Recapping our Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises

The elegant Viking Vidar at her berth in Cologne near Zoobrucke on July 15, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

It has been two weeks now since I finished my 15-day Grand European Tour aboard Viking River CruisesViking Vidar and Viking Lofn. One of Viking’s longest (but not the longest ) European itineraries, this voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest is the crown jewel of Viking’s Danube itineraries, combining a cruise along this legendary waterway with trips along the Rhine and Main Rivers.
Of course, this journey was not without its little hiccups. I got stuck in Longyearbyen, Svalbard up in the Far Arctic when fog closed down the airport there for two days, which forced me to miss the first three days of the river cruise. That’s my bad for scheduling two voyages so close together.

Viking Lofn tied up at her berth in Krems this evening. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Ship Number Two: Viking Lofn tied up in Krems, Austria later on in our voyage. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

After three flights and one overnight stay at an airport hotel, I finally joined in Cologne, Germany on Day 3 – just in time to discover that low water on the Danube would necessitate a ship-swap in Nuremberg a few days later. Mother Nature

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