Viking River Cruises announced its 2010 lineup of 20 river cruise itineraries through northern and southern France, central and eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China and Egypt and is offering an early booking discount through May 31.
* Two-for-one pricing on the cruise portion of every itinerary, for every stateroom category (single staterooms receive a 50 percent discount)
* A $500-per-person discount on international roundtrip air purchased through Viking,
for a total savings of $1,000 per stateroom
* Complimentary wine with onboard dinners for guests who book and pay in full for a 2010 itinerary by May 31, to "sweeten" the deal even further
Viking is introducing three new itineraries in 2010. Including:
Danube Waltz: an eight-day itinerary sailing through four of Europe's most enchanting countries-Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia-along the storied Danube River, which includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and an all-day excursion to the scenic city of Salzburg.
China Discovery: a 10-day cruisetour featuring all the imperial treasures of Beijing plus a six-day Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges. Guests on this itinerary enjoy a final afternoon and evening adjacent to Beijing's Olympic Village, where they can see some of the distinctive venues constructed for the 2008 Summer Games.
Nile Explorer: a nine-day itinerary that showcases the highlights of Cairo and features a five-day Aswan-to-Luxor cruise rich with comprehensive tours and experiences.
The 2010 season will also feature Viking Legend, which makes its debut in July 2009 with the largest suites on Europe's rivers and a new, energy-efficient propulsion system. In total, Viking offers 19 ships to the North American market for 2010. In France, guests will enjoy the hospitality of Viking Sprit and Viking Neptune, featuring deluxe staterooms with hotel-style beds; in Russia, the fully renovated Viking Kirov and Viking Surkov set the standard; and the five-star Viking Century Sun is the most sumptuous ship in China, where every stateroom has a river view and private balcony.