While the names of the Viking Longships were inspired by Norse mythology, the fully refurbushed Russian ships are named after the first intrepid Viking explorers who becane fouders of the Rus dynasty that for centuries ruled the land we know today as Russia. The reference is fitting, as Viking has deep roots here. Viking River Cruises was born in Russia, with a small fleet of innovative vessels that became the model for contemporary river cruising along Russia's waterways.ÂViking Rurik
The Viking Way of exploration takes you deeper, offering behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities. While we include the expected and iconic, such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks, we also go beyond, offering Local Life, Working World and optional Privileged Access experiences in places otherwise difficult to visit.
Every detail on board a Viking ship is meant to enrich and enhance your travel experience, helping you fully immerse yourself in the rich cultures you are visiting. From our thoughtfully curated library and the insights of our guest lecturers to cooking demonstrations with our chef and wine tastings of vintages from your destinations, Viking helps you connect to your destination in every possible way.
Looking for inspiration and perspective before you depart on your Viking voyage? Consult our online filmography, a comprehensive list of movies sure to complement your travel experience. Reading recommendations, cultural profiles and videos help you delve more deeply into your destinations—all produced to provide insight into different world cultures and to inspire you once traveling.