I know not if there is a reason
Why I am so sad at heart.
A legend of bygone ages
Haunts me and will not depart.
The air is cool under nightfall.
The calm Rhine courses its way.
The peak of the mountain is sparkling
With evening's final ray.
The fairest of maidens is sitting
Unwittingly wondrous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She's combing her golden hair.
The comb she holds is golden,
She sings a song as well
Whose melody binds an enthralling
And overpowering spell.
River-cruising is indeed a spell-binding experience. You get close and personal with intriguing destinations while enjoying the comfort and luxury of living aboard a small cruise ship. Often, you travel at night, and when you wake up, the first light of dawn brightens on another enchanting spot. A river's most dramatic sections are scheduled during daylight hours so you can see the dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes, or an ancient legend such as the Lorelei taking on a new life just for you!
Cruising below the Lorelei has been a highlight of a Rhine cruise ever since Heinrich Heine (translated above by A.Z. Foreman) penned this poem in the early 19th century. River cruises have come a long way since then with luxury liners now plying the major rivers of the world.
Our current photo gallery features the lands explored by ships of Viking River Cruises. The long ships of Viking feature spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax, and special touches, like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner. Complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides, are included.
The tantalizing choice includes these European waterways: Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine, and the Rhône/Saône.
A journey along the legendary rivers of Asia is an unforgettable fusion of distinctive sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. Viking's ships explore the Irrawaddy, Mekong, and Yangtze rivers.
In Egypt, Viking takes you up the legendary Nile...