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Viking Cruises’ Health & Safety Program

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As the world reopens to travel we need to seek out the highest standards of precautions to keep us as safe as we can be.

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Travel: Are we ready yet?

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Exploring St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, touring London with Blue Badge guides and delving into the Byzantine wonders of Istanbul are hardly what one might expect to be doing throughout a worldwide pandemic. But I have done all that and more.

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An art lover’s perfect day in Amsterdam

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There are over 70 museums in Amsterdam, and our tour began at Museumplein, or Museum Square, which includes the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

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Local food and drinks aboard a Viking River Cruise.

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One of the pleasures of travel is experiencing the local foods and drinks. And that is just one of the things we have enjoyed on our Viking River cruises.

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A Taste of Germany on our Viking River Cruise

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Taste of Germany night was a fun fest, with staff in dirndls and lederhosen, kitchen tours, and local musicians.      ...

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Castles of the Rhine

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While palaces and their treasures were magnificent status symbols, castles were built to protect against medieval invaders.

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Viking River Cruises’ culinary tours: the flavors of Vienna

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For this visit to Vienna we opted for Viking River Cruises’ “Best of Culinary Austria” excursion, tasting and learning to prepare regional specialties.

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The Grand European Tour: A Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

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European river cruises have surged in popularity with good reason. Everything is taken care of while passengers travel from destination to destination with ever-changing scenery and the comfort and convenience of a luxurious floating hotel.

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Through the Heart of Europe: the second time around

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Fourteen years ago we took our first Viking River Cruise to celebrate a special birthday. Our journey along the Danube, the Rhine, and the canal that connects them was one of our best trips ever, something so many of our fellow passengers said, as well. Would the Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam be as much fun the second time around?

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The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Le Champlain Restaurant

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Although you may want to reserve a window table, it is likely that you will be so absorbed with this culinary extravaganza and the restaurant’s contemporary glamor and the Old World charm that you forget about the view of the majestic St. Lawrence.

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The Imperial City: the grandeur of Vienna

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Austria is one of the most prosperous countries in the European Union, and the quality of life in Vienna, its capital and largest city, consistently ranks #1 globally in the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. The Imperial City is also one of the most beautiful in the world…

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Through the Heart of Europe in a Viking Longship: The Romantic Danube

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Viking River Cruises’ longship Njord is named for the Norse god of the wind and sea. The voyage, called The Romantic Danube, was along some of the river’s most scenic stretches.

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Viking River Cruise’s European Adventure

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Our European Adventure, as it was then named, cruised the Danube, Main Canal, and Rhine from Vienna to Amsterdam on the Viking Europe.

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Treasures of the Rhine

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On our “Treasures of the Rhine” itinerary, we unpacked once and sailed past enchanting fairytale castles, romantic medieval villages, verdant vineyards, and pastoral landscapes–living history from Switzerland to the North Sea.

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From Normandy to Paris: a river cruise along the Seine

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The longest inland waterway in France winds in serpentine loops between the coast in Normandy and one of the most fashionable and romantic cities in the world–Paris. Named Seine from the Latin sequana, meaning snake, the 110 mile distance by air between Paris and the coast meanders by river for 240 miles.

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Along France’s rivers: A taste of Burgundy and Provence

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The Rhône flows past the red roofed houses of southern France, meeting the Saône, its largest tributary, in the culinary capital of Lyon. A river cruise through this region is a journey through a fertile sun-kissed countryside scented by lavender and thyme and adorned with fields of sunflowers, vineyards, farms, orchards, and olive groves.

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Kingston, the Thousand Islands, and The Rideau Canal

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Kingston and the Thousand Islands are at the head of the the Lawrence River and the foot of the Great Lakes.

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Montréal to Boston: A Canada/New England cruise aboard Holland America’s Maasdam

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Montréal is the cultural capital and largest city in Québec, second largest city in Canada, and the second largest French-speaking city in the world. It’s either the first or last port, depending on the sailing, which creates a great opportunity for an extended stay.

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The American Queen

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Walking to the Robin Street Wharf, we could see her fluted 109 foot tall stacks rising above the buildings, and we knew we were in for a treat.

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