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Pre-cruise extension: Ultimate Italy - Umbria

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My wife and I are considering adding the Umbria extension to precede our Cities of Antiquities cruise next year.

 

Has anyone out there done this? Any thoughts?

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We will be doing the Umbria extension in several weeks. I will report upon our return.

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3 hours ago, lextrvlr said:

We will be doing the Umbria extension in several weeks. I will report upon our return.

 

Thanks - much appreciated.

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Just returned  from our first Viking cruise which included the Umbria extension. As promised here are my thoughts on same.

Outstanding in almost every way. Having made our own air arrangements, we were immediately met by Viking representatives while waiting for our bags at the carousel. Our bags were gathered by them and we were introduced to two others  who had arrived . It was about 8:30 AM local time. We were informed that the arrival of four others would be delayed because of flight delays. We were escorted to the airport Hilton where we where provided a nice buffet breakfast. With the arrival of the delayed four, we were bused to our castle with our host  Andrea (male) who was indeed with us throughout.

The Castelo Monterone was all that could be expected and then some. We were greeted and individually escorted to our rooms by members of the staff. While we rested, others arrived, some late airport arrivals via shuttle and others independently from Rome. We were 18 plus Andrea.

Dinner that evening at the castle. It should be noted that the schedule was not as shown by Viking. According to Andrea it never has been. Another Viking communication breakdown. First two nights dinner at the castle. Third night dinner at a delightful winery. Tour of Perugia replaced Todi. Todi has not been included because of problems getting up to it. All else as given.

All included meals, breakfast lunch and dinner, were outstanding with lunches and dinners properly served on linen and included three or more courses.

I will not spoil the many wonderful surprises. I will note that the only possible negative was that the final lunch lasted so long that our bus didn't reach our ship until 5:00 PM, just a half hour before muster drill.

This for me was the best part of our Viking experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Umbria extension gets a 10 while I give the cruise itself an 8+.

Hope this helps.

 

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