has been superb. Excellent accommodations, fantastic food, diverse and entertaining places to go, see and do. Viking caters to adult travelers... so don't expect to see young children. There have been several teens on our trips who were well educated and well spoken. We have enjoyed their company. My wife has limited ability to walk, so we travel with a light-weight transporter chair. It was very easy to use the chair on board. The crew assisted every time in getting on and off the ship. The chair was difficult, but possible, in some locations because of cobble stone pavement. At our request, we had a cabin just off the reception area. In that way, we didn't have long walks, or pushes of the wheel chair, to get to and from the cabin. The skipper was the most helpful of any we have experienced. He took a personal approach, greeting folks each time we departed and when we returned. He regularly helped passengers... often passed out water or refreshments. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Viking was offering a fantastic deal for this cruise; two for one fares plus cancel up to the day before departure with a full refund (Viking no longer offers the full refund; believe it was due to events in Europe/France at the time). ... Read More
Viking was offering a fantastic deal for this cruise; two for one fares plus cancel up to the day before departure with a full refund (Viking no longer offers the full refund; believe it was due to events in Europe/France at the time). The cruise was phenomenal; we hadn't been on a river cruise and it was on our bucket list. Viking also offered air fare for an extremely reasonable price. The ship was placed into service earlier this year and was very elegant from the lobby/atrium to the lounge (light and airy - a good place to "get away"), to the dining facilities (great views from all seats) to the cabins. The cabins were smaller that what we've experienced on ocean cruises, but was spacious enough for the journey and we had a French balcony, which allowed us to open the floor to ceiling window (similar to sliding doors). The food was excellent and there were several selections plus a standard menu available each night. At breakfast and lunch you had the option of the buffet or ordering from the menu (the pancakes were amazing). The servers became well acquainted with you and treated you well; they spoke very good English, and could converse in multiple languages. The staff was extremely professional, but able to joke and have conversations with you. Viking really tries to accommodate dietary restrictions/preferences. My husband and his brother got an impromptu tour of the navigation bridge from the First Officer, simply by asking the question. Excursions are included for each port, with some having additional excursions to purchase, such as the Paris + Louvre, Versailles, and Paris by Night - all were worth the extra cost. The local walking tours were informative about the regions. We like the fact that Viking doesn't nickel and dime you for everything; wine and beer are included with lunch and dinner; free wi-fi, complimentary water in cabin and for each excursion; complimentary umbrellas for inclement weather; complimentary coffee/tea service outside the lounge 24 hours. After a damp/chilly day at the Normandy Beaches, the ship greeted us with "Happy Hot Chocolate" on our return to the ship. The ship docks in Le Pecq, which is about 35-45 min from Paris via shuttle (Viking provided, free). Our transfer from the airport to the ship was flawless and easy; departure from the ship was easy, however the airport part was hectic, hurried, and we almost got lost/left behind. The woman greeting the group at the airport left for the check-in area before getting all the passengers and their luggage. She provided no instructions and practically raced to the check-in area - something to be aware of. The other impressive part of Viking is that everyone on the ship works; my sister-in-law saw the captain assisting with loading luggage from the ship. The Program Director did this as well and accompanied us on all excursions. There is only a walking track on the upper deck. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Our second Viking river cruise, Danube was first. Excelled beyond the first one, which was outstanding. Had to visit France and the Normandy countryside. From start to finish, Viking lived up to its claims. Crew was remarkable. ... Read More
Our second Viking river cruise, Danube was first. Excelled beyond the first one, which was outstanding. Had to visit France and the Normandy countryside. From start to finish, Viking lived up to its claims. Crew was remarkable. Fun, professional, cheerful, untiring service. Easy transfer, informative excursions, all the right places, best guides. Meals were excellent on board. We purchased a beverage package that was worth the cost. More wine selections, and off hour bar service. Upon return we booked a Med cruise for March. Music during cocktail hour, diner and evening cruising was one of the highlights of our cruise. The friend we made among fellow passengers made day to day travel a joy. Cabin size for our Veranda A and deck location was perfect for us, quiet, easy to lounge and upper deck. Our extended stay in Paris kept us busy sunrise to late evening. Hotel was comfortable and caring. We will continue on with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the ... Read More
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the Kadlin departure on June 24, the boat embarks from Le Pecq, not Paris. Day one Arrival: very smooth. Meet the Viking reps wearing red jackets right outside of customs (if you purchased the Viking Transfer). BTW, we were not stopped at all in French customs. Very well organized transfer to Le Pecq, which is outside of Paris. About 45 minutes on a very ugly, graffiti filled highway. The town of a Le Pecq is a lovely, upscale suburb on the banks of the Seine. Check in very quick and easy. TIP: bring a clock, there is no clock in your cabin. If you use a curling iron or something that generates heat you will need a converter. Otherwise you have US electric current. Cabins are small, stash your suitcase under your bed. TIP: bring extra hangers as the closet is large, only 3 drawers. There is a fridge in the cabin. Nearby: the banks of the Seine towards the bridge are lined with flower gardens. The path in the other direction takes you to a school with outdoor exercise stations. No bathrooms anywhere at all in town. Always use the one on the ship first. Be sure to pack and wear layers. It has been a rainy, chilly summer, dress for passing showers. Forget about fancy shoes as you will be walking across cobblestone streets. Tour to St. Germaine n Laye: was wonderful and not to be missed. Sweeping views of Paris in the distance. Large park. 12 century castle and church. St. Germaine n laye is also an upscale small city filled with shops and outdoor cafes. It has a large commuter rail station (RER) from which you can take a train every 10 minutes to Paris. Takes 30 minutes. Huge train, spotless, easy to navigate with an upstairs deck. Buy your ticket right at the kiosk or at the “service desk” which is staffed by humans. Be sure to hold onto your ticket as you need to have it to exit the system. TIP: if you need or desire fast wifi, buy a hotspot to take along on the trip as the ship’s wifi is affected by travel. There are lots of free movies in your room if you want to chill. TIP: the tour guide will ask if you wish to walk back to Le Pecq from the castle. DO IT! It is an awesome walk straight down the beautiful terraces to the ship which is quite easy to see at all times. The walk along the Seine to the ship is a garden path. TIP: sit anywhere you want in the dining room. Don’t be afraid to join a table by the window, as this is how you make friends. Night: Welcome lecture and procedures from Program Director. Followed by dinner and opera singers (we went to bed) Day two: Paris: The extended tour takes you thru the leafy suburbs west of Paris, which are a treat to see. TIP: sit on the left side of the bus, so that you can watch the lovely mansion go by situated along the Seine. Bring a small pair of binoculars for better viewing. We jumped off in Paris at the first stop which is the Eiffel Tower. From there it is an easy walk on either side of the Seine to anywhere you want to go. TIP: there is a bateaux mouche that has 8 stops along the Seine. You can hop on and off at will. Not sure of the fare. We went to L’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lillies. This is located in the Tulleries garden. There are many sights and museums in the area. We went on a scenic battteaux mouche. Ours had a crappy PA system so we could not hear the narration. It is fabulous to see Paris from the river. Do it! We rode on the big ferris wheel at the Tullleries. It’s okay, not a must. The took a pedicab up Avenue George V to the RER station. TIP: The pedicabs are a fun, wild ride, but the fare quoted is per person, don’t be fooled as we were. The RER station is insane, hold tight to purses and wallets. The train outbound to St. G en Laye is on the lowest level. You can buy your ticket at the service desk. The train arrives every 10 minutes, and is clearly announced on the marquee overhead. Ours was labled “Zeus”. The train is huge and lovely with an upper deck. You jump off at the very, very last stop. Then you will need to walk downhill via the terraces to Le Pecq. Night: cast off and cruise in the wrong direction towards Paris so that the boat can turn around. Lovely bucolic scenes, homes and parks. Bring your binoculars. TIP: you can eat on the deck where there are also cozy rocking chairs with heat lamps. The staff will bring you “blankies” as it is slightly chilly out there. The buffet is always available on the deck, not much variety though. Day three: Wake up in Vernon an antique town on the Seine just inside of Normandy. Hop off and take a walk. Read the plaques about the Duke of Vernon and the destruction of part of the town by the allies in WW2. This theme will be repeated as the allies heavily bombed Normandy to deprive the occupying Nazis of trains, food and train lines. Sad to imagine. The area near the ship has medieval houses and small castle. TIP: it is always freezing on the boat. Bring a lined jacket or a heavy shawl. Showers happen too so a folding umbrella or a hooded jacket is needed. Trip to Giverny leaves bright and early. Thankfully, as Giverny becomes unbearable overcrowded by noon. Use the restrooms on the walk to the gardens, leave a small coin for the attendant. No words can describe the beauty of the gardens. Take a million pictures and enjoy. The guides will rush you, but that is okay, they are trying to move you ahead of the huge crowds. You can enjoy the gift shops and there are some nice boutiques outside the gardens. Transfer back to the ship for lunch. Afternoon? The water color calls was excellent. Brigitte did a wonderful job of making you feel competent in a short time. Night:? Stays light until 10 pm or later Day four: cast off in the morning for Rouen. Lovely ride thru various locks upstream to upper Normandy. Look for a church built right into the limestone cliff. Arrive in Rouen. Lots of other cruise ships, not much to see. I don’t understand why they bother with this port. An included walking tour departs, or purchase the farm tour. TIP: do NOT book this trip if you are mobility challenged. Do not wear nice shoes, as you will be slogging thru the mud and worse. We went on the farm tour which was awesome. Lovely country villages and farms speed by the windows. It looks kind of like Amish country. Arrive at a 17th century farm. All organic. Sheepdog demonstration. Cider demo and tasting. Then on to another tasting of sparkling cider and Calvados. The most fantastic and flavorful Neufchatel cheese, and cinnamon apple tarts in croissant dough. Take a big nap on the one hour ride back to the boat. Night? Some go to the light show at Rouen Cathedral. NOT TO BE MISSED!! It is not a laser show, or a simple slide show. There are two shows VIKING and IMPRESSIONISTS. Both are awesome, but the Viking show is more spectacular. Do not leave after the first show ends, but stick around for one minute until the next show starts. Day five: early morning two hour drive to the beaches at Normandy. I was not at all excited for this tour, but it was fantastic. The seaside is lovely, with neat and picturesque cottages. The gardens are overflowing with roses and zinnias. The tour makes four separate stops at various places along the Normandy beaches. TIP: if you want to see the Bayouex tapestry take the Commonwealth tour. The museum is quite interesting and overwhelming. Spend some time thanking the dead quietly on the beach. TIP: good restrooms across from museum. The ones under the museum will have long lines. Leave a coin for the attendant. Ask which restaurant you are having lunch just in case you get lost like we did. Lots of fun boutiques along the pedestrian mall. TIP: if you have a food allergy bring a sign with you and put it next to your place. As the service happens very fast and there is no food choice. Then you arrive at the US Cemetery which is huge. If you wish to honor a specific soldier, find out PRIOR to leaving the where he/she is buried as the procedure at the cemetery is too cumbersome and you don’t have time. TIP: bring or buy a book for the two hour plus journey back to Rouen. The staff puts on a lovely welcome back to the ship. Dinner, then don’t miss the Liars Club show which is hilarious fun. Second chance to see the Rouen light show. DO NOT MISS THIS. Tomorrow is a is a light day with a late breakfast so you can sleep in. Day six: Get up late, breakfast isn’t until 7:30. Omelettes made to order, lots of menu choices or buffet choices. Be sure to go up deck and watch the holiday houses and villages slip by. You arrive in Les Andelyes at 1:00 or so. Be ready for the walking tours which depart at 1:45. You can take an easy walk down in the villages or trek up the hill to the Castle Gallaird. TIP: if you have a walking stick or telescoping hiking pole, bring it. It is quite steep in both directions, and not so nice to your knees. Lovely views up and down the Seine. We spied a big municipal swimming pool on the waterfront, so if you really want to go swimming, I am sure you could find it. It is right near the bridge. Day seven: Wake up in Mantres-Les-Jolies, which is a pretty town with a medieval church and waterfront. It is so typical of the French that they don’t even remark on how nice this town is. Don’t waste the opportunity to explore the waterfront and centre of town. Many shops are open early and the locals look to enjoy kibitzing as there day begins. We took the optional tour to Mal Maisson which allowed us to have a leisurely morning and return by 1 pm. It takes a brief half hour to get there, thru pretty leafy, upscale suburbs. Port Marly among them. Passing by the pump house and pipes that supply the fountains to Verseilles. Chateau Malmaison (named for the rowdy, misbehaving Normans) is pretty, loaded with history, and a very comfortable homey scale. Not grand and overwhelming. Back to the ship for lunch and time to sit in the rocking chairs up on deck. Grab a “blankie” from the storage bin in the lounge and watch the pretty shoreline slip by, a village, a race course, a nautical center, just waiting for a glimpse of old familiar Le Pecq. Also a cooking lesson at 3 and a tour of the galley at 4 given by the chef. Fill out your evaluations, pay your bills, fill up your gratuity envelopes, and say a tearful goodbye to friendly faces. Departure Day: early rise and shine, put your bag tags on and put your bags out at the correct time (not earlier). Remember to arrange for a wake up call the night before. Just do as they say and things will go very smoothly. Breakfast is crowded, so get up early. Charles De Gaulle airport is massive and crowded. You cannot print out your boarding pass the night before, but maybe you can download it to your phone, not sure. You have to stand in a 10 ques but eventually you make it on board. There is a TON of shopping in CDG, so save room for souvenirs. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We took this cruise as my wife had not been to Paris before. This was our first River Cruise and i cannot say one thing bad about Viking and their service. Just before we arrived i found out that our travel agent did not book the ... Read More
We took this cruise as my wife had not been to Paris before. This was our first River Cruise and i cannot say one thing bad about Viking and their service. Just before we arrived i found out that our travel agent did not book the transfers. I called the ship direct form the states and was assured they would take care of us when we arrived at CDG and would handle all for us. They did without any problem and made it seamless. They pay attention to every detail while you are there. The entertainments is very good and Lionell our cruise director is amazing. The food was more than abundant and was outstanding in both taste and variety. The agenda was excellent, the tours were great and all the modes of transportation to get there was very comfortable. Now be aware that there are some things Viking cannot control. Paris had very wet spring and the Seine River was over the banks so they had to dock futher from Paris than they had planned. This just means a little more time on the coach than would have been and they pull it off without a hitch. We are doing another one and after that another. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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