Viking River Cruises have taken the design of their river-sailing ships seriously, and the result is ships that feel incredibly spacious, with clever atriums and large windows allowing light to flow through. All of Viking's staterooms are outside facing, giving you picturesque river views from the comfort of your bed. You can even dine al fresco, on the Aquavit Terrace, and spend a summer evening sipping wine above board.
The atmosphere on a Viking River Cruise is more casual than on a more traditional cruise, the seating in the restaurant is open plan and there is no formal dress code.
On Viking River Cruises, the focus is on the destinations you will visit, and you'll spend less time on the ship than you often would on an ocean-faring vessel. However, this doesn't mean that there's nothing to do onboard. There is a library to curl up in with a good book and a spacious sundeck with sun loungers where you can watch the beautiful landscapes slip past.
Viking River Cruises traverse some of the world's most famous rivers from the Danube in Europe, to the Mekong River in Asia and Russia's sprawling waterways.
There are itineraries in Asia which take in sights such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. These cruises are rich in cultural stops in hot, lush green surroundings.
Across in Europe, you can explore the vineyards of France, the palaces that line the Douro River in Portugal or the cities along the Elbe River - depending on what you fancy.
Viking River Cruises pride themselves on their cultural trips, and very much incorporate the surroundings in to your onboard experience. There is the opportunity to accompany their chefs to the local food markets, alongside viewings of private art collections and history lectures.
The best way to save money on a Viking River Cruise is to book in advance. To save serious bucks, it's best to book a year and over ahead of travelling as this could see you make savings of up to £1,000.
Viking River Cruises' prices include a lot of the travel extras: return travel to the UK, all onboard meals (plus wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner), and excursions are already included. So while the price might initially sound a steep, you'll only need to add on a bit of spending money, and holidaymakers know the full cost of the holiday upfront.
Updated 11th January 2017
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