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Grand European Tour Cruise Reviews

People love to tell us how much they enjoyed their journey and we're as honored by their words as we are by the fact that they chose to travel with us in the first place. Read some of the best reviews about our guests' experiences below.

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE IN EVERY CITY VISITED

This was our first river cruise and we selected the date to allow us to see tulips in full bloom while in Amsterdam. The ship’s staff was absolutely outstanding in every respect. All of the guides gave insightful information for each port of call. Cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers was a once-in-a lifetime experience and will be a lasting memory. There was so much to see, beautiful architecture in every city visited, stately churches and unique shopping along the way. Food on the ship was excellent and each meal included several choices. We thank the staff immensely for their care, support and professionalism.

Larry Phillips
2016

THIS OVERSHADOWS THEM ALL

An absolutely awesome voyage. Staff was 150% and excursions were to die for.

Jim and Susan Pettit
2016

WOULD NOT THINK OF SAILING WITH ANYONE BUT VIKING

What are the right words to express our thanks to Viking? The sites were above anything to be expected. It was our first river cruise but will not be our last and we would not think of sailing with anyone but Viking. We have traveled the world between us and have seen many grand places but you took it a step above... Our thanks to the staff of both ships.

Edward V.
2016

EVERYONE WAS SO KIND AND PERSONABLE

Exceptional service and, wow, the food was spectacular! Professional and friendly—everyone was so kind and personable. The staff was the best, always smiling. So great at their jobs! Beautiful cities and wonderful excursions. Great live entertainment, beautiful music, great variety. Scenic and beautiful.

Angela
2016

A GREAT EXPERIENCE

The service was excellent. The staff was attentive. The destinations are wonderful and the food was excellent. A great experience!

Rosalie
2016

KNEW WHAT WE NEEDED BEFORE WE ASKED

The staff was courteous and helpful. The food was great. Lovely staterooms. The Restaurant ran smoothly and wait staff knew what we needed before we asked. We love cruising!

Joanne
2016

COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE

The Viking Embla staff was superior in service and cordiality. They established a family-like atmosphere among us... Food, cleanliness and comfort ranked the best. I could not ask for more!

Judy
2016

HAPPY TO RECOMMEND VIKING TO OTHERS

I had a very enjoyable experience and would be happy to recommend Viking to others. All staff have done a wonderful job.

Peter
2016

AN AMAZING CRUISE

This was an amazing cruise that exceeded our expectations in every way. The staff of both ships were always pleasant and made you feel at home. In particular, the Maître D’ on Viking Magni was outstanding. We will have many great memories because of him and his staff. Well done!

Mike and Rose
2015

CAN’T WAIT TO BOOK ANOTHER VIKING CRUISE

This was the most wonderful trip we have ever taken, and we have taken many, including several ocean cruises. We loved the smaller ship. The crew quickly learned everyone’s names and likes. All the passengers were so friendly, and we felt like we knew most of them by the end of the cruise. Everything was very well-organized. We were pleased with the ease of arrival and departure, both on ship and at the airport. . . . We can’t wait to book another Viking Cruise.

Nancy & Dennis
2015

WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO MAKE US HAPPY

We basked on the Sun Deck as we sailed along the Saône River. We danced to Giovanni’s music, begged for recipes from the Chef and fell a bit in love with our Hotel Manager for his enthusiasm, his stories and his willingness to go to any lengths to make us happy. We’ll be on Viking Sea next year—our fourth cruise with Viking.

Rita, Rory, Allyson and Leslie Bourke
2015

LOVED IT!

We had the best time. The cruise was informative and relaxing. We loved our wait staff. . . . Can’t say enough good things about this trip. Loved it!

Janet
2015

A GREAT TRIP

We have just arrived home after a wonderful trip on Viking Gefjon. I cannot speak highly enough of the organization. Everything ran like clockwork. Nothing was too much trouble. We were either on excursions or meeting new friends in the Lounge or on the Sun Deck. The food was great. Thanks for a great trip.

Val and Trevor
2015

YOU’LL BE SEEING US AGAIN, VIKING!

Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful. The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare. The servers learned our names and our preferences. The Reception Desk folks were unbelievably accommodating. . . . Throughout the course of the cruise, we made many friends, laughed until we cried, and ate way too much. The housekeeping staff is top notch, and our steward kept our room immaculate. You'll be seeing us again, Viking!

Tonya Alfonso
2015

WELL DONE, VIKING!

Five stars for Viking. This was our first river cruise, and it won’t be our last. I couldn’t wait to get up every morning to see what was planned for us. Well done, Viking! Can’t wait to go again and again.

Ron & Sue
2014

READY FOR ANOTHER CRUISE WITH VIKING

We’ve cruised on Viking Lif and Viking Skadi, and on both the rooms were great and the food was wonderful. Arriving in Budapest in the evening was a highlight! We also loved the size of the ships because we really got to know other travelers. We’re ready to take another cruise with Viking.

Diane and Tom
2014

QUALITY SHORE EXCURSIONS

A wonderful trip. We were amazed with the quality of the shore excursions—and that they were included in the price! Also thought the food on board was great, and the wine and bar service at mealtime was unexpected.

Arnie and Jan
2014

A GREAT EXPERIENCE

Our Grand European Tour was wonderful and met or exceeded our expectations in all areas of accommodations, food/drink, excursions, staff and meeting many new friends. We will definitely book another Viking river cruise, maybe France’s Finest in 2015. Thank you, Viking, for this great experience.

Roland & Jane
2013

INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING

This was our first river cruise. Viking Odin was beautiful, clean, comfortable and well-appointed, and the staff was terrific. The Program Director was super. The food was good, sometimes great. It was so nice to be able to travel to so many countries and towns, and stay in the same room. The tours were informative and interesting. Our only issue is that we would have liked more free time to explore these towns on our own, as we love to do; we would have preferred to spend more time in fewer places. This is not a complaint, just our own personal feeling about visiting a foreign country. But in the end, Viking does a wonderful job with what they do, and if you like this type of more structured vacation, I would strongly advise this Viking cruise.

Lynn & Linda Ferraro
2013

MORE THAN WONDERFUL

We had more than a wonderful time. The entire crew was extremely professional, friendly and accommodating, from housekeeping to the restaurant to the reception desk. The Program Director got everything done and was entertaining on top of it all. The local guides were all very knowledgeable, and presented the historical information in a way that was understandable and entertaining, and the headsets make such a difference. The food was excellent both in preparation and presentation; the appetizers were especially creative and delicious. The sights were amazing, from the old towns to the views along the river, from cities to churches, from palaces to statues. We liked starting in Passau and going toward Budapest, generally building from the smaller locations (Passau, Melk, Dürnstein) to the bigger cities (Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest). The ship is so smooth and quiet you couldn’t even tell we were moving. We never even heard our neighbors!

John & Kathy Bratton
2013

95 OUT OF 100

I would rate this cruise, from Budapest to Amsterdam, as a 95 out of 100. An excellent crew who went the extra mile to handle requests, excellent meals, a super ship with all of the amenities and some very good tours.

Ian Anderson
2013

PACK YOUR BAGS

…and join the Viking experience. This was our first Viking cruise and believe me it won’t be the last. From the time you step aboard your Viking Longship until you step off heading home you are treated like royalty. The staff, crew and excursions were the best a person could experience. A special thanks to the crew for making this the BEST cruise ever. We'll only be taking Viking cruises from now on.

Mel & Sharon
2013

A SPARKLING NEW SHIP AND AN EQUALLY SHINY CREW

We thoroughly enjoyed our Grand European Tour on Viking Skadi. We traveled with our son and daughter and cannot say enough about our wonderful experience. We learned about the food, culture, history and people of each place we visited without the logistical challenge of creating the trip on our own. Without that challenge, we could enjoy an incredible family vacation like no other we have ever had. The crew, the local guides and the onboard programs were excellent and all the people of Viking created that sense of warmth we were looking for in a small-ship journey for our family. Our compliments to Viking! We will travel with you again.

The Kessler Bertram Family
2013

JUST DO IT

This was our first river cruise and first cruise with Viking. We weren’t sure what to expect after a couple of ocean cruise disappointments, but Viking earned our business and then some! Our ship, Viking Skadi, was beautiful, the crew could not have been friendlier or more professional, the food was really, really good. The little towns on this itinerary will touch a very special place inside of you. The tours, if you opt to take them, are very well done, but if you opt to go it alone you can explore independently. We met a couple we have kept in touch with; the passengers were a really good group of people. If you are thinking about this cruise, just do it; you will not regret your choice. And we will be sailing in 2015 on Viking’s new 29-day ocean cruise!

David & Terri
2013

LOVED THE RELAXATION

What a wonderful 15 days we and our friends had! We loved the relaxation of cruising the river and watching the scenery go by. Our tours and guides were topnotch. The chef’s food was amazing and he even gave us a galley tour. The staff couldn't do enough for us. They made each day a joy. The crew gave us a cake for our 41st anniversary. Hope to cruise on Viking again.

JoEllen & Dave Meek
2013

GREAT SHIP, GREAT SERVICE

This was our second Viking experience and it fully met expectations. Great ship, great service. We will cruise with Viking again.

Marian & Aurelia Kulka
2012

A MAGICAL CRUISE

This was our first river cruise; we have been on three ocean cruises previously. In summary, Viking provided a magical cruise with informative tour guides, good accommodations, an ample variety of food, and a friendly staff. I don’t think you can beat the venue and ease of travel for a daily changing itinerary. The ship is easy on and easy off, and the excursions offer “classic” and “leisure” versions, with the leisure option involving less walking. Because walking around on cobblestones and up and down crooked and steep steps is way more rigorous than walking in the mall, it is a good idea to get in shape ahead of time. The river cruise allowed us to visit 15 interesting and varied locales with the comfort of no daily bag wrestling, no wasted time and stress on buses, taxis and the like, a cozy, clean room, and the reliability of a good meal at a set time should we wish to take advantage of it. Viking delivers a great product. Well done.

Sandy & Steve
2012

PAMPERED FOR TWO WEEKS

If you want to be pampered for two weeks and make wonderful new friends, then Viking is the cruise line for you.

Steve Selby
2011

SHIP’S STAFF WAS FANTASTIC

This was our second cruise with Viking and our most enjoyable. Not only were our ports of call, tours and meals thoroughly enjoyable, but the ship’s staff was fantastic. I have never seen such teamwork from a crew. They made our cruise truly great. We loved the humor of our hotel director, the recommendations of our Program Manager, the attention of our maitre d’ and the attention (and food) of the chef. All of the staff, including the dining room and cabin crew, were fantastic. Thank you for hiring such dedicated professionals.

Herbert & Carol Kashanitz
2011

MET NEW TRAVEL COMPANIONS

I love Viking! Went on a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest [in 2006] and met great new friends on board. We still travel together!

Linda Cover
2011

A FABULOUS TIME

Had a fabulous time on our Viking cruise.

Mary Kuntz
2010

MET SO MANY INTERESTING PEOPLE

Took the Grand European Tour last November and met so many interesting people. Will do another tour; Viking is the BEST.

Marilyn Niernberger
2010

LOVED THIS CRUISE

I loved taking the Viking river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Janice Pinkus
2010

TRAVEL IN OCTOBER

It was a fabulous trip. All our expectations were met or exceeded. We had delicious food, amazing service and the excursions were excellent. We also met some wonderful people. October was a great month to travel. We will definitely be taking another Viking cruise.

Ray & Suzanne White
2010

WE HAD A GREAT TIME

This was our first river cruise and we had a great time. We did not have to worry about anything and focused on simply enjoying ourselves. The only recommendation I have is to make the tours shorter so that there is more free time. The food was delicious; we could not wait for the next meal. I would recommend Viking River Cruises to anyone.

Loretta & James Woerner
2010

STAFF WAS GREAT ON BOTH SHIPS

What a fabulous way to celebrate our 40th anniversary. [October] was a great time of year to travel (not as many tourists). Our transfer [due to a low-water situation] from Viking Danube to Viking Pride was done with no work on our part and the staff was great on both ships. Imagine 14 days in Europe in the fall and only one day of rain! We are already booked for your China’s Cultural Delights cruisetour.

Gordon & Judy Gray
2010

WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO STAY ON BOARD

This was our first cruise with Viking and we were very impressed. Service and amenities were excellent, while the staff was immensely helpful, friendly and fun. Every tour was just fabulous and the guides were so informative. The scenes and sights along the river were absolutely stunning and we had some great laughs. The intimate number of guests allowed us to get better acquainted with many of them. At the end of our trip, we would have loved to stay on board and experience it all over again. We have already booked your Imperial Jewels of China cruise!

Paul & Kathy Easley
2010

ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS VACATION

We had an absolutely marvelous vacation thanks to Viking River Cruises, our second with you. The crew on Viking Pride came through for us when the ship got held up: extra free tours, free beverages and great parties. Buses to cities the ship can’t reach can be a ball if you have the right guide with you making everyone laugh, and you get to see so much more of the country and its people that way. What can we say but thanks Viking, we will be back!

Michael & Mary El Weedman
2010

SO IMPRESSED WITH EVERYTHING

This was our first cruise of any kind and we’re so impressed with everything. The staff was especially amazing. Every chance I get I will recommend Viking River Cruises to anyone who can hear me. We had the time of our lives celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary!

David & Mary Woolnaugh
2009

TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Just a note to tell you what a “trip of a lifetime” we had cruising down the Rhine and Danube. The entire experience was even better than we expected. All of the crew, and especially our program director, were so very helpful and made our trip both informative and enjoyable. We look forward to taking another cruise with your company in the future and will recommend the experience to our family and friends.

Joe & Eleanor Kilberger
2008

OUTSTANDING FOOD, PERFECT SERVICE

We were very impressed by the outstanding food, the perfect service and all the arrangements for our pleasure. The tours were well organized. We hated to leave the ship at the end of our trip. You can certainly be proud of all you did for us!

Lennart Gohrn
2007

BEST TRIP WE HAVE EVER TAKEN

We just loved our European cruise. It was the best trip we have ever taken. There is now a debate at our house over the next destination, but there is no question about the cruise line.

Robert & Patricia Dittrich
2005

RHINE WAS BREATHTAKING

The ports and sights were all so amazing. The riverboat ride along the Rhine was breathtaking.

Shirley Binder
2004

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