NEW! Longitudinal World Cruise VI – Viking Oceans Cruise

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NEW! Longitudinal World Cruise VI – Viking Oceans Cruise

Antarctica to Inland Waterways

From the “End of the World”, set sail on an epic journey to explore Antarctica, calling at remote outposts in the South Atlantic. Admire Caribbean sunsets in The Bahamas, traverse the Panama Canal and witness majestic glaciers in Chile. Enjoy more time to immerse yourself in the unique wildlife of the Galápagos, or delve into the fascinating cultures of Peru and Rapa Nui, with optional overland excursions and extension programs that are sure to inspire.

LONGITUDINAL WORLD CRUISE VI

Free Business Class Airfare + transfers
US$1,000 per person Shore Excursion Credit
US$1,000 per person Shipboard Credit
Additional US$1,000 per person shipboard credit for all Viking Explorer Society members
Free Visa Service, Silver Spirits Beverage package, unlimited Wi-Fi and more

Book by 31 May 2024 unless sold out prior

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive and check in to your hotel. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, is an eclectic combination of Latin and European influences. The tree-lined streets and postcolonial architecture draw on the city’s Spanish, French and Italian heritage, while the many cafés and bodegas and vibrant nightlife are decidedly Argentine. Its barrios, or neighborhoods, exude an intimate atmosphere that belies the city’s size. Full of bohemian flair, historic San Telmo’s cobblestone streets and Belle Époque–style buildings reverberate with the mesmerizing melodies of the tango.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Its splendid setting, tucked between the Beagle Channel and the southernmost slopes of the Andes, lends it an outpost atmosphere, as do the Antarctic explorers readying for the expeditions that depart from here. Ushuaia is the capital of and gateway to the celebrated Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire,” named by Spaniards upon seeing the constant flames burned by the indigenous Yámana to keep warm. This largely unspoiled region comprises the large island of Tierra del Fuego and countless Chilean and Argentine islands.

Named for 16th-century English privateer Sir Francis Drake, the frigid waters of the Drake Passage stretch for some 600 miles between Cape Horn and Livingston Island in the South Shetland archipelago. 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.

At once ethereal and majestic, Antarctica has inspired explorers and adventurers for centuries. In this icy wilderness, marvel at icebergs glimmering in serene bays and mountains cloaked in white rising from the mainland basalt cliffs. These stunning landscapes evoke both utter tranquility as fur seals lounge on a floating sheet of ice, and breathtaking drama as glaciers thunderously calve into the sea. In these cold and nutrient-rich waters, humpback, fin and giant blue whales have been known to greet expedition ships that venture into their habitat.

Trace the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an underwater mountain range longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined. Its hidden towering peaks divide the Atlantic Ocean in half, North to South. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

South Georgia is untamed beauty, with its rugged landscapes, mountainous hillsides and spectacular glaciers. It was founded by Captain James Cook in 1775 and has featured on many explorers’ maps since. Sir Ernest Shackleton first traversed these waters in 1916, returning in 1921 in an attempt to map the coastline of the Antarctic. To this day, South Georgia remains one of the least visited places on earth. While it remains permanently uninhabited by humans, it is home to an abundance of wildlife, including king penguins, albatross, as well as elephant and fur seals.

Follow in the wake of the great explorers, including Captain James Cook, who traversed these waters, claiming the island of South Georgia for Britain in 1775. 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.

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory comprising almost 800 small islands. Visitors to the main island of East Falkland, from curious travelers to expedition ship crews en route to Antarctica, experience British warmth in Port Stanley’s pubs and at the charming Victorian stone church. Remarkably, there are about 200 sheep for every person in this starkly beautiful archipelago, yet the Falklands are also known for their biological diversity. Five penguin species call the islands home, from the king penguins to the gentoo, and the Magellanic on farther shores.

Shore Excursions

PENGUINS OF BLUFF COVE LAGOON (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

SEE GENTOO AND KING PENGUINS IN A SCENIC SETTING
Discover the thriving penguin population and abundant bird species of Bluff Cove Lagoon, a private wildlife haven. Board a minibus and admire the stark landscape as you embark on a scenic drive to the penguin rookery. Set against the backdrop of a large lagoon and white-sand beaches, this pristine nature reserve is home to more than 1,000 breeding pairs of gentoo penguins and a growing colony of king penguins. Observe penguin life and keep watch for the many other birds that frequent the beach, including terns, geese and skuas. Afterward, head to the famous Sea Cabbage Café, where your hosts will serve you complimentary hot beverages and delicious home-baked treats while you sit next to a peat stove and enjoy panoramic views of the beach. You may also explore the gift shop to learn more about the history of the Falkland Islands, or browse for mementos.

SCENIC GYPSY COVE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

VISIT PORT STANLEY’S MOST ACCESSIBLE NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
Explore the rugged natural beauty and local wildlife of the Falklands during a visit to Gypsy Cove. Board your motor coach and meet your guide, who will present you with a brief overview of life in the Falklands during the short drive to this scenic spot: a walking trail overlooking a wind-sheltered stretch of white-sand beach and Port Stanley’s most accessible National Nature Reserve. Upon arrival, your guide will direct you to the start of the path. Follow at your own pace, enjoying sweeping views of your surroundings. Keep watch for Magellanic penguins and other species of birds such as upland geese and rock cormorants. Stop at three viewing platforms along the way, where knowledgeable guides will explain the local flora and fauna as well as offer personal insight into island life. At the end of your walk, board your coach for the return journey to your ship.

West Point Island boasts some of the most magnificent coastal vistas with soaring cliffs spilling into the surf. This visually dramatic land was founded as a sheep farm in 1879 by Arthur Felton. Today, his great-nephew Roddy Napier owns the entire island; he and his wife Lily oversee the farm and regularly welcome travelers. The island and its neighbors also enjoy status as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area with BirdLife International. Significant species include the Falkland steamer duck, black-browed albatross, southern rockhopper penguin and Magellanic penguin.

Sail the legendary waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, where intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton navigated the fateful voyage of the Endurance, which resulted in her sinking in Antarctic waters in 1915. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film on our 8k laser-projected panoramic screen in The Aula, one of the world's most advanced venues for learning at sea. This indoor-outdoor experience allows nature to take center stage with its retractable floor-to-ceiling windows that unveil 270° views.

The “city at the end of the world” is one of the planet’s most breathtaking destinations; Andean peaks, pristine lakes and boreal forests create a dramatic backdrop, surrounding this captivating coastal town. Although Ushuaia lies more than 600 miles north of Antarctica, the city’s port is still the closest to the “Last Continent” and the starting point for its exploration. The majesty of Antarctica’s landscape attracts visitors seeking adventure, with its packed ice plains, rugged mountains and abundance of wildlife, such as whales, seals and various species of penguin.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC DRIVE TO THE ESCONDIDO AND FAGNANO LAKES (Included)
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES

MOUNTAIN VISTAS OF THE FUEGIAN ANDES
Marvel at the beauty of Argentinian nature on this scenic drive to the lakes and forests of the Fuegian Andes. Ushuaia, commonly referred to as the southernmost city in the world, is located in a wide bay along the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego Island, surrounded by mountains and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy a scenic drive as you travel along the Pan-American Highway toward the north side of the island. Admire the view of the region’s lakes and valleys as you make your way across the Fuegian Andes, climbing to an elevation of nearly 1,500 feet at the famous Garibaldi Pass. Continue your journey to Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano, where you will have time to take in the views or go on a short forest trail walk before lunch. A perfect combination of ocean vistas and lush green landscapes, offering stunning photographic opportunities and refreshing relaxation.

Rising above the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, Cape Horn, named for the Dutch city of Hoorn in The Netherlands, is part of the Hermite Islands archipelago. This remote, stark and treeless place is often considered the continent’s southernmost point. Soaring from Hornos Island is an enormous prehistoric-looking massif of Jurassic volcanic rock. Atop, stands its historic lighthouse near the water’s edge. A beacon of assurance and safety for countless sailors since 1991, it is the world’s southernmost traditional-style lighthouse.

The pristine waters of the Garibaldi Fjord weave their way through the Alberto de Agostini National Park in Chile, where the Andes mountain range meets the ocean. The region is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and its majestic natural wonders are home to an array of wildlife. Its valley walls are covered with ice and floating icebergs drift along with the bobbing heads of seals and sea lions. The Garibaldi Glacier feeds the waters of the fjord, and this retreating 12 square mile spectacle dwarfs any vessel that passes by.

Spanning the border of Chile and Argentina, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field stretches along the spine of the Andes Mountains for more than 200 miles. Chile itself is home to almost 80% of South America’s glaciers, covering an estimated 7,700 square miles. These glaciers act as enormous freshwater reserves for the mountain habitats across Patagonia, helping to sustain the region’s diverse plants and wildlife.

Punta Arenas was founded as a penal colony by Chile in 1848. Nestled amid spectacular mountain vistas on the eastern shores of the Brunswick Peninsula, it played host to mariners crossing the continent by ship. Europeans followed, searching for newly discovered gold and establishing vast swaths of sheep farms locally and throughout the surrounding region. Over time, Punta Arenas became one of Chile’s most important ports as, before the opening of the Panama Canal, it laid on the northernmost transcontinental shipping route.

Shore Excursions

PUNTA ARENAS & MAGELLAN’S DISCOVERY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CHILE’S ISLAND OF FIRE
Explore the world’s most southerly city and discover the history of the globe’s first oceanic circumnavigation. Stopping off in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world, enjoy a guided tour of the Nao Victoria Museum, which contains a life-size replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s ship. Only 18 members survived the Portuguese sailor’s 1519 Spanish expedition, a journey to be the first to circumnavigate the globe and one that put Tierra del Fuego on the map. Next, you will visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, founded by Salesian missionaries. The museum provides a comprehensive overview of the region’s flora and fauna and the history of the local indigenous people. Before heading back to Punta Arenas, you will drive to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint and stand in the footsteps of Magellan himself. Capture the same panoramic view of the Strait of Magellan that the intrepid explorer experienced on his landing in this new world.

STRAIT OF MAGELLAN PARK (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

FORT BULNES AND EARLY SETTLERS OF THE STRAIT
Explore the majestic scenery of the Strait of Magellan and learn about the history of its early settlements. Stop at the Cerro de la Cruz observation deck for panoramic views of Punta Arenas and the nearby island of Tierra del Fuego. Take a scenic drive along the Strait of Magellan, admiring the spectacular scenery before arriving at Magellan Strait Park and Fort Bulnes, the first Chilean settlement in the area. Visit the fort and learn about the lives of these early adventurers during a guided tour to see the reconstructed wood palisades, the church and the chaplain’s quarters, along with the jail, powder magazine, post office and stables. Enjoy the striking views from Punta Santa Ana, and imagine how explorers from yesteryear felt when they arrived at this beautiful yet harsh location. At the park’s visitors center, enjoy free time and refreshments before returning to your ship.

HIKE MAGELLAN’S STRAIT PARK (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER FORT BULNES AND ENJOY AN INVIGORATING FOREST TREK
Lace up your hiking shoes as you set out to explore the Strait of Magellan Park and Fort Bulnes. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Fort Bulnes, Chile’s first settlement by the Strait of Magellan, founded in 1843. Take a stroll around the reconstructed fort with a local guide and view the church, chaplain's quarters, jail, powder magazine, post office and stables. Continue your outing and set off on a hike along the nature trails at the Strait of Magellan Park. This native forest area and coastal walk offers some of the best viewpoints in the region. Arrive at the visitor’s center and be captivated by the views overlooking the strait and nearby picturesque bays. Enjoy a refreshing calafate sour, a local drink based on the Chilean pisco sour, but with a base of Patagonian Calafate berries. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

A pristine paradise of soaring peaks, countless lush islands teeming with wildlife and a tapestry of glaciers and rivers spilling into shimmering waters, the fjords of Chile are heralded as one of the most rugged and untamed places on earth. The crystal waters are a breathtaking sight as they journey through vast ice fields, towering mountainsides and serene fishing villages that hug tranquil shores against backdrops of dramatic forested hills.

The gigantic Patagonian Ice Sheet covered southern Chile in a thick blanket of ice and snow during the last Ice Age. Around 12,000 years ago, rising temperatures caused it to begin melting, carving out the Patagonian landscape as it receded. Today, two vast sections, northern and southern, remain of this ancient ice sheet. Together, they cover more than 5,400 square miles and form the third largest frozen landmass on Earth. At their edges are towering glaciers of blue-tinged ice, whose ever-changing faces create the large icebergs that float in the fjords and channels.

The fjords and channels of Chile were first inhabited by indigenous people who used the wood of the endemic Pilgerodendron uviferum, a conifer tree, to build their canoes and homes. Spanish conquistadors began exploring the region during the mid-16th century, navigating the fjord’s internal passageways to avoid the heavy seas and bad weather of the Pacific Ocean. The harsh climate and declining local populations limited colonial expansion, leaving the fjords sparsely populated—a situation that continues to this day.

Puerto Chacabuco is a tiny Patagonian enclave and gateway into the spellbinding beauty of the rugged wilderness. The port was named for the 1817 Battle of Chacabuco, a pivotal moment during the Chilean War of Independence, in which national hero José de San Martín of the Army of the Andes defeated the royalist forces. Jagged rocky peaks with deep-cut gorges, icy-blue glaciers spilling into the sea and pine-green forests clinging to steep slopes dominate this untouched region, one of the most inspiring and breathtaking corners of the globe.

Shore Excursions

PUERTO CHACABUCO & SURROUNDINGS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A FEAST OF NATURAL BEAUTY
Marvel at the magnificent “Wild West” fjordland coastline of Chile, where the Andes Mountains plunge to the ocean. Situated 250 miles south of Puerto Montt, it is here that the northern Patagonian ice sheets fall into the sea in intense blue splendor. The journey through what is known as the Chilean Patagonia is a truly magnificent experience. The construction of the Carretera Austral roadway now makes the area more accessible for travelers. Your excursion begins with a one-hour journey through beautiful scenery, as you follow the river along the base of a deep, rocky gorge. Your destination is the Rio Simpson National Reserve, where you will take a brief walk down to the river to photograph this rugged landscape. Visit the information center and small museum before heading back to port and your awaiting ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES OF PATAGONIA FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of the Chilean Fjords from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Keep watch for the diverse array of pelagic bird species and marine life that inhabit the shoreline and waters surrounding this striking, rugged landscape. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of birdlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

ZODIAC CRUISE: PUERTO CHACABUCO (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

EXPLORE THE UNSPOILED BEAUTY OF CHILEAN PATAGONIA
Investigate the dramatic scenery of Patagonia during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers amid the stunning Chilean fjords with views over the majestic Andes Mountain range. Admire the rugged and picturesque landscape of your surroundings as you cruise along the crystal-clear waters with a bucolic backdrop of dense forests as you watch for possible wildlife sightings. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

KAYAKING IN PUERTO CHACABUCO (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the pristine fjords, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

Please note: only one kayaking activity should be reserved in advance; additional inventory, if available, will be assigned on board. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues. Guests must not exceed 250 lbs to participate in this tour.

The picturesque Chilean Fjords stretch nearly 1,000 miles from Cape Horn at the South American continent’s southern tip to the Reloncaví Estuary just below the city of Puerto Montt. Carved out by receding glaciers starting more than 2.5 million years ago, the fjords are composed of several hundred channels and passages that wind their way past walls of blue ice, dense forests and steep mountain ranges. Its rugged coastline is home to colonies of Magellanic penguins and lazing elephant seals, while its waters welcome dolphins, migrating humpback whales and orcas on the hunt.

Sail Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea,” dubbed by Ferdinand Magellan when he crossed these waters almost 500 years ago. 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.

Chile’s modern capital of Santiago is one of the largest cities in the Americas. Its impressive neoclassical, neo-Gothic, art deco and other architecture spans several centuries. Santiago’s gateway, Valparaíso, is often compared to San Francisco for its many cerros, or hills. The city prospered as a major port until the opening of the Panama Canal rendered it unnecessary. Quaint Victorian-era architecture recalling its 19th-century affluence and steeply sloped barrios are linked by ascensores, or funiculars, and winding byways. From Los Cerros, the views are spectacular.

Shore Excursions

HIGHLIGHTS OF SANTIAGO (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CHILE’S THRIVING CAPITAL CITY
Drive across the lush Chilean Coastal Range from Valparaíso to metropolitan Santiago, Chile’s capital city. Founded in 1541, Santiago is located in the country’s central valley, between the Chilean Coastal Range and the snowcapped Andes Mountains. The city has a downtown core of 19th-century,gloadingMealloadingModerate* neoclassical architecture and winding side streets dotted with art deco and neo-Gothic treasures. Take a scenic drive past the modern sights, including the presidential palace and the beautiful cathedral in Plaza de Armas, and visit the intriguing Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Then, continue through one of the hillside neighborhoods, the views overlooking Santiago giving it a more modern appearance. After lunch, you will visit Los Dominicos Handicraft Village. See the work of local artisans and enjoy free time to explore on your own, strolling around the market before returning to your ship.

VALPARAÍSO & MUSEUMS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CITY VISTAS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTES
Discover the city of two halves, Valparaíso, and enjoy a short sojourn in Viña del Mar to visit the Fonck Museum. Valparaíso’s upper area, Los Cerros, is a maze of residences nestled among 42 hills, from historic villas to small dwellings. Marvel at the views from the top, overlooking the city and bay below. Gaze out over the port and its cluster of colorful houses, then visit the Baburizza Palace, admiring its important collection of artworks by European and Chilean artists. Descend to the foot of the hill for a stroll around Plaza Sotomayor and view the naval headquarters building and the solemn Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Continue by motor coach to the resort city of Viña del Mar and visit the Fonck Museum, a former mansion featuring archaeological artifacts and historic items from the Chilean mainland and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

ART STUDIOS OF VALPARAÍSO (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

TOUR ARTISTS’ HAVENS THROUGHOUT THE CITY
Meet some of the artists that maintain Valparaíso’s historic role as an artistic and cultural haven. Located on a string of steep hills overlooking a beautiful bay, Valparaíso has long been a magnet for poets, painters, philosophers and other creative personalities. You will have the opportunity to meet three artists that keep this tradition alive, engaging in conversation as you visit their studios. Each stands out due to its location and structure, reflecting each artist’s individual style. Get a sense of the artists’ vision of the city and discover their connection with the porteño lifestyle. Learn about the techniques and processes that inspire their work, from concept to the creation of a beautiful masterpiece. Conclude your visit with a stop for refreshments and appetizers at a local restaurant with magnificent views over the bay before returning to your ship.

Traverse the world’s largest ocean, which covers almost 64 million square miles. At twice the size of the Atlantic, the Pacific is an ocean of extremes. Soak up the views from the Finse Terrace, a unique outdoor lounge area named after a famous mountain plateau in south-central Norway. Relax amid your surroundings in comfort, with heated couches and lava rock “firepits,” allowing you to enjoy the outdoors no matter the temperature, as you admire the dramatic scenery or expansive ocean vistas.

Iquique enjoys a scenic locale between the Pacific Ocean and the Pampa del Tamarugal, a vast plateau within the Atacama Desert. This bustling city was once part of Peru and grew prosperous from saltpeter mining. It was ceded to Chile in 1883 after the War of the Pacific. Today, Iquique boasts many architectural treasures around its central Arturo Prat Square, from the stately Municipal Theater and the elegant Casino Español to a Gothic and Moorish-style Clock Tower. The city’s well-preserved Georgian-style homes are a picturesque legacy from the 19th-century mining boom.

Shore Excursion

HUMBERSTONE & CERRO PINTADOS GEOGLYPHS (Included)
DURATION: 6 HOURS

HERITAGE OF THE ATACAMA DESERT
Explore the history and heritage of the world’s driest desert, the Atacama. Embark your coach for a scenic drive across the Chilean Coastal Range and into the Pampa region of the great Atacama Desert. This desolate landscape became a conflict zone during the 19th century as three South American nations—Peru, Bolivia and Chile—fought over its resources. Stop in Humberstone, an abandoned mining town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will learn about the all important nitrate industry and the communal Pampino culture. The dry, desert climate has preserved the ghost-like town and you will see the workers quarters, the factory plant and the railway. Next, you will drive toward the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve. See the Cerro Pintados geoglyphs—monumental drawings of animals, people and geometric symbols that have been carved into the surrounding hillsides. Admire the ingenuity of the bygone indigenous cultures that thrived in these difficult conditions.

Sail the Pacific Ocean, its vast expanse of waters covers more than 30 percent of the Earth’s surface and touches the continents of Asia, Australia, North and South America. Spend a relaxing day at sea to unwind and admire the vistas from your stateroom veranda.

Lima was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizzaro as La Ciudad de los Reyes, or “City of Kings.” It soon grew into the capital of Spain’s Viceroyalty of Peru and established the oldest university in the Americas, the National University of San Marcos. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America, Lima's extravagant collection of architecture spans the centuries: early colonial, Spanish baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings all adorn the cityscape. The historic center, graced with hundreds of balconies built during the viceroyalty era, is a UNESCO Site.

Shore Excursions

HIGHLIGHTS OF LIMA (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE CITY
Set out by motor coach as you embark on a panoramic drive through Lima to see its highlights. Lima was first founded by the Spanish in 1535, and named Ciudad de los Reyes, or “City of the Kings.” Meet your guide at the pier and begin your drive to the historic Plaza de Armas, home to the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to Casa Luna on the prestigious Santo Toribio Avenue. Hear the story of Wilhelm Helbling, a Swiss citizen who built one of the townhouses that remains in its original condition today. Step inside to view a private collection of nativity scenes form around the world, held by the Luna Elias-Polo family. You will join a family member for a refreshment—a typical Pisco punch. Afterward, bid farewell and journey to the Barranco district to view the charming Bridge of Sighs, before returning to your ship.

CIVILIZATIONS OF PERU (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS

ANCIENT PERUVIAN HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS
Learn about the fascinating history of the many civilizations that inhabited Peru throughout the ages. Begin your tour with a visit to the Larco Museum, housed in a colonial mansion set atop a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid in the traditional district of Pueblo Libre. View 3,000 years of Peruvian history as you browse the many artifacts on display, including a large collection of pre-Hispanic pieces of gold and silver. Later, drive to the outskirts of Lima to visit Pachacamac. Built in 200 AD and named after the Pacha Kamaq, or “Earth-Maker God,” this was one of the main religious centers of the region until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Explore the remnants of the complex’s temples and step pyramids. Complete your tour with an appetizing lunch at a local hacienda, where you can experience local cuisine and customs, and enjoy a traditional Paso horse show.

COASTAL WILDLIFE OF PERU (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER LIMA’S MARINE LIFE
Enjoy Lima’s rich marine wildlife as you sail along the scenic coastline of Peru. Meet your guide and drive to the Callao Yacht Club, where you will see yachts, warships and merchant vessels that illustrate Lima’s seafaring traditions. Embark by ship and sail past San Lorenzo Island, Peru’s largest at five miles long. It was once used as a cemetery by the earliest inhabitants of Peru. Peruvian independence heroes from the Battle of Callao are also buried here. Continue on to the Palomino Islands and through their rocky landscape, home to a colony of sea lions. These inquisitive residents will swim out to greet any human visitors. If you wish, don a wetsuit and dive in to the waters for a closer encounter with these friendly creatures. Sail back between the islets, inhabited by numerous bird species including the second-largest Humboldt penguin colony in Peru, before returning to your ship.

Cross the Pacific Ocean and learn about its fascinating geology, with more than 75,000 volcanoes—many still active—reaching up from its depths. 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.

Panama City is a gleaming city of high rises on the Pacific and gracefully blends new and old. At once a rousing tribute to international finance and a rich reminder of a colonial past, it is Central America’s unparalleled cosmopolitan center. The atmospheric Old Town, the Casco Viejo, straddles a peninsula and hosts some of the nation’s most prized cultural and historic treasures, including churches, palaces and plazas. Nearby, one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal, conveys ships along its 48 miles to the Caribbean Sea.

Shore Excursions

JUNGLE EXPLORATION BY BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE DELICATE AND VARIED ECOSYSTEM OF GATUN LAKE
Explore the vast rainforest jungle of the Panama Canal during an exhilarating boat ride. Speed through the heart of the Panama Canal, one of history’s most difficult engineering projects and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Your destination is Gatun Lake—a large, manmade freshwater lake created when the Gatun Dam was built during the early 20th century. Its jungle-covered islands and the surrounding waters are home to a multitude of flora and fauna. Your naturalist guide will talk about this delicate ecosystem and point out wildlife. Sail past the stumps of old mahogany trees sticking out above the water, and watch for capuchin and howler monkeys jumping through the trees. The jungle is also home to three-toed sloths, butterflies and many species of birds, such as toucans, whle the waters teem with fish, caimans, crocodiles and turtles.

HISTORIC PANAMA CITY BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES

VISIT PANAMA VIEJO AND EL CASCO ANTIGUO
Delve into Panama City’s past during a walking tour of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the remains of Panama Viejo, or Old Panama. Originally founded in 1519, it was completely devastated by pirates during the late 17th century. Walk among its ruins, then continue on to the narrow streets of its Casco Antiguo, or Old Town. Admire the eclectic mix of European styles that influenced the architecture of the residences and buildings from the colonial era before visiting the vaulted promenade of Las Bóvedas, or “The Vaults.” The Spanish built this defensive system to protect the esplanade during the 18th century; today, it is a national monument. Enjoy picturesque views of Panama City’s skyline as you stroll along its thick wall. Savor a delicious three-course lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy free time to browse for handicrafts before returning to your ship.

FORT SAN LORENZO & PANAMA CANAL LOCKS (Included)
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SIXTEENTH-CENTURY CITADEL AND MODERN MARVEL
Journey through Panama’s past and present while touring a once-mighty fortress and a feat of modern engineering. You will visit the ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, a 16th-century Spanish citadel that sits at the mouth of the Chagres River, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by 30,000 acres of protected rainforest. Learn about the fortress’s turbulent history from your guide as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire striking views of your surroundings. After lunch, you will head to the Aqua Clara Visitors Center to learn more about this engineering marvel and the massive Panama Canal Expansion Project, which doubled the waterway’s capacity and was completed in June 2016. Here, you might have the opportunity to observe massive cargo ships transiting the canal from mere feet away as they pass through the 1.7 miles of lock structures along this stretch of water.

LOCKS OF THE PANAMA CANAL (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES

VIEW AN ENGINEERING MARVEL AND EXPANSION PROJECTS
Discover the impressive Panama Canal, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The canal has been called the most difficult construction project ever undertaken. Started by the French and completed by the US, construction of this artificial waterway took 33 years and cost the lives of 25,000 workers. Today, more than 13,000 ships pass through it annually. Start your tour at Miraflores, a lock on the Pacific Ocean side of the canal. At the Miraflores Visitor Center, watch an IMAX movie about the canal and see the Miraflores locks from a unique perspective while visiting the operational area with a private guide from the Panama Canal Authority. You will also visit the Agua Clara Visitor Center for a panoramic view of the canal’s ongoing expansion projects, which will allow longer and wider ships to transit. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

The Panama Canal connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, crossing the narrowest stretch of the Isthmus of Panama. A full transit through the 48-mile-long canal takes around eight to ten hours and passes through the Gatun Lake and the Culebra Cut, an artificial valley that runs through the Continental Divide. An engineering marvel of the 20th century, the crossing passes through a series of locks that lift and lower ships 85 feet from sea level, guided by electric locomotives known as mulas. The Panama Canal transit is a rite of passage and a truly memorable experience.

Sail through turquoise waters where legends of marauding pirates, swashbucklers and tales of hidden treasures were born. 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.

Port Antonio is the capital of Portland Parish and is home to some of Jamaica’s most stunning beauty spots. Visitors can enjoy nature in the island’s lush rainforests, or soak up the vistas from the shores of one of Jamaica’s pristine beaches; Frenchman’s Cove Beach and San San Beach are renowned for their stunning beauty and are ideal spots to while away a tranquil afternoon. The island’s iconic Blue Lagoon offers a unique bathing experience due to its mix of hot and cold waters, fed by an underwater spring, and provides the perfect place to snorkel or swim.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC PORT ANTONIO & BLUE LAGOON (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

LOCAL LANDMARKS AND FAMOUS NATURAL WONDER
Take a panoramic drive to see Port Antonio’s important landmarks and enjoy time to relax at the famous Blue Lagoon. Set out for a scenic drive by motor coach with your knowledgeable guide, who will regale you with stories about the town’s history and culture. Admire views of the open seas, towering mountains and verdant flora along the way, and enjoy photo stops in colonial-era Titchfield and at the 19th-century lighthouse at Folly Point. You will also get a glimpse of Trident Castle and visit the 186-year-old Parish Church. Afterward, travel to the tranquil Blue Lagoon, the film set for the movie by the same name. Enjoy free time to explore on your own, appreciating the natural beauty of this serene oasis. Then, continue to a local craft market, where you will have an opportunity to browse the vendors’ wares before returning to your ship.

Man of War Bay is nestled within the serene expanse of the largely uninhabited Great Inagua Island. It boasts a captivating landscape, where turquoise waters lap white-sand shores, framed by lush greenery and rugged terrain. Surrounded by mangroves and saltwater flats, the bay nurtures a diverse ecosystem. Its pristine waters harbor an array of marine life, including vibrant corals and tropical fish. The surrounding wetlands are home to numerous bird species, notably flamingos, which flock to the bay’s shores, creating a picturesque scene with their striking pink plumage.

San Salvador, part of the Bahamas archipelago, is a hidden gem blessed with natural beauty and historical significance. Its pristine white sandy beaches and clear waters paint a serene landscape. The island’s diverse marine life, from shallow-water coral reefs to blue holes, entices both divers and snorkelers alike, while its untouched landscapes full of lush coastal areas and serene cays attract nature enthusiasts seeking tranquility. According to some historical accounts, the island was also the site of Christopher Columbus’s first landfall in the Americas in 1492.

Sail the Atlantic Ocean, divided in half, north to south, by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined, this underwater mountain range is the longest on Earth. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

New York City is at once romantic and exhilarating. From the robust streets of Lower Manhattan’s financial district to the intimate warrens of Greenwich Village, the city overflows with culture, cuisine and architectural beauty. New York is for everyone. Music lovers marvel at Carnegie Hall or catch a 1920s-style jazz and blues show in Harlem. Romantics board a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park. Art lovers browse the Museum of Modern Art or the Guggenheim. And theatergoers attend the greatest shows in the world on Broadway, amid the glitter of Times Square.

Shore Excursions

9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM (included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A SOBERING TRIBUTE
Honor the lives lost and the moment that shook the world during a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Meet your guide, a local who will bring a personal perspective to the tragedy, then set out for your walk around Ground Zero. View St. Paul’s Chapel and gain insight into the many acts of heroism that took place on that fateful day. Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, two pools within the footprints of the Twin Towers. Here, the names of the almost 3,000 men, women and children lost are inscribed in bronze on the parapets around the pools. After, enter the museum and descend underground to the halls and exhibits. Here, you will have time to independently explore the museum’s growing collection, including items recalling September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, including photographs, audio and video, personal effects, expressions of remembrance and recorded testimonies.

MANHATTAN HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

“THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD”
Experience the pulsing excitement of New York on a half-day excursion. During a panoramic drive with your guide, pass Rockefeller Center, known as “30 Rock”; Times Square and the Theater District surrounding Broadway; the Empire State Building; and the glorious St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Your route takes you through some of the city’s most venerated and distinct neighborhoods: trendy Greenwich Village, SoHo, the bustling Financial District and posh Fifth Avenue, with its elegant boutiques. You will also glimpse the oasis of Central Park, 843 acres of green in the heart of the city. Pause in Lower Manhattan at the National September 11 Memorial to view the water features that sit within the original footprints of the Twin Towers. Later, enjoy splendid views of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park before returning to your ship.

Sail legendary waters, where medieval Europeans believed “there be dragons” beyond the ocean’s horizon. 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.

Halifax exudes a fine European air and lies along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors by sea are greeted by the 1758 Sambro Island Lighthouse, the oldest surviving beacon in North America. In the harborside Historic Properties district, grand and charming stone buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries grace the cobblestone streets. The city grew up around Citadel Hill, where Fort George protected the harbor. The fortress, along with the adjacent stately Halifax Town Clock, has been gloriously restored and preserved.

Shore Excursions

PEGGY’S COVE & THE RMS TITANIC (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

QUAINT FISHING VILLAGE & FAIRVIEW LAWN CEMETERY
Admire the coastal charms of Peggy’s Cove and discover Halifax’s link to the RMS Titanic. Drive with your guide along the coastal highway affectionately known as the Lighthouse Route. Upon arrival at Peggy’s Cove, enjoy free time to explore during a stroll on your own. Here, see the most photographed lighthouse in the world, part of a breathtaking seascape that also includes a granite sculpture by local artist William deGarthe. You may also admire the colorful houses and fishing shacks perched along the rocky shore, ponder the unusual rock formations forged by glaciers, or browse the village shops. Return to Halifax via St. Margaret’s Bay for a visit to Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the final resting place for 121 passengers of the Titanic. Learn more about the ship, its ill-fated maiden voyage and the passengers interred here during an informative guided walk.

KAYAKING IN HALIFAX (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in the scenery of this historic seaport, while exploring the harbour and channels. Keep an eye open for marine life as your paddle these waters.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

DRAMATIC CANADIAN LANDSCAPES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of Nova Scotia’s coast from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. As you motor across the water, enjoy the scenery of one of the largest natural deepwater harbors in the world, and imagine its past as one of the most significant seaports on the Eastern Seaboard. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural and cultural history of the port, and to alert you to the presence of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

ZODIAC CRUISE: HALIFAX (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

DISCOVER SCENIC BAYS AND PICTURESQUE INLETS
Investigate the picturesque scenery of the historic seaport of Halifax during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers to explore Halifax’s historic harbor. As you cruise past Point Pleasant Park, view the crumbling fortifications and the Prince of Wales Martello tower, the last remaining of five that were built here. Keep watch for local birdlife; you may even spot a curious harbor seal as they pop their head from the water. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

A brilliant feat of engineering, the St. Lawrence Seaway comprises a series of locks, canals and channels that allow ships and goods to travel from the Atlantic Ocean up the St. Lawrence River to Lake Superior. Seven locks point the way between Montreal and Lake Ontario, detouring past rapids and several dams. The 27-mile Welland Canal lifts ships over the Niagara Escarpment to Lake Erie, sidestepping Niagara Falls. The Canadian-and American-operated waterway is known locally as “Highway H2O” for the traffic and trade it allows.

Prince Edward Island evokes the simplicity of Canada’s maritime life, a fertile mix of fishing and farming. In the capital of Charlottetown, tree-lined streets shade restored 19th-century mansions and tidy green parcels dot provincial squares. The island has been molded by rich Scottish and French heritages, as evidenced by the traditional ceilidh, or kitchen party, that still unites friends and neighbors. Besides its picturesque landscapes, the island’s biggest draw might be the farmhouse that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write her famous novel Anne of Green Gables.

Shore Excursions

CEILIDH ON THE WHARF (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Share in Prince Edward Island’s rich cultural heritage as local musicians delight you in an island ceilidh. Also known as a kitchen party, a ceilidh (pronounced “KAY-lee”) is a traditional social gathering which celebrates the Irish, Scottish and Acadian cultures of PEI and involves dancing and Gaelic folk music. There will be a local musician who will put a modern twist on songs that date as far back as the early 19th century. You will not be able to stop your toes from tapping or your hands from clapping while immersed in this infectiously merry atmosphere. Ceilidhs always include a break for food. Enjoy a fresh island lobster with potato salad and coleslaw, along with a glass of wine, beer or a nonalcoholic beverage, before the music starts up again. After your revelry, you will have free time to explore Charlottetown, before returning to your ship.

ZODIAC: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

PICTURESQUE COASTAL DISCOVERY
Investigate the scenic coastline of Prince Edward Island during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters around Charlottetown. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route around Prince Edward Island based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the red cliffs and rolling farmlands that inspired the setting for the classic novel Anne of Green Gables. Keep watch for possible sightings of local birdlife, such as loons, ducks, herons, sandpipers and pelicans. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

LANDSCAPES OF THE CANADIAN MARITIMES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of Prince Edward Island’s coast from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. As you motor across the water, keep watch for the array of bird species and marine life that inhabit the shoreline and waters surrounding Charlottetown. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the picturesque waterways of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

The village of Cap-aux-Meules—or Grindstone Cape—was named for the headland on Grindstone, one of Quebec’s 13 Magdalen Islands. Its French moniker, rarely used in English, is nonetheless its official name. This is the second largest of the Magdalens by area, a low-lying expanse ringed by rugged shores that was inhabited by the Mi’kmaq tribe when they came on a seasonal walrus hunt. The first European to step on this land was Jacques Cartier in 1534. Today, some islanders are descendants of shipwreck survivors and live in houses built out of wood retrieved from the waters.

Shore Excursions

HIGHLIGHTS OF CAP-AUX-MEULES (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

A SNAPSHOT OF THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH SHORE
Enjoy a scenic drive around Cap-aux-Meules and discover the passion of local artisans and craftsmen. Embark on a scenic drive to the Cultures du large and learn about oyster farming, marine agriculture and lobster fishing through the wonders of virtual reality. Enjoy a taste of the sea as you sample a fresh oyster. Continue your tour to the Borgot Lighthouse, located on the tip of Cap Hérissé, offering spectacular views over the coast. After time for photos, continue to Site de la Côte and browse the boutiques for works of local craftsmen as you admire the views over the fishing harbor; you will also be able to walk around and have a chat with the fishermen. Cap your tour with a stop at Saint-Pierre Catholic Church in La Vernière; originally built from wood retrieved from shipwrecks, it has the distinction of having been struck by lightning four times.

ZODIAC: MAGDALEN ISLANDS (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

COASTAL WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate the rugged coastline of the Magdalen Islands during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route around the Magdalen Islands based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the weather-worn sandstone cliffs that frame much of the coast, as well as the sand dunes and pine tree-covered landscape. Keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as migratory seabirds and gray or harbor seals. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

DRAMATIC CANADIAN LANDSCAPES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of Magdalen Islands’ coast from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. As you motor across the water, keep watch for the array of bird species and marine life that inhabit the shoreline and waters surrounding Cap-aux-Meules. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING IN CAP-AUX-MEULES (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey through the historic waterways of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

Sept-Îles—French for “Seven Islands”—faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence from its northern shore. The city is named for the archipelago it faces. Basque fishermen arrived here to take advantage of the gulf’s whaling and cod fishing followed in 1535 by Jacques Cartier, who called the archipelago the “Round Islands.” Fur trade began during the following century. Before that, the First Nations Innu people called this area home for centuries and still today are a major cultural influence, embracing their spiritual bond with the natural world that surrounds their city on the water.

Shore Excursions

PANORAMIC SEPT-ÎLES (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

SCENIC SIGHTS AND STRIKING LANDSCAPES
Gain insight into Sept-Îles’ diverse mix of cultures and rich natural resources during a panoramic excursion. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach that will take you from the backcountry to the beaches, offering stunning views of placid lakes, rugged islands in the St. Lawrence River and more. You will make several photo stops along the way, which will give you an opportunity to admire the vistas from the likes of Plage Routhier and Lac Daigle. You will see the Jardin de l’Anse, its six gardens home to a array of diverse plant life, and the Musée Shaputuan, a repository for the centuries-old history of the Innu people and their ancestral lands. You will finish your tour on Arnaud Street, the first street in Sept-Îles, where you can use an available pair of binoculars to gaze across to the other side of the bay. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

ZODIAC: SEPT-ÎLES (included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

COASTAL WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate the rugged coastline of Sept-Îles archipelago during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route around the islands based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the craggy shoreline and dense forests that blanket the terrain. Keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as migratory seabirds. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

DRAMATIC CANADIAN LANDSCAPES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of the Sept-Îles archipelago’s coast during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Keep watch for the array of bird species and marine life that inhabit the shoreline and waters surrounding Sept-Îles. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING IN SEPT-ÎLES (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the wild North Shore of the St. Lawrence River, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

Saguenay is one of southern Quebec’s most cosmopolitan cities. It consists of three boroughs: Jonquière, Chicoutimi and La Baie. Once neighboring towns, they were merged to form the present-day city in 2002. Except for some Inuit and Cree villages, there are no towns due north between Saguenay and the Arctic. Like so many Canadian cities founded amid woodland, Saguenay grew its pulp and paper trade with the late 19th century arrival of the Canadian National Railway. Since then, this resilient town has recovered from a great fire, a landslide and a flood.

Shore Excursions

LA BAIE ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

A STROLL THROUGH A HISTORIC TOWN
Immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of a picturesque harbor town during a walking tour. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to witness local artisans at work. Visit a studio for a textile demonstration and admire a wonderful range of accessories and home decorations, created by talented craftsmen. At a nearby art gallery, spend time exploring colorful creations and learn more about the techniques utilized. Step inside an artisan soap factory for a hands-on experience at making soap from goat’s milk. During your walk, you will gain insight into the history of La Baie as the first colony in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region and its economic growth, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Take a stroll through Mars Park and gaze over the fjord at vistas of Baie des Ha! Ha! as you head back to your awaiting ship.

ZODIAC: SAGUENAY (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

COASTAL WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters of the Saguenay River in the beautiful Saguenay Fjord National Park. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the dense forests and soaring granite cliffs that surround the river as you keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as seabirds and cliff-perching peregrine falcons. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

DRAMATIC CANADIAN LANDSCAPES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty surrounding Saguenay from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Keep watch for the array of bird species, including birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon and the osprey, that inhabit the shoreline surrounding this striking Canadian Shield landscape. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

Quebec City is by many accounts the most French city in New France. The Old Town’s centerpiece, the magnificent Château Frontenac, seems transported from the palatial landscapes of the Loire Valley, and its French-accented streets lead past white-stone buildings that evoke old-world medieval villages. The only remaining walled city in North America outside of Mexico, Quebec City was fortified in the 17th century soon after its founding in 1608. Its strategic setting on the rocky promontory of Cape Diamond gave troops a close view of the St. Lawrence.

Shore Excursion

OLD TOWN & MONTMORENCY FALLS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

HISTORIC CITY SIGHTS AND STUNNING WATERFALL
Discover Quebec City’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the stunning scenery at Montmorency Falls. In Upper Town, pass Dufferin Terrace, where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620, and the elegant Château Frontenac, perched atop a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Then, enjoy an opportunity for independent exploration in the Lower Town; see Place-Royale, once home to wealthy merchants, and Notre-Dame des Victoires, North America’s oldest Catholic church. At the Plains of Abraham, where the French surrendered New France to the British in 1759, admire sweeping vistas from Cap-Diamant, before continuing along the scenic Grande Allée. See the Parliament Building, an imposing Second Empire-style building, as you venture outside the city for a photo stop at the majestic Montmorency Falls, its roaring waters falling 272 feet to the St. Lawrence River below.

Trois-Rivières is the cultural center of Quebec’s Maurice region. This picturesque city was established in 1634, the second—after Quebec City, in 1608—to be permanently settled in New France. With its strategic location, it played an important role as all eyes looked west to trade fur with the First Nations peoples. “Three Rivers,” the city’s anglicized name, is located at the point where two islands in the Saint-Maurice River break the waterway into three channels before it spills into the St. Lawrence. Today, stately century-old buildings form the core of the Old Town.

Shore Excursions

NOTRE-DAME-DU-CAP SANCTUARY (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SHRINE TO THE VIRGIN MARY AND REGIONAL RELIGIOUS HERITAGE
Immerse yourself in the religious heritage of Trois-Rivières during a trip to a historic shrine to the Virgin Mary. Embark on a panoramic drive, where you will discover the monasteries, convents, churches and shrines that have been a part of the city’s history and culture for centuries. See such landmarks as the Ursulines Monastery, the first religious community to be founded in Trois-Rivières in 1697, and the Gothic-style Assumption Cathedral, renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows. Stop at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, to visit Notre-Dame-du-Cap Sanctuary, an important shrine to the Virgin Mary; Pope John Paul II paid his respects here in 1984. Learn about its history as you tour its modern basilica and old sanctuary, admiring its impressive stained glass windows and strolling through its magnificent gardens. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

ZODIAC: TROIS-RIVIÈRES (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

COASTAL WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters of the St. Lawrence River that flow around Trois-Rivières. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the relatively flat landscape, dotted with rivers and several different kinds of forest. Keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as warblers, ducks and loons, and raptors such as ospreys and hawks. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

DRAMATIC CANADIAN LANDSCAPES FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty surrounding Trois-Rivières from the water during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Keep watch for the array of bird species and aquatic life that inhabit the shoreline and waters surrounding this pastoral landscape. Your highly maneuverable vessel will allow you to reach less accessible locations along the water’s edge. Knowledgeable specialists will be on hand to explain the natural world that surrounds you and to alert you of wildlife in the area. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING TROIS-RIVIÈRES (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the historic waterways of the St. Lawrence River, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

A brilliant feat of engineering, the St. Lawrence Seaway comprises a series of locks, canals and channels that allow ships and goods to travel from the Atlantic Ocean up the St. Lawrence River to Lake Superior. Seven locks point the way between Montreal and Lake Ontario, detouring past rapids and several dams. The 27-mile Welland Canal lifts ships over the Niagara Escarpment to Lake Erie, sidestepping Niagara Falls. The Canadian-and American-operated waterway is known locally as “Highway H2O” for the traffic and trade it allows.

Toronto is beloved by many as one of Canada’s boldest and most innovative capitals. Hugging the shores of Lake Ontario and facing the picturesque Toronto Islands, it was founded by British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution in 1793. Today the city is a pleasure to explore on foot, whether strolling past the Victorian bay-and-gable homes of Rosedale, or the historic enclave of Wychwood Park, an Ontario Heritage Conservation district. The city’s Distillery District is home to North America’s largest preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture.

Shore Excursions

INTRODUCTION TO TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PICTURESQUE DRIVE THROUGH CANADA’S LARGEST CITY
Discover the eclectic architecture, colorful street life and bustling squares that comprise the heart of Toronto. Embark on a panoramic drive through Canada’s largest metropolis, located on the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto is home to many different architectural styles, from early 19th-century buildings to modern 21st-century skyscrapers that define its skyline. See the iconic, needle-shaped CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 1,815 feet high. View the modern City Hall and its predecessor, the Romanesque-style Old City Hall, both of which surround expansive Nathan Phillips Square. Take in the city’s diverse neighborhoods, enjoying the sights of its vibrant shopping and entertainment district as you travel along a stretch of historic Yonge Street; a major thoroughfare since 1794, it runs north for more than 53 miles from the harbor toward Cook’s Bay.

ZODIAC: TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

URBAN WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate Toronto’s eclectic blend of urban and natural spaces during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters of Lake Ontario. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route around Toronto’s shorefront based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the iconic skyline of this modern metropolis as you cruise the network of channels between and within Toronto’s Islands. Keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as ducks and geese. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

PICTURESQUE CITYSCAPE AND NATURE FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of Toronto’s waterfront and coastline during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Admire the iconic Toronto skyline from a different perspective while cruising along the waters of Lake Ontario, renowned as a paradise for recreational boaters. See recognizable landmarks, such as the CN Tower and Downtown skyscrapers, as you cruise the network of channels between and within Toronto’s Islands. As you travel, keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as ducks and geese. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING IN TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the tranquil waterways of Lake Ontario, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

Toronto is home to a wealth of diverse cultures that each bring their own customs, traditions and food to this cosmopolitan city. More than half of the population were born outside of Toronto and the city’s districts represent all corners of the globe; Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown offer a literal taste of the city’s renowned ethnic communities. One of Toronto’s historic treasures is St. Lawrence Market, which first operated here in 1803. Today, everything from fresh farmers produce to antiques grace the stalls of its vendors.

Shore Excursions

INTRODUCTION TO TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PICTURESQUE DRIVE THROUGH CANADA’S LARGEST CITY
Discover the eclectic architecture, colorful street life and bustling squares that comprise the heart of Toronto. Embark on a panoramic drive through Canada’s largest metropolis, located on the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto is home to many different architectural styles, from early 19th-century buildings to modern 21st-century skyscrapers that define its skyline. See the iconic, needle-shaped CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 1,815 feet high. View the modern City Hall and its predecessor, the Romanesque-style Old City Hall, both of which surround expansive Nathan Phillips Square. Take in the city’s diverse neighborhoods, enjoying the sights of its vibrant shopping and entertainment district as you travel along a stretch of historic Yonge Street; a major thoroughfare since 1794, it runs north for more than 53 miles from the harbor toward Cook’s Bay.

ZODIAC: TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 45 MINUTES

URBAN WILDERNESS DISCOVERY
Investigate Toronto’s eclectic blend of urban and natural spaces during an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Board your Viking Zodiac and set off from your Expedition ship with a small group of fellow travelers on to the waters of Lake Ontario. Your Viking specialists will choose the best route around Toronto’s shorefront based on the weather and water conditions. Admire the iconic skyline of this modern metropolis as you cruise the network of channels between and within Toronto’s Islands. Keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as ducks and geese. Your Expedition team will answer any questions you may have along the way, as well as share stories and insights. At the end of your excursion, your Zodiac will return to your ship.

SCENIC SAILING BY SPECIAL OPERATIONS BOAT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

PICTURESQUE CITYSCAPE AND NATURE FROM THE WATER
Experience the beauty of Toronto’s waterfront and coastline during a ride in a Special Operations Boat. Board your vessel from the ship’s shell door landing, with assistance by a member of Viking’s Expedition Team. Once securely on board, lines will be untethered, and your thrilling journey will begin. Admire the iconic Toronto skyline from a different perspective while cruising along the waters of Lake Ontario, renowned as a paradise for recreational boaters. See recognizable landmarks, such as the CN Tower and Downtown skyscrapers, as you cruise the network of channels between and within Toronto’s Islands. As you travel, keep watch for possible sightings of local wildlife, such as ducks and geese. At the end of your excursion, your Special Operations Boat will return you and your fellow travelers to your ship.

KAYAKING IN TORONTO (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

CLOSE-UP EXPERIENCE WITH BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS
Take to the water and explore your surroundings with a member of your Viking Expedition Team. After a thorough introduction and safety briefing, transfer from your ship to the kayak staging area, where you will receive your paddle and join a fellow traveler in a two-person kayak. Your kayak has been designed to provide a combination of stability and comfort as you paddle your way through the open water. Dressed in a kayak suit (depending on the season) and bespoke life jacket for maximum maneuverability, you will be geared up to remain warm and dry during your expedition experience. Immerse yourself in nature as you journey along the tranquil waterways of Lake Ontario, reaching less accessible locations along the water’s edge and keeping watch for local wildlife.

The Welland Canal is one of Canada’s greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. Built from 1824 to 1833 to bypass the Niagara River and its mighty falls, the Welland comprises eight locks that lift or lower ships a total of 326 feet between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. This vital canal is the spine of the peninsula’s trade and industry, with numerous docks receiving ships and roadways crossing the water. Viking’s latest expedition vessels are purpose-built to traverse this impressive waterway, allowing ships to dock safely while navigating this important crossing.

Niagara Falls (Port Colborne), Ontario, Canada
Port Colborne proudly proclaims itself the “Gateway to Navigation.” It is also the gateway to North America’s largest and most powerful cascade, Niagara Falls. Epic in its scope and volume, the falls hurl 42 million gallons of water down 20 stories every minute. Its mile-wide length straddles the Canadian and US borders and is split by islands into three smaller cataracts: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. Long a storied destination for young honeymooners, today the mighty torrent is a thrill for visitors.

Shore Excursions

NIAGARA DISCOVERY (included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

SCENIC DRIVE AND WALK ALONG THE TOP OF NIAGARA FALLS
Admire the power and majesty of nature during an excursion to view the world-famous Niagara Falls. Retreating glaciers and meltwater combined to create the falls—Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil—at the end of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. Reaching heights of up to 187 feet and measuring 2,590 feet wide, an astounding 600,000 gallons per second wash over Horseshoe, the tallest of the falls. From your berth at Port Colborne, travel north through the Canadian countryside of the Niagara Peninsula to the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Take a walk along the top of the gorge, gazing down in awe at the thundering waters as they cascade over the edge of the falls. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

NIAGARA UP CLOSE (included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

BOAT CRUISE TO BASE OF TOWERING HORSESHOE FALLS
Marvel at the power of Horseshoe Falls during a thrilling boat ride to the turbulent pools at its base. Reaching heights of up to 187 feet and measuring 2,590 feet wide, an astounding 600,000 gallons per second wash over Horseshoe, the tallest of Niagara’s three waterfalls. From your berth, travel north through the Canadian countryside of the Niagara Peninsula to the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Take an eye-opening stroll along the top of the gorge, gazing down in awe at the thundering waters as they cascade over the edge of the falls. Then, don your rain poncho and take an exciting boat ride to the foot of Horseshoe Falls. Look up to view the falls as they cascade from above, creating a wall of mist and a deafening roar. Afterward, you will return to shore and your ship.

Point Pelee is a pristine area that points into Lake Erie from Ontario, tapering off to a fine point before disappearing into the waters. The peninsula comprises woodlands and the largest freshwater marshes on the Great Lakes. It was proclaimed a national park in 1918 and is further protected by the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty that protects wetlands. Located at the convergence of two major bird migration flyways, about 350 species have been recorded here. Boardwalks deliver visitors into this unique ecosystem of vast, open vistas and wave-kissed shores.

Detroit sits on one of the four straits that link the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence Seaway and has emerged as a city rich in culture. In 2015, it became the first US city to earn designation as a “City of Design” by UNESCO for its creativity in urban development. Detroit was founded as a fort in 1701 and later grew into the epicenter of the US automobile industry. Today the city is beloved as the birthplace of Motown, a portmanteau of “motor” and “town.” Its waterfront reveals remarkable examples of postmodern and art deco skyscrapers.

Shore Excursion

HENRY FORD MUSEUM OF INNOVATION (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF 20TH-CENTURY ACHIEVEMENTS AND AMERICANA
Explore the history of American achievement during the 20th century at the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation. Founded by famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, the museum contains an extensive collection of historically significant artifacts and Americana that tell the story of 20th-century American society. Enjoy a guided tour, during which you can admire American ingenuity through exhibits showcasing the evolution of presidential limousines during the past century and a replica of the airplane flown by the Wrights at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Enjoy free time to browse the museum’s many culturally important items, such as the limousine President John F. Kennedy was riding in on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, President Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre and the Montgomery bus where civil rights icon Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat in 1955.

Alpena is in the northeastern region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The town faces Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay and is home to Alpena Light, a brilliant red steel structure built in 1914. After its founding in 1840, fishing and logging were introduced to bolster its economy; today it is home to one of the largest limestone quarries in the world. Two of its architectural gems are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the art deco County Courthouse and the late-Victorian IOOF Centennial Building, once the city’s courthouse.

Shore Excursion

ALPENA BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

DOWNTOWN LANDMARKS AND GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER
Discover the charming downtown of Alpena during a guided walk. Meet your knowledgeable guide and set out to see the sights of the town called the “Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.” You will pass notable landmarks, including the IOOF Centennial Building, a well-preserved example of late Victorian-era commercial architecture, as well as a number of historically significant and uniquely shaped buildings that tell the story of the development of Alpena. Learn the story behind the inspiring murals on display throughout the downtown district and gain insight into local life in Alpena. Cap your walk with free time to explore the displays and artifacts at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, including an immersive storm experience while standing on the deck of a full-size replica of a schooner. Afterward, you will walk back to your ship.

Steeped in the charms of simpler times, Mackinac Island is a gem of the Great Lakes. Located in the Straits of Mackinac where Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas are closest and Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, this bucolic haven preserves gilded Victorian-era treasures along car-free streets traversed by horse-drawn carriages. The perimeter road is the only state highway in the US that does not permit motor vehicles. More than 80% of Mackinac is protected as a state park, from its Greek Revival Grand Hotel and British-built Fort Mackinac to its preserved wilderness areas.

Shore Excursions

MACKINAC BY HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

REVOLUTIONARY WAR FORT, VICTORIAN-ERA HOTEL AND SCENIC DOWNTOWN
Discover the historical sights and yesteryear charm of scenic Mackinac Island. A National Historic Landmark, the island has undergone extensive preservation and restoration, including the banning of almost all motor vehicles. You will embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride to view major landmarks. See Fort Mackinac, one of the few Revolutionary War fortresses still in existence. Built atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, this former military outpost was the site of two strategic battles during the War of 1812. Admire the elegant facade of the Victorian-era Grand Hotel; a vacation destination for several US presidents, the hotel’s 660-foot-long front porch is billed as the “longest in the world.” Stroll the bustling downtown streets during a guided walk, then enjoy free time to explore the shops or sample the island’s renowned fudge.

MACKINAC BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HISTORY, CULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE OF MACKINAC ISLAND
Take to the streets of Mackinac for a walk that will offer insight into the island’s history, culture and heritage. At the pier, meet your knowledgeable guide, who will offer an insider’s perspective into life on the island as you pass important historical, cultural and architectural sights. Your route will take you by charming Market Street, the bucolic green space of Marquette Park, the island’s bustling harbor, historic Victorian-era cottages and hotels, and Mission Church—built in 1829, it is the oldest surviving church in the state of Michigan. You will also pause to take in the sweeping views from scenic East Bluff. Conclude your tour at a local fudge shop, where you will have an opportunity to purchase these tasty local sweet, at your own cost, before returning to the pier and your ship.

AN ARTFUL AFTERNOON TEA (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

ENJOY LONGSTANDING TRADITION AT THE ICONIC GRAND HOTEL
Treat yourself to an afternoon tea at Mackinac Island’s iconic Grand Hotel. Meet your guide, then board your horse-drawn carriage for a short transfer to the famed Victorian-era hotel. Built in 1887, this Queen Anne-style building is a registered National Historic Landmark. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the hotel’s resident historian, who will take you on a guided tour to admire the art, antiques and interior design of this elegant property. After your tour, you will be escorted to a private seating, where you will immerse yourself in a delightful afternoon tea experience, complete with petite sandwiches, scones and pastries, as well as a glass of sherry or champagne. Afterward, you can relax as you gaze across the Straits of Mackinac from the world’s longest front porch or further explore the hotel on your own before returning to your ship.

Milwaukee was first settled by Europeans in 1818, when French-Canadian fur trader Solomon Juneau arrived. German, Polish and Eastern European immigrants followed, bringing with them a long tradition of beer brewing. For several decades in the 20th century, Milwaukee became the world’s most prolific beer producer. Today, the city is a vibrant center of art, history and culture. The RiverWalk, a pedestrian walkway along the Milwaukee, is a popular spot for enjoying relaxing strolls or viewing public art installations.

Shore Excursion

HIGHLIGHTS OF MILWAUKEE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A SNAPSHOT OF THE CITY’S LOCAL SIGHTS
See the sights of Milwaukee, on the shores of Lake Michigan, during a panoramic excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set out by motor coach to delve into the city’s past and present. Your guide will regale you with historic tales of the first European settlers who arrived on these shores during the early 19th-century, creating distinctly German, Irish, Polish and Italian neighborhoods. Stop in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum to behold the stunning Quadracci Pavilion, a winged structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Learn about the North Point Lighthouse and stop to visit the Pabst Mansion, a grand Flemish Renaissance Revival-styled house built for the founder of the Pabst Brewing Company. Cap your tour with a visit to Milwaukee-born Harley-Davidson campus and gift shop, before returning to your ship.

Milwaukee lies on the shores of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three rivers—the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic. For centuries before the arrival of Europeans, the area was inhabited by indigenous peoples, such as the Potawatomi, Menominee, Fox and Winnebago. In 1647, missionary Jacques Marquette came to Milwaukee’s shores, and fur traders soon followed. The settlement was a secondary trading post until after the Revolutionary War, when Jacques Vieau established the “Milwaukee Outfit” and made the outpost an important stop on the western shores of Lake Michigan. 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. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and 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.

2026 DIRECTION
Feb-24 Buenos Aires to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
STATEROOM CRUISE FARE*
EXPLORER SUITE (ES) AU$204,995
548 SQ. FT. 
NORDIC JUNIOR SUITE (NS) AU$134,995
322 SQ. FT. 
NORDIC PENTHOUSE (NP) AU$124,995
269 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE NORDIC BALCONY (DN1) AU$101,995
215 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE NORDIC BALCONY (DN2) AU$99,995
215 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE NORDIC BALCONY (DN3) AU$97,995
215 SQ. FT. 
NORDIC BALCONY (N1) AU$95,995
215 SQ. FT. 
NORDIC BALCONY (N2) AU$94,995
215 SQ. FT. 

 

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

 

All this is included in your Longitudinal World Cruise VI. Up to US $40,000 value per couple.

YOUR EXCLUSIVE OFFER:
  • Business Class air¹
  • Ground transfers to and from the ship; private car transfer for Owner’s Suite or Explorer’s Suite
  • All onboard gratuities and service fees
  • Our Silver Spirits beverage package, including virtually all drinks on board
  • Complimentary visa service²
ALWAYS INCLUDED VIKING VALUE:
  • One excursion in each port
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderette available to all guests; laundry, shoe shine and pressing available based on stateroom category
  • Port taxes & fees
LONGITUDINAL WORLD CRUISE VI
  • Free Business Class Airfare + transfers
  • US$1,000 per person Shore Excursion Credit
  • US$1,000 per person Shipboard Credit
  • Additional US$1,000 per person shipboard credit for all Viking Explorer Society members
  • Free Visa Service, Silver Spirits Beverage package, unlimited Wi-Fi and more
  • Book by 31 May 2024 unless sold out prior

¹ International Business Class Air and Domestic First/Business Class Air when available. From listed gateway cities. Call for details.
² Restrictions apply, complimentary service is only available when using Viking’s recommended visa service.

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary landing or 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
  • Kayaks, Zodiacs & Special Operations Boats — A Viking Expedition Kit with a variety of equipment to explore at no extra charge
  • Keepsake Viking expedition jacket (on polar itineraries)
  • All Viking excursion gear needed for any relevant excursions
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • 24-hour room service
  • King-size bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • 55″ OLED flat-screen TV featuring CNN, CBC, MBC2, beIN Sports
  • Interactive TV with complimentary movies and documentaries, as well as Viking.TV proprietary content, lectures and expert interviews
  • Mini-bar
  • Personal coffee machine with premium coffee & tea selections
  • Floor-to-ceiling heated drying closets for expeditions gear
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor
  • Anti-fog mirrors
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Meopta Optika MeoPro 8×42 binoculars

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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