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understated elegance for the most comfortable viking river cruise experience available."
VIKING RIVER CRUISES: FRANCE RIVER CRUISES : A BETTER WAY TO EXPLORE"Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures. As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have."
Nothing compares to a river. How else but on a river can you journey into the very heart of the world’s greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people?
Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration? How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel." - Viking River Cruises ....and River Cruises 2016, a part of Cruise Direct Online can take you there for an incredible experience at a surprisingly affordable price.
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Exploring the World in Comfort
Nothing compares to the river. Where else but on the river can you journey into the heart of the world’s greatest cities and towns, and discover the true nature of the land? Comfortable and convenient, it offers a greater variety of destinations than you could encounter any other way. Spend less time getting there and more time being there. Little wonder that river cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel.
See the World’s Great Cities on a European river cruise
Paris, Vienna, Budapest, St. Petersburg…because so many cities and towns developed along waterways, they were literally made to be accessible by river. Sail directly to the heart of many destinations and walk right off the ship into the center of town.
Travel With Ease
After boarding the ship, unpack just once in your spacious river-view stateroom.
A More Intimate Experience
Because river cruise ships accommodate between 120 and 260 guests, it is easy to make new friends. And there is no waiting in long lines to embark, disembark or have a meal.
Culture & History Everywhere
Stroll through an open air architecture museum in the middle of a Russian lake; watch the artists at work in a Meissenware studio; listen to a concert of ancient bronze bells in Wuhan. You are unlikely to reach these places any other way. Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures.
As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have. You will see Iconic landmarks, awe-inspiring
scenery, & compelling local cultures - at each
river cruise port of call. Imagine the
possibilities. then, store away the memories of
a trip of a lifetime!
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Whether it's river cruising or
touring, are you curious,
independent and hungry for
authentic experiences? If you
are a wish-lister and world-wide
wanderer who has simple
expectations, but high
standards, read on. If you want
to go where locals go, explore
iconic landmarks and be in the
heart of the adventure, then
this trip is for you. On a river
you can journey into the very
heart of the world’s greatest
cities and most charming towns,
discovering the true nature of
the land and its people. When
you river cruise, we know, when
you come home, you'll have a
great story to tell.
On a river cruise you'll spend
less time getting there, and
more time being there. Your
river-ship is the hub of your
experience, and you itinerary
offers a unique take on its
ports-of-call, the best of what
each destination has to offer –
inspiring you to go out and
explore. Making a river journey
is simply one of the most
culturally enriching and
rewarding travel experiences you
can have. The result:
experiences that lead to great
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wealth of information about
river cruising, we
understand that these
experiences are even more
beneficial when combined with a
human touch. While guests enjoy
browsing our website, they know
we have a staff of
Certified Viking Master River
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destination, and ports-of-call :
particularly useful for
travelers who have lots of
questions, need more insight and
in-depth information about river
cruising. There’s no
substitute for a live
conversation with someone who
can tell you firsthand about
that interesting destination,
city, town or village you found
on your tablet or smartphone.
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Sail through France's Aquitaine region, home to world-famous
vinters and vine-covered hills. Travel from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion
and back on this cruise.
RIVER CRUISE VACATIONS
New Scenery: All Day, Every Day
Imagine fairytale palaces, towering gorges carved through millennia, and tiny villages nestled in the still preserved beauty of the landscape. Enjoy breathtaking scenery that’s constantly changing through panoramic windows in the restaurant and lounge and stunning 360° views from the sun deck.
Just About Everything is Included:
The last thing you want to do on vacation is worry about costs. When you travel on a river cruise, there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay covers just about everything including port charges, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on most river
cruise itineraries. So all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great vacation that is also a great value.
Go With Those Who Know:
We're here to answer any questions you may have about River Cruises and help you find what you’re looking for. From the time that you choose where you would like to travel, and long after the time you return home, a dedicated river cruise advisor will assist you with each step of your river cruise adventure, so there is always someone familiar to turn to when you have a question. Call us at 800.365.1445 and talk to a Professional River Cruise Advisor.
What's not found on a River Cruise:
River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino.
There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides,
ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls. River Cruises do transport you " back
in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe's rich history
comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns. All the
while, enjoying Viking’s modern comfort, cuisine and included onshore excursions
Taking a River Cruise Vacation could turn out to be quite a journey. To get
started, call 800.365.1445.
What's Included on a River Cruise?
Viking River Cruises - Inclusive
Enjoy stunning outside staterooms or
suites with a veranda, French
balcony, or window, spaciously
designed with comfort and vista in
mind and beautifully appointed with
elegant décor featuring hotel-style
beds, premium bath products, TV
Complimentary guided shore
excursions featuring expert local
guides, audio-listening devices for
the guide’s lecture.
All onboard meals created by our
Swiss-trained chefs featuring fresh
ingredients and regional
specialties, served in a variety of
settings including al fresco dining.
Complimentary wine, beer and soft
drinks with our onboard dinner and
lunch service; bottled water and
complimentary cappuccino, coffee and
tea at our 24-hour hot beverage bar.
•An in-room infotainment system
featuring movies on demand, plus
CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and
Complimentary Wi-Fi access provided
throughout the ship, when in signal
range of service.
What's not found on a River Cruise:
River Cruises don't offer elaborate
production shows, don't have a
casino. There's no big promenade
shopping mall, no midnight buffet,
nor any waterslides, ice skating
rinks or rock climbing walls. River
Cruises do transport you " back in
time" to visit the people, places
and events, where Europe's rich
history comes alive in hundred's of
historic sites, classical cities and
towns. All the while, enjoying
Viking’s modern comfort, cuisine and
included onshore excursions and
activities. Taking a River Cruise
Vacation could turn out to be quite
a journey. To get started, call
Top 5 Reasons to take a River Cruise
1. There’s no more convenient way to
travel; unpack just once instead of
boarding a bus or driving from hotel
2. You spend less time “getting
there” and more time “being there,”
and you’re accompanied by scenic
views the whole time!
3. Where else but on a river could
you be gently carried along on an
elegant, intimate ship, docking
right in the heart of town,
strolling off to begin your
4. The most cosmopolitan cities
developed along the rivers, the
world’s first trade routes. From
iconic “must sees” like Paris,
Amsterdam and Budapest to quaint
villages and towns, a river cruise
lets you savor the delights of both.
5. The price you pay covers just
river transportation, port charges,
Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities
and shore excursions. Complimentary
wine, beer and soft drinks with
dinner and lunch onboard.
France is a western European country stretching from the
Mediterranean to the North Sea, from the Rhine River to the
Atlantic Ocean. It borders Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany,
Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. The Rhône, Saône,
Seine, and Rhine Rivers also flow through the country, giving
visitors many opportunities to enjoy a relaxing France river
cruise . Few countries can rival France for its contributions to
world history, culture, language, literature, cinema, cuisine
and viticulture. There are many reasons why the country is the
#1 tourist destination in the world.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a landlocked country in
Western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. With a
population of under half a million, Luxembourg occupies just
under 1,000 square miles. It is a parliamentary democracy with a
constitutional monarchy, ruled by a Grand Duke and, as such, it
is the world’s only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy. Luxembourg
is a founding member of the European Union, NATO, the United
Nations, the Benelux countries and the Western European Union.
The capital city, also called Luxembourg—a UNESCO World Heritage
Site—is the seat of several European Union institutions and
agencies. Its official languages are French, German and
Luxembourgish, a High German dialect.
The name of the Seine derives from the Latin sequana or “snake.” Glancing at
the map of this river, you will immediately appreciate how it got its name—it
meanders, snakelike, through the countryside, from the French interior to the
Normandy coast. The length of the river between Paris and the sea is nearly 240
miles, but the distance as the crow flies is only 110 miles. Winding through the
countryside, a Seine River cruise can take visitors to some of the most
beautiful and storied locations in northern France. Along the river lie such
locations as Monet’s Giverny and historic Rouen for river cruise travelers to
Bordeaux is a port city with a population of about 250,000 on the Garonne
River in southwestern France. The name comes from that of the Celtic settlement
in the area, Burdigala, circa 300 B.C. The city became the capital of Roman
Aquitaine, which it remained until 276 A.D. when it was sacked by Vandals. In
the 5th century it was again attacked by Vandals, then by Visigoths and Franks;
later there was trouble with the Andalusian Muslims, the Basques and even the
Vikings. In the 12th century the city’s fortunes improved when the duchess
Eleanor of Aquitaine married Count Henri Plantagenet, who soon became King Henry
II of England. Bordeaux flourished, largely due to its wine trade, and was
eventually incorporated into the Kingdom of France.
Founded by the Romans, Rouen is situated amidst the chalk cliffs along the
Seine and filled with half-timbered houses and exquisite Gothic architecture.
The old city on the right bank of the river is surrounded by a natural
amphitheater of hills. Highlights include the Justice Palace and 15th-century
Aître Saint-Maclou, a rich example of flamboyant Gothic architecture. The city
is known for its role in the heroic tragedy of Joan of Arc, patron saint of
France. Tried and condemned for heresy, she was burned alive at the stake in
Rouen’s Old Marketplace in May 1431.
Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department of Aquitaine, France;
with a population of just about 2,000, it is considered the capital of the
Libourne wine-producing region. Named after the traveling monk and confessor
Émilion, the town is set on gentle hills; its history dates back to prehistoric
times and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can stroll through narrow
streets to see Romanesque churches and Roman ruins.
Rising in the mountains of Auvergne in central France, the Dordogne River
runs for about 300 miles in a westerly direction into the Bordeaux region, where
it empties into the Gironde estuary. The name Dordogne evolved from the ancient
pre-Celtic name of Duranius, a reference to water (“dour”). Activities on the
Dordogne include fishing, boating and water sports; the landscape alongside the
river is green and peaceful, dotted with towns and vineyards. Towns along the
Dordogne—including Bergerac and Saint-Émilion—tend to be small and quaint,
making for very scenic river cruising.
The Moselle’s name comes from the Latin Mosella, meaning the Little Meuse.
(The Meuse is another European river, flowing from France through Belgium and
the Netherlands to Germany.) The Moselle Valley was celebrated in the ancient
Roman poem Mosella by Ausonius; a modern Moselle River cruise is as poetic as
its historical description. Along the river lie castles and picturesque
The culinary capital of France, Dijon boasts splendid Gothic and Renaissance
treasures that recall its heady days as the capital of the Kingdom of Burgundy.
Its splendid Ducal Palace, once home to noble dukes, now plays host to the Musée
des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, a splendid fine arts museum.
The Garonne River runs for 357 miles through southwestern France and northern
Spain. From its headwaters in the Pyrenees, it follows the Aran Valley northward
into France, flowing through Toulouse on its way to Bordeaux, where it meets the
Gironde estuary—which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Biscay. In
spite of the presence of some 50 locks, the Garonne is one of the few rivers in
Europe that exhibit a tidal bore, a phenomenon by which a wave of water can flow
back upriver. (The nearby Dordogne also has a tidal bore.) Towns along the
Garonne include Toulouse, Bordeaux and Blaye.
Located along the Rhine River, Basel sits at the point where French, German
and Swiss borders meet, marking the gateway to the Swiss Rhineland. Basel’s
cobblestone streets, 18th-century buildings and three surviving medieval gates
reflect the city’s rich past. A cultural center, Basel is also home to many
museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts with masterpieces by Picasso and Dalí.
Cadillac is a small commune in the Gironde department of Aquitaine, France;
its population is only about 2,400. It is located near Sauternes, known for the
sweet dessert wines it produces under the Cadillac AOC designation. The name of
the commune was adopted by Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac,
founder of Detroit and Governor of Louisiana, on his arrival to what is now the
U.S. The Cadillac division of General Motors, and Cadillac, Michigan, are named
Pauillac is a commune in the Gironde department of Aquitaine, France; its
population is about 5,000. Though the town and its surrounding acreage are
small, as home to Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild and
other illustrious appellations, Pauillac is considered the undisputed capital of
the Médoc wine region. River cruise visitors can explore the marina, see the
Lafayette monument (commemorating the departure of the Marquis for the New
World) or just sample the area’s excellent wines.
The multicultural city of Strasbourg exhibits both French and German
influences due to its location along the Rhine River at the border of both
countries. The old streets of “Petit France,” with wooden houses and picturesque
canals, seem to make time stand still. The carefully restored Cathedral of Notre
Dame contains a combination of architectural styles and is most recognized for
its 465-foot-tall graceful spires. Another landmark is the 18th-century Château
des Rohan, which houses three of the city’s major museums.
Certified Viking Master River Cruise Experts
Meet Raye and Marty Trencher, who are part of an exclusive group of travel
planners who are recognized by Viking Cruises as Certified Viking Master River
Cruise Experts, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and
knowledge as River Cruise planning professionals. No one knows River Cruising
like they do. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates,
and where and what to see, everything you need to know about River Cruises
including Europe's Danube River, Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle., France &
Portugal's Seine River, The Saône and Rhône Rivers, The Dordonge, Garonne and
Gironde Rivers, The Douro River, China's Yangtze River, The Russian River
System, The Mekong River for Vietnam & Cambodia +Thailand & Myanmar.
In addition, they have completed certification courses earning the
• Viking Master Cruise Expert
• Viking River Cruises Danube River Specialist
• Viking River Cruises Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle River Specialist
• Viking River Cruises France& Portugal Specialist
• Viking River Cruises China Specialist
• and Viking River Cruises Russia
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call today at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.
River Cruises Through the World’s Must-See Destinations
When it comes to river cruising, Viking River Cruises is the world leader. From
Europe to Russia, from China to Southeast Asia, they offer cruises that allow
you to fully experience the wonders of each region. Discover the Far East with a
fascinating cruise tour along the Yangtze, Mekong or Irrawaddy Rivers. Take in
the European countryside along the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Elbe or Douro. Viking
Cruises - River Cruises are a great way to explore new places or see a new side
of a familiar destination. And a river cruise offers unrivaled convenience -
unpack once in your deluxe stateroom, relax and enjoy everything the journey has
to offer. State-of-the-art ships, comfortable accommodations, regional cuisine,
daily guided shore excursions, and exemplary service all add up to an
unforgettable journey at an incredible value. Please explore our website to see
what cruise itineraries are on offer; read the details and see what Viking's
guests have enjoyed most when traveling with Viking. Call us at 800.365.1445,
speak to a Viking Master River Cruise Expert, ask all the questions you want.
Take advantage of our knowledge and expertise, and when you are ready to book
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River Cruise Tip:
Dress aboard and ashore is casual; dress comfortably and
bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is “evening
casual,” and the Captain’s Dinner is dressy, but not formal.
Mobility Issues And River Cruising -
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Expand your horizons on comfortable,
state-of-the-art ships, intimate and
thoughtfully created by experienced
nautical architects and designers to
enrich your interaction with your
destination in every way. Whether you
seek to expand your palate, your
knowledge, or just your circle of
friends with like-minded people, we’ve
designed our ships with a unique onboard
experience in mind, from the serene
Wintergarden, perfect for a calming cup
of tea; to The Spa, a Nordic sanctuary
of wellness; to the Library, carefully
curated with books to add to your
knowledge. Not to mention inspiring
onboard talks that help you understand
every destination in depth. All set in
tasteful, understated elegance. And all
designed to deliver a life-enriching
experience that stays with you forever.
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