Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you'll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail with them, indeed I felt like a child in a chocolate factory asked to choose my favorite sweet. After much deliberation, my husband and I selected the Rhine Getaway, an eight-day cruise on the Rhine River. Oh, what a wonderful choice we made! Here's a round-up of my stories highlighting the best of each destination we visited during our epic romantic journey along the Rhine River.
Our Viking River Cruise set sail from Basel, Switzerland, home to 40 museums including one so tiny, we couldn't even step inside. Expect a beautiful Old Town, gorgeous Rhine River views and exquisite dining options.
Germany's Black Forest
Land of cuckoo clocks, fruit elixirs, and its namesake hams and cakes — the Black Forest seems like a place dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm for their fairy tales. As with most Viking River Cruise excursions, the bus tour to the Black Forest was included in our cruise pricing. Read more about our experience in Exploring Germany’s Fabled Black Forest with Viking River Cruises.
Strasbourg, France captured my heart and has kept me daydreaming of moving to this beautiful French town with a German accent ever since our visit. Discover what's so enchanting about this town in 5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Strasbourg, France.
Rich with history, Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university, the ruins of a romantic Renaissance castle, and the world’s largest wine barrel. Read more in German Romance, Education and Debauchery in Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises.
Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rudesheim am Rhein is the picture of a quaint German town, filled with charming wine garden restaurants as well as souvenir shops peddling adorable Christmas treasures. Learn more in Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story.
Marksburg Castle in Braubach, Germany
Marksburg Castle was the most fascinating castle I have ever visited, and I’ve visited quite a few. Our Viking River Cruises tour guide gave an intriguing glimpse into what life was like during the time of castles, kings, knights and princesses. Find out what made Marksburg so intriguing in this story, Marksburg Castle with Viking River Cruises.
Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Check out Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany.
Kinderdijk, the Netherlands
If you want to get your traditional Dutch windmill fix, Kinderdijk is the place to be. Learn more about windmills in the Netherlands in Why Visit Windmills in Holland at Kinderdijk.
Keukenhof Gardens in Holland, the Netherlands
Our Rhine Getaway concluded in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Rather than purchasing the Viking Post-Cruise Extension, we opted to explore on our own. We were lucky to sail during spring when the tulips are in full bloom at the renowned Keukenhof Gardens outside Amsterdam in Holland. This sprawling botanic garden is filled with every varietal of tulips you could imagine, and so much more. Read more in this post, Tiptoe Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Near Amsterdam.
Viking has recently expanded its delicious offerings to include ocean sailings in addition to their signature river cruises. With tantalizing itineraries, like Southern Mediterranean Discovery or West Indies Shores, choosing where to sail with Viking has become even more challenging. Thankfully, you don't need to choose just one chocolate, or one Viking Cruise, for the rest of your life. After looking back on the incredible memories made with Viking last year, I'm tempted to go book another sailing right now!
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Top photo credit: Viking Cruises.
A Note from The Travel Mama: Our cruise was hosted by Viking River Cruises. All opinions are mine, as always.