Viking cruises announces 6 new exciting explore more land extensions for 2014.
They will enable Viking guests to extend their stay and enhance experience allowing guests to explore some of Europe’s finest cities before or after their cruise, and to customise a unique itinerary to fit their interests through the services of Viking’s on-site Concierges.
“Viking’s itineraries are designed to show travellers the world in a unique and in-depth way, and these new land extensions provide an additional way to maximise and personalise that experience,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Our Concierges are friendly, local experts whose assistance ensures that our guests have the same warm, personal Viking experience on land as they do on board, while seeing the city in interesting new ways.”
Viking already offer some very unique cruise itineraries and these new Viking land extensions will allow guests to customise their experience according to their own interests. All the extensions will be of the highest standard as we would expect from Viking beginning with a walking tour to familiarise guests with the area and naturally the hotels will reflect the same standards as the on-board experience. A Viking Concierge will also be available on-site at the hotel and guests will have a local host to help them make the most of their experience.
The New excursions for 2014 include:
Bruges (3 nights; available with Rhine Getaway) – Recently named one of Condé Nast Traveller’s most popular cities in Europe, Bruges offers some of Europe’s finest dining, scenic squares set among medieval houses, charming bridges and beautiful canals. With the on-site Viking Concierge, travellers will feel right at home.
Krakow (3 nights; available with Elegant Elbe) – In addition to exploring one of Poland’s oldest and largest cities long hidden behind the Iron Curtain, Viking’s Concierge can help guests plan a visit to the moving site of nearby Auschwitz or the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Nuremberg (2 nights; available with Romantic Danube) – Guests will enjoy a guided tour of historic Nuremberg Castle, and Viking’s Concierge can help guests make the most of their time by planning a visit to the Germanische National Museum or a nearby Brauhaus to experience an authentic German beer hall up close.
French Riviera (3 nights; available with Portraits of Southern France or France’s Finest) – Guests can take in the glitz and glamour of Nice with a guided tour of the coastal resort town; then relax on the beach; or take in the cosmopolitan sites of nearby St. Tropez, Cannes or Monaco with customized arrangements made by their Viking Concierge
The Hague (2 nights; available with Tulips & Windmills) – Following a guided tour of The Hague, guests can have their Viking Concierge arrange for visits to local great art collections from 17th-century Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt, to modern works by Monet, Mondrian and Picasso.
Lake Geneva (3 nights; available with Rhine Getaway) – Guests will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Montreux, one of the loveliest resorts on Lake Geneva, and their Viking Concierge can provide a customized plan for a Swiss Riviera wine tour or a ride on the Golden Pass train through beautiful Alpine scenery.
Viking cruises offer both River and from 2015 will also offer Ocean cruising based around the destination and designed with the traveller in mind. They attract customers with an interest in geography, culture and history and a passion for cultural development and enrichment. Their tours include some shore excursions with others being optional allowing the guests to tailor make their experience. Viking is currently the world’s leading River cruise line and the company has grown since its start in 1997 to its current fleet of 35 river vessels offering itineraries across Europe, Russia, The Ukraine, China and Southeast Asia.