Visiting Europe’s Christmas Markets on a Viking River Cruise

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I’ve always heard that the European Christmas markets are spectacular but to be honest, I’d never had a strong desire to see them since I’m more of a warm weather kind of guy. I’d rather visit Europe in the spring, summer or autumn and save my winter travel for places like the South Pacific or […]

11 Reasons to Go on a European River Cruise

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River cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, so recently, I decided it was time for me to put away my prejudices (ie: river cruising is only for older people) and check it out for myself. I went on two European river cruises in the past six months: the first was […]

20 Reasons to Go on a European Viking River Cruise

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As you probably know by now, river cruising is one of, if not the, fastest-growing segments of the travel industry. Last summer, I decided it was time to put away my “only for old people” stereotype and check out river cruising for myself. My summer cruise down the Danube was so much fun that I […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Bratislava, Slovakia

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DAY 6: Bratislava, Slovakia Friday Bratislava is only a 40-minute drive from Vienna so it doesn’t take long to get there by boat. Bratislava is the capital Slovakia and is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. We arrived early and skipped the walking tour to explore the city on […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Melk, Austria

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DAY 4: Melk, Austria Wednesday This was the one day we overslept, which was a bummer because we missed the morning tour of the 900-year-old abbey at Melk. We later walked up there (about 20 minutes from the boat) but they wouldn’t let us into the Benedictine monastery without a guide and during the winter […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Linz, Austria

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DAY 3: Linz & Salzburg, Austria Tuesday We woke up in Linz, Austria and after breakfast aboard our boat, we boarded one of the four tour buses headed to the city of Salzburg. It’s a scenic two-hour drive through the Austrian countryside when we returned back to the boat in time for dinner but skipped […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Passau, Germany

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DAY 1: Passau, Germany Sunday We flew into Munich, then met a Viking guide outside of baggage claim and boarded the transfer bus with other passengers to our ship in Passau. The ride takes just under two hours and most people slept. Cabins aren’t ready until around 3pm so plan your flights accordingly. We arrived […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Vienna, Austria

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DAY 5: Vienna, Austria Thursday We woke up in the Austrian capital of Vienna. This is the one destination we needed to take a bus into the center of town since it’s a good 20-minute ride without traffic. Some passengers took the subway, which was smart because our ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the […]