European river cruising is one of the best ways to see parts of Europe that are inaccessible to ocean-going ships, and Viking River Cruises delivers a quality product at a great value. My mother and I sailed on the Viking Spirit's Grand European
14-day itinerary from Budapest to Amsterdam in October. The Viking Spirit sailed on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers and through the Main-Danube Canal--over 1,000 nautical miles of cruising. The itinerary was a perfect mix of European capitals (Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Amsterdam), a dozen quaint towns, and river cruising.
The Viking Spirit river cruise was one of the most relaxing that I have ever done. We visited parts of Europe--Hungary, Austria, and southern Germany--where a train, bus or automobile were the only other touring options. Each of these requires packing and unpacking each day. We spent plenty of time ashore, but got to return to the same bed each evening.
Let's take a tour of the Viking Spirit.