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Rhine Getaway 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.

EVERYTHING WAS ABOVE OUR EXPECTATIONS

Great trip from Basel to Amsterdam. Well-trained staff who enjoy providing top-class service. Everything was above our expectations.

A satisfied guest
2016

FIRST RIVER CRUISE BUT CERTAINLY NOT THE LAST

Incredible is the only way to describe this journey! The activities, the food, the staff...It was all perfect. This was our first river cruise but certainly not the last!

Tom and Ann
2016

NOTHING SHORT OF FABULOUS

We had such a wonderful experience on the Viking Idun sailing from Basel to Paris. The staff was so friendly and the Program Director was absolutely fantastic! Viking is so well organized and it made for a smooth trip with no unexpected glitches along the way. I could not ask for a more enjoyable experience. River cruising is so laid back and relaxing although there was much to do when you wanted to, and many new friends to meet. I would highly recommend Viking to anyone looking for a European journey with no stress.

Mike & Kathy
2016

THE ENTIRE SHIP WAS SQUEAKY CLEAN

This Rhine Getaway cruise from Basel to Amsterdam was our first cruise with Viking. And our experiences with this ship, its entire staff and the itinerary make us look forward to another Viking experience… The entire ship was squeaky clean and the reception to us right from the beginning was warm and welcoming… There are places to sit and just watch the incredible scenery of the Rhine shores go by. And yes, you will see castles, vineyards and fortresses just like in the brochures and magazines you've read… We will cruise again with Viking next year. Lucky us!

Claudia Joyce
2016

SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME

This was our fourth trip with Viking. We had such a wonderful time we just booked our fifth trip. Best staff ever!

Suzanne
2016

VERY SMOOTHLY ORGANIZED

The cruise was terrific, very smoothly organized. The staff is so helpful and courteous and the guided tours were outstanding. Not to mention the delicious meals!

Patricia
2016

TRIP WAS FOCUSED ON US AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

The Program Director made us feel like the trip was focused on us at every opportunity. The food was wonderful and the ship was very comfortable. Everyone was great!

Michael M
2016

VERY WELL LOOKED AFTER

Excellent destinations and great shore excursions. Lovely ship amenities and very well looked after by staff. Nice to have free Wi-Fi too!

Michael H
2016

WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING

This was my first Viking cruise, and it was absolutely perfect—right down to them arranging a taxi to a doctor when I was hit with strep throat in Germany. The staff, the food, the tours, the Christmas markets and the accommodations were all wonderful; I wouldn’t change a thing. Just booked another holiday cruise and can’t wait!

Nola
2015

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

My brother and I recently took our first cruise and it did not disappoint. France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands—they were all such beautiful places that we didn’t want to come home. Seeing Europe on a river cruise is a unique experience. From the housekeepers to the Program Director, the staff treat you like royalty. Most of our time was spent relaxing on the ship with new friends, and I have to say I have never enjoyed a lounge better than I did on the Viking ship. The piano player really set the mood every evening and made you feel like you were in a magical place. Drinking, socializing, dancing and listening to music—all with the Rhine flowing by. I could live like that forever!

Marc & Charles Azeltine
2015

THE GREATEST WAY TO SEE THE WORLD

This was our second Viking Cruise and it was wonderful. The ship was beautiful and comfortable, and our room was perfect with sliding glass doors to the veranda. The sights we saw have given us such great memories. Each meal was a true delight: breakfast, lunch and dinner always had great variety and were prepared with the freshest ingredients. The personnel went out of their way to provide us with a wonderful time, and the Program Director could answer any questions we had. The tours were extremely interesting and paced just right with enough time for us to sit at an outdoor café, watching the folks pass by, eat and shop. We met some wonderful fellow travelers who said they, too, were enjoying their Viking cruise and would go on another. One last note, the extensions on both ends of our trip were fantastic. Thank you, Viking, for showing us the greatest way to see the world. You have spoiled us for any other kind of traveling.

Don and Maryann Johnson
2015

WHAT A WONDERFUL JOURNEY!

We took the Rhine Getaway cruise and had a great time! The staff were very attentive to our needs, making sure that we enjoyed every bit of our experience. From the tour director to the exceptional and hardworking wait staff, kitchen crew and cabin attendants, we were treated with a cruise par excellence! The included land tours were equally as wonderful and the tour guides were very knowledgeable and informative, giving us insight into the places we visited and ample time to tour the places on our own. All in all, we had a satisfying first river cruise and would do another one with Viking. What a wonderful journey!

Tim & Ofelia, Hawaii
2014

HATS OFF TO VIKING

What a wonderful experience. We have been on several ocean cruises and the Rhine River cruise was by far superior. I cannot say enough about the staff and the company as this was an exceptional vacation. From travel arrangements, city tours and excursions to meals and fellow guests from all over the world, we will have memories of all of these for a long time. Hats off to Viking.

Bob & Cindy Hanson
2014

NO REGRETS

Our second European trip with Viking and the weather was perfect! Switzerland to Amsterdam with so many nice stops on the way. Our suite was perfect and very well attended. The reduced airfare was really a plus, and in Amsterdam an extended stay was a must. Viking seems to go out of their way to make everything as smooth as possible and it is so nice to unpack and have a cozy apartment to return to every night. The new Longship was very nice and the crew was there for every whim. I hope to see Russia sometime soon. No regrets.

James and Donna Ernst
2014

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT TIME

What a great time! The reality far exceeded the expectations of this trip. The pre-stay in Amsterdam was full of history and fun discovery. Once we boarded the ship the services and staff were first class each and every moment of our trip. We loved the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel; the sights and tours were spectacular and full of history and facts from local guides. We have cruised a number of times; this was our first river cruise but it won’t be our last. Thank you, Viking, and please give a great big shout out to the Viking Jarl crew, staff and captain for a wonderful trip.

The Sullivans
2013

BEST VACATION EVER

Our first river cruise and by far the best vacation we have ever had. We celebrated our 35th anniversary on this trip and the crew went above and beyond our expectations to make it a special night for us. The service and food on the boat were incredible, and the variety of the tours as well as the optional tours were perfect for what we wanted to see and do. On top of all this we met seven other couples on the boat and had so much fun getting to know them.

Randy & Winnie
2013

OUR FIRST RIVER CRUISE

We have traveled to Europe a couple of times before, both on tours and on our own. The accommodations were very comfortable, and our meals were very enjoyable (I am going to need to work on losing the extra pounds I gained during the trip). However, the people were really the key to making the trip wonderful. Viking staff were friendly and always helpful. Their number one objective was to make our visit enjoyable in spite of obstacles such as the weather, and they were successful. Additionally, the open seating policy at meals allowed us to mingle freely with other guests, and we really enjoyed getting to know people from many parts of the world, developing friendships with a number of them. My personal recommendation to other travelers is to plan to arrive in Amsterdam a couple of days early to acclimate to the time zone and to see many of the sights in this beautiful city. We did, and we did not regret it. I am sure that we will be looking for another opportunity to enjoy this method of travel with Viking in the near future.

Paul & Judy Costello
2013

THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE CREW

This was one of the best vacation experiences. The 2-day pre-extension in Amsterdam, the 8-day cruise and the 2-day post-extension in Lucerne were outstanding. Kudos to all involved with Viking and a special "thank you" to the entire crew of Viking Helvetia.

Ron & Tina
2013

EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL

Everything was wonderful on our trip down the Rhine. Viking Rinda is one of the new Longships and we were on its third sailing. We want to do another Viking cruise soon.

Nancy & Colin
2013

GREAT CRUISE EXPERIENCE

The cruise experience was great, from the first call to your travel consultants through the airline reservation process, being picked up at the Amsterdam airport and coming aboard. The new Viking Forseti is fantastic, the management and crew were super, and the Program Director made the cruise even better. The tour arrangements and their organization, the speakers and tour guides, lounge entertainment and the commentary while sailing past Rhine castles added so much to the experience. The entire crew of young folks who made the beds, served the meals and the lounge drinks were so friendly and energized all the time. The meals were also fantastic, and having the choice at breakfast and lunch of either the buffet in the lounge or the full meal in the dining room was a bonus.

Vern & Pauline Garman
2013

FELT LIKE ROYALTY

My friend and I left our families at home and had the most wonderful girls’ trip ever. I would not change a single thing about my experience on Viking Sun. The staff was so amazing, we felt like royalty. The tours were perfect, the guides informative and fun. Some of the people we met on the ship became friends for life. We both loved every minute of it and are planning our next Viking cruise. I can’t say enough good things about Viking and our trip.

Nina and Liz
2013

FIRST TRIP TO EUROPE

Prior to my recent Rhine Getaway, I had never been to Europe or on a cruise of any type. This itinerary was a perfect choice for our anniversary celebration since it provided a taste of four countries in just a week. Highest compliments to the entire staff and crew, who were professional and courteous in their duties throughout the cruise. The Program Director did an excellent job organizing the daily excursions and evening entertainment. I cannot help but smile when I consider all of the wonderful “firsts” I experienced. Thank you, Viking River Cruises. I made so many wonderful memories and I’ll definitely be back!

R. Stephens
2012

CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN

The Rhine Getaway cruise over New Years, 2012 was our first Viking cruise, after three on another cruise line. We loved it so much we've already booked another cruise. Viking is a cut above in so many ways! We felt pampered and cared for from the moment we embarked, and the Program Director did an outstanding job of providing us with stimulating, intelligently presented excursions and experiences. We can’t wait to go again.

The Jones Family
2012

EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

We just returned from a December sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. It was a superb experience that we cannot stop talking about. All the beauty and history of the Rhine River Valley, plus the added bonus of holiday decorations and the terrific European Christmas markets at every stop. Thank you Viking for a superb vacation!

Jim Short & Kirk Grugel
2012

BEST SERVICE AND FOOD

Very much enjoyed the trip. Best service and food we have had on a vacation in a long time. Staff was very nice and also very professional. We have already booked the Romantic Danube trip for 2014.

The Hillmers
2012

LOVED OUR FIRST RIVER CRUISE

We just returned from our Rhine Getaway cruise and we had a great time. Can’t say enough about how wonderfully we were treated by the staff; couldn't ask for a better captain and crew. Outstanding! This was our first river cruise and we loved it. Very comfortable room, great food, really enjoyed the guides on the excursions. Loved the windmills at Kinderdijk. We enjoyed this river cruise so much, we are already planning another one. Thank you all so much for the perfect trip.

Albert & Laurie Harris
2012

TRULY A GREAT GETAWAY CRUISE

The Rhine Getaway cruise was a wonderful getaway for our family. We enjoyed comfortable, well-appointed staterooms, excellent cuisine and unparalleled service on Viking Helvetia while cruising down the scenic, historically rich Rhine River. The tours included with the cruise were well organized and interesting, and a great introduction to many attractions of the Rhine Valley. On board activities were also well-planned to extend this experience. We saw quite a lot of Europe in not a lot of time, and yet it never felt rushed. Fantastic! We enjoyed the cruise so much we have already booked another Viking cruise for 2013. Thanks, Viking.

John & Anne Baxter
2012

A CAREFREE WAY TO SEE EUROPE

Just completed our first cruise with Viking on the Rhine, sailing on Viking Sun, and what a great experience. Viking has this down to an art; excellent staff, great ship, great combination of tours and time to enjoy the many beautiful towns and cities that we docked at. If you want a carefree way to see many parts of Europe on the Rhine, while you sit and enjoy wonderful cuisine prepared and served to you at each meal, this is the company to choose. It is nice to see a company excel at what they do and Viking excels at all facets of the travel business on their ships. Thanks to all for the great trip and look forward to many more excursions.

Guido & Kathy Casciato
2012

EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC

Everything was fantastic: the staff, the itineraries, the organized excursions and guides, and the people we met. This is our second Viking trip; our first one was China, and I promoted it to everyone I met on board. So if anybody from our trip signs up for China next time, we are responsible! We are looking into our next European river cruise and we will definitely go with Viking.

Edwin & Jing Torralba
2012

GERMANY AT CHRISTMASTIME

Despite the lack of rain and the river levels being low, the staff and the journey were remarkable. Our trip was part land and part river. Going to Germany at Christmastime with the sights, sounds and snow have left us wanting more; therefore, we have booked the Romantic Danube for December 2013.

Suzanne & Tim Schauman
2011

GRACIOUS, FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF

The most wonderful experience! Great accommodations. The staff were so gracious, friendly and helpful; they treated us like we were so important. Remembering our names was exceptional. Tour guides were fun and made each exploration special, and they were careful to make sure we all got to and from our excursions with nobody left behind. Also meeting new friends from other countries made the trip even more fun. I am eager to go on another. We highly recommend Viking for any cruise you may want. They are premium!

LeaRaye & Cliff Huff
2011

IT WAS LOVELY

We recently went on a Rhine river cruise with Viking and had a great time. Superior staff, interesting excursions with tours of castles, cathedrals, quaint towns and vineyards. It was lovely. Having the ship as a base made our trip very relaxing. We also met many wonderful people on board.

Cheryl Fauerbach
2011

STAFF WAS WONDERFUL

Just returned from our first-ever Viking river cruise, the Rhine Getaway and want to tell you it was awesome! Staff was wonderful, especially our waiters and our tour manager for the descriptions of each tour and also for the way in which they were managed, with nothing left to chance. Food was out of this world, especially the desserts. Also met some wonderful fellow travelers. See you next year, Viking!

Nancy Schill
2011

NO REGRETS

Need a little time away? Contact Viking River Cruises. You won’t regret it! Pick long cruises or shorter ones; they’re all pretty great.

Sharon Dittmer
2011

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Loved our first Viking river cruise last month down the Rhine. Will definitely plan another Viking trip! Thanks for the memories.

Jean Lee Perry
2011

WOULD GO BACK TOMORROW

We just returned from the Rhine Getaway cruise. Would go back tomorrow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and Viking takes very good care of you.

Carol Kenton
2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Took an 8-day cruise with Viking through Germany in December and would highly recommend them.

Jeffrey Hubbard
2010

A WINTER WONDERLAND

Our trip from NYC was well scheduled and the flight that Viking had arranged was very comfortable. On arrival in Basel we were quickly met by a Viking representative and transported to the ship. We spent a fabulous day in the sunshine of Basel taking tours and visiting our first Christmas markets. The snow began to fall as we departed, which seemed to set the stage for our trip through a winter wonderland. Every port of call was well planned and led by very knowledgeable guides. The service on board was impeccable, with all our wants fulfilled. It should be noted there is not much to do on the ship as compared to ocean cruise ships but our time was well spent at the Christmas markets. We took some extra time in Amsterdam on our own at the end. This cruise will allow you to take in a number of different cities of Europe and still not feel rushed. It is cold in December so appropriate clothing is a must to maximize your enjoyment.

Jean & Doug Pendl
2010

BEST CRUISE EVER

Best cruise ever...from fabulous food to lovely locations and very comfortable staterooms. What a wonderful way to experience the world!

Connie Tritt
2010

A WONDERFUL WEEK

We had a wonderful week cruising on the Rhine. Our tour guide was excellent. Everything was organized and very well done. The ship was comfortable, well run, very maintained and the food was delicious. The variety of other travelers was very pleasant. We’re booking immediately for our next Viking cruise!

Susan DeColaines & Bill Swanson
2010

OUR FOURTH CRUISE WITH VIKING

We have just returned from our cruise on the Rhine and the trip was wonderful. The weather was perfect and the fall colors were beautiful. The staff were great and made the trip a delight. This was our fourth cruise with Viking and we would recommend this trip to everyone! Having to unpack only once makes traveling effortless and the open seating during dinner helps you meet the most interesting people who enrich the experience. We can’t wait to plan our next trip.

Marjorie & Leland Wieweck
2010

A LOVELY TIME

We had a lovely time on this cruise. In all the food was excellent. And how can anyone forget the phrase, “Ciao for now”?

Jim & Peggy Meadows
2010

A VERY RELAXING VACATION

We've just returned from our first Viking River Cruises journey on the beautiful Viking Helvetia. The freedom to do as much or as little as you like made for a very relaxing vacation. Loved the open seating for the meals; it was such fun to meet so many interesting people from a variety of places. We loved sleeping with our window open listening to the birds and the gentle sound of the water as we fell asleep, then watching the sun rise over the horizon in the morning. I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was on your cruise. I have three friends who have asked me to send them your site already!

George & Beth Adams
2010

REMEMBERED FOR A LIFETIME

We cannot say enough about how pleased we were with all aspects of our Viking River Cruises journey. We felt like the entire staff was there just for us. Thank you again for giving us a vacation that will be remembered for a lifetime as the best we've ever had.

Don & Nancy Griffith
2009

SUCH A GREAT WAY TO TRAVEL

I’ve just returned from the Rhine Getaway cruise aboard Viking Helvetia. Great trip! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the cruise. Such a great way to travel. Congratulations to the entire crew.

Kenneth Reese
2009

I TIP MY HAT TO YOU

I greatly enjoyed the smaller, more intimate nature of the cruise. One can develop multiple friendships among passengers due to the smaller groups and frequency of encounters. I tip my hat to you and your staff for a job well done and I look forward to my next trip with Viking.

Thomas LeFevre
2009

BY FAR THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

I've only been on two of Viking's cruises, but my parents and other family members have been on a total of 21 cruises with your company. The great job you did on our most recent trip confirms our belief that Viking River Cruises is by far the best way to travel.

Roxanne Lennon
2009

WE ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE

We just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with our Rhine cruise. It was just perfect; we enjoyed every minute!

Willy & Karin Goedeke
2008

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