Explore Western Europe's beloved coastal capitals
On this voyage through Western Europe and the Baltic, experience iconic world-class cultural capitals - Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. You'll encounter wonders of art and history as you explore richly varied cities and waterways, from the English Channel to the Kiel Canal.
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Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Step aboard your ship to begin your journey. Your overnight stay allows time to discover Barcelona on your own. Enjoy an evening stroll down the city's celebrated Las Ramblas boulevard. Admire the architecture of native son Antoni Gaudi. Or opt to attend an evening performance of flamenco, Spain's vibrant dance, while savoring a menu of traditional tapas.
Day 2 - Barcelona, Spain
Discover the best of Barcelona as you visit the Columbus Monument, Port Vell and the Arc de Triomf, among the many monumental sights you will see. Other scenic highlights include the Olympic Port, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, and the Passeig de Gracia, a gracious boulevard renowned for its architecture, including stunning works by Gaudi.
Day 3 - Cruise the Mediterranean Sea
As you cruise to our next port, spend the day savoring the amenities of your elegant ship. Take in an illuminating enrichment lecture. Indulge in Nordic-inspired treatments at The Spa or find your inner calm with some yoga on the Sports Deck. Tonight, dine on regional cuisine that brings the flavors of your destination to your plate, and perhaps watch a movie beneath the stars at the Main Pool.
Day 4 - Seville (Cadiz), Spain
At today's port, you'll have a rare chance to explore what many considered the gateway to the New World throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. The port of Cadiz offers a wealth of treasures. On an included tour, you'll follow passageways into elaborate plazas, from the Plaza de San Antonio de Padua and Plaza de Espana to the Plaza de Mina. Stop at the Torre Tavira, once a lookout for merchants, and marvel at the city's baroque, gold-domed cathedral. Alternately, explore the colorful city of Seville, where a grand cathedral, Giralda tower and the Alcazar palace were built by the wealth of Spanish kings. Spend free time sipping sherry at a bodega or shopping for local wares.
Day 5 - Lisbon, Portugal
Today, explore the labyrinthine streets of Lisbon's Alfama District and the 12th-century Se Cathedral (Lisbon Cathedral). On an included panoramic tour of this seafaring capital, you'll 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 Lisbon's architectural masterpieces, including the ornate Jeronimos Monastery and the adjacent Belem Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 6 - Porto (Leixoes), Portugal
Leixoes, the coastal city where we dock for the day, boasts a history that spans 1,600 years. It's a port of call that is sure to inspire you to raise a glass to port wine and to the town for which it was named, Porto. On an included tour, you can soak in the charm and atmosphere of the celebrated wine town. You'll see its Clerigos Tower, the historic quarter surrounding Santa Catarina Street, the neoclassical wonders along Avenida dos Aliados and the Sao Bento Railway Station, adorned with magnificent tile work. Naturally, you will pause along the way for a taste of the port wine for which this city is famous. As an option, you can delve more deeply with a Porto walking tour.
Day 7 - Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Treat yourself to the many amenities of your ship as you cruise Atlantic waters today. Relax over high tea at the Wintergarden. See a first-run film or an old classic at our onboard theater. After dinner at your choice of venues, sip your favorite drink while listening to the strains of jazz at Torshavn.
Day 8 - St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Call on the island of Guernsey today, a lush green oasis in the middle of the English Channel with a dual French-English past. Explore this territory of the British Crown on an island drive, admiring its stunning vistas of rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, charming villages and farmhouses. You might also opt to tour some of the island's most prized private gardens or learn how the German occupation during World War II profoundly affected its people and culture.
Day 9 - Paris (Le Havre), France
Arrive in historic Le Havre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a Seine River estuary. Today, you can go ashore and explore one of the world's most romantic cities, Paris. Take a scenic drive through Normandy's countryside to the heart of the "City of Light." You'll have time on your own to ascend the Eiffel Tower for sweeping city views, or marvel at the Gothic glory of Notre Dame Cathedral. Alternately, you might choose to pay homage at D-Day beaches or stroll the picturesque quay of the artists' town of Honfleur.
Day 10 - Cruise the English Channel
Follow the English Channel as we cruise between France and England today. You might take a swim in the Infinity Pool. Sip a specialty coffee while listening to music in the Living Room. And sample authentic Scandinavian fare for lunch at Mamsen's Norwegian deli.
Day 11 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Begin a two-day stay in Amsterdam today, city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses and Dutch painting masters. Explore its vast network of waterways via glass-topped canal boat, passing through intimate neighborhoods and under quaint arched bridges. You might also visit the world-renowned Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt's masterwork The Nightwatch, and the excellent Van Gogh Museum. Take a break from your sightseeing to try a classic Dutch stroopwafel.
Day 12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Explore Amsterdam, the celebrated city of canals. This elegant city was born from the Dutch Golden Age, when merchants fed their coffers from the Indonesian spice trade and commissioned great works of art. You can see many of them, including Rembrandt's The Night Watch, in the excellent Rijksmuseum. Embark on a canal cruise to get acquainted with the city's charms and experience its laid-back rhythm. Don't forget to stop for a sweet or savory classic Dutch pancake, a favorite local treat.
Day 13 - Cruise the Kiel Canal
Sail through Germany's Kiel Canal this afternoon, a European cruising milestone. Since 1914, ships have used this engineering marvel to quickly get from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, shaving 250 nautical miles off their journey. As you cruise, enjoy the canal side sights from the deck of your ship. You can toast your crossing over dinner tonight, perhaps while pairing wines with the carefully prepared cuisine at The Chef's Table.
Day 14 - Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany
From our port in Warnemunde, join our included transfer through the scenic countryside of the Mecklenburg region to Germany's historic capital, Berlin. You will have an entire day to explore on your own here, with tips from Viking in hand. Discover at your own pace the major sights of the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz square and Checkpoint Charlie. Alternatively, on an optional tour take lunch in the Kafer restaurant, perched atop the magnificent Reichstag parliament building. Or visit Schwerin Castle, a splendid and sprawling palace that seems torn from a storybook.
Day 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, the Danish capital boasts over 850 years of history. You will have an entire day to explore. Walk past the brightly colored houses of Nyhavn, or New Harbor, once the home of Hans Christian Andersen. See the city's tribute to the author at the Little Mermaid statue and the famed Tivoli Gardens, entertaining children of all ages since 1843. Discover the sumptuously rococo interiors of Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family. You may also want to consider a trip to the ornate Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspirational setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. This fairy-tale city provides plenty to explore, including delights for your palate at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants, where you can indulge in a decadent lunch or an early dinner.
Day 16 - Cruise the Baltic Sea
During our day at sea, you can learn more about the Baltic region and its rich cultures during an enrichment lecture on board. Find your center during yoga on the Sports Deck. Or treat yourself to a massage, facial or other treatment at our spa and salon.
Day 17 - Tallinn, Estonia
Awake with a full day in Tallinn, where you can nibble your way through intricate edible creations, for this is the birthplace of marzipan. One of the best preserved medieval Old Towns in Northern Europe, Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with picturesque cobblestone streets, red rooftops and beautiful views of the sea. Stroll the Lower Town's narrow 13th-century streets, passing the Great Guild House, House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads and late medieval Town Hall. You can even explore Katarina (St. Catherine's) Passage, lined with handcrafting workshops.
Day 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia
You will have two glorious days to explore majestic St. Petersburg. Enjoy an included tour that shows you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt and more. There will be ample opportunity to experience this remarkable and glittering city your way, as we will be spending the night in port. Choose an optional tour of the Hermitage, an evening at a private concert and more.
Day 19 - St. Petersburg, Russia
Awake in St. Petersburg for a second day of exploration. Today you can choose to return to the city for a more detailed look at its elegant wonders or journey into the countryside to visit one of several magnificent summer palaces of the tsars of Russia. If you didn't take yesterday's included guided tour you can do so today. Or opt for one of the many optional tours, perhaps seeing the city from its waterways during a canal tour, with stops to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood.
Day 20 - Helsinki, Finland
Spend the day in Helsinki, known as the "White City of the North." Take an included city tour and view the Uspenski Cathedral; its 13 magnificent green and gold domes represent Christ and the apostles. Nearby is Porvoo, a charming medieval town with cobblestone streets that weave between historic wooden buildings. Or travel to the home of composer Jean Sibelius at Ainola and take in a concert at the summer school. Alternatively, visit the 18th-century Suomenlinna Fortress, one of the world's largest historic maritime fortresses. Another highlight is the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the "Rock Church"-a subterranean sanctuary with rough-hewn walls of granite.
Day 21 - Stockholm, Sweden
This morning, you will cruise among the stunning archipelago of 14 islands that comprises Stockholm. Take in this amazing city and its 13th-century Old Town, or Gamla Stan, brimming with German-influenced architecture. Consider a trip to the Vasa Museum, which contains the almost fully intact shipwreck of a 17th-century warship. On board, indulge in an authentic smorgasbord, complete with traditional smoked salmon and aquavit. Or tonight, treat yourself to an exclusive dinner at one of the world's oldest restaurants.
Day 22 - Stockholm, Sweden
After breakfast, you will disembark in Stockholm. This pedestrian-friendly city is an enchanting star of Northern Europe, and you'll find cultural delights at every turn. You may extend your stay here to uncover more of its pleasures.
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- Cruise Line
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- 22 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Viking Sea
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|Day 3||Cruise the Mediterranean Sea|
|Day 7||Cruise the Atlantic Ocean|
|Day 8||St. Peter Port|
|Day 9||Le Havre|
|Day 10||Cruise the English Channel|
|Day 13||Cruise the Kiel Canal|
|Day 16||Cruise the Baltic Sea|
|Day 18||St. Petersburg|
|Day 19||St. Petersburg|