Step into a world of living history, where a whisper still speaks volumes and traditions endure. Join Karine and enjoy an exclusive insider’s view of life at Göttweig, the daily life of its monks and the Abbey’s fascinating community outreach.
Explore the history behind this ornate architectural masterpiece. Towering over the Rhine, the majestic Cologne Cathedral has been a beacon for pilgrims from around the world for centuries.
Sail Europe’s picturesque waterways in elegant comfort with Viking. Ranging from 8 to 15 days, itineraries offer a wealth of unforgettable journeys across the continent.
On the banks of the Gironde River stands a mighty fortress designed in the 17th century to protect Bordeaux and its famous wines from the British.
Choose to explore European history through the unique perspective and exquisite collection of a noble Czech family.
Visit the real “Downton Abbey” with Viking River Cruises.
Join Karine Hagen at Giverny as she details the history and enchantment of the spectacular gardens of master impressionist Claude Monet.
Your host Karine Hagen brings this historic site to life. See why a visit to this now-peaceful part of Europe is a “must.”
See the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions of Vienna.
Explore this grand English palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
Go behind the scenes at Tempelhof Airport to learn about the famed “Raisin Bombers” and their role in the historic Berlin Airlift.
Designed by New York architect Daniel Libeskind, Berlin’s Jewish Museum provides visitors an unforgettable journey of memory and hope.
Learn about the historic war crimes tribunals that took place here as the entire world looked on, and consider seeing Courtroom 600 for yourself.
Learn the history of this unique bookstore in the heart of Paris.
Travel with Viking to Oxford University and the real "Downtown Abbey."
Enjoy a video tour of the “City of a Thousand Spires.”
Enjoy a video tour of the city known as the “Pearl of the Danube.”
Enjoy a tour of this beautiful city from the scenic canals to the charming flower markets and beyond.
Born along the waterfront, the dramatic songs of Fado speak of life, struggle and passion.
Go behind the scenes at the university that has educated kings and presidents.
Highclere Puppies - Finse Comes Home to Highclere
Meet Mr. Robert Allen, a World War II veteran who came ashore at Normandy…and then returned with Viking.
When in Prague, visit the oldest synagogue in Europe, where generations have worshipped since 1270.
See castles and scenic wonders along the Rhine, Danube (or both). Discover the gifts of Europe’s lesser-known rivers, like the Moselle, the Elbe and the Douro in Portugal. Or, sojourn in northern or southern France.
Listen in on a 500-year-old tradition as boys from all over the world rehearse their evening performance.
Ask any Austrian to name the person who most exemplifies elegance and style and their reply is likely to be: Professor Thomas Schaffer-Elmayer. Meet the man who has introduced generations to the finer points of culture, including the iconic waltz. Then watch as he teaches Karine its beautiful steps in less than an hour.
Join Karine Hagen as she explores the origin of this much-loved shoe, how it made its way to America and how the shoe played a role in Norway’s World War II history.
Meet some of China’s most promising citizens when you visit a Viking-sponsored elementary school.
Karine and her video team pay a visit to Xian to capture arresting images of the famous Terra Cotta Army, made in the 3rd century B.C. and still being excavated.
Intriguing Chinese dynasties: Han, Soong, Ming... All have left their distinctive marks in the history of porcelain.
Have a little extra time to explore while on your Viking cruise? Karine Hagen has a few recommendations for you.
Why do many Chinese office buildings lack a fourth floor? What color attracts prosperity? Learn about some of China’s time-honored beliefs.
For a slice of real Chinese life, peek inside traditional courtyard houses called hutongs.
Do you know the legend of how pandas got their unique coloring? Find out as Karine Hagen meets these amazing animals.
Enjoy a scenic journey through China’s most dramatic region, the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges, and learn about some of the area’s residents, past and present.
Karine Hagen takes you into the heart of China’s greatest mystery. Once closed to all but royalty, now this legendary “treasure box” is open to visitors like you.
Legend has it that tea was discovered five thousand years ago. Learn about the healing properties of this ancient plant.
Chosen by the wealthy Pan family as the location of their retirement home, the Yuyuan Gardens is a serene example of a traditional Chinese garden – all in the middle of bustling Shanghai.
For millennia, the Chinese have balanced their energy through tai chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and more.
From the humble silkworm to a beautiful custom silk jacket, learn how the most famous fabric of China is made.
In China, calligraphy is not just a form of writing but it is a revered form of art.
Learn about mysterious Shibaozhai in the middle of the mighty Yangtze and its beautiful seven story temple.
Dexterity and strength, passion and focus. Join Karine backstage as she watches some of the world’s most amazing artists strive for perfection.
Crackling Peking Duck? Fabulous homemade noodles? Feast your eyes on some delicacies from China.
Watch as Mr. Fong teaches Karine how to make the world’s finest noodles on board Viking Emerald.
Learn a few useful Mandarin words and phrases with Jessica, your Viking River Cruises tutor. Nĭ hăo!
Viking's Karine Hagen has spent most of her adult life living in Russia and remains captivated and entertained by the country and its culture. Come along as she shares her deep love and fascination for this charming country and its people.
With Viking River Cruises, not only do you explore the highlights of Russia's great cities but you also enjoy a river cruise through Russia's heartland. Sail along the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers and through Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga, stopping in charming "Golden Ring" area cities along the way.
Meet Mikhail Bobrov, the legendary Russian adventurer who stopped Nazi warplanes and saved countless lives during the siege of Leningrad.
Come with us to the Golden Ring city of Uglich along the Volga and step inside the home of Babushka Nadya for a nostalgic visit.
From tea and jam to more elaborate creations, Russian meals are usually rounded out with something sweet.
See some of the produce, baked goods, artisanal honey and friendly smiles at the local market.
Does the world’s most amazing museum have rodents? Not with these felines on the job.
Experience St. Petersburg’s Hermitage as you never thought you could with personalized, after-hours tours by expert guides.
Come inside a communal apartment typical of those where many Russian families have lived for generations.
Spend one minute with Viking’s Paulina as she teaches you a few useful words and phrases. Spaceba!
Moscow is one of those cities that never sleep! Catch a dazzling mini–Moscow By Night tour with your host Karine Hagen.
Thanks to the Soviet days with their emphasis on getting back to the land, most Russian city dwellers also have a country place.
Meet Vladlen Kuzin, former director of the Leningrad Documentary Studio, as he discusses his part in documenting Soviet history.
Learn why the Russian ballet is revered around the world. A must-see!
Visit a riverside sauna for a real Russian experience.
Come inside a former Soviet icon soon to be reborn as a cultural center. See fascinating footage of this architectural gem’s past and present.
Join your host Karine Hagen for a private cooking lesson with chef Josef Fleissner; learn how to make sirniki, a traditional Russian dessert.
Find out why St. Petersburg is known as the Venice of the North on this tour of the city's vast network of canals and bridges.
Here are some of the Russian specialties you can try while traveling in Russia. Which of these dishes are familiar?
No Russian meal is complete without a homemade soup. See Borscht, served hot or chilled, and other tasty options.
Learn about some of the unusual ways Russians ward off bad luck and ensure good fortune.