Viking has announced its 2019 Ocean & River Voyages, which offer the opportunity to explore Europe’s rivers on a Viking ‘Longship’ before sailing to Scandinavia on one of the company’s ocean ships.
Debuting in May 2019, the 22-day Grand European & Viking Fjords itinerarywill sail from Budapest to Bergen, combining Viking’s 15-day Grand European Tour cruise on the Rhine and Danube Rivers between Budapest and Amsterdam, with the eight-day Viking Shores & Fjords ocean itinerary, which sails the North Sea, between Amsterdam and Bergen.
Viking will also offer additional departures in 2019 of the 15-day ‘Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords’ combination itinerary, which debuts in June 2018 and will sail between Basel and Bergen.
“Our guests are experienced travellers who appreciate immersive cultural experiences, while also exploring the world in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “With one flight, our guests can experience both of our award-winning cruise products, making it even easier for them to explore the world.”
Full details on the new 2019 Ocean & River Voyages can be found on Viking’s website here and highlights include:
Grand European & Viking Fjords – Budapest to Bergen (26MAY, 2019; 2JUN, 2019) – This 22-day itinerary brings guests to six countries and 19 ports of call. From Budapest to Norway, guests will sail the Danube River into Austria’s Wachau Valley and explore Germany’s historic castles along the Rhine River. In Amsterdam, guests will experience Holland’s famous windmills before boarding one of Viking’s 930-guest ocean shipsand sailing north, calling on multiple ports in Norway, from Stavanger to Flåm. They will disembark in the historic fishing village of Bergen.
Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords– Basel to Bergen (30JUN, 2018; 2JUN, 2019) – Guests will experience highlights of the Rhine River and discover Norway by sea on this 15-day itinerary, exploring six countries and 15 ports. Travelling from Basel to Germany’s Black Forest and Cologne’s iconic Cathedral, upon arrival in Amsterdam, guests will be transferred directly to one of Viking’s 930-guest ocean shipsand will continue their journey in the North Sea to Skagen, Denmark, before sailing through Norway’s fjords and disembarking in Bergen.
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