9 nights onboard Viking Vali

Holland & Belgium

Winners 2022 Favourite River Cruise Line

The son of Odin and the giantess Rind, Vali was conceived to avenge the death of Baldur, another of Odin’s children. Often known as the god of vengeance, he is so focused on his task he neglects to care for himself until he has avenged his brother’s death. In the end, he kills Hodur, an uwitting player, and binds Loki, the orchestrator of Baldur’s demise.

Leaving from: Antwerp
Cruise ship: Viking Vali
Visiting: Antwerp Antwerp Maastricht Nijmegen
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Viking River Cruises

Viking is the largest river cruise line operators in the world, with a fleet of 76 ships running sailings across four continents on an army of award-winning ships. The river arm of Viking is just one of Viking's cruise options, the super-premium Norwegian ocean cruise line known for its superlative cruise experience, small ships with Scandi-chic interiors and fantastic destination and cultural enrichment programme.

On the river, Viking offers cruisers the chance to sail in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, offering facilities like sundeck swimming pools, relaxing Aquavit terraces and well-stocked libraries. Continually making new additions and expanding, Viking has recently upped its Nile river cruise game with two new ships, and also sails the Mississippi river.

The cruise line also champions themed cruises, taking passengers to the likes of the Passion Play at Oberammergau and offering exclusive pre-and post-cruise land tours.

190
Passengers
50
Crew
2019
Launched
5000t
Tonnage
135m
Length
29m
Width
15kts
Speed
3
Decks
EUR
Currency
Cruise Itinerary
Days 1 - 2
Antwerp, Belgium
Day 3
Maastricht, Netherlands
Day 4
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Day 5
Wesel, Germany
Day 6
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Day 6
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Day 7
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Day 8
Hoorn, Netherlands
Days 9 - 10
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Days 1 - 2
Antwerp, Belgium
Explore Antwerp, Belgium's second city. Known for its diamond cutting industry, fashion and the many great artists that lived in its vicinity, Antwerp is a city focused on art and culture.
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Day 3
Maastricht, Netherlands
Nijmegen, Netherlands image
Day 4
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Wesel, Germany image
Day 5
Wesel, Germany
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Day 6
Dordrecht, Netherlands
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Day 6
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is a city that's a long way removed from most people's stereotypical notion of the Netherlands. There are few, if any, canals to be found here nor are there any quaint windmills. There is, however, a thriving modern city which is one of the busiest ports in the entire world.

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Day 7
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
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Day 8
Hoorn, Netherlands
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Days 9 - 10
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam combines the unrivaled beauty of the 17th-century Golden Age city center with plenty of museums and art of the highest order, not to mention a remarkably laid-back atmosphere. It all comes together to make this one of the world's most appealing and offbeat metropolises in the world. Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic rainbow, Amsterdam is known as the City of Canals—but it's no Venice, content to live on moonlight serenades and former glory. Quite the contrary: on nearly every street here you'll find old and new side by side—quiet corners where time seems to be holding its breath next to streets like neon-lit Kalverstraat, and Red Light ladies strutting by the city's oldest church. Indeed, Amsterdam has as many lovely facets as a 40-carat diamond polished by one of the city's gem cutters. It's certainly a metropolis, but a rather small and very accessible one. Locals tend to refer to it as a big village, albeit one that happens to pack the cultural wallop of a major world destination. There are scores of concerts every day, numerous museums, summertime festivals, and, of course, a legendary year-round party scene. It's pretty much impossible to resist Amsterdam's charms. With 7,000 registered monuments, most of which began as the residences and warehouses of humble merchants, set on 160 man-made canals, and traversed by 1,500 or so bridges, Amsterdam has the largest historical inner city in Europe. Its famous circle of waterways, the grachtengordel, was a 17th-century urban expansion plan for the rich and is a lasting testament to the city’s Golden Age. This town is endearing because of its kinder, gentler nature—but a reputation for championing sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll does not alone account for Amsterdam's being one of the most popular destinations in Europe: consider that within a single square mile the city harbors some of the greatest achievements in Western art, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. Not to mention that this is one of Europe's great walking cities, with so many of its treasures in the untouted details: tiny alleyways barely visible on the map, hidden garden courtyards, shop windows, floating houseboats, hidden hofjes(courtyards with almshouses), sudden vistas of church spires, and gabled roofs that look like so many unframed paintings. And don’t forget that the joy lies in details: elaborate gables and witty gable stones denoting the trade of a previous owner. Keep in mind that those XXX symbols you see all over town are not a mark of the city's triple-X reputation. They're part of Amsterdam's official coat of arms—three St. Andrew's crosses, believed to represent the three dangers that have traditionally plagued the city: flood, fire, and pestilence. The coat's motto ("Valiant, determined, compassionate") was introduced in 1947 by Queen Wilhelmina in remembrance of the 1941 February Strike in Amsterdam—the first time in Europe that non-Jewish people protested against the persecution of Jews by the Nazi regime.

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Viking River Cruises
Viking Vali

The son of Odin and the giantess Rind, Vali was conceived to avenge the death of Baldur, another of Odin’s children. Often known as the god of vengeance, he is so focused on his task he neglects to care for himself until he has avenged his brother’s death. In the end, he kills Hodur, an uwitting player, and binds Loki, the orchestrator of Baldur’s demise.

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