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River Cruises 2016 / 2017 / 2018  | USA EDITION | Official River Cruise Travel Guide by Cruise Direct Online© - Where every port leads to new discoveries

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"Twenty years from now, you will be most disappointed by the things you did not do, then by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"

-Mark Twain.

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River Cruise Traveler Magazine is a vacation travel blog and online magazine offering a comprehensive cruise guide to Viking River Cruises, latest cruise news, pricing, destinations, sailing dates and rates. Here you will find the latest river cruise reviews, tips, feature cruise articles, and need to know information about river cruising. Including both editorial and community member contributed content. 

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This year might actually be a great time to introduce yourself to river cruising.

And here’s why.

 Viking River Cruises’ risk-free booking offer, which applies to new bookings made during the entire month of February. Available for U.S. residents only for any 2016 river cruise sailing, it allows for a penalty-free cancellation up to day of departure. Along with 2 for 1 prices, up to free-airfare and other offers, Viking makes river cruising irresistible!

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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful.

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Imperial Jewels of China : Traveling from Beijing to Shanghai. 13 days from $2792. This phenomenal itinerary presents China’s key highlights in just 13 days. Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s most cutting-edge, modern city. Cruise the legendary Yangtze between Wuhan and Chongqing through the scenic Three Gorges and wildly beautiful Lesser Three Gorges. Tour the Three Gorges Dam, an engineering marvel that has changed the face of China. Visit the necropolis at Xian, where you encounter thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors. In Beijing, explore imperial treasures like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, and walk through historic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public venue. From Beijing to Shanghai. 13 days from $2792. <p>This phenomenal itinerary presents China’s key highlights in just 13 days. Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s most cutting-edge, modern city. Cruise the legendary Yangtze between Wuhan and Chongqing through the scenic Three Gorges and wildly beautiful Lesser Three Gorges. Tour the Three Gorges Dam, an engineering marvel that has changed the face of China. Visit the necropolis at Xian, where you encounter thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors. In Beijing, explore imperial treasures like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, and walk through historic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public venue. LEARN MORE

 

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   Travel through the heart of Europe

Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is the most popular itinerary.

 

"On a River Cruise you will see Iconic landmarks, awe-inspiring scenery, & compelling local cultures - at each river cruise port of call. Imagine the possibilities. then, store away the memories of a trip of a lifetime!"

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About Amsterdam

Capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is renowned for its museums, colorful gardens, abundance of bicycles and endless lattice of canals. A scenic canal boat ride is an excellent way to enjoy views of Amsterdam’s Golden Age architecture. This 800-year-old city is also famous for the Rijksmuseum, which houses works by Rembrandt and other Dutch Masters. Other highlights include the famous house where Anne Frank penned her poignant diary chronicling her days in hiding during World War II.

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Why River Cruising?

Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures. As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have.
Nothing Compares To A River!

How else but on a river can you journey into the very heart of the world’s greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people?
Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration? How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel." - Viking River Cruise Magazine and River Cruises 2016, are a part of Cruise Direct Online, people who can take you there for an incredible experience at a surprisingly affordable price.  LEARN MORE

Travel With Ease
River cruising offers a uniquely comfortable way to explore new destinations. Unlike a bus tour or driving on your own, you unpack just once and settle into a comfortable home away from home. "These voyages are not for casino goers, tuxedo wearers, or children under 18. They are for lifetime learners — people who want to experience a culture with like-minded adults" Read more about it.

Our Favorite River Cruise Destinations

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RomanticDanube

Encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the Danube River. Explore Budapest,Hungary’s capital. Experience Vienna’s architecture and culture, and towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Savor authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his famous melody.

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Grand European Tour + Belgium

Explore 5 countries in 19 days, with 2 nights each in the medieval jewel of Belgian Ghent and among the canal-lined lanes of Dutch Amsterdam. The rest of Europe unfolds before you during a 12-day cruise that spans the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.

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RhineGetaway

In Germany, see the many charming castles. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks. Encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France.

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Paris, Burgundy& Provence

Enrich your Lyon & Provence river cruise with two nights each in elegant Paris and Burgundy’s gastronomic hub of Dijon. Take in the sun-splashed landscapes of Provence, where that ever-famous light lured the great Impressionists from van Gogh to Matisse.

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Bavariato Budapest

From medieval Nuremberg to Austria’s Wachau Valley, experience the rich treasures and stunning beauty of the Danube. Visits to the cultural capital of Vienna and the two sides of Budapest crown this inspiring journey.Includes a full day in Vienna, you can stroll grand boulevards, admire exquisite museums and architecture and linger in cafés.

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UndiscoveredChina

Discover China’s most magnificent cities and breathtaking sights in 18 days—Beijing and the Great Wall, the colonial-flavored Bund of Shanghai, Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors and so much in between. Enjoy a 5-night sojourn along the spectacular Yangtze River and its towering Three Gorges.

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Let us help bring out the explorer in you!


Whether it's river cruising or touring, are you curious, independent and hungry for authentic experiences? If you are a wish-lister and world-wide wanderer who has simple expectations, but high standards, read on. If you want to go where locals go, explore iconic landmarks and be in the heart of the adventure, then this trip is for you. On a river you can journey into the very heart of the world’s greatest cities and most charming towns, discovering the true nature of the land and its people. When you river cruise, we know, when you come home, you'll have a great story to tell.

 

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On a river cruise you'll spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Your river-ship is the hub of your experience, and you itinerary offers a unique take on its ports-of-call, the best of what each destination has to offer – inspiring you to go out and explore. Making a river journey is simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have. The result: experiences that lead to great stories.

River Cruise Vacations, provide a human touch, not found in a digital world: While our informational websites offer a wealth of information about river cruising, we understand that these experiences are even more beneficial when combined with a human touch. While guests enjoy browsing our website, they know we have a staff of knowledgeable, experienced Certified Viking Master River Cruise Experts who are a toll-free call away. Our experts can assist you in your discovery of river cruising, the destination, and ports-of-call : particularly useful for travelers who have lots of questions, need more insight and in-depth information about river cruising. There’s no substitute for a live conversation with someone who can tell you firsthand about that interesting destination, city, town or village you found on your tablet or smartphone.

So, give us a call at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.

FREE No-Obligation Price Quote.Take a moment. fill out a short form, and we'll send you via email a free price quote. Want more information? Need help? Have questions?  Talk to a Certified Viking Master River Cruise Expert who will help you every step of the way.

 

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What's Included on a River Cruise?

Viking River Cruises - Inclusive Cruising

Enjoy stunning outside staterooms or suites with a veranda, French balcony, or window, spaciously designed with comfort and vista in mind and beautifully appointed with elegant décor featuring hotel-style beds, premium bath products, TV infotainment system

Complimentary guided shore excursions featuring expert local guides, audio-listening devices for the guide’s lecture.

All onboard meals created by our Swiss-trained chefs featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialties, served in a variety of settings including al fresco dining.

Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with our onboard dinner and lunch service; bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at our 24-hour hot beverage bar.

•An in-room infotainment system featuring movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more.

Complimentary Wi-Fi access provided throughout the ship, when in signal range of service.

What's not found on a River Cruise:
River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino. There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides, ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls. River Cruises do transport you " back in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe's rich history comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns. All the while, enjoying Viking’s modern comfort, cuisine and included onshore excursions and activities. Taking a River Cruise Vacation could turn out to be quite a journey. To get started, call 800.365.1445.

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Top 5 Reasons to take a River Cruise

1. There’s no more convenient way to travel; unpack just once instead of boarding a bus or driving from hotel to hotel.

2. You spend less time “getting there” and more time “being there,” and you’re accompanied by scenic views the whole time!

3. Where else but on a river could you be gently carried along on an elegant, intimate ship, docking right in the heart of town, strolling off to begin your exploration.

4. The most cosmopolitan cities developed along the rivers, the world’s first trade routes. From iconic “must sees” like Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest to quaint villages and towns, a river cruise lets you savor the delights of both.

5. The price you pay covers just about everything—accommodations, river transportation, port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner and lunch onboard.

 

Find all 45 Viking River Cruises for Europe, China & Russia.

 

 

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New Ships.  New Itineraries.  New Savings.

New Viking Cruises 2016 -2017 Itineraries
Grand European Tour & Belgium:
We’ve expanded our most popular itinerary to include our most requested destination: Belgium.
Imperial Cities of Europe:
Broaden your cultural horizons in Europe’s great cities on this 12-day journey from Berlin to Budapest.
Bavaria to Budapest:
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Danube Bend, and revel in the splendor of Mozart’s Vienna.
Switzerland to the North Sea:
Experience the kaleidoscope of the Rhine plus Basel and the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam.
Poland, Prague & The Elegant Elbe:
Explore the cultural capitals that are Europe’s most intriguing new travel stars.
Paris, Burgundy & Provence:
Fulfill your Francophile dreams with world-famous wines and gastronomic epiphanies.
Plus...Castles & Legends, Rhineland Discovery, Lyon & Provence and so much more!

New Viking Cruises - Asia River Cruise

Undiscovered China:
Unlock the Mysteries of Giant Pandas and Curious Carvings
Encounter some of the earth’s rarest creatures and explore the treasures of a deeply mysterious and

fascinating civilization on Viking’s newest itinerary.

 

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Certified Viking Master River Cruise Experts
Meet Raye and Marty Trencher, who are part of an exclusive group of travel planners who are recognized by Viking Cruises as Certified Viking Master River Cruise Experts, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and knowledge as River Cruise planning professionals. No one knows River Cruising like they do. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, and where and what to see, everything you need to know about River Cruises including Europe's Danube River, Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle., France & Portugal's Seine River, The Saône and Rhône Rivers, The Dordonge, Garonne and Gironde Rivers, The Douro River, China's Yangtze River, The Russian River System, The Mekong River for Vietnam & Cambodia +Thailand & Myanmar.  I
n addition, they have completed certification courses earning the following accolades: • Viking Master Cruise Expert • Viking River Cruises Danube River Specialist • Viking River Cruises Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle River Specialist • Viking River Cruises France& Portugal Specialist • Viking River Cruises China Specialist • and Viking River Cruises Russia Specialist. Give them a call today at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.

You can also request a FREE no-obligation price quote via e-mail. Just fill out a very short form and you'll get all the help you need to plan your perfect Viking River Cruise. Never an obligation to book.

 

Viking Referral Rewards - $200 for each referred couple!
Travel is one of life’s great treasures and sharing it with others increases its value in so many ways. Recommend a river or ocean journey with Viking Cruises to a friend, family member, neighbor or colleague and you can both reap the rewards. You receive $100 travel credit from Viking for each new traveler you refer; that is $200 for each referred couple. Tell your friends about Viking River Cruises, and give them your customer number. When they call to book their trip, they tell us your name and customer number; you receive your Referral Reward, and they receive a $100 credit on their first trip on the spot. Your credits are valid on reservations made within 12 months from date of issue. View detailed information about eligibility and restrictions.

 

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5 Reasons to Try A River Cruise in 2016 or 2017

 


 

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Here, you’ll find stories of the wonderful moments and great travel experiences Viking guests have shared. Click on any photo to read more about the story that accompanies it.

 

River Cruises Through the World’s Must-See Destinations

When it comes to river cruising, Viking River Cruises is the world leader. From Europe to Russia, from China to Southeast Asia, they offer cruises that allow you to fully experience the wonders of each region. Discover the Far East with a fascinating cruise tour along the Yangtze, Mekong or Irrawaddy Rivers. Take in the European countryside along the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Elbe or Douro. Viking Cruises - River Cruises are a great way to explore new places or see a new side of a familiar destination. And a river cruise offers unrivaled convenience - unpack once in your deluxe stateroom, relax and enjoy everything the journey has to offer. State-of-the-art ships, comfortable accommodations, regional cuisine, daily guided shore excursions, and exemplary service all add up to an unforgettable journey at an incredible value. Please explore our website to see what cruise itineraries are on offer; read the details and see what Viking's guests have enjoyed most when traveling with Viking. Call us at 800.365.1445, speak to a Viking Master River Cruise Expert, ask all the questions you want. Take advantage of our knowledge and expertise, and when you are ready to book your trip of a lifetime, we're ready to help in anyway we can.

 

River Cruise Insider
Exclusive tips from Viking River Cruises Explorer Society Members ( Past Guests )

    to help make your European journey the cruise of a lifetime!

 

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