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.

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