October 2015 - Viking Buri to Europe
The Viking boat experience itself was exceptional. Though some were exceptional (Avignon) the onshore excursions guides were somewhat disappointing in comparison to our previous cruise. Of particular note here was Arles, which was the optional included tour supposedly concentrating on Van Gogh. Our guide literally picked up postcards from a kiosk rack and said well he painted this here and that there, etc. Others abandoned the tour but we stuck with it thinking it had to get better.Having previously visited Arles and loved it we played up the visit to our friends. After that tour they questioned our advice on the visit. The food though was even better that our previous trip. The Viking employees were all great, especially our server Robert in the dining area. Our Nice extension guide was also exceptional and made that part of the visit.