Viking’s Grand European Tour

Embarking on a Viking European Tour Cruise is akin to stepping into a carefully woven tapestry of culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. Viking, known for its emphasis on cultural enrichment and destination-focused itineraries, offers an unparalleled journey through the heart of Europe. This blog post delves into the enriching experiences on Viking, highlighting the variety of ports visited and the unique charm each location brings to the adventure.

The Viking Difference

What sets Viking apart is its commitment to immersive experiences. Each voyage is thoughtfully planned to ensure guests not only see the places they visit but truly experience them. From onboard lectures by historians and experts to local dining options that reflect the cuisine of the visited ports, every detail is designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of Europe’s diverse cultures.

Viking river ship lounge

The Bar and Lounge on-board the Viking Longship Kadlin.

Enriching Experiences Onboard

A day at sea with Viking is a day of opportunity. You might start your morning with a yoga session overlooking the open waters, followed by a cooking class where you learn to prepare regional specialties. The afternoons could be spent attending a lecture on the historical significance of the next port or enjoying a wine tasting session featuring local vineyards. Evenings on Viking bring the local culture onboard, with performances by regional musicians and dancers that provide a lively glimpse into the local arts scene.

A Journey Through Europe’s Heart

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Many Viking cruises begin or end in the enchanting city of Amsterdam, where centuries-old architecture and a maze of canals set the scene. Viking offers excursions that range from canal boat tours to visits to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, ensuring that guests can experience the city’s rich history and vibrant culture.


The Viking Ship Odin on the Danube River in Budapest Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Sailing into Budapest, the city’s dramatic skyline unfolds before you, dominated by the historic Buda Castle. Viking guests enjoy guided tours that explore both Buda and Pest, revealing the city’s complex history, stunning architecture, and thermal baths. An evening cruise on the Danube, with the Hungarian Parliament Building illuminated against the night sky, is an unforgettable experience.

Vienna, Austria

The elegant city of Vienna beckons with its imperial past and vibrant cultural scene. Through Viking, guests can walk in the footsteps of emperors at the Schönbrunn Palace, enjoy the sweet melodies of a classical music concert, or indulge in the city’s famous coffee culture.

Viking Vienna

Viking Viena

Passau, Germany

Known as the “City of Three Rivers,” Passau is a picturesque stop that offers Viking guests a blend of natural beauty and historical architecture. The city’s highlight is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ. Viking’s guided walks here often reveal hidden gems and provide insight into the region’s history and culture.

Avignon, France

In the heart of Provence, Avignon charms visitors with its medieval walls and the Palais des Papes. Viking’s excursions here might include a walk through the historic city center, a visit to the local markets, or a trip into the countryside to sample the famed wines of the Rhône Valley.



Extending the journey through Europe’s waterways with Viking River Cruises unveils an even broader canvas of cultural experiences and historical explorations. Let’s delve into more enchanting ports that are often featured on these enriching voyages, each offering its own unique slice of European heritage and scenic beauty.

Cologne, Germany

Cologne stands as a testament to Germany’s medieval past and its resilience through time. The city’s crown jewel, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that leaves visitors in awe. Viking’s excursions often include a guided tour of the cathedral and the surrounding Old Town, offering insights into the city’s rich history and its modern-day vibrancy. The local Kölsch beer, a light and refreshing brew, is a must-try for visitors, perfectly encapsulating the city’s welcoming spirit.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, with its blend of French and German cultures, offers a captivating visit. The city’s historic center, Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its timber-framed houses, charming canals, and the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral. Viking Cruises ensures guests experience the unique Alsatian culture through guided walks that explore the city’s architectural marvels and culinary delights, including the iconic tarte flambée.

Lyon, France

Lyon is hailed as the gastronomic capital of France, a city where food is revered, and its culinary traditions are celebrated with passion. Viking’s port call in Lyon provides guests with the opportunity to explore the city’s historical districts, such as Vieux Lyon, with its Renaissance architecture, and to indulge in a culinary adventure that might include a visit to a traditional bouchon Lyonnais for an authentic taste of local cuisine. The city is also a gateway to the famed Beaujolais wine region, inviting excursions to vineyards that produce some of the world’s most exquisite wines.

Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers converge, is steeped in over 2,000 years of history. The city’s strategic location has gifted it with an array of castles, forts, and monuments. Viking Cruises often includes a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, accessible via a scenic cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the confluence of these two mighty rivers. The charming Old Town, with its cozy squares and historical buildings, provides a picturesque setting for leisurely exploration.

Würzburg, Germany

Nestled along the banks of the Main River, Würzburg is a gem of the Franconia region, known for its baroque and rococo architecture, and its surrounding vineyards. A highlight of a Viking stop here is the Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s finest palace complexes, adorned with stunning frescoes and lavish interiors. Wine enthusiasts will relish the chance to sample the local Franconian wine, celebrated for its quality and unique bottle shape.


Each port of call on a Viking European Tour Cruise is a doorway to new discoveries, offering a blend of historical insights, cultural engagements, and natural beauty. From the Gothic spires of Cologne to the culinary wonders of Lyon, and the vine-clad hills of Würzburg, Viking ensures that each destination is not just visited but experienced. These cruises invite guests to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of European life, leaving them with memories and insights that last a lifetime.

A Viking European Tour Cruise is more than a vacation; it’s an expedition into the soul of Europe. With every port of call, Viking curates experiences that enrich the mind and spirit, allowing guests to connect with each place’s history, culture, and people on a profound level. Whether you’re marveling at the architectural wonders of Budapest, exploring the artistic treasures of Vienna, or savoring the culinary delights of Provence, Viking ensures that each moment of your journey is memorable, educational, and absolutely enchanting.

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