Viking River Cruises announced it will start year-round operations in Europe with a new winter itinerary.
The 10-day "Treasures of the Rhine" itinerary is between Amsterdam Netherlands and Basel-Zurich Switzerland (in both directions) and visits as call ports Amsterdam (overnight), Arnhem, Cologne, Middle Rhine/Lorelei Rock, Heidelberg, Speyer, Kehl-Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel (overnight).
The maiden voyage starts on December 23, 2023.
Viking claims the move establishes it as the first river cruise line to operate year-round in Europe, providing access to landmarks when there are fewer crowds.
Prices start at GBP 1595 per person if booked by June 30th.
The company is running the itinerary in both directions aboard identical 190-passenger river boats Viking Alruna and Viking Tialfi.
The company's chairman Torstein Hagen said the Middle Rhine was one of their most popular destinations.
“With constantly changing views of hilltop castles, historic towns and terraced vineyards along the steep valley sides, it is a region that will always be best explored by the river.
“Many of our guests have sailed the Rhine during other seasons, so we are pleased to offer a new option for those who may be interested in experiencing Europe during a quieter time of year.”