Our Viking Rhine River Getaway

This post is sponsored by Viking Cruise Lines. All joy, excitement, pictures and posts to follow when I return are all my own! 

I’m a little off schedule this week, so no Feature Friday today. I wanted to share a bit about our upcoming cruise with you all.

We are so excited to be embarking on a dream trip for us! A Viking River cruise, the Rhine Getaway. I think this will be the perfect time of the year to go to Europe, early spring and the weather should be really nice. It’s been almost 30 years since I’ve been to Europe and Mark has never been, so I’m excited to get to experience this with my sweetheart!

We leave Saturday afternoon, where we will land in Paris and then take a short flight to Basel, Switzerland, where we embark on our longship, Kara on Sunday. From there we meander down (or maybe up) the Rhine river stopping along the way with several shore excursions and lots of sight seeing.

Here’s a screenshot of our itinerary if you want to follow along. From Basel, Switzerland ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

All Photos courtesy of Viking River Cruise Library 

I’ve been to Zurich, Switzerland once before, but again it’s been almost 30 years since I went to Italy and went on trips to France and Switzerland from there. Hard to believe that, but it has been. The rest of our itinerary will be brand new territory for me and I’m SO excited for this trip. Mark has never been out of the country, so he is a bit nervous with the state of the world these days. I have assured him we will be fine. It’s an adventure of a lifetime for us. I’m so thankful to get this sponsorship from Viking River Cruises since this is something that was on my bucket list.

We will be on the longship, Kara, which will look very much like the above picture.

On board, the ship looks very different from ocean liner cruise ships I’ve been on before, but I look forward to exploring every bit of it in person. This of course is the dining area.

I’m just imagining having breakfast outside every morning. What a treat that will be. It’s going to be a bit colder than I thought. I was remembering when I went to Italy almost 30 years ago that the temps there were similar to our weather here in Atlanta, but these European countries we will be traveling to are further north, so the temps haven’t warmed up quite as much as South.

It’s only going to be in the 50’s and 60’s during the day, with rain expected, so we will dress accordingly and be prepared with rain jackets and umbrellas for our day excursions.

The longship looks so delightful and I can’t wait to be there and experience it all. This is the herb garden.

A lounge area on the Viking longship. It looks like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the scenery that will be outdoors at every moment.

The Library

Katz Castle and the Middle Rhine RIver Valley with a Viking Longship in view.

This looks amazing! Pinch me now!

I know that Mark and I are going to feel so pampered on this trip and enjoy it to the fullest. What a wonderful opportunity we have been given.

Viking Longship Idun on the Main River in front of Johannisburg Palace, Aschaffenburg, Germany

I have only been on large ocean cruise liners before, so this will be an entirely different experience I’m sure.

Our Veranda stateroom will be similar to this one. Look at that balcony right outside. I know where I’ll be spending a lot of time sight seeing at all the gorgeous scenery going by sipping coffee every morning!

I simply cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and food of the Viking River Cruise. I’ll be taking so many pics and sharing them with all of you when I return. I know I’ll have plenty to share and you know I’ll be sharing it all! Be thinking about us next week!

We have a house sitter, so that’s why I don’t mind saying when we will be gone. We have someone staying here to take care of the house and Miss Hollie. It’s a long flight over and back, but I know it will be worth every single moment to get there and experience this adventure of a lifetime!

I’ve got a couple of family posts that I’ll share next week while I’m gone, but I’m on vacation and will not be taking my laptop. I’ll have my phone and will take a zillion pics, but I’m officially taking the week off and won’t be worrying about the blog until I get back. I’ll schedule those family posts on New Orleans and Easter while I’m gone, since I wanted to share them anyway. I’ll have plenty to share when I get back and then will be jumping right into that show house patio space I shared with you last week!

- Rhoda


  1. Kay Shumate says

    We just got back 2 weeks ago on the same trip. We started off on Amsterdam & ended in Basel. We pre booked 2 night in Amsterdam since there is so much to see there. Make sure you visit the garden that is 55 minutes away. It’s only open 8 weeks of the year which is now. Lots of walking each day. And we had several cold rainy days. After this Riverboat you will never want to do a big cruise ship again. You are in for a treat. Enjoy & keep on traveling.

    • Thank you, Kay, that sounds wonderful! I cannot wait. I would love to visit the garden, but I think we are just flying out of Amsterdam and won’t be there long. Unfortunately, Mark could only get off work for a week, so we couldn’t do extra time before or after.

  2. So excited to follow along on your trip. I’ve always wanted to go on a Viking cruise.

  3. Barbara Moore says

    Oh, Rhoda!!!! I’m so happy for you and your sweetheart!!
    What a chance of a lifetime. Dan and I have this on our bucket list and just might schedule a trip. I will be following along to soak up everything. Thanks so much for sharing and thank you Viking Cruise Line for giving us all an opportunity to see your boat up close. Can’t wait! Non Voyage!!!!

  4. When you visit Rudesheim, make sure you have a Rüdesheimer Kaffee (coffee).
    Safe travels and yes definitely comfortable shoes!

  5. This is going to be an amazing trip. We went to England in May and it was quite cold. Just take clothes you can layer and, of course, a raincoat and umbrella. I took a raincoat with a zip out lining and it wasn’t warm enough. Looking forward to all the beautiful photos and hearing about all the wonderful food.


    So happy for you and Mark! This will be such a fabulous trip! Just relax and enjoy everything!


  7. Marilyn Parker says

    Have a great time, looking forward to seeing all your pictures!!

  8. I’m so excited for you! A river cruise is the only kind I would ever consider since I get seasick easily. What a wonderful way to see Europe. My sister and her husband went three years ago and said it was their best trip ever to Europe. I cannot wait to see all your pictures and hear all about it!

  9. I’ve been on the Viking Danube river cruise and the Viking Southern Mediterrean ocean cruise (smaller ocean cruise ships < 1000 passengers) in the past couple of years and both were wonderful, well exceeding expectations. On both cruises, there had to be a change of itinerary (beyond Vikings control) and they handled the changes beautifully, with the trip ending up even better!. If I get the opportunity for another, the one you are taking has been on the top of my list! 'Hope you and Mark have a wonderful time.

    • Thank you for sharing Marci! So many of you have been on Viking before and I’m so looking forward to this adventure!

  10. Michelle Johnson says

    Did the Grand European Tour on Viking. Viking does not disappoint ! It was a first class experience. The food was amazing, the guides so knowledgeable and the accommodations superb !! We were able to see so much ! Enjoy !

  11. Have a great time. It all sounds wonderful! Looking forward to pics when you return.

  12. diane in northern wis says

    Oh Rhoda….*I’ve always wanted to do one of these Viking River Cruises….can’t wait to see how it all goes for you and Mark. I’m sure it will be awesome! Looking forward to the pics and info you bring back from your trip. Have fun!

  13. We went 5 years ago…magical trip! Loved the castles! Have a wonderful time…can’t wait to see your pictures. Enjoy!

  14. We did the Danube on viking river cruises..loved it. Enjoy.

  15. How exciting!!! The ships looks divine! I can’t wait to hear all about the trip. Bon Voyage!!!

  16. Rhoda,
    A friend of mine and her husband went on a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine last year and raved about it. She could never get her husband to take a cruise but he agreed to take the European River cruise and he loved it. Their pictures were just storybook charming. How lucky are you to have Viking sponsor this cruise! Have a wonderful trip…cant wait to hear your review.

  17. Hi, cannot tell you how much I appreciate your recap of your viking cruise trip. My husband and I are planning a viking cruise trip in 2020 and any kind of information you can provided would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you again for your post

    • HI, Carmen, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. My Viking Post 2 is going up on Monday.

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