Delve into the past for a look into the art of Viking longship building. Meet a master boatbuilder and learn about the role these vessels played in advancing Viking society centuries ago.
Listen in on a 500-year-old tradition as boys from all over the world rehearse their evening performance.
Bordeaux, France is home to the world’s most prized wines. Learn about its many different regions and appellations with Karine Hagen of Viking.
Soprano Maya Krivchenia is the first American singer to be hired by the Mariinsky Theater. Find out what it’s like to sing for one of the best opera companies in the world and hear her performance for guests of Viking Cruises.
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.
Ever wonder how rare and delicious truffles are found? Join Karine Hagen of Viking River Cruises in Bordeaux, France as she learns how dogs are trained to unearth one of the world’s great delicacies.
Choose to explore European history through the unique perspective and exquisite collection of a noble Czech family.
Meet some of China’s most promising citizens when you visit a Viking-sponsored elementary school.
Visit the real “Downton Abbey” with Viking River Cruises.
Your host Karine Hagen brings this historic site to life. See why a visit to this now-peaceful part of Europe is a “must.”
Learn about the historic war crimes tribunals that took place here as the entire world looked on, and consider seeing Courtroom 600 for yourself.
See some of the produce, baked goods, artisanal honey and friendly smiles at the local market.
When in Prague, visit the oldest synagogue in Europe, where generations have worshipped since 1270.
See the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions of Vienna.
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.
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.
Intriguing Chinese dynasties: Han, Soong, Ming... All have left their distinctive marks in the history of porcelain.
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.
Designed by New York architect Daniel Libeskind, Berlin’s Jewish Museum provides visitors an unforgettable journey of memory and hope.
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.
Learn the history of this unique bookstore in the heart of Paris.
Relax and enjoy a cup of strong Viennese coffee with an exquisite pastry or two at Café Demel.
Go behind the scenes at the university that has educated kings and presidents.
Learn a few useful French words and phrases with Maaike, your Viking River Cruises tutor. À votre santé!
Learn a few useful Dutch words and phrases with Johan, your Viking River Cruises tutor. Proost!
In 1466 just off Prague’s Old Town Square, a tiny micro brewery first opened its door. On the same spot today, Ladislav Vesely continues the centuries-old tradition of making the finest Czech beer.
Learn a few useful Hungarian words and phrases with Eszter, your Viking River Cruises tutor.
Come into the galley for an unforgettable visit with two of Viking’s executive chefs.
Enjoy a delightful, festive river cruise during November or December in Europe, where so many of our holiday traditions began.
Meet Erhard Mörwald, the 5th-generation Wachau Valley vintner who produces Viking's private-label wines.
Join Karine Hagen at Giverny as she details the history and enchantment of the spectacular gardens of master impressionist Claude Monet.
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.
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.
Meet Mikhail Bobrov, the legendary Russian adventurer who stopped Nazi warplanes and saved countless lives during the siege of Leningrad.
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.
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.
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.
See for yourself how France has inspired famous artists like van Gogh, Monet and so many more.