This small and friendly ship features 465 veranda staterooms and set sail with less than 930 passengers on board. Her size means she'll take you closer to destinations to enjoy more time in port and make the most of occasional overnight stays. Life on board is relaxed and casual and combines a Scandinavian-designed environment with multiple dining venues and panoramic views from every angle.
Days at sea are your chance to enjoy Viking Sun's on-board facilities. Take a swim in the unique glass-walled infinity pool or unwind on a cushion-topped lounger under the retractable roof of the main pool. Recharge with a massage in the spa or experience the holistic benefits of the Snow Grotto. Learn how to prepare local specialities at The Kitchen Table, or savour vintage regional wines at a tasting session. Lose yourself in a book in The Living Room, or enrich your mind with a lecture on history and art. Days in port reveal adventures and cultural experience ashore, with selected excursions included in your fare.
Locally-sourced ingredients and recipes add to the on-board culinary experiences. Dine from a menu of daily-changing dishes and chef's specials in The Restaurant. Mamsen's serves a selection of Norwegian-inspired dishes and a daily 'Waffle Hour', or choose round-the-world dishes at World Cafe. Savour light bites and ever-changing views at Aquavit Terrace, or dine on freshly-cooked burgers and pizzas al fresco at The Pool Grill.
Rustic Tuscan dishes are served in Manfredi's Italian Restaurant and you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea service and light bites in The Wintergarden. Book into The Chef's Table to sample a destination-inspired multi-course tasting menu with paired wines. A 24-hour room service and private dining for special occasions are also available on request.
There is a bar or lounge to suit every taste on Viking Sun. Sip mocktails just steps from your sun lounger at Pool Bar or enjoy exotic cocktails on Aquavit Terrace. Choose a pint from the Craft Beer Library, sample a tot of Aquavit spirit as you relax and take in the views from Explorers' Lounge, or enjoy some downtime with a gin and tonic in Viking Bar.
The entertainment on Viking Sun is laid-back and casual. Watch themed shows and listen to live music from the comfort of a spacious sofa in The Theatre. The two movie theatres present enrichment lectures, first-run films and destination-driven classics. Torshavn nightspot is perfect for night owls with live jazz music and late night dancing to the resident band.
Day 1: Fly UK to Mumbai, India
Fly from your selected UK airport to Mumbai and be transferred to the port to embark on board Viking Sun.
Day 2-3: Cruise the Arabian Sea
Day 4: Muscat, Oman
Muscat, unlike a lot of her Arabian cousins, has managed to retain a scene of authenticity to the old ways. Where her more notable cousins have arrived into the 21st century with a skyline dominated by skyscrapers, shopping malls and hotels, Muscat has retained a lot more of her traditions and values of old. It is this aspect that allows her to captivate guests time and time again. Sail into the preserved historical waterfront and experience the traditional architecture of this calming seascape, hike through the terracotta coloured mountains or even visit the old town and discover the traditional souk and spice markets.
Day 5: Cruise the Arabian Sea
Day 6-10: Cruise the Red Sea
Day 11: Aqaba, Jordan
Situated at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba; the Jordanian port city of Aqaba boasts stunning beaches and breath-taking coral reefs. Visit the Aqaba Fort and adjacent Aquaba Archaeological Museum with its large collection of Egyptian and Chinese ceramics and displays. Discover the ruins of the old city of Ayla in the city centre, admire the Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque, and explore Mamluk Castle. The Yamanieh coral reef in the nearby Aquaba Marine Park is a favourite with scuba divers, and Aquaba Bird Observatory is a bird-watchers' paradise. Venture further afield to explore the rose-red city of Petra; buried by sand for over 2000 years and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 12: Luxor, Egypt
Nestled on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt, discover Luxor; part of the site of ancient Thebes. The spectacular city surrounds two huge surviving ancient monuments - Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens can be found on the river's west bank and are a fascinating day out for photo opportunities. Marvel at the ancient Egyptian sandstone statues and visit the remains of the ancient temple of King Amenhotep III at Colossi of Memnon. Luxor Museum is brimming with much to impress; find Egyptian artefacts, artwork sculptures, and mummies. Spend time in the ancient Egyptian's workers village of Deir el-Medina or the Great Hypostyle Hall features mesmerising sandstone columns featuring many intricate carvings.
Day 13-14: Scenic Cruising: Suez Canal
The Suez Canal, located in Egypt, is an artificial sea-level waterway which opened in 1869. The canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and separates the African continent from Asia. As you cruise through the Suez Canal, it feels as if you are sailing through the heart of the desert. At 101 miles in length, this impressive canal is unsurprisingly one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with approximately 50 ships passing through each day.
Day 15: Alexandria, Egypt
Step ashore today at the Egyptian port city of Alexandria - home to the Great Library of Alexandria and also one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pharos Lighthouse. Explore the city's fascinating history at Alexandria National Museum and admire the impressive Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque. Stroll along the Corniche in downtown Alexandria and meander through the idyllic Montazah Gardens. No visit to Alexandria would be complete without exploring the stunning Bibliotheca Alexandrina - complete with a re-creation of the Great Library and also the Manuscript Museum, Antiquities Museum, Science Museum, and the Planetarium. Pay a visit to the Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa, Pompey's Pillar, and the Temple of Serapis in the Carmous district.
Day 16-17: Cruise the Mediterranean Sea
Day 18-19: Valletta, Malta
Malta's small capital city — Valletta — sits within the city's original walls on a hillside and is known for its old churches, palaces and museums. Formerly ruled by the French, Italians, Spanish, and British; this UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with more than 300 historical monuments — making it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world! Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of its old town district and see the famous Maltese-decorated balconies. Among a variety of churches, you can discover St. John's Co-Cathedral — one of Malta's biggest tourist attractions — with its striking interior decor and painting of John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
Day 20: Cagliari, Italy
Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. Golden-hued palazzi, domes and buildings wind their way up the rocky hillside to Il Castello and the Old Town district. Stroll along the tree-lined boulevards by the seafront Marina. Stop by the impressive Cattedrale di Santa Maria or step back in time at Museo Archaeologico Nazionale. Take the lift from Piazza della Costituzione to Bastione San Remy for sweeping views. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on Poetto Beach or enjoy a glimpse of local life at Mercato di San Benedetto. A visit to the pink flamingos at Parco di Molentargius is a must-do too.
Day 21: Algiers, Algeria
Algiers sits on the Bay of Algiers and is the capital city of Algeria. Step ashore and discover the whitewashed buildings, steep winding streets, Ottoman palaces, and the ruined citadel of the Kasbah. Admire the two large minarets that flank the 17th-century Ketchaoua Mosque and the marble columns and arches of The Grand Mosque. Climb up to the cliff top Notre-Dame d'Afrique Catholic basilica with its impressive silver dome and mosaics. See the pre-historic artefacts on display at Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography or get up close to traditional arts and crafts at Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. Pay your respects at the iconic Maqam Echahid monument or escape to the tranquil surrounds of Jardin d'Essai du Hamma.
Day 22: Murcia, Spain
Murcia is a university city set in south eastern Spain and is the capital of a region also named Murcia. The city's architectural showpiece is its ornate cathedral Plaza Cardenal Belluga, made up of styles from Gothic to baroque. Just footsteps from the cathedral is Plaza de las Flores, perhaps stop here for a coffee on the plaza or wander the shops. Take in the cool oasis of Floridablanca Gardens and its colourful gardens or visit the rugged 9th-century Monteagudo Castle; one of Murcia's most impressive sights. Discover endangered animal species in Terra Natura Murcia, as well as 50 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Uncover artefacts from the city's Roman and Moorish heritage in Murcia Archaeological Museum or walk the scenic trails of El Valle Regional Park.
Day 23: Granada, Spain
Granada sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain's Andalusia region. Explore the UNESCO-listed Alhambra complex which is testament to Islamic architecture and home to four groups of buildings - the 13th-century Alcazaba fortress, the Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Charles V, and Generalife gardens. Admire the UNESCO-listed Albaicin, the city's historic Arab Quarter, which encompasses Puerta Nueva, Puerta Monaita, Puerta de Elvira, Church of San Nicolas, and Church of San Salvador. Gaze in wonder at Capilla Real and the attached Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion. Meander through the colourful gypsy quarter of Sacromonte and shop for bargains at La Alcaiceria Arab souk. Visit the Banuelo traditional Arab baths and uncover the child-friendly science exhibits at Parque de las Ciencias.
Day 24: Scenic Cruising: Strait of Gibraltar
Day 25: Porto, Portugal
Porto is a coastal city in the north of Portugal, most famous for its Port wine production. The city sits on a steep riverbank where you’ll find tiled 14th-century churches and 19th-century palaces. Climb the tower in Sao Francisco Church for spectacular views, or pay a visit to the impressive Palacio da Bolsa and discover its elegant interior. Soak up some of Porto’s culture with a performance at the Casa da Musica concert hall, an exhibition at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, or a stroll along the Cais da Ribeira.
Day 26: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Day 27: Cruise the English Channel
Day 28: Dover, England
The Port of Dover sits on the Kent coastline in south-east England and is the world's busiest passenger port. Enjoy panoramic views of the world famous White Cliffs of Dover. Pay a visit to the 2000-year-old Dover Castle to learn about the castle’s secret wartime tunnels. Explore maritime history at the Dover Museum. Venture further afield to visit the battlements and captain’s quarters at Deal Castle and the former command post of the Duke of Wellington at nearby Walmer Castle.
Day 29-30: London (Greenwich), England
Disembark from your cruise in London and make your way home.