Posted November 12th, 2017, 09:53 AM
I have booked my included excursions and am waiting for the other excursions to go “live”. We are sailing from Amsterdam to Basel on Viking Summer 2018.
I was wondering if anyone had any input on what are the not to miss excursions by Viking or other options. In addition the cost?
Is there something better? A private tour company or just walk off the boat to specific destination?
I thought I read somewhere that you can book a excursion online (pay for it) and when you get to the boat you can cancel it. Then re-book with your on board credit. Is this true?
-Strasbourg Highlights - 4 hours/Included
-Alsatian Wine Tasting ( for us skip)
-Taste the best of Alsace (for us skip )
-Mercedes-Benz Factory (for us skip )
-Panoramic Heidelberg Included - 6 hour/Included
-Marksburg Castle - 3 hours/included
-Moselle Wine Tasting (for us skip )
-Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 3 hours cost $?
-Dine in Rüdesheim am Rhein - (debating on this one, book on ship and use credit ?)
-Wine Tasting & Dinner at Eberbach Monastery (for us skip )
-Cologne Walking Tour 2 hour/included
-Brühl UNESCO Palaces 3 hours/ cost (maybe? Book on ship)
-Top of Cologne (for us skip )
- Cologne’s Beer Culture & Dinner (for us skip )
Black Forest, Germany
- Looking into a private tour for Black Forest
- 2:00 – 5:45PM: Optional Excursion – Colmar City Tour ( I definitely would like to do this and would book before we leave. Anyone know the cost?
We did this cruise at the end of August last year.
The included Strasbourg tour was very nice - beautiful city.
We did the Mercedes tour as well. DH enjoyed it. I wasn’t bored
. If you’re a car buff, a Mercedes fan or just interested in the assembly line process, it was interesting. I was amazed at how clean everything was and how many women were working on the line. If you go, note that you can’t take ANYTHING in with you - not even a small purse. You have to leave your things on the bus or use one of their lockers.
Heidelberg was gorgeous. It was one of my favorite stops. I wished we had more time there.
We did Marksburg Castle - it’s worth the climb and traversing the rough stone entrance. The buses can’t park or turn around at the top so you have to walk up the last loop of the road. If you are not in the first tour group, you get a bit of a rest
On our cruise you had to choose Marksburg or Ehrenbreitstein. You couldn’t do both because the ship moved on from Koblenz and we were picked up closer to Marksburg at Braubach. People who did the fortress were bused to to Braubach. We are doing the Grand European Tour next fall and it includes a stop at Koblenz. We hope to do Ehrenbreitstein then. I looked through all of my trip paperwork and I can’t find the price - sorry.
We had lots of time in Cologne after the included walking tour. Unfortunately we were not docked close to the city center. It’s the luck of the draw. There was a shuttle bus that went back and forth.
We went to the Roman-Germanic museum which was very interesting. After that we went to Früh - brewer of the famous Kölsch beer for lunch and some beer, of course.
We were there late because many people did the beer and dinner optional excursion. They all said it was great fun.
We will be in Cologne again on our cruise next fall. We will skip the included tour. I might do the Top of Cologne (this was not offered on our cruise because we were there on Sunday). We will definitely go back to Früh and possibly do the beer and dinner tour.
We enjoyed the Black Forest tour. I didn’t find the bus ride overly long or boring but we had a great tour guide who kept us entertained. The huge clock is cool and we got to see it in action. We did the hike along the waterfall and it was lovely but steep
. I had a piece of Black Forest cake. I just had to do it. It was yummy!
We did the Colmar village tour in the morning with the same guide. I absolutely loved it. It’s quaint and just lovely. I would recommend it highly. They brought us back to the ship with time for lunch before we set out for the Black Forest.
Our experience with these 2 stops is why it’s nearly impossible to plan tours on your own. When I first booked the tours on the MyViking site, the Black Forest tour and the Colmar village tour were at the same time, so I booked the WWII one so we would at least see a little of the town.
A few weeks later I get an email saying that my schedule had a conflict. I went into the site and the times had been changed and now the WWII tour was at the same time as the Black Forest trip. This was the only time I had difficulty dealing with Viking. I called to straighten this out and change the WWII tour to the village tour - which was now no longer a conflict with the Black Forest trip.
The guy I spoke with was kind of rude and he scolded me for picking 2 things in the same time slot - which I didn’t do and the system won’t allow. He would not accept my assertion that Viking changed the time. He did grudgingly cancel the WWII tour but he told me I had to add the village tour myself.
I hung up and wrote to the tellus email they always post here and they were fantastic. Contacted me right away, apologized and took care of the change for me.
Anyway after all that, when we got to Breisach where both of these tours leave from, they announced that the times of all the tours had changed once again because another Viking ship had arrived at the same time we did - a change in their schedule. We still got to do both tours but in the reverse order. So you never know.
I think I covered everything. If you have any other questions, just ask and have a wonderful time on your cruise!
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