Southeast Asia Horizons (29 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion  |  3 Reviews
Yokohama, Japan to Laem Chabang, Thailand
Dates: 01 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019

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DAY 1
01 Nov 2019
Yokohama, Japan

Embark today in Yokohama and settle in for a fascinating journey that bridges the cultures of Asia and North America. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and explore your ship, perhaps browsing our onboard art collection. Later, head for dinner in our elegant main dining room, The Restaurant.

DAY 2
02 Nov 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 3
03 Nov 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 4
04 Nov 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 5
05 Nov 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 6
06 Nov 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 7
07 Nov 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 8
08 Nov 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.

DAY 9
09 Nov 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.

DAY 10
10 Nov 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.

DAY 11
11 Nov 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.

DAY 12
12 Nov 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.

DAY 13
13 Nov 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.

DAY 14
14 Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China

Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor, and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

DAY 15
15 Nov 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.

DAY 16
16 Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China

See where Hong Kong's deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Alternately, you may explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

DAY 17
17 Nov 2019
Haikou, China

Discover Haikou today, situated on Hainan Island off the southern coast of mainland China. During a tour of this vibrant city, you will visit the historic quarter and the city's inviting green parks. Admire a gleaming-white blend of colonial-era Portuguese and French façades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.

DAY 18
18 Nov 2019
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is home to about 2,000 limestone islands rising from the water to astonishing heights. Legend says they were created by dragons who breathed out jewels into the bay to prevent enemy ships from coming ashore. Perhaps embark on a scenic and serene cruise on an authentic junk through one of the world's most magnificent landscapes. As we dock here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the bay and its surroundings.

DAY 19
19 Nov 2019
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Spend another day exploring Ha Long Bay, taking in dramatic views from your veranda, the Aquavit Terrace, or the Explorers' Lounge. If you would like, travel to Vietnam's northern cultural center of Hanoi, a richly textured city evocative of Old Vietnam. In its atmospheric Old Quarter, temples and storefronts date back centuries.

DAY 20
20 Nov 2019
Chan May, Vietnam
Da Nang, Vietnam
Chan May, Vietnam

Explore Da Nang, a sleepy backwater transformed into a US base during the Vietnam War and today a bustling cultural center. Witness typical Vietnamese countryside here, blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with water buffalo. Admire the city's colonial architecture, standing alongside ornate temples, and explore the fascinating Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You will also visit legendary China Beach, where US soldiers came for relaxation during the war. If you wish, explore the splendid architecture of Hoi An, spared from wartime bombing, or the treasures of Hue, once a dynastic capital.

DAY 21
21 Nov 2019
South China Sea (Cruising)

Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that have been navigated for thousands of years. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.

DAY 22
22 Nov 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Call in Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnam's beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation's past. Or, view the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

DAY 23
23 Nov 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl", it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

DAY 24
24 Nov 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl", it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

DAY 25
25 Nov 2019
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

Gulf of Thailand: As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.

DAY 26
26 Nov 2019
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Call on Cambodia's coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Sihanoukville is the gateway to Cambodia's stunning Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of classical Khmer architecture. If you wish, you may join an overnight excursion to witness this magnificent sprawling temple complex.

DAY 27
27 Nov 2019
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Take the day to experience the authentic Khmer culture of Sihanoukville, ringed by stunning sand beaches and cerulean waters. Take in the local ambiance at the town's market, return to Independence Beach, or explore the beaches lined with colorful fishing boats. If you ventured to the magnificent 12th-century Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat yesterday, you will return today.

DAY 28
28 Nov 2019
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia's most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city's many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.

DAY 29
29 Nov 2019
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Disembark this morning and transfer to the Bangkok airport for your flight home. Or, explore more with our post-extension in this fascinating city.

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Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

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Shore Excursions

Yokohama, Japan - 01 Nov 2019

Yokohama, Japan - 02 Nov 2019

Osaka, Japan - 05 Nov 2019

Hong Kong, China - 14 Nov 2019

Hong Kong, China - 15 Nov 2019

Hong Kong, China - 16 Nov 2019

Da Nang, Vietnam - 20 Nov 2019

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 22 Nov 2019

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 23 Nov 2019

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 24 Nov 2019

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