Viking World Journeys – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Viking World Journeys – Viking Oceans Cruise

Set Sail on a Journey of a Lifetime

Join us for a grand voyage of discovery as you cruise from Los Angeles to England’s majestic capital. Explore the picturesque isles of French Polynesia and cross the South Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. Immerse yourself in Asia’s cultural treasures and sail the Arabian Sea to behold ancient antiquities of the Middle East. Overnights in 11 destinations allow you to fully experience local life in some of the world’s most inspiring cities.

VIKING WORLD JOURNEYS

Included Business Class Airfare + transfers
US$1,000 per person Shore Excursion Credit
US$1,000 per person Shipboard Credit
Additional US$1,000 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: Los Angeles, California, United States

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Los Angeles is renowned as the world’s leading center of film and television, and is home to an endless array of museums, concert venues and other cultural institutions. The city also offers some of the best dining in the world. Along the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills, grand celebrity mansions hide behind iron gates. The chic shops of Rodeo Drive invite endless browsing. The Roosevelt Hotel, an icon built in the 1920s that once served as the residence of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, oversees the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Santa Barbara is known as “the American Riviera” for its splendid setting between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. When it comes to its historic architecture, Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival dominate, sharing the cityscape with Victorian gems from the late 1800s and California bungalows from the early 20th century. The hilltop Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 by Franciscan friars, offers a glimpse of California’s early days. Nearby, more than 100 vineyards provide ample opportunities for sampling the region’s famed wines.

Shore Excursion

SANTA BARBARA HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

OLD SANTA BARBARA MISSION, COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND STATE STREET
Discover two of Santa Barbara’s most picturesque landmarks and explore its vibrant downtown scene. Take a short drive from your pier to the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Known as the “Queen of the Missions” because of its exceptional beauty, this historic building was originally built by Spanish Franciscan monks in 1786. Pause for photographs of its grand double bell towers and verdant gardens set against a backdrop of the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. After pausing in El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park for photos of the remnants of a late 18th-century Spanish outpost, continue on to the County Courthouse. A palatial complex built in the Moorish style, its carved doors, wrought-iron balconies, giant murals and imported tiles give it a unique old-world flair despite its 20th-century construction. Then, enjoy free time to browse the many specialty shops and independent boutiques that line State Street before returning to your ship.

Sail Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea,” dubbed by Ferdinand Magellan when he crossed these waters almost 500 years ago. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Oahu hosts a rich variety of Eastern and Western traditions and cuisine. The rising crater of Diamond Head overlooking Waikiki Beach in Honolulu embodies the profusion of natural beauty on the island, Hawaii’s third largest. Its 125 stunning beaches are a mere prelude to the crystalline lagoons, cascading waterfalls and dense rainforests that grace this stunning natural paradise known as “The Gathering Place.” Kamehameha I founded the Kingdom of Hawaii on these shores. Famously, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 pulled the United States into World War II.

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HONOLULU HIGHLIGHTS & PEARL HARBOR (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PANORAMIC SIGHTS AND DELVE INTO WORLD WAR II HISTORY
See Honolulu’s sights and explore Pearl Harbor’s Visitor Center for a glimpse into Hawaii’s World War II history. Meet your guide at the pier and embark on a scenic drive through Honolulu’s Downtown area and Chinatown district. Witness the magnificent City Hall and the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil, and pass by Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, the governor’s mansion and the homes of early missionaries. After your drive, you will stop at Pearl Harbor, where you will learn about the fateful attack that took almost 2,500 lives. At the Visitor Center, stroll the exhibits that document the events before the surprise attack and its aftermath, including displays of personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs and artifacts.

Nawiliwili is the gateway to the oldest and greenest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai. The lush vegetation and wildflowers of this tropical paradise have earned it the nickname “The Garden Island.” This is the unspoiled Hawaii of which travelers dream: green valleys glimmering under a Pacific sun and waterfalls plunging into the sea over soaring cliffs. To many, this is the most authentic of the islands; town ordinances forbid buildings taller than coconut trees and the culture of ancient Hawaiians lives on in respect for the mana, or spiritual essence, of their land.

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??PAEKA?A FALLS & KILOHANA PLANTATION (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

SCENIC KAUAI AND SUGARCANE HERITAGE
Witness the lush scenery of Kauai, the “Garden Island,” and get a glimpse of Hawaii’s past at a sugar plantation. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Wailua, known as the “Land of the Kings.” Here, your eyes will feast upon nature as you admire the beauty of your surroundings. At the north branch of the Wailua River, you will find ??paeka?a Falls. Observe the cascade of water as it flows more than 150 feet below. Next, continue your journey to the Kilohana Plantation, a historic landmark that offers its visitors insight into Hawaii’s heritage. At the center of this 27,000-acre sugar plantation lies a magnificent 1930’s Tudor-style mansion. Enjoy time to explore the beautifully manicured gardens and local artisan shops before returning to your awaiting ship.

Traverse the indigo waters of the South Pacific, where M?ori island tribes explored by long-distance canoe, spreading their cultures and languages to far-reaching settlements. 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.

Considered the world’s most beautiful island, the Society Island of Bora Bora is only 15 square miles. This stunning land is made up of a barrier reef of islets, each one connected to the next depending on the tides. Surrounded by a deep lagoon that glows countless shades of turquoise and emerald, its palm-lined shores and forested slopes rise up dramatically to the pillar-like peak of Mt. Otemanu at 2,379 feet. American novelist James Michener put the island on many travelers’ itineraries in the 1950s when he called it “the South Pacific at its unforgettable best.”

BORA BORA CRUISE (Included)

STUNNING SCENERY OF ISLAND PARADISE
Cruise through the crystal clear waters of Bora Bora—an enchanting island paradise. Board your motorboat and set sail across the turquoise lagoon. As you sit back and relax, take time to admire the breathtaking views of Mt. Otemanu, its rocky green summit towering over you as you glide by. The island’s scenery is considered by many to be some of the most stunning in the South Pacific. Many works by French artist Paul Gauguin were inspired by the island’s beauty. The lagoon is home to a wealth of colorful tropical fish. As you cruise, keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles or sting rays, which are often sighted around visiting boats. Pass by small reef islets and water bungalows. A sight synonymous with Bora Bora, the water bungalows stand on stilts over the ocean, providing occupants with the experience of being at one with nature.

The soaring massifs of Mt. Roa and Mt. Rotui watch over the narrow Opunohu Bay like sentinels, providing a stunning preview of Moorea’s scenic splendor. Part of the Windward Islands, it is one of the most magnificent and pristine of the Society Islands. Some 1,000 years ago, Polynesians settled here. During the 18th century, British explorers Samuel Wallis and James Cook sailed into Opunohu Bay; the adjacent Cook’s Bay was named for the latter. Today, Moorea greets visitors with white-sand beaches, jagged peaks and lush, primeval landscapes by its turquoise lagoon.

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MOOREA LAGOON & SCENIC CRUISE (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

STUNNING SCENERY OF FRENCH POLYNESIA
Admire the beauty of Moorea from afar as you traverse the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Embark on a scenic cruise to the sounds of Tahitian music as you sail in the wake of explorers who crossed these waters during the 18th century. Samuel Wallis and Captain James Cook were the first Europeans to set foot on the island; Cook’s Bay was named in honor of the famed captain. During your cruise, marvel at the steep inclines of the jagged peaks that cover this idyllic isle—a sharp contrast to the soft, lush green forests and ferns that blanket them. See pastel-painted houses lining the shores surrounded by beautiful tropical flora, such as hibiscus. After your cruise, you will return to your ship feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Tahiti is an island paradise that lays claim to the invention of surfing. Its mile upon mile of sandy beaches, soothing waters and warm sun are ideal for leisure-seeking visitors. The island’s volcanic origins deposited black sands on much of its coast creating a dramatic coastal canvas, while white-sand beaches stretch along the southern shores. Point Venus on the east coast boasts dark sands and moderate waves. The waters of Maui Beach, lined with palms, offer shallow, quiet surf for wading and snorkeling among stunning coral reefs.

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WALKING TOUR OF PAPEETE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN INTIMATE VIEW OF TAHITI’S TROPICAL CITY
Get to know the capital of French Polynesia up close and personal during a walking tour. One of the world’s most visually stunning and romantic destinations, Tahiti is perhaps the archipelago’s most famous island. Meet your guide and set off to discover Papeete’s major sites and monuments. At the municipal market, explore colorful stalls filled with fresh produce, regional delicacies, Tahitian pearls, and local arts and crafts. Walk past the Town Hall, a replica of the former Royal Palace, and Notre Dame Cathedral—one of the oldest and largest churches in Papeete. See the Territorial Assembly, home to the Polynesian Parliament and the French High Commissioner’s residence, and admire the edifice which reflects Tahiti’s traditional building style. Cap your tour with a stroll through Parc Bougainville, dedicated to explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville.

Follow in the wake of the ships of European powers such as Spain and France, that traveled along these waters, claiming islands for their Crowns, delivering supplies and settlers, and bolstering trade in spice and crops. 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.

Crossing the International Date Line is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. A journey west across this imaginary line between the poles moves time forward by 24 hours, effectively skipping a day. While traversing this meridian, it is tradition to celebrate the occasion by raising a glass to the event.

Traverse the waters of the South Pacific for the legendary “Southern Continent”—modern-day Australia—and follow in the footsteps of Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand. 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.

Gateway to the 150-some islands that comprise the Bay of Islands, Waitangi holds a central role in the history of New Zealand. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed here by British officers and M?ori chiefs. The Treaty House in which the document was signed and a M?ori meeting house stand side by side to commemorate this historic event. Today, the city offers a fascinating blend of M?ori and colonial culture in a picturesque setting amid azure waters and emerald islands, with opportunities for hiking, kayaking and fishing in abundance.

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BAY OF ISLANDS PANORAMA (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SCENIC COUNTRYSIDE, HISTORIC HOMES & MODERN ART
View the historic Kerikeri Basin, admire Rainbow Falls and view the ornate Hundertwasser public bathrooms. Leaving Waitangi, you will travel through the countryside past lush citrus fruit orchards and russet-colored fields to Kerikeri. Here, you will enjoy a short stop at the picturesque Kerikeri Basin, New Zealand’s most historic site and home to the country’s oldest buildings, dating back to the early 1800s: the wooden Kemp House and the stone-constructed Stone Store. You will have the opportunity to photograph these historic buildings before a short drive takes you to the beautiful Rainbow Falls waterfall, along the Kerikeri River. Your tour concludes with a scenic drive via the quaint town of Kawakawa, home to the quirky public bathrooms designed by world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This iconic work of art even includes a living tree that grows through the center of its stalls.

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

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HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCKLAND (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

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

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HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCKLAND (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

Auckland is world-renowned for its award-winning wines. The region’s wineries date back to the early 1900s, when Croatian, Lebanese and English immigrants began planting the first vineyards. Today, there are more than 30 wineries spread out across the geographically diverse region outside of the city. From clifftop wineries that offer sweeping views of the Hauraki Gulf, to small artisanal produces offering cellar door tastings, the region produces many sought-after varietals, including sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay, Riesling and more.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCKLAND (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

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

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SCENIC BAY OF PLENTY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sail the South Pacific Ocean, home to much of the geographic region known as Oceania. It includes the countries of Australia and New Zealand, as well as the thousands of islands that comprise Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Spend a relaxing day at sea to unwind and admire the vistas from your stateroom veranda.

The most breathtaking waterway of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound stretches for miles from the Tasman Sea into a pristine wonderland. Rudyard Kipling called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Alpine peaks point to the heavens and monolithic granite walls soar to as high as 4,000 feet, while waterfalls as tall as skyscrapers plunge into fjord waters. The centerpiece of the park is Mitre Peak, one of the world’s most recognizable summits; on a clear day, its distinctively shaped pinnacle is visible, rising some 5,500 feet straight from the water.

“Cross the ditch” as you sail today, a term coined to refer to a voyage on the Tasman Sea, just as many Americans and Europeans refer to a trans-Atlantic journey as “hopping the pond.” Linger on the Sun Deck of your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the world’s most beautiful waters. Perhaps you will take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck.

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

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HOBART SIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

Phillip Island, located at the mouth of Western Port Bay, is renowned for its abundance of wildlife. Its nature reserves are abound with free-roaming wallabies and kangaroos, while its wetlands support a diverse array of birdlife. Its coastal waters are home to an endemic population of Burrunan dolphins, as well as migratory whales. No visit to Phillip Island would be complete, however, without a stop to watch its famous Penguin Parade. Each evening, thousands of little penguins come ashore at Summerland Beach, making their way to the safety of their nests in the sand dunes.

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PENGUIN PARADE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

WATCH THE NIGHTLY PROCESSION OF LITTLE PENGUINS
Witness a parade of little penguins as they return to shore after a day’s fishing. At Summerland Beach, each evening at sunset, hundreds of penguins head for the safety of the sand dunes. Phillip Island is home to an estimated 32,000 breeding pairs of the world’s smallest species of penguin. In 1920, island residents Bern Denham, Bert West and Bert Watchorn introduced visitors to the penguins’ nightly procession, sparking conservation efforts to protect wildlife and invest in research and education initiatives. You may take a seat on the tiered viewing platform and observe the penguins as they waddle from the ocean, or take a stroll along the purpose-built boardwalk to witness the furry creatures as they head for the dunes. During your visit, you will also spend time at the visitor center to learn more about the little penguins of Phillip Island. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

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

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

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

Cross the Tasman Sea, created more than 55 million years ago when Australia and Zealandia separated during the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana. 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.

Eden was an important port for Australia’s powerful whaling industry for more than a century. The whalers who operated out of Eden had an advantage over their competitors. In a unique example of mutualism, a local pod of orcas, apocryphally led by Old Tom, would assist in the hunt by herding the whales into nearby bays for easy dispatching by the whalers, in exchange for an easy meal. Today, the town’s focus is on whale conservation, but its intriguing whaling history is on display at the Eden Killer Whale Museum, including the skeleton of Old Tom.

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SCENERY OF THE SAPPHIRE COAST (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE EDEN’S STUNNING COASTLINE AND ORCA HERITAGE
Visit Eden and its surrounding villages that lie along the scenic Sapphire Coast. Meet your guide and set out on a drive along some of Australia’s best coastal districts. These sheltered waters are home to the award-winning oysters of the Sapphire Coast. During a stroll through the streets of Pambula, explore the history of the town and witness the colonial-era buildings that line the main street. At the Eden Killer Whale Museum, learn more about the town’s heritage and how Eden is now leading the way to protect local marine life. Hear the story of Old Tom, Eden’s most famous orca, and how he established a unique arrangement with human whalers. To alert them of the presence of baleen whales in the bay, he would breach and slap his tail at the mouth of the Towamba River. Old Tom’s skeleton is now on display at the museum.

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

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SYDNEY PANORAMA (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

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

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SYDNEY PANORAMA ( Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

Trace the scenic Australian coastline, indigenous people inhabited the continent for 60,000 years prior to European discovery. Linger on the Sun Deck of your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the world’s most beautiful waters. Perhaps you will take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck.

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

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PANORAMIC BRISBANE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

Traverse the mineral-rich waters of the Coral Sea, where the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef welcomes divers to explore its spectacular marine life. 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.

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)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

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

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

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

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CAIRNS AQUARIUM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

Sail the Coral Sea, a maritime highway since the 17th century. It is home to a number of shipwrecks, including those from a pivotal World War II battle, and they now host an astonishing variety of marine life. 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.

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)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

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

INTRODUCTION TO THURSDAY ISLAND (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR

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

Trace the route of early civilizations as you sail the Arafura Sea. During the Ice Age, entire populations were once able to walk between continents, exchanging languages and customs. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in the Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Follow in the footsteps of Indonesia’s indigenous people and sail the Timor Sea. This stretch of water shares its name with the independent state of East Timor, which lies to its north. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

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)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

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

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)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

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)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

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.

Bali is famed for its spiritual culture. Known as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali’s main religion is Balinese Hinduism and it is celebrated with pride throughout the country; with more than 10,000 temples across the island, processions of joyful locals can be seen daily as they attend temple ceremonies leaving a scattering of flower-petals in their wake. Participants are required to cover their shoulders with a selandang, and a sarong around their waist. Local market stalls display an array of colorful batik designs, as well as skillfully carved ornaments and handicrafts.

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MARKET VISIT & BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

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.

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 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.

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)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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.

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, 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 South China Sea has been one of the world’s major trade routes for centuries. Today, one-third of the world’s maritime shipping passes through its waters, which are also rich fishing grounds and potential energy resources. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Founded as a small fishing village, Ho Chi Minh City is now Vietnam’s largest city. Though still commonly called Saigon, locals are as likely to simplify the name of their hometown to HCMC. No matter what you call it, it is a seamless blend of history and modern youthful energy, where pagodas and French colonial grandeur mingle with bustling old-world marketplaces and modern skyscrapers, all against a constant buzz of motor scooters and trill of bicycle bells. From enduring, narrow alleyways to wide, Parisian-style boulevards, Ho Chi Minh City has an identity all its own.

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SCENIC HO CHI MINH CITY (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

ECLECTIC CULTURES MIX IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN METROPOLIS
Witness Ho Chi Minh City’s rich blend of Vietnamese traditions, Chinese influence and French colonial architecture. Join your guide and drive into the city, abuzz with scooters and bicycles. View the Reunification Palace, home to South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War. Continue past the soaring neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, with its twin bell towers, and the elegant Central Post Office—a masterwork of Gothic, Renaissance and French styles. Stop for photos at the Municipal Theater, which was modeled after the Opéra Garnier in Paris. In Chinatown, travel through its red lantern-adorned courtyard to admire the exquisite woodwork and statuary of the incense-fragranced inner sanctum. Pass by Bình Tây Market, a colorful clothing marketplace, before stopping at a lacquer workshop. Here, witness artisans at work and browse their finely crafted wares before returning to your ship.

Ho Chi Minh City is a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and motor scooters buzz past colonial-era architecture. The city’s wide boulevards are reminiscent of Paris, lined with jewels such as the Opera House, fashioned after the Petit Palais, and the grand Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Aromatic food stalls and colorful shops purvey local specialties and all manner of Vietnamese wares, from conical hats to ao dai, the traditional silk tunic worn by women.

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SCENIC HO CHI MINH CITY (included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

ECLECTIC CULTURES MIX IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN METROPOLIS
Witness Ho Chi Minh City’s rich blend of Vietnamese traditions, Chinese influence and French colonial architecture. Join your guide and drive into the city, abuzz with scooters and bicycles. View the Reunification Palace, home to South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War. Continue past the soaring neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, with its twin bell towers, and the elegant Central Post Office—a masterwork of Gothic, Renaissance and French styles. Stop for photos at the Municipal Theater, which was modeled after the Opéra Garnier in Paris. In Chinatown, travel through its red lantern-adorned courtyard to admire the exquisite woodwork and statuary of the incense-fragranced inner sanctum. Pass by Bình Tây Market, a colorful clothing marketplace, before stopping at a lacquer workshop. Here, witness artisans at work and browse their finely crafted wares before returning to your ship.

Despite Ho Chi Minh City’s densely packed urban districts, there are several green spaces that can be enjoyed. In Tao Dan Park, locals can be spotted engaging in their daily morning exercise with a round of badminton, tai chi or the outdoor gym equipment. Afternoons welcome a number of classes, from aerobics to dance, attracting good-sized crowds. In addition to the wide open spaces, there are a variety of walking trails shaded by towering trees as well as water features and ponds to be admired.

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SCENIC HO CHI MINH CITY (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

ECLECTIC CULTURES MIX IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN METROPOLIS
Witness Ho Chi Minh City’s rich blend of Vietnamese traditions, Chinese influence and French colonial architecture. Join your guide and drive into the city, abuzz with scooters and bicycles. View the Reunification Palace, home to South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War. Continue past the soaring neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, with its twin bell towers, and the elegant Central Post Office—a masterwork of Gothic, Renaissance and French styles. Stop for photos at the Municipal Theater, which was modeled after the Opéra Garnier in Paris. In Chinatown, travel through its red lantern-adorned courtyard to admire the exquisite woodwork and statuary of the incense-fragranced inner sanctum. Pass by Bình Tây Market, a colorful clothing marketplace, before stopping at a lacquer workshop. Here, witness artisans at work and browse their finely crafted wares before returning to your ship.

Sail the South China Sea; after the five oceans of the world, it is the world’s largest body of water covering more than one million square miles. 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.

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket and a paradise of swaying palms and scenic beaches. Sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond come to the island to wade, swim and lounge in the lapping tides. Until the early 1970s, this self-sufficient community had no roadways; crossing the island required a full-day trek across nine miles of mountainous jungle. Today, Koh Samui retains the slower pace of simpler times. The cherished traditions of old Siamese fishing villages, too, are preserved as tiny boats gently bob on turquoise waters.

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BEACH EXCURSION (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CALM WATERS AND SOOTHING SANDS
Indulge in the shimmering white sand and turquoise waters of one of the finest beaches in Thailand. You will tender to Koh Samui and transfer to the beach, where calm waters overlooked by rolling mountains make for a tranquil visit and the soothing sounds and warm sun wash over you. Then lie back and bask in the sunshine or find some shade under swaying palms, the lapping waters of the Gulf of Thailand at your feet. You will have ample recreational equipment available to rent. Lounge on a beach float, drift on a kayak, soar on a jet ski or enjoy a swim. Or simply stroll along the beach or spend time reading a favorite book. Afterward, take a short transfer to enjoy exploring the nearby shops or while away the time in a beachside café or restaurant as you watch the world go by. After your relaxing afternoon, return to your ship.

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.

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)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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.

Singapore transformed from a sparse island to the economic giant of Southeast Asia. Malays, Indonesians, Indians, Sri Lankans and Chinese have all contributed to the city’s rise as one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples rub elbows with Muslim mosques and Christian churches, alongside street signs in English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay. Singaporean cuisine, too, has been shaped by the many cultures that have converged here; there is no better place to sample local fares than at one of the city’s many open air food courts.

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PANORAMIC SINGAPORE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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.

This narrow passage between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra was a major route for early traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. Today, it is one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Along this historic waterway, the lush shores of Sumatra grace the horizon to the south, stretching out to lowlands, mangroves and swamps. The more urban skylines of Malaysia—George Town and Kuala Lumpur among them—shimmer in the distance to the north.

The Thai island of Phuket offers more than picturesque beaches and sweeping vistas of sparkling azure waters. The island was long a major stop on trade routes between India and China, often mentioned in ship logs of European sailors. Around 1545, one Portuguese explorer called the island Junk Ceylon, and the name stuck for decades. Later, the French, Dutch and English competed for the island’s tin trade; the French East India Company won and played a role in local politics until 1688. Today, old Sino-Portuguese shop-houses and monuments to Buddha dot the island.

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PANORAMIC PHUKET (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PHUKET
See Phuket’s stunning viewpoints, beaches framed by ribbons of blue water, and colorful temples, cafés and crafts. Stop at Promthep Cape on the southernmost tip of the island to enjoy spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and picturesque Nai Harn Bay. To the north, take in expansive panoramas along the length of the coast. Promthep also boasts a shrine depicting the god Brahma as a “Four Face Buddha,” surrounded by more than fifty colorful elephant statues, each one draped with garlands of flowers. From here you will continue to Wat Chalong, Phuket’s largest and most sacred temple. Inside its tall spire lies a splinter of bone believed to belong to the Buddha, and around the complex are three gold-leaf-encrusted statues of former abbots. At the Sriburapa Cashew Nut Factory, observe the process of extracting nuts from their shells and browse the on-site shop. Afterward, return to your ship.

Sail the Andaman Sea, a highway for the transport of trade from the coasts of Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Yangon was founded in the 11th century and centers around the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The city was seized by the British in 1852 and transformed into a major hub during the ensuing colonial era. Many buildings from that period were demolished to make way for modern development, but some precious gems remain. The Yangon City Heritage List preserves the most significant, including some fine fin-de-siècle architecture. After World War I, Yangon became the center of the Burmese independence movement; it has been the nation’s capital since gaining independence in 1948.

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YANGON BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS

DELVE INTO THE CITY’S HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Discover Yangon’s history and heritage during a walking tour of Myanmar’s Golden City. Explore Myanmar’s once thriving migrant communities, including the Armenian immigrants who once dominated this metropolis. See the last remaining Armenian church, the Apostolic Church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1862. Learn about notable Armenians who left their mark on the region, including the Sarkies brothers—famed hoteliers and founders of The Strand hotel in Yangon as well as the Raffles hotel in Singapore. Stop by the General Post Office and admire its facade of arched windows, and learn about the Yangon Heritage Trust, an organization helping to preserve the city’s colonial gems. Cap your tour with a visit to the General Aung San Market, a historic covered market with hundreds of vendors selling colorful handicrafts, jewelry, traditional textiles and local art.

Myanmar is fast becoming one of Asia’s must-see destinations. Its cities have been made famous by British author George Orwell, who was inspired to pen his first novel, Burmese Days, after spending time here as a young man. Visitors are drawn to the country’s magnificent temples, the floating villages of Inle Lake and the royal city of Mandalay, where Burmese kings once lived in ornate palaces. The city is said to contain the grandest collection of colonial architecture in Asia, including the Secretariat, a classical Victorian red-brick structure, and the elegant High Court.

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YANGON BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS

DELVE INTO THE CITY’S HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Discover Yangon’s history and heritage during a walking tour of Myanmar’s Golden City. Explore Myanmar’s once thriving migrant communities, including the Armenian immigrants who once dominated this metropolis. See the last remaining Armenian church, the Apostolic Church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1862. Learn about notable Armenians who left their mark on the region, including the Sarkies brothers—famed hoteliers and founders of The Strand hotel in Yangon as well as the Raffles hotel in Singapore. Stop by the General Post Office and admire its facade of arched windows, and learn about the Yangon Heritage Trust, an organization helping to preserve the city’s colonial gems. Cap your tour with a visit to the General Aung San Market, a historic covered market with hundreds of vendors selling colorful handicrafts, jewelry, traditional textiles and local art.

Since Myanmar reopened to the world following years under oppressive military control, Yangon has bounced back with a bustling, exciting vibe at the core of its Downtown district. The city’s focus is on Shwedagon Paya, a golden monument and one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. Yangon’s surrounding architecture is also a delight to explore. The Strand remains one of Yangon’s premier hotels, while the Governor’s Residence is considered of one Asia’s colonial-era masterpieces.

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YANGON BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 8 HOURS

DELVE INTO THE CITY’S HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Discover Yangon’s history and heritage during a walking tour of Myanmar’s Golden City. Explore Myanmar’s once thriving migrant communities, including the Armenian immigrants who once dominated this metropolis. See the last remaining Armenian church, the Apostolic Church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1862. Learn about notable Armenians who left their mark on the region, including the Sarkies brothers—famed hoteliers and founders of The Strand hotel in Yangon as well as the Raffles hotel in Singapore. Stop by the General Post Office and admire its facade of arched windows, and learn about the Yangon Heritage Trust, an organization helping to preserve the city’s colonial gems. Cap your tour with a visit to the General Aung San Market, a historic covered market with hundreds of vendors selling colorful handicrafts, jewelry, traditional textiles and local art.

The history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal are considered sacred by many Hindus. In ancient Hindu lore, the bay is called Mahodadhi, meaning “great water receptacle.” Still today, the devout perform a daily aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. During the early 1600s, Britain’s East India Company sailed along the coast, settled throughout India and established a trading body; soon after, half of the world’s maritime commerce of goods such as cotton, silk and tea were traded exclusively through them.

Brimming with old-world charm, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s cultural epicenter. With its large harbor and strategic seaside location, Colombo quickly earned favor among ancient traders. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, then the English, who ruled until the country gained independence in 1948. Still today, evidence of all three nations is clear in the cuisine, language and architecture. Within the city’s 19th-century fortress stands the neobaroque Old Parliament Building, and the city’s streets carry the names of former British governors.

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SNAPSHOTS OF COLOMBO (included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A COLONIAL ISLAND GEM
Witness the old-world British charms of Sri Lanka’s largest cultural center. Here, skyscrapers mingle with historic buildings. You will meet your guide for a drive past the British fort and the Old Parliament Building, a neobaroque treasure built during the British period—an influence you will also notice in the city’s streets, which were named for former British governors. Pass through the affluent residential district of Cinnamon Gardens and see the University of Colombo and prestigious Royal College before arriving at Independence Square, built after the island gained independence from the British in 1948. You will also drive past the Galle Face Hotel, another British-era landmark, and stop to explore Gangaramaya Temple, the largest in Colombo and a Buddhist learning center. Admire its holy bodhi tree and inspiring interior before returning to your ship.

Sri Lanka’s rich culture, colonial history and stunning setting merge along the mile-long Galle Face Green, nestled between the ocean and the business district. On this welcoming lawn kissed by sea breezes, young men play cricket, couples stroll and children fly kites. Food vendors may tempt passersby with isso wade—deep-fried shrimp cakes—or other treats. The prestigious Galle Face Hotel, built by the British in 1864, serves refreshing gin and tonics and offers a complete tea service. Its veranda is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

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SNAPSHOTS OF COLOMBO (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A COLONIAL ISLAND GEM
Witness the old-world British charms of Sri Lanka’s largest cultural center. Here, skyscrapers mingle with historic buildings. You will meet your guide for a drive past the British fort and the Old Parliament Building, a neobaroque treasure built during the British period—an influence you will also notice in the city’s streets, which were named for former British governors. Pass through the affluent residential district of Cinnamon Gardens and see the University of Colombo and prestigious Royal College before arriving at Independence Square, built after the island gained independence from the British in 1948. You will also drive past the Galle Face Hotel, another British-era landmark, and stop to explore Gangaramaya Temple, the largest in Colombo and a Buddhist learning center. Admire its holy bodhi tree and inspiring interior before returning to your ship.

Sail the azure waters between the island nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives at the tip of India’s southern point. The Laccadive Sea has been a thriving region for pearl fishing for thousands of years. 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.

Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” Cochin has been a vibrant port for more than 1,000 years. In late medieval days, this city of cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric and countless other spices put India on the maps of European traders. Since then, Cochin has continued to export these plants for culinary and medicinal uses. Modern-day Cochin reflects the varied people who have settled here seeking their own spice fortune. The Portuguese, Dutch, British and Chinese have all influenced Cochin’s cityscape and culture, as well as the region’s cuisine.

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COCHIN & MATTANCHERRY PALACE (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

THE FORMER SPICE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Explore the rich cultural tapestry and grand history of Cochin and its fascinating Portuguese Palace. Meet your guide and drive to Mattancherry, home to the town’s namesake palace. Built by the Portuguese as a gift to the king in 1555, it was later enhanced by the occupying Dutch and the maharajahs. Admire its collection of ancient maps, the coronation robes worn by past rajas, lush Hindu art and more. Return to Cochin, a bustling port for more than a millennium. Once the center of India’s spice trade, it remains the capital of pepper. The city’s varied cultures reflect all who have contributed to its growth over centuries. Marvel at the large and graceful cantilevered Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Stroll the streets of the old Jewish Quarter. As you explore, take in the many fragrances of the spices lining the city’s market stalls.

Cross the Arabian Sea, originally called the Erythraean Sea, after King Erythras of Greek mythology. Its modern-day moniker derives from the Arab sailors who dominated trade on its waters from the 9th century onward. 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.

Goa was the cultural center of Portuguese India for 450 years. This was the first region in India colonized, and the last to get its freedom. Nowhere in India is the colonial influence so prominent. About a third of Goans are Catholic and the colonial styles of the Old Town have earned it a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among its magnificent cathedrals and monasteries, the Sé Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Asia. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, a fine example of baroque architecture, holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the city’s patron saint.

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A DRIVE THROUGH THE GOA REGION (included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

A TASTE OF PORTUGAL IN INDIA
Take in the colonial wonders of the former Portuguese state of Goa, set amid a lush and tranquil countryside. This is a land of spice farms and welcoming people. You will drive with your guide to Old Goa, the region’s historic city where the Basilica of Bom Jesus stands as testament to the city’s Catholic heritage. You will also see the renowned Sé Cathedral, Asia’s largest church. In Goa’s capital of Panaji, admire the charm of red-roofed houses, sunny squares and well-kept gardens along the Mandovi River. Absorb the city’s relaxed atmosphere along the leafy avenues that thread their way past balconied Portuguese-style houses. Visit the Largo de Igreja, or Church Square, where the baroque Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception once welcomed Portuguese sailors after their long voyage from Lisbon. You will have time to explore the market here before returning to your ship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The skyline of Mumbai is an eclectic combination of architectural styles, from Gothic to Victorian and from art deco to contemporary expressions. Several of these structures are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, a 19th-century Victorian neo-Gothic train station built to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The city is also home to a collection of 94 UNESCO-protected Victorian-era and art deco buildings set around the spacious greenspace of Oval Maidan.

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

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

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

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

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

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HISTORIC JEDDAH (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

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

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

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

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

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

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AQABA HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

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

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

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

Navigate the narrow Gulf of Suez, the gateway to the important Suez Canal connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The gulf is rich in petroleum deposits and many offshore oil rigs dot its 195 mile stretch of water. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

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

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

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HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

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

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

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HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

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

Sail the ocean stage on which civilizations have risen and fallen, where empires ventured forth in their great armadas to control these strategic waters. 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.

Rhodes is home to the Palace of the Grand Masters, a remarkable and sprawling fortification. Its historic quarter is Europe’s largest active medieval town. Outside the city, forests of pine and cypress blanket mountain slopes; vineyards and groves of citrus and olive soak up the Aegean sun. The Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem conquered the island in the 14th century, bringing great wealth from the Holy Land. Under their rule, the city was reconstructed to mirror the medieval ideal. Many of the buildings from this era remain and make for rewarding strolls.

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RHODES TOWN WALK & PALACE OF THE GRAND MASTERS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

STROLL THE STREETS OF A MEDIEVAL TREASURE
Get an excellent overview of the Old Town of Rhodes, Europe’s largest active medieval town. You will enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at our berth and walk the short distance to the city walls, passing through the imposing gate to explore the atmospheric cobblestone streets. First, head to the Street of the Knights, a narrow byway with medieval structures rising on either side. You will pass colorful shops and the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights, now home to a splendid archaeological museum. This historic lane ends at the most colossal building of medieval Rhodes, the Palace of the Grand Masters. Built in the 14th century, it will astonish you with its crenellated walls, massive towers and unmistakable medieval aura. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

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

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ANCIENT EPHESUS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

Istanbul exudes a fascinating mix of Western and Eastern cultures. Its strategic locale led to its role as a significant center of trade—eventually becoming a cultural crossroads along the world-famous Silk Road. One of the city’s stunning centerpieces is Hagia Sophia, founded as a basilica, converted to a mosque, then a museum; it is now a mosque again and features exquisite mosaics and frescoes. The city’s Grand Bazaar offers a rich taste of Turkish culture, from a vast selection of carpets and fabric to luscious dates and the local sweet favorite, Turkish Delight.

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ISTANBUL’S MAJESTIC WATERWAY (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

EXPLORE THE BOSPHORUS STRAIT AND THE RÜSTEM PASHA MOSQUE
See Istanbul from the waters that divide Europe and Asia, and visit a beautifully tiled, seldom-seen mosque. Join your local guide for a scenic drive along the ancient Walls of Constantinople. You will stop at the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, built in 1561. This is one of the city’s hidden treasures, often ignored in favor of the “Blue Mosque” that towers alongside it. Inside, you will find exquisitely colored ?znik tiles of blue, red, green and purple covering the entrance, the pulpit (minbar) and its columns. This is the most richly tiled mosque in Istanbul; its facade is similarly decorated. Nearby, on the bustling and exhilarating banks of the Bosphorus, you will embark a local sightseeing boat. As you ply this famous waterway, you can admire the mansions, mosques and palaces along its shores and the towering Bosphorus Bridge that links the continents.

Straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, no other city in the world bridges two continents. Istanbul’s history is evident on every corner, from the cascading domes of the Blue Mosque to the courtyards of the Topkapi Palace. Visitors and locals alike flock to the European districts of Karaköy and Galata to browse shops and visit galleries, while across the strait lie the fashionable areas of Kad?köy and Moda. At night, the Old Town’s buildings illuminate the skies, and across the Sea of Marmara, twinkling lights of ships follow a trail to the Asian continent.

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ISTANBUL’S MAJESTIC WATERWAY (Included)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

EXPLORE THE BOSPHORUS STRAIT AND THE RÜSTEM PASHA MOSQUE
See Istanbul from the waters that divide Europe and Asia, and visit a beautifully tiled, seldom-seen mosque. Join your local guide for a scenic drive along the ancient Walls of Constantinople. You will stop at the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, built in 1561. This is one of the city’s hidden treasures, often ignored in favor of the “Blue Mosque” that towers alongside it. Inside, you will find exquisitely colored ?znik tiles of blue, red, green and purple covering the entrance, the pulpit (minbar) and its columns. This is the most richly tiled mosque in Istanbul; its facade is similarly decorated. Nearby, on the bustling and exhilarating banks of the Bosphorus, you will embark a local sightseeing boat. As you ply this famous waterway, you can admire the mansions, mosques and palaces along its shores and the towering Bosphorus Bridge that links the continents.

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

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

Shore Excursion

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

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

Please note: on March 25, the National Archeological Museum will be substituted with the Acropolis Museum, as all sites belonging to the Ministry of Culture will be closed to celebrate the Greek Independence Day.

Follow in the footsteps of great armadas that once sailed these waters. Historically, empires knew that to control this sea provided a strategic advantage in controlling the surrounding regions. 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.

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

Shore Excursion

MESSINA & ITS TREASURES (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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

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

Shore Excursion

SCENIC NAPLES (Incuded)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

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

Shore Excursion

SNAPSHOTS OF ROME (Included)
DURATION: 6 HOURS

ENJOY HISTORIC MONUMENTS AND GRAND ARCHITECTURE AT AN EASY PACE
Relax and take in the sights of Rome, admiring historic monuments and glorious architecture on a leisurely drive. Travel along some of the city’s most scenic routes. See ancient Roman sites, including the Aurelian Walls, Baths of Caracalla, Pyramid of Cestius, Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Admire the Arch of Constantine, the best triumphal arch in the city, built in 315 AD to celebrate Constantine’s victory at the battle of the Milvian Bridge. Drive along the elegant Via Veneto, enjoying views of Villa Borghese Park. At Piazza della Repubblica, admire the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Fountain of the Naiads. Your panoramic drive will also pass through Vatican City, the spiritual and administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church. As you depart Rome, the great facade of iconic St. Peter’s Basilica will come into view.

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

Shore Excursions

WALKING TOUR OF MONACO (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

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


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

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

PRINCE'S PALACE OF MONACO (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

THE GRACE OF THE GRIMALDIS
Enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Prince's Palace of Monaco on this special excursion. You will walk the short distance through Old Town to the palace, which began as a military stronghold. Today it is a sumptuous residence said to have been influenced by Fontainebleau. Take a stroll through the impressive courtyard to the chapel dedicated to St. Dévota, the patron saint of Monaco. In the Gallery of Hercules, admire the decor of mythical figures. After passing through the Mirror Gallery, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, continue to the spectacular State Apartments: the Red Room, the York Room and the Yellow Room, modeled after Louis XV’s bedchamber. Several richly decorated reception rooms lead to the Throne Room, where state business is conducted still today. You will end your visit in the Great Dining Room. On rare occasions the visit may be cancelled due to state business.

EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO VILLA ROTHSCHILD (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

JEWEL OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Gain Privileged Access to one of the most prestigious villas along the French Riviera. From Monte Carlo, board your motor coach and enjoy a scenic drive along the charming peninsula, peppered with stunning properties. In Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, you will arrive at the grounds of the Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild, where you will be greeted by our expert guide. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the spectacular villa, which houses a priceless collection that the Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild assembled throughout her life. The decor is inspired by the great Renaissance residences of Venice and Florence, and the property is surrounded by seven gardens of different themes. View an exceptional collection of porcelain, furniture, carpets, tapestries and canvases. Sip a glass of champagne as you marvel at the wonderful views. Enjoy free time to stroll around the gardens before heading back to your ship.

Traverse the warm waters that envelop the Spanish isles of Mallorca, Minorca, Cabrera, Ibiza and Formentera. 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.

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

Shore Excursion

ICONIC BARCELONA (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

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

JEWELS OF MODERNISM (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE BARCELONA’S COLORFUL ARCHITECTURE
See two impressive examples of the beautiful and interesting modernist buildings for which Barcelona is renowned. View the Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the world’s leading concert halls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy its beautiful exteriors and take in its striking interiors. Privileged Access allows you to discover parts of the building not accessible to all. Drive along the elegant avenue Passeig de Gràcia, lined with architectural masterworks, exclusive shops and quality restaurants. Here, visit Casa Amatller, industrial chocolatier Antoni Amatller’s house renovated by artist Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Casa Amatller and neighboring Casa Lleó i Morera and Casa Batlló comprise the “Manzana de la Discordia” (Apple of Discord), so named because the three buildings show very contrasting styles. Enjoy a chocolate bar while your guide explains the intriguing facades before you.

GAUDÍ’S HOUSES OF MODERNISM (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 5 HOURS

BARCELONA’S FATHER OF ARCHITECTURE
Witness the evolution of Antoni Gaudí’s creative genius as you tour some of his distinctive works. Drive to Casa Vicens, the first project for which the famous architect was commissioned at just 30 years of age. The turreted private house was created for stock and currency broker Manuel Vicens i Montaner in 1885 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the house and its uniquely designed facade on a Privileged Access® tour followed by a delicious morning snack provided by the Hoffman Culinary School, famed for its artisanal pastries. Continue your discovery of Gaudí as you gaze up at the facade of his masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Complete your tour at the Passeig de Gràcia, where you will visit the Casa Batlló, or “House of Bones.” Step inside to admire Gaudí’s characteristic curved facades and “scooped-out” windows, then enjoy free time to explore.

The charms of Murcia lie in its embrace of its rural pleasures. Surrounded by farmland and fertile huertas, Murcianos are never at a loss for produce freshly plucked from “Europe’s orchard.” They, in turn, live by the patient cycle of the harvest, going about their days at a leisurely pace. The Moors founded the city in 825 and introduced a vast irrigation network for crops and for city use. They were expelled by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1243. Murcia province remained a vassal kingdom until 1812 and became an autonomous region of Spain in 1982.

Shore Excursion

ANCIENT ROMAN CITY OF CARTAGENA (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

STUNNING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY
Enjoy a scenic drive to Cape Palos, part of a small peninsula formed by long-ago volcanic activity. At the Mar Menor's most southerly tip, the picturesque village is centered around a quaint marina, rocky coastline and wonderful array of restaurants and cafés. Stop for a photo, then continue your drive to Cartagena. Enjoy free time to explore the charming coastal city and its abundance of sights as you wander through the Old Town's narrow cobblestone streets. You will visit the fascinating Museum of the Roman Theater. Cartagena's 6,000-seat Roman Theater, built as an entertainment venue in the 1st century BC, when Rome was at the height of its power, lay undiscovered for more than 2,000 years until its ruins were identified in 1990. The museum is ingeniously designed to take you on a journey through time, as you explore the exhibits and displays. After your guided tour, return to your ship.

Sail the gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Its defining landmark, the soaring Rock of Gibraltar, was one of the Pillars of Hercules of ancient myth. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Lisbon has inspired explorers for centuries with its stunning setting at the Tagus River’s mouth. Its labyrinthine streets carry echoes of 16th-century navigators who sailed on the winds of the Age of Discovery. The city prospered greatly from its trade. And today’s streets are lined with the legacies of wealthy builders, including the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, stunning works that introduced Manueline architecture. Savoring local cuisine and port wine are favorite pastimes here. On any evening, the strains of fado spill from clubs in the historic Alfama District.

Shore Excursion

LISBON CITY DRIVE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS CITY OF DISCOVERY
Witness the enduring legacy of the Age of Discovery in Portugal on this tour of Lisbon’s grandest landmarks. On the banks of the Tagus River, gaze up at the Monument to the Discoveries, inaugurated on the fifth centennial anniversary of explorer Henry the Navigator’s death. Nearby is Belém Tower, a UNESCO Site and a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the New World. Another UNESCO Site is the Jerónimos Monastery at the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. You can also see the 25th of April Bridge, named for the date of the revolution that restored democracy to Portugal. With your guide, view the riverside statue of Christ the King looking over the city, and pass beautifully landscaped Eduardo VII Park, named for England’s king, who visited here to improve Anglo-Portuguese relations. After your insightful tour, return to your ship.

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. 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.

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separates southern England from northern France. William the Conqueror crossed these waters to become king of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The most triumphant crossing unfolded on D-Day, when Allied troops landed on Normandy’s shores. The channel’s narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Dover’s famed cliffs can be seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon.

Le Havre is France’s second-largest port. Its central city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its Museum of Modern Art holds one of France’s largest impressionist collections. The waters of the Seine River have flowed from Paris, one of the world’s most celebrated cities, whose cultural and historic significance is impossible to overstate. Priceless artwork adorns palatial museums here, from the Louvre to the Musée D’Orsay. The iconic Eiffel Tower watches over Parisians and visitors as they take romantic strolls along the Seine and linger in bistros over café au lait.

Shore Excursion

PARIS ON YOUR OWN (Included)
DURATION: 10 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE PARIS YOUR WAY
Follow your own interests in Paris, from must-see treasures to lesser-known gems, on this independent excursion. Transfer to the city with your escort, who will provide advice on tailoring your time here to suit your desires. Upon arrival, enjoy a brief panoramic tour to get you acquainted with the city’s layout. You will leave your guide in the city center and have about three hours to explore. Browse the famous bookstore Shakespeare & Company, and stroll along the romantic Seine or the shop-lined Champs-Élysées. You will also have ample options for lunch on your own, perhaps at a sidewalk café that affords you the opportunity to linger over wine and watch Parisians stroll by. At an allotted time, you will meet your escort at a prearranged location for your return to your ship.

Most famously known for its dramatic white-chalk towering cliffs, Dover is the nearest city to France across the English Channel. Its strategic location as a doorway into England has earned it the moniker “Key to England.” As the port was under constant threat because of its location, the massive Dover Castle overlooking the channel grew over the centuries to become the nation’s largest edifice and remains so today. Dover also served as a bastion and command center during World War II.

Shore Excursion

HISTORIC CANTERBURY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE A STUNNING ENGLISH CATHEDRAL CITY AT LEISURE
Take a stroll around the beautiful city of Canterbury and explore its sights at your leisure. Board your motor coach for a short drive to this historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and enjoy a short orientation walk that will introduce you to Canterbury’s main sights. View the city’s Roman walls and gates while learning about the origins of the Canterbury Cross. See St. George’s Tower and Canterbury High Street, and stroll the city’s maze of ancient avenues. Your guide will regale you with historic tales from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors as you discover more about the city’s fascinating past. You may walk to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral where you can enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Or you may continue to discover more of Canterbury, where pilgrim’s inns and weaver’s houses still stand to this day.

Greenwich, a borough of London, is home to the Royal Observatory. From here, the world’s longitude is measured from the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s renowned historic landmarks, is preserved as a fascinating museum. Upriver, London is home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. In addition, this major economic and cultural hub boasts a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to West End musicals.

Shore Excursion

ROYAL GREENWICH BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

TIME & TIDE: GREENWICH’S MARITIME PAST
Discover Greenwich’s maritime and royal history by foot. You will join your guide for a walk that will take you past the famous Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper and the fastest sailing ship in the world when it was built in 1869, and the Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, and street food. Continue on to St. Alfege Church, dedicated to the archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on this spot in 1012 and where Henry VIII was baptized. Then, stop for photos at the Queen’s House, the first classical building built in England. See the National Maritime Museum, housed in a former royal palace and the world’s largest seafaring museum, and the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich, before returning to your ship.

CEREMONY OF THE KEYS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN EVENING TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO A PIECE OF ROYAL HISTORY
Enjoy a very special after-hours visit to the Tower of London and experience a unique, centuries-old tradition. The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 1,000-year history as a royal palace, fortress, prison, place of execution and jewel house. Nobody knows more about the history of the Tower than the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as the Beefeaters. You will be captivated by the amazing stories of those who have guarded this fortress for centuries, passed down from generation to generation, during your private guided tour of the tower grounds including the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Following your tour, witness the age-old tradition of the Ceremony of the Keys, which has been enacted every night without fail for almost 700 years by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower. This is your chance to witness a piece of royal history that still exists today.

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime institutions. Royal Naval College is a major symbol of Britain’s seafaring heritage and the architectural centerpiece of Greenwich. It opened as a hospital for sailors in 1712 and served as the Royal Navy’s educational institution from 1873 to 1998. Today, its hallowed halls whisper of the days when Britannia ruled the waves. The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest, chronicling England’s seafaring endeavors in its compelling collection of art, maps and countless memorabilia, including the first marine chronometer. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Shore Excursion

ROYAL GREENWICH BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

TIME & TIDE: GREENWICH’S MARITIME PAST
Discover Greenwich’s maritime and royal history by foot. You will join your guide for a walk that will take you past the famous Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper and the fastest sailing ship in the world when it was built in 1869, and the Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, and street food. Continue on to St. Alfege Church, dedicated to the archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on this spot in 1012 and where Henry VIII was baptized. Then, stop for photos at the Queen’s House, the first classical building built in England. See the National Maritime Museum, housed in a former royal palace and the world’s largest seafaring museum, and the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich, before returning to your ship.

*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 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.

Date 05 Jan 2025
Los Angeles, California to London (Greenwich)

 

STATEROOM CRUISE FARE*
PENTHOUSE VERANDA (PV1) AU$120,995
338 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV2) AU$103,995
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV3) AU$100,995
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV4) AU$99,495
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV5) AU$96,495
270 SQ. FT. 
VERANDA (V1) AU$92,495
270 SQ. FT. 

 

Date 05 Jan 2026
Los Angeles, California to London (Greenwich)

 

STATEROOM CRUISE FARE*
OWNER’S SUITE (OS) AU$309,995
1,448 SQ. FT. 
EXPLORER SUITE (ES1) AU$237,995
757–1,163 SQ. FT. 
EXPLORER SUITE (ES2) AU$217,995
757–1,163 SQ. FT. 
EXPLORER SUITE (ES3) AU$207,995
757–1,163 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE JUNIOR SUITE (PS1) AU$184,995
405 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE JUNIOR SUITE (PS2) AU$177,495
405 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE JUNIOR SUITE (PS3) AU$169,995
405 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE VERANDA (PV1) AU$137,995
338 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE VERANDA (PV2) AU$132,995
338 SQ. FT. 
PENTHOUSE VERANDA (PV3) AU$127,995
338 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV1) AU$120,995
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV2) AU$115,995
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV3) AU$112,995
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV4) AU$111,495
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV5) AU$108,495
270 SQ. FT. 
DELUXE VERANDA (DV6) AU$106,995
270 SQ. FT. 
VERANDA (V1) AU$104,495
270 SQ. FT. 
VERANDA (V2) AU$102,995
270 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 Viking World Journeys. Up to US $60,000 value per couple.

 

WORLD CRUISE EXCLUSIVE:

  • 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
  • Free luggage shipping services for embarkation³

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
VIKING WORLD JOURNEYS
  • Included Business Class Airfare + transfers
  • US$1,000 per person Shore Excursion Credit
  • US$1,000 per person Shipboard Credit
  • Additional US$1,000 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 For US/CAN/UK/AU World Cruise bookings only. International Business Class Air; 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.
³For US bookings only, certain restrictions apply.

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

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

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

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

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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