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Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises is the world's largest river cruise line. Its ships sail the rivers of Europe, Russia and China. Viking was the first to offer river trips in Russia. Viking ships are Scandinavian in design, with open, airy interiors by famed maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten. Viking River Cruises' ships average just 150 passengers, and often dock right in the heart of town, providing "walk off your ship" access into Europe. Guided shore excursions in each port of call are included in passengers' cruise fares.

Fellow passengers: Viking River Cruise passengers are generally English speaking well-travelled cruise veterans in the 55+ age bracket.

Viking River Cruises - Destinations

Viking Ships sail along the major rivers of Europe, Russia and China. In Europe, discover grand cities and quaint villages along the Blue Danube. Spend magical days along the Rhine and Main Rivers of central Europe. Discover East Germany’s dramatic landscape with a cruise down the Elbe River.
In Russia, experience the waterways of the Czars, discovering the history and culture of Russia's heartland. You can also discover Ukraine’s colorful culture along the Dnieper River. In China, cruise the wildly beautiful Three Gorges region of the legendary Yangtze, and admire the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam.

Viking offers the widest possible variety of destinations. Experience world cities like Budapest, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Shanghai, immersing yourself in local culture in the smaller towns along the way. With Viking, you explore the places you visit with expert Program Directors who provide background, context and a regional perspective. 

Our Ships

This vessel offers state-of-the-art engineering, design and luxury. The Viking Freya provides guests with more ways to personalize their trip. Choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations from which you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Europe's most remarkable destinations.


Sail Europe's legendary rivers aboard the Viking Lfon and discover wondrous cities and hidden towns along the way. Unpack once and enjoy the quiet elegance of your floating hotel while experiencing the local culture and customs during this magical cruise.


Designed by legendary naval architects Yran & Storbraaten, Viking Longships feature state-of-the-art engineering, design and luxury. This Viking Longship features more full-size verandas and full-size staterooms than ever before. The Aquavit Terrace has a unique design that allows floor-to-ceiling windows to roll aside to create an area that combines the comfort of the indoors with the fresh air of the outdoors.


This was the first catamaran style river ship and features a glass floored lobby, large atrium and balconied cabins. It has a lift between middle and upper deck and stairlif to the sundeck. Passengers on the Viking Primadonna tend to be 45+ and Europeans & Americans. At full capacity the crew ratio is one to 3.5 passengers.


Specially designed for sailing on the Rhine in comfort and elegance. Higher ceilings give all 198 guests a spacious feeling, and the entire ship is set up for optimal viewing of scenery The observation deck and restaurant have huge panoramic windows, and the ship’s soaring lobby atrium has a seating area with observation windows.