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All Aboard! Our Amazing Summer Group River Cruise Review!

Vacationista Travel Viking River Cruise Group 2015

The rivers of the world are fast becoming hotspots for travelers and is currently the fastest growing tourism segment. European river cruising has boomed in the last decade (the river cruise lines can’t build the vessels fast enough!), and cruise lines are expanding to more exotic and interesting parts of the globe every year.  For many years river cruising was frequented by retirees.  However,  based on the below highlights of a river cruise, river cruising now attracts young professionals, honeymooners, generation x & y travelers as well as baby boomers.

  • Smaller intimate vessels
  • An all-inclusive offering
  • Desire for travelers to have a more authentic travel experience
  • Opportunity to visit cities throughout Europe not located on a coastal waterway accessed by larger ocean liners but rather more inland (think Budapest, Paris, and Vienna)  where guests can immerse themselves with the local cultures

We had the pleasure to experience a river cruise this summer when we hosted a group of all ages via a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine Getaway.  One word to describe this incredible trip – AMAZING! Below are a few highlights from our trip followed by a video of the Viking River Cruise we sailed:

  • We started in Amsterdam- highly recommend an extra night or two stay prior to the cruise.  The entire group agreed that Amsterdam exceeded all our expectation.  What a great walkable city but we so enjoyed the hop-hop off canal boat cruise.  I cannot say enough about how much we loved this city and I will definitely be back to spend much longer!  Did I mention the bicycles!! I never saw so many- there were parking lots of bicycles- 10,000 bicycles in one parking lot alone! And the fresh flowers- anyone would revel over the Peonies but wow, what a florist’s dream!
  • Our itinerary featured mostly ports in Germany (along with 1 port in France, Holland, and Switzerland).  One day, after a morning tour of a castle, we sat on the top sun deck, shoes kicked off, relaxing in the lounge chairs, being served drinks and desserts, listening to the tour director narrate while we viewed 16 castles along the Rhine!
  • We sailed the Viking Mani- a new vessel built this year.  It was stunning but more so, the staff was just perfect! I can’t think of anything I would improve.
  • We met most of the travelers on the cruise because of its smaller, more intimate size.  Although we were traveling in a group, we all made new instant friends.
  • Loved that the cruise docked right in the towns – we could walk on & off to visit each charming town.
  • All daily tours were included along with impressive tour guides.

Call us at Vacationista Travel to begin planning your next River Cruise!!!

318-469-2664  or sherri@vacationistatravel.com

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