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Sail Date: May 2015
This was my first river cruise, after several cruises on large ships. Our group of four (all single retirees) had decided on a short cruise this time in order to see how well we traveled as a foursome and to learn a bit more about Viking. ... Read More
This was my first river cruise, after several cruises on large ships. Our group of four (all single retirees) had decided on a short cruise this time in order to see how well we traveled as a foursome and to learn a bit more about Viking. We were not disappointed and found the cruise to be delightful. The only negative was the plane travel. The food on board the ship was excellent, and the staff was more than helpful with just the right amount of attentiveness and cheer. The entertainment was OK, but I felt that the cruise itself and all the people we met at dinner and on the excursions were the main event and purpose of the cruise. I would have liked to spend some time in the embarkation/disembarkation cities before or after the cruise. The hotels listed by Viking for "our" cities were a little too pricey, but now we realize that we could have made our own arrangements. All four of us plan on taking another river cruise with Viking in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
While I might have planned my surgeries at a more convenient time if given the opportunity my trip was saved by the great help I received by the staff of the Gefjion. The cruise director saved the day for me from day one. I had recently ... Read More
While I might have planned my surgeries at a more convenient time if given the opportunity my trip was saved by the great help I received by the staff of the Gefjion. The cruise director saved the day for me from day one. I had recently had my knee replaced and this was my treat for getting the work done. Since this was my first River cruise I was not prepared for how vigorous the daily trips to the castles and cathedrals would be. The first day we had an extended walk into town. Carl spotted me and knew I was in trouble. He assisted me and kept an eye out for me for the balance of the trip. I can't say enough about his help, the wait staff the room stewards et all. Great people. Great food. Just one wish. I wish there was more on TV in schedule for another cruise 9/2016. While I love Downton Abbey I hope there is more to choose from Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
I just returned from this trip and it far exceeded my expectations. (I traveled the direction: Beijing to Shanghai.) First I can tell you that I heard nothing but good reviews from my fellow passengers about their own Tour Guide, but I ... Read More
I just returned from this trip and it far exceeded my expectations. (I traveled the direction: Beijing to Shanghai.) First I can tell you that I heard nothing but good reviews from my fellow passengers about their own Tour Guide, but I still think ours was the best: Terry! From start to finish everything was first class. The land portion has passengers staying in 5+ star hotels. Enough cannot be written about how outstanding the hotels were - one simply must experience them. Taking this tour, one sees all the highlights of China, and if there is something in particular you wish to see that is not on the itinerary, the staff is more than helpful in assisting you to put something together so that you can see what you wish. Do come prepared to be in, and experience, a non-Western country. Some individuals on my tours were disappointed they ate so much Chinese food! Others became impatient because a Chinese national could not understand English. Since we were in China this surprised me; I simply thought we all came expecting a country, food, culture and language very different from our own. As with touring anywhere outside of one's home country digestive tracts can become upset trying to adjust, so do come with over-the-counter preparations to help you with such symptoms. I had no issues at all, but about 10% of our group had mild to moderate digestive problems for a short duration. The Summer months can be hot and humid. I understand that Spring and Fall are perhaps ideal times to visit. My trip was at the tail end of Summer and so the climate was still fairly warm and muggy. Light-weight travel clothes that launder well by hand are ideal. On-board I would recommend asking for a dehumidifier for one's room as soon as you board. It will still feel a bit damp in the room, but the dehumidifier does make a pleasant difference. My recommendation is to make this tour starting with Beijing if possible. The Beijing portion is the most physically taxing - long day and significant walking at Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the second day at the Great Wall. It makes the relaxation when you get to the boat even more enjoyable. I do wish there had been one more day in Shanghai and others seemed to agree with this, so if your plans allow, add time in Shanghai. In all ways I recommend this tour. Read Less
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