There's traveling on your own...
...and then there's exploring Europe's iconic rivers traveling with a pair of river cruise insiders.
Two Savvy Travelerstm, Raye & Marty Trencher can plan your entire journey including air, transfers, river cruise, dining, shore excursions and the extras you have come to expect. When you work with Raye & Marty, you get your own travel experts, with personalized service from initial contact, to planning, departure to return, and always available every moment along the way.
A conversation with these River Cruise Insiders will kick-start your sense of adventure. Helping you find the hidden gems and best kept secrets of river cruising. With over 20 years of extensive hands-on "been there done that" experience and a network of contacts and connections, they can provide you with a trip that's really special, no matter if you're a first-timer or seasoned traveler. This means you get access to exclusive recommendations, tips and unique adventures to consider.
On Your Way With Ease
Raye & Marty help you plan that once-in-a lifetime vacation with your personal interests at the forefront of any itinerary. They get you on your way with ease, so you can turn those special moments into memories that will last a lifetime.
Travel with confidence knowing that these River Cruise Insiders are among the best experts in their field. Raye & Marty are uniquely positioned to help you plan your next adventure. Want to learn more about them? Read on...
Master Viking River & Ocean Cruise Experts
Meet Raye and Marty Trencher, who are part of an exclusive group of travel planners who are recognized by Viking as Certified Master River & Ocean Cruise Experts, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and knowledge as river cruise and ocean planning professionals.
No one knows River & Ocean Cruising like they do. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, and where and what to see, everything you need to know about River Cruises including Europe's Danube River, Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle, France & Portugal's Seine River, The Saone and Rhone Rivers, The Dordonge, Garonne and Gironde Rivers, The Douro River, China's Yangtze River, The Russian River System, The Mekong River for Vietnam & Cambodia +Thailand & Myanmar. And, everything you need to know about Ocean Cruises including ports of call in the Baltics & Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, Cuba, Bermuda, and Alaska.
In addition, they have completed certification courses earning the following accolades: Viking Master Cruise Expert :: Viking River Cruises Danube River Specialist :: Viking River Cruises Rhine, Main, Elbe & Moselle River Specialist :: Viking River Cruises France & Portugal Specialist :: Viking River Cruises China Specialist :: and Viking River Cruises Russia Specialist. Give them a call today at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.
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Experience & Expertise
Since 1999, our staff has immersed themselves in extraordinary places all around the world, traveling extensively in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia, all the way to China and Southeast Asia, even Alaska! They have spent time exploring the world's culture that draws from many lands, languages and peoples and investigated all the most popular river and ocean cruise destinations, such as Europe; including Germany, Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary, Serbia and Romania plus towns in Croatia and Bulgaria, to name a few. They are well educated and knowledgeable about the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, where you can view Europe's most icon landmarks, passing elegant castles, emerald vineyards and cultural capitals along the way.
As River Cruise Insiders, we present Viking Cruises with some of the most authentic and meaningful travel experiences as you travel by river, allowing you to dock right in the heart of both historic cities and quaint villages. On a Viking river cruise you'll gain a unique perspective of a land and its people.
Now, River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino. There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides, ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls.
River Cruises do transport you " back in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe, Russia and China's rich history comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns. All the while, enjoying a river cruise ship's modern comfort, cuisine and included onshore excursions and activities. If you prefer an ocean cruise with elegant, serene ship ambience, more time in each port and an inclusive experience with exquisite dining and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, consider a Viking Ocean Cruise
Take a moment and give our Viking Master Rivers & Ocean Cruise Experts a call. Ask all your questions. Take all the time you need to discover the most convenient way to see the world. This is cruising on an intimate scale, with a personal touch. On a river cruise, you'll meander along at the easy pace of the river: Sloping vineyards, storybook villages and hilltop castles mark your progress through Europe's great waterways . . . China's towering Three Gorges usher you along the mighty Yangtze . . . riverside temples and pagodas guide you through the ancient civilizations and verdant countryside of the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers of Southeast Asia. All this, and you'll unpack your bags just once. Welcome aboard one of Viking River Cruises deluxe ships - for an unforgettable journey enriched by knowledgeable local guides, activities and excursions that immerse you in the culture, and fine regional wines and cuisine.
We are eager to share our own "been there, done that" River & Ocean Cruise travel experiences that we hope will inspire that thirst within you for discovery and a passion for the wonders of the Caribbean Europe, Russia and China and beyond!
The strength of our service is our certified river cruise travel experts' experience. Our staff are some of the best River & Ocean Cruise experts in their fields: sharing their in-depth knowledge as well as the intimate perspective of their own travel experiences to draw a more complete picture of river and ocean cruising and places you can explore.
The Viking featured Rivers & Ocean Cruise Vacations - part of Travel Direct Corporation, a national top sales leader. This opens doors for you, as we have exclusive access to special promotions, unique finds, private deals, and a wealth of information you will need to know, before you go. At Cruise Direct Online, you also hear from other like-minded river cruise travelers, whose discoveries you can read about in the pages of guest comments and reviews Find out what fellow guests have to say about their journeys with Viking. Or learn more about Viking ships and read the reviews through our branded website. For example, "The most wonderful experience! Great accommodations. The staff were so gracious, friendly and helpful; they treated us like we were so important. Remembering our names was exceptional. Tour guides were fun! They made each exploration special and they were careful to make sure we all got to and from our excursions with nobody left behind. Also meeting new friends from other countries made the trip even more fun. I am eager to go on another. We highly recommend Viking for any cruise you may want. They are premium!"
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Viking River Cruises : Elegant. Stylish. Exceptionally comfortable. Designed to get your friends, and family group closer to your destination.. Inventive and innovative, award-winning Viking ships, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. Viking Longships have set the standard in river cruising: these intimate vessels have all the amenities of a fine hotel, providing the ideal opportunity for your group of family or friends to comfortably be transported each day to and from your next destination - where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from your ship.