Discover the must-see legends and landmarks of Europe with Viking Cruises 36-day “Nordic Explorer” itinerary. This unforgettable journey will take you from Istanbul to the sunny Mediterranean, up the Atlantic Coast of France and Portugal, to magnificent London and through the Viking water of Bergen. Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Athens, soak in the medieval sights in Dubrovnik and Rouen, taste the wines of Toulon and climb the stairs of Gaudi’s surreal Sagrada Família, all whilst enjoying the luxury of Viking Cruises’ comfortable, state-of-the-art ships.
Step aboard your ship and soak up the wonderful vistas of Istanbul. This transcontinental city where East-meets-West is full of unique experiences waiting to be discovered. Try going below ground to the immense and mesmerizing cisterns, surveying monumental Istanbul from the water with a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus or simply losing yourself in the bazaar district. Indulge in a proper hamam (Turkish bath) experience and steam away the travel grime whilst enjoying the architecture of an ancient Ottoman monument. As many of the imperial mosque complexes include a hamam, these offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history, architecture, warm water and soap suds – all at the same time. There is a range of included and optional shore excursions from Viking Cruises so you will be spoilt for choice in this diverse and absorbing city.
Wander the medieval streets of historic Kotor in Montenegro; a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled between limestone cliffs and an exquisite bay, with an included walking tour. In the main square, you can admire the Venetian walls that surround the city which were constructed in 1420 and stand well preserved today. You will also visit the 12th-century Romanesque Cathedral of St. Tryphon, a remarkable repository of 14th-century frescos and valuable artefacts. Over the centuries, the building has suffered damage from earthquakes as evidenced from its mismatched towers, one of which was rebuilt with meagre funds after a tremor. For those looking to explore Montenegro further take an optional excursion to the small towns of Budva, once a hideaway for the rich and famous, and Sveti Stefan.
Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty and be allured by the same glitz and glamour that caused George Clooney to tie the knot with a stop in Venice. Famous for its festivals, architecture, history and canals, “The Floating City” is a maze of winding streets and tiny bridges or “ponte”. Although it is one of the most recognizable travel destinations in Europe it is also one of the most endangered, with the city estimated to be 80mm lower in 20 years if the current rate of ‘sinking’ continues.
Expand your horizons on a luxury ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in every way. Whether you seek to satisfy your palate, increase your knowledge, or expand your circle of friends with like-minded people, Viking Cruises has designed their ships with a unique onboard experience, from the serene Wintergarden, perfect for a calming cup of tea; to The Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of wellness; to the Library, carefully curated with books. There are also inspiring onboard talks that help you understand every destination in depth. All set in tasteful, understated elegance and all designed to deliver a life-enriching experience.