Viking River Cruises

The Thinking Person’s Cruise®

Every aspect of your Viking cruise is designed for the curious traveler seeking rich cultural immersion: on shore, on board, as well as pre- and post-travel.

On Shore

The Viking Way of exploration takes you deeper, offering behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities. While we include the expected and iconic, such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks, we also go beyond, offering Local Life, Working World and optional Privileged Access experiences in places otherwise difficult to visit.

On Board

Every detail on board a Viking ship is meant to enrich and enhance your travel experience, helping you fully immerse yourself in the rich cultures you are visiting. From our thoughtfully curated library and the insights of our guest lecturers to cooking demonstrations with our chef and wine tastings of vintages from your destinations, Viking helps you connect to your destination in every possible way.

Pre- & Post Travel

Looking for inspiration and perspective before you depart on your Viking voyage? Consult our online filmography, a comprehensive list of movies sure to complement your travel experience. Reading recommendations, cultural profiles and videos help you delve more deeply into your destinations—all produced to provide insight into different world cultures and to inspire you once traveling.

The Viking Way

With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, we offer behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set us apart from other travel companies. In addition to our included tours of must-see cultural highlights, we also go beyond, sharing with you The Viking Way® with our Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access® experiences—opening doors to people and places otherwise difficult to visit.

Local Life

Viking provides fascinating insights into Local Life during excursions that reveal the rhythms of daily living in your destination. Visit a Russian home in the quaint town of Uglich. Taste your way through a culinary tour of Budapest. Meet some winsome children at a Viking-sponsored elementary school in China.

Working World

Witness the inner workings of a historic Kinderdijk windmill. Tour the impressive wine cellars of a Wachau Valley winery. Learn the intricate art of truffle hunting from a local Périgord farmer and his hound. Glimpsing the world at work helps you tap into its passions and see its people anew.

Privileged Access

We have arranged exclusive entry for Viking guests to cultural treasures all around the world. Go behind the scenes at world-class museums, visiting collections seldom seen. Attend cultural performances of folklore, ballet and opera. Get an insider’s view during these private tours.

The World Of Viking 

Immerse yourself in intriguing cultures and awaken your senses. Discover new horizons as you spend more time in port, giving you more opportunities to explore. This is the World of Viking.

Small Ship Experts

A leader in the river cruise industry for more than two decades, we are experts in small ship cruising. Our elegant, thoughtfully engineered ships are designed to get you closer to your destination, delivering you to the heart of the world’s greatest cities and quaint towns.

Cultural Enrichment

Our on-board cultural enrichment program is curated to supplement your experiences ashore, bringing local culture and history to life.


Guest Lecturers

Our guest lecturers expertly shed light on your destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. Their informative lectures help you fully engage with the culture and gain insight into the history of the places you visit, allowing for a more enriching experience as you explore.

Destination Performances

Each Viking itinerary includes one or more Destination Performances representing the most iconic cultural performing art form of the region—whether it be Portuguese fado, with its melancholy melodies and poignant lyrics; Viennese opera, a centuries-old storytelling art form; or world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre performers from St. Petersburg.

Port Talks

Amsterdam. Budapest. Paris. Prague. St. Petersburg. Gain an overview of your next day’s port of call through informative multimedia presentations covering the history and culture of your destination, as well as highlights of must-see landmarks. And feel prepared for each new day of exploration with a deeper understanding of the places you will visit.

Cooking & Craft Demonstrations

Our cooking demonstrations present recipes of regional treats and drinks—Austrian apple strudel, Rüdesheim Coffee and more—so you can take the flavors of your destinations home with you. And our craft demonstrations reveal the time-honored traditions of local artisans, from glassblowing and lace making to silk screen printing and wooden shoemaking.

Wine Tastings

Viking believes cuisine and wine are part of the journey—both engage your senses and open a window to the traditions and essence of a place. During our wine tastings, we introduce you to a wide selection of regional wines, as well as vintages crafted by our own Viking vintner.

Classical & Regional Musicians

From local ensembles to acclaimed choirs, we invite on board a wide range of talented musicians to perform well-known and lesser-known melodies. We hope their music will lift your spirit, soothe your soul and add to your on-board enrichment.

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The Viking Ships

Scandinavian Spaces

Expand your horizons on our elegant, light-filled intimate ships, thoughtfully designed by experienced architects and designers to help you connect with your destination in every way.

Destination Focused Dining

Expand your horizons on our elegant, light-filled intimate ships, thoughtfully designed by experienced architects and designers to help you connect with your destination in every way.

Inclusive Value

Our cruise fares include more features and services than competitors across our fleet, especially on board Viking Longships. These all add up to the very best value in cruising.

  • River-view stateroom
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Cultural Curriculum®
  • Meals including regional specialties
  • Most al fresco dining on the rivers
  • Walking track & sports deck
  • 24-hour Guest Services
  • Welcome Cocktails & Farewell Dinner
  • Curated library
  • Viking Service Guarantee
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

The Viking Ships


Viking Longships

Award-winning Viking Longships® showcase innovative engineering, streamlined Scandinavian design and understated elegance. Thoughtfully engineered to get you closer to your destination, they provide unprecedented levels of comfort, including spacious staterooms with full-size verandas, the largest suites on Europe’s rivers and the most al fresco dining.


River Cruises Through the Heart of Europe

Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises, including: Explore the rich culture of Europe with countries including The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, France, Hungary and Switzerland. Witness amazing sights like the windmills of Kinderdijik, verdant vineyards in Bordeaux, and ancient castles in the Rhine Valley. Take a look below at all our incredible European cruises; each will provide you with an unforgettable journey along the world’s great waterways.

Europe Ships

Boasting many of the same popular design elements of our Viking Longships, our Douro and Elbe ships feature state-of-the art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Plus, these ships feature customized hulls and engines specifically built to navigate these historic rivers.


Douro River Cruise Ships

 These intimate ships were custom built to sail Portugal's Douro River, with state-of-the-art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Like our Viking Longships, you can choose from a variety of stateroom classes, all with sweeping river views.



Viking Elbe Ships

Boasting many of the same popular design elements of our Viking Longships, our new Elbe ships feature state-of-the art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. The other classic, intimate ships feature deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Their customized hulls and engines are specially built to navigate the historic Elbe river.


Russia Ships

Sails the Volga River: More than 20 years ago, Viking began sailing the storied waterways of Russia. Today, our fully refurbished, elegant Russia fleet sets new standards of excellence in this region. Complete with hotel-style amenities, they feature spacious staterooms and suites, an inviting restaurant and refined public spaces.


Asia Ships

Built specifically to cruise the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers, our classic river cruise vessels meet the latest international standards of comfort and elegance. With outside verandas, hotel-style beds in every spacious stateroom and suite, public areas bathed in light, design elements that reflect the cultures of the region, and an all English-speaking staff, these river ships are the most distinctive sailing the region. 

Sailing Southeast Asia with Viking

Explore Southeast Asia in comfort on board elegant Viking ships. Relax as you enjoy breathtaking, upper-deck views from your stateroom and savor local cuisine in the intimate restaurant.


Ukraine Ship

Completely refurbished in 2014, our Viking ship in Eastern Europe offers exceptional ambiance with all the comforts of a fine hotel. Enjoy spacious staterooms and suites, an inviting restaurant and beautiful public spaces on board an elegant ship that sets a new standard of river cruising excellence in the region.

Itineraries This Ship Sails

Unpack just once on our small, state-of-the-art ships, enjoy your spacious stateroom, and spend more time immersed in your destination. See why Viking is the world’s leader in river cruising.

  • Ukraine Ship Features
  • All staterooms are outside with river view
  • Suites are 405 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, 2 TVs, a walk-in closet, a bathtub & shower
  • All Suites, Jr. Suites and Cat AX & BX staterooms have a veranda
  • All Cat CX-EX staterooms have a large picture window that opens
  • Most staterooms & Suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • Private, modern bathrooms with separate shower & premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • 26" Sony® TV with CNBC, CNN, BBC & more
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & air conditioning
  • Bottled water replenished daily

Egypt Ships

Specifically built to navigate the Nile River, our Egypt ships have been fully re-imagined to international standards of comfort and elegance. With French balconies, hotel-style beds in every spacious stateroom and public areas bathed in light, these ships are the most sophisticated river ships sailing the region.

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