Published: 11 March 2015 by: Siobhan Davey

Have you ever wanted to explore the historic legends and landmarks of Europe? Viking Cruises is now offering the "Nordic Explorer" cruise which covers the most enchanting of places over your 36-day itinerary. Your journey will provide you with an unforgettable, life-enriching experience that could never be forgotten. Let Viking's luxury cruise line take you from the beautiful coast of Istanbul, to exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Athens. Go wine tasting in Toulon and wind your way up the stairs of the historically beautiful Sagrada Familiå of Gaudi. 

Begin your journey in the heart of Istanbul. This beautiful transcontinental city is the perfect combination of East-meets-West. Before you step aboard, indulge yourself by taking a proper Hamam (Turkish Bath) and dissolving your travel grime. Many of the imperial mosques throughout the city contain a Hamam making this the perfect way immerse yourself in the history, architecture and culture of the city. Once onboard you will be spoilt for choice with the range of optional and included shore excursions offered by Viking. 

Once the ship has left its moorings, you will be lucky enough to visit Kortor in Montenegro. Kortor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located between breathtaking limestone walls and the bay. Join the included walking tour departing from the boat and experience the exquisite Venetian walls lining the city as well as the 12th century Romanesque Cathedral of St Tryphon containing invaluable frescos and artefacts. 

Then, discover for yourself the same charm and allure that George Clooney and his now wife must have experienced as you explore the beautiful city that is Venice. "The Floating City" is known for its festivals, architecture, history and of course, those canals. This city is a not to be missed! Estimated to have sunk a further 80mm in 20 years, it could be now or never. 

You will be sure to expand your horizons on board this luxury ship. The intimate, world-class setting was thoughtfully created by experience nautical architects and designers to ensure an enriched interaction with each destination in every way. Not only are there specific spaces on board to unwind, relax or just read a book, there are also curated talks to understand each destination in depth. 

Overall, the tasteful, understand elegance of the Viking ship is designed to give a life-enriching experience for everyone onboard. 

The ‘Nordic Explorer’ itinerary is priced from $16,649 per person for a ‘Deluxe Veranda Stateroom’. This price includes port charges, accommodation, meals, culture curriculum (classes and performances in music, art, dance and history), Wi-Fi, and shore excursions. 

 

 

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