Viking River Cruises

Written by Sarah Provost
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Viking River Cruises takes the "less is more" approach to cruising--but only in terms of the water you're sailing on and the size of the ship! The Viking line cruises rivers in Europe, Russia, and starting this year, China, Thailand and Tibet. And instead of a floating city, Viking River Cruises offers deluxe but intimate ships, averaging only a little over 150 passengers.

Viking River Cruises: Up Close and Personal

Large cruise ships are limited to large ports. In order to get to the interior of any destination, you must arrange for a shore excursion if one is available. The smaller ships of the Viking line cruise right into the heartland. Their port of call might be a small fishing village in Thailand or a medieval market town along the Danube.

River cruising offers all the "unpack once" convenience of an ocean cruise with the intimate connection to your destination that was formerly only available with extensive land travel. And unlike bus or train tours, you'll have all the fine dining and entertainment of an ocean cruise. It's also worth noting that on the smaller river cruisers, all the rooms are outside rooms with a view!

This year Viking River Cruises offers several itineraries in Asia aboard the Century Star. All tours are escorted by English-speaking guides, and can take you the full length of the Yangtze or up to Tibet, "the roof of the world." Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo or discover the art treasures of ancient China aboard a river vessel, and cruising will never be the same.

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