Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, has added three new holiday season cruises to its 2009 European offerings to meet the anticipated seasonal demand. These itineraries provide a far richer holiday lineup featuring the Rhine region, including multicultural Strasbourg, and magical Prague in the Czech Republic.
Viking’s holiday gift to travelers is 2-for-1 pricing on all five holiday season itineraries (details available on Viking’s website). Enjoy a 2009 Christmas markets cruise for as little as $1,214 per person (based on double occupancy) if purchased and paid in full by September 30.
The new cruises are:
v Christmas on the Rhine begins and ends in Cologne, Germany, taking guests on six guided tours with Christmas markets in Cologne, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and Mainz. Guided tours of Cologne, Rüdesheim, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Mainz and the Alsatian Wine Country round out this 8-day journey on Viking Helvetia in late November or December.
v Danube & Prague Discovery begins in Nuremberg and features both a 4-night cruise on Viking Sky through Germany’s Bavarian region and a 3-night stay in glorious Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guests visit three of Germany’s Christmas markets and have ample opportunity to enjoy a more Bohemian experience at Prague’s Christmas markets—plus they enjoy guided tours of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Prague and the services of their Program Director to help them plan their time in Prague. All departures are in December.
v Holiday in the Rhineland is a unique, 9-day journey from Amsterdam to Cologne that will only happen once. Departing on November 22, guests sail on Viking Helvetia from Amsterdam to Cologne, then continues south as far as Mannheim for a visit to Heidelberg’s
castle and Christmas market, finally returning to Cologne for their journey home. Shop five Christmas markets along the way: Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Mainz and Koblenz.
These cruises join Viking’s two other holiday season offerings along the Danube:
v Danube Explorer takes guests on Viking Pride through the Wachau Valley and the Bavarian countryside, including visits to Vienna, the baroque abbey at Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg, stopping at a minimum of four Christmas markets (if timed to occur in late November or December).
v Danube Holiday Delight takes guests on Viking Pride or Viking Europe through four central European countries—Germany, Austria (including a full day in lovely Salzburg), Slovakia and Hungary—with an optional day trip to ?eský Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travelers enjoy comparing holiday traditions as they visit Christmas markets (if timing is right) in various countries.