Far East and Alaska (36 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Hong Kong, China to Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dates: 21 Apr 2019 - 25 May 2019

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21 Apr 2019
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.

22 Apr 2019
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.

23 Apr 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. As you cruise today, enjoy regional cuisine in the World Café or treat yourself to a massage at The Spa.

24 Apr 2019
Keelung, Taiwan

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 the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009.

25 Apr 2019
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard 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.

26 Apr 2019
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 of Sakurajima volcano, and visit the Reimeikan museum in the old city castle to view exhibits of Japan's history and culture. If you wish, you may join a ferry to get closer to Sakurajima volcano across Kagoshima Bay.

27 Apr 2019
Nagasaki, Japan

Call in Nagasaki today, one of the rare cities in Japan where East and West intermingle, most notably in the delicious cuisine. Dutch traders resided here for two centuries after the shogun expelled missionaries spreading their religious beliefs. The city changed forever on August 9, 1945, destroyed by an atomic bomb. Take in views of today's modern city from atop Inasayama lookout point and pause at the Nagasaki Peace Park to stroll among moving statues. You will also see the Urakami Cathedral and the former island of Dejima that used to house European merchants.

28 Apr 2019
Pusan, South Korea

Visit Busan, South Korea's "second city" after Seoul and one of the world's largest ports. Busan has been built on 17 centuries of history, yet its modernity is unmistakable and distinct. Get to know its treasures during a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, stopping along the way to explore bustling markets, beaches, parks, and other sights. You may also hop off to spend time at the Busan Museum or the Busan Museum of Art; however, admission is at your own expense. Alternately, journey to the magnificent hillside temple of Beomeosa and the coastal temple of Haedong Yonggung.

29 Apr 2019
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. Its devastation on August 6, 1945, is hard to imagine today, so modern and forward-looking are its streets and its people. Contemplate the decades-long recovery at the burned-out shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall and the Peace Memorial Park. Later this evening, enjoy a tour of the illuminated city by night with a stop for a dinner of okonomiyaki, Japanese soul food and sake.

DAY 10
30 Apr 2019
Hiroshima, Japan

Today, you may embark a ferry to discover the wooded hills and cherished Itsukushima Shrine on the picturesque Itsukushima Island. Widely referred to as Miyajima Island (Shrine Island), it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main portal, a dramatic red torii gate, stands in the surf during high tide. The shrine's pagoda boasts five stories. 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
01 May 2019
Osaka, Japan

Home to two of Japan's oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. Make a visit to Osaka Castle. Originally built in the 16th century and rebuilt twice since, it is a treasure trove of armory and artifacts. At Sumiyoshi Temple, admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. 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
02 May 2019
Shimizu, Japan

Arrive in Shimizu for an overnight stay, affording you time to get to know this historic city on the shores of Suruga Bay and explore farther afield to the famous Mt. Fuji. In Shimizu, visit the original burial spot of the first shogun, the Shinto shrine of Kunōzan Tōshō-gū. With its flamboyant design and bright colors, it is a testament to the status that these military dictators held in the eyes of the emperor who appointed them. You can view the suits of armor, tachi (swords), and other artifacts and enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the way.

DAY 13
03 May 2019
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
04 May 2019
Yokohama, Japan
DAY 15
05 May 2019
Yokohama, Japan

Call on Yokohama, gateway to Tokyo. 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. 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.

DAY 16
06 May 2019
Yokohama, Japan
DAY 17
07 May 2019
Tsugaru-Kaikyo Strait

Cross the Tsugaru Strait today in northern Japan, linking the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. 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
08 May 2019
Otaru, Japan
Sapporo, Japan

Arrive in Sapporo for an overnight stay, allowing you ample time to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Japan's northern island. The city is renowned for its ability to transform the natural world into the highest art. Central to Sapporo's cuisine is miso ramen; the noodle dish was invented here and restaurants line the Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho (Original Sapporo Ramen Street) to celebrate its many forms. The city's golden Sapporo beer is produced here in a 19th-century brick brewery. If you wish, you may attend a special dinner with a geisha performance this evening.

DAY 19
09 May 2019
Sapporo, Japan
Otaru, Japan

A city tour takes you to the Hokkaidō Shrine, nestled in a deep forest, and to the Ishiya-Shiroi Koibito Park. Visit a chocolate factory where Sapporo's famous white-chocolate cookies, Shiroi Koibito, are made, and the bustling market, where you will get a true taste of local life. Alternatively, you may set out on a hanami outing, a "flower viewing" excursion to seek out the city's most beautiful blooms.

DAY 20
10 May 2019
Korsakov, Russia

Cruise into Aniva Bay to berth at the southern end of Russia's Sakhalin Island. As you explore by motorcoach and on foot, you will learn about the city's original inhabitants, the Ainu people from Japan and Russia. Visit Lenin Square and enjoy a folkloric performance at the cultural center. If you wish, see more of the area during an island tour that reveals the mixed Russian and Japanese heritage.

DAY 21
11 May 2019
Sea of Okhotsk

Cruise the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk today, named for the first Russian settlement in the Far East. This former whale-hunting ground once attracted whalers from as far as the United States and France. As you sail, perhaps you'll enjoy a soothing spa treatment or learn about your next destination during a lecture. Tonight, enjoy a fine meal with wine pairings at The Chef's Table.

DAY 22
12 May 2019
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

Call on the main cultural center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, perched on the high scenic hills of the Kamchatka Peninsula. This fascinating, remote Russian town is surrounded by volcanoes and inaccessible except by sea and air. Soon after its founding, it grew into one of Russia's most important eastern settlements. Our overnight stay here lets you explore up close. Onboard, enjoy a Destination Performance that embodies the rich traditions of this city.

DAY 23
13 May 2019
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, 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
14 May 2019
Bering Sea

Begin your crossing of the legendary Bering Sea today. By some accounts, the water level was once so low here that humans and animals migrated by foot across a land bridge, marking the first major migration into the Americas. You will journey by a far more comfortable means, perhaps relaxing with a book in The Library or sharing coffee or a drink with new friends in The Living Room.

DAY 25
15 May 2019
Bering Sea
DAY 26
16 May 2019
Bering Sea
International Dateline (Crossing)
Dutch Harbor, AK, United States

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Continue your Bering Sea crossing. This northern body is named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering, who under Russian service charted 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
17 May 2019
Gulf of Alaska (Cruising)

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'll 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
18 May 2019
Kodiak, AK, United States

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 Italian dishes at Manfredi's Italian Restaurant for dinner.

DAY 29
19 May 2019
Seward, AK, 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 in the 18th century. A walking tour leads you past the Holy Resurrection Church, a Russian Orthodox church built in 1945, and the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, where artifacts chronicle the past of the native people. During a stroll along the harbor, learn about the city's booming fishing industry. Alternately, you might join an exciting bear safari by floatplane, perhaps spotting humpback whales during your flight to the Katmai coast.

DAY 30
20 May 2019
Valdez, AK, United States

You have today explore Seward, renowned as the starting point of the world-famous Iditarod dogsled race. 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 Katmai National Park to visit Exit Glacier or capture breathtaking aerial views from an optional helicopter excursion.

DAY 31
21 May 2019
Yakutat Bay, Alaska, AK, United States

Call in Valdez today, named after a Spanish secretary of the navy. Explorers and gold seekers flocked to Valdez before it became Alaska's northernmost ice-free port. Today, it is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that carries oil south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic coast. Learn about the town's history during a walking tour. Or, opt for an excursion to the magnificent Columbia Tidal Glacier in Prince William Sound, and perhaps try your luck catching some of Alaska's famous salmon.

DAY 32
22 May 2019
Hoonah, AK, United States

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
23 May 2019
Sitka, AK, 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. Or, hop on a floatplane to soar over the breathtaking expanse of Glacier Bay National Park, just across the strait.

DAY 34
24 May 2019
Ketchikan, AK, United States

Glimpse the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska. Enjoy an enlightening walking tour to learn more about the fur trade that brought the Russians here. See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House, built by the Tlingit with guidance from Finnish carpenters in the 1840s. As you explore, you will see many art galleries displaying the work of artists who have been inspired by the region's natural beauty for decades. If you'd like, board a plane or boat for inspiring views of Mt. Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano on a nearby island.

DAY 35
25 May 2019
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States

Discover "Alaska's First City", as it is the first one encountered by travelers coming by ship from the south. Ketchikan was home to the Tlingit long before the arrival of white settlers, as you'll see in the many old and new totem poles that grace the town. During a tour, walk in the footsteps of lumberjacks, fishermen, con artists, and ladies of the night in this once lawless frontier town, and embark an amphibious vehicle for a unique "Duck Boat" tour. If you'd like to venture beyond the town, visit Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument, where seaplanes and 4x4 vehicles take you beyond the beaten path.

DAY 36
26 May 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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 Granville Channel, reveling in an endless canvas of beauty. Sail past rainforests 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.

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