Recapping our Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises

The elegant Viking Vidar at her berth in Cologne near Zoobrucke on July 15, 2015. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

The elegant Viking Vidar at her berth in Cologne near Zoobrucke on July 15, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

It has been two weeks now since I finished my 15-day Grand European Tour aboard Viking River CruisesViking Vidar and Viking Lofn. One of Viking’s longest (but not the longest ) European itineraries, this voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest is the crown jewel of Viking’s Danube itineraries, combining a cruise along this legendary waterway with trips along the Rhine and Main Rivers.

Of course, this journey was not without its little hiccups. I got stuck in Longyearbyen, Svalbard up in the Far Arctic when fog closed down the airport there for two days, which forced me to miss the first three days of the river cruise. That’s my bad for scheduling two voyages so close together.

Viking Lofn tied up at her berth in Krems this evening. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Ship Number Two: Viking Lofn tied up in Krems, Austria later on in our voyage. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

After three flights and one overnight stay at an airport hotel, I finally joined in Cologne, Germany on Day 3 – just in time to discover that low water on the Danube would necessitate a ship-swap in Nuremberg a few days later. Mother Nature has been messing up sailings along the Danube ever since. Viking handled the entire situation very well, and I was actually glad that the incident happened in the first place: it let me see Viking’s positive, immediate response to what is, ultimately, a situation that is tough to predict and well beyond the control of the line.

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Grand European Tour has sadly come to a close, but more adventures on the waterways of Europe are forthcoming! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.


2 Responses to Voyage Recap – Viking River Cruises’ Grand European Tour

  1. Kathy says:

    Wow! We are taking this exact river cruise in less than a month. What a great discovery for us to find this blog. It is wonderful! It not only provides pertinent and thorough information, but also answered some of our questions and addressed some of our trepidations about getting around in countries where we don’t speak the language. I want my new career to be travel writer! Only one small note for a correction…the Day 13 Bratslavia page seems to be linked to the Day 7 Bamburg page so wasn’t able to read about that day. No worries! Thanks for such a wonderfully informative review.

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      Thanks for that, Kathy – I’ll get that fixed up! Really glad you are enjoying the blog; hope you’ll keep reading! You’ll love your river cruise experience.
      Best regards,


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