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.
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.
“China offers an irresistible mix of millennia old culture and tradition, modern life and a delicious cuisine”, says Lubica Sibikova, Product Manager Viking Cruises Australia and New Zealand. “Our guests are avid travellers, curious about our world and places different from our own. These culturally saturated cruise extensions will showcase the expected and iconic such as the Terracotta Warriors and The Forbidden City, but we also go beyond and visit the Buddhist hub of Tibet, the 7th century former residence of the Dalai Lama, the historic breeding place of the giant panda in Chengdu, and other unforgettable places.”
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. 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.
For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (Australia) and 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.au . To join the Viking Cruises community online, visit www.facebook.com/VikingCruisesTravelAgents/