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Snapshot: News-Sentinel readers rate their vacations Viking River Cruise covering 5 countries reveals history, chocolate, music, beer and windmills

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 am

Who went: Carlene Halley and Darlene MacDonald.

Hometown: Lodi.

The trip: We took a Viking River Cruise on a long flat-bottom ship. We covered five countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

We drifted down the Danube from Budapest, Hungary to Bamberg, Germany. From there the Danube joined the Main (Pronounced Mine) River to the Rhine River ending up in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We went through 76 locks to get to our destinations. Most of them at night.

Points of Interest: Hungary — parliament buildings and bridges; Slovakia — history and architecture; Austria — chocolates and composer music; Nuremberg, Germany — history of World War II with the Holocaust memorial and courthouse; Germany — beer and beautiful cathedrals, abbey’s and castles; Kinderdijk, Netherlands — with all its windmills; and Amsterdam — the Anne Frank House Museum and canals and interesting buildings and art museums.

Would I go again? Yes, I would. This cruise was small, consisting of 185 passengers, and we got to meet almost everyone on the ship. It’s more relaxing than on a large cruise ship with all the activities.

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