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River Cruise Excursion Costs (Viking Grand European Tour)

Old Aug 19th, 2020, 03:34 PM
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River Cruise Excursion Costs (Viking Grand European Tour)

Hi, all,

It looks like a group of us will be doing the Viking Grand European Tour next summer. Several of us are trying to figure out what we might budget for any optional excursions on that trip. Using google just does not seem to turn up any recent info. For those of you who might have done this cruise in the last several years, could you ballpark prices in general or, better yet, provide rough costs for some specific optional tours you took.

Also, if you chose to use a local operator in any of the ports, I would love a recommendation for that (and rough cost info, if you have it) as well.

Thanks in advance.

John H.
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Old Aug 19th, 2020, 07:59 PM
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You might try asking over at cruisecritic.com, although they don't seem to give much space to river cruising..
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Old Aug 20th, 2020, 11:51 AM
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I didn’t realize they had started charging for “excursions.” Look at the port towns as those are where spent our time, sometimes on an included walking tour but mostly on our own. The river towns were mostly charming and interesting.
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Old Aug 20th, 2020, 12:11 PM
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Normally, for mass market and mid-range companies, some excursions are included (one per port for this company, I think), and some are not. If you join your cruise's roll call at CruiseCritic you will find other people who may want to take independent excursions.

However, the only company currently operating a cruise in Europe, MSC (with Europeans only), is requiring passengers to only take the company's excursions, which will also require passengers to stay together with the guide. Some people have already been kicked off for not conforming. Of course, the situation next summer may be different, who knows.
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https://www.cruisecritic.com/cruiset...ries.cfm?cl=59 I read a few and was surprised that many times they bus you into the city as the docking area is not close to anything. I know I have seen where they dock though in some places. Speyer and Cochem for example. That was easy for people to just tour on their own. If they are taking you into the city then research and find what you would like to see. Entry fees for museums, dining out. I know at my port you can take the bus tours but there are always taxis waiting to take you into town. Hoping some others chime in.
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Viking will include a tour at each stop and it should be described on the Viking website as well as provide information on optional tours. I have taken a couple of cruises on the Rhine and in some ports the ship docked in walking distance of the center of town and in others a bus was required. Strasbourg and Heidelberg required bus trips and included a walking tour as well as free time. There was no additional charge for this as each stop included one set excursion. In Strasbourg the dock was much closer than in Heidelberg and both Viking and AmaWaterways offered shuttles throughout the afternoon between the town center and the ship. We took one optional excursion with Viking and that was a WW2 tour on the Colmar pocket battle(s). It was well worth it but meant we would miss visiting the town of Colmar and its Christmas market so a trade off. It was a few years ago and I think it might have cost around $90 per person. My husband and I thought it was well worth it. We also skipped some included tours and walked through some ports such as Koblenz and Rudesheim on our own. It was easy to reach the town center in Basel and Amsterdam on both cruises but I imagine if it's crowded with ships some will have to dock further away. In Amsterdam we booked tickets to the Van Gogh museum and used a taxi to save time which was limited. We are booked with Viking for a Danube Christmas Market cruise in 2021. I hope that helps and I'm happy to try and answer any questions.
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Here is a link to my trip report on the Rhine with Viking if you are interested: Viking Switzerland to the North Sea
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