Far East & Alaska

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Far East & Alaska 9th Apr 2024
Various regional airports 36 nights
*Viking Ocean Cruises £12,990.00

Far East & Alaska

Make a historic Pacific crossing

Combine Far Eastern Horizons and North Pacific Passagefor an epic 37-day cruise. From imperial treasures and cities risen from ash to former Soviet ports and the magnificent beauty of Alaska, you will accompany locals as they reveal what they love most about the varied places they call home. A historic Pacific crossing links these diverse cultures, and overnight stays in six ports let you explore fully and take in the nuances and complexities of the North Pacific.

 

Day 1 — Hong Kong, China

 

Arrive in dazzling Hong Kong today and embark your ship. Take time to settle in and explore, perhaps admiring the city’s magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Our overnight stay gives you ample time to experience the rich cultural tapestry and unmistakable British influence.

 

Day 2 — Hong Kong, China

 

Another day in port allows you to admire the city’s magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing among soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Tonight, perhaps enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or spend a leisurely evening on board.

 

Day 3 — Sail the East China Sea

 

The East China Sea welcomes you today. This strategically important shipping lane is also a key stretch of water for several nations’ fishing industries. As you cruise today, enjoy regional cuisine in the World Café or treat yourself to a massage at The Spa.

 

Day 4 — Taipei, 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 title as “tallest” from 2004 to 2009.

 

Day 5 — Sail the East China Sea

 

Spend a relaxing day on board as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen’s gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef’s Table.

 

Day 6 — Nagasaki, Japan

 

Call in Nagasaki today, where East meets West—most notably in the city’s delicious cuisine. Embark on an included tour of Nagasaki, pausing at the Nagasaki Peace Park to stroll among its moving statues. You will also see the Urakami Cathedral and the island of Dejima, built to house European merchants. If you like, you may choose to enjoy lunch and a geisha performance followed by a visit to a 1,000-foot-high observatory on one of our optional excursions.

 

Day 7 — Kagoshima, Japan

 

Situated on a scenic bay formed by a sunken caldera and overseen by the Sakurajima volcano, Kagoshima is often called the “Naples of the Eastern World” for its setting. During a city tour, head to the hilltop Shiroyama Park for splendid views of the city and Sakurajima volcano, and visit the Reimeikan museum in the old city castle to view exhibits on Japan’s history and culture. Or, you may opt to participate in a unique “sand bath” experience at a nearby hotel.

 

Day 8 — Beppu, Japan

 

Explore Japan’s leading hot spring resort, Beppu, with its nearly 3,000 gushing vents in a small area. Marvel at the clouds of steam rising through the city’s streets, caused by the underground volcanic activity. The springs boast properties that are said to boost health and well-being because of their mineral content. At one of the best-known examples, Myoban Yunosato, experts will introduce you to the benefits of these minerals and the process of extracting crystals to produce bath and skin care products.

 

Day 9 — Hiroshima, Japan

 

Arrive in Hiroshima for an overnight stay, giving you time to ponder this resilient city. Once at the forefront of industry and education, it grew from the 19th century to become one of Japan’s most important industrial centers. Contemplate the city’s decades-long recovery from its devastation on August 6, 1945, at the burned-out shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall and the Peace Memorial Park. Perhaps you will choose to travel to historic Hiroshima Castle and the charming “shrunken scenery garden,” or board a ferry to discover the wooded hills and cherished Itsukushima Shrine on the picturesque Itsukushima Island.

 

Day 10 — Hiroshima, Japan

 

Today, you may combine a visit to the beautiful Mitaki temple with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. If you prefer, you may explore more of Hiroshima on your own, perhaps paying your respects at the Children’s Peace Monument; its Flame of Peace will burn until the last nuclear weapon on the planet has been dismantled.

 

Day 11 — Osaka, Japan

 

Home to two of Japan’s oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. At Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine), admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. On the way back to your ship, admire the nearly 1,000-foot-tall Abena Harukas, Japan’s tallest building. If you wish, you may journey to Kyoto, Japan’s former imperial city of stunning shrines, bamboo forests and the splendid Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).

 

Day 12 — Shimizu, Japan

 

Arrive in Shimizu for an overnight stay, affording you time to get to know this historic city. Travel to beautiful Nihondaira, where the area’s elevated topography allows you to take in sweeping views of the city and the famous Mt. Fuji. This included tour also features a guided walk through scenic Miho no Matsubara. Alternately, you may opt to learn more about one of Shimizu’s most important industries on a visit to a tea plantation. Tonight, enjoy dinner in town or on board and an evening at leisure.

 

Day 13 — Shimizu, Japan

 

You have another day to relax and enjoy the lush natural surroundings of Shimizu. You may also travel to the slopes of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest peak. You will ascend to an elevation of 7,900 feet, passing pristine countryside and charming small villages. Pause your journey to view the work of famed artist Utagawa Hiroshige in a museum dedicated to the Japanese landscape master.

 

Day 14 — Tokyo, Japan

 

Arrive in Tokyo today and continue your fascinating journey that bridges the cultures of Asia and North America. Formerly known as Edo, today’s Tokyo is the cultural and economic heart of Japan, residence of its emperor and a fascinating study in contrasts. Explore Tokyo on your own today, or perhaps opt for one of our many optional tours. The ship will remain docked overnight so you have plenty of time to explore this great city at night.

 

Day 15 — Tokyo, Japan

 

Awake in Tokyo today. Perhaps you will explore Shinjuku Gyoen, a picturesque garden influenced by French, English and Japanese styles. Or ride the city’s famous subway to the Ginza district, Tokyo’s glittering shopping district of neon lights, luxurious shops and bustling coffeehouses, anchored by the Wako store and its famous Hattori Clock Tower. The ship will remain docked overnight so you have plenty of time to explore this great city at night.

 

Day 16 — Tokyo, Japan

 

Enjoy another day in Tokyo, the cultural and economic heart of Japan. If you did not take our included guided tour you can do so today. Or opt for one of the many optional tours. Your ship sets sail this evening so you can enjoy a spectacular view of the skyline as we sail away.

 

Day 17 — Scenic Sailing: Tsugaru Strait

 

Cross the Tsugaru Strait today in northern Japan. More than a geographic boundary between Japan’s two largest islands, it was also declared a zoological border when English naturalist Thomas Blakiston observed animals related to northern Asian species on Hokkaidō and others related to southern Asian species on Honshū. As you sail, enjoy Japanese-inspired cuisine at the World Café and perhaps sip some sake, a Japanese rice wine, this evening.

 

Day 18 — Sapporo (Otaru), Japan

 

Arrive in Sapporo for an overnight stay, allowing you ample time to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Japan’s northern island. An included city tour takes you to the Hokkaidō Shrine, nestled in a deep forest, and to the Historical Village of Hokkaidō. Step back in time as you explore this faithfully recreated 19th-century village and learn more about the city’s days as a frontier town. Alternately, you may set out on a tour of Sapporo’s breweries or attend a special dinner with a geisha performance.

 

Day 19 — Sapporo (Otaru), Japan

 

Spend the morning exploring more of Sapporo. Perhaps you will enjoy a breakfast of local delicacies at a nearby café, or stroll through Odori Park with its beautiful fountains and flowers. Or you may choose to visit the Sapporo TV Tower, taking an elevator up to its 300-foot-high viewing platform to take in panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. Return on board for lunch and an afternoon departure.

 

Day 20-21 — Sail the Okhotsk Sea

 

Cruise the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk today. As you sail, perhaps you will enjoy a soothing spa treatment or learn about your next destination during a lecture. Mingle with new friends in The Living Room and later enjoy a cocktail over the strains of jazz at Torshavn.

 

Day 22 — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia

 

Cruise the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk today. As you sail, perhaps you will enjoy a soothing spa treatment or learn about your next destination during a lecture. Mingle with new friends in The Living Room and later enjoy a cocktail over the strains of jazz at Torshavn

 

Day 23 — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia

 

Explore Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky today, set amid picturesque hills. Take in views of Avacha Bay from a scenic overlook, and learn about the area’s natural history and heritage at the cultural museum. Enjoy a panoramic drive, stopping to visit the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and concluding at Lenin Square, where you will have free time to explore. You might also venture into the rugged countryside to view the peninsula’s soaring chain of volcanoes or visit a Koryak village to witness how native people have lived for centuries.

 

Day 24 — Sail the Bering Sea

 

Begin your crossing of the legendary Bering Sea today. Take in sweeping views in the Explorers’ Lounge, with its two-story panoramic windows. Or perhaps relax with a book in The Library, or share coffee or a drink with new friends in The Living Room.

 

Day 25 — Cross the International Date Line

 

Crossing the International Date Line is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. Heading east across this imaginary line between the poles sets the clock back 24 hours, effectively gaining a day. Raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers’ Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.

 

Day 26 — Sail the Bering Sea

 

Continue your Bering Sea crossing. This northern body is named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering, who under Russian service chartered these waters in 1728. Join an onboard lecture to learn about your upcoming Alaska ports today. This evening, listen to the strains of jazz over your favorite cocktail at Torshavn.

 

Day 27 — Dutch Harbor, United States

 

Call in Dutch Harbor today, a charming town on the Unalaska Island of the Aleutians known to locals simply as “Dutch.” This was home to the Aleut people for millennia. The Russian fur trade reached its shores in the mid-18th century, and the United States set up military bases here during World War II. There will be time for you to go ashore and explore on your own, absorbing a rich island heritage in a picturesque island setting surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

 

Day 28 — Scenic Sailing: Gulf of Alaska

 

Sail into the Gulf of Alaska today. You might enjoy a workout or yoga session in the Fitness Center or browse our onboard Viking Heritage exhibit as you cruise. Enjoy authentic Norwegian fare at Mamsen’s gourmet deli for lunch and freshly prepared regional dishes at The Restaurant for dinner.

 

Day 29 — Kodiak, United States

 

Take in the magnificent setting of Kodiak, the major city on its namesake island. Inhabited by Alutiiq natives for seven millennia, it became the capital of Russian Alaska during the 18th century. Explore this historic city at your leisure today, perhaps visiting the Bear Town Market to shop for artisanal mementos. Alternately, you might join an exciting bear safari, perhaps spotting humpback whales during your flight to the Katmai coast.

 

Day 30 — Seward, United States

 

Discover Seward today, a modest seaport named after Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, who defied public opinion to pursue the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The small city is also renowned as the starting point of the world-famous Iditarod National Historic Trail. Explore the Alaska SeaLife Center, where you will learn about the marine world that thrives right off the coast. If you wish, venture farther afield to Kenai Fjords National Park to visit Exit Glacier or capture breathtaking aerial views on an optional helicopter excursion.

 

Day 31 — Valdez, United States

 

Call on charming Valdez today, taking in its beautiful setting along a deep fjord in Prince William Sound. Follow your own interests and learn more about this small fishing town during a self-guided exploration. Alternately, you may opt for an excursion to the magnificent Columbia Glacier, or perhaps take to the sky on a breathtaking helicopter tour of the Chugach Mountains.

 

Day 32 — Scenic Sailing: Yakutat Bay

 

Today you will witness some of Alaska’s most breathtaking and pristine scenery. Cruise into majestic Yakutat Bay to the point where it narrows to become Disenchantment Bay, so named by its Spanish discoverer who was hoping to find the fabled Northwest Passage and instead faced the imposing icy wall of Hubbard Glacier. Today, the spectacular glacier steadily advances into the water, blocking tributary fjords and slowly pushing ice and debris down from the St. Elias Mountains.

 

Day 33 — Icy Strait Point, United States

 

Discover the old canning station at Icy Strait Point today. Fully restored by the Native American Tlingit community from nearby Hoonah, it is an exquisite time capsule revealing how locals once earned a living from the rich fishing grounds. Celebrate the Tlingit culture during a cultural presentation by locals in traditional ceremonial dress. You might also join a whale-watching excursion to spot some of the many creatures that flock to these food-rich waters.

 

Day 34 — Sitka, United States

 

Glimpse the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska. Enjoy an enlightening panoramic tour of the city, learning more about the fur trade that first brought the Russians to its shores. Marvel at the beauty of Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano that has lain dormant for millennia, and the verdant islands of Sitka Sound peppered prettily along the water. Admire Sitka’s fascinating totem poles and immerse yourself in its heritage during your time in this scenic city.

 

Day 35 — Ketchikan, United States

 

Discover Alaska’s “first city,” as it is known to travelers coming by ship from the south. Ketchikan was home to the Tlingit long before the arrival of white settlers, as you will see in the many old and new totem poles that grace the town. Learn about Alaska’s native legacy and discover the legends behind their designs during your included tour. If you would like to venture beyond the town, perhaps visit the Misty Fjords National Monument or Tongass National Forest, where seaplanes and 4×4 vehicles take you beyond the beaten path.

 

Day 36 — Scenic Sailing: The Inside Passage

 

Take in the natural splendor of one of Alaska’s most scenic waterways, the famed Inside Passage. You will navigate the Strait of Georgia, the Seymour Narrows and the Grenville Channel, reveling in an endless canvas of beauty. Sail past rain forests spilling down steep cliffs to the shore. Keep a watchful eye for orcas, dolphins and whales. Overhead, a wide array of birds take wing, from bald eagles and cormorants to several species of gulls, all feeding on the plentiful bounty of fish in the waters below.

 

Day 37 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Arrive in Vancouver today, British Columbia’s cultural capital, in a scenic setting between mountains and sea. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vancouver to explore this vibrant city.

Enjoy it all, it’s all included:

– Return scheduled flights from the UK

– Private veranda stateroom

– All delicious on board meals in a choice of multiple dining venues

– Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

– Free 24-hour room service

– Speciality teas and coffees any time on board

– Complimentary excursion in almost every port of call

– Evening entertainment, lectures and port talks

– Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply) OR Free Wi-Fi on board* with *Restrictions apply in the T&C’s

– Free use of spa facilities

PLUS……Free Gratuities on ALL cruises

 

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