After many years of ocean cruises and land vacations, I was blessed to take my very first river cruise. The Danube Waltz with Viking (Budapest to Passau) has become one of most favorite and memorable vacations. There is a tremendous amount of cultural and historical sites throughout the region. What better way to visit each of these ports of calls nestled along the Danube River. This 8-day itinerary allowed us to see the highlights of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems and Linz, Austria, along with Passau, Germany. These are not only some of the most beautiful European countries and cities but they are all designated UNESCO sites.
By: Carol Codwell, Tour and River Cruise Specialist
If you’re a foodie, wine lover, or history buff, this is the river cruise for you! I am all of the above, plus an amateur writer, so right now, sharing my experiences on this amazing trip, I am in my wheelhouse! This river cruise takes you to a region of France known for its phenomenal wines, foie gras, and walnuts and I get to tell you all about it. The wonderful Aquitaine.
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The Ocean Cruise Line
Earlier this year, Viking announced plans for a new line of vacations, Viking Ocean Cruises. Expanding on Viking’s classic line of river cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises will allow travelers to take tours of Europe’s biggest and most famous seas, offering the same level of service and exclusive events and sights that have become a staple of the Viking name. The first planned expeditions are set to launch in May 2015, with voyages from Scandinavia through the Baltic Sea, as well as cruises that cover both the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.
When you think of “cruising” you picture massive ocean liners, fancy restaurants, swimming pools, casinos, nightclubs and a lot of people on board. While cruising has always proven to be exciting and fun, it’s also known to be an escape of a grandeur scale—one of entertainment and nightlife. But what if you want a vacation that’s more intimate, more sophisticated, and more of a relaxed atmosphere with an enlightening experience? That’s what River Cruising can offer it’s travelers. It’s a way to really experience Europe, be immersed in the local cultures and explore hidden treasures along the countless ports where massive cruise ships cannot enter.