It’s no accident that a Viking® river cruise is considered a “thinking person’s cruise.”
When Torstein Hagen established the intimate, inclusive cruises in 1997, his goal was to enable guests to immerse themselves in a destination through its food, traditions, culture and countryside, returning home transformed by their experiences.
Today, Viking is the world’s largest river cruise line with 60+ vessels, including the groundbreaking Viking Longships®, and 24 new builds to come. Viking offers 8- to 23-day river cruises on 11 of Europe’s great rivers; Russia’s Volga, Svir and Neva; Egypt’s Nile; China’s Yangtze; and Southeast Asia’s Mekong.
Though much has changed over the years—Viking Longships have full-sized verandas, among the largest suites on Europe’s rivers, and al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace—one thing has not. The award-winning line continues to offer the “Viking Difference” on its ships, on shore and even before guests leave home.
Viking knows that anticipation of a great cruise is half the fun and that curious guests want to begin their journey with some perspective. That’s why, pre-cruise, they offer online filmography, reading recommendations, cultural profiles and videos that provide insight into the distinctive cultures guests will visit.
On board intimate Viking ships, a carefully curated library, guest lecturers, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings help guests enrich shore excursions. On shore, Viking escorts guests to iconic landmarks and beyond, offering Local Life, Working World and optional Privileged Access® experiences in difficult-to-visit places.
Also part of the Viking allure is its inclusive value: one price covers port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on cruise tours. (Check with your AAA Travel Counselor for specifics on your bucket-list cruise.)