The Top 100 Best River Cruises

From The #1 River Cruise Line.

Viking Cruises®
Viking offers hundreds of incredible river and ocean voyages around the world. Here's our Top 100 hand-curated picks for 2018 - 2019.
Viking Cruises 2019 - 2020 :  Find the Top 100 Rivers and Ocean Cruises.

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Treasures of the World

River & Ocean Cruise Destinations

River Cruises : Journey into the heart of Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you’ll discover the true nature of these fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You’ll travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried aboard an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination. Nothing compares to a river, and no experience compares to a Viking® river cruise.

Ocean Cruises : Experience the world differently : up close and in depth. Our small ship size—just 930 guests—gives you access to small ports that larger ships cannot reach, and allows you time to get to know your destination and its culture intimately, at a more relaxed pace. On board, you won’t find casinos, kids or umbrella drinks. Instead, you’ll get to know your destination with delicious meals inspired by authentic regional flavors, enriching Destination Performances, fascinating lectures and more.

RIVER CRUISES

Danube
Flowing from the Black Forest to its vast delta at the Black Sea, the Danube has shaped the history of Central Europe. Cruise through the forested slopes of Bavaria, along the terraced hills of Austria’s wine region and past the Hungarian steppes into the heart of Eastern Europe.
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Rhine
Lined with hilltop castles, fairy-tale villages and sprawling vineyards, “Old Father Rhine” has long been a major European lifeline of commerce and culture. Its romance and beauty have inspired poets and composers, giving birth to the tales of Lorelei and the music of Wagner.
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France
Cultural treasures line the banks of the rivers of France. Along the Rhône and Dordogne, sample world-renowned wines and cuisine and stunning beauty. Follow the winding Seine into breathtaking Norman farmland. And marvel at landscapes immortalized by France’s greatest painters.
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Douro (Portugal)
Central to Portugal’s wine industry, the Douro River was long the sole highway that delivered the region’s famed port wine to the world. Trace its enchanting route past terraced slopes cloaked in lush vineyards, hillside wine estates and stunning olive and almond groves.
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Elbe (Germany)
One of Central Europe’s most important waterways, the Elbe River traverses the bohemian highlands of the Czech Republic and the untouched forests of Germany. Its waters course past vineyard-laden hills and the soaring rock formations of Saxon Switzerland.
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Holiday
Lined with traditional Christmas markets and the festive spirit of the season, Europe’s waterways are pure magic during the holidays. Celebrate along the Rhine, Main and Danube and raise your mulled cider to a joyous Noël you’ll always remember.
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Russia
Cruise a vast network of rivers, lakes and canals between St. Petersburg and Moscow, stopping at inviting Golden Ring cities and charming villages. As you explore, meet smiling babushkas, admire the fine art of nesting dolls and gaze up at multi-hued onion-domed churches.
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Ukraine
Big, warm-hearted and largely undiscovered, Ukraine will surprise you with its diverse landscapes and traditions. Cruise the Dnieper River from Kiev to the Black Sea, stopping to explore cities and villages woven with the colorful threads of Greek, Mongol, Tatar, Ottoman, Cossack, Jewish, Polish and Russian culture. 
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Asia
Asia is a fascinating juxtaposition of the past, present and future. See China’s highlights and take a deluxe Yangtze River cruise or visit colorful Southeast Asia along the Mekong or Irrawaddy River.
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Egypt
Egypt is a rich repository of legendary pyramids, monumental statuary and temple unearthed from desert sands. Uncover the secrets of pharaohs and ancient civilizations as you sail along the fabled Nile River.
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Ocean & River Voyages
Travel by both river and sea with enriching journeys that highlight the history, culture and seldom-seen sights of inland and coastal destinations on one seamless itinerary.
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OCEAN CRUISES

Baltic & Northern Europe
Immerse yourself in the rich Viking heritage, remarkable maritime history and colorful cultures that have shaped some of the most scenic shores in the world.
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The Americas & Caribbean
Cruising the eastern seaboard of North America provides a fascinating glimpse of legacies and traditions that date all the way back to Leif Eriksson.
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Mediterranean & Adriatic
Experience up close the sun-soaked cultures, romantic cities steeped in an ancient past and the rich culinary and wine-making traditions of the fabled Mediterranean.
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Quiet Season Mediterranean
Join Viking in the storied Mediterranean during the quiet season. Fewer crowds mean more meaningful, relaxed culture immersion. And low-season airfares stretch your travel dollar.
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Asia & Australia
Uncover the secrets of Asia’s enigmatic cultures. Take in the cultural pleasures of Australia and New Zealand.
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World & Grand Voyages
Sweeping, epic and enlightening, Viking’s Grand Voyages open doorways to more of the world’s cultures, whether traversing oceans, bridging continents or sailing around the globe.
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Ocean & River Voyages
Travel by both river and sea with enriching journeys that highlight the history, culture and seldom-seen sights of inland and coastal destinations on one seamless itinerary.
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Viking Inclusive Cruising
With the world’s largest and best fleet of river  and ocean cruise ships, more awards than any other river cruise line and choice in every aspect of your travels, Viking delivers remarkable value. 
EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS
You receive exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river and ocean cruise fleet. Enjoy your choice of staterooms, including Suites, Junior Suites and staterooms with verandas and French balconies.
ATTENTIVE SERVICE
Enjoy attentive service from our award-winning, English-speaking staff, plus the personalized assistance of your onboard Viking Concierge.
ENLIGHTENING DAILY SHORE EXCURSIONS IN EVERY PORT
Your daily shore excursions are led by friendly, knowledgeable local guides utilizing a high-tech audio headset system so you never miss a word.
ENGAGING CULTURAL ENRICHMENT
Your Viking itinerary includes informative talks, performances, hands-on cooking and craft demonstrations, and much more.
ALL ONBOARD MEALS
Taste the exquisite cuisine created by our Swiss-trained chefs, featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialty options, and served in a variety of settings including the most al fresco dining available on the rivers.
COMPLIMENTARY WINE, BEER & SOFT DRINKS
Refreshments are included with your onboard dinner and lunch service. Also enjoy bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at our 24-hour beverage bar.
COMPLIMENTARY INTERNET SERVICE
You receive complimentary Internet service in your room and throughout our ships.
IN-ROOM INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
Your in-room infotainment system features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more.

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Viking Inclusive Cruising
With the world’s largest and best fleet of river  and ocean cruise ships, more awards than any other river cruise line and choice in every aspect of your travels, Viking delivers remarkable value. 
EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS
You receive exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river and ocean cruise fleet. Enjoy your choice of staterooms, including Suites, Junior Suites and staterooms with verandas and French balconies.
ATTENTIVE SERVICE
Enjoy attentive service from our award-winning, English-speaking staff, plus the personalized assistance of your onboard Viking Concierge.
ENLIGHTENING DAILY SHORE EXCURSIONS IN EVERY PORT
Your daily shore excursions are led by friendly, knowledgeable local guides utilizing a high-tech audio headset system so you never miss a word.
ENGAGING CULTURAL ENRICHMENT
Your Viking itinerary includes informative talks, performances, hands-on cooking and craft demonstrations, and much more.
ALL ONBOARD MEALS
Taste the exquisite cuisine created by our Swiss-trained chefs, featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialty options, and served in a variety of settings including the most al fresco dining available on the rivers.
COMPLIMENTARY WINE, BEER & SOFT DRINKS
Refreshments are included with your onboard dinner and lunch service. Also enjoy bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at our 24-hour beverage bar.
COMPLIMENTARY INTERNET SERVICE
You receive complimentary Internet service in your room and throughout our ships.
IN-ROOM INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
Your in-room infotainment system features movies on demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more.


Certified Viking River & Ocean Cruise Experts
Meet Raye and Marty Trencher, who are part of an exclusive group of travel planners who are recognized by Viking as Certified River & Ocean Cruise Experts, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and knowledge as river cruise planning professionals.

No one knows River & Ocean Cruising like they do. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, and where and what to see, everything you need to know about River Cruises including Europe's Danube River, Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle, France & Portugal's Seine River, The Saône and Rhône Rivers, The Dordonge, Garonne and Gironde Rivers, The Douro River, China's Yangtze River, The Russian River System, The Mekong River for Vietnam & Cambodia +Thailand & Myanmar.  And, everything you need to know about Ocean Cruises including ports of call in the Baltics & Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, Cuba, Bermuda, and Alaska.

In addition, they have completed certification courses earning the following accolades: • Viking Master Cruise Expert • Viking River Cruises Danube River Specialist • Viking River Cruises Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle River Specialist • Viking River Cruises France & Portugal Specialist • Viking River Cruises China Specialist • and Viking River Cruises Russia Specialist. Give them a call today at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.

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Experience & Expertise

Since 1999, our staff has immersed themselves in extraordinary places all around the world, traveling extensively in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Mediterranean, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia, all the way to China and Southeast Asia, even Alaska!  They have spent time exploring the world's culture that draws from many lands, languages and peoples and investigated all the most popular river and ocean cruise destinations, such as Europe; including Germany, Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary, Serbia and Romania plus towns in Croatia and Bulgaria, to name a few.
They are well educated and knowledgeable about the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, where you can view Europe's most icon landmarks, passing elegant castles, emerald vineyards and cultural capitals along the way.

At River & Ocean Cruise Vacations, we present some of the most authentic and meaningful travel experiences as you travel by river, allowing you to dock right in the heart of both historic cities and quaint villages.  On a river cruise you’ll gain a unique perspective of a land and its people.

Now, River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino. There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides, ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls.

River Cruises do transport you " back in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe, Russia and China's rich history comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns. All the while, enjoying a river cruise ship's modern comfort, cuisine and included onshore excursions and activities. If you prefer an ocean cruise with elegant, serene ship ambience, more time in each port and an inclusive experience with exquisite dining and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, consider a Viking Ocean Cruise.

Take a moment and give our Viking Master Rivesr & Ocean Cruise Experts a call. Ask all your questions. Take all the time you need to discover the most convenient way to see the world. This is cruising on an intimate scale, with a personal touch. On a river cruise, you’ll meander along at the easy pace of the river: Sloping vineyards, storybook villages and hilltop castles mark your progress through Europe’s great waterways . . . China’s towering Three Gorges usher you along the mighty Yangtze . . . riverside temples and pagodas guide you through the ancient civilizations and verdant countryside of the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers of Southeast Asia. All this, and you’ll unpack your bags just once. Welcome aboard one of Viking River Cruises deluxe ships - for an unforgettable journey enriched by knowledgeable local guides, activities and excursions that immerse you in the culture, and fine regional wines and cuisine.

We are eager to share our own "been there, done that" River & Ocean Cruise travel experiences that we hope will inspire that thirst within you for discovery and a passion for the wonders of the Caribbean Europe, Russia and China and beyond!

The strength of our service is our certified river cruise travel experts' experience. Our staff are some of the best River & Ocean Cruise experts in their fields: sharing their in-depth knowledge as well as the intimate perspective of their own travel experiences to draw a more complete picture of river and ocean cruising and places you can explore.


 

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Viking River Cruises : Elegant. Stylish. Exceptionally comfortable. Designed to get your friends, and family group closer to your destination.. Inventive and innovative, award-winning Viking ships, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. Viking Longships have set the standard in river cruising: these intimate vessels have all the amenities of a fine hotel, providing the ideal opportunity for your group of family or friends  to comfortably be transported each day to and from your next destination—where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from your ship.