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  1. I did both pre and post cruise stays in Prague and Budapest. Totally worth it. We were within walking distance to everything and had great views. Budapest is such an amazing city that the extra days were worth it.
  2. Looks like in Tournon the steam train excursion is at the same time as the optional excursion Charming Ardeche. I'm really more interested in the Ardeche one but it is pretty pricey. If it's worth the cost I'll sign up for it . I know Peregrina you went on it but did you find it a good value for the cost?
  3. Love this thread. Thanks to everyone who's been so helpful.
  4. So we will be in Arles on a Sunday. Concerned a lot will be closed. We're scheduled to take the included morning walking tour but was wondering if there is enough to do in Arles in the afternoon on our own with the stores and attractions potentially closed or would our time be of better use signing up for an optional tour.
  5. We didn't sign up for the Chateau de Flecheres excursion. Going on the Beaujolais and Truffles tour instead. Has anyone heard back about this tour? If it sounds like a bust I can change it.
  6. Thanks for blogging live and sharing some valuable info. I'm booked on this optional tour of Perouges. Should I keep it but just not use the guide when we get there? I think that's what you mean but not sure. Glad your trip is going well so far.
  7. I may have overbooked our stay in Lyon. We have the morning planned with Viking doing their panorama tour of the city and the afternoon the optional excursion to the medieval city of Perouges. I may cancel the morning one so we have time to do our own thing.
  8. Love following this live blog. Lots of great info. Regarding Versailles did you book a tour or see it on your own? We leave for our Rhone cruise next October. Staying in Paris for a few days before our cruise and Versailles is a must.
  9. We had a wonderful time on our Romantic Danube cruise with Viking and did the pre cruise to Prague and post to Budapest. Our only regret was not having enough time in Vienna but that gives us an excuse to visit that great city on another trip. One day was not enough in Vienna.
  10. I know I'm in the minority here but I think it's a cool concept. Will be interesting if it takes off.
  11. We are going on the Rhone with Viking this October with pre and post land trips in Paris and Nice. Looking forward to this part of France.
  12. I've never been on Crystal. It's on my radar. Seems like a really nice line. I do have to say food is subjective. Our food on our one Viking cruise was fantastic. We had a french chef. The quality of our excursions were great as well with very knowlegable and entertaining tour guides. Viking is known to have great tour guides on the river. We don't drink much so whatever was included in the price was fine with us. Also better itineraries on the river.
  13. If Viking has a slow walker group you should be fine. The regular tours I went on were pretty intense with alot of walking and would not suit someone with mobility issues. On Avalon we saw the crew help someone off in a wheel chair and they also had a slow walker group.
  14. Loved our Viking cruise. We sailed with my in laws that are used to luxury travel and staying at 5 star hotels and they were really impressed. Especially with the tours and food. We had a french chef on our cruise and the food was excellent. If our cruise wasn't up to par believe me I would have heard about it from my in laws. Viking is a well oiled machine with excellent training of their staff. I would recommend staying a few days in Prague and Budapest before and after the cruise. After our first cruise with Viking I booked two more trips with them. Viking has a loyal following for good reason.
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