Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Viking River Cruise
A journey along one of the world’s great rivers is one of the most seamless, economical and relaxing ways to travel. A river cruise takes you to destinations you can only fully appreciate by river, while introducing you to destinations you may not have even considered visiting. Wherever you choose to go—Europe, Egypt, Southeast Asia or beyond—Viking takes you there in comfort.
1 Unpack just once
One of the great joys of river cruising means you can visit multiple countries or destinations with ease. There’s no need to navigate foreign roads, train stations or airports, no packing and unpacking and checking in and out of hotels every day. Simply unpack once and wake up in a new destination every day refreshed and ready to explore.
2 Everything is included
River cruising is one of the most cost-effective ways to travel. As part of your cruise fare, you’ll receive; transportation between destinations, a river view stateroom, all meals on board with wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water all day every day, unlimited Wi-Fi, a guided excursion in every port and more.
3. Experience a new destination every day
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as our elegant Longships gently carry you into a new destination every day. Our river ships dock in the heart of some of the world’s biggest cities as well as the smallest towns, so you are just a short walk from opportunities of discovery. And you’ll often explore quaint villages and towns slightly off the beaten track, that are only easily accessible by river.
4. It’s smooth sailing
If it weren’t for the water views, you’d hardly know you were on a ship. You are only a short distance from the shoreline, the waters are calm and the slow speed of the river ships provides a gentle smooth sailing experience.
5. Excursions are included
With an excursion included in each port, our knowledgeable local guides are passionate about their unique region. They will introduce you to the iconic and the obscure, so you can soak up the culture, art, history and architecture of your destination while gaining an insight into the local way of life. They will often share stories and traditions passed down through their family generations, that you’ll never read in a guidebook.
6 The flexibility and freedom to explore your way
You can choose to do as much or as little as you like on a Viking cruise. Choose to join a range of included and optional excursions, hike a mountain, cycle a valley, explore on your own, or enjoy an afternoon of quiet solitude, the choice is yours.
7. The food is exceptional
Food is one of the best ways to experience a destination. Our world-class chefs use locally sourced ingredients to prepare regional specialities and everyday classics that are bursting with fresh, local flavours. While our thoughtful wine list enhances your meal, with handpicked selections and onboard tastings that showcase an area’s quintessential varietals. Enjoy personalised service in The Restaurant, or dine al fresco on the Aquavit Terrace – the only outdoor restaurant on the rivers of Europe.
8. Travel with people just like you
Laid-back, easy-going and sociable, that’s the Viking Way. There’s no butlers, white gloves or formal nights, just a relaxed and casual ambience on board. We’ve created an unfussy environment that is perfect for mingling with like-minded guests.
9. See more, do more, learn more
Discover more about the people, culture, history and cuisine of every destination. You will spend longer in each port and enjoy entertaining talks, cooking demonstrations and lively performances on board to bring your destination to life. All included of course.
10 The Wi-Fi is included
We know most people want to stay connected, even when they’re on holiday, which is why we include unlimited free Wi-Fi every day of your cruise. And you’ll just need one passcode to remember!
We invite you to sail the rivers of the world on one of our state-of-the-art Viking Longships. Due to overwhelming demand, our 2024 and 2025 voyages are now open for sale, so there’s never been more choice to explore the world in comfort. Make your next unforgettable journey a Viking river cruise.