There are few greater pleasures than fine food. Indeed, much of the joy of travel is the discovery of new and exciting cuisine. On a Viking cruise, you can look forward to a variety of regional cuisine that gives you a true flavor of each inspiring place you visit, all beautifully prepared and presented by our highly trained chefs. As with every aspect of a Viking vacation, the choice is yours.
Fine Food is Fresh Food
Sorbet made with lemons from the orchards of Provence. Hungarian goulash with paprika from the produce market in Budapest. And with your trout? Hand-picked dill from the organic herb garden on the sun deck of a Viking Longship. Our chefs use fresh locally sourced ingredients in the creation of authentic dishes bursting with flavor.
Casual Dining in Elegant Style
Greet the morning with a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the dining room. Or pick up a croissant and cappuccino and head off to the sun deck to watch the river come to life. Lunch presents yet more choice with a selection of inspiring dishes. When evening falls, the artistry in the kitchen transforms into a masterpiece of a five-course dinner, with a menu that incorporates traditional influences as well as contemporary cuisine.
To be an occasion, it must be shared. And there is no more relaxing place to share good food, good wine and stories with friends—old and new—than in our intimate dining rooms.
Something Delicious to Pamper Every Palate
Lighter choices, vegetarian dishes—our chefs work with nutritionists to provide a selection of balanced options. And, because some days you feel like a simple supper, a perfectly grilled steak or chicken breast or grilled salmon and Caesar salad is always an option.
And to Drink?
Freshly brewed coffee in the lounge as you gaze at the river’s early morning mist. Iced tea on the sun deck as you pass villages shaped by time. A bottle of fine local wine with lunch or dinner. Enjoy it all—it is all covered in your cruise fare.
How do windmills work? What is it like to have tea with a Tibetan family? How do you say ‘thank you’ in Chinese? What does a baroque chamber music concert sound like? What can you buy in an Egyptian souk? Who were the Russian Czars? When you travel with Viking, every destination is made more fascinating and enjoyable with a wealth of included guided tours, informative lectures, interesting demonstrations and entertaining performances. It is a combination that enables you to transcend just seeing a place and instead discover a sense of place—a discovery that is enriching and enlightening.
When it comes to showing you the world, Viking has an unrivaled depth of knowledge and expertise. Carefully crafted itineraries and daily shore excursions feature must-see highlights and delightful surprises. Expertly guided tours bring you closer to the art, architecture, history and people of the world’s greatest cities. And of course you can trust that every little detail has been taken care of, including transportation, reservations and entry fees.
Sometimes when you travel, you want to dig a little deeper. You want more answers, more stories and information, for a more rewarding experience. Viking’s Culture CurriculumSM spans all manner of engaging activities that bring history and culture to life, and life to every experience.
Watch a glassblower from Wertheim. Listen to a concert of Austrian classics. Learn how to make Rüdesheimer coffee. Discuss French impressionism. Watch traditional dancers from Cambodia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal or Nubia. Hear an eyewitness account of the Czech Republic’s Velvet Revolution. Artists, performers, historical eyewitnesses and professors from eminent institutions such as the Smithsonian all contribute to a fascinating and entertaining program that gives you true insight into the places you visit.
And when night falls, the stars come out. Members of the Peking Opera perform for your pleasure. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe dazzles with their dexterity. Musicians from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre leave you spellbound. And on the river, the moon rises, telling you that though the day has passed, the memory will last forever.
Elegant. Stylish. Exceptionally comfortable. The world’s largest fleet of river cruise ships is also the most beautiful. And since we operate all the vessels in our fleet, there is no detail that goes unnoticed. On board, you are greeted with an abundance of space with room to relax, fresh air to breathe and all the comforts of a fine hotel—one that is designed to blend seamlessly with the spectacular panorama of ever-changing views.
The Newest Ships & Largest Staterooms
Viking ships are at the cutting edge of design. Renowned Norwegian maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten have created an interior that whispers elegance at every turn. On our newest ships you can look forward to the most spacious staterooms, with hotel-style beds, premium bath products, television with a choice of channels including CNN, CNBC and ESPN and, of course, those precious views.
Leading the Way in Innovative Design
Especially designed to cruise the world’s great rivers, Viking ships are built, above all, for comfort. Our new “green” ships, Viking Prestige and Viking Legend, feature large, well-appointed staterooms. Viking Sun and Viking Helvetia also offer deluxe staterooms, with a French balcony or picture window. Joining the fleet in 2012, the six new Viking Longships once again lead the way in design.
Featuring a backdrop of picture-perfect landscapes, the lounge, dining areas and sun deck are wonderful places to relax and unwind. You can also capture the ever-changing views from the comfort of your private sanctuary, because every stateroom is “outside” with a veranda, French balcony or window.
The Jewels of Russia & China
Explore lands afar, with all the comforts of home. Viking Rurik, Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar and Viking Truvor have all recently been completely refurbished, and are by far the best river cruise ships in Russia. The sparkling new Viking Emerald, the newest river cruise ship in China, offers the largest suites in river cruising and a private veranda in every stateroom from which you can watch the wonders of the Yangtze unfold before you.
Can a reservations agent make booking your vacation a pleasure? Can a waiter make you feel as if you are the most important person in the world? Can a concierge feel like a long-lost friend? Yes, if that team works for Viking. When you have the best people, you also have the best service. And at Viking, we have more than 1,800 of our own staff worldwide dedicated to providing friendly, attentive, award-winning service. From the moment you first plan your journey to the time you return home, our people will take care of you—every step of the way.
Service That Makes You Smile
There is a reason why Viking has won more consumer and industry awards than any other river cruise line. And why our guests have awarded us a 99.6% customer satisfaction rating, saying that we have met or exceeded their expectations. To be specific, there are more than 1,800 reasons—our staff is our greatest asset. Their expertise ensures that your every need is anticipated and met, and that every day of your vacation is a rewarding and memorable experience.
Quality You Can Trust
Because we operate our own ships, we manage every aspect of your vacation. The result is peace of mind for you—and for us too. Being in control enables us to select the very best individuals to work for us, in every area of our business. From stateroom stewards to waiters to Program Directors, our English-speaking staff is trained to the highest standards. Viking is a highly desirable employer with an exceptionally high staff retention rate.
Leading the Way
Born and raised in the countries you travel through, intimately familiar with the expectations of our guests and knowledgeable about the places you visit, Viking’s Program Directors are there to help you discover and explore. You gain rewarding in-depth experiences that would not be possible on your own.
Superb Service, Guaranteed
So confident are we of meeting, and indeed exceeding, your expectations that we are the only river cruise company to guarantee our award-winning service. Should you be dissatisfied with our service upon first check-in (hotel or on board ship) including food, personnel or shore excursions, please notify us within 24 hours of the start of your cruisetour. We then have 24 hours to correct the situation. In the unlikely event that a solution is not possible, you may depart as soon as is feasible and 100% of your cruise price will be refunded.
Every aspect of your Viking journey is created with your comfort and pleasure in mind, including overnight stays in carefully selected hotels and, most importantly, the personal haven that is your stateroom. With a superb choice of accommodations, Viking offers something special to suit every guest.
Be prepared to be surprised. Spacious, light and airy, every stateroom is beautifully appointed, with elegant décor. Cool cottons, warm wools, furniture crafted from the finest materials and televisions with CNN, CNBC and ESPN make it everything you wish for. With hotel-style beds, clever storage and spacious closets, all rooms have a private bath with shower, and most have individual climate control. As always, it is the little things that count: complimentary bottled water, wooden clothes hangers, premium bath products and comfortable slippers to slide into after a busy day exploring.
Your Own Window to the World
Whether you choose a stateroom with a picture window, French balcony with sliding glass doors or a suite with your own veranda, every room makes the most of the spectacular scenery. For a lovely breath of fresh air, the majority of windows open; suites and category A and B staterooms are on the upper decks for best views. A riverside market in a medieval town, rolling vineyards, wild forests, manicured gardens—recline and relax as it all passes before you like a dream.
All the Comforts of a Fine Hotel
Sleek and sophisticated, the elegantly understated interiors offer a serene environment in which to unwind and watch the world go by. A choice of lounge areas, bars and a well-stocked library offer plenty of room in which to relax. Help yourself to 24-hour cappuccino, coffee or tea, and stay in touch with family and friends with our wireless internet—all complimentary, of course.
When you cruise with Viking you sail with the world’s leading river cruise company, and you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none.
Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value—our success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. It’s the way the bartender has your drink ready for you, at just the right time. It’s the gentle guidance from your tai chi master in a lesson you take while sailing along the Yangtze. It’s the handwritten directions from your concierge to the best coffeehouse in Vienna.
At Viking, we never forget that looking after you is why we have become the world’s favorite river cruise line, and why our guests return to cruise with us again and again. Indeed, it is our guests who are our greatest ambassadors, making us the most honored river cruise line in the world.
If you have experienced the pleasure of traveling with us, then you will appreciate what makes a river cruise with Viking so special. And if that experience is still ahead of you, then it is one you are sure to enjoy.
The Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line
We have consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best; we have also been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized us with awards including TravelAge West’s Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.