Europe’s best-kept secrets

Exploration and luxury don’t need to be mutually exclusive when you set sail with Viking.

Paris, London, Rome and Barcelona are iconic destinations, and rightly so… but for the discerning traveller who’s seen (and done) it all before there’s a plethora of exotic ports still left to discover.

Viking breaks all the stereotypes and is renowned for providing privileged access to the sophisticated traveller. With the focus on the destination, Viking visits the iconic major-ports, but also include more exclusive, exotic locations that provide authentic, culturally rich experiences. Now that’s a bon voyage!

The port less travelled

Viking’s ocean and river cruise itineraries are many and varied, with the emphasis on truly engaging with each city through art, food, heritage, culture, architecture, landscape and customs, both onshore and through Viking’s onboard Cultural Enrichment Program.

Viking’s mantra is to build ships that enhance the destination, not to be the destination. And when perusing Viking’s itineraries, it’s evident what an exquisite range of destinations there are.

You could find yourself transported back in time while strolling the cobblestone streets and medieval castles of Tournon, France. Explorers can divide their time between sightseeing and enjoying the renowned Hermitage wine region, which is celebrated for its exquisite red and white vintages. A wine enthusiast’s dream!

Tournon in France lies secluded between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage and exudes an old-world charm that transports visitors back in time.

Untapped jewels

Foodies will be in gastronomic heaven in Osijek, Croatia, which boasts some of the finest Austro-Hungarian cuisine in the country, with a world-renowned “farm to table” restaurant industry. Similarly enthralling is the oldest Croatian city on the Dalmatian Coast, Šibenik, which is home to the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or what about the stunning natural beauty of Alta in Norway? Otherwise known as the “Northern Lights City” where the magical aurora borealis takes centre stage. Take a picturesque reindeer sleigh ride and visit a local Sami village to learn about their vibrant Indigenous culture.

Connect with Norway’s Indigenous Sami people to learn about their fascinating culture and traditions.

Destination icons

Discover the vibrant streets of Belgrade, Serbia, the fortified Adriatic coastal town of Kotor, Montenegro, the birthplace of port wine, Porto in Portugal, and Akureyri in Iceland, nicknamed the “Capital of the North”. It’s the setting of various scenes from Game of Thrones as well as home to geothermal spas, such as the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Explore Mývatn, a beautiful lake with many small islands that sit on an incredibly active geothermal area where visitors can bathe in naturally heated waters, best sampled at the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Each destination has been thoughtfully curated to provide an elevated travel experience. Overnight stays in virtually all ports of embarkation and disembarkation means that travellers can make the most of each area. Viking also boasts prime, priority-docking berths in central locations, just a short walk from the epicentre of the spectacular experiences that await.

Arrive in style

While Viking’s focus is firmly on the destinations, all care has been taken with the award-winning, state-of-the-art accommodation. Viking’s luxurious ocean ships have no inside staterooms and each has its own private verandah. Small in size, these ships are limited to 930 adult-only guests, making them both spacious and intimate. It provides a more refined, sophisticated experience, and also means that Viking’s ships dock in the smaller ports where mega-liners can’t.

Meanwhile, the river ships are also revolutionary in concept and design. Take the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace that allows guests to dine amongst the destinations. Sip your morning coffee or glass of wine as you sail down the river and drink in the views. Viking is the only river cruise line that can offer al fresco breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the rivers of Europe. Talk about dining in style.

Value for money

Viking offers an elevated experience without the skyrocketing costs, with some of the best value cruising on the market. Viking Inclusive Value ensures that guests can enjoy an unforgettable European experience, without worrying about their rapidly dwindling bank balance. Included in the price are all onboard meals, beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, unlimited tea, coffee, bottled water and Wi-Fi. There is no charge for access to the spa facilities or alternative dining and there is a shore excursion in every port, including gratuities.

Time to put down the wallet and pick up your camera to capture this trip of a lifetime.

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