Australia, New Zealand & Indonesia – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Australia, New Zealand & Indonesia – Viking Oceans Cruise

Oceanic Treasures & Island Charms

Sail from Aotearoa to the Indonesian archipelago on a voyage through diverse cultures. Admire stirring M?ori dances and discover Hobart and Sydney’s penal past. See Napier’s art deco glories, Wellington and Christchurch’s scented English gardens, and Dunedin’s Victorian treasures. Immerse in Brisbane’s cosmopolitan flair and the relaxed charms of Darwin. Explore Komodo National Park and Lombok’s artisan villages on this unforgettable journey.

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Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand

Transfer to your ship and settle into your stateroom. Cultural capital of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” for its residents’ love of boating. This seafaring city has hosted three America’s Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. In tree-lined Albert Park, flower beds and towering palms point the way to a cast-iron central fountain. The neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum chronicles the nation’s history within its edifice-like walls. The observation deck of the Sky Tower offers breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Auckland’s cityscape.

Straddling a narrow isthmus on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland enjoys a picturesque setting between two harbors: Waitemat? and Manukau. This cosmopolitan city of outdoor enthusiasts is a vibrant marine hub. One of the great pleasures of exploring the city by foot is witnessing countless masts bobbing with the tide at the city’s marinas and jet-setting yacht clubs, and marveling at the many full-blown sails as they traverse glittering waters in the distance.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCKLAND (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VIEW NORTH ISLAND LANDMARKS AND VISIT THE AUCKLAND MUSEUM
Enjoy a panoramic drive of Auckland’s major sights and visit the Auckland Museum to learn about M?ori culture. Meet your guide at the pier and embark on a narrated drive, passing many of the city’s landmarks. Amid its bustling streets, modern skyscrapers stand beside restored Victorian-era buildings, coexisting in perfect harmony. In the charming suburb of Parnell, pass quaint colonial-style shops. By the Central Business District lies the Auckland Domain, the city’s largest park. Within its 75-hectare grounds is the Auckland Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of M?ori and Polynesian artifacts, including an 82-foot-long M?ori canoe carved from a single tree. Here, you will have time to explore the museum’s exhibits on your own, and pay your respects at the War Memorial, located just outside. Afterward, return to your awaiting ship.

Tauranga, nestled on the Bay of Plenty, is watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. The M?ori arrived here in the 13th century, followed by the British 600 years later. Today, the city is home to a thriving cultural scene and stunning vistas of mountains rising from the surrounding waters. Tauranga is best known as the gateway to the bubbling mud pools and thermal fields of Rotorua. The local M?ori believe this cauldron-like region to be a gift of fire from the gods.

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SCENIC BAY OF PLENTY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

ROLLING FARMLAND AND KIWIFRUIT ORCHARDS
Take in the beautiful scenery of the Bay of Plenty as you discover more about the kiwifruit capital of the world. Meet your guide and board your motor coach as you set off through Tauranga, crossing the city’s harbor to Te Puke. Pronounced “tay-pookey,” this is New Zealand’s premier region for the production of the nation’s namesake fruit. During your panoramic ride, you will learn more about the orchards that pepper the surrounding landscape. At a local village community hall, enjoy refreshments and a taste of locally picked kiwi, along with free time to browse for kiwi-inspired products and mementos at a boutique marketplace. Members of the local M?ori tribe will welcome guests, then provide entertaining insight into their culture. Reboard your coach for a drive along Marine Parade, with panoramic views over Ocean Beach and the Bay of Plenty, before arriving back at your ship.

Napier is an impressive cityscape of art deco architecture often compared to Miami Beach for its splendor. Built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake, the stunning “main street” design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. The National Aquarium, one of the finest in New Zealand, can be found in Napier. Nearby, Hawke’s Bay boasts more than 70 vineyards. The first ones were introduced by French missionaries during the mid-19th century. The city also holds claim as the largest wool center in the Southern Hemisphere.

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HAWKE’S BAY WINE TASTING (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

SAMPLE VARIETALS FROM ACROSS THE REGION
Taste a selection of wines from the renowned Hawke’s Bay region, one of the “Great Wine Capitals” of the world. At the historic Hawkes Bay Club, meet a Hawke’s Bay wine representative who will provide a brief overview of this diverse wine-growing region, best known for its Merlot-Cabernet blends, Syrah and Chardonnay. You will receive your complimentary tasting glass, along with detailed notes of the vintages presented by the eight winemakers in attendance, then begin your tasting journey. Sample up to three varietals from various regions across Hawke’s Bay; once you have discovered your favorite, you will have the option to purchase and send a supply to stock your own cellar, ready for your return home. In the Heritage Room, local artisan producers will be offering a selection of delicacies; try a tasty treat before you depart and return to your awaiting ship.

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, enjoys a splendid setting and is hailed by many as the “coolest little capital in the world.” Its history is embodied in a rich collection of architecture, from classic weatherboard wooden cottages and the clean lines of art deco to Edwardian and postmodern wonders. The city’s neoclassical Parliament House stands out and is listed as a Heritage New Zealand building for its history and cultural significance. The city hosts an array of arts and cultural institutions, including museums, symphonies, ballet and film.

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TE PAPA & HIGHLIGHTS OF WELLINGTON (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VISIT THE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND AND EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY DISPLAYS
Take in the sights of New Zealand’s capital during a panoramic drive and visit the Te Papa Museum. Meet your guide and set off by motor coach, passing the 19th-century Parliament buildings. During your ride, your guide will explain the history of the buildings and the city’s culture. Arrive at the waterfront Te Papa Museum and step inside to explore a celebration of New Zealand’s diverse landscape, cultures and nature. After an introduction, you will enjoy time to explore the museum at your leisure. Impressive exhibits highlight the natural world and geology of New Zealand’s islands, as well as the M?ori culture and traditions. View interactive displays that educate, inspire and showcase the unique aspects of New Zealand and its history through storytelling and the latest technology. After your visit, return to your awaiting ship.

BOTANIC GARDENS & CABLE CAR RIDE (included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

VISIT HILLTOP GARDENS AND ADMIRE STUNNING VISTAS
Take a trip by cable car for views over Wellington and its harbor and take a stroll around the botanical gardens. Meet your guide and embark on a drive along Bowen Street, passing the 19th-century Parliament buildings. During your ride, your guide will explain the history of the buildings and the city’s culture. Arrive at the cable car station and step on board this more than 100-year-old historic rail car for a ride to the summit. From the top, you will admire sweeping views over the Storm Coast and Wellington Harbour. Take a walk around the botanical gardens and admire the lush native forest, plant collections and seasonal displays. You may also visit the small Cable Car Museum, set in the original winding house which was operational from 1902 until 1978. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Named after Christ Church College in Oxford by English pilgrims from Canterbury, it retains much of its original British flavor, from the Gothic Revival cathedral to the punting excursion boats on the tranquil Avon River. The city embraces another English tradition: it is home to so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the “Garden City.” Its lush Botanic Gardens ranks among the most important in the world, hosting plants from six continents, a rock garden and a water garden of lilies and irises.

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CHRISTCHURCH & MONA VALE GARDENS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

INSPIRING VISIONS OF RESTORATION AND BEAUTY
See how Christchurch is preserving its rich heritage after the 2011 earthquake, then visit the Mona Vale gardens. As you drive to the English-flavored city, learn about the exciting vision underway to rebuild and restore it. Pass the Canterbury Museum, housed in a beautiful 19th-century stone building. See the modern, all-glass facade of the Christchurch Art Gallery and drive by Hagley Park, the city’s largest urban open space. View the Cardboard Cathedral, a transitional cathedral located several blocks away from the damaged Christchurch Cathedral. Next, take a leisurely stroll through the Mona Vale gardens—a serene setting enveloped by mature trees, sloping lawns and beautiful bedding displays. Among the lush greenery, you will find rhododendrons, camellias and a stunning iris garden. Walk along the Avon River, pass the water lily pond and view the Mona Vale homestead—recently restored to its former glory.

MANDERLEY FARM (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

DISCOVER TYPICAL COUNTRY LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND
Experience life on a working New Zealand sheep farm and meet the owners of Manderley Farm. Set out on a scenic drive to explore the beautiful countryside on New Zealand’s South Island. Pass Lyttelton Harbor and idyllic Governors Bay, crossing the Gebbies Pass to Manderley Farm. Set amid 300 hectares of idyllic countryside, with views over bush-clad hills and Lake Forsyth, the farm is home to more than 1,600 sheep. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the farmer, who will regale you with tales of farm life. Then, be amazed as the sheepdogs demonstrate their prodigious talents for herding sheep in accordance with their master’s commands. Afterward, be entertained by the speed and agility of sheep shearers as they ply their trade. Join the family for refreshments before bidding them farewell and returning to your awaiting ship.

Dunedin and Port Chalmers lie on the 12-mile-long Otago Harbour. At the heart of the city, Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s first university, built in 1871. This lively college town is one of the South Island’s cultural capitals. Neighboring Port Chalmers has a thriving arts scene, inspired by its setting. Across the water, the distinctive Harbour Cone summit rises on the Otago Peninsula. Together, this unspoiled region is a breathtaking vista of mountains and sea, and home to seals, penguins and seabirds, including the only mainland colony of albatross in the world.

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DUNEDIN CITY TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NEW ZEALAND’S VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN TREASURES
See the highlights of the best-preserved Victorian city in the world. Drive along scenic Otago Harbor to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 and named after the Gaelic term for “Little Edinburgh.” Then enjoy a scenic drive past a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, richly festooned with spires, gables and gargoyles. Pass Dunedin Botanic Garden, the country’s oldest; and the Otago Museum, with its colonnaded entry; and the magnificent Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in New Zealand’s architectural crown. Enjoy your journey around the Octagon, the eight-sided plaza overlooked by the Dunedin Town Hall, the twin-spired St. Paul’s Cathedral and a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. You will also see Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street, and admire striking views from Unity Park before returning to your ship.

The narrow Foveaux Strait separates New Zealand’s South Island from Stewart Island, also known as Rakiura (or "the Land of Growing Skies") after its M?ori name. The small town of Bluff is the South Island’s southernmost settlement and is dominated by Bluff Hill to its west. With a permanent population of less than 400 people, Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third-largest island, ringed with bays and blanketed with lush forests.

“Cross the ditch” as you sail today, a term coined to refer to a voyage on the Tasman Sea, just as many Americans and Europeans refer to a trans-Atlantic journey as “hopping the pond.” Admire the views as you sail today and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. The Aquavit Terrace serves a range of International fare and casual dining favorites, as well as a range of superb cocktails inspired by our destinations.

Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, was named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Its capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, the charming city boasts the world’s second-deepest natural harbor, a mild climate and a picturesque setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its remarkably preserved architecture dates to Georgian and Victorian times, and traditional pubs transport visitors back to Old England. Nearby, Port Arthur is an open air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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HOBART SIGHTS (included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

TASMANIA’S CAPITAL CITY
Take in the sights of Tasmania’s capital city, and the stunning landscape of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney, Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, combining historic charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Travel by coach through the city, enjoying the contrast of elegant sandstone alongside modern architecture. You will pass Anglesea Barracks—the oldest Australian army barracks, and one of Australia’s most significant historic military precincts. Journey through the suburb of South Hobart to the gardens of the Cascade Brewery Company, Australia’s oldest operating brewery, located at the foot of the majestic Mt. Wellington. Continue to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, where you will have some free time to explore the magnificent collection of conifers and cool temperate trees, and the extensive gardens that embrace the flora of the Southern Hemisphere.

Separating mainland Australia from the island of Tasmania, the Bass Strait was discovered by British explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1799. This discovery allowed merchants and explorers to cut 700 miles off their journeys from Europe or India. The largest archipelago in the waterway’s eastern reaches, the Furneaux Islands, once formed a land bridge between Tasmania and Australia. In the strait’s western region, King Island hosts several settlements and is on the migration route of several bird species.

Melbourne has been called the world’s most livable city. It enjoys a scenic setting on the large bay of Port Phillip. Soon after Queen Victoria declared it a city of the Crown in 1847, the rush to find gold in its rivers made it one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities. Today, it is celebrated as the country’s cultural capital of the arts and exudes a rich and lively British flair, from its narrow shopping lanes to the fanciful Victorian buildings along Collins Street. A literal slice of England can be found within 64 acres of beautiful blooms at Fitzroy Gardens.

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ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS VICTORIA & SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HORTICULTURAL WORKS OF ART AND NATIONAL MONUMENT TO SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
Explore two of Melbourne’s most important sights and admire the city’s beauty, culture and history. You will visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, a striking green oasis in the heart of Melbourne. Covering 38 hectares, it features more than 31 collections of plants presented as living works of art. Take a guided tour, then enjoy free time to explore on your own. Cross the street to pay your respects at the revered Shrine of Remembrance, one of the city’s most stunning landmarks. Discover the real-life stories of Australians in wartime and view breathtaking vistas of the memorial gardens and the city. Afterward, set out on a scenic drive through Melbourne. Pass magnificent buildings, such as the fortress-like Old Treasury Building and Parliament House, and the marvelous string of High Victorian Gothic buildings along Collins Street while en route to your ship.

Trace one of Australia’s most scenic regions along the southeastern shore of the continent on the Bass Strait. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

Sydney was founded as a penal colony in 1788 and is celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor. It has grown into the major cultural center of Australia, beloved for its all-embracing, free-spirited nature. The cultural jewel in its crown is the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled harborside like a gleaming white bird taking wing. Adjacent, the Royal Botanic Garden displays one of the world’s most important horticultural collections across its 70 acres of flora-lined pathways.

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SYDNEY PANORAMA (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL CAPITAL
Be captivated by vibrant Sydney and take in the city sights in comfort on a scenic motor coach tour. Begin your journey to Circular Quay. Along the way, your guide will regale you with stories of Sydney’s past and present, and point out various sights around the city. Historically, some of its denizens were colorful characters who had moved to Sydney from elsewhere and were known to adopt a somewhat unconventional view of the law. Biographies of these immigrants make for entertaining stories today. Take in views of Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House across the water and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Then, step on the shores of the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the stunning views. You may choose to return to your ship by coach or ferry; alternatively, explore more of Sydney at your leisure.

SYDNEY HARBOR CRUISE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC WATERFRONT SIGHTS OF FAMOUS HARBOR
Gain insight into the rich history, landmarks and culture of Sydney during a cruise through its iconic harbor. Stretching along more than 150 miles of shoreline, Sydney’s famous harbor is dotted with pristine beaches, verdant gardens and exclusive waterfront suburbs, offering a unique and intriguing view of the capital of New South Wales. From your berth, you will take a short walk to your well-appointed vessel. Once on board, sit and enjoy a variety of Aussie-inspired snacks as your skipper sets a course for the bustling harbor’s most noteworthy sights. Glimpse striking harborside mansions and pass the renowned Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay, where celebrated Doyle’s Restaurant offers sweeping views of the city skyline. Have your camera ready for photos of iconic landmarks, including the opera house, Sydney Harbor Bridge and more. After, return to the pier and your ship.

In the heart of Sydney, The Rocks is the city’s district of restaurants, galleries and shops. But its streets were not always so welcoming; during the 19th century, they were the haunt of ex-convicts and sailors who wandered among buildings made of clay and wood, thatched roofs or locally quarried sandstone—the district was named for the latter—looking for trouble. Many original structures have been razed and replaced, however one of the few to have survived in this is the Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest pub brewery that has been serving pints and other libations since 1841.

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SYDNEY PANORAMA (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL CAPITAL
Be captivated by vibrant Sydney and take in the city sights in comfort on a scenic motor coach tour. Begin your journey to Circular Quay. Along the way, your guide will regale you with stories of Sydney’s past and present, and point out various sights around the city. Historically, some of its denizens were colorful characters who had moved to Sydney from elsewhere and were known to adopt a somewhat unconventional view of the law. Biographies of these immigrants make for entertaining stories today. Take in views of Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House across the water and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Then, step on the shores of the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the stunning views. You may choose to return to your ship by coach or ferry; alternatively, explore more of Sydney at your leisure.

SYDNEY HARBOR CRUISE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC WATERFRONT SIGHTS OF FAMOUS HARBOR
Gain insight into the rich history, landmarks and culture of Sydney during a cruise through its iconic harbor. Stretching along more than 150 miles of shoreline, Sydney’s famous harbor is dotted with pristine beaches, verdant gardens and exclusive waterfront suburbs, offering a unique and intriguing view of the capital of New South Wales. From your berth, you will take a short walk to your well-appointed vessel. Once on board, sit and enjoy a variety of Aussie-inspired snacks as your skipper sets a course for the bustling harbor’s most noteworthy sights. Glimpse striking harborside mansions and pass the renowned Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay, where celebrated Doyle’s Restaurant offers sweeping views of the city skyline. Have your camera ready for photos of iconic landmarks, including the opera house, Sydney Harbor Bridge and more. After, return to the pier and your ship.

Newcastle boasts some of the most picturesque coastal vistas in Australia. The city was built on coal export and remains a major exporter. But locals care more about soaking up the spectacular outdoors. High cliffs, well-kept green parks and long stretches of beach grace these shores. And the people of Newcastle know how to keep connected to their breathtaking surroundings: They have built ocean baths along the shore that collect sea water during high tide. Nearby, in one of the country’s first wine regions, the vintners of Hunter Valley bottle some of the coast’s favorites.

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WINEMAKER’S CLASSROOM (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

INSTRUCTION IN THE ART OF WINE TASTING
Immerse yourself in the art of wine tasting during a visit to Hunter Valley, Australia’s famous wine country. Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine and the country’s oldest wine region, renowned for its exceptional varieties of Semillon and Shiraz. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach inland to Hunter Valley Resort, a family-owned and operated estate nestled among an old vineyard on 100 acres of wide-open space in the secluded heart of the region. Upon arrival, head to its Wine Theater, where your cellarmaster will guide you through an informative tasting of four wines. You will learn how to taste front-palate sweetness, acidity and back-palate tannins, as well as how to appreciate a wine’s individual bouquet. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the vineyard and farm or browse for a bottle of your favorite varietal before returning to your ship.

BLACKBUTT NATURE RESERVE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

AUSTRALIAN BIODIVERSITY ON DISPLAY
Observe Australian wildlife in their natural habitats during a self-guided tour of the Blackbutt Nature Reserve. Set amid natural bushlands a short distance from downtown Newcastle, this 450-acre reserve is focused on the protection and rehabilitation of injured animals. Upon arrival, you will receive a brief orientation of the facilities, then set out to explore on your own. Stroll along the nature trails through the different habitats and ecosystems, stopping at the exhibits that interest you. Blackbutt is home to an array of species, including koalas, wombats, emus, kangaroos and native birds, as well as roaming peacocks and brush turkeys. You can enjoy a range of wildlife feeding and reptile shows, where you will gain insight into each animal’s diet, breeding, habitats and conservation strategies. At a predetermined time, you will meet up with your escort and return to your ship.

Trace the scenic Australian coastline, indigenous people inhabited the continent for 60,000 years prior to European discovery. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is situated on its namesake river and spreads over picturesque hills rising from Moreton Bay. One of the oldest cities in Australia, its first European settlers were the secondary offenders from the Sydney penal colony. In addition to its riverside skyscrapers, the city is host to some decidedly less dramatic architecture: the quaint Queenslander homes characterized by their terraces and raised living spaces. Art galleries, museums and beloved musical venues also make the city one of Australia’s most vibrant and active cultural centers.

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PANORAMIC BRISBANE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

HISTORIC SIGHTS AND NATURAL BEAUTY OF QUEENSLAND’S CAPITAL
Delight in the many sights of Brisbane and its surrounding areas during a scenic motor coach drive. The capital of Queensland, Australia’s third-largest city is also the state’s historic and cultural mecca, and a major seaport. The winding Brisbane River, lush inner-city parks and eclectic blend of distinctive Queenslander and modern architecture combine to make Brisbane a vibrant city. Your expansive tour will take you past historic Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the old Customs House, the Victorian-era Botanic Gardens and more. Venture beyond the metropolitan and urban areas for an ascent up picturesque Mt. Coot-tha (“Honey Mountain” in the local Aboriginal language). Enjoy panoramic views as Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs spread out 755 feet below you. After time to soak in the sights and take photos, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Follow the route of English explorer James Cook, who famously laid eyes on Australia’s “Sunshine Coast” from the deck of the HMS Endeavour. As you sail today, relax in the Explorers’ Lounge, inspired by epic journeys of discovery. Marvel at the views through the two-story panoramic windows as you share a cocktail with friends, or settle down to read a book.

The Whitsunday archipelago emerges from the Coral Sea amid the Great Barrier Reef. The seafaring Ngaro people called this paradise home until 1870 and hunted these waters in bark canoes. Nature’s brushstrokes are astonishing here: pure-white sands meet cerulean waters, swirling together at sandbars to merge into a palette of turquoise, cream and emerald-green hills. Glassy, invigorating and impossibly blue, the waters provide the ideal oasis for relaxing and idling away a few hours on the beach.

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SAILING THE WHITSUNDAYS
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
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PANORAMIC JOURNEY THROUGH STUNNING ISLAND WATERS
Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Whitsunday Islands on board a chartered catamaran. Board your air-conditioned vessel and settle into your seat as you set out for a journey through the Whitsundays. Based on the weather and water conditions at the time of your visit, your knowledgeable skipper will plot the best course to showcase all the islands have to offer. You will pass iconic resorts and stunning natural scenery, as well as the fringe reefs found around some of the region’s 74 islands. Sip on a complimentary fruit punch while listening to your knowledgeable crew point out historic sites, secluded inlets and impressive rock formations. Keep watch for local wildlife sightings as you learn more about the history and heritage of the islands. At the end of your cruise, you will return to your awaiting ship.

WHITSUNDAYS YACHT EXPERIENCE (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

BOARD A CLASSIC YACHT AND CRUISE TO LANGFORD ISLAND
Sail through the Whitsunday Islands on board the elegant and stylish Lady Enid. Walk to your awaiting vessel, a classic two-masted Australian timber yacht built during the 1960s and designed with graceful lines. Meet your experienced crew and set sail for Langford Island, stopping along the way at a scenic snorkeling spot. Here, grab your snorkeling gear and savor an opportunity to swim among the fish and underwater gardens. Upon arrival at the island, transfer to the beach, where you may take a stroll to a lookout point above the stunning coral reef. Enjoy a delicious lunch, then begin your journey back. On the return back to port, enjoy a glass of Australian sparkling wine while a delicious antipasto and cheese platter will be served. You can also help set and trim the sails as the trade winds return you to the pier.

Townsville is the unofficial capital of North Queensland and a favorite cultural center. The city’s location on the banks of the Ross River and along the shores of Cleveland Bay hints at the local love of outdoor life. Riverway, a path-lined green park that traces the Ross, leads walkers and joggers past scenic views and the city’s original wharves and ports. Nearby, The Strand, a tranquil walkway, follows the long tropical beach. And no matter which corner of Townsville you are exploring, the red sandstone monolith of Castle Hill is always in view.

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TOWNSVILLE ORIENTATION (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN INVITING URBAN SEASIDE HAVEN
Get to know this culturally rich city on Australia’s northeastern coast—North Queensland’s unofficial capital. Meet your knowledgeable guide and drive through Townsville, admiring its mix of old and new architecture along the way. Arrive at Castle Hill viewpoint, a pink granite monolith that dominates the city’s skyline. Here, enjoy sweeping vistas of the city before heading back into Townsville. Continue your panoramic sightseeing drive, passing city landmarks such as the Strand, a popular 1½-mile-long shoreline development lined with walkways, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy free time for independent exploration at the Strand, whose long strip of tropical beach and lush gardens make it a favorite place for locals to walk and jog, before returning to your awaiting ship.

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NATURAL BEAUTY AND HISTORY OF NORTH QUEENSLAND
Gain insight into North Queensland’s natural splendor and history at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Surrounded by biodiversity, Townsville sits between the tropical islands of the Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforests and UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks. You will depart the pier for a short scenic drive to the museum, located in the heart of Townsville. Upon arrival, you will receive a brief orientation, then enjoy free time to explore the galleries and collections at your own pace. You may choose to explore the extensive coral collection and the exhibits that document the region’s development from prehistory to the present day. You can also learn about the local wildlife, as well as the captivating tale of the HMS Pandora, the ill-fated ship sent to capture the HMS Bounty and her mutinous crew. At the end of your visit, you will return to your ship.

Queensland’s seaside resort town, Cairns is the gateway to a rich array of natural beauty onshore and off. Catamarans take marine lovers to the Great Barrier Reef; stretching for 1,400 miles, it is the largest continuous coral reef system on Earth. Inland, the wet tropics have given rise to Daintree and Kuranda National Parks, vast rainforest systems of extraordinary biodiversity and a profusion of birdlife. For all its appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, Cairns’ thriving culture is a pleasure to absorb from the outdoor cafés or along the scenic waterfront promenade.

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CAIRNS AQUARIUM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

BIODIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA’S WET TROPICAL REGION
Explore the Great Barrier Reef without having to get wet during a visit to the Cairns Aquarium. A world-class venue for observing and interacting with the vast array of flora, fauna and habitats that are endemic to Australia’s wet tropical region, the aquarium’s mission is to protect the biodiversity of the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef ecosystems. Upon arrival at the aquarium, receive a short orientation, then enjoy free time for independent exploration. Expert educators will be positioned throughout the premises to help you learn about the amazing creatures housed here. As part of your tour, Viking is contributing funds to the Turtle Rehabilitation Center and the world’s first living coral biobank, part of the aquarium’s efforts to safeguard all 400 species of Great Barrier Reef hard coral. Afterward, you return to your ship by coach or on foot along the esplanade.

Traverse the mineral-rich waters of the Coral Sea, where the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef welcomes divers to explore its spectacular marine life. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

Thursday Island was once home to a thriving pearl fishing industry. From the late 19th century, divers came from Japan, Malaysia and India to harvest these precious stones. The diving has declined, but traces of Asia’s diverse influences remain. The island’s Green Hill Fort was built during the 1890s with growing concerns of a potential Russian invasion. The fort was shut down just 30 years later and reactivated during World War II as a wireless station. Many islanders, still to this day, abide by a no-footwear policy out of respect for the spirits of their ancestors.

Shore Excursion

THURSDAY ISLAND INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

THURSDAY ISLAND AT YOUR LEISURE
Explore Thursday Island in the manner that suits you. Known affectionately as “T.I.,” Thursday Island is among the smallest of the Torres Strait Islands. Some residents own automobiles, but they are largely unnecessary, setting a relaxed and unhurried tone in day-to-day living. Others choose to be carless and to walk without footwear out of respect for the spirits that they believe live amid the natural world. You will tender ashore and spend your time as you please. Take a walk among its lush scenery and enjoy sweeping ocean views. Or, discover the island’s fascinating history and pearl-diving legacy as you stroll through this colorful paradise. Set your watch to “island time” and mingle with locals; perhaps sample a taste of the local creole cuisine at a beachfront eatery as you watch the world go by.

INTRODUCTION TO THURSDAY ISLAND (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

WELCOME CEREMONY AND TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE
Discover the Indigenous culture of Torres Strait during a traditional welcome ceremony and dance performance. Take a short walk from the pier to the venue, where the community will share insights into the traditional artwork and culture of this intriguing island. Here, you will be met by a custodian, or elder, who will perform the “Welcome to Country” ceremony—a greeting meant to introduce people to local culture and history, followed by a Q&A session. Then, enjoy a riveting dance show, immersing yourself in the expressive rhythms and storytelling of the dancers, drummers and singers. You will also have an opportunity to observe a basket weaving demonstration, gaining insight into the ancient techniques that have been passed down through the generations. Cap your visit by browsing a selection of stalls displaying artwork before bidding your hosts farewell and returning to your ship.

Trace the route of early civilizations as you sail the Arafura Sea. During the Ice Age, entire populations were once able to walk between continents, exchanging languages and customs. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Darwin is the cultural hub of the continent’s northernmost region. The laid-back city got its name after the HMS Beagle sailed into the harbor during a surveying expedition in 1839. The famed naturalist Charles Darwin was so esteemed that its captain named this newest discovery for him. Today, it is the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory state. It boasts a rich and lively arts and culture scene, much of it centered on the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Its collection of art and artifacts reflects the region and its indigenous people.

Shore Excursion

NORTHERN TERRITORY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

DISCOVER DARWIN’S LEADING CULTURAL CENTER
Enjoy a panoramic tour of one of Australia’s most successful and engaging multicultural cities. The largest city in the continent’s thinly populated Northern Territory, Darwin is a modern tropical capital with an intimate feel, set on a harbor twice the size of Sydney’s. Its colorful past will enrich your understanding of the Aussie spirit. Meet your guide and drive to the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery. Here, you will enjoy free time to independently explore a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase Darwin’s history. Learn about Aboriginal culture and wildlife as well as the role the town played during World War II. Discover the story behind the devastating cyclone that struck Darwin in the 1970s, and how this event shaped the future of the museum that stands here today. After your visit, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Darwin may be far removed from Australia’s other provincial capitals, but it is proudly cosmopolitan. Its varied museums highlight the rich history and abundant marine life. The Royal Flying Doctor Service museum chronicles the organization’s part in World War II and illuminates its current role in the bush. On the waterfront, the Indo-Pacific Marine Exhibition recreates various underwater ecosystems, each one self-sustaining with no feeding or filtration, providing unique insight into fascinating aquatic worlds.

Shore Excursion

NORTHERN TERRITORY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

DISCOVER DARWIN’S LEADING CULTURAL CENTER
Enjoy a panoramic tour of one of Australia’s most successful and engaging multicultural cities. The largest city in the continent’s thinly populated Northern Territory, Darwin is a modern tropical capital with an intimate feel, set on a harbor twice the size of Sydney’s. Its colorful past will enrich your understanding of the Aussie spirit. Meet your guide and drive to the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery. Here, you will enjoy free time to independently explore a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase Darwin’s history. Learn about Aboriginal culture and wildlife as well as the role the town played during World War II. Discover the story behind the devastating cyclone that struck Darwin in the 1970s, and how this event shaped the future of the museum that stands here today. After your visit, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Follow in the footsteps of Indonesia’s indigenous people and sail the Timor Sea. This stretch of water shares its name with the independent state of East Timor, which lies to its north. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s and savor an authentic Italian meal, with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan inspired classics.

Komodo is one of the world’s most unique and prehistoric-feeling national parks with a magnificent menagerie of wildlife. Its most famous denizen is the legendary Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. These breathtaking creatures can grow up to ten feet long and typically weigh about 150 pounds. Gentler-looking animals also roam, including the island’s graceful Timor deer, beautiful wild horses and stout little boars. Resident giant fruit bats, also known as flying foxes, are a sight to behold with their jet-black capes.

Shore Excursion

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

SEE THE WORLD’S LARGEST REPTILES: KOMODO DRAGONS
Encounter the rare and fearsome Komodo dragon in its natural habitat during this trek on Komodo Island. This National Park, encompassing 26 islands, is home to about 5,700 of these legendary creatures that exist nowhere else on Earth. Relatives of the dinosaur, they are the world’s largest reptiles, able to reach lengths of over ten feet and typically weighing about 150 pounds. Learn about the behavior of these dappled giants, whose tails are as long as their bodies, as you trek among the tamarind and palm trees of the Tamarind Woods. After, browse for mementos before returning to your ship. Note: Guests who have any open wounds or are on their menstrual cycle must inform the guide before departing on the tour. Komodo dragons have an exceptional sense of smell, and although the risk to guests is minimal, the park ranger may request that you stay by their side for the duration of the tour.

Lombok exudes a relaxed atmosphere in a tropical setting. Wood carvers, potters and other artisans keep artistic traditions alive, finding endless inspiration in the lush forests, the soothing sands and the soaring peak of Mt. Rinjani, the nation’s second-tallest volcano. The crafts of the island are steeped in the artistry of the indigenous Sasak people. The island is also home to pearl divers who pluck these treasures from the sea and offer them for sale. On the western shore, Senggigi is home to the island’s best beach, stretching several miles along a lush, green coast.

Shore Excursion

SENGGIGI ON YOUR OWN (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SOFT SANDS, LILTING SURF AND RICH CULTURE
Relax into the Lombok lifestyle when you visit one of its most casual and leisurely beach communities. Transfer with your escort to Senggigi Beach, passing through the island’s capital of Mataram, a diverse city of the indigenous Sasak people who have called Lombok home for centuries. Once you arrive in Senggigi, you will enjoy about 2½ hours on your own to stroll some of the six miles of superb white-sand beaches, dip your toes in the warm waters or go for a swim in refreshing and crystalline waters. Explore the shops and businesses along High Street, perhaps stopping for a snack or a drink at one of its cafés or beach resorts and striking up a conversation with a local or fellow beach lover over an Indonesian brew. At the designated time, you will meet your driver and return to your ship.

TRADITIONAL SASAK VILLAGE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS
Visit a traditional Indonesian village and gain insight into the island’s rich cultural heritage. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through the lush green countryside surrounding Lombok, renowned for its bucolic landscapes and quaint villages. Stop in Sukarara, a traditional Sasak village known for its exquisite handwoven textiles. Observe local women showcase their talents as you watch a demonstration of the intricate art of weaving, using traditional looms and techniques to create traditional songket (woven fabrics), incorporating ancient ikat patterns. This style has gained popularity worldwide and is often the focus of modern design. Meet some of the local residents and step inside to enjoy a warm welcome as you admire the distinctive architectural style of their homes. Afterward, return to your ship.

With a thriving arts scene, lush beauty and magnificent seaside vistas, Bali has long beckoned travelers in search of ultimate beauty. The island’s rich Hindu culture has forever held that gods live in all things natural—from mountains to streams to pebbles on the beach—lending the island a peaceful air. Denpasar is the island’s thriving capital. Founded as a market town, it still bustles with colorful stalls and vast emporiums selling bright sarongs and intricately patterned batik. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Day by Day
To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us for more information

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-07

Auckland to Bali (Benoa) FROM
AU$25,795
Nov-14 Bali (Benoa) to Auckland FROM
AU$22,295
Nov-16 Bali (Benoa) to Auckland FROM
AU$22,295
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Feb-08

Auckland to Bali (Benoa) FROM
AU$23,295

 

*Cruise only offer, save up to AU$3600 per couple

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

*Contact us for more information regarding stateroom

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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