JoinViking Staras she departs on a grand voyage of discovery. A South Pacific sojourn showcases French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. Traverse Asia, from Indonesia to India and beyond. Discover Istanbul at the crossroads of two continents and explore historically rich locations in Italy and Spain. Spanning dozens of ports in 22 countries,Viking World Horizonsoffers an enriching cultural experience.
Day 1 Los Angeles, California
Welcome to Los Angelesthe City of Angels scenically set between the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a panoramic drive around Americas most glamorous city, home to leading film stars and Hollywood legends. Or, cycle along the iconic Santa Monica beach and among the colorful canals of quirky Venice on an electric bike.
Day 2 Santa Barbara, California
Visit Santa Barbara todayalso known as the American Riviera. Famed for its pristine beaches, world-class vineyards and scenic vistas, this jewel of the California coast is yours to explore. Discover Santa Barbaras Spanish heritage on a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, one of the towns most recognized and prized landmarks. Wander through its lush gardens as you gaze at the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. Or, follow the Urban Wine Trail and sample some of Californias critically acclaimed vintages that celebrate Santa Barbaras passion for producing fine wine.
Day 3-7 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacfico, meaning peaceful sea. Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart Californias West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.
Day 8 Oahu, Hawaii
Arrive today in the cosmopolitan capital of Hawaii. You will find everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Downtown is brimming with fine eateries to suit every palate entwined with fabulous boutiques offering everything from upscale chic to beachside glamour. Or, head to Waikiki Beach, where you can soak up the sun along shores blessed with pristine sands. Visit historic Pearl Harbor and see where the tragic events of December 7, 1941 unfolded, when Japan launched a surprise attack on the US Pacific fleets battleship base. Or, immerse yourself in nature as you discover the islands endemic flora and fauna.
Day 9 Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii
Call today on Hawaiis Garden Island. The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauais landscape is lush, green and stunningly beautiful. You can explore on foot or by motor vehicle, or take to the skies for a birds-eye view of this idyllic island paradise. You may discover paekaa Falls at the north branch of the Wailua River and take a stroll around Nawiliwilis Old Town. Or, enjoy a thrilling ATV ride to view the islands contrasting sites.
Day 10-14 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual caf fare at the World Caf, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.
Day 15 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Arrive in Vaitape on the island of Bora Bora today, whose landscape is dominated by an extinct volcano in the shape of two moss-green peaks surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon. Bora Bora is the quintessential Polynesian paradise, as is exhibited by its lovely beaches and clear blue seas, through its cuisine or during its crimson sunsets. Embark by open air bus on a scenic tour of the natural and historic sites, including Faanui Bay and Bora Boras biggest Polynesian temple. Or, explore the waters off Bora Bora and swim among colorful tropical fish, stingrays and sharks.
Day 16 Moorea, French Polynesia
Arrive at a tropical island paradise as you call on Moorea today. Famed for its unprecedented beauty, Charles Darwin described the surrounding barrier reef as a picture in a frame. As you explore, you will certainly see why. Serene turquoise waters lap the shores of bays which enjoy a backdrop of dramatic volcanic peaks. Its cuisine is as colorful as its landscapes, with influences from European and Chinese settlers. During your time here, you may take in this idyllic paradise from the water as you relax on board a catamaran, or immerse yourself in Polynesian traditions and customs as you engage with locals.
Day 17 Papeete, Tahiti
Tahiti is the largest of the islands of French Polynesia and Papeete is its principal city. It breathes the same easygoing atmosphere as the rest of the archipelago, an earthly paradise with its turquoise waters, tranquil beaches and stunning underwater world. The islands French and Polynesian cultures can be seen in the towns covered market, whose colorful displays are a delight for the senses. Admire the Catholic cathedral and the grand colonial design of the Papeete Town Hall, or Mairie de Papeete.
Day 18-20 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean
Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis or sample international fare in the World Caf.
Day 21 Cross the International Date Line
As you cross the International Date Line today, you will cruise into the future, effectively skipping a day. Crossing this meridian is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. Raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.
Day 22 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean
Vessels have been sailing the indigo waters of the South Pacific since prehistoric times. Spend a day at sea on these beautiful waters as you cruise into New Zealand, just prior to visiting the Bay of Islands.
Day 23 Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Today, call into Waitangi, located in the far north of New Zealands North Island. Its name means weeping waters in Mori and it was here, at this stunning seaside location, that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840. Captain William Hobson and 52 Mori chiefs signed the treaty, an act that was considered the founding of New Zealand as a nation. Today, it is celebrated annually with a public holiday and spirited bicultural ceremony on the grounds of Treaty House.
Day 24 Auckland, New Zealand
Arrive in Auckland, the cultural capital of New Zealands North Island. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland enjoys a stunning setting between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two Americas Cup challenges; its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. During an overnight stay here, you will have ample time to take in this Kiwi citys beauty and history, touring the tree-lined Albert Park and the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cross the Harbour Bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and cafs.
Day 25 Auckland, New Zealand
Enjoy a second day in Auckland, known as the City of Sails and set between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two Americas Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. You may choose to glide through the waters of Auckland Harbor and the Hauraki Gulf in an Americas Cup yacht. Or, get a taste of Auckland on a tour through some of the citys most vibrant neighborhoods.
Day 26 Auckland, New Zealand
With more time in port, you can visit more of Auckland and its splendid beauty. Head in the the heart of New Zealands wine country and sample some of its world acclaimed wines. Or, explore North Islands west coast and admire its unspoiled beauty. Visit a local farm and experience local life in the farming community.
Day 27 Rotorua, New Zealand
Sail into the turquoise waters of the Bay of Plenty to visit the port of Tauranga, watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. Discover the highlights of one of New Zealands main centers for business and culture. Or, you can explore the thermal region of Rotorua, sacred to the Mori for its bubbling mudpots, spewing geysers, silica terraces and fumaroles.
Day 28 Napier, New Zealand
Cruise into Hawkes Bay today, New Zealands second largest wine-growing region. Disembark to explore Napiers art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Its eclectic mix of Main Street design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the regions beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay areas abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.
Day 29 Wellington, New Zealand
Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as the coolest little capital in the world, brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of its main sites, including the summit of Mt. Victoria, the Wellington Cathedral and the New Zealand Parliaments four buildingsincluding Parliament House, a dramatic neoclassical wonder, and the Executive Wing, known as the Beehive for its shape. You will also see the renowned Wellington Botanic Garden, home to the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Perhaps join a culinary experience to discover New Zealands cuisine, or join a city tour fashioned for fans of theLord of the Ringsfilm trilogy.
Day 30 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
As you sail today, share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.
Day 31 Scenic Cruising: Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound
Spend your day cruising through the tranquility of Milford Sound and Doubtful Soundsome of the worlds most astonishing fjords. James Cook first encountered this magnificent region in 1770 and was understandably spellbound. As you sail amid these mazes of forested cliffs, witness alpine peaks pointing to the heavens and monolithic granite walls soaring to as high as 4,000 feet. And keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins and fur seals; this primeval world serves as their playground.
Day 32-33 Cruise the Tasman Sea
Cruise the the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as hopping the Pond, Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as crossing the Ditch. Your two days at sea provide the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure or shave.
Day 34 Tasmania, Australia
Explore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australias smallest state, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, it is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an open-air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Day 35 Phillip Island, Australia
See some of Australias most dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife at Phillip Island. From May through October, the waters of Phillip Island play host to migrating humpback and southern right whales. At sunset each evening on Summerland Beach, the islands Little Penguins return to shore after a days fishing. Watch them waddle in procession as they head for the safety of the sand dunes from elevated viewing pointsa magical sight.
Day 36 Melbourne, Australia
Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the citys stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cooks Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the citys founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australias iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo and wallaby.
Day 37 Cruise the Tasman Sea
As you cruise the Tasman Sea, enjoy the amenities of your ship. You may wish to take in some insightful TED Talks that focus on history, geography, science, longevity and more, and promote a deeper understanding of the world. Join us for hourly screenings in our onboard theater, or view them at your convenience in your stateroom. Perhaps dine at The Chefs Table, where you can enjoy a multicourse tasting menu complete with wine pairings. Or, savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis trattoria-style restaurant, where you can enjoy freshly prepared pastas and Chianti by the carafe.
Day 38 Eden, Australia
Set in Twofold Bay, the town of Eden was once home to Australias whaling industry. The Davidsons, a local family known for its whaling heritage, were considered experts, even partnering with wild orcas to hunt their prey together. Nowadays, Eden and the Davidsons are famed for their conservation efforts to protect the whale population, both in Australian waters and beyond. Follow the Sapphire Coast to discover more about how Edens locals emerged from hunting the gentle giants of the sea to protecting their habitat.
Day 39 Sydney, Australia
Arrive in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the worlds largest. Begin your day in the heart of the city, at Sydney Cove. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydneys historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Or, start off your day touring the bustling fish market with a local chef and taking your catch on board a harbor sightseeing vessel. Fabulous food and wine and good company enhance this scenic outing. You might also explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains. Or set out on your own, perhaps strolling to the famed Sydney Opera House on the stunning harbor.
Day 40 Sydney, Australia
Enjoy a second day in Sydney. You may pull back the curtain and enjoy an insiders view of Australias world-class opera house. Or, join a professional photographer for a walking tour in the harbor area and an opportunity to snap fantastic images of vivid street art, historic houses and more. Alternately, you might choose to explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.
Day 41 Cruise the Australian Coast
Follow the east coast of Australia today. Linger on the Sun Deck or your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the worlds most beautiful waters. Perhaps you will take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck.
Day 42 Brisbane, Australia
Call on the capital of Queensland, Australia, today, situated on the Brisbane River and spread over hills rising from Moreton Bay. This picturesque city is known for its Queenslander architecture, a distinct style characterized by terraces and raised living spaces. Brisbane itself enjoys a flourishing culinary scene amid a sophisticated collection of art galleries. Head out to explore the surrounding areas and you will find yourself enveloped in beautiful vineyards, stunning seascapes and wonderful nature.
Day 43 Cruise the Coral Sea
Sail the waters of the Coral Sea today, home to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Your day at sea provides the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in The Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure, shave or Nordic scalp massage.
Day 44 Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Stumbled upon in 1770 by Captain James Cook 49 days after Easter (Whitsunday), 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. Natures 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. Witness these islands and Airlie Beach firsthand; glassy, invigorating and impossibly blue, the waters provide the ideal oasis for relaxation and idling away a few hours on the beach.
Day 45 Cairns, Australia
Call on Cairns today, built on the shoulders of gold prospectors. Today, it is a major sugarcane and fishing port, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. See the citys major sights, including its historic Royal Australian Navy base, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Palm Cove, a quaint, beach-loving community. Or perhaps board a catamaran for an exciting sail to the magnificent reef, the largest continuous system of its kind on Earth.
Day 46 Cruise the Coral Sea
With waters stretching far beyond the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea is far deeper but no less spectacular for its crystalline clarity. Continue following the east coast of Australia today, often called the Sunshine Coast. Linger on the Sun Deck or your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the worlds most beautiful waters. Perhaps take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck. This evening, enjoy the jazz strains of live music at Torshavn.
Day 47 Thursday Island, Australia
Explore Thursday Island today, home to a thriving artistic community. You will have time to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to discover the history of the islands defense during a visit to Green Hill Fort. Alternately, learn about the indigenous people of Torres Strait during an optional excursion that includes a traditional outdoor dance performance.
Day 48-49 Cruise the Arafura Sea
Sail the shallow tropical waters of the Arafura Sea. As you cruise today, enjoy coffee or a drink in the Explorers Lounge or stroll the wraparound Promenade Deck.
Day 50 Cruise the Timor Sea
As you sail the Timor Sea today, you might enjoy some yoga on the Sports Deck and indulge in a soak in the Thermal Pool of The Spa.
Day 51 Komodo, Indonesia
Anchor among the stunning vistas of Indonesias Komodo Island. Go ashore to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods, a magnificent menagerie of wildlife including the famed Komodo dragon. If you wish, don a snorkel and mask and explore the vibrant underwater world at Pink Beach, so called for the rose-hued coral washed ashore and crushed to a fine powder by crashing waves.
Day 52 Bali, Indonesia
Arrive in Bali for a two-night stay, allowing ample time to explore and immerse yourself in Balis customs and traditions. As we remain docked overnight, take the opportunity to dine al fresco during an evening tour and enjoy a cultural performance amid a stunning setting.
Day 53 Bali, Indonesia
You have another day to experience the vibrant culture and magnificent landscapes of Bali. Continue uncovering the wonders of Denpasar, or opt to immerse yourself in the islands spirituality and arts during an optional excursion. Alternately, see how the traditional Balinese once lived and witness the creativity of talented artisans during an arts and crafts tour.
Day 54 Bali, Indonesia
You have another day to experience the vibrant culture and magnificent landscapes of Bali. Continue uncovering the wonders of Denpasar, or opt to immerse yourself in the islands spirituality and arts during an optional excursion. Alternately, see how the traditional Balinese once lived and witness the creativity of talented artisans during an arts and crafts tour.
Day 55 Cruise the Java Sea
Spend the day relaxing on board as you cruise the Java Sea. Evidence points to the sea bottom being above water before water levels rose following the last ice age. This shallow body of water was also the sight of a disastrous naval battle during World War II, when Allied Forces were defeated by the Japanese on Feb. 27, 1942.
Day 56 Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Call in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the oldest church in Central Java, visit a historic Chinese Muslim temple and walk through the stunning Rainbow Village on an included tour. Alternately, you may choose to board a vintage railcar for a ride through the Javanese countryside before visiting a coffee plantation.
Day 57 Cruise the Java Sea
Sail the Java Sea today. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such asrijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.
Day 58-59 Cruise the South China Sea
Relax on board your ship as you cruise the South China Sea. Unwind in The Spa, where you can enjoy the Snow Grotto and Sauna, or by taking a dip in the Infinity Pool.
Day 60 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Call on Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnams beloved noodle soup. Or, view the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.
Day 61 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Enjoy another day exploring the cultural treasures of Ho Chi Minh City, absorbing its French colonial accents and bustling markets. Stop by its oldest and largest, Ben Thnh Market, to experience Old Saigon at its most authentic. If you wish, you can visit the legendary tunnels of Cu Chi, a vast network of subterranean passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Day 62 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Take the morning to further explore Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps you will pay a visit to Bn Thnh Market, breathing in the heavenly scents as you sample regional dishes and admire the handiwork of local artisans. Or you may choose to enjoy the citys modern bustle and colonial charm on your own. Return on board for lunch and an afternoon departure.
Day 63 Cruise the South China Sea
Tucked among mainland China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the South China Sea is one of the worlds most important waterways. One-third of commercial shipping passes through these waters. It is a tradition that stretches back untold centuries, to when dynastic emperors and the barbarians who opposed them sailed their ships here. Later, 16th-century Portuguese traders called it Mar da China, the China Sea. As you sail these waters today, perhaps take in a lecture in The Theater to learn of the enriching destinations to which they lead.
Day 64 Koh Samui, Thailand
Explore the Thai island of Koh Samui, a paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Thailands second-largest island after Phuket, this self-sufficient community had no roadways until the early 1970s. Today, it is a favored spot for sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond. Visit the islands revered temples and witness some of the scampering monkeys that have been trained to harvest coconuts from the treetops.
Day 65 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand
Cruise through the Gulf of Thailand today. As you do so, perhaps soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers Lounge and a dinner of authentic Thai dishes at The Restaurant.
Day 66 Singapore, Singapore
Arrive in Singapore today. This diverse city is a melting pot of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown on an included tour. If you like, join an optional excursion to visit Gardens by the Bay, with its futuristic Supertree Grove, and take in sweeping views of the city from atop the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.
Day 67 Singapore, Singapore
Spend another day in Singapore as you further explore this Asian gem. Witness its remarkable diversity where traditions endure in one of Asias most cosmopolitan cities. Stroll one of Singapores plentiful green spaces, such as the stunning National Orchid Garden. Or, take a ride in a trishaw as you explore one of the citys charming districts.
Day 68 Scenic Cruising: Strait of Malacca
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. As you cruise 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 MalaysiaGeorge Town and Kuala Lumpur among themshimmer in the distance to the north. Throughout your crossing, you will pass the many emerald-greenpulau, or islands, that make this region one of the most alluring destinations in the world.
Day 69 Phuket, Thailand
Often called the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, the Thai island of Phuket offers more than picturesque beaches and sweeping vistas of sparkling azure water and emerald-green hills. The island was long a major stop on trade routes between India and China, often mentioned in the 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 islands tin trade. The French East India Company won, following which the French played a major role in local politics until they were expelled in 1688. Today, the island is dotted with historic Sino-Portuguese shophouses and monuments to Buddha.
Day 70 Cruise the Andaman Sea
The Andaman Sea has long served as a highway for the transport of goods, trade and ideas that have shaped the cultures of Southeast Asia. To the east, its pristine waters kiss the coasts of Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. To the west, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, both part of India, create a physical and cultural border between the Andaman and the Bay of Bengal. Throughout history, the sea has been a rich source of food. Today, many Moken people still live on covered wooden boats on open waters. The Andaman is also home to some remarkable creatures, including the manatee-like dugong, the Irrawaddy dolphin and the critically endangered leatherback turtle, the largest turtle in the world. Consider the seas rich history as you sail these waters; enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace and take in a relaxing massage at The Spa.
Day 71 Yangon, Myanmar
Arrive in Yangon today, Myanmars largest city. Since the country reopened to the world following years under oppresive military control, Yangon has bounced back with a bustling, exciting vibe at the core of its Downtown district. The citys focus is on Shwedagon Paya, a golden monument and one of Buddhisms most sacred sites. This 326 feet statue is adorned with 27 tons of gold leaf, and thousands of diamonds and other gem stones.
Day 72 Yangon, Myanmar
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was a British colony from the late 19th century until 1948, with Yangon serving as its commercial and political hub. Explore the city and view what is said to be the largest and grandest collection of colonial architecture in Asia. See the imposing Secretariat, a classical Victorian red-brick structure, and the elegant High Court. The Strand remains one of Yangons premier hotels, while the Governors Residence is considered of one Asias colonial-era masterpieces.
Day 73 Yangon, Myanmar
Myanmar is fast becoming one of Asias must-see destinations. Its popular 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 countrys magnificent temples, the floating villages of Inle Lake and the royal city of Mandalay, where Burmese kings once lived in grand, ornate palaces.
Day 74-76 Scenic Cruising: Bay of Bengal
Sail the history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world. Ancient Hindu calls it Mahodadhi, meaning great water receptacle. The bay is fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Irrawaddy Rivers. Devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform anaarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia and enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.
Day 77 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrive in Colombo for an overnight stay, giving you time to experience its capital and its famed lush countryside in depth. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, who took control of the cinnamon trade. The Dutch followed, then the English ruled it as Ceylon until it became independent in 1972. Visit the British fort and Old Parliament Building, the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district, the Colombo National Museumwith its more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscriptsand the citys largest temple, Gangaramaya.
Day 78 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Enjoy a full day in Colombo to venture beyond the city into the Sri Lankan countryside, or explore Colombo by tuk-tuk, the iconic tricycle taxis. You might also visit Pinnawala, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. Or visit Galle, the largest remaining fortress in South East Asia.
Day 79 Cruise the Laccadive Sea
Cruise into the Laccadive Sea today, passing by the Gulf of Mannar as you cruise toward India. The area is one of the richest marine environments in the world, harboring 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Pearl-diving is a rich tradition in these waters, and it is still practiced today.
Day 80 Cochin, India
Explore the rich cultural tapestry and grand history of Cochin. This town bordering the Laccadive Sea has been a major port since 1341, when a flood created its harbor. Take a scenic guided tour around this former spice capital and see landmarks such as the fascinating Mattancherry Palace, originally built by the Portuguese as a gift to the king in 1555. Or, discover the ancient doorway to India in Paravur, a trading port on the Arabian Sea where Greeks, Romans, Jews, Chinese and Arab traders sought treasure and glory.
Day 81 Cruise the Arabian Sea
Enjoy a leisurely day as your ship makes its way along the Arabian Coast. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.
Day 82 Goa, India
Arrive in the state of Goa this morning, one of the richest in India. Until 1961, this was the colony of Portuguese India, which existed for more than four centuries. Its influence remains in the citys grand colonial architecture, some of the most impressive in all of India. See the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji, where mass is still conducted in English, Portuguese and the local Konkani dialect. In Old Goa, admire the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the S Cathedral and numerous Portuguese-style colonial houses.
Day 83 Mumbai, India
Arrive in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Constructed over seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. Beyond the modern skyline, discover a great diversity of neighborhoods, making any exploration of Mumbai full of surprises. As we remain in port overnight, you will have time to enjoy dinner in town if you wish.
Day 84 Mumbai, India
Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today. Constructed across seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The citys Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park and Dhobi Ghat, where locals still do laundry. You will also visit the National Gandhi Museum, housed in a mansion known as Mani Bhavan which the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.
Day 85 Mumbai, India
Enjoy another day to explore Mumbai and delve deeper as you explore life in this lively city. Take a tour of Mumbais most memorable markets as you immerse yourself in a cavalcade of colors, sounds, tastes and smells. Or, experience a slice of everyday Mumbai life as you explore its historic train stations and ride the rails.
Day 86-87 Cruise the Arabian Sea
Follow in the wake of traders, seafarers and adventurers who crossed the Arabian Sea over millennia. The first vessels traced the coastline some 5,000 years ago. In the days of the ancient Greeks, the Indian city of Bharuch to the north of Mumbai was already an established sea port. As you sail, relax by the Main Pool or enjoy the sea breeze from your stateroom veranda.
Day 88 Sallah, Oman
Explore the Omani city of Sallah today on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. For centuries, Sallah was a major port for frankincense, a trade which extended far beyond the region. This fascinating cultural history was supported by several sites around the city, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Take in the major landmarks when you stop for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, rich in Islamic architecture, and visit the Al-Baleed archaeological site, where you will learn more about the frankincense route.
Day 89-92 Cruise the Red Sea
Ancient Egyptians sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. More famously, Moses is said to have parted its waters. And it was a favored route among ancient Romans as they traded with India. History and legend are rich here, and you can learn more about them during an enrichment lecture about the Middle East. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers Lounge or perhaps an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis trattoria-style restaurant.
Day 93 Aqaba, Jordan
Call on Aqaba, Jordans only coastal city, set amid bleached-out desert hills. History here stretches back centuries, but it is best known as the site where, in 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops in the Battle of Aqaba. Stop to explore Mamluk Fortwon by the Arabs from the Turks during a 1916 camel chargethe opulent house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali and the lively waterfront. You might also journey to the regions must-see archaeological treasure of Petra, an astonishing city of red sandstone carved from the earth millennia ago.
Day 94 Luxor, Egypt
Call on Safaga today, an ancient Red Sea port that has been in use since the 3rd century. It is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of ancient Thebestodays city of Luxor. Traverse the desert sands to the shores of the Nile River, where you will visit the spectacular Temple of Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands. Walk through its monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived.
Day 95 Cruise the Gulf of Suez
Enjoy a leisurely day as your ship sails the Gulf of Suez. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink at Torshavn.
Day 96 Scenic Cruising: Suez Canal
Transit the Suez Canal today, a travel milestone. This engineering marvel, opened in 1869, connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, changing the regions geographic and commercial landscape forever. The sea-level, one-way waterway requires ships to travel in convoys; two lakes, Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake, allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other.
Day 97 Haifa, Israel
Arrive in Haifa today, an ideal port from which to explore the north of Israel. Ascend Mt. Carmel, where it is said that the prophet Elijah set fire to a sacrifice and ended a drought. On the mountains slope overlooking the city, enjoy commanding views of the magnificent terraced Hanging Gardens of Haifa, center of the Bah faith. Explore the fascinating Old City of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Alternatively, you can choose to explore ancient Caesarea, built by King Herod as an early center of Christianity, go up Mt. Carmel for a closer look, and enjoy stunning views of Haifa and the countryside.
Day 98 Haifa, Israel
Today is free for you to explore more of Haifa and its surroundings. In Nazareth, explore pivotal sites in the life of Jesus Christ, where he spent his youth. Alternatively, you can choose to explore ancient Caesarea, built by King Herod as an early center of Christianity, and the modern face of Tel Aviv. Or, perhaps discover the ancient Jewish and Christian sights in the Sea of Galilee, where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount and performed many of his miracles.
Day 99 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea
Enjoy a day on board as you cruise the Mediterranean Sea. Take in the sea views from the Explorers Lounge or reserve a soothing massage at The Spa. Linger over tea and scones in the Wintergarden or soak up the sun on deck.
Day 100 Rhodes, Greece
Discover the Old Town of Rhodes today. This Island of Knights prospered from the wealth brought here from the Holy Land by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. You will follow the Street of the Knights past the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights to the most imposing building on Rhodes: the Palace of the Grand Masters, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will tour this fascinating building, which was first a castle, then a royal palace, and later a holiday retreat for Italian dictator Mussolini. Our berth is very near the citys historic quarter, allowing you to linger at your leisure after your included walking tour. You can also opt to visit the Acropolis of Lindos; from its rocky perch, youll have magnificent views of the whitewashed village and fishing harbor below.
Day 101 Ephesus (Kuadasi), Turkey
Journey into the ancient world today with a visit to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world. Stroll the uneven streets of this once-powerful metropolis and pass sights such as the massive Great Theater and the magnificent Library of Celsus. Visit the remains of the Byzantine Basilica of St. John and see the modest home where legend states that the Virgin Mary lived out her final days. Or, take a scenic drive to the Oracle of Didyma and the Temple of Apollo, part of a once-elaborate Hellenic sanctuary.
Day 102 Istanbul, TurkeyDiscover where East meets West as you arrive in Istanbul. Take time to admire this city that straddles two continents across the Bosphorus Strait, with its Old Quarter skyline of domes and minarets and the twinkling lights of modern Istanbul across the water. Sample delicious cuisine for a taste of this fusion, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia. Enjoy a wealth of religious sites, such as the spectacular Blue Mosque and the legendary Hagia Sophia.
Day 103 Istanbul, Turkey
Spend a second day in Istanbul as you immerse yourself in local life and Turkish traditions. Visit a hamman and partake in a centuries-old wellness ritual. Or, you can relax and take in the sights as you cruise the Bosphorus Strait, where old-world ships once sailed as they delivered spices to Istanbuls lively bazaars.
Day 104 Cruise the Aegean Sea
Cross the Aegean Sea today; a cradle of two great ancient civilazations that have shaped the western world as we know it today. Take this relaxing day at sea to unwind and admire the vistas from your stateroom veranda.
Day 105 Athens, Greece
Today, you will have the entire day to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano Marina as you enter the citys heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Zeus, followed by a visit to the National Archaeological Museum. Or, as an option, visit the legendary Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and climb 80 steps through its grand entrance for an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak. Afterward, you can explore the laid-back Plaka District at its base.
Day 106 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea
Virtually enclosed by landwith just the nine-mile-wide Strait of Gibraltar linking it to the Atlantic Oceanthe Mediterranean has been the stage on which civilizations have risen and fallen, a crossroads of trade and culture and an epic route leading to new discoveries. As you cruise this storied sea today, relax on board your ship. Learn more about your upcoming destinations during an enrichment lecture or relax by the Main Pool. This is also the perfect opportunity to explore your ship, perhaps unwinding in The Spas Snow Grotto and sauna or taking a dip in the Infinity Pool. Tonight, be sure to try a regional specialty in The Restaurant and take in a movie in our theater.
Day 107 Sicily, Italy
Today you will call on the Sicilian city of Messina, celebrated as one of Europes ten greatest cities when it fell under Spains purview in the 17th century. Admire the surrounding mountains, picturesque orange and olive groves, and rolling vineyards. You will see the best of the city during a tour, including the expansive Piazza Municipio and the hillside Votive Temple of Christ the King. Or, choose to climb Mt. Etnas towering volcano, and marvel at the ancient temples and arenas of Taormina.
Day 108 Naples, Italy
In Naples, your choice of excursions abounds. Take in magnificent examples of Greek and Roman architecture and the Piazza del Plebiscito, the grandest public square in the city, facing the former Royal Palace of the King of Naples. Optionally, also explore Herculaneum, Italys other Pompeii, drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, or take a trip to the summit of Vesuvius. In your spare time, sample a hot espresso, a slice of pizza (the worlds first pizzeria opened here in 1830) or a locally madelimoncello.
Day 109 Rome, Italy
From the ancient Forumpolitical hub of the Roman Empireto the 18th-century Spanish Steps, Rome is a city with monuments around every turn. One could spend an entire day just visiting Vatican Cityhome to the Pope, and a country all its ownwith the massive St. Peters Square and Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling is adorned with Michelangelos breath-taking frescos.
Day 110 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Enjoy a full day in Monaco, the playground for the rich and famous, as well as the gateway to the beautiful South of France. Visit medieval Monaco, stopping at the Princes Palace and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the burial site of the royal family, including American actress Grace Kelly. You will have time to step inside the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the most prestigious and celebrated gambling mecca on Earth. As an option, venture out of town to the legendary perfumeries in Grasse, or stroll along the English promenade in glamorous Nice.
Day 111 Cruise the Balearic Sea
As you cruise the Balearic Sea en route to Barcelona, spend the day savoring the amenities of your elegant ship. Indulge in Nordic-inspired treatments at The Spa or find your inner calm with some yoga on the Sports Deck. Tonight, dine on thoughtfully prepared cuisine that connects you to the flavors of Spain and perhaps watch a movie beneath the stars at the Main Pool.
Day 112 Barcelona, Spain
Soak up the charm of sunny Barcelona, the Catalonian capital of culture. Stroll along Las Ramblas, take in the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaud or explore the myriad side streets of the ancient Gothic Quarter. Take an included tour today, or opt for one of the many optional shore excursions we offer.
Day 113 Murcia (Cartagena), Spain
Uncover the rich history of Cartagena today, brimming with remarkable architecture spanning the agesfrom the days of Rome to art nouveau. Outside the city, marvel at the beauty of the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fuensanta, Murcias patron saint, and the baroque- and Gothic-style cathedral. Alternately, explore Cartagenas impressive Roman Theater and Roman Forum.
Day 114 Cruise the Strait of Gibraltar
Gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Strait of Gibraltar boasts a storied past. The ancients saw this passage as the edge of the world through which no one dared pass. You may see the straits most defining landmark, the enormous Rock of Gibraltar, towering nearly 1,400 feet above the water. This soaring wall was one of the Pillars of Hercules of ancient myth; its twin pillar was most likely Monte Hacho, on North Africas coast, or Jebel Musa in Morocco, sometimes visible to the south. The straits short span between continents has played a major historic role. Today, making the crossing is a dramatic experiencea passage between two great bodies of water.
Day 115 Lisbon, Portugal
Today, explore the labyrinthine streets of Lisbons Alfama District and the 12th-century S Cathedral (Lisbon Cathedral). On an included panoramic tour of this seafaring capital, youll also trace the Tagus River to the Elevador da Gloria, a funicular train that takes you to the hilltop suburb of Bairro Alto. Soak up magical views and shop the lively Chiado Quarter. Or, consider an excursion through the countryside to Sintra, renowned for its multi-hued palaces and stalwart castles. You can also choose an excursion to see Lisbons architectural masterpieces, including the ornate Jernimos Monastery and the adjacent Belm Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites..
Day 116 Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
As you sail westward into the Atlantic, take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. You might find your inner calm with yoga on the Sports Deck. Lounge by the Main Pool with its retractable roof and enjoy a cocktail at the Aquavit Bar.
Day 117 Scenic Cruising: English Channel
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 Normandys shores. The channels narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Here, you may glimpse Dovers famed cliffs, seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon. As you traverse this historic waterway, you might also see Cherbourg, perched on the end of Frances Cotentin Peninsula, whose southern shores lead to the historic walled city of Saint-Malo and the monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel.
Day 118 London (Tilbury), England
Sail along the Thames River as you pull into the final port of your Viking World Cruise. Today, you will have a full day in Englands capital to explore the citys classic monuments and immerse yourself in its royal history. Enjoy an overnight stay and experience the glittering lights of Londons West End district, home to several world-class theaters and high-end restaurants.
Day 119 London (Tilbury), England
Disembark your ship today as your grand voyage comes to a close. Extend your stay with two nights in London, or continue your journey and sail to Bergen to explore this fascinating old mercantile city.