Italian Sojourn – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Italian Sojourn – Viking Oceans Cruise

Sail around Italy’s boot

Experience the legacies of civilizations during this fascinating 8-day itinerary cruising Italy between Civitavecchia and Venice. Discover the magnificent Amalfi Coast from Naples and visit Messina, Sicily’s cultural crossroads. Hear the echoes of ancient Greece in Crotone and witness the beauty of Puglia in Bari. Explore historic Šibenik, Croatia’s oldest coastal town. An overnight in Venice lets you immerse yourself in Italy’s most romantic city.
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Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. 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.

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.

Shore Excursion

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.

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.

Shore Excursion

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.

Crotone, according to Ovid, was named by Hercules himself in memory of a friend he had accidentally slain. Today, it is the capital of its eponymous province, a region known for its pristine waters, untouched mountains and vast forests. As the gateway to a landscape bestowed with great natural beauty, Crotone prides itself in its deep historical roots, which can be traced back to the 7th century BC in the city’s archaeological museum and the ruins of two redoubtable fortifications, the Castle of St. Charles V and Le Castella, situated on a small peninsula south of the city.

Shore Excursion

CROTONE ON YOUR OWN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE CITY OF PYTHAGORAS
Explore the ancient culture of Crotone at your leisure. Travel by motor coach to Piazza Pythagoras, an homage to the Greek mathematician and Crotone resident. Set off on a self-guided exploration on foot. See Piazza Duomo and admire the 9th-century cathedral. Journey into alleys and see the archaeological wall and Immaculate Conception church, where a storyteller will share the secret of eternal youth. Meet Pythia, the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, who welcomes you at the National Archaeological Museum. Make your way to Charles V Castle, where you are greeted by Pythagoras and one of his daughters. Local staff will be on hand to assist you at various points around the city and to help you make the most of your visit. Explore the main square and market before returning to your ship. Note: On Sundays, the market is closed; alternatively, you will be offered a tasting of locally prepared foods.

Located at the heel of Italy’s boot, Bari boasts a sunny, palm-lined promenade, romantic honey-toned balconied houses, welcoming courtyards, and Romanesque and baroque churches. It is pure pleasure to take in the distinct Mediterranean atmosphere of this picturesque port, with colorful fishing boats bobbing on the turquoise harbor. History and culture take center stage at the splendid Norman-Swabian Castle; the Romanesque Basilica of St. Nicholas, named for the city’s patron saint; and the Petruzzelli Theater, one of Italy’s most important opera houses.

Shore Excursion

BARI WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

DISCOVER BARI ON FOOT, AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED JEWEL THAT BURNISHES ITS OLD-WORLD PATINA WITH A DASH OF URBAN HIP.
Discover Bari on foot, an often overlooked jewel that burnishes its old-world patina with a dash of urban hip, thanks to its thriving university, excellent cuisine and sparkling renovations. You will travel here by motor coach, then walk to the Norman-Swabian Castle, which dates to 1131. Next is Romanesque Bari Cathedral, with its unusual rose window depicting fantastical figures. The most beloved of Bari’s churches is the Basilica of St. Nicholas. Also known as Santa Claus, St. Nicholas is the city’s patron. When his remains were brought to Bari in 1087, they inspired an influx of pilgrims that infused the city with wealth. See the saint’s relics, then head to the Old Town’s two main squares, Piazza del Ferrarese and Piazza Mercantile. Enjoy a delicious tasting of orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta, accompanied by roulades and tomato sauce, bruschetta and small Apulian pretzels called taralli. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

Šibenik is the oldest Croatian city on the Dalmatian Coast. The remarkable architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site spans the centuries, having witnessed the rise and fall of empires, from Byzantine to Venetian. In its remarkably preserved Old Town, narrow cobblestone streets lead past medieval houses and churches, all surrounded by four historic fortresses, including the imposing St. Nicholas Fortress. St. James Cathedral, built by several architects in the Gothic and Renaissance styles over a century, is the most important Renaissance structure in Croatia.

Shore Excursion

ŠIBENIK PROMENADE (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

A HISTORIC CITY STROLL
Explore the sights of Šibenik and visit St. James Cathedral—the jewel of the Dalmatian coast. You will meet your knowledgeable local guide and make your way to the center of the Old Town on foot. Here, the baroque Church of St. Francis stands on the site of the monastery and church founded in 1229, and incorporates some of its original structure. Continue on to the square of John Paul II, where you will admire the grand exterior of Šibenik’s theater, and the Gothic-Renaissance Church of St. Ivan. Then, you will have the chance to visit St. James Cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Started in 1430, the basilica’s construction spanned over a century and reflects the move from Venetian-Gothic to Tuscan-Renaissance. Modest attire is required for the cathedral, and shorts are not permitted. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

Chioggia is a charming fishing community located at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon and steeped in age-old seafaring traditions. Its combination of canals, bridges and fishing boats have lent it the nickname “Little Venice.” Lined with shops, bars and restaurants, the main pedestrian street of Corso del Popolo exudes a lively atmosphere amid the aroma of delicious fresh seafood dishes. Chioggia shares a long history of cultural and economic ties with Venice, dating back to the Middle Ages, and is a scenic journey by water taxi from the capital of the Veneto region.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC CHIOGGIA BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

THE STREETS AND CANALS OF “LITTLE VENICE”
Explore lively Chioggia, set at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, during a brief walking excursion. One of Italy’s largest fishing communities and known as “Little Venice,” Chioggia exudes Italian charm, from its intriguing layout to its elegant palaces and colorful houses overlooking the canals. Transfer by boat to the Ponte di Vigo, where you will begin your tour admiring the views overlooking the lagoon. Set out with your guide through the narrow, cobblestone calli (“streets”) and learn about Chioggia’s history. See the 14th-century church of Saint Domenico and the fishing boats that line the nearby canal; the Gothic-style Palazzo Grassi, the Goldoni Palace and the St. Andrew Tower Clock—the second-oldest clock in the world. Cap your journey at the impressive Chioggia Cathedral, the most sacred building in the village, before returning to your ship at your leisure.

AT A GLANCE: ST. MARK’S SQUARE (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS 15 MINUTES

A SCENIC TRANSFER TO VENICE’S RENOWNED PIAZZA
View this fabled city from the Venice Lagoon’s languid, stunning waters and explore legendary St. Mark’s Square. First, explore “La Serenissima” (The Most Serene) via a leisurely cruise, passing magnificent waterside palazzos and piazzas and peering down the lapping, narrow canals that weave their way into the city’s medieval corridors. Disembark at the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, meet your guide and take a short walk to beautiful St. Mark’s Square, crossing the four elegant bridges that link the waterfront. After a short orientation tour, enjoy free time to visit the splendid Gothic-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and its grand Campanile bell tower and admire the Doge’s Palace and other nearby attractions. Enjoy a gelato here, sip an espresso—at your own expense—or just soak in the medieval ambience. From Cornoldi Pier, board a boat for the return trip to your ship.

The Venetian Republic ruled Adriatic waves for a millennium. During the 8th century as the Roman Empire began to decline, many Europeans fled to Venice and its neighboring towns, including Chioggia. Merchants put their skills to use, and the city-state was soon thriving. The Venetian Lagoon’s canal banks feature buildings influenced by Byzantine and Islamic architecture, reflecting Venice’s powerful trading network. The first vaporetto traversed the Grand Canal in 1881; alongside the gondolas, these iconic Venetian water buses are at the heart of Venice’s transport network. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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

*To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us.

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

Jan-20

Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$5,995
Mar-31 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$7,295
Apr-16 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$7,295
May-01 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$7,295
May-05 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$7,295
May-21 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$7,295
May-22 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$7,295
Jun-26 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$7,295
Jul-17 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$7,295
Aug-18 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$5,995
Aug-21 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$7,295
Sep-20 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,995
Sep-22 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
Sep-25 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,995
Oct-13 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,495
Oct-24 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,495
Oct-25 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,495
Nov-15 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$5,995
Nov-17 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$5,995
Dec-08 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$4,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-16

Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,495
Mar-28 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,495
Apr-20 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
May-02 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
May-06 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
May-12 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
May-19 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
Jun-02 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,995
Jun-09 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-07 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$5,995
Jul-14 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$5,995
Jul-28 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$5,995
Aug-04 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice FROM
AU$5,995
Sep-01 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995
Sep-08 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) FROM
AU$6,995

 

*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

*Cruise only Offers. Save up to AU$2000 per couple

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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