I have been home now just over 2 weeks. After saving and planning for our Viking River Cruise trip to China for over 6 years, I cannot believe it is all over. This is our second trip with Viking, and both have not disappointed.
I think this is the first time my hubby and I have been away for so long. We were 1 day short of 3 weeks in total. I usually get home sick after 10 days, but this trip was so different. I could have carried on for weeks, if it wasn’t for the fact, I missed my dogs oh and a thing called work!
The flight home was as comfortable as it can be in standard class. Emirates are a great airline and our ‘go to’ choice for long haul. I love the fact I can pre-order a low-fat meal and the great selection of films. I am still hoping one day I will get to experience the luxury of business or first class. I hear of so many people getting free upgrades, but I’m not that lucky sadly.
As it was a night flight, I planned to try and sleep on the first leg – Beijing to Dubai, and I think I managed a couple of hours. From Dubai to Birmingham I made myself stay awake so I wouldn’t be too jet lagged for work the next day. This was a great opportunity to watch a bunch load of files such as finishing Dumbo, The Hustle, Fishermen’s Friends, What Men Want, Alex and the List and finally The Wife.
As soon as we could, we collected Fido and Lola from the Kennels. They were as happy to see us as we were to see them.
Usually, when I am home, I’m a little bit down after a good holiday, but 2 weeks on, I still have the ‘China’ buzz. For over a week, I would wake in the night and think I was still there! I dream constantly of everything we did. People ask me what my favourite bit was. I can’t answer that, as everything was magical and different.
A week later, we received a free recipe book from Viking. It was such a lovely surprise and hubby and I have already tried one of the recipes out. We plan many more. It helps up keep our trip alive, especially when we insist on using chopsticks!
I don’t know when I will be able to go on another Viking holiday, but I have promised myself, as soon as I have saved up, I will be booking another one. Hong Kong, Tibet, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are at the top of our list now. I’ve already looked up their ‘Far East Discovery’ which takes in Hong Kong, Japan as well as parts of China we haven’t seen. Well ok, I’ll be honest, I’ve checked out all the Asia ones! Far East Horizons etc etc! They all look so good!
The culture of China really fascinated me. It has given me a new appetite to learn more about the people. I have been recommended a book called the ‘Wild Swans’ which is apparently about 3 generations of Chinese ladies. It is in my Amazon basket waiting for me to finish my current book – The Tattooist of Auschwitz. This is an amazing read too, and after visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau twice, I can really visualise the story.
If you are thinking of booking a holiday in the future, give Viking’s website a visit. The price may seem high at first view, but the quality is extremely high, food and drinks are mostly included, as are the trips. One of the things I love about the trips being included is that they take you to places you may never have thought to go to. I will be honest, on both my trips with Viking, if you had asked me to pick my trips, there are some I wouldn’t have done. Now having done them, I would have been gutted to miss out. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. By putting yourselves in the good hands of Viking, you will definitely get a holiday to remember. As for the food – you will seriously not find better.
The customer service is excellent from the time you book to when you arrive home. The staff learn your names within minutes of meeting you and treat you like a member of the family. Nothing is too much trouble. I think this is why I don’t get home sick on these holidays. It is like being around your family every day.
Don’t forget they also offer some early booking savers. These are really worth doing. So, what are you waiting for?