Viking River takes guests behind closed doors

Beginning next year, Viking River Cruises will offer guests an expertly curated Oxford & Highclere Castle land extension that gives travellers the rare chance to explore Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey on PBS’s MASTERPIECE, and other well-known British landmarks. Offered as a pre- or post- extension on the popular Cities of Light or Paris & the Heart of Normandy itineraries, the Oxford & Highclere Castle package is priced at $1,399 p.p. and is composed of a three-night stay in the rolling hills of England’s countryside. Guests will enjoy an exclusive insider’s look at Highclere Castle, including a special champagne welcome for Viking guests, and a tour co-created with the owners of the magnificent property, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Through Dec. 19, Viking is offering a 2013 Early Booking Discount with two-for-one cruise pricing and up to two-for-one air pricing. Viking’s all-inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all onboard meals, daily guided shore excursions, port charges, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service, and more. (