Have you seen the newly released Downton Abbey? I can verify that the movie was a brilliant extension of the much-loved PBS six-year series that ended in 2015. Viking River Cruises became a household name by sponsoring the Emmy Award-winning television series. Now, Viking is thrilled to announce that the partnership continues their long history with Downton Abbey and their expanded programs with Highclere Castle and the Carnarvon family.
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New ‘Great Homes, Gardens & Gin’ tour
For years Viking has offered a selection of ways for their passengers to experience the lifestyle of Highclere Castle, the filming location of Downton Abbey. Recently it has launched a new pre-/post-cruise extension, "Great Homes, Gardens & Gin," presenting a privileged look at several country estates that have served as the backdrop of PBS and ‘Masterpiece’ productions. The established "Oxford & Highclere Castle" land extension program continues to be available with select ocean and river cruises.
Watch a brief video of the “real Downton Abbey,” the historic and renowned Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Beginning in 2021, the four-night cruise extension will be available with Viking’s ‘Rhine Getaway’ river cruise itinerary and ‘British Isles Explorer’ ocean cruise itinerary. The schedule highlights Oxford and English country life, and includes a ‘Privileged Access’ tour of Highclere Castle and a visit to Broughton Castle, home of the Fiennes family, whose members include the British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and actors Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes.
The new "Great Homes, Gardens & Gin" package includes four nights hotel in Oxford, breakfast and some lunches, flight from Amsterdam to London, all transfers and four tours. The four guided tours are fully escorted by the Viking Tour Director and include Oxford; Highclere Castle and Bombay Sapphire Distillery; Broughton Castle; Chavenage House and Highgrove Gardens. Priced from $1999 per person, double occupancy.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.