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Viking River Cruises: Exclusive Offer

Last week, Willamette Intl Travel office hosted a lovely evening with Viking River Cruises. We were so pumped by our partnership that we’ve once again teamed up with Viking for an exclusive offer!

Call us and book a cabin on a Viking ship and receive $100 per cabin onboard credit!

This offer expires Thursday, April 30. So be sure to call your WIT agent for more details or to confirm your space on a sailing. 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

Calling to inquire about Russia? Last August our agent Nancy went on Viking’s Waterways of the Tsars (read about it here). Call her up for a chat about this unique and colorful country. Russia bookings can be cancelled for any reason up to date of departure, and any payments made will be reimbursed in the form of future credit with Viking.

Viking offers many excellent cruises all over the world on dozens of rivers in Europe and Asia. Cruise down the scenic Saone and Rhone rivers in France for a taste of wine country and lavender-strewn Provence. A few years ago, our agent Pam sailed with Viking on the Yangtze River. (Read more about her journey here.) Join their 13-day sailing and explore bustling Shanghai, historical Xian, and the beautiful Three Gorges. Looking for a unique destination? Viking even sails through Myanmar along the verdant Irrawaddy River. Visit this timeless country and its waterside villages, ornate pagodas, and iridescent Inle Lake.

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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? – Viking Cruises, Russia

WIT Agent Nancy Fowler is currently escorting a group of 70+ passengers on a Viking River Cruise through Russia! From August 24 to Sept 5, Viking’s ship Helgi sails from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga-Baltic Waterway.

Nancy will return next week with some firsthand feedback, but in the meantime here are some of the highlights they will experience on their journey (excerpts from VRC’s At a Glance):

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Creative Commons (c) Adam Jones

The World’s Largest Art Museum

Over the span of 250 years, the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russi has grown to over 3 million items including works from noted artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Matisse, Rubens, Cezanne, van Gogh and Picasso. These treasures are housed along the embankment of the Neva River, in the heart of St. Petersburg. The highlight in this architectural ensemble is the Winter Palace, former residence of Russian Tsars including Catherine the Great.

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Kizhi, Creative Commons (c) ninara

An Architectural Feat

On the island village of Kizhi, walk through the Open Air Museum of Architecture. Kizhi contains ancient wooden houses, windmills and churches, the most stunning of which is the three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church. This fairytale structure was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail.

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The Heart of Moscow

In Russian, the word kremlin refers to any major fortified complex. But in Moscow there is one very special Kremlin, adjacent to the Red Square. Inside its crenellated red brick walls are four palaces and an array of churches and monasteries—as well as one enormous bell. The Kremlin also serves as the official residence of Russia’s President.

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Amber Room, Creative Commons (c) Dennis Jarvis

A Legend Restored

Constructed of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, the Amber Room was given to Peter the Great by a Prussian King in 1716. Installed at Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, it was later exnteded to cover nearly 600 square feet with over six tons of amber. During WWII, German soldiers disassembled the room and it was never seen again. In 2003, a painstaking reconstruction was completed, enabling visitors to once again enjoy its brilliance.

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Pirozhki, Creative Commons (c) malan10

Russian Specialties

A large country, Russia has quite a varied cuisine—but some things everyone loves. A staple of the Russian diet is pirozhki, small pastries stuffed with fish, meat, eggs, potatoes, cabbage or mushrooms and either baked or quick-fried. Another traditional dish is blini, thin crepe-like pancakes served with butter, sour cream, fruit preserves and/or caviar. Vikings’ guests will taste these local delicacies on board.

Willamette Intl Travel has years of expertise with river cruises in Europe and Asia. Our agents are well versed with Viking and many other cruise lines. Please call us for more information.

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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? – Viking Cruises, Russia

WIT Agent Nancy Fowler is currently escorting a group of 70+ passengers on a Viking River Cruise through Russia! From August 24 to Sept 5, Viking’s ship Helgi sails from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga-Baltic Waterway.

Now we know what you’re wondering—so where is the ship sailing? Read on for more details:

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Day 1-4: Moscow

Moscow is Russia’s bustling capital on August 24. The city is famous for its iconic architecture—from the tsarist palaces of the Kremlin to the onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The heart of Moscow is the Red Square, where you can also find Lenin’s Mausoleum and the State History Museum. The city combines the best of Eastern frenetic energy and Western cosmopolitan air, and you see this odd dichotomy everywhere in the city. From the Old Arbat Street of kitschy souvenirs to the grandiose Bolshoi Theatre.

Day 5: Uglich

Uglich was founded in 937 as a border fortress. The Romanov dynasty originally heralded from this town, and it is one of the few towns in western Russia that still maintains a remarkable number of old architecture. Among these pre-Soviet jewels are the former Kremlin, several monasteries, the palace (1480) and the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood (1690). Constructed by Peter the Great, the church commemorates the mysterious death of Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible.

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Day 6: Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl is famous for its 17th century churches and covered food market. The town’s center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located at the river confluence. The town was renovated under the order of Empress Catherine the Great during her urban reforms of the 17th century.

Day 7: Kuzino

The main site in Kuzino is the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. The largest monastery in Northern Russia, it was founded in 1397 on the bakes of Lake Siverskoye by St. Cyril of Beloozero. In the 16th century, the monastery was the second richest landowner. Ivan the Terrible had his own cell and even planned to take monastic vows there. The monastery comprises two priories with eleven church, most of them dating to the 16th century.

Day 8: Kizhi

Kizhi is an island near the center of Lake Onega, and stretches about 6km north to south. Its famous attraction is the Kizhi Pogost, a historical open-air museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum contains over 80 historical wooden buildings that were built chiefly during the 18th century.

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Day 9: Mandrogy

Mandrogy is a museum village and the last stop before St. Petersburg. The original town was ruined during World War One, but in 1996 a local entrepreneur, Sergei Gutzeit, reconstructed it as an open air museum. Here you can learn about Russian culture and traditions firsthand—from the vodka museum to handmade craft shops. You can opt in and visit a banya, a traditional Russian bath house, or participate in the art of Matryoshka doll making.

Day 10-13: St. Petersburg

Peter the Great made St. Petersburg his centerpiece to transform Russia into a major and modern European power, his “window in the West.” The architecture reflects the best of Western European elegance and sophistication. No other city is the emblem of the Russian spirit. St. Petersburg’s heritage is deep and profound: throughout its history it has been the capital of the tsarist empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution, and the focal point of the three-year Siege of Leningrad during World War II.
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Willamette Intl Travel has years of expertise with river cruises in Europe and Asia. Our agents are well versed with Viking and many other cruise lines. Please call us for more information.

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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? – Viking Cruises, Russia

Now it’s time for your favorite game: “Where in the World is the WIT Agent?”

WIT Agent Nancy Fowler is currently escorting a group of 70+ passengers on a Viking River Cruise through Russia! From August 24 to Sept 5, Viking’s ship Helgi sails from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. This is a special partial charter that Willamette Intl Travel has organized with the Portland-based foundation, the Royal Rosarians.

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Itinerary: 13 Days Waterways of the Tsars, 24 August to 5 September

Viking’s Russia itinerary includes ample time in both the capital of Moscow and the gleaming jewel of St. Petersburg. Passengers will discover luxurious palaces, medieval monasteries and beautiful cathedrals.

Day 1-4: Moscow
Day 5: Uglich
Day 6: Yaroslavl
Day 7: Kuzino
Day 8: Kizhi
Day 9: Mandrogy
Day 10-13: St. Petersburg

Includes: 13-day cruise with river-view stateroom, 11 guided tours with audio headset, all meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners), Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner, Captain’s Farewell Dinner, 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites, and a Culture Curriculum that includes music, dance, lectures and workshops.

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Ship: Viking Helgi

The Viking Helgi was recently refurbished in 2013. It offers two 400-square-foot suites and 104 spacious staterooms, accommodating up to 210 guests. All upper and middle deck staterooms have private verandas, and all main deck staterooms have picture windows. The Viking fleet is world-renowned for its European high standards of comfort and elegance, complete with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-rooms refrigerators.

Willamette Intl Travel has years of expertise with river cruises in Europe and Asia. Our agents are well versed with Viking and many other cruise lines. Please call us for more information.

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Early Booking Discount with Viking River Cruises in 2015!

Give yourself or your family the gift of a lifetime! Viking River Cruises for 2015 are OPEN for booking with an Early Booking Discount! Get 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus air discounts where applicable! Offer expires December 18, 2013.

Call Willamette Intl Travel at 503-224-0180 to inquire for more info or check availability on any one of these amazing river cruises:

Rhine Getaway – 8 days, Amsterdam to Basel
Danube Waltz – 8 days, Passau to Budapest
Romantic Danube – 8 days, Budapest to Nuremberg
Paris & the Heart of Normandy – 8 days – Paris to Rouen to Paris
Portraits of Southern France – 8 days, Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saône
Grand European Tour – 15 days – Amsterdam to Budapest

A $500 per person deposit is required by December 18, 2013, balance due in full by May 31, 2014.

 

Did you know Viking Cruises sail worldwide, through China and Southeast Asia? Willamette Intl Travel agents have cruised all over the world with Viking Cruises. Call us for more info or email info@wittravel.com.

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Viking Ocean Cruises

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Did you know that Viking Cruises is launching its first-ever Ocean itineraries? Yes!

Since 1997, the world-renown cruise line has provided unique sails on its 35 ships around Europe and Asia, top-ranking multiple years on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Travel + Leisure World’s List, Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards, and National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.

In May 2015, the ocean-going Viking Star will join the fleet and set sail on her maiden voyage. She is an all-veranda ship, accommodating only 928 passengers. We’ve already started booking clients on these new and exciting sailings!

Combining Viking world-class standards with refreshing itineraries, the Ocean Cruise is designed to be the ultimate luxury voyage that enhances each destination port. The Star will have several stateroom categories to choose from, able to suit any guest and each with its own veranda. From the lavish 270-square-foot veranda to the premium Owner’s Suite spanning a whopping 1448 square feet, there’s something for everyone. She will be equipped with multiple restaurants, serene Wintergarden lanai, Piano Bar, Explorer’s Lounge, and a Nordic Spa. The Star will also have as its token jewel an Infinity Pool, unique among cruise ships in that is cantilevered over the ocean.

The cruises will continue the Viking tradition of an all-inclusive experience, from all onboard meals, cultural enrichment, complimentary room service, to shore excursions, wifi, self-service laundry, wine, beer & soft drinks, and all port charges and government taxes.

Pre- and post-cruise land extensions are available on every itinerary as an addition.

Did you know? You can save money on your cruise if you pay via e-check. Ask Willamette Intl Travel how! Call now and take advantage of Early Booking 2-for-1 Fares for 2015 (expires August 31, 2013). Call us to find out more information at 800-821-0401 or email us at info@wittravel.com.

With Star, Viking will continue its practice of destination-focused itineraries. Here are the ones on the list for 2015. Please note that across the board, veranda categories (V) are sold out for that year.

15 Days Stockholm <-> Bergen, May 16, May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25

15 Days Bergen <–> Barcelona, May 2, Aug 8

13 Days Barcelona <–> Venice, Apr 20, Aug 22, Sep 3, Sep 15, Oct 15, Oct 27

10 Days Venice <–> Istanbul, Apr 11, Sep 27, Oct 6, Nov 8

22 Days Barcelona <–> Istanbul, Apr 11 (sold out), Sep 15, Oct 6

29 Days Stockholm <–> Barcelona, May 2 (only deluxe veranda), July 25

36 Days Istanbul <–> Bergen, April 11 (sold out)

50 Days Istanbul <–> Stockholm, April 11 (sold out)

Viking is also planning to debut into the Mississippi River market beginning 2015. The cruise will be onboard a new ship similar to their European longships, foregoing the traditional paddle wheeler.

Call Willamette Intl Travel to book your cruise and pre-/post-cruise travel arrangements.

Infinity Pool, artist's rendering, image provided by Viking Cruises

Infinity Pool, artist’s rendering, image provided by Viking Cruises

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Cruising on Portugal’s Douro River

Portugal’s Douro River is perhaps one of the most beautiful in Europe, and fortunately for us, many exceptional river cruise lines sail through port wine country. As a guest on these lovely river cruise ships, you will explore the capital city of Lisbon and beautiful Porto. Tour bankside fishing villages, monasteries, castles, vineyards and traditional bakeries. Discover the rich Jewish history of Figueira da Foz. Visit the medieval cities of Salamanca, Belem and Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Watch how wine is made in Pinhao, the epicenter of Port wine-making.

Viking River Cruises. Our preferred vendor Viking offers a 10-day cruise. In 2013 Viking debuted with its first-ever cruise on the Douro River. The Douro accommodates 62 staterooms, including three junior suites and 59 French balconies. It also features a sundeck, pool, Jacuzzi, and observation lounge to maximize your pleasure. Coming in 2014, Viking will be introducing two new ships, built exclusively for the Douro River. The Torgil and the Hemming offer signature Scandinavian décor in its 53 staterooms, with balcony and veranda staterooms available as well as standards and suites.

As an all-inclusive river cruise, Viking prices include a cabin, 2 nights at Lisbon hotel, 8 guided tours, most meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch, and a culture curriculum in which passengers can learn about the wine-making and musical traditions of Portugal.

Need more than 10 days? Add on an extension to Lisbon or Santiago to delve further into the culture.

Call us for pricing on 2014 sailings. Call before August 31 and receive an Early Booking Discount! Willamette International Travel can arrange your cruise, airfare, pre and post cruise travel. 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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