France is at the top of many travelers’ wish lists thanks to the country’s wealth of culture, cuisine and iconic sights. Viking River Cruises has recently launched four new longships designed to sail right into the heart of Paris on the Seine River. Their ships dock in the coveted Port de Grenelle, close to the Eiffel Tower, allowing guests to simply walk ashore to explore the French capital. Further along the Seine River, stops include the beaches of Normandy, the Gothic town of Rouen, Claude Monet’s famous Giverny gardens and the gracious old town of Le Pecq.
Taste your way through Budapest during a tour of classic national cuisine using Hungary’s signature spice, paprika. Visit Wachau Valley wineries or learn the delicate art of truffle hunting from a local Périgord farmer and his hound. Culinary-themed excursions on select river cruise itineraries may include baking classes at a local cooking school and wine and cheese tastings with an expert sommelier. Fascinating insights into life’s daily rhythm are revealed during daily excursions at ports along Europe’s most scenic waterways. For a more individualized experience, consider a private tour for your group, even if it’s just the two of you!
River cruising is all about the destinations, but onboard activities meant to engage you with the region are wonderful opportunities to enhance the journey. Evening presentations may include an informative lecture, a local company or musical ensemble that draws fellow passengers together. On Viking longships, dining is comfortably contemporary in the main dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer inviting river views. The Aquavit Terrace is a casual alternative with soups, salads and sandwiches during lunch and flavorful entrees at dinnertime with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks at both seatings.
Viking Inclusive Value
Award-winning Viking longships take you directly to the center of some of Europe’s most beloved cities, where many of the main sights are only steps away. The value of a Viking cruise is that many of the fees required by other cruise lines are included in Viking’s reasonable rate. Fares include one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, Wi-Fi, port taxes, fees and ground transfers. Book with a travel agent and get even more amenities, plus international air discounts.