19 Viking River Viking Bragi River Cruise Reviews

Always wanted to do a River Cruise to visit several cities in Europe. The 14 Day Viking Cruise seemed perfect and could not have had a better experience. The Cruise director was great providing a lot of local history and the rest of the ... Read More
Always wanted to do a River Cruise to visit several cities in Europe. The 14 Day Viking Cruise seemed perfect and could not have had a better experience. The Cruise director was great providing a lot of local history and the rest of the crew was very helpful. the daily tours offered a great opportunity to experience the local culture in both small villages and large cities. The included tours were a great value and the special tours provided a great opportunity to see more historical sites. All the guides were first rate, especially the Nuremberg WW II tour guide. Our stateroom was comfortable with plenty of room for storage but wespent most of our time on the upper decks or on tours. We started the tour in Prague with motor coach transfer to Budapest. Airport transfers for arrival and departure were smooth with no problems. Highly recommend Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We enjoyed the cruise very much. It was our first time to Europe and our first Viking experience. There was not enough room on the sundeck for the majority of people. Some people grabbed the best seats and tables and held them for their ... Read More
We enjoyed the cruise very much. It was our first time to Europe and our first Viking experience. There was not enough room on the sundeck for the majority of people. Some people grabbed the best seats and tables and held them for their friends who sometimes weren't there yet. I was surprised how many locks and low bridges we had to go through. The sundeck was closed off completely for about 5 days. So it was hard to get much sun & exercise. There were usually 4-5 buses that took us on the excursions. There were A, B, C, D & sometimes E. For some reason, we were never on Bus A or B. We purchased the thumb drive with our tour pictures. There were many pictures of some people and very few of others. The main guide seemed to have taken the pictures and was never on our bus. The food and service was excellent. The attendants were all very polite. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We were invited to cruise with Fonda's cousin and his wife, Russell and Ramona Jones. So, so glad we accepted!! Wonderful time getting to see Europe from the rivers. Castles were a unique experience. Acquired new knowledge of the ... Read More
We were invited to cruise with Fonda's cousin and his wife, Russell and Ramona Jones. So, so glad we accepted!! Wonderful time getting to see Europe from the rivers. Castles were a unique experience. Acquired new knowledge of the how's, why's, and wherefores of medieval living. Saw many churches and cathedrals with much history presented. Lovely religious relics including stained glass windows, pipe organs, and statues. The daily land tours presented plenty of experiences to "gawk" at the old-world buildings that are so picturesque. Walking on all the lovely, though uneven, cobblestone, was an adventure in itself. The food on board was of the finest locally grown available. The variety of wines was awesome! Served daily with lunch and dinner provided us with the opportunity to try both whites and reds. If wine wasn't to your taste, the bar was very well stocked to give you pretty much any kind of mixed drink you could want. The staff went above and beyond anything we had ever experienced. How wonderful to come in, ready for bed, only to find your room cleaned and restocked again AND I loved having my nightgown laying in wait for me. Ahh, what luxury!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We love the service and attention to detail we get from Viking. They make everything so effortless. From the pick-up at the airport and embarkation on the boat to the disembarkation from the boat and return to the airport for our flight ... Read More
We love the service and attention to detail we get from Viking. They make everything so effortless. From the pick-up at the airport and embarkation on the boat to the disembarkation from the boat and return to the airport for our flight home, everything is well organized and runs smoothly. The staff on board the ship was warm and friendly and always willing to satisfy whatever need we had. The food on board was excellent. We enjoyed cooked-to-order breakfasts every morning and enjoyed the buffet lunches served on the top deck (as opposed to the dining room) for lunch. We loved the casual atmosphere up there. Dinner was also excellent with a nice selection of foods to choose from. The wait staff was very attentive and we love that when Viking says "free wine and beer with lunch and dinner" they do not skimp. When the wait staff sees that your class is almost empty they are there immediately to offer more. Love Viking!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I did research to find the BEST trip for the price! I had been on a lot of Cruises around the Mexico and the eastern and western Caribbean. We were just burned out on ....the USUAL CRUISE. It got to the point where we didn't even ... Read More
I did research to find the BEST trip for the price! I had been on a lot of Cruises around the Mexico and the eastern and western Caribbean. We were just burned out on ....the USUAL CRUISE. It got to the point where we didn't even leave the ship. This would be the trip of a life time and just me and my WONDERFUL WIFE! Everything VIKING promised they came about! Our travel agent took care of our demands to the TEE! The only thing we hated was the trip over and back!!! ALL NIGHT!!! YUCK! The security was a pain in the BUTT, but we knew it was worth it! When VIKING got hold of us, everything was PERFECT! The SHip was nice and new and clean and the personnel were the BEST! Our Cabin wasn't the Taj MAHAL , but was Fine! THe food was the BEST, not like on a cruise on the Caribbean , but very, very good! We even received tours of the kitchen , which has never happened before for us and it was a real treat to meet the people that did such a GREAT job preparing our meals!!!! The service was excellent. We didn't do a lot of paid shore excursions , but the ones we did were WORTH IT!!!! We prefer to see the land on our own together! AND.......we never felt unsafe! ANd one day ...we will do it again and we will travel with VIKING! Viking is the BEST! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Bragi. For the price I expected much more. Staff is great, especially the cruise director, concierge, and other people you may deal with at the front desk. Cabin was ... Read More
Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Bragi. For the price I expected much more. Staff is great, especially the cruise director, concierge, and other people you may deal with at the front desk. Cabin was clean and attendant was excellent. Dining and shore excursions were not so great. Dining service is slow. Dinner took 1.5 - 2 hours each night. Dining staff seemed to work hard however there didn't seem to be enough of them. Food was way too salty, especially the beef dishes. Beef was always tough. Water glasses were rarely refilled unless you asked. Most shore excursions were walking tours. The bus tours were good but there were only a few. Most tours were walking only and half were not very good. Some guides did not cover much area and babbled on about history of a few things. When I take a walking tour I prefer to learn about as many sites as possible. Most guides got into too much history on a few sites which left less time to see other sites. Would have preferred more bus tour to see as much of each city as possible. Almost half the cruise was on the Main river through Germany. Problem with the Main river are low bridges which means we were not allowed to use the upper deck for almost half the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second river cruise. We had been to France, Germany, and Austria. Since my Dad was in Nerthlands during World War II, we thought we should visit the Country now. We had a frantastic time. We could not express in words what ... Read More
This was our second river cruise. We had been to France, Germany, and Austria. Since my Dad was in Nerthlands during World War II, we thought we should visit the Country now. We had a frantastic time. We could not express in words what it is like to walk through Amsterdam. We did arrive on a Long Weekend for the Nerthlands, however, the number of people passing through the City was unbelievable. Dealing with the bicycle paths was the interesting. The Viking buses collected us at the Airport and delivered us to the ship. The ship was not docked downtown. Viking operated shuttle buses to the centre of town; it was great. The information provided on board was timely and informative. First night we had a meet and greet with Ship's Staff. The food was great. Service and attention to the needs were perfect. We book our trip for the Fall of 2017. I'm thinking we may do some others in China and South America. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We went to see Tulips and Windmills, and saw both! The ship and crew were excellent, and lived up to the reputation of Viking to "make it right" when there was an issue in one location. The food and service staff were ... Read More
We went to see Tulips and Windmills, and saw both! The ship and crew were excellent, and lived up to the reputation of Viking to "make it right" when there was an issue in one location. The food and service staff were wonderful! We cruised at night, so didn't have a lot of scenery along the waterways to view, which was fine as it was mostly oil refineries. The docking locations varied, and some were great (Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hoorn were all beautiful). Shore excursions were well done, for the most part. River cruising is so much better than ocean cruising - we met some amazing people and actually were able to enjoy their company at meals, and to see and recognize them while on the ship. On the big cruises you might never see the same person twice. It is just so much more relaxing, and I would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Tulip time in Amsterdam. This was our first river cruise and we were thrilled. We extended before and after the cruise and were extremely impressed with the accommodations and the extra city tours arranged by Viking. The service was ... Read More
Tulip time in Amsterdam. This was our first river cruise and we were thrilled. We extended before and after the cruise and were extremely impressed with the accommodations and the extra city tours arranged by Viking. The service was wonderful! The food was better than expected and the ports were a wonderful caption of the Netherlands. Viking personnel were very helpful and seemed to have our interest and enjoyment as a goal. Transportation to and from the city excursions was very well organized and smooth. The ship was comfortable and the number of passengers just the right size. We met any number of very likable new acquaintances and new friends. The ship's staff was personable and pleasant. We are already contemplating our next trip and will, of course, look at Viking when we choose a destination. Our thanks to Viking for making our trip one to remember. We will see you again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this Viking cruise because it allowed us to see much of Europe We enjoyed each port and the scheduled tours.Everything was well organized and optional tours were available if desired. The cruise on the river and canals was ... Read More
We chose this Viking cruise because it allowed us to see much of Europe We enjoyed each port and the scheduled tours.Everything was well organized and optional tours were available if desired. The cruise on the river and canals was beautiful although a bit cool as it wasOct. The activities onboard were great. Educational presentations prepared us for the next port The meals were very good and always represented the country we were in The wait staff was exceptional and foresaw all our needs. They were very eager to plesae and would attempt to fillall requests. They were a source of entertainment in their own way We had to change ships as water level was low. This was very well handled and occurred without a hitch. We boarded the new ship and went directly to our cabin and found all of our belongings waiting We would definitely recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our trip started on the Shadi due to the low water issues. That was such a wonderful ship, the staff were excellent and we had so much fun. We just bonded with the staff and we were made to feel so special. Later we had to change ships to ... Read More
Our trip started on the Shadi due to the low water issues. That was such a wonderful ship, the staff were excellent and we had so much fun. We just bonded with the staff and we were made to feel so special. Later we had to change ships to the Bradi, which was equally beautiful and the service was also excellent. The sailing was unbelievably smooth. I had to look out my window to see if we were REALLY moving along. The sites along the way were awesome. The information was great and we especially enjoyed the views along the Rhine, they were incredible. All the Castles and Cathedrals were so beautiful. In face EVERY THING was so awesome. The whole trip was so wonderful and so easy to do, I've recommended it HIGHLY to everyone I visit with. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My husband & I just got home from our Viking Christmas Rhine Cruise. We're experienced travelers in our 60s who used to do most of our European travel by train, limit our itinerary to 3 cities at most & stay at least 2 nights ... Read More
My husband & I just got home from our Viking Christmas Rhine Cruise. We're experienced travelers in our 60s who used to do most of our European travel by train, limit our itinerary to 3 cities at most & stay at least 2 nights in each city to minimize packing & unpacking. However now that we're older my husband wants to take more cruises because the tour companies handle luggage & airport transfers for us. This was our 1st Viking cruise. (A yr & a half ago we took a Tauck French Art cruise. The price for our Viking cruise was much less than the Tauck cruise.) Overall our Viking cruise was enjoyable & went smoothly, but there were a few things that could have been improved. We took a 3 day Brugges, Belgium extention, which began when we landed in Brussels. Unfortunately no one was at the airport when we arrived to take us to Brugges. We waited 45 mins. & the driver eventually showed up, said he was in a traffic jam due to rain & apologized. When we arrived at our hotel, the Duke's Palace (a real Medieval palace in the center of Brugges) at 11 am. they said our room wouldn't be ready until 3 pm. They had a rigid policy & refused to let us go on a waiting list if a room became available. We were exhausted from our flight, but we knew of a nearby reastaurant, Lizzies that serves excellent waffles, so we had lunch. Then we returned to the hotel lobby around 12 noon & met up with 3 other couples from our tour. We got acquainted & then commiserated about having to wait so long for our rooms. Eventually all 4 couples fell asleep in the hotel lobby on the sofas & armchairs. In all other respects the hotel was very nice including their bar & restaurant. Finally at around 2:45 pm 4 rms became available all at once. The hotel clerk tried to give us a room opposite an elevator, but the desk manager eventually found us a new room. It was nice with copies of old Flemish portraits & had a hi-tech bathroom with a huge shower. So we fell asleep, caught up with our jet lag then had dinner nearby later. The 2nd day an excellent guide took us on a walking tour of Brugges & the following was a free day. The last day we were loaded on a bus with an amusing guide who told us all about Belguim & Holland. We arrived in Amsterdam at the Bragi around 5 pm, so we didn't get to do any Amsterdam sightseeing, but we were tired, so it didn't matter. The weather was unseasonably warm, in the 40s & down around the 30s for the rest of the cruise, except when we were in the Black Forest on Christmas Day when there was a pretty snowfall. The passengers were a mixture of people on their 1st European trip & travel veterans. The majority were in their 60s, but there were a few college-aged, some as old as their 80s & a few disabled people traveling with family members. (Viking does a excellent job of accomodating for the elderly & disabled.) I would guess that most passengers were middle & upper-middle class with a good number of teachers, college professors, ex-military & civil servants. Since the theme of the cruise was Christmas Markets we visted cities with markets & took walking tours of Cologne, Heidelburg, Strasbourg & an optional tour to Colmar. Along the way we saw castles on the Rhine. Viking offered optional tour groups for slower walkers & photograhers. There were other tours & attractions as well, but jet lag & short, dark days made me feel lazy & require an afternoon nap, so I took a pass on some of the scheduled afternoon events. At night there was a fantastic pianist, Emil who could play just about any request. On Christmas Eve there was a sing-a-long of Christmas music & some people got up & danced. All our meals were provided on the boat, which was convenient, helped save money & the time required to figure out where to eat while ashore. At breakfast they served a buffet with all sorts of sausage, cheese, fruit, potatos, breads, veggies etc. plus omlettes & French Toast. At lunch there was a choice of soup, cooked dishes & a fantastic salad bar. There was also a casual dining restaurant in the bar with soup, sandwiches & a less extensive salad bar. At lunch & dinner there was always nice dessert choices. There was a free coffee bar with cocoa, espresso & afternoon cookies. Dinner was a multi-course, more formal event. Many fellow passengers raved about the refreshments at the Christmas Markets, such as Gluwein but I was more focused on chocolate & marzipan. Most passengers we spoke with agreed that the food was somewhat bland, became repetitive by the end of the cruise & was often not hot enough. The wine was good, but they kept serving the same red & white with each dinner. Some variety would have been nice. I think the Christmas tour is more of what I would describe as a "beginners" tour--more low-stress for people who are timid about mixing in with real Europeans, but it was great for people who like to sit on the boat & watch the scenery. Life on the boat is like living in a North American bubble & I felt cut off from real Europeans, except for the Viking staff. I love art & had to break away from the tour & go on my own at one point, so perhaps this wasn't the best cruise for me. I think I'd do better on a specialist art tour, but If you just want some jolly Christmas fun & a chance to make some new friends it was great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
In celebration of the recent retirement of several members of our extended family, we (6 couples) decided to take a river cruise across Europe.Starting in Amsterdam, and sailing all the way to Budapest, we had a most memorable experience. ... Read More
In celebration of the recent retirement of several members of our extended family, we (6 couples) decided to take a river cruise across Europe.Starting in Amsterdam, and sailing all the way to Budapest, we had a most memorable experience. The ship, and the city-stops, were big enough that we could get out on our own when we needed to and yet the ship was small and perfect for when the "family" wanted to be together. While the initial cost was quite a bit to fork over in advance, almost everything was included, such that , other than gratuities for th crew, there was almost nothing to pay for at the end. There was an included tour in every city/port (and we stopped at least once each day) that we stopped at, and with rare exceptions, the included tour was more than adequate. We wanted to travel the "Romantic Road", so we paid extra for that, and we paid for a special tour in Nuremburg. They were both worth the extra price paid. Meals were excellent. every dinner included 3 new entre selections and 3 other staples so that there was something for everyone. There were also at least 3 appetizers and 3 desert options. Embarkation was very easy and Disembarkation at each port and at the end of the cruise were mad easy by the crew. Our cabin was comfortable (lower level) and, with a small ship, everything on board was only a few steps away. We carefully chose this cruise by picking one that stopped at new and interesting places that we wanted to see. We planned our own pre-cruise touring in Amsterdam, and our own post-cruise trouing in Budapest. The VIking cruise allowed us to have this flexibility. The Viking cruise experience was outstanding. We passed on their optional arrangements for air transportation, and pre-cruise and post-cruise options, because a seasoned traveler can do much better!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Well I am not quite sure where to start. 5 days into the cruise we were advised that we would need to change ships to fit their winter schedule. That was the first surprise. After we switched to the Bragi it broke down on the second day ... Read More
Well I am not quite sure where to start. 5 days into the cruise we were advised that we would need to change ships to fit their winter schedule. That was the first surprise. After we switched to the Bragi it broke down on the second day and we had to adjust all our excursions. This led to lots of extra bus time. The washrooms were not working for one day. We then had to cut our trip one day short so they could get the ship to dry dock to repair. That day we spent from 8am to 630 pm on the bus. We then arrived back where the ship was supposed to be but it did not arrive for 2 hours later. Another ship was docked and we were allowed to sit in the back waiting. For the money involved the food was poor, the service was very average and the ship did not perform. Be vary careful when using this cruise company. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our second cruise with Viking. Our first cruise was on the Viking Pride out of Paris. I think the Viking Pride was the oldest ship in the fleet and the Viking Bragi was one of the newest. When we were on the Viking Pride we ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking. Our first cruise was on the Viking Pride out of Paris. I think the Viking Pride was the oldest ship in the fleet and the Viking Bragi was one of the newest. When we were on the Viking Pride we thought that was the best cruise we have ever been on. We loved the ship and especially the crew. We knew at that time Viking was our cruise line. Compared to the big ships - well, you really can't compare because it's a totally different experience. When you are looking for a cruise you must ask yourself what you expect: If you are looking for a lot of parties, heavy drinkers and a choice of a lot of shipboard entertainment, then Viking is not for you. And if you have kids and are looking for a lot of ship activities, this may also not be a good choice. But, if you are a serious traveler and want to be catered to in a friendly, intimate environment, I am convinced you won't find a better cruise line than Viking. The Viking Bragi was a beautiful brand new Long Ship. Our room had a Veranda, which was not available on the Pride. This ship had an Aquavit Terrace which also was not available on the Pride. We loved eating outside especially for lunch. It gave you a new eating option, which was great. One thing between the two cruises was the same: The Crew. I don't know how they could have made the service any better. I can't think of a reason we would ever look for another cruise line. They gave us a perfect experience! Any small issues or problems were resolved quickly, efficiently, and with a positive attitude! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Despite a glich at the airport, everything after that was wonderful!!! Unfortunately as I had expressly requested a wheelchair to collect me at the plane, the man at that door who had a wheelchair, had no identification as being from ... Read More
Despite a glich at the airport, everything after that was wonderful!!! Unfortunately as I had expressly requested a wheelchair to collect me at the plane, the man at that door who had a wheelchair, had no identification as being from Viking (was in blue cover alls) and made no acknowledgement of my Viking name tag hanging around my neck. It was for me, dragging my overhead bag behind me to try and locate the baggage claim area. Again, unfortunately, I was directed to the wrong set of baggage conveyor belt areas. I had to throw myself at the mercy of a KLM woman who made phone calls to find the correct area AND got me a wheelchair. Finally I joined with the Red-Jacketed Viking rep., my traveling companion and my luggage. We rushed over to the boat, however not in time for more than coffee and dessert....an entire day wasted. However, after all of that, the rest of the cruise was a pleasure. The meals, the service, the engine we never heard while cruising, the stateroom was very impressive. Although the weather was not always the best, the staff made the best of it and kept the good humor going. Special groups aimed for the somewhat slower were enormously helpful, as at the age of 71yrs. with bad knees and bad back, it was at times hard to keep up with the younger and healthier. We loved the entire (barring the airport fiasco) adventure and plan to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in May 2015 with you again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This trip was our sixth river cruise with Viking and, with the exception of a Christmas Market experience, was the best cruise by far. The ship stayed in Amsterdam the first day so we had the opportunity to explore a bit on our own. Being ... Read More
This trip was our sixth river cruise with Viking and, with the exception of a Christmas Market experience, was the best cruise by far. The ship stayed in Amsterdam the first day so we had the opportunity to explore a bit on our own. Being adventurous, several from the ship walked to the center of town and even walked through the Red Light District. The following day was spent touring through the canals and more of the City Center. The next day we went to Hoorn where we had the opportunity to have afternoon tea with a local family. This was definitely an experience worth taking. The family was so open and friendly and was as interested in us as we were in them. During the following days we traveled to Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and Rotterdam. At each stop Viking had a planned tour highlighting either the historical nature of the area and their medieval beginnings, demonstrations showing working windmills or flood control measures, and special works of art. The final day was spent in Amsterdam and a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. The entire vacation was worth the trip to the gardens. On the way we passed fields of multi-colored tulips. However, the display of over 7 million tulips and other bulbs in their glory was breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We were first time cruisers, first time winter in Europe, first time to Hungary, Austria or Germany. If you love Christmas, like we do, you will be in heaven. First, let me say we were very fortunate- the weather was 35-40 every day, no ... Read More
We were first time cruisers, first time winter in Europe, first time to Hungary, Austria or Germany. If you love Christmas, like we do, you will be in heaven. First, let me say we were very fortunate- the weather was 35-40 every day, no snow, no sleet, no rain, no ice. The entire itinerary ran on schedule, and the river behaved. There were no stomach bugs, no lost luggage or missed flights, no bus-instead-of-river substitutions. Overall- I am not sure the cruising experience is for me. I wanted a whole lot more time in the cities/ towns. I was very happy we did the Budapest pre-extension. Wandering around for hours exploring neighborhoods, markets, churches and shops into the nighttime is for me. Forced conversation with strangers on a ship cruising on the river all night with nothing to do s not for me. We were very fortunate to become very friendly with one other couple and would definitely travel with them again. My husband loved the cruise experience, so I would perhaps do another river in the future if we had companions to go with. That being said, the ship was very attractive and comfortable. The food and service good. We were on the third floor, which I recommend as people complained about cabins above them (noise). Negative- our ship concierge that week was a pill. No one liked her. There is far too much ship time.Going through locks is excruciatingly boring. I suppose the ship time may be nicer in the warm weather. The entertainment is OK. The evenings are a bore.An exception was a gypsy violinist and his band the second night. 1. Budapest: Viking was waiting for us at the airport and immediately took us to the Budapest Hilton. They had their own concierge in the lobby. Hotel was phenomenal, city was wonderful. Be sue to make it to a thermal spring bath. A highlight for me was mass at Matthias Church with the organ and choir- magnificent. Christmas Market: so-so. Buy paprika, painted eggs or marzipan and brandy- skip everything else. Issue with Viking: tour guide was boring and only did the same side as our pre extension- Buda. Was disappointed they did not take us to Pest. Make your own tour arrangements and see Pest. The transport to and check in at the ship was a breeze. 2. Vienna: my favorite. Christmas markets were beautiful and good.Tour guide was very good.We got to see the Lippizaner Stallions (for free) up close. Demel has strudel to die for. Shopped in the Swarovsky flagship store. The whole town is beautifully decorated (chandeliers down the middle of one street). Issue with Viking- none. 3. Melk- adorable town with some nice store.Tour guide- local young woman who grew up there and attended the abbey school. Phenomenal, Vatican- worthy abbey. If you've been to the vatican you'll understand.If you haven't, Melk is on that scale. Plus: we walked to and from the ship to the town. Negative: not enough time! 4. Passau: Now we are onto the real German Markets. It will not disappoint! Lovely picture postcard town, good guide, nice walking tour. We were greeted by singing school children. Plus: lots of shops outside the market, even a mall. Very walkable. Negative: not enough time! 5. Regensburg: A favorite of both of us. Another picture postcard town and fabulous markets.Good guide. We liked the foods here the best. Wursts and desserts to die for! Be sure to stop at the Weissbrauhaus of Regensburg. It's a great pub-style place with really nice atmosphere and terrific food and staff. Plus: nice antique and other little interesting shops. Negative- not enough time. 6. Nuremberg: the grandaddy of em all Christmas Market we almost didn't get to see. I thought there'd be a riot when the tour director announced we'd get to the market MAYBE if we had time, for about 1.5 hrs in late afternoon. They put priority on a boring (and I love tours) castle tour of a bland rebuilt castle like structure. Melk Abbey it is NOT.Skip it and take a cab to the market. The director managed to get a bus for us to the market that morning for about 1.5 hrs. Thank goodness- it was uncrowded and we managed to get some great stuff. When we returned in the afternoon, it was so packed we could barely move. Deprature: Note to self: never agree to a 4 am departure again. There is no live help at the airport in the middle of the night, and the line was out the door. Tedious. The Viking people stayed with us until we were checked in.They really provide very good service. So, I'd recommend the cruise, with Viking, on Bragi, on Danube, to see Christmas Markets. Myself, I'd rather a land tour, but would perhaps do a different river for the Markets if we were traveling with friends. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Viking Bragi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 N/A

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