Ancient Treasures - Athens to Beijing

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey

Our sweeping 64-day Asia itinerary combines Passage to India, Across the Bay of Bengal, Southeast Asia & Hong Kong and Capitals of the Far East. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime journey spanning the entire continent, with in-depth visits to seldom-seen treasures from Oman and Sri Lanka to South Korea and Taiwan. You'll enjoy 12 overnight stays, giving you ample time to explore with resident guides and fully experience some of the world's most vibrant cultures.

All This Is Included

  • 64-day cruise visiting 15 countries & 30 ports
  • One included shore excursion in every port of call
  • Culture CurriculumĀ®: lectures on or performances of music, art, cooking, dance and history
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining
  • Most al fresco dining at sea
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • 24-hour room service
  • Private veranda stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens & pillows
  • Separate seating area
  • 42" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets with ample USB ports
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • In-suite binoculars
  • Mini-bar
  • Luxury robes & slippers
  • Spacious closet & drawer storage
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Oversize glass-enclosed walk-in shower
  • Premium Freyja? toiletries
  • Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Open-air walking track & sports deck
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air Program

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece


    Step on board in Athens, where you will have an entire day to explore this ancient city. Perhaps you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus or the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. As we remain in port overnight, you'll have time to enjoy dinner in town.

    Day 2 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece


    Today, you will have the whole day to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city's heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

    Day 3 - Cruise the Mediterranean Sea


    Sail into the Mediterranean today, where civilizations rose and fell throughout history. The ships of Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Visigoths and innumerable others have plied these waters before you. As you cruise, 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 4 - 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 mountain's slope overlooking the city, you can also stroll the magnificent terraced Hanging Gardens of Haifa, center of the Baha'i faith. Nearby, 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 5 - Haifa, Israel


    Today is free for you to explore more of Haifa and its surroundings. Or you might choose to travel across the coastal mountains of Israel to the city of Nazareth, where Jesus spent his youth, and the fabled Sea of Galilee, where he is said to have performed many miracles and delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Alternatively, combine visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem on one enlightening tour.

    Day 6 - Cairo (Port Said), Egypt


    Call on Port Said today, founded about 150 years ago as a working base for the construction of the Suez Canal. Port Said is also a gateway to the Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx on the outskirts of Cairo. Join an included tour to uncover their mysteries.

    Day 7 - Cruise the Suez Canal


    Cross the Suez Canal today, a travel milestone. This engineering marvel, opened in 1869, connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, changing the region's geographic and commercial landscape forever. The sea-level, one-way waterway requires ships to travel in convoys. Two lakes allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other: Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake.

    Day 8 - Luxor (Safaga), Egypt


    Call in Safaga today, an ancient Red Sea port in use since the 3rd century. Today, it is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of ancient Thebes, today's city of Luxor. Traverse the desert sands to the shores of the mysterious Nile River, where you will visit the Great Temple of Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands. Walk through its monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived.

    Day 9 - Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt


    Visit the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (called "Sharm" by the locals) on the southern tip of the Sinai Desert. This major Egyptian center of tourism on the Red Sea, renowned for its unrivaled scuba diving among vibrant coral, is surrounded by starkly beautiful desert. You'll leave the city and explore the sands up close during a Desert Jeep Tour into a world shrouded in legend.

    Day 10 - Aqaba, Jordan


    Call in Jordan's only coastal city of Aqaba today, set amid coffee-colored 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. You'll get to know the port during a city tour. Stop to explore Mamluk Fort, won by the Arabs from the Turks during a 1916 camel charge, the opulent house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali and the lively waterfront. You might also journey to the region's must-see archaeological treasure of Petra, an astonishing city of red sandstone carved from the earth millennia ago.

    Day 11 - 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 Manfredi's trattoria-style restaurant.

    Day 12 - Cruise the Bab el Mandeb Strait


    Today's journey traverses the 23-mile-wide Bab el Mandeb ("Gate of Grief") strait. It is believed that these waters were once so shallow as to have allowed the earliest migrations of humans from Africa. After construction of the Suez Canal, the English commanded the Red Sea from a lighthouse they constructed on Perim Island, which you will pass during your transit. Take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. Lounge by the Main Pool, with its retractable roof, and enjoy a cocktail at the Aquavit Bar.

    Day 13 - Cruise the Gulf of Aden


    Sail a major shipping route as you cruise the Gulf of Aden. Plied by ships for centuries, these waters have linked Africa and Arabia culturally and commercially. Start your day with a walk around the Promenade Deck; once around measures one mile. Later, you might indulge in the Nordic Bathing Ritual in The Spa or take a tour of your ship's onboard art. Tonight, enjoy an elegant meal in The Restaurant.

    Day 14 - Cruise the Arabian Sea


    Critical to trade and central to cultural exchange, the Arabian Sea has been traveled by coastal sailing vessels for thousands of years, as far back as the third millennium BC. You will follow the coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the spirit of those before you, perhaps learning about the Portuguese presence here during an onboard lecture. Enjoy an evening under the stars on the Sun Deck.

    Day 15 - Salalah, Oman


    Explore the Omani city of Salalah today on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. For centuries, Salalah 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 Grand Mosque, rich in Islamic architecture, visit the Al-Baleed archaeological site, where you will learn more about the frankincense route, and explore a local souk, brimming with myrrh, incense and myriad colorful items.

    Day 16 - Cruise the Omani Coast


    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 17 - Muscat, Oman


    Call in the Arabian Peninsula today for a fascinating visit to Muscat, capital of Oman. Enjoy a city tour among its whitewashed buildings, featuring a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, able to accommodate 20,000 worshippers, and explore the low-lying structures of the Old Town, huddled around a small bay. Visit the private House of al Zubair museum with its remarkably preserved items of Omani heritage, and take in authentic local color in the city's traditional souk. This sleepy historic enclave serves as the home of the ruling sultan.

    Day 18 - 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 19 - Cruise the Arabian Sea


    The Arabian Sea has been known variously as the Persian Sea and Erythraean Sea. Spices, metals, precious stones and wine have all made this crossing throughout history. Take this relaxing day at sea to unwind in The Spa's sauna and Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Infinity Pool.

    Day 20 - Mumbai, India


    Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today, one of the world's greatest ports. Constructed over seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The city's Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla 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 that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.

    Day 21 - Mumbai, India


    Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today, one of the world's greatest ports. Constructed over seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The city's Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla 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 that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.

    Day 22 - Mumbai, India


    Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today, one of the world's greatest ports. Constructed over seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The city's Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla 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 that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.

    Day 23 - Goa (Mormugao), 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 had existed for more than four centuries. Its influence remains in the city's 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 Se Cathedral and numerous Portuguese-style colonial houses.

    Day 24 - Cruise the Laccadive Sea


    Cruise around the bottom of India into the Laccadive Sea today, passing through the Gulf of Mannar, 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. As your ship cruises nears Sri Lanka, learn more about the lush and historic island-nation during this evening's port talk.

    Day 25 - 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 Museum-with its more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts-and the city's largest temple, Gangaramaya.

    Day 26 - 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 tour Kandy, the royal city in the hills. Its lush environment and the graceful architecture make it the loveliest city in the entire country.

    Day 27 - Cruise the 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." As you sail eastward, you might start your day with a walk around the Promenade Deck; once around measures one mile. Later, you might indulge in a manicure or pedicure at The Salon and enjoy a first-run or classic movie in one of the onboard cinemas. Tonight, enjoy elegant Indian cuisine in The Restaurant.

    Day 28 - Cruise the Bay of Bengal


    Continue crossing the Bay of Bengal today, fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Irrawaddy Rivers. Some devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform an aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Enjoy a book in your ship's Library. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia. And enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.

    Day 29 - Cruise the Strait of Malacca


    Cruise through the Strait of Malacca today. This narrow passage between Malaysia and Indonesia was long a major trade route for the earliest traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. As you cross its historic waters, you might attend a lecture to learn about your upcoming ports. This evening, sample some regional cuisine at the World Cafe or at The Restaurant.

    Day 30 - George Town, Malaysia


    Visit Malaysia's Penang Island and its capital of George Town. The island is an incredibly diverse mix of cultural influences from all over Asia, the result of centuries of trade and immigration, complemented by generations of colonialism under the British East India Company. Recognized for its unique blend of architecture and culture, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire some of its stately neoclassical buildings, colorful Hindu temples, elegant minarets and cheerfully painted row houses.

    Day 31 - Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia


    Take in the breathtaking cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From our berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the breathtaking Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.

    Day 32 - Singapore, Singapore


    Arrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore's famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown.

    Day 33 - Cruise the Gulf of Thailand


    Today you will enter the Gulf of Thailand, the former Gulf of Siam. Long an important waterway for traders and merchants, it has helped shape the economies of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula for centuries. As you cruise, you might enjoy the views from your stateroom's veranda or from the Infinity Pool. This evening, attend a port talk about your upcoming Thailand ports and enjoy a star-filled night sky.

    Day 34 - Koh Samui, Thailand


    Explore the Thai island of Koh Samui, a paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Thailand's 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 island's revered temples and witness some of the scampering monkeys that have been trained to harvest coconuts from the treetops.

    Day 35 - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand


    Experience the splendor of Siam of Old during an overnight stay. Cultural and political capital of Thailand, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Marvel at the towering Wat Arun on the river's banks and the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city's canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city's renowned silk merchant.

    Day 36 - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand


    Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia's most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Grand Palace. Admire the city's many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.

    Day 37 - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand


    Experience the splendor of Siam of Old during an overnight stay. Cultural and political capital of Thailand, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Marvel at the towering Wat Arun on the river's banks and the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city's canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city's renowned silk merchant.

    Day 38 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia


    Call on Cambodia's coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Sihanoukville is the gateway to Cambodia's stunning Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of classical Khmer architecture. If you wish, you may join an overnight excursion to witness this magnificent, sprawling temple complex.

    Day 39 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia


    Take the day to experience the authentic Khmer culture of Sihanoukville, ringed by stunning sand beaches and cerulean waters. Take in the local ambiance at the town's market, return to Independence Beach or explore the beaches lined with colorful fishing boats. If you ventured to the magnificent 12th-century Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat yesterday, you will return today.

    Day 40 - Cruise the Gulf of Thailand


    Today you will enter the Gulf of Thailand, the former Gulf of Siam. Long an important waterway for traders and merchants, it has helped shape the economies of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula for centuries. As you cruise, you might enjoy the views from your stateroom's veranda or from the Infinity Pool. This evening, attend a port talk about your upcoming Thailand ports and enjoy a star-filled night sky.

    Day 41 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    Call in 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, Vietnam's beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation's past. View the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Chinatown. And meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

    Day 42 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl," it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

    Day 43 - 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 Thanh 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 44 - Cruise the South China Sea


    Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that were navigated for thousands of years by dynastic emperors and the barbarians that opposed them. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.

    Day 45 - Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam


    Explore Da Nang, a sleepy backwater transformed into a US base during the Vietnam War and today a bustling cultural center. Witness typical Vietnamese countryside here, blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with water buffalo. Admire the city's colonial architecture, standing alongside ornate temples, and explore the fascinating Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You will also visit legendary China Beach, where US soldiers came for relaxation during the war. If you wish, explore the splendid architecture of Hoi An, spared from wartime bombing, or the treasures of Hue, once a dynastic capital.

    Day 46 - Scenic Cruising: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


    Sail into the breathtaking world of Ha Long Bay, an astonishing 100-mile stretch of some 2,000 towering karst islands. These mystical-looking monoliths are said to have been created by dragons descending to the sea and leaving behind droplets of jade to protect the mainland from marauders. Wind your way through this remarkable seascape on an authentic Vietnamese junk.

    Day 47 - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


    Explore more of Ha Long Bay today, taking in dramatic views from your veranda, the Aquavit Terrace or the Explorers' Lounge. If you'd like, travel to Vietnam's northern cultural center of Hanoi, a richly textured city evocative of Old Vietnam. In its atmospheric Old Quarter, old temples and storefronts date back centuries.

    Day 48 - Haikou, China


    Discover Haikou today, situated on Hainan Island off the southern coast of mainland China. During a tour of this vibrant city, you will visit the historic quarter and the city's inviting green parks. Admire a gleaming-white blend of colonial-era Portuguese and French facades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.

    Day 49 - Hong Kong, China


    Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

    Day 50 - Hong Kong, China


    Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.

    Day 51 - Hong Kong, China


    See where Hong Kong's deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Alternately, you may explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

    Day 52 - Xiamen, China


    Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you'd like, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class and a tea ceremony. Or visit the ancient city of Quanzhou, the start of the legendary Maritime Silk Road.

    Day 53 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China


    Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the island's northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine to those who have fallen in China's wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the reign as "tallest" from 2004 to 2009.

    Day 54 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China


    Enjoy today to explore more of Taipei and the surrounding towns and villages. Create your own lantern and make a wish in Pingxi. In Jinguashi, learn about the gold rush from an old miner. Walk the streets of Jiufen, a picturesque old mining town that was almost forgotten until a local film gave it new fame. Or visit Yehliu, the island's scenic cape dotted with bizarre-looking rock formations. During your stay, you will have ample opportunity to sample the city's diverse and creative cuisine.

    Day 55 - Cruise the East China Sea


    The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. In the late 19th century, American whaling ships hunted right whales here in these waters for blubber that fueled lamps and made soaps. As you cruise today, treat yourself to a massage at The Spa or relax in a deck chair by the Infinity Pool.

    Day 56 - Shanghai, China


    Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.

    Day 57 - Shanghai, China


    You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples and pavilions. Ride the superfast Maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.

    Day 58 - Cruise the Yellow Sea


    Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward the Korean Peninsula. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. Its rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.

    Day 59 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea


    Arrive in the Korean port of Incheon this morning and enjoy an introduction to Seoul, South Korea's capital city. Like so many Asian cities, Seoul is part modern metropolis and part ancient walled citadel, a blend of futuristic trends and sacred traditions. You will be provided ample material and guidance to explore the capital on your own. If you wish, you may visit the DMZ, the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War.

    Day 60 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea


    Enjoy another day exploring the 2,000-year-old city on the Han River. You may wish to immerse yourself in Bukchon Hanok Village, where hundreds of traditional houses, known as hanok, are preserved as cultural centers, tea houses and more. To view some of the country's artistic and cultural treasures, peruse the galleries of Seoul's impressive National Museum of Korea. Indulge in a lunch of bulgogi and other traditional Korean dishes.

    Day 61 - Qingdao, China


    Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong." Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.

    Day 62 - Dalian, China


    This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.

    Day 63 - Beijing, China


    Call in Tianjin today, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. But the Great Wall is the larger draw, and you will see the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.

    Day 64 - Beijing, China


    Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on in Beijing to explore more of this historic imperial capital.

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    Cruise Line
    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Duration
    64 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Spirit

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Piraeus  
    Day 2Piraeus  
    Day 3Cruise the Mediterranean Sea  
    Day 4Haifa  
    Day 5Haifa  
    Day 6Port Said  
    Day 7Cruise the Suez Canal  
    Day 8Safaga  
    Day 9Sharm El-Sheikh  
    Day 10Aqaba  
    Day 11Cruise The Red Sea  
    Day 12Cruise the Bab el Mandeb Strait  
    Day 13Cruise The Gulf of Aden  
    Day 14Cruise the Arabian Sea  
    Day 15Salalah  
    Day 16Cruise the Omani Coast  
    Day 17Muscat  
    Day 18Cruise the Arabian Sea  
    Day 19Cruise the Arabian Sea  
    Day 20Mumbai  
    Day 21Mumbai  
    Day 22Mumbai  
    Day 23Mormugao  
    Day 24Cruise the Laccadive Sea  
    Day 25Colombo  
    Day 26Colombo  
    Day 27Cruise the Bay of Bengal  
    Day 28Cruise the Bay of Bengal  
    Day 29Cruise the Strait of Malacca  
    Day 30George Town  
    Day 31Port Klang  
    Day 32Singapore  
    Day 33Cruise the Gulf of Thailand  
    Day 34Koh Samui  
    Day 35Laem Chabang  
    Day 36Laem Chabang  
    Day 37Laem Chabang  
    Day 38Sihanoukville  
    Day 39Sihanoukville  
    Day 40Cruise the Gulf of Thailand  
    Day 41Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 42Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 43Ho Chi Minh City  
    Day 44Cruise the South China Sea  
    Day 45Chan May  
    Day 46Ha Long Bay  
    Day 47Ha Long Bay  
    Day 48Haikou  
    Day 49Hong Kong  
    Day 50Hong Kong  
    Day 51Hong Kong  
    Day 52Xiamen  
    Day 53Keelung  
    Day 54Keelung  
    Day 55Cruise the East China Sea  
    Day 56Shanghai  
    Day 57Shanghai  
    Day 58Cruise the Yellow Sea  
    Day 59Incheon  
    Day 60Incheon  
    Day 61Qingdao  
    Day 62Dalian  
    Day 63Beijing  
    Day 64Beijing  
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