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92 Nights Australia
departing from Auckland, New Zealand
Cruise Line Viking Ocean Cruises
Ship Viking Orion
Departing Mon, Feb 21, 2022
Return Port Vancouver, British Columbia
Ports of Call Auckland, New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Complimentary Ensemble Experience in Wellington | Christchurch, New Zealand |...
Viking Ocean Cruises
Auckland, New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Complimentary Ensemble Experience in Wellington | Christchurch, New Zealand | Dunedin, New Zealand | Hobart, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Newcastle, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Whitsunday Islands, Australia | Townsville, Australia | Cairns, Australia | Thursday Island, Australia | Darwin, Australia | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Lombok, Indonesia | Benoa (Bali), Indonesia | Surabaya, Java, Indonesia | Semarang, Java, Indonesia | Jakarta, Java, Indonesia | Singapore, Singapore | Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia | Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand | Ko Samui, Thailand | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam | Hue, Vietnam | Ha Long Bay, Vietnam | Haikou, China | Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China | Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan, China | Nagasaki, Japan | Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan | Beppu, Japan | Hiroshima, Japan | Osaka (Kyoto and Nara), Japan | Shimizu, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Sapporo (Muroran/Hokkaido), Japan | Petropavlovsk, Russia | Dutch Harbor, Alaska | Kodiak, Alaska | Seward, Alaska | Valdez, Alaska | Sitka, Alaska | Ketchikan, Alaska | Vancouver, British Columbia
Prices starting from
  • Inside
  • $38,994 USD $423.85 USD per day
Port charges included. Taxes and fees are not included.
  • Date Date Location Location Arrival Arrival Departure Departure
  • Mon, Feb 21, 2022 Auckland -- --
    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 Auckland -- 6:00 pm
    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 AT SEA -- --
    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 Napier -- 6:00 pm
    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 Wellington 9:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sat, Feb 26, 2022 Christchurch 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Feb 27, 2022 Dunedin 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 28, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Foveaux Strait -- --
    Tue, Mar 01, 2022 Cruise the Tasman Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 02, 2022 Tasmania (Hobart) 11:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Mar 03, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Bass Strait -- --
    Fri, Mar 04, 2022 Melbourne 8:00 am 11:00 pm
    Sat, Mar 05, 2022 Cruise the Gippsland Coast -- --
    Sun, Mar 06, 2022 Sydney 1:00 pm --
    Mon, Mar 07, 2022 Sydney -- 11:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 08, 2022 Newcastle 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 09, 2022 Cruise the Australian Coast -- --
    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 Brisbane 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Fri, Mar 11, 2022 Cruise the Australian Coast -- --
    Sat, Mar 12, 2022 Whitsunday Island (Airlie Beach) 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Mar 13, 2022 Townsville 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Mar 14, 2022 Cairns 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 15, 2022 Cruise the Coral Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 16, 2022 Thursday Island 7:00 am 2:00 pm
    Thu, Mar 17, 2022 Cruise the Arafura Sea -- --
    Fri, Mar 18, 2022 Darwin -- --
    Sat, Mar 19, 2022 Darwin -- 1:00 pm
    Sun, Mar 20, 2022 Cruise the Timor Sea -- --
    Mon, Mar 21, 2022 Komodo -- 7:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 22, 2022 Lombok 1:00 pm 7:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 23, 2022 Bali (Benoa) 6:00 am --
    Thu, Mar 24, 2022 Bali (Benoa) -- 2:00 pm
    Fri, Mar 25, 2022 Surabaya, Java 11:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sat, Mar 26, 2022 Semarang, Java 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Mar 27, 2022 Jakarta, Java -- --
    Mon, Mar 28, 2022 Jakarta, Java -- 6:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 29, 2022 Cruise the Java Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 30, 2022 Singapore 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Thu, Mar 31, 2022 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 01, 2022 Cruise the Andaman Sea -- --
    Sat, Apr 02, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand -- --
    Sun, Apr 03, 2022 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) 8:00 am --
    Mon, Apr 04, 2022 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) -- --
    Tue, Apr 05, 2022 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) -- 6:00 pm
    Wed, Apr 06, 2022 Koh Samui (Nathon) -- --
    Thu, Apr 07, 2022 Koh Samui (Nathon) -- 11:59 pm
    Fri, Apr 08, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand -- --
    Sat, Apr 09, 2022 Ho Chi Minh City -- --
    Sun, Apr 10, 2022 Ho Chi Minh City -- --
    Mon, Apr 11, 2022 Ho Chi Minh City -- 2:00 pm
    Tue, Apr 12, 2022 Cruise the South China Sea -- --
    Wed, Apr 13, 2022 Hue (Chan May) 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Apr 14, 2022 Ha Long Bay -- --
    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 Ha Long Bay -- 1:30 pm
    Sat, Apr 16, 2022 Haikou 7:00 am 3:00 pm
    Sun, Apr 17, 2022 Hong Kong 12:30 am --
    Mon, Apr 18, 2022 Hong Kong -- --
    Tue, Apr 19, 2022 Hong Kong -- 11:00 pm
    Wed, Apr 20, 2022 Cruise the East China Sea -- --
    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 Taipei (Keelung) 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 22, 2022 Cruise the East China Sea -- --
    Sat, Apr 23, 2022 Nagasaki 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Apr 24, 2022 Kagoshima 7:00 am 5:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 25, 2022 Beppu 9:30 am 10:00 pm
    Tue, Apr 26, 2022 Hiroshima 8:00 am --
    Wed, Apr 27, 2022 Hiroshima -- 12:00 am
    Thu, Apr 28, 2022 Osaka 9:00 am 8:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 29, 2022 Shimizu 6:00 pm --
    Sat, Apr 30, 2022 Shimizu -- 6:00 pm
    Sun, May 01, 2022 Tokyo 8:00 am --
    Mon, May 02, 2022 Tokyo -- --
    Tue, May 03, 2022 Tokyo -- 6:00 pm
    Wed, May 04, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Tsugaro Strait -- --
    Thu, May 05, 2022 Sapporo (Otaru) 6:00 pm --
    Fri, May 06, 2022 Sapporo (Otaru) -- 6:00 pm
    Sat, May 07, 2022 AT SEA -- --
    Sun, May 08, 2022 Cruise the Okhotsk Sea -- --
    Mon, May 09, 2022 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka 6:00 pm --
    Tue, May 10, 2022 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka -- 6:00 pm
    Wed, May 11, 2022 AT SEA -- --
    Wed, May 11, 2022 AT SEA -- --
    Thu, May 12, 2022 Cruise the Bering Sea -- --
    Fri, May 13, 2022 Dutch Harbor, Alaska 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Sat, May 14, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Alaska -- --
    Sun, May 15, 2022 Kodiak, Alaska 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, May 16, 2022 Seward, Alaska 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, May 17, 2022 Valdez, Alaska 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Wed, May 18, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Yakutat Bay 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
    Thu, May 19, 2022 Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay 9:00 am 7:00 pm
    Fri, May 20, 2022 Sitka, Alaska 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Sat, May 21, 2022 Ketchikan, Alaska 8:00 am 2:00 pm
    Sun, May 22, 2022 Scenic Cruising: The Inside Passage -- --
    Mon, May 23, 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia 7:00 am --
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Viking Ocean Cruises

Ocean Cruise Destinations
Experience the world in depth, and at a relaxed pace. The small size of our elegant, 930-passenger ships gives you access to fascinating ports that larger ships simply cannot reach. Our ocean and world cruises traverse six continents and offer enriching cultural experiences.

Highlights of a Viking Ocean Cruise
On a Viking ocean cruise, you will sail into the heart of your destination. From our prime, central berths in the worldÂ’s great cities such as Venice, London, Hong Kong and Sydney, and in seldom-visited ports like Kotor, Montenegro and ScotlandÂ’s Shetland Islands, enriching cultural discoveries are just a short walk from your ship. Further, you will spend more time in port, with overnight stays in virtually all ports of embarkation and disembarkation.

Viking Orion

Expand your horizons on comfortable, state-of-the-art ships, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in every way.

Life on Board

The notion of civilized camaraderie in elegant surroundings is what inspired us to create the Explorers' Lounge, where fellow travelers can share their latest adventures. It is the perfect setting to celebrate firsts, whether glimpsing your first fjord or savoring Aquavit. With two-story panoramic windows for maximum views, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the scenery.

The ideal setting for relaxation and conversation, The Viking Living Room draws guests together. Spacious seating, melodic piano tunes, live entertainment and planned activities foster rich camaraderie. And its well-curated Viking Library informs even the best-read traveler. Adorned with nautical touches from Viking days, including the clinker-built bar inspired by ancient longships, it is the most inspired living room at sea.

Our ships offer multiple restaurant venues and unique dining experiences, from casual cafes and pool grills to wine-pairing menus and regional specialties. You can indulge your senses at our most refined venue, The Restaurant. Savor the rustic Tuscan cuisine of Manfredi's Italian Restaurant. Sample a delicious array of global and destination-based cuisine at the World Cafe, featuring live cooking stations and al fresco dining. And so much more.

Our main theater features live performances that bring you closer to the culture of our destinations. We also pull back the curtains of our destinations with cinema in our two movie theaters, which show first-run films as well as destination-driven classics. Our theaters are always buzzing with fresh insights from our enrichment talks featuring the history, art, culture and upcoming ports. To keep you in comfort, we have banished uncomfortable theater seating in favor of soft and spacious sofa seating.

Swim surrounded by your destination in the glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern. Or experience our Main Pool, complete with a retractable roof, so you can always enjoy the perfect swim. Here, on star-filled nights, enjoy an outdoor movie as you sail under a canopy of stars. And when it is time to relax, try the ultimate Scandinavian tradition with our Snow Grotto and sauna; or a massage in The Spa.

When you yearn for serenity, there is no better place on ship than a visit to the Wintergarden. This charming, airy space around the main pool is perfect for relaxing in clean, uncluttered Scandinavian-designed environment. Even here, our focus is on enrichment, as this is the place to witness a tea ceremony, or indulge in an afternoon tea service, complete with hand-selected teas, finger sandwiches and pastries.

Ship Facts
  • Guests: 930
  • Length: 745 ft.
  • Beam: 94.5 ft
  • Class: Small ships
  • Year built: 2018
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    OS Owner's Suite
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Cruising to Australia gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of pleasures. From the Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, you can see a variety of sites and sounds that range from metropolis to wilderness. Few locations on earth give you the opportunity to scuba dive in the world''s largest coral reef and go on a shopping spree the same week. Most sailings leave from Sydney or Auckland, New Zealand. Cruises in Australia may visit Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, or destinations around the continent and New Zealand.
Ports of Call
Auckland, New Zealand
City Auckland

New Zealand's largest city is draped over seven volcanoes and wrapped around Waitemata Harbour (meaning "sea of sparkling waters" in Maori). Despite its British feel, it is the world's largest Polynesian city. Shop for Polynesian crafts on Queen Street, the main drag. Or from atop Mt. Eden, overlook the "City of Sails," which will host the America's Cup races in 2000.

Napier, New Zealand
City Napier

Complimentary Ensemble Experience in Wellington
City Wellington

...exquisite architecture, great museums, and fabulous dining establishments.The accommodations and amenities in Wellington are superb, and during the summer there are many hot beach spots...

Christchurch, New Zealand
City Christchurch

Christchurch was founded in 1850 by members of the Church of England, who wanted a little bit of heaven on earth. They succeeded, and today the city takes great pride in its spacious layout and distinctive English-style buildings in elegant grey stone. The River Avon winds through Christchurch, along parks and gardens that cover one third of the city.

Dunedin, New Zealand
City Dunedin

Dunedin is actually a collection of small towns, great sights, and enjoyable atmospheres.The flora and wildlife are plentiful, and Dunedin is loaded with wonderful historic buildings and fabulous architecture.

Hobart, Australia

Located on the island of Tasmania and Australia's second-oldest city, Hobart is famous for its Georgian buildings, picturesque harbor, and fine galleries and gardens. Nearby are the ghostly ruins of Port Arthur, the infamous penal colony, with its Isle of the Dead cemetery. Or, visit one of the perfectly preserved colonial villages nearby.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia's "Garden City" rejoices in its greenery, from the Fitzroy Gardens to the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens. Hiding behind the sky-scrapers along the Yarra River are the graceful 19th-century mansions of the city's Gold Rush years. Sample one of the sixty different international cuisines, which make Melbourne the food capital of Australia.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is Australia''s showcase: the oldest settlement, the largest and most thriving city, the cultural melting pot. It curves around idyllic Port Jackson, where sandstone cliffs and bright islands complement the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Wander the cobbled colonial streets of the historic Rocks quarter, or tour the mansions of Watson''s Bay.

Newcastle, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches, offering an ideal blend of Aussie ease and urban energy. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Townsville, Australia

Cairns, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef city of Cairns is the northernmost city of Queensland and is located amidst endless stretches of white sandy beach, attracting visitors from around the world. Although Cairns is the scuba-diving capital of the Great Barrier Reef, you can also wander along the Esplanade, with its remarkable views over Trinity Bay, or explore the Heritage Walk with its fascinating insights into the city's history.

Thursday Island, Australia
City Thursday Island

Darwin, Australia

Named after evolutionist Charles Darwin, this tropical city on the top end of Australia is a former frontier town with a rough-and-tumble past. Darwin's growth was achieved back in 1871 with the discovery of gold at Pine Creek, and today a number of historic buildings from that era remain. Darwin is also the center of the aboriginal community, the world's oldest culture. From here, you can visit Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned not only for its Australian wildlife but Aboriginal rock art.

Komodo Island, Indonesia
City Komodo

A rare discovery awaits the traveler who ventures onto this remote island of Komodo. Walking through the dense vegetation, hearing and seeing a variety of bird and animal life, you may feel you've landed in another epoch. Indeed, the last vestiges of long-gone dinosaurs survive here, in the form of the legendary, giant lizards called Komodo Dragons.

Lombok, Indonesia
City Lombok

Benoa (Bali), Indonesia
City Benoa

Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
City Surbaya

One of the last traditional Indonesian cities that evokes old colonial Asia, Surabaya remains delightfully untouristed and little changed from the thirties. You'll discover old neighborhoods of typical Dutch colonial homes, while in Islamic enclaves throughout the city, men in fez-like hats gather around mosques with minarets. Visit the Surabaya Zoo exhibiting a family of Komodo dragons. Or travel across the narrow straits from Java to the island of Madura and a bygone way of life, where a centuries-old style of bull racing still continues to be used as a method of breeding selection for the island's important cattle industry.

Semarang, Java, Indonesia
City Semarang

From Semarang, travel through the lush jungles of Java to the astounding temples of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument on earth built in the 8th century. Here view a complex of dramatic carved towers that were forgotten for almost 800 years! Topped by graceful stupas, the winding pathways display carved panels depicting the life of Buddha.

Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
City Jakarta

The Dutch colonial influence is still found in the harbor area of Indonesia's capital. But Jakarta's present-day personality is formed by the millions of Indonesians from distant islands who have sought big-city life, creating a third-world metropolis. You can experience their varied cultures at Taman Mini, "Indonesia in Miniature," a fascinating open-air parkland where tribal houses are built to scale. Then journey back to ancient times at the National Museum, which houses the skull of primitive Java Man.

Singapore, Singapore
City Sinagapore

One of Asia's great success stories, this island republic has merged diverse cultures into a dynamic and thriving nation. Clean, modern and full of green gardens, its neighborhoods reflect the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and European backgrounds of its past. After sampling the legendary shopping, retire to Raffles Hotel's famous bar and toast Maugham, Kipling and Noel Coward with a Singapore Sling.

Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
City Port Klang

Malaysia's capital rises like a vision from the deep jungles. Its fascinating array of architectural styles includes Malay stilt villages, Islamic minarets, Hindu temples, Chinese shop houses and the indescribable opulence of the Royal Palace. In the background rise the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers completed in 1996.

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand
City Laem Chabang

Ko Samui, Thailand
City Bophut, Ko Samui

The quiet beaches of Lamai, on the island's southeastern coast, are sure to afford you the perfect opportunity to relax. If you would prefer to be a little more active while on Ko Samui, there are plenty of beautiful underwater sights at Coral Cove or Angthong Marine National Park. Dive shops are a dime a dozen on Ko Samui, so you will have plenty of opportunities to explore some of the world's prettiest coral reefs.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
City Ho Chi Minh City

After 20 years of isolation, this history-laden Vietnamese capital will charm and fascinate you with her vibrant sights. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of magnificent French colonial architecture set against spacious boulevards thronged with trishaws, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Leave time to shop in the Ben Thanh Market or wander in the landmark Reunification Hall. The more adventurous may opt for an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong in hiding from Allied troops.

Hue, Vietnam
City Hue

In 1744, Southern Vietnam was controlled under the control of Nguyen. At this point in history, Hue resided as capitol of Vietnam. When the control of the city was taken away from the rebels with the defeat by Nguyen Ann in 1802, The Nguyen family dynasty began. During the resignation of the last emperor in 1945, this ended the dynasty of the Nguyen Family. Regardless of the damages as a result of the 1968 Tet offensive that occurred during the American War, this beautiful city it still entails architectural findings.

Through all of the damages due to natural disasters and wars, Hue sustained its ancient appearance. This ancient capital contains palaces, walls, and royal tombs. Considering the history and heritage that Hue contains, makes it Vietnam's most priceless possession. On December 11, 1993, Hue was appointed the status of being a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO's Director General, Federico Mayor.

One of Hue's main attractions would be the Citadel, which is constructed around the natural beauties just north of the Perfume River. The construction of this structure was built from 1805 to 1832. This structure has a circumference of 10,000 m, a height of 6.6 m and a thickness of about 21cm. It contains a dirt filled center and an outer layer of bricks. The Citadel is positioned just southeast of Mount Ngu Binh (Royal Screen Mount) and within a view point of the Ta Thanh Long (Left Green Dragon) and Huu Bach Ho (Right White Tiger).

Along with the Citadel, Hue also possesses structures as the Ngo Mon, which was built in 1833, The Palace of Supreme Harmony, and Royal Tombs. All of these magnificent works of art can be view upon your visit. We'll reserve all of the details of these architectures for your viewing pleasure.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
City Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay rest right above the Red River Delta and is covered by beautiful green seas. Halong Bay is the most beautiful sight to see, it''s also covered with over 3,000 one of a kind mountainous islands. These mountainous islands are known for their dolomite and limestone rock symmetry. Legend tells it that this very bay was formed when a large dragon hurtled to earth before history was recorded. By the carvings and formation of the lime stones, the legend doesn''t seem too unbelievable.

Besides the legend that Halong Bay holds, this bay also possesses a couple tourist attractions. One of the sights to see would be the large caves that can be found in some of the larger islands. The caves add a little spunk to a extensive, laid back boat ride. Even though you''ll need to take a couple safety precautions while inside of the caves, it doesn''t take any excitement from the things to be seen.

Haikou, China
City Haikou

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
City Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the cosmopolitan hub of the Far East. This former British colony reverted to Chinese control in 1997, yet the culture-rich atmosphere remains. See the Wong Tai Sin Temple, tour local markets and the floating village of Aberdeen. Take the Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for one of the world''s most exciting views, or cross the harbor aboard one of the famous Star Ferries. After shopping and exploring, enjoy high tea at the favored retreat of many world travelers-the Peninsula Hotel.

Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan, China
City Keelung

Across the Formosa Strait from mainland China is the bustling port of Keelung, on the island of Taiwan. Just 20 miles inland is Taipei, the national capital, one of the most prosperous cities in Asia. Marvel at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel, and the National Palace Museum, with its art treasures from Beijing''s Forbidden City.

Nagasaki, Japan
City Nagasaki

One of Japan's most historic cities, Nagasaki was a major port, trading with the Portuguese and Dutch in the 16th century. You can still see this colonial legacy in the brick buildings, old forts, canals and curving cobblestone streets. On a hill overlooking the bay, beautiful Glover Mansion, the setting of Madame Butterfly, is typical of the fine homes built by wealthy foreign residents. But Nagasaki's ties with Korea and China are equally apparent in the famous Chinese temple, a large Chinese colony and the numerous fine Korean and Chinese restaurants.

Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
City Kagoshima

This large city is an excursion base from which to explore the dramatic coastlines, national parks and volcanic mountains of Kyushu, Japan's third largest island. Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano, can be reached by ferry. To the north, Kirishima-Yaku National Park is a scenic area of smoking volcanoes, craters and lakes. South of the city, Ibusuki, the island's most popular seaside resort, welcomes kimono-clad bathers to its sandy beaches and warm, underwater springs.

Beppu, Japan
City Beppu

Hiroshima, Japan
City Hiroshima

Set on a bay in the Inland Sea, Hiroshima was the infamous site of the first atomic bomb explosion of August, 1945. But perhaps the best reason to visit Hiroshima is the enchanting island of Miyajima with its famous Itsukushima Shinto shrine, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. Its famous torii stands just offshore, a tall, vermilion-colored symbol of Japan, which appears to float during high tide.

Osaka (Kyoto and Nara), Japan
City Osaka

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Shimizu, Japan
City Shimizu

Tokyo, Japan
City Tokyo

Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.

Sapporo (Muroran/Hokkaido), Japan
City Sapporo

Petropavlovsk, Russia
City Petropavlovsk

Dutch Harbor, Alaska
City Dutch Harbor

Kodiak, Alaska
City Kodiak

Seward, Alaska
City Seward

The city of Seward is located in southern coast Alaska in Kenai Peninsula Borough at the top of the Resurrection Bay. The city of Seward was founded back in 1902 as the end of the Alaska Rail Road which was built 1915-1923. The name of Seward was derived by Abraham Lincoln's secretary of state, who arbitrated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The city of Seward suffered from 90% of the waterfront industry due to an earthquake in 1964. Due to this earthquake, six feet of the shoreline dropped along with the harbor and fuel docks.

Valdez, Alaska
City Valdez

Valdez is known as the "Switzerland of Alaska," a tribute to the splendid snow-capped mountains that surround this prosperous port. Once the gateway to the gold country, Valdez is now the southern terminus of the famous Alaskan Pipeline that carries "black gold" from the Arctic Ocean to an oil-thirsty world.

Sitka, Alaska
City Sitka

When Alaska belonged to Russia, Sitka was the capital and center for its fur trading empire. Today, Sitka's Russian heritage and magnificent setting make it an enchanting destination. The city features a harbor studded with islands, a backdrop of mountains, and spectacular Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano often compared to Japan's Mt. Fuji. Sitka displays its past in such attractions as St. Michael's Cathedral with its striking onion-shaped dome, the Russian Blockhouse, and world famous New Archangel Dancers. Visit the Historic Park, with a ruined Indian fort where Tlingit Indians battled Russian settlers in 1804.

Ketchikan, Alaska
City Ketchikan

Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world. The canneries are busy, and the stream below Creek Street's rustic boardwalk bustles with life. Visit the ancient grove of Totem Bight, the largest collection of authentic totem poles anywhere. Make a flight to nearby Misty Fjords--a breathtaking vista of Alaska's unspoiled wilderness and America's newest national monument, or, try a little salmon fishing.

Vancouver, British Columbia
City Vancouver

In Vancouver, you're never out of sight of towering peaks--or of the sea. It is a prosperous city adorned with flowers lining the streets and lush greenery like Stanley Park. Museums offer fine collections of the dramatic Northwest native arts. Vancouver's Chinatown is the second-largest in the world. The waterfront Gastown district recalls the city's colorful past as a premier Pacific port since the days of the Clipper ships.

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