Tropical Treasures of the Pacific

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Holiday Details

Los Angeles to Sydney 4th Jan 2021
Various regional airports 39 nights
*Viking Ocean Cruises £12,990.00

Tropical Treasures of the Pacific

Sail the spectacular South Pacific

Discover lush tropical islands and Kiwi and Aussie treasures on this sweeping itinerary. Depart southern California’s sun-dappled coastline for Hawaii, with its breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture. Immerse yourself in French Polynesia’s stunning surf and sea, and learn more about the region’s rich history and enduring traditions. Trace the east coast of New Zealand, exploring its charming cities and natural splendors, before ending in Australia.

 

Day 1 — Los Angeles, United States

Welcome to Los Angeles—the “City of Angels” scenically set between the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a panoramic drive around America’s most glamorous city, home to leading film stars and Hollywood legends. Or, cycle along the iconic Santa Monica beach and among the colorful canals of quirky Venice on an electric bike.

Day 2 — Santa Barbara, United States

Visit Santa Barbara today—also known as the “American Riviera.” Famed for its pristine beaches, world-class vineyards and scenic vistas, this jewel of the California coast is yours to explore. Discover Santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage on a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, one of the town’s most recognized and prized landmarks. Wander through its lush gardens as you gaze at the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. Or, follow the Urban Wine Trail and sample some of California’s critically acclaimed vintages that celebrate Santa Barbara’s passion for producing fine wine.

Day 3 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea.” Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart California’s West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 4 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea.” Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart California’s West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 5 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea.” Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart California’s West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 6 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea.” Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart California’s West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 7 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea.” Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart California’s West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 8 — Kauai (Nawiliwili), United States

Call today on Hawaii’s “Garden Island.” The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai’s landscape is lush, green and stunningly beautiful. You can explore on foot or by motor vehicle, or take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of this idyllic island paradise. You may discover the Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park—an infusion of beautiful flora and art. The gardens are home to one of the largest collections of bronze sculptures in the US. Or, follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook, who arrived on these shores in 1778.

Day 9 — Oahu (Honolulu), United States

Arrive today in the cosmopolitan capital of Hawaii. You will find everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Downtown is brimming with fine eateries to suit every palate entwined with fabulous boutiques offering everything from upscale chic to beachside glamour. Or, head to Waikiki Beach, where you can soak up the sun along shores blessed with pristine sands. Visit historic Pearl Harbor and see where the tragic events of December 7, 1941 unfolded, when Japan launched a surprise attack on the US Pacific fleet’s battleship base. Or, immerse yourself in nature as you discover the island’s endemic flora and fauna.

Day 10 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual café fare at the World Café, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 11 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual café fare at the World Café, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 12 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual café fare at the World Café, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 13 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual café fare at the World Café, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 14 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual café fare at the World Café, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 15 — Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Arrive in Vaitape on the island of Bora Bora today, whose landscape is dominated by an extinct volcano in the shape of two moss-green peaks surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon. Bora Bora is the quintessential Polynesian paradise, as is exhibited by its lovely beaches and clear blue seas, through its cuisine or during its crimson sunsets. Embark by open air bus on a scenic tour of the natural and historic sites, including Faanui Bay and Bora Bora’s biggest Polynesian temple. Or, explore the waters off Bora Bora and swim among colorful tropical fish, stingrays and sharks.

Day 16 — Moorea (Opunoha Bay), French Polynesia

Arrive at a tropical island paradise as you call on Moorea today. Famed for its unprecedented beauty, Charles Darwin described the surrounding barrier reef as “a picture in a frame.” As you explore, you will certainly see why. Serene turquoise waters lap the shores of bays which enjoy a backdrop of dramatic volcanic peaks. Its cuisine is as colorful as its landscapes, with influences from European and Chinese settlers. During your time here, you may take in this idyllic paradise from the water as you relax on board a catamaran, or immerse yourself in Polynesian traditions and customs as you engage with locals.

Day 17 — Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia

Tahiti is the largest of the islands of French Polynesia and Papeete is its principal city. It breathes the same easygoing atmosphere as the rest of the archipelago, an earthly paradise with its turquoise waters, tranquil beaches and stunning underwater world. The island’s French and Polynesian cultures can be seen in the town’s covered market, whose colorful displays are a delight for the senses. Admire the Catholic cathedral and the grand colonial design of the Papeete Town Hall, or Mairie de Papeete.

Day 18 — Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s or sample international fare in the World Café.

Day 19 — Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s or sample international fare in the World Café.

Day 20 — Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s or sample international fare in the World Café.

Day 21 — Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s or sample international fare in the World Café.

Day 22 — Cross the International Date Line

As you cross the International Date Line today, you will “cruise into the future,” effectively skipping a day. Crossing this meridian is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. You can raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers’ Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.

Day 23 — Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Vessels have been sailing the indigo waters of the South Pacific since prehistoric times. Spend a day at sea on these beautiful waters as you cruise into New Zealand, just prior to visiting the Bay of Islands.

Day 24 — Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Today, call into Waitangi, located in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island. Its name means “weeping waters” in Māori and it was here, at this stunning seaside location, that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840. Captain William Hobson and 52 Māori chiefs signed the treaty, an act that was considered the founding of New Zealand as a nation. Today, it is celebrated annually with a public holiday and spirited bicultural ceremony on the grounds of Treaty House.

Day 25 — Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland, the cultural capital of New Zealand’s North Island. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland enjoys a stunning setting between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two America’s Cup challenges; its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. During an overnight stay here, you will have ample time to take in this Kiwi city’s beauty and history, touring the tree-lined Albert Park and the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cross the Harbour Bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and cafés.

Day 26 — Auckland, New Zealand

Enjoy a second day in Auckland, known as the “City of Sails” and set between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two America’s Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. You may choose to glide through the waters of Auckland Harbor and the Hauraki Gulf in an America’s Cup yacht. Or, get a taste of Auckland on a tour through some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Day 27 — Auckland, New Zealand

With more time in port, you can visit more of Auckland and its splendid beauty. Head in the the heart of New Zealand’s wine country and sample some of its world acclaimed wines. Or, explore North Island’s west coast and admire its unspoiled beauty. Visit a local farm and experience local life in the farming community.

Day 28 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

While at sea, start your day with a walk around our quarter-mile Promenade Deck. Join one of our yoga classes and find your inner calm or sign up for one of our optional cooking classes at The Kitchen Table. Tonight, enjoy an elegant meal in The Restaurant.

Day 29 — Napier, New Zealand

Cruise into Hawke’s Bay today, New Zealand’s second largest wine-growing region. Disembark to explore Napier’s art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Its eclectic mix of “Main Street” design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the region’s beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay area’s abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.

Day 30 — Wellington, New Zealand

Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as “the coolest little capital in the world,” brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of its main sites, including the summit of Mt. Victoria, the Wellington Cathedral and the New Zealand Parliament’s four buildings—including Parliament House, a dramatic neoclassical wonder, and the Executive Wing, known as the “Beehive” for its shape. You will also see the renowned Wellington Botanic Garden, home to the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Perhaps join our Privileged Access visit to the Museum of New Zealand, or join a city tour fashioned for fans of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Day 31 — Christchurch, New Zealand

Explore the English-flavored city of Christchurch, spread at the feet of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island. Today it is a stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the “Garden City.” See firsthand how the city is creatively preserving its iconic heritage. Visit the Container Mall, a series of stores set up in giant shipping containers, and the Cardboard Cathedral, welcoming worshippers until the Christchurch Cathedral is repaired. You will also visit the lush Christchurch Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s most important of its kind. If you wish, explore the International Antarctic Center, where you can experience life in the continent’s harsh climate and meet some resident penguins.

Day 32 — Cruise the Pacific Ocean

As you sail today, 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 33 — Cruise the Doubtful Sound

Spend your day cruising through the tranquility of the Doubtful Sound. The deepest and second-longest of the South Island fjords was originally named Doubtful Harbor by explorer Captain James Cook, then later renamed by whalers and sealers. The fjord’s imposing peaks rise up to more than 5,000 feet, transitioning from verdant forest to rugged rock along the way. The area’s mixture of both freshwater and saltwater makes it home to a diverse ecosystem, including one of the southernmost pods of bottlenose dolphins. Keep watch for fur seals and penguins sunning themselves near the entrance to the fjord.

Day 34 — Cruise the Tasman Sea

Cruise the the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as “hopping the Pond,” Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as “crossing the Ditch.” Your two days at sea provide the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure or shave.

Day 35 — Cruise the Tasman Sea

Cruise the the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as “hopping the Pond,” Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as “crossing the Ditch.” Your two days at sea provide the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure or shave.

Day 36 — Tasmania, Australia

Explore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, it is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot. As we are docked here overnight, you will have plenty of time to explore.

Day 37 — Tasmania, Australia

Enjoy a second day in Hobart today. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an open air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 38 — Melbourne, Australia

Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the city’s stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cook’s Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the city’s founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo and wallaby.

Day 39 — Cruise the Tasman Sea

Trace Australia’s renowned Gold Coast, lined with resorts and picturesque beaches. As you cruise today, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, browse the Scandinavian-inspired artwork throughout your ship and attend a talk about your upcoming ports.

Day 40 — Sydney, Australia

Disembark in Sydney today, home to the famed Sydney Opera House and countless other cultural institutions beloved by Aussies. You may transfer to the airport for your flight home or explore more of this spectacular 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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