The hit series “Downton Abbey” is filmed at Highclere Castle. // © 2013 Viking River Cruises
Viking River Cruises, a national sponsor of PBS’s Masterpiece, is giving its guests the opportunity to visit the location of the real castle used in the filming of the hit television show, “Downton Abbey.” High The Oxford & Highclere Castle land extension gives travelers the rare chance to explore Highclere Castle, where the show is filmed, as well as other well-known British landmarks.
“As a national sponsor of Masterpiece, Viking is proud of the series, and we are pleased to offer a new itinerary that taps into the excitement generated by the spectacularly popular Downton Abbey,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking River Cruises.
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 per person 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.
The Oxford & Highclere Castle package complements the Cities of Light and Paris & the Heart of Normandy itineraries by giving travelers the chance to visit a destination that is otherwise inaccessible on a river cruise. The 12-day Cities of Light itinerary, which visits four countries on the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers between Paris and Prague, offers a look at some of the gems of Western Europe, from vineyards in the Moselle River Valley to the baroque beauty of Wurzburg, Germany. The eight-day Paris & the Heart of Normandy cruise explores the Seine River as it takes guests from Paris to Rouen and the dramatic beaches of Normandy, France.