23 Viking River Viking Vili Senior Cruise Reviews

From the moment we approached the Vili, the customer service was fantastic. It started as we were personally greeted by the cruise director as we got out of the taxi and didn't stop until we had been escorted to the airport and ... Read More
From the moment we approached the Vili, the customer service was fantastic. It started as we were personally greeted by the cruise director as we got out of the taxi and didn't stop until we had been escorted to the airport and checked our bags at 4:00 in the morning in Prague for our return home. Food was great and plentiful. Every staff member, from the smiling housekeeper who greeted us everytime we saw her to the wait staff who was very attentive and learned our names and preferences very quickly, made us feel special. The cruise director was amazing both as an entertainer and organizing everything. The hotel director was surprisingly talented as a singer as well. Not only was the staff great, but we made great friends with other guests on board. The shore excursions provided a great overview of the cities and villages along the way. I only wished we had more time on our own in each place. Our favorite excursion was probably Terazin, the Jewish Ghetto. It was both educational and heartbreaking. Definitely will cruise again with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a great time and so different from all other cruises. The only thing in the dinning room was when they had meatloaf at lunch. It was not just me but some others that ordered it were in total surprise as it was not anything that ... Read More
We had a great time and so different from all other cruises. The only thing in the dinning room was when they had meatloaf at lunch. It was not just me but some others that ordered it were in total surprise as it was not anything that looked like meatloaf in the states. It should have said loaf of meat. With all the wonderful meals that they served this was minor. All the staff were great and very helpful. The rooms were very nice and clean. Plenty of 120 outlets. Enjoyed the optional tours that we booked. In some ports just wished that we could walk off the ship to the town. Our Cruise Director Gary was funny and informative. At night we had a singer and keyboard player and enjoyed the dancing. We met some wonderful and interesting guests. The end of the cruise we did a 2 night extension in Amsterdam. Viking booked us at the Okura Hotel which was beautiful but so far from the center of what you would want to see. We did not enjoy the walking tour there as it was not really a lot to see. You were really limited as to what you could do if you did not take a cab into town. Just wanted to give a shout out to the engineer on our ship as he was a big help to fix the zipper on one of our suitcases. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I am Canadian and my cousin is American. We have met up at various places on the globe, as a way of seeing each other, as well as enjoying an adventure together. We chose to cruise on the Danube, as neither one of us had ever been on a ... Read More
I am Canadian and my cousin is American. We have met up at various places on the globe, as a way of seeing each other, as well as enjoying an adventure together. We chose to cruise on the Danube, as neither one of us had ever been on a river cruise and we hadn’t visited several of the cities that the cruise stopped at. As far as which cruise line to chose goes, that was an easy decision as we had heard wonderful things about Viking. After our cruise was over, I read that Viking was chosen as the Number #1, river cruise line, by Conde Nast. I have only wonderful things to say about Viking, so I can easily see, why it would be an award winner. Our room was comfortable, the meals were excellent!! If I had to list my favourite thing of my experience, I would have a difficult time to chose just one thing. I loved how organized each stop was and how it took less than a minute to get off the boat - there was no 20 minute line up to get off, which is common on ocean cruises. I also loved how I knew which bus to get on as soon as I stepped ashore. I loved how each port had a free city tour. I loved that all the day tours were graded for diffulty, as mobility was an issue for my cousin. To add to my point of disembarkation being easy at each port, I want to add that going to all of the meals, lectures and entertainment venues were equally easy. There were no line ups, there was no waiting, it was all very relaxed and civilized. I could go on and on. I would highly, highly recommend a river cruise with Viking for anyone. Go and have to time if your life!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have done many ocean cruises and did short (1 day) cruises on the Rhine River, and had thought for some time about trying a river cruise. When we finally got around to talking about it and doing it, we decided on the Grand European. ... Read More
We have done many ocean cruises and did short (1 day) cruises on the Rhine River, and had thought for some time about trying a river cruise. When we finally got around to talking about it and doing it, we decided on the Grand European. Once we have flown from the US, we wanted to stay as long as possible. It turned out we were on the first trip of the season. The shopkeepers in all the towns were happy to see us coming. Because it was early in the year, we had NO crowds in any of the towns. Even the bus drivers mentioned how nice it was with no traffic. We also had weather across the board: rain, sleet, snow and warm sunshine. Nothing dampened our spirits, and most on board enjoyed experiencing four seasons in a day or two! This is a long, but quick review. I’m up to my eyeballs in laundry! Oh, speaking of laundry, if you want to bring less clothes, we both used the laundry service on the ship. It was beautifully and quickly done! We aren’t really shoppers, but managed to find gifts for our kids and grandkids and were happy our suitcases were not too packed. If you have any specific questions about the cruise or the ship, please ask! You are all in for a treat on your trip. I get motion sickness very easily and wear patches on ocean cruises. On this ship, I can easily say 96 percent of the time you didn't even know you were on a ship. The ride was very smooth! You did know a few times when we were going in a lock as the sides would hit a bit, but the locks were fascinating! Prague We booked the pre-stay in Prague. We had been before and loved the city. We were met at the airport in a timely manner by the Viking representative, and we never thought of another detail for three weeks! Everything was handled for us, and what a pleasure. We stayed at a lovely hotel, the Art Nouveau Palace Hotel. The hotel was just a few short blocks from Old Town. There were Viking representatives at the hotel if we needed anything. The breakfast room was lovely and the breakfast had everything you could possibly want. It was a large buffet and had great food and service. We went on the included tour of Prague and enjoyed it, although it was a very long walk. We walked for hours but saw a lot! The next day was free and we went to the Jewish Quarter and back to Old Town and the Charles Bridge. Early the next morning after breakfast we met in the lobby and were taken by coach to Budapest, with a few short stops and a lunch stop. SHIP: When we arrived in Budapest, we were taken directly to the Vili, and checked in within minutes. Once we had our keys we went to our room to unpack. There was a safe in the room, large flat screen tv, desk and refrigerator. We were given fresh bottled water daily in our room. We met our room steward, Gabriella, who was sweet and offered to help in any way and wanted to make sure we were comfortable. Gabriella turned out to be an angel who did our room the minute we left each morning and freshened it again each evening when we were gone. Sometime that evening there was a welcome reception in the lounge and then dinner. I could go on and on about the staff on the Vili, from the unseen staff who quickly docked us to the terrific Tour Director (Gary) and everyone in between, but you are in for a special treat to experience this yourself. We commented several times, with many others echoing our thoughts, that we felt like VIPs. Honestly I don’t know how they do it, but the staff was wonderful at every turn and seemed genuinely happy to assist us. I will just say right now that the meals were terrific. There was plenty of variety, even for 15 days on the ship. Every night featured a regional menu, with food from the area we were traveling in. Hungarian, German and Danish food, which was very fun to try. The included wines and beer each afternoon and evening were usually very good. Some with the Silver Beverage package even drank the free wines at dinner as they were very good. My husband is a beer drinker, and there were 10-12 bottled beers offered, and one nice German draft beer. Champagne was supplied every morning for mimosas. Probably the only thing better than the food and variety was the service. We could not have asked for better service. We happened to sit in a section the first night, and the staff seemed to immediately develop a rapport with us. We ended up staying in the same section most meals, knowing we would get exceptional, cheery, fast and friendly service. The servers even remembered our drinks of choice and offered it immediately when we sat down. It was really incredible to watch how hard all the staff on the Vili worked. There was some entertainment on board, and all seemed to be well received. Honestly, most were usually beat by the end of the day after seeing all the towns and doing the tours. My favorites were the Taste of Germany night and the guitar concert. There was a duo who provided great music every night in the lounge. There were two classical music concerts and a glassblower who came on board. The Tour Director gave several informative talks, and there were drink sampling, cheese sampling and a few other fun things. The included tours were all terrific (except Amsterdam) and rivaled many we have paid a lot of money for. It was very easy to understand some incredible guides! It seemed the guides were handpicked for their great English, humor and history knowledge. The cruise was a great balance of go, go going and seeing and doing, and some nice down time. We took advantage of our down time and rested (our legs!) and enjoyed all the other tours. There were lots of opportunities to add excursions or on your own jaunts, or time to relax if you needed too. BUDAPEST: The evening we embarked, the Tour Director and Captain of the ship announced he knew many of us were tired from long travel days, but they were going to take us on an evening cruise to see the lights of Budapest. They stressed we would not be disappointed if we could stay up, and they were so right. The lights of the Parliament and other location sin Budapest were stunning. It is something you will never forget if you get the chance to see it! The next morning, we were taken on a great included city tour of Budapest, seeing the major sights. You always have the option to opt out of the included tour if you wish to get out on your own, but we enjoyed every tour, with the exception of the one in Amsterdam that was just so-so! The rest of the day in Budapest was on our own. We went to the great market and to the shoe monument on the river. The market was right by the ship and was interesting. The top floor was souvenirs and lots of Hungarian crafts and items, and the street level was all food. Great place to pick up paprika! The lower level was an Aldi supermarket, where some people stocked up on items for their refrigerator and rooms. We left Budapest that evening in the middle of a huge snow storm! We again got to see the Parliament and other lit monuments as we sailed again, and it seemed more magical in the heavy snow! VIENNA: Upon arrival in Vienna there was a light covering of snow. It was cold but we had plenty of very warm clothes. We again had a great included city tour, mostly by bus with nice stops for photos. In each stop Viking has great city/town maps on the reception desk. In addition, on the back of the daily newsletter Viking highlights the sights, stores and places to eat that are good. We went to a few of each of the stores and cafes/restaurants and were not disappointed in the recommendations. After lunch we had free time. We went to the “Behind the Scenes of the Lipizzaner Stallions” tour. We were told in advance it was the horses day off (Monday) and there was no show that day. The behind the scenes tour turned out to be very interesting. The horses have some great digs in the heart of the city, and the history and stories we heard while touring the Spanish Riding School exceeded our expectations! After the tour we were taken to a nice café for cake and coffee, and the snow started again! After dinner there was a very large group of people who had signed up for the optional Strauss and Mozart concert, which we did also. We honestly hadn’t signed up, but had spoken to so many people who had, that we thought everyone must know something we didn’t, so we joined in. The concert was in a beautiful hall, a bit crowded, but Viking had prime seats reserved and we were in the first 5 rows. The concert was entertaining and very good. Again, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the whole show, and we are really just old rock and rollers! MELK: The next morning, we cruised the Wachau Valley (on the Danube) and the Tour Director had a running commentary on the sights. It was interesting, beautiful and relaxing. Later that afternoon, we arrived in Melk and were bussed to the Melk Abbey. I thought it strange we were really just making a stop to see an abbey. But please, take my word for it, YOU CANNOT MISS THE MELK ABBEY! I don’t want to tell you how spectacular it is, you need to see with your own eyes. Really an incredible place. Very little walking on this tour, except around the Abbey. The buses picked us up and took us right to the Abbey. We had a bit of free time after the Abbey to walk through town and back to the ship if you wished. PASSAU: Again, a great included tour. Passau was easily walkable (as easy as cobblestones with some ice on them can be!), and it was a great tour. Normally there is an organ concert offered in the beautiful cathedral, but as we were there in the off season there was no concert. After the tour we were given time to explore the city on our own and walk back to the ship on our own. We did not do an optional tour, but the people who did the Bavarian Cruise & Baroque Tur Scharding tour spoke very highly of it. Those that went to Salzburg also enjoyed their day and saw a lot of the city in a short time! REGENSBURG This town turned out to be a little unknown (to us) jewel! This was a1 ½ hour walking tour that showed us all the important historical sights. The tour ended at the Stone Bridge and the Old Sausage Kitchen. While we all joked that no one needed any more food, Regensburg is famous for their sausage, so in we went. The sausages are small (breakfast sausage size), and in true American fashion you can get them to go on a pretzel bun for just 3 Euros. The sausage was good, but I especially loved their sweet mustard! The rest of the day we were able to walk around this nice town, and easily walk back to the ship when we were done. NUREMBERG The morning was for free time, and they drove us into Nuremberg (ten minutes away). We were left at the main town square and explored the market and other sights on our own, with recommendations from the local guide. In the big cities we went to, the included tours were great on just showing us the important, beautiful historical sights. The bigger cities on this itinerary had nice, historic town squares. We were especially lucky to run into three Easter Markets, including the largest, in Nuremberg. The markets are not as large as the Christmas markets, but were fun to explore. I’d love to do a Christmas market tour! This included tour was also very good. It was a four-hour tour, mostly on the bus. It was recommended we try the gingerbread in Nuremberg. It was delicious and interestingly enough, made without ginger! BAMBERG Bamberg was a fun little town. The beauty of this little town was striking. We were given a great 4 hour walking tour. Most of the walk was easy, with steep steps at the end leading up to the cathedral. The views from the cathedral were stunning and worth the short hike up the stairs. After the tour we met many from the Vili at the oldest pub to sample the smoke beer. We met some locals who joined the large tour group and it was quite fun. I wasn’t a fan of the smoked beer, but glad I tried it. My husband is a beer person and enjoyed it. We had a few hours to explore Bamberg on our own which was nice. WARZBURG The day we docked in Warzburg we took the optional tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We had both been to Rothenburg before, but it remains our favorite place in Germany! The bus trip was about 45 minutes each way. Once we arrived in Rothenburg, we were given an included tour through the town, then taken to lunch. After lunch we had several hours on our own to explore. My husband and I again walked the walls of the city for spectacular views. This trip was on a Sunday, and many on the tour were disappointed the cute, small shops were all closed. Restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries were open. There is a lot to see in this tiny town so we did not miss shopping at all! If you do get there on a shopping day and like Christmas at all, be SURE to visit the Kaethe Wohlfart Christmas museum and beautiful store. She has 4 stores in Rothenburg, but the main Christmas store is behind and opposite the town hall. The museum was 2 or 3 euro to get in, but not to be missed if you are a Christmas fan like I am! After our free time in town, we were taken back to Bamberg to do the included tour of the Bishop’s Residence. An incredible building and again, not to be missed. It was a short, one-hour tour with easy walking. We were then given time to walk back to the ship and explore Bamberg on our own or return to the ship. If you can’t decide whether to do an optional tour, you do see everything in Bamberg from the tour even if you go to Rothenburg, which was a plus for me. I hate to miss anything! I can’t recommend Rothenberg enough! WERTHEIM: Wertheim is a very small town. The tour director joked you could see it all in 15 minutes, and they were close. They managed to fit it into a 1 hour tour and we saw some incredible sights and loved this little storybook town. Easy walking. After the tour we had time to walk around town on our own or have another (free, included) tour of the Jewish history on the town. Those who did the Jewish part of the tour said it was a lot of hilly walking but very interesting. Cute town! KOBLENZ The day we were to be in Koblenz we work up in the middle of a large city. I thought it was strange, and turned on the tv to the Ship Tracker, and noticed we were in Frankfurt. I assumed we were stopping for a quick stop. Around 9 am, the Tour Director came on the loudspeaker and announced that there was a one day lock strike, and we could not continue up the river. He said there would be a briefing in the lounge at 9:30. By 9:30 a.m., the crew had lined up all sorts of tours! You could take an included walking/bus tour of Frankfurt, or take the bus (included) trip to the Marksburg Castle that afternoon. The ship took us by bus as we were unable to get to Koblenz by ship. We chose the castle, as we had both been to Frankfurt. You had the morning free to walk around the main square of the old town in Frankfurt. After lunch we took a bus trip to the castle. We were warned (and warned again) about the walking and climbing on this tour. If anything, we felt the tour director UNDER estimated how bad it was. We felt like mountain goats all afternoon. It’s a very steep climb from the bus to the castle, and once inside it is lots of steps and walking on slate, more uneven than cobblestones. That being said, we loved the castle and the beautiful view. If you have it in you, do this tour, but know that it is a lot of climbing and walking. The tour itself went fairly slow, it had rained a bit so the slate was slippery. Around 11 p.m., we were able to start again down the river. If you go to the castle, or find someone who is, there is a great book for 3.90 euro that has pictures and information about all the Rhine Castles. It was fun to have, and we can now identify our photos. MIDDLE RHINE/COLOGNE: The captain adjusted our schedule so we did not cruise the picturesque Middle Rhine at night. For about 3-4 hours, the tour director gave a commentary on the incredible sights! Cute half timbered towns and many, many castles! It was a nice cruise. That afternoon we arrived in Cologne. We had a two hour walking tour of Cologne, and enjoyed the whole thing. We ended up by the river, and you could easily walk to the ship. The ship was parked right next to the Chocolate Museum and the pub/shopping area. That evening we took the optional tour of the pubs, the Beer Culture Dinner. What fun that was. Again, we can highly recommend. If you are going and have met friends, as the tour director to put you in the same group. By this time we had a group of people we met and had fun with, so we had a great group. We had dinner at a restaurant with unlimited beer, followed by three or four other pubs, again with unlimited beer. We had a great guide who gave us lots of history and even more laughs. KINDERDIJK What a great stop this was! The ship parked directly across from the windmills. Maybe it was because it was warm and sunny, or because we got to go inside a windmill and learn lots of history and fun facts, but this was one of our favorite days. We too k the two hour included tour, very easy walking. There are 19 windmills in this area. Really something to see! Those that took the windmill/cheese tour also enjoyed it, sampled lots of cheese and bought more. AMSTERDAM The next morning we arrived in Cologne. We have been briefed in writing and in updates about the disembarkation. From what we saw it went so very smoothly. I’m not sure it has ever been that easy for us. We were assigned a time to have our luggage out and what time we would be picked up. We had a nice breakfast, said goodbye to a few people and sadly ended our cruise. We did, however, have the Amsterdam post stay booked. We were in the beautiful Pulitzer Hotel, right on the Princess Canal. This hotel was a series of canal houses built together and was gorgeous. Most were put at the Movenpick down on the water. I believe the Pulitzer was an upgrade, but we enjoyed every second here. After we arrived, we had an included two hour walking tour. For whatever reason, this was not a great tour. We were a block away from the Anne Frank house, which we didn’t know until we discovered it ourselves. The guide took us through a shopping district, and at least a mile of walking through a residential district. Didn’t see much until the end when we arrived at Dam Square. In the end we felt fortunate we only had one bad tour out of all the tours we took! The rest of the day and next day were free. We took our own tour to the Kuekenhof Gardens. Wow is all I can say. We saw tulips and flowers for many, many miles. It was a lot of casual, easy walking, but beautiful surprises were around every corner. If you are in Amsterdam when it is open, we can’t recommend these gardens enough. My husband was a great sport about tiptoeing through the tulips, so the next day we went to the Heineken Experience, a Disneyland for beer lovers. They offer a fun, short tour with lots of beer. We had to buy advance tickets because it was a very busy Easter weekend, but got in easily. After the beer, we took a canal cruise which was relaxing and interesting. Later that afternoon we had pre-purchased tickets to the Anne Frank House. Many, many on our cruise had wanted to go, but waited too late to get their tickets. You must buy tickets in advance online. I believe you can do it 60 days in advance. We got in very easily at our assigned time. Museum and house is well done, if not quite somber. The next morning, we were picked up by Viking arranged transportation and returned to the airport in Amsterdam. This was the first time in many trips we just had Viking make all our arrangements, and we were not sorry. Everything went very smoothly and with little, or no effort from us! We are now anxious to book another Viking river cruise. It was just spectacular and fun from start to finish. We are fairly easy-going travelers with a lot of experience but have to say this was the best trip we have ever taken. While I know you cannot keep everyone happy, I don’t think I heard a complaint in the over two weeks we were on the ship. Amazing! We give Viking River Cruises our highest recommendation, and we have several favorite cruise lines. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I lived in Germany for 20 yrs. and was unable to tour these countries ! The cruise was very relaxing and not to much rushing around. The food was excellent and service great.the tours were also very interesting . I'm a little ... Read More
I lived in Germany for 20 yrs. and was unable to tour these countries ! The cruise was very relaxing and not to much rushing around. The food was excellent and service great.the tours were also very interesting . I'm a little handicapped ,and my cabin was on the floor below reception and no elevator ! But everyone was helpful with the walker being taken up and down the stairs ,but it made me dependent on others ! My greatest joy was visiting all the Christmas markets in each country ! They are quite different from those in Augsburg and Nuernburg Germany ! The walking tours were not to bad ,my walker made it but I sure could have used some shock absorbers in the handles, my shoulders got a workout ! The beds quite comfortable ,slept well, no motion sickness! All in all a very good time on my first cruise up the rivers of Europe . I flew from Dallas/Ft.Worth Texas to Budapest ,Hungrey . There was someone there to meet us and take us to see some sights before going to the ship. Didn't hVe to worry about our luggage ! We did an extended tour to Prague, and they were there to pick us up for the bus ride . The hotel was the Cornthia and the room was excellent ! They provided transportation from hotel to center town every day we were there and excellent food. Had lots of time to shop,site see and eat ! They took us to the airport for departure back to the USA. Nothing to declare at customs ! Family waiting at airport. V.J.Marcum. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Spent 3 days in Prague and got to know the city; shuttle busses allowed independent exploration; took the provided 41/2 mile walking tour and although she moved fast she did try to accommodate my difficulty walking fast and up/down stairs. ... Read More
Spent 3 days in Prague and got to know the city; shuttle busses allowed independent exploration; took the provided 41/2 mile walking tour and although she moved fast she did try to accommodate my difficulty walking fast and up/down stairs. Wanted to explore the countries we visited. Great ports and activities, but tour guides for the "slow walkers" had no mercy and most of them just moved way too fast and did not accommodate difficulty with stairs. Once we were left so far behind that we ended up training another group back to the bus. Unfortunately our leader never noticed we were missing. Having toured on 2 other river cruise lines, I was vey disappointed in the lack of accommodation compared to tour guides on the other lines. Comfortable cabin, with great service, good evening entertainment, good festive dining, great beverage selection; wonderful service on board; Great port selection and toured wonderful sites, just moving too quickly for my comfort and abilities. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because it took us to places we wouldn't have otherwise visited and we knew we would be spoiled and treated well. Well, it wouldn't be enough to say we received what we expected... the food and drink is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it took us to places we wouldn't have otherwise visited and we knew we would be spoiled and treated well. Well, it wouldn't be enough to say we received what we expected... the food and drink is incredible, tons of it and all quality. The service is spectacular and everyone tries their very best to make your day the best it can possibly be. They provide daily excursions that are so well planned, the logistics all excellent, then stand ready upon your return to cater to your every whim. We loved Vienna, Budapest and some little places in between. I recommend the 3 night add-on land package to Prague to extend the experience to a full 10 day trip. We met some fabulous people we hope to continue to cruise with in the future. It was the best trip we ever had. Of course the price is high and so we cannot go every year, but if you want to travel in style and see super interesting places, this is the way. We will be back for another in a year or so. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Had been on another cruise to Germany and enjoyed the trip and Viking experience. We liked the travel excursions both times. Viking seems to provide the same quality service every time to all passengers. Lots to see but the weather is ... Read More
Had been on another cruise to Germany and enjoyed the trip and Viking experience. We liked the travel excursions both times. Viking seems to provide the same quality service every time to all passengers. Lots to see but the weather is never really bright and sunny in Europe. Cloudy with a chance of rain daily. Nice umbrellas at least. Highlight of the cruise was the trip to the dairy farm. I grew up near cattle and appreciated getting to show my partner how to pet the cows without getting butted. We would never hesitate to sign up for another Viking trip. Staff is superior to other cruise lines that I have been on. It is so nice that everything is so personable. Appreciated being called by name and having a bartender remember what you like daily. The staff readily joined in on all activities relating to entertainment.praise to all your employees! Only thing that went bad was at the arrival in the airport. Seven of us were asked to wait by the kiosk about 30 feet a way from the Viking greeters. They said they would lead us to the bus. 25 minutes later we were all alone with our Viking red tags on and the greeters had disappeared. Our new Canadian friend knew as well as I did that so etching was wrong. We went outside and split up searching for the bus going to Vili. We did find the bus as it was about to leave. He was really upset to say the least, as was I. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first river cruise and was chosen to visit countries and cities we had not visited before. The Vili longboat was excellent but beware of booking suites with balconies or French windows! There are over 60 Viking longboats ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and was chosen to visit countries and cities we had not visited before. The Vili longboat was excellent but beware of booking suites with balconies or French windows! There are over 60 Viking longboats cruising and often when they berth they tie up alongside an identical boat. This means that when you open the curtains in your cabin in the morning you are looking into an identical cabin window about a metre away! Our cabin on the lower deck was excellent Also be aware that there are over 60 locks on the Rhine/Main/Danube between Amserdam and Budapest and also many low bridges - this means that the sundeck is closed for 5 days in the middle of the cruise! Since the boat is 135m long and 11.45m wide and the locks are only 12m wide expect some bumping and noise during the night when passing through locks! The included tours in general were very good, well organized with mainly good guides. One other point of contention was the question of gratuities. Although gratuities are optional, if you follow the guidance given by Viking you should expect to spend about £400 on tips! I believe that gratuities should be included in the cost of the cruise and not used to boost the salaries of the staff!! The included tours were very good, well organized, with comfortable buses, good guides and good communication devices. Ships mooring berths were in general very convenient. Finally, we felt that 15 days visiting cities and small towns, most of which had cobble streets a castle/palace, a cathedral, old painted buildings and made the best sausages in the world was a bit too much - 10 days would be enough! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I had looked longingly at the Viking commercials on television, never dreaming this would be possible for us. I finally decided to investigate and just happened to reach the website at a time when 1/2 price cruises were being offered. I ... Read More
I had looked longingly at the Viking commercials on television, never dreaming this would be possible for us. I finally decided to investigate and just happened to reach the website at a time when 1/2 price cruises were being offered. I am of German heritage, and my father was in Germany after WWII, and this looked like a perfect trip. Amazingly, my husband agreed that this was a good idea! Our trip exceeded all expectations. Our trip down the Rhine and the Danube was a trip of a lifetime. The accommodations were first class Even though we had a standard stateroom, with no balcony, wee didn't miss a thing. Everything was comfortable and perfect. Our cabin attendant saw to our every need. The Viking Villi Program Director Stein was an amazingly energetic and polished individual who provided expert preparation for our excursions prior to our stop in every port. His recommendations for places to go and things to try and see were always on point. We saw sights that we had only ever seen in books or on film, and could hardly believe that we were experiencing these wonderful places and people in person. Max the Chef presented a wide variety of fabulous regional cuisine Everything included locally fresh produce and ingredients that were loaded at each port. There were numerous choices to satisfy every palate. I can't say enough about the superlative quality of every aspect of our trip. All members of the crew were ready and willing to do anything required to meet our every need. Of all the magical aspects of the trip, I'd have to say that the exemplary service of every crew member was the single characteristic that puts Viking at the top of the list of cruise lines. And just so you know how every much we enjoyed our Viking experience, you probably need to know that we couldn't wait to book another one! We're going to Italy in May 2018!. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My wife and I decided to take a snap shot of central Europe, starting two days early in Amsterdam and finishing four days late with prague after Budapest. Our desire was to not have to do any of the work /reservations, which Viking did ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take a snap shot of central Europe, starting two days early in Amsterdam and finishing four days late with prague after Budapest. Our desire was to not have to do any of the work /reservations, which Viking did nicely for us. The crew knew our names after the first day, the food was scrumptious, and the walking tours were informative and made sure you walked off the meals. We enjoyed the evening entertainment, cocktails, snacks and social time with newly discovered friends. The format for adding excursions was easy to do before the cruise, and adjusting on board was super simple. Stein had a couple of historical lectures, which we enjoyed greatly. By day two, Herald our bartender knew what drinks to get my party, and the wait staff were perfect, doting on us like we were special. Melena was an absolute jewel for housekeeping, prompting my wife to comment that she had never had a bathroom cleaned multiple times a day. We all felt special . It couldn't have been better and I discovered I like being pampered. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
WE just returned home from our first river cruise: 2 weeks Grand European Cruise with Viking was outstanding. We loved every minute. Relaxing, yet lots of history to see and learn about. I cannot say enough about the crew: they were the ... Read More
WE just returned home from our first river cruise: 2 weeks Grand European Cruise with Viking was outstanding. We loved every minute. Relaxing, yet lots of history to see and learn about. I cannot say enough about the crew: they were the best we have ever cruised with (previously 5 ocean cruises). 186 people are taken care of by 50 crew. That does not count the numbers of Viking employees or associates on land that made our land excursions so seamless and interesting. They definitely have the logistics down pat!! The cruise director was terrific and I would go anywhere with him again. The food was not fabulous, and I only gained 1 pound, but we chose to do as much walking as we could which was the only exercise we could get. Longships are limited in size by the lock systems on the European rivers, and by the shallow rivers we traveled on. Hence the lack of an exercise room. Since we booked air through Viking, we had greeters at our arrival airport, at the hotel of our pre-extension in Amsterdam, at the Budapest airport. WE felt special that Viking was able to make our vacation worry free. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Viking is an excellent river cruise company. The staff is excellent in that they have thought about things that you didn't even know you might need! The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked And if you want to make sure that ... Read More
Viking is an excellent river cruise company. The staff is excellent in that they have thought about things that you didn't even know you might need! The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked And if you want to make sure that the ship will have your favorite drink, you can call customer service at least a month ahead of your sail date and tell them what you will want them to have on hand. The tours were all great and the program director was very knowledgeable. We had our flights arranged through Viking and everything was taken care of by Viking. It was really nice to know we would be met at the airport by Viking representatives and to be taken back to the airport by them. This was our fourth cruise with Viking and we would love to sail with them again. All of our cruises have been wonderful and we have met many couples that we still stay in touch with. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife had always wanted to go on a cruise with me but in my opinion the big cruise ships held no magic. Sailing along rivers and looking at castles was what I wanted so we booked the Grand European Tour on the Viking Villi. I was ... Read More
My wife had always wanted to go on a cruise with me but in my opinion the big cruise ships held no magic. Sailing along rivers and looking at castles was what I wanted so we booked the Grand European Tour on the Viking Villi. I was impressed with the boat and our room, #308, a Veranda Suite. The food was excellent, lots of choices and sufficient quantity to keep a grown man full. Staff were happy and efficient, taking care of any requests promptly. Our room steward, Dousdan, handled several odd requests quickly and with humor. Of the serving staff, Bogomil, was our favorite and his exclamation of "Excellent Choice" became a common line among our little group. A few minor schedule flubs were handled quickly by the Captain and crew, causing little or no delay in our trip. The Tour Director, Terry, was a congenial little Brit. and kept things interesting and fun. My wife and I were very pleased with the trip and would travel again with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted to have a 2 week leisurely river cruise seeing the country side of places we have already seen before. Viking 'Vili' was great. The staff are very good, helpful. and very accommodating. Food and drinks are superb. ... Read More
We wanted to have a 2 week leisurely river cruise seeing the country side of places we have already seen before. Viking 'Vili' was great. The staff are very good, helpful. and very accommodating. Food and drinks are superb. The guests came from all sorts of life and it was very nice to inter-act with everybody. Our tour director is very ideal, he does a lot of nice things for everyone. Entertainment at the ship is just sufficient for a nice quiet ride down the river. The locks were amazing. Service at the dining area was excellent and their smiles make it easy for us even if we had a very tiring day. The ship traveled smoothly and quietly. Overall service is unquestionably the best that we experienced. Shore excursions were done in an orderly manner and everyone's needs are properly taken cared of. The cabin room is in excellent condition and room service is superb. We will definitely want to go on another river cruise with Vikings again, Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Having been on Viking before we were already aware of all of the great things about doing river cruising with Viking. On this particular cruise we were most impressed with the caliber of service from the crew. As it happens sometimes I ... Read More
Having been on Viking before we were already aware of all of the great things about doing river cruising with Viking. On this particular cruise we were most impressed with the caliber of service from the crew. As it happens sometimes I fell ill on the cruise and required a doctor and then needed to rest for a few days. The concierge made the appointment, got the cab and came to the doctor's with me. When I needed to rest for a few days the rest of the crew helped my wife to get me food, and brought hot tea to help me feel better. They checked in on me and were just a joy to work with. Throughout the rest of the cruise the crew was especially attentive to me and always asked how I was doing and if there was anything I needed. I am happy to say that I had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
A small river boat from Budapest to Amsterdam. City tours every day, river cruise every night. Incredible staff, better food, and luxurious accommodations. I got an understanding of the history or the river valleys, the castles, the ... Read More
A small river boat from Budapest to Amsterdam. City tours every day, river cruise every night. Incredible staff, better food, and luxurious accommodations. I got an understanding of the history or the river valleys, the castles, the monasteries, the Prince Bishops and the stages of the agriculture, the wars, the religions, and economies over 2000 years. Detail: Embarkation and debarkation - The crew took care of everything. All we had to do was walk on board. Ship: 200 staterooms, three dining areas, rooftop lounge and walking track. Dining: Three gourmet meals a day, each spread over a wide time band, running into each other. Snacks and coffee/tea all the time. Often the lunches and dinners were themed, with excellent food based on where we were travelling. Local wines in abundance. Just when I was wondering how they could improved as the trip had five days to go, they went all out for a series of incredible meals. Entertainment and activities - Onboard, music and culture, electronically showing pictures reliving the day. Offboard, several trips every day with varying levels of effort, showing the best each city or region had to offer. Service - Sublime, personal, from new friends. Ports and excursions - We hit all the big cities, castles and monasteries,with great local guides pointing out their favorite points and the importance of what had happened. Also remember a trip to a family vineyard and wine bottling and selling operation, excellent in-town food, souvenirs and just time to ramble in town, waving to the ship staff going the other way in a small alley. We are already planning another viking cruise or two, probably Portugal and the Baltic Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose this cruise due to a broad experience of several countries. I found the crew very good, attentive and engaging. The room was kept very clean. The chef out did him self with good variety, fresh fruits. The meals were too good and my ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to a broad experience of several countries. I found the crew very good, attentive and engaging. The room was kept very clean. The chef out did him self with good variety, fresh fruits. The meals were too good and my scale at home showed that I enjoyed the culinary experience too much. I enjoyed the excursions very much, knowledgeable local guides. I like that we had ear buds so you could hear the guides and not have to push in to hear. The optional excursions were affordable and allowed us to get a local experience. I did the Mozart concert, the Hungarian horse show and tried to waltz. Enjoyed this cruise so much I talked my mom into going with me next year. Going from Bucharest to Budapest. We are taking the extra trip to Prague. This past cruise I did the extra time in Amsterdam and Budapest. Really pleased with how we were looked after. Picked up at the airport, given a city tour, and someone to help with what to do, where to go and even arranging the tickets for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Food - delicious; room - Private with a lovely view. We could watch the shore and relax in our room. This was the trip of a lifetime with all details carefully planned. The shore excursions were designed to give the best possible ... Read More
Food - delicious; room - Private with a lovely view. We could watch the shore and relax in our room. This was the trip of a lifetime with all details carefully planned. The shore excursions were designed to give the best possible experience in Europe. My favorites: Belvedere museum; Vienna concert (a personal dream since my teen years!) We explored ancient and recent history. We saw art that we had only seen in books. We had a renewed appreciation for travel. (Can't wait for next trip) Our crew: wonderful. Every program onboard was entertaining and educational. Mozart was big on this cruise - heard selections from the Magic Flute twice. Even saw examples of glass blowing from an associate of Chihuly no less!. The tours were exciting and not overly taxing. There was something for everyone from a pub crawl to a formal concert. This trip was worth every penny. I love these guys. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
All our needs were taken care of. The tours were well done and informative. The guides were interesting and funny. Our tour director, Oliver, kept things running smoothly and always kept us informed as to what was happening. Our concierge, ... Read More
All our needs were taken care of. The tours were well done and informative. The guides were interesting and funny. Our tour director, Oliver, kept things running smoothly and always kept us informed as to what was happening. Our concierge, Coco, was always availed to help out. The food was delicious with lots of choices. We enjoyed meeting the whole staff to include visiting the kitchen. The wait staff was excellent, always smiling and ready to serve. The staterooms were always kept clean. I would definitely recommend a Viking cruise and at some point would consider doing another. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Wanted to take our first Viking cruise and our travel companions were going to be visiting family in Europe. This was an itinerary that we all liked and were able to coordinate the dates of travel with each other. Embarkation was as ... Read More
Wanted to take our first Viking cruise and our travel companions were going to be visiting family in Europe. This was an itinerary that we all liked and were able to coordinate the dates of travel with each other. Embarkation was as easy as get out of the taxi and walk on the ship. We were greeted by cruise director and our luggage was taken. We went to our cabin after a bite to eat. Then the fabulous adventure began. We had a French Balcony room which allowed us to open the sliding door without the balcony for seating. We opted to save money on the cabin and not get a regular balcony. You really are not in your cabin very much. Having been on several ocean cruises I did not miss the hustle and bustle of thousands of travelers. The numerous buffets, big shows and casinos were replaced by relaxing evenings in the lounge listening to music or a cultural presentation of the areas we visited. One suggestion more movies on your movie channels. On a 15 day cruise, sometimes you may want to just retreat to your cabin for a couple of hours. The shore excursions were extremely informative. All of our guides seemed so knowledgable and were passionate with their explanations. Sailing along the river was like traveling through a history book...castles and hamlets just popping up as we rode by. The dining was ok. Not as elaborate and not as many choices as larger ships but meals were generally tasty. Dinner dress was nice casual. Some were a little dressier on the nights described as dressy or not. We thought we would have had more food choices relevant to the countries we visited. Although there was a coffee/tea and cookies station in the afternoon I would suggest more variety in the snack area. Most of the travelers were seniors and there were no children. I would not recommend the cruise for families with smaller children. There are no "kid friendly' activities, no pool. no arcade, no movie theater! Would we do it again? We have already booked our next Viking Cruise for 2017!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Arrival day in Amsterdam included a walking tour and much rain, but great taste of the city. The ship was beautiful and well appointed. The crew were always friendly and accommodating. Room was very small, but quite adequate with a ... Read More
Arrival day in Amsterdam included a walking tour and much rain, but great taste of the city. The ship was beautiful and well appointed. The crew were always friendly and accommodating. Room was very small, but quite adequate with a wonderful "patio like" window that opened and allowed for enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells along the way. More food than one could possibly eat. Having local guides at all shore excursions was great and allowed for interesting conversations. Due to low water conditions, we had to "trade" ships half way, but other than having to pack our bags, the trade was almost seamless. Viking representatives were at the airport when we arrived, at the hotel during our 2-day extension in Budapest, and at the airport when we left. Our program director, Lubo, was fantastic! Viking took great care of everything! The hotel in Budapest was well located and very comfortable. It was a wonderful trip, especially for a first time to Europe. It would have been nice to have had more "free" time in some of the cities, but I understand the time constraints with such an itinerary. I would say that perhaps this isn't a trip for younger people as, at least on my trip, the clientele's average age appeared to be around 70, and a bit more sedentary than I had anticipated. Entertainment on the ship seemed to be geared towards an older audience as well. Still, a wonderful opportunity to see and visit many cities of Europe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The cruise was great and the first three days in Amsterdam and the last three in Prague Were the highlights of the trip. The Hotels were great and all of this was arranged by Viking and it was done well. We were on a new boat and ... Read More
The cruise was great and the first three days in Amsterdam and the last three in Prague Were the highlights of the trip. The Hotels were great and all of this was arranged by Viking and it was done well. We were on a new boat and everything was in perfect shape. The food was excellent and the waiters were outstanding. We had Lubo as the Excursion director on our boat and he is an asset to the company, very knowledgeable and a wonderful person. The only drawback of the trip for us was we found the 14 day too long. The entertainment was going out each day on the tours which after the first week we found it a bit of overload, one week would have been perfect. Would we do it again, absolutely but only one week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Viking Vili Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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