Prices per person starting from $14,449 CAD Veranda Stateroom
Airfare per person from $1,299 CAD
Durban, South Africa
Your ship: The Viking Sun
Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in every way.
Our intimate, all-veranda ships offer a wide variety of staterooms for your selection. From Veranda Staterooms to the abundance of extra perks and amenities in our spacious Explorer Suites, there’s no finer way to travel. And whichever stateroom you choose, you will find it beautifully designed in the understated elegance for which Viking is known.
Arrive in Sydney and embark your ship. The capital of Australian New South Wales is celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the world’s largest. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the blue Pacific, Sydney is blessed with a natural setting few cities in the world can rival. Settle in to your veranda stateroom, and explore this culture-rich and much-loved city.
Explore more of Australia’s most celebrated city. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the wide Pacific, Sydney is blessed with a natural setting few cities in the world can rival. The best way to see the harbor is from the air. Take to the skies on a scenic seaplane ride and witness its stunning beaches, city skyline and grand yachts berthed in the marinas.
Today, you will cruise along the coast of New South Wales on the edge of the Tasman Sea. Your day at sea provides 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, shave or Nordic scalp massage.
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. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, today 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.
Sail across the Bass Strait today. Named after its discoverer George Bass, the shallow stretch of water separates Tasmania from the Australian continent. Enjoy the Sun Deck or scan the horizon from the Explorers’ Lounge for one of the 60 islands that dot the strait. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of our three theaters—two indoor and one under the stars on the Main Pool Deck.
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. Or, witness kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat at the Serendip Open Range Sanctuary. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo and wallaby.
Cruise the Indian Ocean today as you sail off the coast of Australia. This area was once plied by boats piloted by Aboriginal Australians hunting for seals. Today it is one of the continent’s most scenic regions, lined with stunning beaches. 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.
Today you will call on Adelaide, defined proudly by its residents as one of the “most livable cities in the world.” Unlike other Australian cities, the capital of South Australia was not initially established as a penal colony. Its early inhabitants were religious German refugees, hence Adelaide was nicknamed “City of Churches” soon after its founding. Today, the city is known for its cultural festivals and its refined flair. Nearby Glenelg, one of the oldest European settlements in the region, is a popular beach resort. Enjoy a panoramic drive as you pass the city’s highlights, including the University of Adelaide, Adelaide Botanic Garden and the striking St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Enjoy two relaxing days at sea, where you can learn more about Australia during informative lectures, attend a port talk to familiarize yourself with upcoming destinations and enjoy the many amenities on board. Relax in The Spa, browse the onboard art throughout the ship, or settle in The Living Room with a book from your ship’s Library. In the late afternoon, join us for Munch Moments, a daily, interactive event that brings the magic of Edvard Munch on board, showcasing several pieces of themed art on the Atrium screen.
This afternoon, join us for Munch Moments, a daily, interactive event that brings the magic of Edvard Munch on board, showcasing several pieces of themed art each afternoon on the Atrium screen.
On the stunning rocky coast of southwestern Australia lies Albany, the oldest city on the West Coast. What began as a military outpost became a jumping-off point for prospectors bound for the Eastern Goldfields. During World War I, Albany was where warships bound for Europe started their journey. Today, the city is a hub for the exploration of the natural scenery of the region. Enjoy time to independently explore the city and its museums.
Combining an easygoing lifestyle with a booming economy that drives modern development, Perth sports a skyline of gleaming office towers and miles of stunning, sandy beaches. Fremantle, the city’s port, has a bohemian flair and is true to its nautical roots, providing a colorful counterpoint to Perth’s more polished image. Today on your included tour, enjoy a visit to one of the world’s largest inner-city parks.
Immerse yourself in the buzz of Fremantle’s street scene among an eclectic mix of street musicians, trendy cafés and vibrant markets. Or discover Perth’s history as a former penal colony where Britain deported its most notorious criminals during the mid-1800s. An influx of more than 9,000 prisoners dramatically changed the social and economic dynamics of the city. Many prisoners were involved in the infrastructure development of Freemantle and Perth, including work on the Fremantle Prison, Government House, Perth Town Hall, the Cloisters and the Swan River Mechanics’ Institute.
As you cruise these legendary waters, the distinct light of the setting sun plays on the sea like dazzling diamonds. Once a busy trade route for ships ferrying supplies and people from Southeast Asia to India, Arabia and East Africa, the Indian Ocean today exudes tranquility and calm. During your days at sea, you might visit The Spa, where a soothing massage, the Thermal Pool and the Snow Grotto complement your relaxing sail. Experience the serenity of the Wintergarden, where you can indulge in afternoon tea service. Or, perhaps take in an enriching lecture by our Viking Resident Historian®, who delivers high-level historical and cultural education specific to your journey.
While we cruise today, you may wish to explore your ship’s elegant spaces, inspired by Scandinavian design and our Viking heritage. Even the smallest details take their inspiration from the exploratory spirit of the original Vikings, reflecting our deeply held Nordic traditions.
Sample international fare in the World Café, where multiple choices await—from sushi to American classics and more—all in a casual atmosphere.
During today’s sail, we invite you to experience the serenity of the Wintergarden. Under an elegant canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, you can indulge in afternoon tea service.
Today, perhaps use the Viking Art & Design Guide app to enhance a self-guided tour of your ship’s art collection. Enjoy insightful commentary about these artworks and our unique Scandinavian spaces as you peruse a thoughtfully curated collection of classic and contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs by esteemed Scandinavian artists.
While we sail, you may wish to visit the Explorers’ Lounge, where you can share your discoveries with fellow travelers or enrich your journey with a book from our collection, thoughtfully chosen to complement your itinerary. Designed in the Scandinavian spirit, this is a space for relaxation and for marveling at sweeping views through two-story windows.
As we cruise today, you can take the perfect swim in any weather in our Main Pool, which has a retractable roof. After your swim, relax poolside and enjoy a gourmet burger from the Pool Grill or sip a refreshing beverage from the Pool Bar.
Today, perhaps take in an enriching lecture by our Viking Resident Historian®, who delivers high-level historical and cultural education specific to your journey.
For generations, the trade winds of the southern Indian Ocean have brought travelers to Mauritius, and many decided to stay. This has bestowed a rich culture and diverse cuisine to the island, matching the great variety of landscapes within a relatively small area. Visitors to Mauritius can enjoy lush forests, azure-blue waters, volcanic craters, moon-like landscapes of red, brown, ocher and purple rocks and beautiful waterfalls.
Enjoy the range of amenities on board as you spend today at sea, cruising the Indian Ocean. Sign up for a variety of activities on our Sports Deck, or join a cooking class and enhance your culinary repertoire.
The island of Madagascar is renowned for its diversity of flora and fauna, with a great number of endemic species making any exploration of its natural world an experience full of surprises. The iconic lemur and the baobab tree are well known beyond the island, but there are many more unique plants, trees and animals to discover. Madagascar’s culture was influenced by the French during the colonial period, but indigenous African traditions still run deep. Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and exotic wildlife as you explore this stunning island.
As you head toward the East African coast, enjoy a culturally enriching lecture on board about your next destination. Discover the roots of colonial Africa, its diverse food and culture and the inspiring story of “Father of the Nation,” Nelson Mandela. Then, keep fit at sea with your ship’s fitness amenities. You might visit the Sports Deck, where spectacular views and fresh air meet activities such as bocce ball and yoga. Or, take in 360˚ views from our Promenade Deck as you enjoy a leisurely stroll or an energizing jog on our ¼-mile continuous loop track.
Today, keep fit at sea with your ship’s fitness amenities. You might visit the Sports Deck, where spectacular views and fresh air meet activities such as bocce ball and yoga. Or, take in 360˚ views from our Promenade Deck as you enjoy a leisurely stroll or an energizing jog on our ¼-mile continuous loop track.
Portuguese colonists followed an unsuccessful attempt by the Dutch to establish a presence on the shores of what is now Maputo Bay. Mozambique’s capital city carries its Portuguese heritage on its sleeve—in the architecture, the language and its food. Blended with diverse African traditions and customs, its colonial past gives the city a flair all its own. See the iconic railway station built in the early 20th century or visit the city’s many markets, and immerse yourself in Maputo’s colorful and inviting urban fabric.
Looking out across the Indian Ocean to the east, Durban is a melting pot of cultures. Mosques, temples and churches line the streets, restaurants cater to Indian, Arabian and African tastes alike and shops carry goods from all over the world. The frenzied pace of life in the central business district is offset by a more gentle pace along the beautiful, newly renovated waterfront that offers sweeping views across the water. Enjoy a visit to the city’s lush botanical gardens, and a tour of Durban’s key highlights, on your included tour.
Disembark your ship in Durban today and transfer to the airport for your flight home.