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  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Aquavit-Terrace-setting - Dine inside or on deck in the tastefully appointed Aquavit Terrace while taking in passing landscapes during your cruise of Europe's waterways aboard your Viking Longship.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Aquavit-Terrace-aerial - Enjoy al fresco dining while taking in the passing show in the Aquavit Terrace aboard your Viking River cruise.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Aquavit-Terrace-inside - Enjoy casual dining in Aquavit Terrace while taking in the majestic scenery of Europe as you sail aboard your Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Restaurant-2 - Dine with friends and drink in the breathtaking views of Europe's waterways as you cruise aboard a Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Restaurant - Look for attentive service from the wait staff during your journey through Europe aboard a Viking Cruises river ship.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-Terrace-interior-2 - Indulge in good company and scenic views during meals in the Aquavit Terrace restaurant aboard your Viking River cruise.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-dining-in-Budapest - Have lunch on the deck of your Viking Longship while taking in the impressive architecture of the Parliament building in Budapest and other storied cities along the Danube.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Explorer-Suite - Relax in the comfort of an Explorer Suite aboard your Viking Longship river cruise and wake up each day with a new European venue awaiting.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longship-Explorer-Suite2 - Inside the Explorer Suite of your Viking Longship as you sail in comfort down Europe's storied waterways.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Europe-Deluxe-Cabin-1 - Relax in a Deluxe Cabin aboard your Viking Longship river cruise and wake up each day with a new European destination awaiting.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longship-Veranda-Stateroom - Open up your stateroom to a private balcony with uninterrupted views of your travels aboard your Viking River cruise of Europe.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Explorer-Suite-1 - Relax in the comfort of an Explorer Suite aboard your Viking Longship river cruise and wake up each day with a new European port of call to explore.
  • Viking-Longship-Veranda-Suite-lounge - Kick back with a glass of wine and Hollywood movie in the comfort of your own suite aboard your Viking Longship during your voyage along Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Veranda-Suite-2 - Capture and share precious moments during your European travels aboard a Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Stateroom-ES0 - Spend  quality time with your partner in the private lounge  of your stateroom during your Viking River cruise through Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-main-lounge - Mingle with like-minded guests in the casual atmosphere of the main lounge of your Viking Longship as you explore Europe's rivers.
  • Viking-Longship-Skybar - Unwind after a day of sightseeing and meet interesting new people in the Sky Bar of your Viking River Cruises ship.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-foyer - The contemporary foyer of Viking's fleet of European Longships.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longships-Herb-Garden - You can practice your putting skills amid the lush herbs on the top deck of your Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-lounge - Meet new people and relax with a cocktail in the lounge of your Viking Longship during your European vacation.
  • Viking-Longship-Atrium - Guests will gather in the spacious atrium before heading off on a daylong shore excursion during a typical Viking Cruises itinerary.
  • Viking-Var-Regensburg-Germany - The river cruise ship Viking Var near Regensburg, Germany.
  • Viking-Longship-Budapest - Stop in the picturesque city of Budapest, Hungary, during a romantic  voyage of cultural immersion down the Danube aboard a Viking river ship.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Aquavit-Dining-Terrace-on-deck - Any seat in the Aquavit Terrace offers a front-row seat to spectacular views along Europe's waterways on your Viking River Cruise.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Europe-Reception - Each new port call means another tour included in the price of a Viking River Cruise.  Passengers gather in the longship’s reception area for the tour, or they may hang out 
in the Internet/Library area upstairs to take advantage of the good port-side Internet  connection (WiFi is free).
  • Viking-Var-Tor-Rudesheim - Viking Var and Viking Tor cozying up in Rüdesheim, Germany.
  • buda-castle-budapest-hungary - Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Germany-Passau5 - The scenic town of Passau, Germany. It's called the City of Three Rivers: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz all pass through it.
  • Melk-Austria - A tranquil scene on the Danube above the town of Melk, Austria.
  • Germany-Passau-Christkindlmarkt - The Passau Christmas Market, or Passau Christkindlmarkt, is set in the old historic town center of Passau.
  • Viking-Passau-Cathedral - Beautiful Passau, Germany, features St. Stephen's Cathedral with its distinctive caps on the bell towers.
  • Viking-River-Cruise-Passau - Scenic Passau, Germany, is one of many picturesque towns you can visit on a Viking river cruise.

Viking Var: Longship overview & photo tour

Health advisory: All Viking sailings are available exclusively for fully vaccinated guests. All crew members are also vaccinated.

Snapshot

Viking Var (named for the Norse goddess of oaths) was designed for river cruising. Viking River Cruises, the big kahuna of the river cruise market, has received numerous awards for its itineraries, innovative ship designs and onboard programming.

Some of the innovative spaces on Viking Var include the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, an expansive Sun Deck and interiors that represent spacious public spaces, lots of natural light and light-blonde wood accents. Viking Var is a "green" ship because of her energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden on board.

Longships can transport 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Who will like sailing on Viking Var

Viking River Cruises attracts an older demographic that is continuously getting younger. If you have an interest in exploring art, culture or history, then sailing on Viking Var will make an ideal vacation, especially with the onboard educational activities available. 

Where Viking Var sails

Viking Var sails the following itinerary:

  • Romantic Danube is an eight-day journey along the “Blue Danube.” Explore both sides of Budapest, experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Explore a baroque abbey and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. The cruise starts in Budapest and has stops in Vienna, Passau and other port cities before ending in Regensburg, Germany — and offers the reverse itinerary, too. 

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River cruising: It's about destination immersion

River cruising is about the destination probably more so than the ship. The ports of call shadow the onboard amenities; however, Viking helps guests learn about the local culture, history and highlights of the places that they visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing their music, dancing and stories.

Viking Var includes daily tours with the cruise fare, which makes the hassle of figuring out logistics less challenging. Most tours are done around lunch and then you are free to do what you choose until the ship leaves port. You'll be given a nightly briefing in the evening before dinner to get updates on the next day’s call to discuss the upcoming day’s activities, tours and logistics. Plan to attend the session to discover highlights of the upcoming town's history, art, food, music and architecture.

Viking Var sails in Budapest, Hungary.
Aboard Viking Var in Budapest, Hungary.

Dining

Viking Var has one restaurant called, fittingly, The Restaurant. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. Dinner is at a set time, and you are welcome to sit with whomever you wish. When Var is not scheduled to leave port until later in the evening, treat yourself to a night on the town and sample cuisine at a nearby restaurant (at your own expense, but a nice way to experience the local culture).

This from the cruise line’s website about their dining options on board: “For breakfast, choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or from a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties. Wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting the itinerary — it is all part of experiencing the local culture."

Don’t miss: Al fresco dining aboard Viking Var. One of the unique features on Viking Var is the Aquavit Terrace, which is an outdoor space for you to watch the river while enjoying a coffee, cocktail, pint or al fresco dining. The Aquavit Terrace is equipped with grills for outdoor cooking.

Entertainment & activities

River cruising is very mellow. You won't find any large production shows or comedy clubs. What you will enjoy is some light piano music played by the house musician and local entertainers who are brought onto the ship to sing, dance or tell stories from the local perspective. After dinner, cruise passengers can hang out in the lounge and have an after-dinner drink, or they can walk back into town if the ship is not leaving port until later in the evening.

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore. Classes in cooking specialties such as apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen; traditional performances of folk music and dance or waltzes by Strauss; and tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies are some examples of in-depth experiences that are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise.

Staterooms

There are 95 outside staterooms on Viking Var (two Explorer Suites, seven Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms and 25 Standard Staterooms). The top category on a Viking Longship is an Explorer Suite. These spacious cabins measure 445 square feet and offer 270-degree views from a wraparound veranda.

Overall cabins are average size for a river boat, but there is plenty of closet space and extra storage available under the bed. The bathroom has a pocket door, which is a nice feature because that design saves space.

Fun facts

  • Viking Longships are 443 feet long and 38 feet wide because those are the maximum dimensions possible for river ships navigating the locks on some of Europe's waterways. If they were even two inches longer or wider, they wouldn't fit in some locks. 
  • Viking names its ships after Norse mythology. As Wikipedia tells us: "In Norse mythology, Vár or Vór (Old Norse, meaning either ‘pledge’ or ‘beloved’) is a goddess associated with oaths and agreements."

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Stunning destinations
  • Where: Vienna

  • What: Atrium
  • Where: Deck 2

  • What: Explorer Suite
  • Where: Viking Var
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • "Balcony" cabins have floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship is great place to watch the river roll by
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Library corner and onboard boutique

Top dining options on board

Aquavit Terrace

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Al fresco dining

The Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

190 Passengers [?]
45 Crew
4 Decks
2013 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“This stylish vessel is a good choice for a well-organized cruise with double-sized suites and spacious cabins. The tastefully decorated restaurant and ‘Aquavit Terrace’ offer good, unfussy food.”

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