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Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. A city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses, splendid museums and abundant bicycles, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a delight to explore. Its patchwork of waterways forms about 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded manses and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands' grand repository of art and cultural history. Discovering Amsterdam is a pleasure best pursued on foot; visitors line the tranquil canals and linger over Dutch pancakes, or take a stroopwafel to go.
Sail the bucolic waters of the Rhine, deep into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, classic Dutch landscapes unfurl all around. Flat farmland, charming windmills and svelte poplar trees line the shores, and vast tracts of land stretch in all directions, growing all manner of bounty, from tomatoes to tulips. Gaze upon Friesian cows and tidy villages with their neatly laid farmhouses and marvel at how much of this land was reclaimed from the sea, saved by the stirrings of traditional windmills and the building of dikes.
Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland. Throughout the city, there are hundreds of historic monuments and landmarks, including the Grote Kerk and the 13th-century Augustinian monastery known as Het Hof. The picturesque waterways and decorative bridges of Dordrecht exude a bygone era and are best explored on foot. The inner-city harbors are centuries old and lined with grand warehouses that have now been transformed into elegant homes. With a relaxed atmosphere and a plethora of quaint cafés and shops, Dordrecht oozes old-world charm.
Koblenz is a traditional German country town with a wine heritage that spans centuries; a key ingredient for the warming glühwein that is served from taverns and market stalls during the holiday season. The scent of cinnamon, cloves and spices waft from steaming mugs as the sounds of festivities fill the air from one of the many musical performances, creating a toe-tapping atmosphere. Centered around the Schängel fountain, the Koblenz Christmas market offers all the flavors of the yuletide season from its famous Christmas bakery.
The Rhine River flows through one of Germany's most scenic regions. As you sail its most picturesque stretch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine, you will pass vineyard-blanketed hills whose steep slopes require vintners to pick grapes by hand, keeping a centuries-old tradition alive. Admire splendid castles and dramatic rocks along the banks, all of which have stories to share. Perhaps you will marvel most at the Lorelei Rock at a dramatic curve in the river. Its eponymous river maiden mesmerized sailors with her song and lured them to their demise at her feet.
Located in the picturesque Rhine Valley, Rüdesheim is brimming with festive cheer. The vibrant Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with decorated restaurants and bars, is the perfect place to explore and immerse in the spirit of the holiday season. Traditional Rhineland music provides the backdrop to a tankard of Christmas beer. Market stalls offer an array of tasty morsels from various nations, and local artisans demonstrate their talents with displays of unique, handcrafted gifts.
Mannheim's Christmas market is a holiday season shopping extravaganza, centered around the city's iconic water tower. One of Germany's oldest and largest markets, more than 160 booths host vendors from around the world, offering handicrafts and handmade items. Beautiful glassware, and carved wooden toys and games, sit alongside Christmas lanterns, colorful baubles and ornaments, all of which are presented in quaint wooden houses. Luxurious cashmere scarves, sheepskin mittens and felt hats are the ideal purchase to take home as gifts for friends and family.
Speyer's Old Town transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. With the historic Old Gate as a stunning backdrop, market stalls are brimming with yuletide treats, serving Christmas cookies and steaming mugs of aromatic glühwein. Skaters don their woolen hats and gloves, and take to the ice for some festive fun, while visitors browse for unique handmade gifts. The holiday atmosphere continues into January, bringing the opportunity for New Year merrymakers to enjoy the festivities and sample regional specialties, such as potato soup and yeast dumplings.
Strasbourg is said to be the capital of Christmas in France, with the city's cathedral square taking center stage as it is transformed into a winter wonderland. The city's Christkindelsmärik is the oldest in France, dating back to 1570. Hundreds of stalls are brimming with colorful wares, fine food and mulled wine, bringing festive cheer in abundance. Alsatian specialties feature an array of hearty classics, from bretzels (soft, bread-like pretzels) to bredele (star-shaped spiced cookies), and knacks (sausages) to pain d'epices (gingerbread).
A delightful blend of old and new, Basel is Switzerland's best-kept secret. During the holiday season, the medieval Old Town is transformed into a magical yuletide affair. Cobblestone streets are lined with wooden chalet-style huts selling all manner of festive treats and gifts. Visitors to the Christmas market can enjoy a warming cup of aromatic glühwein in a decorated boot-shaped mug. Hand-carved tree decorations, cheerfully painted ceramics and delicious food are sold from stalls throughout the city. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.
8 Days 6 Guided Tours / 4 Countries
Daily Shore Excursions: 6 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
Viking is an amazing operator will definitely travel with them again.
Only exception was with a pre-sail excursion. We Booked thru Viking a tour in Amsterdam called "Taste of Amsterdam". This tour ended up going over the exact tour we had done that morning, a provided walking tour of Amsterdam. The tour guide did the best she could, but she could see how frustrated all six were that booked it. Viking had always set a standard much higher than what was provided on this tour. Other than this total disappointment, Viking met or exceeded my expectations!!
Linh made everything SO easy! She was able to book us on the same Viking river (Rhine) cruise as our friends and we all had a terrific time! We had a slight scare when we learned that our passports had to be valid for 6 months after the cruise, but Linh reassured us that we had ample time to renew and showed us how. Air flights were smooth (Delta lost one bag in Paris on the return, but delivered it to our house in Dallas the next evening! Whew!) The Amsterdam hotel for the add-on days was quite nice. This was our first Viking cruise and we were impressed by the level of service, the excursions, and the food/drinks! Thank you, Linh!
Middle Rhine River water levels were not navigable, but Viking instead took us on a day boat to tour that part of the river which was great. Also made transfer to a different ship easy and we also received an awesome lunch at a Heidelberg beer hall in the old town.Viking staff, most notably room stewards , waiters, bar tenders and cooks who made morning omlets were exceptional, warm, friendly and immensely helpful. Viking reps. On 2 day extension not so much. Their response to most iquiries was see the hotel concierge. However, transfer to Amsterdam airport was flawless.
The Viking Cruise was very well run.
We found Affordable Tours to be absolutely wonderful! Our travel consultant talked us through every detail and every question. She was so patient and kind. And even aboard ship when we thought we had a problem, all it took was one email from me, and she talked us through everything almost immediately. I know that we enjoyed our Viking Cruise so much because Affordable Tours made it all so easy.
Could not have gone better. Exceeded our expectations. 1st river cruise and it was quite memorable. Everything went as planned.
This was our first cruise so everything was new and exciting. The trip was as advertised. The friendliness and helpfulness of the crew was better than expected. They took the time to know each passenger personally and greeted us by name. We will definitely travel with Viking in the future.
Trip down the Rhine with Viking Cruises was above expectations!
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