by Amy Mutscher

Immerse Yourself in European Culture

Spend a week getting to know one of Europe’s best-loved waterways and adjust your time to the rhythms of daily life in charming port cities along the way. Taking a leisurely cruise along the Danube or the Rhine offers fascinating insights into local cuisine, historic locations and cultural treasures. The beauty of a river cruise is the easy accessibility to each destination on the itinerary, unending picturesque landscapes and a retreat to exceptional dining and accommodations every evening. Here's how you can immerse yourself into the cultures along these two historic waterways.


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Viking Longship on the Danube, near Dürnstein, Austria

Along the Danube

Selecting a Danube River cruise takes you into the heart of central Europe. Your options include 8- to 22-day trips through Germany, Austria, Hungary and several other countries. The aptly named Grand European Tour winds through the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers taking you from Amsterdam to Budapest with daily stops in historic medieval cities, renowned world capitals and captivating villages. Recapture the romance on a one-way trip along the “Blue Danube” with time for candlelit concerts, leisurely strolls through green parks and a shared slice of authentic Sacher-Torte cake in Vienna.

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Explore the legendary Rhine in Strasbourg, France

Riverside on the Rhine

A Rhine River cruise is a perennial favorite due to its stops in many of Europe’s most popular destinations. The Rhine Getaway is the perfect itinerary for a first-time cruiser with planned visits to Strasbourg, France, Cologne, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. This journey includes an onboard “Taste of Germany” dinner event to explore the region’s Alsatian cuisine. Optional excursions into wine country introduce you to the unique vintages, local meats and regional dessert specialties. The route along the Rhine offers panoramic views of the area’s well-preserved castles, grand cathedrals and rolling landscapes. There’s always something to see from every vantage point in your deluxe, state-of-the art stateroom.

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Viking Longship near Aschaffenburg, Germany

Viking Inclusive Value

The itineraries mentioned above are from Viking River Cruises, an award-winning company that assures you of a solid value for your fare. With a multitude of complimentary amenities, you get valuable features and services incorporated into every aspect of the journey, all with your comfort in mind. Onboard conveniences make your river cruise all the more luxurious with twice-daily housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, and beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Each port has an included shore excursion in addition to escorted visits to UNESCO sites, privileged access to prominent landmarks and private cultural performances. Every stateroom on a Viking Longship has a river view, plush linens, modern technology and a spacious configuration.


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