LOS ANGELES --
Viking River Cruises made a number of changes for its 2005 season,
including adding two new ships -- the
Viking Century Sky and the Viking Sun -- and six new itineraries in Europe and China.
Additions include a
seven-night Heart of Germany itinerary, which is built around the
Christmas markets and includes stops in Cologne, Eltville,
Heidelberg, Koblenz, Mainz and Rudesheim. Rates start at $1,499 per
The rest of the new
itineraries are in China. They include the Imperial Jewels of
China, which is either nine or ten nights, including three nights
in Beijing, one night in Xian and a three- or four-night Yangtze
cruise. A longer version of the tour, called Imperial Jewels &
Shoppers Paradise, adds a night in Guilin and three nights in Hong
Kong. The short version is priced from $1,979 per person, double,
while the longer version is priced from $3,179 per person,
Delights includes three nights in Beijing, one night in Xian and a
nine-night Yangtze cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai. A longer
version adds a night in Guilin and three in Hong Kong. The
itinerary is priced from $2,829 per person, double, for the
nine-night version, or from $4,029 per person, double, for the
The new Roof of the
World is a 13-night itinerary with three nights in Beijing, one
night each in Xian and Chengdu, three in Lhasa, two in Shanghai and
a three-night Yangtze cruise. The cruisetour is priced from $3,379
per person, double.
More information is
available on Viking Rivers Web site at www.vikingrivercruises.com.
the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell
at [email protected].