In a groundbreaking announcement today, Viking, the world’s leading river cruise line, revealed its highly anticipated Treasures of the Rhine itinerary, marking a historic milestone in European travel. Set to launch in December 2023, and this revolutionary winter voyage establishes Viking as the first-ever cruise line to operate year-round on Europe’s legendary rivers, shattering the limitations of traditional cruising schedules and redefining the concept of exploring the continent.
Renowned for its unrivalled expertise in river cruises, Viking introduces a new era of exploration, offering discerning travellers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Europe’s rich culture during the serene winter months. By embarking on the Treasures of the Rhine itinerary, guests can unlock the secrets of the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its awe-inspiring turreted fortresses, majestic cathedrals, and medieval towns steeped in history.
“The Middle Rhine is undeniably one of our most sought-after destinations, captivating travelers with its ever-changing vistas of hilltop castles, charming towns, and vine-covered terraces that cascade down the valley,” revealed Torstein Hagen, the visionary Chairman of Viking. “Having witnessed the immense popularity of our Rhine cruises in other seasons, we are thrilled to offer a fresh and alluring option for those who yearn to experience Europe’s enchanting wonders during a quieter time of the year.”
Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the 10-day Treasures of the Rhine itinerary promises a sensory journey through the heart of Europe, brimming with cultural discoveries and breathtaking landscapes. Guests will be transported back in time as they meander through the Middle Rhine’s storied towns, sampling the region’s world-renowned red and white wines amidst the historic vineyards that date back to the Roman era. This winter voyage provides the perfect opportunity to revel in the region’s gastronomic delights while exploring iconic cities such as Amsterdam, Basel, and Cologne.
Viking’s commitment to excellence extends beyond its captivating itineraries. The award-winning fleet of Viking Longships, designed with Scandinavian elegance and environmental sustainability in mind, will serve as the guests’ luxurious home-away-from-home during their journey. With a capacity to accommodate 190 guests across 95 staterooms, the identical Longships offer a range of lavish accommodations, including true two-room suites boasting full-size verandas, ensuring unrivalled comfort and breathtaking views. Onboard amenities include a refined restaurant, a cozy bar and lounge, a well-stocked library, and an expansive sun deck where travellers can soak up the winter sun. The groundbreaking Aquavit Terrace invites guests to indulge in al fresco dining while enjoying the stunning riverside panoramas. Setting new standards in eco-friendly travel, Viking’s Longships integrate solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden, and energy-efficient hybrid engines, ensuring a remarkably smooth and sustainable cruising experience.
For those eager to embark on this extraordinary winter voyage, bookings for the Treasures of the Rhine itinerary are now open. Departure dates are available from December 2023 through early March 2024, with fares starting at an enticing $2,995 per person. Viking also presents an unprecedented savings opportunity, with couples enjoying up to $2,000 in savings on their bookings*.
Viking’s bold move to year-round pioneer river cruising in Europe opens up possibilities for intrepid travellers, reshaping how we perceive and explore the continent. With the Treasures of the Rhine itinerary, Viking empowers curious adventurers to delve into Europe’s cultural tapestry in the most immersive and unforgettable way imaginable, creating cherished memories that will endure for a lifetime.
For more information and to book your winter river adventure, visit Viking’s official website: www.vikingcruises.com.
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