If you’re looking for the best Rhine River cruise in Europe, look no further. After setting sail three times with Viking River Cruises, I’m completely sold that they’ve got a special formula to sailing in Europe.
High attention to detail, their Rhine River Cruises are incredibly well done. Each itinerary is carefully selected, highlighting many of the gems on the Rhine River. I set sail on their “Rhine Getaway” which started in Amsterdam and made its way to Basel. I returned home with an admiration for river cruising in Europe and a new found love for this style of travel.
The Best Rhine River Cruise in Europe
Why Viking River Cruises?
First off, I want to share a bit of why I love Viking River Cruises. It’s elevated but not over the top. This is my favorite part — you are in a well-organized cruise yet they don’t go overboard with it. It’s the right amount of hands on and it means you get to enjoy what you’re seeing and still feel in control. I think that was my biggest misperception of river cruises.
It’s boutique and intimate. With a small amount of cabins, it starts to feel like a family, in a good way. Usually around 190 guests onboard, it means it’s not overcrowded and you’ll get to know most by the end of the trip.
The food is actually good. Who would have thought the cruising food could be as good as it is on Viking River Cruises? I’ve been impressed each time with just how great the food is. This post goes more into why to take a Viking River Cruise.
Should there be any water issues, you’re set. Most don’t realize that going through the locks completely depends on the level of water in the river. So if there is not enough water, your boat can’t make it through. Luckily for Viking River, they have sister boats that cross each other — so if your boat starts in Amsterdam and ends in Basel, there’s another doing the same itinerary the other way. If the boats can’t make it through, they simply just switch passengers so you can continue your journey. I’ve seen other river cruises have to complete the journey by bus because they didn’t have these sister boats. It’s rare that it happens, but if it does, you get to continue your journey.
What to expect onboard a Viking River Cruises?
Expect a good balance of down time, time to explore, and meals. The schedule is well thought out and it gives you ample time to explore and enjoy a vacation. Onboard, the boat is very modern and clean — I love the choice of bright materials and a ton of windows for natural light.
This post goes more into what you can expect on a Viking River Cruise.
Where do Rhine River Cruises stop?
It entirely depends on which itinerary you choose! Most will begin in the north and go through to Basel. A lot of the stops of the Rhine River Cruise are in Germany as well and often start in Amsterdam like mine. Here are 6 adorable towns I saw on my Rhine River Cruise.
Here’s some sample itineraries of Viking Rhine River Cruises:
What to wear on a Rhine River Cruise?
I always suggest packing a range of clothing for time exploring to meals. The best part of Viking River is you’ll see a range of dress for meals. No blue jeans at meals, but nice black jeans and a blouse to a dress goes. During the day, good walking shoes, a jacket pending the season, and casual clothing is perfect. This post goes more into what to pack for a Viking River Cruise.