The Viking founding family

Founded in 1997 in Russia by Norwegian-born CEO and Chairman Torstein Hagen, Viking River Cruises has continued to grow, spurred on by the wish to be the best choice for river cruising in Europe. 

Torstein Hagen has brought his knowledge of ocean cruising as the ex-CEO of the Royal Viking ocean cruise line and upped the ante on an innovative and expanding new segment – river cruising. 

When you cruise with Viking you not only sail with the world’s leading river cruise company, you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none.

Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value—Viking’s success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. It’s the way the bartender has your drink ready for you at just the right time. It’s the gentle guidance from your tai chi master in a lesson you take while sailing along the Yangtze. It’s the handwritten directions from your concierge to the best coffeehouse in Vienna.

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