This company has a long history of providing river cruises and has one of the largest fleets in Europe. The on-board style is Scandinavian with all the lightness of touch you would expect. The ambience is relaxing, modern and luxurious. Cabins are all outside with river views, providing the comforts of a fine hotel on land.
Six Viking 'Longships' new for 2012 feature external sit-on balcony cabins, quieter hybrid engines, larger suites and an indoor/outdoor lounge. See full details of the Viking Longships.
Included flights and transfers
Rest assured that your holiday is protected. These flight inclusive packages from the UK are fully bonded with the CAA's ATOL scheme. Return travel from London, transfers, airport taxes and hotel accommodation, where indicated, are all included. Because Blue Water are leading Viking partners, we can offer UK regional flights at no additional charge.
Some European itineraries are available as 'no fly' rail cruises, with travel on Eurostar's premium service. For those who prefer flexibilty and independence, itineraries are also available as 'cruise-only'.
Cabin style choices
There is a choice of viewing area in cabins aboard Viking's fleet - picture windows, sliding glass doors opening to a French balcony, or a suite with its own private balcony. All cabins are ensuite and are stocked with complimentary bath products, slippers and bottled water.
Dining and restaurant
Dining is a relaxing experience, with informal dress code and open-seat dining. In 2012, house wine, beer, and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner at no extra charge. The breakfast is a buffet, and there is a wide choice of dishes at lunch. Dinner consists of 5 courses of contemporary cuisine alongside traditional fare. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.
Guests can borrow books from the well-stocked library during their cruise. There is a roomy lounge and a sun deck offering panoramic views. All ships provide complimentary wireless Internet access.
Award-winning service is provided by Viking's English-speaking staff and in 2012, guests will benefit from the services of an onboard Concierge.
The cost of your cruise includes a minimum of one shore excursion on most days. Tours are led by well-informed English-speaking guides, and to ensure no detail is missed, guests are supplied with Quietvox tour headphones.
If you would rather explore on your own, Viking issue a free Travel Companion book which contains maps and useful local information.