VIKING LAUNCHES TWO NEW BEIJING CRUISE EXTENSIONS
Viking Cruises has announced the launch of two pre and post cruise extensions exploring the treasures of China. The 9-day Beijing, Xian, Tibet & Chengdu and the 5-day Xian & Beijing extensions are applicable on the 15-day Far East Discovery itinerary departing in October 2018.
On the 5-day Xian & Beijing extension, explore more of China with two nights each in the ancient cities of Xian and Beijing, the nation’s capital. Explore Beijing’s imperial palace of the Forbidden City, which once served as home to emperors from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. In Xian, tour the ancient City Wall, standing almost 40m high. Visit the great Terra Cotta Army Museum, part of the remarkable mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang containing more than 8,000 life-size clay warriors. Priced from $2,399 per person.
On the 9-day Beijing, Xian, Tibet & Chengdu extension, discover the rich culture and ancient history of China in Xian, one of the country’s oldest cities; Lhasa, the spiritual centre of Tibet; Chengdu, the ancestral home of the giant panda; and the nation’s bustling capital of Beijing. Explore Tiananmen Square, surrounded by the granite Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People and Mao Zedong’s mausoleum. Visit Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through Barkhor Square and browse the locally produced cheeses, butters and candles at the local market. Priced from $5,339 per person.
The 15-day Far East Discovery itinerary sails from Hong Kong to Beijing on 7 October 2018 and from Beijing to Hong Kong on 21 October 2018. Priced from $7,995 per person. This ocean cruise features eight guided tours across China and Japan. Pricing includes a saving of $1,000 per couple if booked by 31 December 2017.
VIKING LAUNCHES NEW 6-DAY INDIA CRUISE EXTENSION
Viking Cruises has announced the launch of a new 6-day pre and post cruise extension including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. India’s Golden Triangle extension is applicable on the 21-day Passage to India itinerary and the 16-day Across the Bay of Bengal itinerary.
In Delhi, tour the walled city known as Old Delhi, encompassing the UNESCO-listed Red Fort and the awe-inspiring Jama Masjid mosque. View the 14th-century ruins of the Firoz Shah Kotla, the royal citadel of Firozabad. And visit Raj Ghat, a black marble memorial marking the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation in 1948. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk, India’s oldest market dating back to the 17th century.
In New Delhi, admire the grandeur of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of India’s president. Completed in 1929 and formerly known as the Viceroy’s House. Marvel at the imposing India Gate with its Amar Jawan Jyoti (Flame of the Immortal Soldier) memorial.
Make a stop in the UNESCO-listed grand city of Fatehpur Sikri, and in Agra, experience the serenity of India’s most iconic structure: the Taj Mahal, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Jaipur, visit the 16th-century Amber Fort, an impressive palace complex showcasing a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Explore the royal family’s residence and a museum of art and artefacts from India’s royal past.
The 21-day Passage to India itinerary departs from Athens to Mumbai on 19 August 2018 from $11,195 per person in a Deluxe Veranda. This ocean cruise includes nine guided tours in six countries. The 16-day Across the Bay of Bengal cruise departs from Mumbai to Bangkok on 8 September 2018 from $7,795 per person in a Deluxe Veranda. This ocean cruise features eight guided tours in five countries. Pricing for both cruises includes a saving of $1,000 per couple if booked by 31 December 2017.
The 6-day pre or post cruise extension India’s Golden Triangle is priced from $2,539 per person.
VIKING LAUNCHES NEW BALI CRUISE EXTENSIONS
Viking Cruises launches three new Bali cruise extensions to its 17-day Komodo & the Australian Coast and the 13-day Bangkok, Bali & Beyond ocean itineraries in 2018 and 2019.
With Bali being an enduring favourite with Australian and New Zealand travellers, guests can now maximise their holiday and enjoy additional days pre or post their cruise to explore more of Bali’s lush landscape, delicious food and rich culture. The new extensions include the 3-day Bali, the 4-day Ubud, and the 5-day Bali & Yogyakarta.
3-day Bali - Admire the traditional Balinese architecture of Taman Ayun Temple, a magnificent 17th-century temple complex. Visit Ulun Danu Temple, built on small islands in a serene lake with a stunning backdrop of mountains. Take in the beautifully terraced countryside, and view the Tanah Lot Temple, situated on a rock formation just off Bali’s coast that can only be reached at low tide. Priced from $749 per person.
4-day Ubud - Discover Ubud’s well-preserved cultural heritage and stunning landscape of verdant forests and rice terraces. See some of Ubud’s most interesting landmarks, including the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques and three ancient temples; Ubud Palace, and the Puri Lukisan Museum. Enjoy a Barong dance performance. Priced from $1,069 per person.
5-day Bali & Yogyakarta - In Yogyakarta, visit the city’s most iconic sites, including the Keraton, a grand royal palace, UNESCO-listed Prambanan and Borobudur Temples. Visit the Bali villages of Celuk and Mas, known respectively for their gold and silverwork and wood carvings. In Ubud, explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Visit Puri Saren (Ubud Palace), where the royal family still resides, and take a stroll through the nearby traditional art market. Travel to the astonishing Jatiluwih rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the lush landscape. Priced from $2,669 per person.
Viking’s 17-day Komodo & the Australian Coast cruise from Bali to Sydney or vice versa is priced from $7,295 per person. This cruise features eight guided tours in two countries. Pricing includes a saving of $1,000 per couple if booked by 31 December 2017.
The 13-day Bangkok, Bali & Beyond cruise from Bangkok to Bali or vice versa is priced from $6,495 per person. This cruise features seven guided tours in four countries. Pricing includes a saving of $1,000 per couple if booked by 31 December 2017.