Explore the Caribbean’s most southerly ports. With San Juan, Puerto Rico as your base, sail to Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s cultural center. In Colombia, discover historic Cartagena and Santa Marta. Continue to the Dutch capitals of Oranjestad, Aruba and Willemstad, Curaçao, vibrant with colorful architecture. Then learn about the sugar baron history of St. Kitts.
Day 1 – Puerto Rico (San Juan), United States
Arrive in San Juan to embark your ship today. You will stay aboard your ship overnight, giving you ample time to 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 – Puerto Rico (San Juan), United States
You have another day to take in the history and architectural beauty of San Juan, from its fanciful Condado district to the magnificent 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro, set on a promontory at the entrance to San Juan Bay. Or visit the lush woodland of El Yunque national rainforest. Later today, you will sail away into the Caribbean’s blue waters. With Viking’s destination-focused itinerary, you will call on a new port daily, with not a single day spent at sea.
Day 3 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Call on Santo Domingo today, one of the most historic cultural capitals in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew, brother of Christopher Columbus, the city’s richly preserved Old Town, the Zona Colonial, was the first Spanish settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see its magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the 16th-century Ozama Fortress and the Alcázar de Colón, home to the colony’s first governor, a son of Christopher Columbus.
Day 4 – Cruise the Caribbean Sea
As you sail the sapphire-blue waters of the Caribbean toward Costa Rica, take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. You might take in an enrichment lecture on board, or sip a cocktail and enjoy the view through the two-story panoramic windows of the Explorers’ Lounge.
Day 5 – Cartagena, Colombia
Explore the stunningly picturesque port of Cartagena today, a cultural treasure with its scenic setting on the Caribbean Sea and intact colonial city. You will see its extensive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, boasting the longest walls in South America. Explore the spectacular Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of picturesque, tree-shaded plazas and beautifully preserved buildings with colorful balconies. You will also visit the stunning church of San Pedro Claver, named for the patron saint of missionary work.
Day 6 – Santa Marta, Colombia
Uncover the treasures of Santa Marta, where independence hero Simón Bolívar is memorialized and remains of the Tairona culture in lush mangrove forests provide a fascinating glimpse of the region’s indigenous tribes. Founded in the 16th century, Santa Marta is Colombia’s oldest surviving city. Wander among its pleasant plazas and well-preserved colonial architecture, stopping to see the impressive cathedral. Its pedestrian zone is lined with charming houses that date to the early colonial era.
Day 7 – Oranjestad, Aruba
Visit the welcoming Dutch island of Aruba and its colorful capital, Oranjestad. Once strictly a horse-breeding farm, the city grew up around Fort Zoutman and became the capital in the 1820s when the discovery of gold brought settlers here. You will visit the historic fort and the Willem III Tower, home to the historical museum. In Wilhelmina Park, you can admire statues of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Anne Frank, the young girl who hid in her Amsterdam attic from Nazis.
Day 8 – Willemstad, Curaçao
Tour the colorful town and harbor of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique blend of Spanish and Dutch colonial architecture. Stroll the charming streets, lined with rainbow-hued buildings. Marvel at the moveable Queen Emma Bridge, a pedestrian harbor crossing that links two districts of the city, and see the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas.
Day 9 – Cruise the Caribbean Sea
Enjoy a full day indulging in the 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. Tonight after an al fresco dinner at the World Café, settle in for some light jazz and a nightcap at Torshavn.
Day 10 – St. Kitts (Basseterre), St. Kitts & Nevis
Call on St. Kitts today, Britain’s first Caribbean settlement that grew into a sugar-producing powerhouse; 68 plantations operated at the height of the boom. You will learn about this lucrative colonial era at St. Kitts’s Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden, a fascinating repository of relics and beautifully preserved rooms that provide a glimpse of the lives of sugar barons. Or, visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 11 – Puerto Rico (San Juan), United States
Disembark this morning and return home, or continue your exploration of the Puerto Rican capital with our extension here.
● One included shore excursion at each port of call
● Shipwide Wi-Fi
● Access to top rated spa
● Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner
● Other included beverages, such as specialty coffees, teas and bottled water
● Port taxes and fees
● Alternative restaurant dining
● 24-hour room service
● Airport transfers with purchase of Viking Air
● Self-service laundry
Starting from $3,774.00 with free round-trip airfare to San Juan. The airfare promotion is offered for the month of February but may be extended. Call Lorraine Allen for prices and additional information.
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Contact Lorraine Allen Tours for pricing and to book this tour!