Venice CRUISE ONLY: Sail into the ancient past on this intriguing voyage. Begin with an overnight in Mumbai. Continue on to seaside Muscat and gaze upon imposing ruins in Egypt. Walk among remarkably preserved sites of antiquity in Ephesus. Overnight in Istanbul and admire Athens' iconic highlights before concluding your journey in Venice.
Why choose Viking Ocean Cruises?
The Thinking Person's Cruise
Vikings intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore and engage with your destination through its food, culture, countryside and customs.
What Viking is NOT
Viking don't try to be all things to all people. Instead, they focus on delivering meaningful experiences to their guests.
NO Children under 18
NO Tacky umbrella drinks
NO Art Auctions
NO Charge for beer & wine at lunch and dinner
NO Charge for alternative restaurants
NO Charge for use of launderettes
NO Spa sales pressure
NO Inside staterooms
NO Waiting in lines
NO Formal nights, butlers or white gloved stuffy service
Every detail on board a Viking ship is meant to enrich and enhance your travel experience, helping you fully immerse yourself in the rich cultures you are visiting. From our thoughtfully curated library and the insights of our guest lecturers to cooking demonstrations with our chef and wine tastings of vintages from your destinations, Viking helps you connect to your destination in every possible way.
The Viking Way of exploration takes you deeper, offering behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities. While we include the expected and iconic, such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks, we also go beyond, offering Local Life, Working World
and optional Privileged Access experiences in places otherwise difficult to visit.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD ARE PROTECTED BY THE TAANZ BONDING. Prices are cruise only, NZD. Airfares are additional. Exclusive Airfare saving of $1000 is per couple and discount will be included in airfare quoted by Our Specialists. Both passengers must fly together on all sectors. Our Specialists will book your flights with Viking Cruises, and these will be based on Economy Class from Auckland return. Airline, routing and dates of travel are at Viking Cruises sole discretion. Additional nights accommodation may be required and is additional cost. Stopovers may/may not be required and may be additional cost. More Companion Fly Free Terms and Conditions apply, please discuss with Our Specialists. Cruise is based on various categories & includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Gratuities included. Price includes all discounts. Prices are in NZ dollars & subject to currency fluctuations. Payment is by cash, eftpos or cheque only. QCard & credit card prices on application. Airfares & accommodation may not be available on all services & room/stateroom categories, capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. Airfares are non-refundable, non-transferable, & name changes not permitted. Prices were correct as of 02 October 2019 and are subject to change without notice. Book by 30 November 2019.
26 Night Cruise sailing from Mumbai to Venice aboard Viking Sun.
Sail into the ancient past on this intriguing voyage. Begin with an overnight in Mumbai. Continue on to seaside Muscat and gaze upon imposing ruins in Egypt. Walk among remarkably preserved sites of antiquity in Ephesus. Overnight in Istanbul and admire Athens’s iconic highlights before concluding your journey in Venice.
Highlights of this cruise:
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.
Explore the Omani city of Salālah today on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. For centuries, Salālah 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.
Luxor (Safaga), 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 Thebes—today’s 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.
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.
Ephesus (Kuşadasi), 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.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Today, you will have the whole day to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano Marina as you enter the city’s heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (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 for an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.
Welcome to Venice, where the magical city renowned for its art, architecture and culture is the ultimate destination on your epic voyage. Watch the sunlight dapple on the water as we ease our way into the lagoon. You can enjoy a panoramic boat ride toward the magnificent St. Mark’s Square on your included tour, and with your guide, you will admire the glorious facade of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. As we will remain in port overnight, enjoy a fine restaurant, the vibrant nightlife and perhaps even a romantic evening gondola ride along the Grand Canal.