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After breakfast, check out of your hotel. St. Paul has several historic neighborhoods and is home to many late 19th and early 20th-century buildings, including the 1836 home of Henry Sibley, the state's first governor; the Alexander Ramsey House (1872); the capitol (1904); and the Cathedral of St. Paul (1915). Its downtown features The Skyway, a system of enclosed, climate-controlled walkways on the second-floor of several buildings, which connect at various points. Over 160 parks lie within St. Paul, including the Saint Paul Grand Round, an unbroken chain of protected greenspaces and parklands around the city.
Red Wing is known for its Red Wing Shoes, which produced footwear for soldiers in both world wars. The city was named after a Sioux chief whose red-dyed swan wing indicated his rank. The first settlers-many from New England-arrived in the mid-1800s. German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants followed, bringing skills in tanning, shoemaking, pottery and more. The city boasts a diversity of legacies, including Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery, founded in 1877 as the nation's first commercial potter. Today, Red Wing enjoys a place in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom.
After breakfast, disembark your ship. Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana, located along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. It derives its name from a red cypress post found by late 17th-century French-Canadian explorers that was used as a boundary marker between local Indigenous peoples. Founded by the French, the city changed hands several times during its history, before being acquired by the US via the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The building of a large refinery during the early 20th century and its proximity to neighboring oil fields helped make the city an important industrial center.
Arrive and check in to your hotel. The birthplace of American jazz, New Orleans exudes a festive atmosphere along the balcony-lined Bourbon Street. Here, in the heart of the French Quarter, soulful rhythms lift the spirit, especially during the city's Mardi Gras celebration. Founded by French colonists in 1718, New Orleans served as a territorial capital before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Its distinctive St. Louis Cathedral-named for King Louis IX of France-is the oldest cathedral in the country. The city's French, African and other influences flavor its vibrant culture and tantalizing Creole cuisine.
17 Days 9 Guided Tours /
Daily Shore Excursions: 9 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires
To ensure your journey is smooth and that you are able to fully enjoy your voyage as planned, we highly recommend that all guests take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, no more than three days prior to beginning your journey.
Enjoy fresh air in your stateroom, knowing that all staterooms on Viking river ships feature independent air handling units that do not share air with other areas of the ship. Take comfort in knowing that the air in the public areas of your ship has also been purified with new short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) lights and high-density filters, which kill 99.99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria.
While every precaution can reduce the risk of illness, we are also prepared for that outcome. Each of our vessels has always had a state-of-the-art Medical Center; those facilities have now been upgraded with more specialized equipment. We have also launched a new 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors, specifically for our river cruises.
Rest assured that the surfaces on your ship will be cleaned and sanitized continuously with daily scheduled deep cleanings. You will notice more hand sanitization stations throughout your ship. And on our ocean and expedition ships, we are using new sanitization robots that utilize UV-C light to treat surfaces in guest and crew public areas—an industry first.
Dining & Entertainment
On your ship, you can expect spacious, airy public areas and abundant options for al fresco dining. Also, on our ocean voyages, as always, you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Now, more options for spaced seating in all dining venues will allow for physical distancing; there will be additional table service at all bars and lounges; and new capabilities will allow you to watch more live events and enriching content through your in-room entertainment system.
Physical Distancing & Face Masks
Public health experts agree that proper physical distancing and the use of face masks are effective in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking’s Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel. While ashore, guests will need to comply with any local guidelines for face masks and physical distancing. Face masks continue to be required for all crew.
Local Partner Training
As part of the Viking Health & Safety Program, we will regularly train every local partner, including motor coach drivers and tour guides. While ashore, Viking’s measures will meet or exceed local guidelines for social distancing and other precautions.
This was my 7th trip with Viking. They always go above and beyond
As always Viking went over and above expectations! Book it you won't regret it!
Viking is a first class river cruise operator. They specialize in customer service and strive for satisfaction. The food and drink are over the top and always top quality. We were blown away when the cruise ended, a ship representative escorted us to the airport and remained with us until we entered airport security. We certainly will cruise again with Viking.
A very enjoyable experience.
Viking does a wonderful job. They really take good care of their guests!
Viking did an excellent job. The trip was great.
Viking River Cruises was first class all the way. The staff, food, accommodations, tours, etc. were all great.
Travel agent Soazeg Vadel very supportive.
Tour behind the previous Iron Curtain¦..something I never thought would be possible. Sobering historical tours. Beautiful landscape. Wonderful art
I was not made aware of the optional tours in Paris with the exception of the Montmartre tour.
We were on the Viking Torgil. It was exceptional. The food was excellent and the ship/stateroom were immaculate. The staff, as always were extremely helpful. With Viking there is never a problem, as any issue that comes up is an opportunity for them to find a solution. This was our second tour with Viking. There will be more. We added on the extension in Lisbon. The hotel was great, as was the staff. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Trip was wonderful. Food great, they catered to all my needs.
The South of France is beautiful at any time but with the lavender fields blooming, this time of the year is amazing.
The cabin was smaller than what we expected based on previous cruises with other operators. The staff was great. The included tours were average. We would have liked more walking tours but realize that would be difficult in large cities. We thought the Prague walking tour was poor. The Regent Hotel in Berlin was great. Nice room and convenient location. The Hilton in Prague was ok. The room setup was had little storage space, and the bathroom was small with no space around the sink for toiletries. The modern decor was aesthetically pleasing, but not very functional.
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We had a wonderful trip. Our Viking River cruise was one of our best cruises ever. We did a pre-extension in Paris and a post-extension in Zurich. The pre and the post took the trip from "very good" to "best ever".