27 Feb A Sample Viking River Cruise Itinerary
Viking River Cruise offers many different destinations, including Europe, Russia, Asia, and Egypt. Whether you are touring the castle-lined Rhine, the romantic Danube, the historic Seine or vineyard-laced Duoro, your Viking River cruise will be both relaxing and culturally immersive.
Let’s take a look at a sample itinerary for a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine
The Rhine Getaway is one of Viking River Cruise’s most popular river cruise options. This 8-day cruise starts at $1,999 per person, with 6 guided tours in 4 countries. During your cruise, you will discover the stunning fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your tour, you will have the chance to sip the regions renowned white wines and savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace. From Basel and Cologne to Amsterdam, this journey reveals a rich landscape of beauty and culture.
Day One: Basel, Switzerland
Basel is located in northwest Switzerland at the point where French, Swiss and German borders meet. This marks the gateway to the Swiss Rhineland. On the first day, you will transfer from the airport to your ship. After boarding, you will have the chance to explore the city. Dinner is served on board.
Day Two: Breisach, Germany
On your second day, you will wake up in Breisach, Germany. Breisach is known as the gateway to the Black Forest. You’ll have the chance to take a scenic tour through the area’s mountain landscape, dense forests and rolling meadows. Once you reach your destination, you can opt to visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. After that, you will return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon you can partake in an optional excursion to the quaint Alsatian town of Colmar. Colmar is a land of storybook charm, with streets lined with medieval, Gothic and Renaissance buildings. You can also visit a fine arts museum. As another option, you can explore Colmar’s World War II history. Dinner is served on the ship in the evening.
Day Three: Strasbourg, France
On the morning of day three, you will arrive in Strasbourg, France. You will disembark your ship for a guided tour of the city. During the tour, you will see the European Parliament and tour the city’s famed cathedral. After the tour, you can enjoy free time to explore the city’s French and German cultures, gorgeous churches, medieval covered bridges, vibrant parks, and modernist architecture. Another option on this day is to join the Alsatian wine country tour and tasting. A third option is to spend the day exploring the culinary delights of Strasbourg. In the evening you will return to the ship for dinner.
Day Four: Speyer & Rudesheim, Germany
On the fourth day of your river cruise, you will start your morning with a tour of the historic town of Speyer. You will get the chance to see the Speyer Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternately, you can opt for a full-day tour of Heidelberg, the home of Germany’s oldest university and Heidelberg Castle. Continue with a walking tour through Old Town to Heidelberg’s renowned gates. After lunch, join the ship in Rudesheim. In the evening you can choose to dine on the ship or experience one of the optional dinners onshore.
Day Five: Koblenz, Germany
On the morning of day five, you will wake up sailing through the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, where you will see gorgeous castles and fortresses overlooking the river. This part of the Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. You will arrive in Koblenz in the early afternoon where you will disembark for a tour of the Marksburg Castle. There is also an optional excursion for a tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Additionally, you can opt for a journey into Moselle wine country where you will stop for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Then you will return to the ship for a late lunch. In the evening you are free to enjoy the charming time where the Moselle Rhine Rivers meet.
Day 6: Cologne, Germany
Day six starts with a morning tour of Cologne, which is Germany’s fourth-largest city. During this tour, you will visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, you will have free time to explore Cologne’s lively waterfront. You can also join an optional excursion to ascend to the Dom’s roof for a great view of the city. In the evening you will return to the ship for dinner or join the optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture. During this optional tour you will sample Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne and enjoying a Brauhaus dinner.
Day Seven: Kinderdijk, the Netherlands
On the morning of the seventh day, you will wake up sailing along the Rhine River along with scenic views. On the ship, you can sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Kinderdijk, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will disembark the ship for a tour of the windmill-laced city. During this time you will learn why windmills were built and see how they work. In addition, you’ll have the chance to enter a working windmill for a tour. In the evening you will board the ship for dinner and arrive in Amsterdam around midnight.
Day Eight: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In the morning on your eighth and final day of the river cruise, you will enjoy breakfast on the ship before disembarking for the airport. Alternately, you can extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Amsterdam to explore the city’s neighborhoods, museums, and nightlife.
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