South Pacific Sojourn – Viking Oceans Cruise

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South Pacific Sojourn – Viking Oceans Cruise

See the best of Asia & Australia

Enjoy a 29-day cruise encompassing the rich and varied cultures of Asia and Australia when you combine Bangkok, Bali & Beyond and Komodo & the Australian Coast. Meet the people who shape capitals of Asian art and culture from Malaysia to Indonesia. Witness the cerulean beauty of Australia’s coastal isles. And get to know the embracing Aussies. Overnight stays in Bangkok, Jakarta, Bali and Darwin help immerse you in this breathtaking corner of the world.
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Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

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

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

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WINEMAKER’S CLASSROOM (INCLUDED)

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

Trace the scenic Australian coastline, indigenous people inhabited the continent for 60,000 years prior to European discovery. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

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

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PANORAMIC BRISBANE (INCLUDED)

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

Follow the route of English explorer James Cook, who famously laid eyes on Australia’s “Sunshine Coast” from the deck of the HMS Endeavour. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

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

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SAILING THE WHITSUNDAYS (INCLUDED)

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

WHITSUNDAYS YACHT EXPERIENCE (PRIVILEGED ACCESS)

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

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

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TOWNSVILLE ORIENTATION (INCLUDED)

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

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND (INCLUDED)

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

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

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CAIRNS AQUARIUM (INCLUDED)

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

Traverse the mineral-rich waters of the Coral Sea, where the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef welcomes divers to explore its spectacular marine life. Admire the views as you sail today and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. The Aquavit Terrace serves a range of International fare and casual dining favorites, as well as a range of superb cocktails inspired by our destinations.

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

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THURSDAY ISLAND INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION (INCLUDED)

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

INTRODUCTION TO THURSDAY ISLAND (INCLUDED)

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

Trace the route of early civilizations as you sail the Arafura Sea. During the Ice Age, entire populations were once able to walk between continents, exchanging languages and customs. 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.

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

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NORTHERN TERRITORY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY (INCLUDED)

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

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

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NORTHERN TERRITORY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY (INCLUDED)

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

Follow in the footsteps of Indonesia’s indigenous people and sail the Timor Sea. This stretch of water shares its name with the independent state of East Timor, which lies to its north. 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.

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

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KOMODO NATIONAL PARK (INCLUDED)

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

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

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SENGGIGI ON YOUR OWN (INCLUDED)

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

TRADITIONAL SASAK VILLAGE (INCLUDED)

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

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

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MARKET VISIT & BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE (INCLUDED)

THE COLORFUL CULTURE OF BALI’S CAPITAL
Explore the rich history, revered temples and busy markets of Denpasar. Meet your guide and drive to Denpasar, capital of the province of Bali. This inviting city has a rich history dating back to its days as the center of the Badung Empire, which once controlled the southern region of Bali. Explore the endless colorful offerings at a traditional market, perhaps purchasing stone carvings or a sarong as keepsakes. At the Bali Museum, browse galleries featuring local art and history. On Denpasar’s north side, visit the Maospahit Temple, known for its bare, red-brick architecture. Pura Maospahit, the only pura in Bali, was built using a concept known as Panca Mandala, where the most sacred area is situated at the center of the complex instead of facing the direction of the mountain. Explore the temple at your leisure before returning to your ship.

With its distinct flavors and traditions, Bali’s food culture stands apart from that of the rest of Indonesia. Indigenous ingredients, recipes and techniques blend with influences from the island’s Chinese and Indian heritages to create dishes found nowhere else. For many, a daily ritual may involve shopping for ginger, turmeric and kaffir lime in spice markets or for fruits, vegetables and meats in a pasar pagi. Traditional warungs, tiny family-owned food stands, often specialize in a particular dish, such as babi guling (suckling pig) or bebek betutu (crispy duck).

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MARKET VISIT & BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE (INCLUDED)

THE COLORFUL CULTURE OF BALI’S CAPITAL
Explore the rich history, revered temples and busy markets of Denpasar. Meet your guide and drive to Denpasar, capital of the province of Bali. This inviting city has a rich history dating back to its days as the center of the Badung Empire, which once controlled the southern region of Bali. Explore the endless colorful offerings at a traditional market, perhaps purchasing stone carvings or a sarong as keepsakes. At the Bali Museum, browse galleries featuring local art and history. On Denpasar’s north side, visit the Maospahit Temple, known for its bare, red-brick architecture. Pura Maospahit, the only pura in Bali, was built using a concept known as Panca Mandala, where the most sacred area is situated at the center of the complex instead of facing the direction of the mountain. Explore the temple at your leisure before returning to your ship.

Surabaya played a central role in the Indonesian War of Independence. The memorials to that struggle stand as soaring testaments to the will and courage of the Javanese. Today, Surabaya is a diverse patchwork of vibrant cultures. Mosques stand proudly in the Arab district and elegant churches adorn the European quarter. But perhaps the most authentic way to fully experience Java’s varied cultural influences is by tasting them. A stroll through the Pasar Pabean traditional market reveals fresh fish, vegetables, spices, incense and countless other specialties.

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SCENIC SURABAYA (INCLUDED)

EAST JAVA’S DIVERSE CITY OF HEROES
Discover what many call the birthplace of Indonesian independence during a panoramic tour of Surabaya. Once the center of the Dutch East Indies, the city rivaled Singapore and Hong Kong in its trading power. It was later the site of a decisive battle that set the nation on the road to sovereignty. Following a brief stop at the Surabaya Kriya Gallery, continue to the Joko Dolog Statue. This Buddhist statue was erected in 1289 to honor King Kertanagara of the Singhas?ri Dynasty and displays a lengthy Sanskrit inscription with important historical information dating from the period before the founding of the Majapahit Kingdom. After a warm Javanese welcome, watch a traditional dance and enjoy a snack of various local cakes and beverages. Then, take a short tour of the first Dutch Government building in Surabaya during the colonial era, before transferring back to your ship.

Java is Indonesia’s repository of history and island culture. The bustling port of Semarang was founded by the Dutch and hints of the island’s colonial past dot the cityscape. Outside the city, Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, strikes a dramatic pose against a backdrop of four volcanoes. A popular place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the massive pyramidal temple towers to a great height. The devout walk up a clockwise path to the pinnacle, passing 2,672 reliefs and 504 Buddha statues along the way.

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DISCOVER SEMARANG ( INCLUDED)

EXPLORE CHINESE AND DUTCH TREASURES
See Semarang’s Javanese, Chinese, Dutch and Indian heritage as you explore its highlights and historic Old Town. Drive with your guide into Semarang, pausing at the Gereja Blenduk, the oldest church in Central Java. Another center of worship awaits at the Sam Po Kong temple, a unique Chinese Muslim temple shared by Buddhists and Muslims. The impressive temple was built for the Muslim Admiral Chen Ho of the Ming Dynasty, who led Chinese fleets throughout Asia and Java during the 15th century. Visit Semarang’s Old Town, home to about 50 Dutch-period buildings, and pass Lawang Sewu (Thousand Doors)—a colonial building that features more windows than doors—and Blenduk Church. Stop at the colorful Rainbow Village, strolling its narrow passageways adorned with murals and learning about its amazing transformation. You may choose to visit the Simpang Lima mall en route back to your ship.

DUTCH HERITAGE OF SEMARANG (INCLUDED)

WITNESS JAVA’S DUTCH TREASURES
See Semarang’s Javanese and Dutch heritage as you explore its highlights and historic old town. Embark on a scenic drive into the heart of the city, pausing at the Praoe Lajar Cigarette factory, one of Semarang’s cultural landmarks. It was built in 1900 by the Dutch East Indies government as offices for an electricity company, and later operated as a tobacco factory; it is one of around fifty buildings in Semarang remaining from the Dutch colonial era. After the World War II, all Dutch-owned buildings were nationalized. Next, you will head to Kota Lama and Semarang’s old town. Here, you will enjoy an artistic performance of traditional dancing and a display of local art and handicrafts. After time to browse, continue to the Gereja Blenduk, the oldest church in central Java, where you will admire its dome and baroque organ. Afterward, return to your awaiting ship.

Jakarta is a melting pot of cultures and a bustling capital. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century; it was founded as Sunda Kelapa, a significant trading port for the Sunda Kingdom, the Hindu realm that once occupied this area. The Dutch arrived in 1619 to establish the Dutch East Indies, renaming the city Batavia and proclaiming it their capital. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and more were exported from here. During the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Dutch were expelled and the city took its current name, which it retained after independence.

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JAKARTA HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)

THE BEST OF JAKARTA’S SIGHTS
Experience the fascinating history and culture of the Indonesian capital. Drive into the heart of the city, pausing in Independence Square at the National Monument, a 450-foot-tall marble obelisk topped with a flame covered in gold foil. In Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, admire well-preserved buildings and the legendary Portuguese cannon. Visit the Wayang Museum, dedicated to Indonesia’s beloved tradition of shadow puppetry. Inside, delight in thousands of two-dimensional creations. Next, enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Bank of Indonesia. See fascinating visual displays that showcase the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia, from the spice trade era of the Dutch East India Company and currencies used during the Japanese occupation to Indonesia’s recovery from the 1997 economic crisis.

PUPPET COLLECTION AT THE MUSEUM WAYANG (INCLUDED)

VIEW UNIQUE COLLECTION AND WATCH A PERFORMANCE
Visit the Museum Wayang and view its unique collection of Javanese Wayang puppets. Drive to Jakarta’s historic old quarter, Old Batavia. See Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, and admire the well-preserved buildings. Next, walk to the Museum Wayang and step inside to view its fascinating collection of puppets. Deeply rooted in Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, the museum showcases various forms of puppetry, including Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry). Protected in glass cases, admire the exquisite detail and craftsmanship, before sitting to enjoy refreshments and cake as you observe a shadow puppet performance; this art form has been designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Afterward, you may head directly to your ship or enjoy time at your leisure at the Artha Gading Mall and return via shuttle bus.

Jakarta is an enormous mélange of cultures imported from Indonesia’s 6,000 inhabited islands. Whether strolling the capital’s outdoor markets or dining at a high-end restaurant, the city’s menus reveal a cornucopia of cuisines that reflect the varied traditions of today’s Jakartans. The local Betawi food is the culmination of centuries of Malay, Chinese, Javanese and other influences. Gado-gado, salad in peanut sauce, is one popular dish. Countless variations of skewered meats, fried rice and dumplings are also on offer.

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JAKARTA HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)

THE BEST OF JAKARTA’S SIGHTS
Experience the fascinating history and culture of the Indonesian capital. Drive into the heart of the city, pausing in Independence Square at the National Monument, a 450-foot-tall marble obelisk topped with a flame covered in gold foil. In Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, admire well-preserved buildings and the legendary Portuguese cannon. Visit the Wayang Museum, dedicated to Indonesia’s beloved tradition of shadow puppetry. Inside, delight in thousands of two-dimensional creations. Next, enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Bank of Indonesia. See fascinating visual displays that showcase the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia, from the spice trade era of the Dutch East India Company and currencies used during the Japanese occupation to Indonesia’s recovery from the 1997 economic crisis.

PUPPET COLLECTION AT THE MUSEUM WAYANG (INCLUDED)

VIEW UNIQUE COLLECTION AND WATCH A PERFORMANCE
Visit the Museum Wayang and view its unique collection of Javanese Wayang puppets. Drive to Jakarta’s historic old quarter, Old Batavia. See Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, and admire the well-preserved buildings. Next, walk to the Museum Wayang and step inside to view its fascinating collection of puppets. Deeply rooted in Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, the museum showcases various forms of puppetry, including Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry). Protected in glass cases, admire the exquisite detail and craftsmanship, before sitting to enjoy refreshments and cake as you observe a shadow puppet performance; this art form has been designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Afterward, you may head directly to your ship or enjoy time at your leisure at the Artha Gading Mall and return via shuttle bus.

Sail one of the world’s most successful commercial trade routes in history. The countless crates of spices carried over the Java Sea reportedly contributed to the famed Dutch Golden Age. 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.

Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. Established in 1819 for the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom the famed hotel is named, it grew from a secluded backwater into a shabby port city before transforming itself into a sophisticated metropolis. The technology and economy are highly advanced here, yet the islands host plentiful green parks with tree-lined footpaths and the stunning National Orchid Garden. For a panoramic view of it all, the observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands towers offers the perfect solution.

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PANORAMIC SINGAPORE (INCLUDED)

THE MELTING POT AT THE TIP OF THE MALAY PENINSULA
Witness the remarkable diversity of Singapore, where traditions endure in one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. Along the banks of the Singapore River, admire old British-flavored residences. You will pass through Little India, where Indians developed their own unique community of trading houses and homes during British rule. Today, its bright colors and sounds echo those of the subcontinent. On Arab Street, see a rich Muslim influence, where shops sell textiles and Persian carpets. Today, the Arab Quarter is home to Malays, Sumatrans, Indonesians and Yemeni. Its gold-domed centerpiece is the elegant Sultan Mosque. You will also view the diverse streets of Chinatown, brimming with markets and restaurants representing different regions of China. Mosques and Hindu and Buddhist temples bring even more variety to this vibrant pocket of Singapore. After free time here, return to your ship.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur was built by Chinese tin prospectors in the mid-1800s. Since then, the city of KL, as the locals call it, has grown into a stunning mix of colonial, Moorish, Tudor, neo-Gothic and Grecian-Spanish architecture. The two-story shophouses of Old Market Square, with storefronts below and residences above, reveal the lives of merchants. The magnificent Petronas Towers are the centerpiece of this fascinating city; the side-by-side twin spires resemble a pair of rockets, connected by a two-story sky bridge that spans the 41st and 42nd floors.

Shore Excursion

A GLIMPSE OF KUALA LUMPUR (INCLUDED)

THE HEART OF MALAYSIA
Discover Malaysia’s city of delightful contrasts, one of the most vibrant metropolises in Asia. You will join your guide for a panoramic tour that takes you to the National Museum, a fascinating collection that chronicles the nation’s past from prehistory through the Malacca Sultanate, colonial era and present day. Also visit the National Monument, a huge bronze monument built in tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives during the Communist Insurgency of the 1950s. Make photo stops at the elegant, historic 1910 Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the National Mosque of Malaysia. In Merdeka Square (Independence Square), admire the wide cricket green and the British-style Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Drive through the Golden Triangle, the city’s entertainment district, before stopping to gaze up at the soaring Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk. This architectural wonder is the pride of Malaysia.

Sail the Java Sea and navigate a vast archipelago of lush beauty. Today’s nation of Indonesia encompasses more than 13,000 islands. As you sail today, relax in the Explorers’ Lounge, inspired by epic journeys of discovery. Marvel at the views through the two-story panoramic windows as you share a cocktail with friends, or settle down to read a book.

The Gulf of Thailand, the massive sea basin bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, is still known as the Gulf of Siam to the Malay and Khmer people. Long stretches of sandy beach, low-lying emerald hills and soaring mountains surround this oval-shaped gulf. The lush hills of Botum Sakor National Park unfold north of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Along Thailand’s shores, several beach-ringed islands point the way to Laem Chabang port.

Often called the “City of Angels,” Bangkok is Thailand’s largest and most populous city. A sprawling and heady mix of modern skyscrapers, floating markets and longtail boats skimming the Chao Phraya River, the scintillating capital of old Siam engages all the senses. Yet it all seems devoutly grounded by the presence of its revered gilded wats, or temples. Wat Arun, in particular, can be seen from all corners of the city. This majestic riverside “Temple of Dawn” catches the first light of each day like a pearl, casting a soft glow on one of Asia’s most remarkable cities.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC BANGKOK (INCLUDED)

INSPIRING TEMPLES, VIBRANT CULTURE AND CULINARY DELIGHTS
See the highlights of Bangkok during a panoramic tour designed to help you make the most of your time. Straddling the winding Chao Phraya River, this fascinating metropolis blends Thailand’s cherished traditions with the advances of the modern world. View the vibrant streets of Chinatown, one of the city’s oldest areas. Drive along the famous Ratchadamnoen Road, the Royal Way, a tree-lined boulevard commissioned by King Chulalongkorn after he visited the grand cities of Europe in 1897. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, where you will savor the delicious cuisine of Thailand. Then, travel to the ornate Wat Benchamabophit, or Marble Temple. Completed in 1911, this Buddhist temple is a fine example of traditional Thai architecture. Admire the symmetry and proportions of its high gables and stepped roofs, then enjoy free time to browse nearby shops, before returning to your ship.

Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, and its origins are reflected through centuries-old Buddhist wats, or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the river’s banks. The revered temples and elegant buildings within the walls of the renowned Grand Palace date to the late 1700s. A gilded array of golden pagodas and stupas (shrines), it has been the royal family’s residence for more than 150 years. 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 for more information.

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

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

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Feb-20

Sydney to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM
AU$21,695
Mar-21 Sydney to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM
AU$21,695
Nov-02 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Sydney FROM
AU$21,795
Nov-04 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Sydney FROM
AU$21,795
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Feb-22

Sydney to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM
AU$21,095
Mar-30 Sydney to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM
AU$21,595

 

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

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

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

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

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

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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