East Asian Odyssey (29 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Tianjin, China to Laem Chabang, Thailand
Dates: 21 Oct 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

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DAY 1
21 Oct 2018
Tianjin, China

Arrive in Tianjin, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. Explore your ship upon embarking and settle in to your veranda stateroom.

DAY 2
22 Oct 2018
Tianjin, China

Journey to China's renowned Great Wall today, visiting the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers, and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.

DAY 3
23 Oct 2018
Dalian, China

This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways, and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.

DAY 4
24 Oct 2018
Qingdao, China

Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong". Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.

DAY 5
25 Oct 2018
Yellow Sea (Cruising)

Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward Shanghai. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. The sea's rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.

DAY 6
26 Oct 2018
Shanghai, China

Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.

DAY 7
27 Oct 2018
Shanghai, China

You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples, and pavilions. Ride the superfast maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or, learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy, and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.

DAY 8
28 Oct 2018
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, China, 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 9
29 Oct 2018
Naha, Japan

Today, continue learning about the Ryukyu Kingdom with a day in Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. The island is home to nine properties comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu". This includes Shuri Castle, the former royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The castle was used by the Japanese as a command base during World War II and was heavily damaged by shelling during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The island is also home to the Southeast Botanical Gardens, which houses 2,000 plant species.

DAY 10
30 Oct 2018
Ishigaki Island, Japan

Today explore the natural wonders of Ishigaki Island, the second-largest island of the Yaeyama island group. The island was once home to the Ryukyu Kingdom, an important participant in the region's maritime trade before being annexed by Japan in 1879. Thanks to the island and much of its surrounding waters being situated in the protected Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Ishigaki is renowned for its pristine beaches, such as the emerald-green waters of Kabira Bay and the Yonehara bleached coral beach. Or, visit Yaeyama Museum and Miyara Dunchi, an early 19th-century aristocratic residence.

DAY 11
31 Oct 2018
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, China, 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
01 Nov 2018
Xiamen, China

Continue your exploration of Xiamen, which became a center for the international tea trade during the mid-19th century, with an optional bike ride along the city's seaside promenade. Or, head to Quanzhou and explore what was China's most important port for foreign trade through the 14th century. Situated at the start of the Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou was visited by many notable foreigners, including Marco Polo, and became a center for numerous religions in Asia.

DAY 13
02 Nov 2018
Xiamen, China

Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk, and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you wish, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class, and a tea ceremony.

DAY 14
03 Nov 2018
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
04 Nov 2018
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 16
05 Nov 2018
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 17
06 Nov 2018
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
07 Nov 2018
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
08 Nov 2018
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
09 Nov 2018
Da Nang, 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
10 Nov 2018
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
11 Nov 2018
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, Central Post Office, and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

DAY 23
12 Nov 2018
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
13 Nov 2018
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
14 Nov 2018
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
15 Nov 2018
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
16 Nov 2018
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
17 Nov 2018
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
18 Nov 2018
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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Shore Excursions

Dalian, China - 23 Oct 2018

Shanghai, China - 26 Oct 2018

Shanghai, China - 27 Oct 2018

Xiamen, China - 01 Nov 2018

Xiamen, China - 02 Nov 2018

Hong Kong, China - 03 Nov 2018

Hong Kong, China - 04 Nov 2018

Hong Kong, China - 05 Nov 2018

Da Nang, Vietnam - 09 Nov 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 11 Nov 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 12 Nov 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 13 Nov 2018

Sihanoukville, Cambodia - 15 Nov 2018

Sihanoukville, Cambodia - 16 Nov 2018

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