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Viking River Cruises: Longships and exploration

If you're looking for a river cruise in Europe, consider Viking River Cruises. This line is for discerning cruisers who like to get cosy with their destinations, with itineraries designed for maximum immersion and connection. Their small ships can take passengers into the heart of some of Europe's most spectacular cities and towns - and fares include guided shore excursions!

The onboard vibe is serene and Scandinavian, with light and spacious rooms and venues. The impeccable service complements the stylish interiors and fantastic ports for an unforgettable overall cruise experience.

Viking cruise ships

This line has a vast fleet of vessels, designed for various purposes and rivers. Here is a quick rundown of the main categories:

  • Viking Longships: These sail the most popular itineraries, and make up the bulk of the Viking fleet - just as they did in the heyday of the true Vikings. They carry 190 passengers apiece and feature lovely public spaces.
  • Viking Douro Ships: Specially built to sail Portugal's Douro River, these carry 106 passengers in outside staterooms which all have river views. They are intimate and modern, a great way to see this corner of Europe.
  • Viking Elbe Ships: With many of the same design elements of the Viking Longships, these small ships carry 98-110 passengers along the Elbe River. Having set sail in 2015, they are new and state-of-the-art.
  • Viking Prestige Ships: The Viking Legend and Viking Prestige can take 188 passengers. They have hybrid engines which propel them on some of the line's most popular itineraries, and beautiful light-wood decor.

Viking entertainment and activities

Onboard facilities vary between categories of ship, but all feature sun decks on the top level for lounging and taking in the views, libraries for quiet moments, free shipwide WiFi, flat screens in-cabin and social spaces like bars and lounges.

The real excitement happens onshore, where Europe's amazing history, culture, cuisine and people are waiting to be discovered. The shore excursions included in the cruise fare provide a great overview of cultural and historical highlights of each destination, supplemented with onboard enrichment opportunities like lectures, wine tastings and shows by local performers.

Food and drink Viking-style

With an ethos of "Destination-Focused Dining" Viking cruises bring you the flavours of the regions you sail through. The upscale main dining rooms on each ship serve plentiful breakfast buffets, and dishes like soups, salads, sandwiches and local treats for lunch. The evening meal is a multi-course affair, a real occasion. Fresh and local ingredients make it a delicious experience!

Complimentary house wines and beers are poured with dinner, and a full range of beverages are available for purchase in the lounges and bars.

Viking river cruise destinations

The majority of Viking itineraries take place in Europe, a continent packed with amazing things to see and do, and criss-crossed by handy waterways. The fleet is commonly spotted on mighty rivers like the Danube, the Douro, the Rhine, the Rhone, the Saone, the Seine, the Elbe and the Volga, among some smaller tributaries. These can take passengers to myriad cities, towns and rural areas in a huge range of countries, on various exciting itineraries ranging from 7-23 days.

The line also offers river cruises in select other parts of the world, including China and Myanmar.

Find a Europe river cruise with Viking

This page is home to deals on some of the line's most popular itineraries. Take a look and see if you can find one that's right for you and your travel ambitions, and venture elsewhere on the site to find a cruise of any kind.