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  • USA Today 10Best: Bonjour, Paris: The Viking Cruise Adventure Begins

    January 13, 2017 – Long a hub of French culture, architecture and cuisine, Paris is undeniably one of the most romantic destinations in the world. After checking into the luxurious Paris Pullman Hotel (steps away from the Eiffel Tower), Viking River Cruise guests enjoy a comfortable afternoon bus tour with a knowledgeable local guide. The famed avenue Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, are the first of many highlights on this city tour.

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  • USA Today 10Best: Viking River Cruises Wins Best River Cruise Line

    December 23, 2016 – Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of 35 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising. These all-inclusive cruises feature outside staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and Viking’s signature Culture Curriculum program.

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  • Canada.com: Viking River Cruises celebrates 20 years in 2017

    December 13, 2016 - It’s a special year for one of my favourite lines, Viking River Cruises, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Back in 1997, Viking got its start in Russia, sailing itineraries along the Volga River. In the new year, the line will offer one of the largest seasons on the Volga of any river cruise line, with 59 departures between May and October.

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  • Chicago Tribune: Cruising the Waterways of the Czars in Surprising, Sprawling Russia

    December 5, 2016 - A river cruise like Viking’s Waterways of the Tsars is an ideal way for first-time visitors to get a sense of sprawling, surprising Russia.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Plan Now, Take A River Cruise

    December, 2016 - If you’re still on the fence, consider that booking during 2016 will lock in this year’s prices, which could save you a few hundred dollars, depending. You’ll also have your pick of itineraries and the first choice of the best cabins on the best lines (Viking and Grand Circle topped our RCA list this year).

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  • Town & Country: These Are the Best Cruises in the World

    October 6, 2016 - Town & Country awarded Viking River Cruises Best For Suites and Best for Design in their 2016 Cruise Awards, noting: The simple Scandinavian design of Viking's nearly 50 newly built Longships makes the best use of space we've seen. They don't feel cramped, and they have a lovely indoor/outdoor dining area, the Aquavit Terrace.

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  • Huffington Post: The Best Way To See The Sights Of Russia

    August 10, 2016 - I was going with Viking River Cruises on the Waterways of the Tsars cruise. Viking River has a longstanding relationship with the Russian government. I knew I would feel confident and safe seeing Russia with them.

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  • JustLuxe: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruises' 15-Day Trip

    August 10, 2016 - Since my last three Viking trips were all one-week cruises in Europe, I decided to embark on a 15-day Magnificent Mekong cruise which goes through Vietnam and Cambodia. Initially, I had some reservations about the hassle of a hotel/cruise ship combo and the longer time frame. Plus, this time I wouldn’t be luxuriating on one of their signature Longships. The Viking Mekong, which was specifically built to traverse the “Mother River of Southeast Asia,” is a much smaller wooden ship, accommodating just 56 guests. However, it turned out to be my favorite Viking trip to date.

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  • Cruise Critic: A Truffle, Wine and Cheese Cruise Excursion: We Try It With Viking River Cruises

    August, 2016 - Viking River Cruises offers the perfect opportunity. The line's truffle, wine and cheese cruise excursion not only shows you what everyday life in rural France is like, but also a taste of its most sought-after delicacies.

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  • Huffington Post: The Tao of River Cruising: Finding Peace on the Mekong River

    July 25, 2016 - Watching the blood red sun drip into the Mekong River makes me feel cinematic and I dream of romance and adventure. I chat with fellow travelers, murmuring about the intoxicating beauty of the region.

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  • Cruise Currents: What It’s Like: Sailing On A Viking River Longship

    July 9, 2016 - My entire cruise career has seen me sailing on cruise ships of all sizes. From the largest ships at sea to the classics that are tiny by today’s standards, so I was intrigued and admittedly nervous about trying out my very first river ship with Viking River. The Viking Lif, which spans a total of four decks and has a tonnage of just a few thousand, would be my very first experience with a ship of this size and on a river. And wow, did I fall in love with her.

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  • Canadian World Traveller: Perfection with Viking River Cruises

    July, 2016 - A new destination each morning without having to look for hotels, pack and unpack luggage, drive through unknown roads, find parking… Viking has taken all the guess work and hassles out. It is truly a perfect way to travel, so much so that the only thing to do is remember what time the boat leaves.

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  • Boston Herald: Set sail for Europe on river cruise

    June 26, 2016 - The popularity of cruising the continent’s scenic rivers shouldn’t come as a surprise. Europe has more navigable waterways than any other region in the world — and arguably more diverse cultures and visitor attractions along its riverbanks than any place else.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Why You Should Book a River Cruise Right Now

    February 11, 2016 - Eyeing a river cruise getaway? You’re in luck: award-winning Viking River Cruises has brought back its risk-free booking promotion for the month of February, a limited-time only no-fee cancellation policy that you’re more likely to see when booking a dinner cruise than two-week river trip.

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  • Bon Appetit: Take Me to the (Danube) River

    January 27, 2016 - Bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to the cruise life. We went sailing down the Danube in search of stunning views and the ultimate week of R&R. (Spoiler: We found both.)

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  • Landlopers: Christmas Market Highlights – The Viking Danube River Cruise

    November 29, 2015 - Every December, usually a week or two before Christmas, we have traveled to different places in Europe in order to visit Christmas markets, see new sights and enjoy destinations when they’re not as touristy. Last year we did something a little different and joined a Viking Christmas Market Danube River Cruise sailing from Budapest to Nuremberg. The experience was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, so much so that we plan on doing a Viking Rhine Christmas market cruise in December 2015.

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  • Toronto Sun: Cambodia: New Takes on Tradition

    November 18, 2015 - During our seven days on the Mekong in the luxurious 58-passenger French-colonial Viking Mekong riverboat, there were also inspired excursions to take in eye-opening markets full of fish, produce, rats and edible insects; more kids at a traditional riverside village of sheet-metal shacks on stilts; zipping around cities and towns on rickshaws, tuk-tuks and ox carts; playing volleyball with orphans; and tour temples crawling with monkeys.

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  • River Cruise Advisor: Portugal’s River of Gold Aboard Viking Torgil – Voyage Recap

    October 13, 2015 - It’s been almost a week since I returned from Portugal’s Douro River after a 10-day journey from Lisbon to Porto with Viking River Cruises. And in that time, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the adventures that were had in this fascinating country and in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Douro River Valley.

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  • Cruise Fever: 5 Ways Viking Takes Care of You Even When OFF the Ship

    September 30, 2015 - We are currently on a 10 day Viking cruise, with the first two days being spent in Lisbon before we head up to Port, Portugal to begin our river sailing journey. (Remember to follow along on Twitter and Instagram).

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  • Chicago Tribune: River Cruise Dining Shows What the Little Guys Can Do

    September 28, 2015 - For food lovers, riverboats offer distinct advantages too: Buffet tables may be shorter, but so are the lines. Guests can step off a riverboat close to the center of a town or village to sample local foods and drinks and mingle with locals at restaurants and pubs (either independently or as part of a small-group excursions).

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  • New York Post: Exploring the Beautiful Rhine with Europe’s Best River Cruise

    August 31, 2015 - First impressions matter in love — and when you’re traveling. That’s why the Viking Baldur’s good looks boosted expectations for the seven-night cruise from Frankfurt to Amsterdam that I was about to board.

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  • The Daily Meal: On the Danube River with Viking River Cruises

    July 24, 2015 - There are two universal truths about Viking River Cruises. One: literally everyone you talk to wants to take one. And two: everyone who wants to should.

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  • Chris Cruises: The Viking Advantage: We Would Gladly Repeat Our Experience

    July 20, 2015 - We Would Do It Again, Exactly As We Have Done It. That’s probably the best summary of all we experienced and how the modified plan sent to us by Viking just days before we began worked out. Lisa and I agree, without hesitation, that this was a wonderful travel experience that we would repeat in a heartbeat, exactly as we had done it.

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