India & Europe Grand Passage – Viking Oceans Cruise

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India & Europe Grand Passage – Viking Oceans Cruise

Traverse age-old trade routes

Embark on a journey of discovery, traversing the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. Sail along France’s southern coast, explore Italy’s Renaissance treasures and discover Athens, the “birthplace of democracy.” Unveil ancient civilizations and explore desert landscapes of the Middle East—in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Oman—and enjoy their rich hospitality, as well as the lively culture of Mumbai. Overnights in five ports allow you time to explore more.

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*Expires 31st July 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. The vibrant city of Barcelona, with its lively culture and inviting outdoor spaces, preserves a rich history. Picturesque medieval lanes wind through the oldest part of the city, the Gothic Quarter, where remnants of the city’s Roman wall were uncovered. Its treasures include the neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, the medieval Jewish district of El Call and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Pi. In the evenings, diners relax in the Royal Plaza at restaurants along the elegant square’s perimeter.

Barcelona is steeped in history, with stunning architecture and a rich culture. Mediterranean breezes grace the shore and Catalonia’s capital is a feast for the senses. Long strolls on wide boulevards—such as Las Ramblas, the mile-long leafy pedestrian way, and the Passeig de Gràcia, lined with some of Europe’s most elegant buildings—set the tone for a city that moves to its own tempo. Native son and famed architect Antoni Gaudí adorned his city with whimsy, whether along fantastical city blocks or with his colossal masterpiece, the towering La Sagrada Família cathedral.

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ICONIC BARCELONA (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
Discover Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks on a relaxing drive and a leisurely walk around this impressive city. You will pass the Columbus Monument and Port Vell, the seaside cultural and shopping complex. Admire the Arc de Triomf, a stately remnant from the 1888 World’s Fair. Take in the breathtaking Parc de la Ciutadella, once home to the garrison that protected the city. Next, you will alight from your motor coach and walk into the historic center, stopping to view the stunning neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral. The facade of this 14th-century marvel is adorned with many sculptures, including a wide range of animals and mythical gargoyles on its roof. After enjoying free time and an opportunity to take a short walk through the Gothic Quarter, you will return to the ship.

Montpellier has been a center of learning for centuries. Its namesake university, founded in 1160, is one of the world’s oldest, predating the Renaissance. Still, a student population breathes life into a vibrant culture. The social and cultural center of Montpellier is the Place de la Comédie, anchored by the elegant Three Graces fountain and the neoclassical Opéra Comédie. Other sites pay tribute to a rich heritage, from the art-filled Musée Fabre and impressive St. Clément Aqueduct to the St. Pierre Cathedral with its “floating” porch supported by a pair of towers.

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SCENIC SÈTE BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

WALK ALONG THE CITY’S MAIN CANAL AND PORT
Explore the port city of Sète, the “Venice of the Languedoc.” Located on a thin strip of land, Sète received its name from the many canals that crisscross it, linking the Mediterranean to the enclosed saltwater lagoon of Ethang de Thau. Meet your guide and walk along Sète’s main canal. Learn why Sète is a destination for seafood-loving gourmets as you watch the largest fishing fleet on France’s Mediterranean coast troll the fish-abundant waters. Get a sense of the strong cultural identity of this major port city and of its inhabitants as you stroll the streets of the Old Port, viewing the churches, art galleries and other historic public buildings that line the quay. Then, experience at your leisure the shopping opportunities and unpretentious atmosphere of this city, different from other resorts in southern France, before heading back to your ship.

Marseille is rich in historic treasures, nestled between the Mediterranean and rocky hills of limestone. Two 17th-century fortresses dominate the charming Vieux Port, or Old Port, the natural harbor that hosts all manner of watercraft, from sleek elegant yachts to old style fishing vessels. Its picturesque quay is one of the world’s most romantic walks, lined with dozens of cafés and shops. Also worth exploring is the city center, graced by La Canebière boulevard. Linger in a café and sample the city’s signature bouillabaisse made from freshly caught fish.

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SCENIC MARSEILLE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CHIC CORNICHES, THE OLD PORT AND THE BUSTLING CITY
Relax on a panoramic drive through Marseille and soak up the atmosphere of this historic port city. Begin your tour by motor coach through the area known as the Vieux Port, or Old Port, where the Greeks landed in 600 BC. Continue along the Corniche du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, admiring lovely views of offshore islands and the shimmering Mediterranean coastline. From the comfort of your coach, take in the splendor of Notre Dame de la Garde, the most magnificent building of its kind in southern France. Built in the mid-1800s in Roman-Byzantine style, this basilica displays a statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of its bell tower. Back in downtown Marseille, you can enjoy some free time among the numerous lively cafés, restaurants and quaint streets of this famous bustling port. Feel the welcome of the Marseille locals, or Marseillaise, and leave with wonderful memories of this glorious city.

The chic city of Monte Carlo in the petite kingdom of Monaco boasts some of the world’s most exclusive shopping and a beautiful old port. A fairy-tale aura has settled on this glittering city of the Grimaldi family, perhaps nowhere more elegantly than at the Prince’s Palace, where the late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly presided with Prince Rainier III. Monte Carlo’s medieval quarter perches on “The Rock,” an escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps, and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the harbor lined with mega-yachts.

On 20 December 2024, Viking Saturn will call at Villefranche-Sur-Mer.

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WALKING TOUR OF MONACO (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

THE BEAUTY OF MONACO
Set out on a walking tour through the heart of the medieval quarter of Monaco, known as The Rock. The Mediterranean will make a spectacular backdrop as you stroll to the foot of The Rock, then head uphill with your guide. In Monaco’s main square, the Place du Palais, see the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, home to the House of Grimaldi since 1297. Then pass St. Nicholas Cathedral. A young church by European standards, it was consecrated in 1875. This is the burial site of the royal family, including American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. Also admire the majestic Oceanographic Museum, soaring above the sea on a cliffside. Returning to the Place du Palais, depending on the time of your tour, you may have the opportunity to watch the daily changing of the guard outside the palace walls. Remain in town to shop or have lunch on your own before returning to your ship.

LEISURELY WALKING TOUR OF MONACO (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE BEAUTY OF MONACO
Take a relaxed, easy walking tour through The Rock, the heart of the medieval quarter of Monaco. The Mediterranean will make a spectacular backdrop as you walk to the foot of The Rock, then make your way uphill with your guide. In Monaco’s main square, the Place du Palais, see the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, home to the House of Grimaldi, before passing St. Nicholas Cathedral. This is the burial site of the royal family, including American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. Admire the majestic Oceanographic Museum, soaring above the sea on a cliff side. Upon returning to the Place du Palais, depending on the time of day, you may be able to watch the daily changing of the guard outside the palace walls. Remain in town to shop or have lunch on your own before returning to your ship. Note: This tour will progress at a speed suited to those who may experience difficulty walking.

Tuscany is known equally as the cradle of the Renaissance and a center of culinary delights and astounding wines. Throughout this emerald-green countryside dotted with cypress trees, endless delights unfold. Among them is Florence, a living museum of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi’s famous Duomo dominates the medieval cityscape—an architectural achievement. Another Tuscan treasure, the Square of Miracles, unfolds in Pisa. Here, a trinity of masterpieces—the Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery—comprise some of Europe’s finest art and architecture.

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FROM TUSCANY TO PISA (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A TOUR OF ITALY’S SQUARE OF MIRACLES
See the famous Leaning Tower and its magnificent Square of Miracles on this included tour. You will join your guide for a scenic drive through Tuscany to Pisa. The origins of this ancient city are unclear, but the presence of an Etruscan necropolis points to a long history. Upon arrival, walk to the Piazza dei Miracoli, or the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Pisa Cathedral, its marble-clad Romanesque facade decorated with Byzantine-inspired mosaics. It is said that Galileo formulated his theory of pendulums here by observing an incense burner swinging from the ceiling. Also in the square, you will see the grand circular Baptistery, the Leaning Tower, which took 177 years to build, and the walled Camposanto Monumentale, said to be the most beautiful cemetery in the world. After your tour, you will return to your ship.

Tuscany is known for its scenic beauty and exudes a unique, rustic character. Vineyards, olive tree groves, wheat fields and endless expanses of farmland skirt the bases of medieval hill towns as they march across an undulating landscape of gentle hills. Fertile soils produce some of the world’s finest wines, including Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. More than this, many consider Tuscany the birthplace of the original farm-to-table movement. Simple, honest food graces the Tuscan table, from creamy cheeses to thick Florentine steak grilled over a wood fire.

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FROM TUSCANY TO PISA (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A TOUR OF ITALY’S SQUARE OF MIRACLES
See the famous Leaning Tower and its magnificent Square of Miracles on this included tour. You will join your guide for a scenic drive through Tuscany to Pisa. The origins of this ancient city are unclear, but the presence of an Etruscan necropolis points to a long history. Upon arrival, walk to the Piazza dei Miracoli, or the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Pisa Cathedral, its marble-clad Romanesque facade decorated with Byzantine-inspired mosaics. It is said that Galileo formulated his theory of pendulums here by observing an incense burner swinging from the ceiling. Also in the square, you will see the grand circular Baptistery, the Leaning Tower, which took 177 years to build, and the walled Camposanto Monumentale, said to be the most beautiful cemetery in the world. After your tour, you will return to your ship.

For centuries, Rome ruled much of Europe, building a vast empire from the power of emperors. More than 2,500 years of history live in the city’s streets. Ancient structures recall those heady days when the cheers of 80,000 spectators roared from the Colosseum, citizens mingled in the Forum and senators asked the gods for guidance at the Pantheon. Along with the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, this rich pocket of Italy is one of the world’s greatest repositories of history and civilization.

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ROME IN BRIEF: COLOSSEUM QUARTER (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE HISTORIC SIGHTS ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A GROUP
Experience Rome in a unique way during this go-as-you-please excursion to the Colosseum Quarter. Rome is home to a vast number of important and fascinating historical landmarks. This tour allows you to focus on the area surrounding the famous Colosseum. At your drop-off point, meet your guide and receive your orientation briefing. Then, set out to explore the cobblestone pathways on your own or choose to join one of three guided optional tours that you can book on board your ship: Colosseum & Roman Forum, Basilica of San Clemente or Michelangelo’s Moses. Also, if you would like the opportunity to explore another section of the city, a minivan shuttle will be available at regular intervals to take you to the other Rome in Brief meeting points: the Vatican neighborhood or the Piazza del Popolo. At the designated time and location, meet and return to your ship.

ROME IN BRIEF: PIAZZA DEL POPOLO (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE HISTORIC SIGHTS ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A GROUP
Experience Rome in a unique way during this go-as-you-please excursion to the Piazza del Popolo. Rome is home to a vast number of fascinating historical landmarks. This tour lets you focus on central Rome, close to many of the city’s beautiful churches and monuments. At your drop-off point, meet your guide and receive your orientation briefing. Then, set out to explore the cobblestone pathways on your own or choose to join one of three guided optional tours that you can book on board your ship: Caravaggio in Rome, Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus, or the Trevi Fountain and Vicus Caprarius. Also, if you want to explore another section of the city, a minivan shuttle will be available at regular intervals to take you to the other Rome in Brief meeting points: the Vatican neighborhood or the Colosseum. At the designated time and location, meet and return to your ship.

ROME IN BRIEF: VATICAN QUARTER (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE SIGHTS ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A GROUP
Experience Rome in a unique way during this go-as-you-please excursion to the Vatican Quarter. The world’s smallest state is home to the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica and its eponymous square, and the Sistine Chapel. At your drop-off point, meet your guide and receive your orientation briefing. Then, set out to explore the Vatican City on your own, or choose to join one of two guided optional tours that you can book on board your ship: Castel Sant’Angelo or head out to enjoy a selection of local delicacies during a tasting tour. Also, if you would like the opportunity to explore another section of the city, a minivan shuttle will be available at regular intervals to take you to the other Rome in Brief meeting points: the Colosseum Quarter or the Piazza del Popolo. At the designated time and location, meet and return to your ship.

Naples boasts a long history in a stunning seaside setting and is known mostly for its pizza. The city has long been a major center of Italian culture and was the seat of a powerful independent kingdom for 500 years. So great was its sway that it lured the region’s finest architects and artists. In the grand Piazza del Plebiscito, the grand and sweeping public square, the San Francesco di Paola Church flaunts a colonnaded facade reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome, and the Royal Palace overlooks Neapolitans with statues of all the kings of Naples peering out from alcoves.

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SCENIC NAPLES (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ENJOY THIS SOJOURN THROUGH NAPLES
Discover the highlights of Naples, a major center of Italian culture, during a scenic drive. Naples was the location of a powerful independent kingdom for 500 years, luring the region’s finest architects and artists, yet its history stretches back thousands of years. See evidence of its rich past, from Greek and Roman monuments to Renaissance splendors. Embark on a coastal drive to Mergellina, a residential area that has long offered Neapolitans a respite from city life. Admire the many beautiful villas and enjoy photo stops that offer stunning views of the gulf and the city. Return to the city center for a drive by Piazza del Plebiscito, perhaps the grandest public square in the city, with the former Royal Palace of Naples overlooking the bustling square. You will also see the imposing medieval fortresses of Egg Castle and New Castle, before returning to your ship.

NAPLES ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE LIVELY PIAZZAS AND HISTORIC LANDMARKS
Discover the history of one of the world’s oldest cities during a guided walk. Set off on foot, passing historic monuments and through bustling squares. View Castel Nuovo, an imposing fortress that served as a residence for the kings of Anjou and Aragon, and the Spanish Viceroys of Naples. Step inside the 19th-century Galleria Umberto, a popular stop for Neapolitans to while away an afternoon as they linger over coffee. Head toward the Piazza Trieste and Trento and see the San Carlo Theater. Stroll through the pedestrian Piazza del Plebiscito, flanked by the Royal Palace of Naples and the Church of St. Francis. Along the way, there will be time to pause for refreshments at a sidewalk café, so you can sit and soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city. Cap your tour with free time to explore on your own, before heading back to your ship.

Sicily has been shaped by countless civilizations, from Greek to Byzantine to Roman. When it fell under Spain’s purview in the 17th century, it was celebrated as one of Europe’s ten great cities. Surrounded by undulating mountains, orange and olive groves and vineyards are plentiful. During World War II, Messina was the destination of the unofficial “Race to Messina” between US General Patton and British Field Marshall Montgomery. In the end, Patton arrived just hours before his British comrade, receiving credit for securing Sicily.

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MESSINA & ITS TREASURES (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

RESPLENDENT GEMS OF A MONUMENTAL CITY
Marvel at the architectural and artistic treasures held dear by the Sicilians of Messina. Meet your local guide for a short drive to the heart of Messina’s historic center. See the expansive Piazza Municipio, the Via Garibaldi and the Piazza Cairoli, the heart of Old Town. Drive along the Via Cannizzaro to view the university, court of law, and picturesque Corso Cavour. Enjoy a photo stop by the hillside Votive Temple of Christ the King, a Sicilian baroque wonder, and admire the views over the port and the Messina Straight. Next you will reboard your motor coach and continue your panoramic tour along the north coast of Messina, which offers stunning vistas over the Ganzirri Lakes and the Capo Peloro. The saltwater lakes are used by fishermen to breed clams and mussels which feature heavily in the local cuisine.

Sail the gateway to the Adriatic, marked by the sole of Italy’s boot and the western coasts of Albania and Greece. 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.

Souda Bay enjoys a picturesque setting between Crete’s Akrotiri Peninsula and Cape Drapano. Historic fortifications, vestiges from the island’s days under the Venetian Empire, greet ships at the mouth of the long bay, one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. Beyond, the island of Crete is blessed with generous beaches, soaring mountains and coursing rivers. It is also where the distinct mantinades—couplets of love accompanied by Cretan instruments—could break out at any number of cafés where patrons sip tsikoudia, a grape-based brandy distilled in the hills.

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SCENIC CHANIA BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CHANIA OLD TOWN, MUSEUM AND VENETIAN HARBOR
Explore vibrant Chania, one of the oldest cities in Europe, during a walking excursion through its Old Town. Once a major city-state of the mysterious Minoan Kingdom, modern Chania was built upon the foundations of the Greek city of Kydonia. Its importance led to several waves of occupation over the centuries, remnants of which can be seen in the mix of eastern and western influences that permeate the city today. You will meet your knowledgeable guide, then set out to walk the winding streets of Chania’s charming Old Town, where you will see Ottoman mosques, Minoan ruins and Byzantine churches. Stroll through the promenade of the picturesque Venetian Harbor, and admire the Venetian ramparts, old dockyards and 15th-century lighthouse. At the end of your tour, enjoy free time to further explore your surroundings, then return to your awaiting ship.

One of antiquity’s best-preserved cities, Ephesus offers an unparalleled look into the lives of the ancients. Many of its ruins have endured from the time Ephesus was one of the largest metropolises of the ancient world. Excavations reach back to the 10th century BC, when this city hosted one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—the Temple of Artemis. Today, Ephesus is still full of wonders: the towering facade of the Library of Celsus, the massive amphitheater that once sat 25,000 spectators and residences adorned with frescoes.

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ANCIENT EPHESUS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A TOUR OF THIS FASCINATING ANCIENT CITY
Explore one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world as you walk the length of ancient Kuretes Street. Stroll from Ephesus’s upper gate to its lower gate. Join your guide on a scenic drive through the stunning countryside of Selçuk to the Magnesian Gate, the ancient city entrance at the top of Kuretes Street. Then follow a gently descending route through one of the Roman Empire’s most powerful outposts. Navigate some steps along the way, passing the finely crafted 2nd-century Temple of Hadrian and the spectacular Great Theater, able to host 25,000 spectators. Marvel at the most recognizable building in the city, the Library of Celsus, built to house 12,000 scrolls. Its colonnaded facade is an outstanding example of a typical Roman public building. You will have free time to browse the craft stalls at the lower gate before returning to your ship.

Athens has been called the “birthplace of democracy.” Its legacy looms large from atop Acropolis Hill, the pinnacle of ancient Greece. This open air museum is an astonishing repository of once-mighty structures. From its colonnaded Parthenon—more than 2,600 years ago—revered Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle formulated new ideas of government and debated its role in civic life to captivated audiences. Remnants of spiritual life are also here in the several temples to Athena and Zeus.

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PANORAMIC ATHENS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A MOTOR COACH TOUR OF GREECE’S CAPITAL
See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity.

For a more intimate experience of Athens, the charming Plaka District invites guests with its labyrinth of cobblestone lanes. Neoclassical architecture lines the narrow streets of the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” so named for its location. Browsing its shops or simply perusing its nooks and crannies are pastimes favored by visitors and locals alike. This historic area is the ideal setting in which to enjoy traditional small plates of mezes and a sip of ouzo.

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PANORAMIC ATHENS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A MOTOR COACH TOUR OF GREECE’S CAPITAL
See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity.

Sail along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, known for its azure waters and picturesque islands. 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.

Haifa is one of Israel’s most important and beautiful cities, built on the slopes of Mount Carmel and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Pilgrims of the Bahá’í faith flock here to visit the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a series of breathtaking terraces on the hillside. Mount Carmel also holds significance to Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths. Most notably, this was the spot of Elijah’s sacrifice by fire by which he miraculously ended a drought. Nearby, the ancient city of Acre, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

AN ANCIENT CITY AND A BREATHTAKING GARDEN
Enjoy a panorama over glorious gardens and discover Israel’s oldest inhabited city. You will meet your guide and drive first to the tabletop summit of Mt. Carmel. From here you can enjoy commanding views of the Mediterranean, inland plains and the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a burst of color and topiary gloriously draped over a wide slope on the mountainside. Continue to the ancient seaport of Acre, continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period. This historic port city is one of the most important sites of the Holy Land for its pivotal role as a major trade center. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with impressively preserved buildings and ruins, including the remains of the ancient harbor and the Ottoman city walls. These sturdy defensive walls, one of Acre’s most distinctive features, still surround the Old City today, forming a sandstone barrier at the harbor’s edge.

High above Haifa, brilliant blooms spill down the side of Mount Carmel, a site significant in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This place is also meaningful to those of the Bahá’í faith, who travel here from afar to see the Hanging Gardens of Haifa. The beautifully landscaped swath of flowers and topiary, arranged around wide, elegant mountainside stairways and plazas, creates stunning geometric designs. From Mount Carmel’s tabletop summit, visitors take in the breathtaking terraced gardens against the expansive backdrop of the city below and the Mediterranean beyond.

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HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

AN ANCIENT CITY AND A BREATHTAKING GARDEN
Enjoy a panorama over glorious gardens and discover Israel’s oldest inhabited city. You will meet your guide and drive first to the tabletop summit of Mt. Carmel. From here you can enjoy commanding views of the Mediterranean, inland plains and the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a burst of color and topiary gloriously draped over a wide slope on the mountainside. Continue to the ancient seaport of Acre, continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period. This historic port city is one of the most important sites of the Holy Land for its pivotal role as a major trade center. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with impressively preserved buildings and ruins, including the remains of the ancient harbor and the Ottoman city walls. These sturdy defensive walls, one of Acre’s most distinctive features, still surround the Old City today, forming a sandstone barrier at the harbor’s edge.

It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

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THE GREAT PYRAMIDS & SPHINX (Included)
DURATION: 11 HOURS

ICONS OF THE GIZA PLATEAU
Marvel at Egypt’s most magnificent and mysterious landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. To begin this exciting excursion, you will journey 3 hours with your guide via the desert road to Cairo, then pause for lunch near the iconic site. After, continue to the Giza Plateau to walk in the shadow of one of the world’s most astonishing complexes. The only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is believed this trio of pyramids was built to serve as royal tombs for Khufu, his son Khafre and his grandson Menkaure so that their mummified bodies could be preserved for eternity. During your visit, you will also view the legendary Sphinx, carved from solid rock around 2650 BC. This enigmatic statue may have been carved as a monument to the sun god. Steeped in legend and superstition, it faces east to greet the rising sun.

An engineering marvel, the Suez Canal was completed in 1869. The sea-level, single-lane waterway has no locks, and only two lakes allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other: Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake. Along this historic waterway, stark desert sands stretch into Egypt and an occasional giant mound of sand appears on its banks, dug from the canal. Small patches of swaying palms are fed by canal waters. Nearby lies the town of Ismailia, known as the “City of Beauty and Enchantment,” which was built to serve the canal’s construction and maintenance.

Luxor is set on the east bank of the Nile River and once served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with beautiful colonial hotels and some of the world’s most ancient and significant ruins. Many consider this city, watched over by graceful single-sailed feluccas plying the Nile, one of the world’s great open air museums. The sprawling Temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank are linked by the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. On the west bank, in the Valley of the Kings, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs.

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THE TEMPLE COMPLEX OF KARNAK (Included)
DURATION: 10 HOURS

THE MAGNIFICENT TREASURE OF ANCIENT THEBES
Visit what many believe to be the largest temple ever built, Luxor’s ancient Temple of Karnak complex. Drive for 3.5 hours with your guide on a desert road to Luxor, the ancient city along the mighty Nile River. At the spectacular Temple of Amun, marvel at the Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of 140 ancient columns that once supported a towering ceiling. This massive complex, embellished over centuries by every major pharaoh, could fit the equivalent of ten cathedrals within its walls. Wander among its well-preserved temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings, pausing to gaze up at the 97-foot-tall Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, remarkably carved from a single piece of pink granite. Walking deep into the complex, you will arrive at the sacred lake, where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of the god Amun. You will enjoy lunch at an elegant hotel before returning to your ship.

Egypt’s seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is often called the “City of Peace” for the number of international peace conferences held here. Its location, where major bodies of water meet, has transformed from a modest fishing village into a major port. However, “Sharm,” as it is known by locals, is renowned for its unrivaled scuba diving among vibrant coral, dramatic rock formations and reef walls. The surrounding desert, too, though less colorful, exudes its own stark beauty. A Jeep safari is the ideal way to explore beyond the scenic jagged mountains that hug the town.

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GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT RIDE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

LOOK DOWN INTO THE RED SEA’S TEEMING REEFS
View colorful reefs, coral gardens and an incredible variety of exotic fish by boat without getting your feet wet. You will enjoy a memorable cruise on a glass-bottom vessel. Depart the pier and ride through Sharm el-Sheikh, continuing on to the Hilton Fayrouz Hotel at Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh’s tourist area. Upon arrival, you will walk across a floating bridge to your awaiting glass-bottom boat. During your cruise you can spot a variety of tropical fish and other marine life—manta rays, trigger fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, barracuda, seahorses, grouper and so much more. Equally eye-catching are the brilliantly colored coral reefs. The boat has two decks; the lower one features a transparent bottom for easy viewing, while the upper deck provides good opportunities for taking photographs. Refreshments are served during the cruise. After your cruise you will be transferred back to the pier.

Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba is set amid coffee-colored desert hills. With its central location between Africa and Asia, it has played a significant role in the region’s trade for thousands of years. Today, its prosperity rests in its position as the sole port of the nation and in its pristine dive sites. The city’s history, too, draws inquisitive travelers. In 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops here in the Battle of Aqaba. The white-robed English ally helped the Arabs run the Turks from the city’s fortress during a camel charge.

Shore Excursion

AQABA HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

JORDAN’S SEASIDE CULTURAL TREASURE
Experience the history and culture of Arabia during an orientation tour of historic Aqaba. Located at the southernmost point of Jordan on the Red Sea, at the crossroads of Africa and Asia, Aqaba has long held an important place in trade. You will meet your guide and trace the shores of Aqaba to Mamluk Fort, also known as Aqaba Fort. This mighty stronghold on the waterfront was made famous when Lawrence of Arabia coordinated a camel charge on its fortifications when it was held by the Ottoman army in 1916, resulting in an Arab victory. Pass by the house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, great grandfather of King Abdullah II, stopping for views of its extravagant exterior. Absorb the city’s vibrant culture at the bustling market, a rich blend of fabrics, carpets, incense and other local wares. After time to explore, return to your ship.

Follow in the wake of early explorers who sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. History and legend are rich in this narrow stretch of sea between Asia and Africa. 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.

Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah has played a dual role throughout its history. Located on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, it was a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes starting in the seventh century. It also became a historically important gateway for Muslim pilgrims arriving by sea on their journey to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina—a role that continues to this day. A modern multicultural city, Jeddah’s heritage can still be experienced in the distinctive architecture and bustling souks of its historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shore Excursion

HISTORIC JEDDAH (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A CITY FULL OF CULTURE SPANNING CENTURIES
Discover Jeddah through the ages during a panoramic drive, followed by a stroll through its historic Old Town. Begin in modern Jeddah, leaving the port by motor coach for a journey along the famed Corniche, a coastal roadway next to the Red Sea lined with parks, sculptures, upscale restaurants and cafés and more. Disembark in Al-Balad, Jeddah’s historic city center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided walk through its ancient streets. Admire the well-preserved Red Sea architectural style of its buildings, a beautiful mix of coral masonry and ornate woodwork adorning their facades. Browse private galleries and museums, then visit the bustling old market, where traders and travelers from the east and west have gathered for centuries, where you will enjoy free time to search for the perfect memento. After a photo stop at the Old City Gate, you will return to your ship.

THE LIVES OF SAUDI WOMEN (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HISTORIC JEDDAH FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE
Get a glimpse into the lives of Saudi women during a women-only excursion through the historic city of Jeddah. Join your female guide in modern Jeddah, leaving the port by motor coach for a journey along the famed Corniche, a coastal roadway next to the Red Sea. Disembark in Al-Balad, Jeddah’s old city center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a stroll through its ancient streets. Here, gain insight into the lives of women while admiring the beautiful mix of coral masonry and ornate woodwork that adorn the building facades. Visit a private home and speak with its female residents, discovering more about their lives. At the bustling old market, learn what Saudi women purchase—for their families and themselves—then enjoy free time to search for the perfect memento. After a photo stop at the Old City Gate, return to your ship with a deeper understanding of the lives of Saudi women.

Trace the coastlines of Africa and Saudi Arabia as you sail the Red Sea, one of the world's most legendary seaways. Moses is said to have parted its waters and Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut led trade missions here on ancient vessels. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in the Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Follow the centuries-old trade route linking the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea. This historic waterway was named for the former British Crown Colony city of Aden, an adjacent port in today’s Yemen. 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.

The Omani city of Sal?lah is situated on the southeastern edge of the Arabian peninsula and was a major port on the 13th-century frankincense route. This fascinating cultural history was supported by several sites around the city, such as ancient towns and caravan oases, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Sal?lah is often called the “Garden City” for the greenery and coconut trees that line its streets and boulevards. One of its most impressive sites is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its richly adorned Islamic architecture.

Shore Excursion

SAL?LAH CITY VIEWS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ALONG THE FRANKINCENSE ROUTE
Delve into the history of Sal?lah, a major stop on the legendary 13th-century frankincense route. Often called the “Garden City,” the streets and boulevards of Sal?lah are dotted with greenery and coconut trees despite the surrounding desert. Stop for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, with its richly adorned Islamic architecture. You will also visit the archaeological site of Al-Baleed, central to the trade route along which merchants moved frankincense between Africa and Asia. Learn about the aromatic resin from your guide as you explore. Next, you will enjoy a panoramic drive back to the city. Along the way, call on a local fruit seller and sample some delicious freshly picked fruits. Due to its climate, Sal?lah is renowned for its variety of fresh produce. After your refreshing snack, you will return to your ship.

Cross the Arabian Sea, originally called the Erythraean Sea, after King Erythras of Greek mythology. Its modern-day moniker derives from the Arab sailors who dominated trade on its waters from the 9th century onward. Spend a relaxing day at sea to unwind and admire the vistas from your stateroom veranda.

Muscat enjoys a stunning setting between the Arabian Sea and the rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains. A rich and romantic canvas of low whitewashed buildings watched over by traditional dhow fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, the city is also a trove of royal and Islamic treasures. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was named for the beloved leader who has bolstered the country’s economy; a dazzling expanse of white marble, intricate wooden panels and magnificent stained glass windows. Hints of the country’s past as a Portuguese outpost can be found in Old Muscat.

Shore Excursion

MUSCAT CITY TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

THE POLISHED JEWELS OF OMAN
Enjoy an excellent introduction to Muscat, the country’s political, economic and commercial hub. An exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture, Muscat exudes an ambience all its own. Set off with your guide, stopping for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; this vast center of worship can accommodate 20,000 worshippers. In the city center, visit the House of al Zubair museum, a private collection owned by His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Economic Planning Affairs. Enjoy time to browse well-preserved items of Omani heritage, including weaponry, jewelry, clothing, photographs, paintings, maps and more. Stop to peruse the treasures of the Muttrah Souk, an outdoor emporium of shops steeped in local culture and color. You may explore here as long as you wish and return to your ship by shuttle at your leisure.

Sail the Arabian Sea, an important marine trade route since Antiquity. During the Age of Sail, all manner of spices, metals and precious stones were carried back and forth across these waters by industrious traders. 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.

Mumbai is spread over seven islands and is a major cultural capital of India. Bombay, as it was known until 1995, still enjoys its magnificent seaside setting and is home to some of India’s most beloved landmarks. Perhaps none is as glamorous as the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, it has hosted celebrities and presidents. Adjacent, the impressive Gateway of India was built to salute the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Mumbai also hosted the headquarters of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shore Excursion

MUMBAI AT A GLANCE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BOMBAY OF OLD
View the architectural and cultural treasures of one of India’s grandest coastal capitals. You will meet your guide for a panoramic tour. Along Marine Drive, admire splendid art deco architecture. Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park for sweeping views of the city. Drive past the Parsi Towers of Silence to Dhobi Ghat, where some locals still today wash their laundry. Visit Mani Bhavan, the Mumbai residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi; today, it is a fascinating museum. You will also drive through the business districts of South Mumbai, passing monuments built by the British Raj: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) railway station, Mumbai University, the High Court and the Prince of Wales Museum. Pause for photos at the stately Gateway to India, built for the 1911 visit of King George V and Queen Mary, before returning to your ship.

Mumbai encompasses every element of humanity and is a striking blend of cultures and traditions. Millionaires and laborers rub shoulders on bustling streets. Bollywood film directors create big-budget films among a culture of fashionistas and financiers. The city’s streets reflect every subculture, religion and cuisine of India, as people migrated here from all over the country. And the city’s festivals honor both Western and Indian traditions, from Good Friday to the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, a celebration of local music, dance, theater and film. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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

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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

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