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Day 1: Fly UK » San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly from the UK to San Juan. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Explore El Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan, with its seductive colonial charms, easy island tempo and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquín stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. This evening, stroll the Old Town’s azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.
Day 2: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Embark your Viking ship today and get acquainted with your luxurious surroundings.
Day 3: St. Martin (Philipsburg)
Explore two countries on one island today when you call on St. Martin. You will dock on the Dutch side, in Philipsburg, and have the chance to contrast the two cultures. See the great salt pond on the Dutch side, the charming old village of Quartier-d’Orleans and the French capital, Marigot. Or, embark on an exhilarating experience copiloting a multimillion-dollar boat during a simulated “America’s Cup” race.
Day 4-9: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
As you sail eastward into the Atlantic, take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. You might find your inner calm with yoga on the Sports Deck. Lounge by the Main Pool with its retractable roof and enjoy a cocktail at the Aquavit Bar.
Day 10: Funchal, Madeira
Arrive in Europe today on Portuguese Madeira, often called the “Garden Island” for its rich agriculture, terraced hillsides and beautiful flowers. Disembark to witness this beguiling paradise of craggy peaks and dramatic rocky coasts during a mountain drive. Alternately, you can explore Funchal. This grand capital exudes all the historic air of Lisbon with its harborside Old Town, iron balconies and blue azulejo tiles. There will be time to explore its inviting cobblestone streets.
Day 11: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
After your exploration of Madeira, you might sample the Madeira wine that is produced on the island during your day cruising the Atlantic. You can also learn about your upcoming port, Cádiz, Spain, during a lecture. Tonight, choose from one of our fine dining venues.
Day 12: Cádiz for Seville, Spain
At today’s port, you’ll have a rare chance to explore what many considered the gateway to the New World throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. The port of Cádiz offers a wealth of treasures. On an included tour, you’ll follow passageways into elaborate plazas, from the Plaza de San Antonio de Padua and Plaza de España to the Plaza de Mina. Stop at the Torre Tavira, once a lookout for merchants, and marvel at the city’s baroque, gold-domed cathedral. Alternately, explore the colorful city of Seville, where a grand cathedral, Giralda tower and the Alcázar palace were built by the wealth of Spanish kings. Spend free time sipping sherry at a bodega or shopping for local wares.
Day 13: Strait of Gibraltar
Sail through the famed Strait of Gibraltar today into the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean. On a clear day, you will spot the giant Rock of Gibraltar on the port side. In legend, this enormous geological wonder is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa. As you cruise, perhaps you will soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers’ Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant.
Day 14: Valencia, Spain
Spain’s Mediterranean port of Valencia is a mecca for lovers of one of the country’s most iconic dishes, paella. Choose from a wide array of variations of the dish at restaurants throughout town, perhaps with a glass of local wine. Or sample the city’s other specialty, horchata. You’ll also want to visit the famous Lladró porcelain factory, world renowned for its imaginative and delicate figurines.
Day 15: Barcelona » Fly UK
Arrive in Barcelona today, Spain’s marvel of architectural wonders. Disembark your ship this morning to return home, or you can extend your stay here to absorb the city’s laid-back culture.
T&Cs: On all sail dates the discount is per person based on double occupancy. The up to £500 discount is considered a single offer. Offer expires 30 September 2019. +Round trip airfare from London Heathrow, Manchester or Edinburgh and airport-to-ship transfers are included in the price of your cruise or cruise and stay package. Should you decide to make your own air arrangements, you will need to also arrange for transfers. Full details of the excursions available on your specific departure date can be viewed at My Viking Journey once your cruise booking has been made. Viking Cruises reserves the right to withdraw, change, and/or cancel a tour or to make changes in the itinerary and hotel accommodations whenever, conditions warrant it. Promotional details, fares and itineraries were correct at time of publish (1st April 2019) but can be changed/withdrawn at any time without notice. E&OE