From Paris to Prague on an award-winning river cruise

  • Bonjour, Paris: The Viking Cruise Adventure Begins

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Eiffel Tower, a Parisian Icon

    The ultimate civic emblem, the Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York. The monument was constructed in 1889 and eventually became the city’s most beloved icon. Viking guests can enjoy a sparkling (and quite unforgettable) 10-minute tower light show steps from their hotel room, every hour on the hour, each evening from sunset to the early morning.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame

    Another highlight of the Viking city tour is a visit to the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on the  Île de la Cité, one of the city’s two remaining natural islands in the Seine River.  Begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, Notre-Dame was one of the first Gothic cathedrals in Europe and one of the first edifices to make use of the flying buttress, an exterior support that spread out the weight of the building and roof. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Next Stop: The Enchanting City of Luxembourg

    The next stop on the Viking River Cruise “Cities of Light” adventure is the city of Luxembourg, a picturesque and affluent city (in one of the smallest countries of Europe) with a colorful history dating from the Roman times. A stroll through its medieval streets and along the promenade affords magnificent views on the picturesque Old Town below.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • A Poignant Visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery

    The American Cemetery and Memorial, located just outside of Luxembourg, is one of the stops. It contains the remains of over 5,000 Americans who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge and in other battles during the winter of 1944/45. The grave of the renowned General George S. Patton is located here.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Viking Idun Welcomes Its Passengers

    The Viking Idun stands ready to board its passengers in Trier, Germany, a short drive from Luxembourg. Spacious, well-appointed cabins, breathtaking scenery, gourmet meals, cultural excursions and attentive service all combine to make this an exceptional river cruise experience. It's no wonder 10Best recently named Viking the Readers' Choice Award winner in the category of Best River Cruise Line.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Trier: Germany's Oldest City

    The city of Trier, founded in 16 BC as a Roman colony by Emperor Caesar Augustus, is Germany’s oldest city. Vestiges of Rome’s power are present everywhere here. The city’s oldest Roman structure, the formidable Roman amphitheater (built in 100 AD), held 20,000 spectators in its day. Massive Roman baths (the largest baths north of the Alps) are also visible along the tour route.  Trier is also home to the oldest Christian church and the oldest pharmacy in Germany.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Porta Nigra, Trier's Famous "Black Gate"

    Stand in awe in front of Trier’s Porta Nigra, the largest and best-preserved Roman gate north of the Alps. A major outpost of the Roman Empire, Trier served as the capital of the Roman province of Gallia Belgica and had 70,000 people living within its walls. Porta Nigra, a massive grey sandstone structure built in the 2nd century, served as the city’s gate and remains to this day as testimony to Trier’s importance in the Roman world. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • A Window to Spectacular Scenery

    As a Viking guest, you can do as little or as much as you like on the cruise. Go out and explore all the ports of call, or just sit back and watch the magnificent scenes of the Moselle and Rhine rivers glide past your veranda window each day. Or do both.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Bernkastel: Stroll & Sip Wine Along the Moselle

    Bernkastel, and its sister town of Kues, are famous for the white wines that are produced in the verdant vineyards rising above the Moselle. Stroll through the medieval squares laden with half-timbered houses and picturesque lanes and alleys. Raise a glass of the region’s famous wine at special tastings, as here in the centuries-old cellar at the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler winery. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Visit a 1000-Year-Old Imperial Castle

    Surrounded by steep vineyards, the charming medieval town of Cochem is picturesque in its own right. But its claim to fame is the 12th century Reichsburg Castle, in whose portals visitors will discover the life and traditions of medieval Germany. After the castle tour, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the river valley from the cafe overlooking the castle parapet.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Scenic Adventure on the Middle Rhine

    "Old Father Rhine," as Germans affectionately call their cherished river, begins as a trickle in the Swiss Alps. The gentle cruise on the picturesque stretch of the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, passes by majestic castles, steep sloping vineyards, enchanting towns and dramatic rock formations. The formidable Marksburg Castle comes into view as the ship leaves the charming town of Braubach. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Dream Landscapes for the Perfect Photo

    Hobby or professional photographers will enjoy positioning themselves on the top deck of the Viking Idun to capture the remarkable castle and town views as the ship glides down the Middle Rhine. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Heidelberg: Germany's Enchanting University Town

    Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, is situated in the Neckar Valley just east of the Rhine. Known as the cradle of the German Romantic art movement, it's also home to the imposing Heidelberg Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. The castle is a perfect spot from which to view the picturesque city of Heidelberg below.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Romance in the Shadow of Heidelberg Castle

    Many a romantic song has been written about Heidelberg, and no wonder. This couple, celebrating their 20th anniversary on board the Viking river cruise, can't resist rekindling their romance in the shadow of the majestic Heidelberg Castle looming above.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Exceptional Cuisine, Beautifully Presented

    There’s a good reason why the Viking River Cruise company consistently earns top rankings and awards, and one of them is for exceptional cuisine. A choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert is available at meals, and soft drinks, wine and beer are complimentary during meal service. Special passenger diets are also graciously accommodated. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Rothenburg: Germany's Beloved Medieval City

    Step back in time with a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany that has scarcely changed in appearance for hundreds of years. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and soak in views of what life was like in the Middle Ages. 

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Holiday Magic, All Year Round

    Shopping in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is as magical as the town itself. You'll find everything from handmade clocks and holiday ornaments to designer teddy bears and fine crystal. The region’s famous Franken wine, in its traditional round bottle, is sold in every store.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Wurzburg, Jewel of Baroque Architecture

    Despite heavy damage during WWII, the Baroque city of Wurzburg has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The magnificent UNESCO-listed Residenz, completed in 1744 for the powerful and wealthy prince-bishops, is one of Germany's finest Baroque palaces.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Romantic Backdrop Steeped in History

    There couldn't be a more romantic backdrop for a wedding photo than from the imposing, 11th century Nuremberg Castle, which commands sweeping views of the city. The massive city wall, together with the castle and its surrounding buildings, is considered one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Bamberg, the "Franconian Rome" Built on Seven Hills

    The lovely city of Bamberg (another UNESCO designated site), is magnificently situated on seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. Bisected by rivers and canals, the town embraces an atmospheric jumble of crooked lanes and medieval buildings. Its history-steeped center is home to a magnificent 11th century cathedral. Another highlight is the picturesque Old Town Hall, built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River near its confluence with the Main.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Prague, A Mosaic of History, Architecture and Czech Hospitality

    Few cities embody the past as authentically as Prague, the Czech Republic's atmospheric capital on the Vltava River. The heart of the city is the Old Town Square, a major crossroads on the 12th century trade routes. For a remarkable view of the city, take the elevator to the top of the 14th century Old Town Hall. The tower also boasts the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world where every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the age-old apostle figures appear. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Cruise Comes to an End

    A golden sunset over Prague's Vltava River marks an appropriate end to the magical Viking "Cities of Light" cruise, an unforgettable 12 days filled with scenic beauty, history and culture, and amazing personal adventures.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

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