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“Viking River Cruise Rhine Getaway”
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Rhine River
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Private Tour: Customizable Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We did the Rhine Getaway tour from Basil to Amsterdam with prestay in Lucerne and poststay in Amsterdam this July. This is my second trip with Viking, the first being the fabulous Waterways of the Czars in 2003.

Another great experience. The food was terrific and they had a regular veggie menu that my veggie wife loved. The stateroom was plenty roomy and the super staff went out of their way to help out. Almost everything was included and they didn't try to do all the tacky add-ons that some cruise lines do.

You need to understand that a river cruise is different from a cruise ship big boat. Our trip was full at 188 guests. No Vegas shows or midnight chocolate binges. Basically your boat is an all inclusive floating hotel that you check into it goes from place to place. Generally you dock up to the city or town you will explore in the morning and leave in the evening. You are transported to the points of interest and hook up with a dedicated guide for the day.

We saved a few hundred dollars by taking a Cat. D stateroom. It was a bit noisy as we were partially below water level and could hear the water engines and passing boats. On the plus side, one day we were docked and opened the blinds and there were a flock of swans at our window. Since you only really sleep in the room we didn't miss the higher priced upper rooms.

When we got to Koblenz Germany it turned out they were hosting the world's largest garden show. The city had built a cable car over the Rhine just to link the two parts of the show. Our boat docked in the middle of the show and Viking threw in tickets for the show and cable car at no extra charge. What a nice suprise!

We added on Lucerne (airport to hotel transfer included) on the front end and it turned out to be a highlight of our trip. If you go in late spring or summer take the "Golden Round Trip" which is a cruise of beautiful Lake Lucerne to the world's steepest cog railroad, up the side of 8,000 foot Mt. Pilatus, hiking or other fun stuff at the top with a view to die for and then a cable car down the other-side back to town. This was not included in the Viking deal but something we did on our own that is highly recommended.

We also stayed over in Amsterdam afterward as part of the Viking trip. I thought that was a little expensive (even though hotel transfers are included) and would book my own hotel next time. But it is Amsterdam after all and what a town!

From Amsterdam you can (we did) take the hourly high speed train to Paris (three hours) or London (two more hours) for next to nothing so you can make the cruise a great part of a major European trip.

Viking will set up air transport to match your itinerary for a little extra and it was well worth it.

I recommend Viking River Cruises for a totally stress free vacation at a great value. We intend to do another Viking trip in the future.

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Reviewed 5 July 2011

We took a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine and had a great time! It was a very leisurely, relaxing cruise and everything was top notch! Loved the Rhine and loved Viking!

30  Thank mssmithy
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

My husband and I recently completed a Rhine River Cruise down the Rhine in August 2010. We went on Avalon Waterways on their Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam route (8 days). The majority of the trip landed in Germany ports. I normally arrange and book my own travel but we where invited to join two other couples (which we also have never done before). We landed in Basel from Amsterdam and from Houston, Texas. Basel proved uneventful as we were immediately ferried to the embarkation and off to Strasbourg the next day. The main themes of the Rhine cruise are the vineyards that produce Germany's exquisite white wines, the castles that line the tour from Rüdesheim to Koblenz and the 1 day to 1/2 day stops in Heidelberg, Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Koln where we did our fair share of shopping and beer/wine tasting. For our daily excursions to the German cities and towns, Avalon provided local tour guides who provided excellent insight into the history of the region. Highlights are the Heidelberg Castle, the Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, the Rhine Gorge castles and the cathedral in Koln (Cologne). We probably saw and learned more on this structured tour than we would have otherwise. I recommend this or a similar river cruise to everyone to take at least once for the experience. Everything went perfectly with no incidents or complaints but praise for the consistent quality in service.

70  Thank GoCoastalOne
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

I went on a Rhine River tour in Frankfurt. with ETS GmbH (www.ets-frankfurt.de). It was a lovely day and like a fairy tale. We saw so many castles and the famous Loreley Rock. Wine tasting was included in a very unique bar. My favorite parts of the tour were the cable car ride over the vineyards and the relaxing boat trip on the Rhine steamer.

9  Thank PA-Travelista
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

My wife and I are just back from a very pleasant Viking River Cruise from Dusseldorf to Basel in Switzerland This was a leisurley 5 days, stopping for half a day in Cologne, Koblenz, Speyer and Strasbourg, We took advantage of the stops to walk around Cologne and Strasbourg. Breakfasts on board were an excellent help yourself buffet; a choice of a light lunch in the lounge or a full cooked meal in the restaurant ;and a cooked dinner in the restaurant. We had the light lunch every day which was more than adequate as a large buffet available to choose from
The cabins were spacious and ours had a large "French window" opening to give us exellent views
I throughly recommend the cruise to anyone wishing for a restful holiday

40  Thank Robert-J
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