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Venturing through Bordeaux with Viking lane nieset VIKING RIVER CRUISES (2) Titilaka Lodge in Peru offers extraordinary views of Lake Titicaca. Both photos: St. Michael Cathedral (left) and the Chateau Pichon-Longueville winery (right), both in Bordeaux. As Viking River Cruises debuts its (many) Longships this year in France, we got a first look at its new Chateaux, Rivers & Wine tour through the Bordeaux region on board the Viking Forseti for a taste of much more than wine-although that certainly was a highlight. Options include the Explorer Suites, which are the largest river cruise suites sailing in Europe; 2-room Veranda Suites; Veranda Staterooms; and French Balcony Staterooms. On board the Viking Forseti in Bordeaux, we stayed in a Veranda Stateroom, which was cozy yet not too much of a squeeze for two people. While we didn't spend a ton of time in our room, we did enjoy the luxury of sitting on the verandah while the ship was sailing. The view changes when a room with a view the ship is docked, since sometimes the river cruises double park The Viking Longships are designed to bring the outside in with so your client's room may face another ship or a river wall, but this picture-perfect views of the water and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing plenty of light. As Richard Marnell, senior v.p. of marketing, just means more time exploring and less time indoors. Other amenities that had us forgetting we were on a river (the Viking Cruises, explains, "It's not so much about what's on the ride is super smooth), and feeling more like we were in a high-end ship as what's on the shore." hotel, were the twice-daily maid and turndown service, L'Occitane "There are no slides or spas, but that's not the intention," he bath products and heated bathroom floors. Don't worry about says. Instead, guests can relax on board a ship that is more getting too cozy though, if you set your intercom volume on high, modern than opulent. In fact, the design of the Longships focuses you'll have fair warning when a shore excursion is about to depart. more on space and efficiency, allowing your clients more comfort at a price point that is 20 percent lower than other river cruise companies. sensational sightseeing The ships feature three full decks and 95 staterooms giving As we experienced the Chateaux, Rivers & Wine itinerary sailing guests plenty of options when it comes to accommodations. through the Bordeaux region, we could see how this trip would "I think the cabin mix here is very unique," said Torstein Hagen, appeal not only to wine lovers and connoisseurs, but also to those chairman of Viking Cruises, during a press conference on board. who love culture, architecture and, of course, French cuisine. "You can be on the bottom floor and have a limited view, but it's "This particular itinerary should appeal to a very broad audience," a fantastic value." says Joost Ouendag, v.p. of product development, Viking River 32 may 2014 recommend.com http://www.recommend.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2014

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Le Meridien
Tour Talk: Contiki Vacations
Tee Off in Spain
Tee Off in Scotland
Jerusalem & Tel Aviv: A (Short) Tale of Two Cities
AmaWaterways Sails into Myanmar
American Cruise Lines is on a Roll
Venturing Through Bordeaux With Viking
Martinique Travel Planner
Ecuador Goes Luxe
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
Saint Lucia
Australia
Salamander Resort & Spa, Virginia
PGA National Resort & Spa, Florida

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