Explore southern Caribbean gems
Explore the Caribbean's most southerly ports. With San Juan, Puerto Rico as your base, sail to Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's cultural center. In Colombia, discover historic Cartagena and Santa Marta. Continue to the Dutch capitals of Oranjestad, Aruba and Willemstad, Curacao, vibrant with colorful architecture. Then marvel at the mountain setting of colonial Caracas, Venezuela.
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Day 1 - Puerto Rico (San Juan), USA
Arrive in San Juan to embark your ship today. You will stay aboard your ship overnight, giving you ample time to explore El Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan, with its seductive colonial charms, easy island tempo and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquin stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. This evening, stroll the Old Town's azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.
Day 2 - Puerto Rico (San Juan), USA
You have another day to take in the history and architectural beauty of San Juan, from its fanciful Condado district to the magnificent 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro, set on a promontory at the entrance to San Juan Bay. Or visit the lush woodland of El Yunque national rainforest. Later today, you will sail away into the Caribbean's blue waters. With Viking's destination-focused itinerary, you will call on a new port daily, with not a single day spent at sea.
Day 3 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Call on Santo Domingo today, one of the most historic cultural capitals in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew, brother of Christopher Columbus, the city's richly preserved Old Town, the Zona Colonial, was the first Spanish settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see its magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the 16th-century Ozama Fortress and the Alcazar de Colon, home to the colony's first governor, a son of Christopher Columbus.
Day 4 - Cruise the Caribbean Sea
Cruise the azure waters of the Caribbean today. Columbus sailed among the West Indies on these waters before making landfall on South and Central America. And the ships of European nations raised their sails here in search of land for their Crowns and gold for their coffers. You will have ample time to bask in the legendary Caribbean sun at the Infinity Pool and enjoy your meals al fresco, perhaps sampling a local rum cocktail.
Day 5 - Cartagena, Colombia
Explore the stunningly picturesque port of Cartagena today, a cultural treasure with its scenic setting on the Caribbean Sea and intact colonial city. You will see its extensive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, boasting the longest walls in South America. Explore the spectacular Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of picturesque, tree-shaded plazas and beautifully preserved buildings with colorful balconies. You will also visit the stunning church of San Pedro Claver, named for the patron saint of missionary work.
Day 6 - Santa Marta, Colombia
Uncover the treasures of Santa Marta, where independence hero Simon Bolivar is memorialized and remains of the Tairona culture in lush mangrove forests provide a fascinating glimpse of the region's indigenous tribes. Founded in the 16th century, Santa Marta is Colombia's oldest surviving city. Wander among its pleasant plazas and well-preserved colonial architecture, stopping to see the impressive cathedral. Its pedestrian zone is lined with charming houses that date to the early colonial era.
Day 7 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Visit the welcoming Dutch island of Aruba and its colorful capital, Oranjestad. Once strictly a horse-breeding farm, the city grew up around Fort Zoutman and became the capital in the 1820s when the discovery of gold brought settlers here. You will visit the historic fort and the Willem III Tower, home to the historical museum. In Wilhelmina Park, you can admire statues of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Anne Frank, the young girl who hid in her Amsterdam attic from Nazis.
Day 8 - Willemstad, Curacao
Tour the colorful town and harbor of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique blend of Spanish and Dutch colonial architecture. Stroll the charming streets, lined with rainbow-hued buildings. Marvel at the moveable Queen Emma Bridge, a pedestrian harbor crossing that links two districts of the city, and see the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas.
Day 9 - Caracas (La Guaira), Venezuela
From your port in La Guaira, the cultural and historic riches of Caracas are a scenic drive away through the El Avila mountains. Take in the capital's stunning setting, surrounded by dramatically contoured mountains. Tour the Quinta de Anauco Museum of Colonial Art, housed in an elegant country mansion. Visit the National Pantheon, final resting place of revolutionary heroes and other auspicious Venezuelans. You will also see the mausoleum of national liberator Simon Bolivar, and the Boulevard of Heroes. Ascend to the hillside La Alameda district to enjoy magnificent vistas.
Day 10 - Cruise the Caribbean Sea
Enjoy a full day indulging in the 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. Tonight after an al fresco dinner at the World Cafe, settle in for some light jazz and a nightcap at Torshavn.
Day 11 - Puerto Rico (San Juan), USA
Disembark this morning and return home, or continue your exploration of the Puerto Rican capital with our extension here.
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- Cruise Line
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- 11 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Viking Sea
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|Day 1||San Juan|
|Day 2||San Juan|
|Day 3||Santo Domingo|
|Day 4||Cruise the Caribbean Sea|
|Day 6||Santa Marta|
|Day 9||La Guaira|
|Day 10||Cruise the Caribbean Sea|
|Day 11||San Juan|