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Journey to Bangkok, Bali and Beyond

20 Nights featuring Bali, Java, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: Apr 1, 2025
(Sailing Apr 6, 2025)

About This Journey

Bali offers an enchanting blend of pristine beaches, vibrant cultural heritage, ancient temples and awe-inspiring landscapes. Start your Journey with free time at your luxurious beachfront resort to take a dip in the pool, put your toes in the sand and stroll alongside the crystalline waters. Then, join your guide as we spend the next few days venturing into the heart of the island to explore volcanoes, rice terraces and the famous Monkey Forest. Along the way, you’ll experience the warm hospitality of local villages and immerse yourself in Balinese culture as you learn about daily life on the island. Of course, no trip to Bali would be complete without admiring some of its more-than-20,000 magnificent temples—like Tirta Empul, Tanah Lot and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan—that are scattered along picturesque shorelines, atop sky-scraping mountains and shrouded in lush forests. Then, board the luxurious Viking Orion, an all-veranda small ship with just 930 guests onboard. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and drinks with lunch and dinner, you’ll also enjoy an included shore excursion in every port. Gain unmatched insight into the spiritual and arts culture of Java, from the Old Town of Semarang to the historic riches of Surabaya and Jakarta; absorb the vast cultural diversity of Singapore with a resident by your side; and marvel at Kuala Lumpur’s soaring Petronas Towers. Upon disembarkation in Bangkok, you’ll then spend three nights discovering Thailand’s glorious past and present. Visit the stunning Grand Palace complex, where numerous Buddhist temples and intricately carved jade and gold Buddha statues will enchant you. Explore the ancient capital of Ayutthaya—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cruise the River of Kings, haggle for trinkets at Thailand’s famous floating market and more. This in-depth Journey from Bali to Bangkok is sure to satisfy your wanderlust!

Visits: Please add the Viking Orion, 36999, Bali (Benoa), Surabaya, Semarang, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

Journey to Bangkok, Bali and Beyond

Itinerary

Start Date: April 1, 2025
(Sailing April 6, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Bali – Transfer to Hotel & Welcome Dinner
2 Bali – Half-day Temple Visit and Dinner
3 Bali – Full-day Tour to Lake Beratan
4 Bali – Full-day Tour to Ubud
5 Bali – Full-day Tour to Mt. Batur
6 Bali – Transfer to Benoa Port for Embarkation
7 Bali (Benoa), Indonesia 2:00 PM
8 Surabaya, Java, Indonesia 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 Semarang, Java, Indonesia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
10 Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 12:00 PM
11 Jakarta, Java, Indonesia 6:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Singapore, Singapore 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 At Sea
17 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 8:00 AM
18 Bangkok – Disembark, City Tour and Hotel Check In
19 Bangkok – Tour to Ayutthaya
20 Bangkok – Tour to Floating Market
21 Bangkok – Transfer to Airport

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Bali

Upon arrival at the airport, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in Sanur, known for its beautiful beaches. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Bali, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about an optional hotel extension.

Day 2 – Bali

Bali Beach

Bali Beach

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a welcome drink in the morning and spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beach and hotel amenities. In the afternoon, we will visit the Uluwatu Temple, built at the edge of a 230-foot cliff. We will then enjoy a performance of Kecak Dance at sunset before ending our tour with an authentic Balinese Rijsttafel menu. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 3 – Bali

Traditional Balinese Offerings

Traditional Balinese Offerings

Rise early for a morning meditation at the hotel and feel the fresh morning breeze of Bali. After breakfast, set off to learn the about the culture and way of life of the Balinese people. First, we will visit a typical Balinese village where you will see how many families live within a traditional Balinese community. They build several homes around a communal patio and temple facing Mount Agung. While visiting a local family, you will also learn how to make a typical Balinese offerings and will be given the opportunity to create your own.

 

 

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

Heading north, you will begin to see the rice terraces along the hillsides. After lunch in a beautiful setting, continue north where you will stop to see the colorful market at Candi Kuning. From here, it is a short drive to Lake Beratan to see the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, a water temple located along the lakeshore. Relax and admire the countryside as you ride to the southwestern coast to perhaps the most photographed temple in Bali, Tanah Lot. One of seven sea temples infamous for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops, Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Bali

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest

In the morning, drive to the village of Batubulan to see the best-known dance in Bali, the Barong. Telling the tale of the fight between good and evil, the lion-like Barong battles the demon queen Rangda, while all the dancers wear beautifully decorated masks. After that we will visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, where 14th century temples have been taken over by the jungle and long-tailed macaques. We will then visit a local market before continuing to the Ubud Palace, still used by the Royal family. We will then stop for a well-deserved lunch at Cafe Wayan, known from the book Eat Pray Love.

 

Rice terraces in Ubud, Bali

Rice terraces in Ubud, Bali

In the afternoon we will visit the Tirta Empul Temple, famous for its holy water, where Balinese worshippers have been drawn to for more than a thousand years. We will then drive along some small, scenic roads to view some of the most photographic rice terraces on the island. Along the way we will stop at a coffee plantation where you will not only learn about the traditional method of preparing coffee, but also enjoy a sample while looking out at the spectacular view to the valley below. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of your evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 5 – Bali

Mount Batur Rising Over Rice Fields

Mount Batur Rising Over Rice Fields

After breakfast at the hotel, set off on a day of discovery to see even more natural beauty. You will drive to Kintamani where you will have panoramic views of the mountains and the semi-active volcanoes from a distance. Clouds permitting, you will see Mt. Batur standing majestically over the beautiful Batur Lake. Next, travel to Penglipuran, a traditional village where you can see the Balinese architecture that has been passed down through the generations. Enjoy lunch in the village of Guliang with a view of the local rice fields. After lunch, return to your hotel where you will have some free time to stroll, relax, shop or maybe even indulge in a spa treatment before gathering for your farewell dinner at the resort. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Bali Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Viking Orion for a 12-night cruise to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. (B)

Day 7-17 – Cruising onboard the Viking Orion (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 18 – Bangkok Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Viking Orion and meet your guide for a full-day city tour of Bangkok.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Our first stop is the Grand Palace complex, where you will stroll the grounds while visiting several of the most important buildings. The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai, though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall and the Royal Guest House.

After visiting the palace we will enjoy a short ride via tuk-tuk around the old area of Bangkok, ending at a local restaurant for lunch. This afternoon, we will visit Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok and current home to the reclining Buddha, which is 150 feet long and covered in gold leaf. It also is the national headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine. We will then head to the hotel for check-in, and you’ll have some time to relax and get settled in.

traditional and cultural dance

traditional and cultural dance

For dinner this evening, rejoin the group and prepare for a spectacular show! Housed in a richly-decorated pavilion and offering a menu of exquisite Thai cuisine, you’ll enjoy the city’s most spectacular cultural performance and dance show while you dine! (L, D)

Note: the Grand Palace requires the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

 

Day 19 – Bangkok

Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

Today we will head out of the city to explore the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This great center of power lasted for four centuries before it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. The 400 years of the Ayutthaya period were an importance era for art and architecture, encouraged and patronized by wealthy temple-building kings who saw themselves as the cultural inheritors of previous Southeast Asian empires. The result was an architectural gold mine, plus a high level of achievement in sculpture, painting and other fine arts. You will spend most of the day visiting this historical park and its famous ruins. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Note: the Bang Pa-In Palace in Ayutthaya requires the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

Day 20 – Bangkok

Damnoensaduak floating market

Damnoensaduak floating market

Depart for Ratchaburi Province, approximately 60 miles west of Bangkok, for a visit to the colorful Damnoensaduak floating market. Upon arrival in Damnoensaduak, you will enjoy a long-tailed boat ride to the floating market where you will see local vendors paddling their wares such as fruits, vegetables and trinkets from wooden boats. You will have the opportunity to both observe the market and purchase some of these items as you float by. After the market visit, you will re-board your coach and continue to Phra Pathom Chedi Pagoda, the tallest stupa in Thailand. After visiting the temple, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Bangkok.

 

Wat Arun

Wat Arun

This evening, embark on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. As you dine, you’ll admire the majestically-lit historical sites nestled along the river bank –such as Wat Arun, the Royal Palace, Assumption Cathedral and more. (B, L, D)

 

 

Day 21 – Bangkok

Check out of the hotel and say farewell to Thailand. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

Bali (Benoa), Indonesia: With a thriving arts scene, lush beauty and magnificent seaside vistas, Bali has long beckoned travelers in search of ultimate beauty. The island’s rich Hindu culture has forever held that gods live in all things natural—from mountains to streams to pebbles on the beach—lending the island a peaceful air. Denpasar is the island’s thriving capital. Founded as a market town, it still bustles with colorful stalls and vast emporiums selling bright sarongs and intricately patterned batik.

 

 

Surabaya, Java, Indonesia

Surabaya, Java, Indonesia: Surabaya played a central role in the Indonesian War of Independence. The memorials to that struggle stand as soaring testaments to the will and courage of the Javanese. Today, Surabaya is a diverse patchwork of vibrant cultures. Mosques stand proudly in the Arab district and elegant churches adorn the European quarter. But perhaps the most authentic way to fully experience Java’s varied cultural influences is by tasting them. A stroll through the Pasar Pabean traditional market reveals fresh fish, vegetables, spices, incense and countless other specialties.

 

Semarang, Java, Indonesia

Semarang, Java, Indonesia: The bustling port of Semarang was founded by the Dutch and hints of the island’s colonial past dot the cityscape. Outside the city, Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, strikes a dramatic pose against a backdrop of four volcanoes. A popular place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the massive pyramidal temple towers to a great height. The devout walk up a clockwise path to the pinnacle, passing 2,672 reliefs and 504 Buddha statues along the way.

 

 

Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jakarta, Java, Indonesia: Jakarta is a melting pot of cultures and a bustling capital. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century; it was founded as Sunda Kelapa, a significant trading port for the Sunda Kingdom, the Hindu realm that once occupied this area. The Dutch arrived in 1619 to establish the Dutch East Indies, renaming the city Batavia and proclaiming it their capital. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and more were exported from here. During the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Dutch were expelled and the city took its current name, which it retained after independence.

 

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore: Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. Established in 1819 for the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom the famed hotel is named, it grew from a secluded backwater into a shabby port city before transforming itself into a sophisticated metropolis. The technology and economy are highly advanced here, yet the islands host plentiful green parks with tree-lined footpaths and the stunning National Orchid Garden. For a panoramic view of it all, the observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands towers offers the perfect solution.

 

Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)

Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)

Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia: The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur was built by Chinese tin prospectors in the mid-1800s. Since then, the city of KL, as the locals call it, has grown into a stunning mix of colonial, Moorish, Tudor, neo-Gothic and Grecian-Spanish architecture. The two-story shophouses of Old Market Square, with storefronts below and residences above, reveal the lives of merchants. The magnificent Petronas Towers are the centerpiece of this fascinating city; the side-by-side twin spires resemble a pair of rockets, connected by a two-story sky bridge that spans the 41st and 42nd floors.

 

Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand: Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, and its origins are reflected through centuries-old Buddhist wats, or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the river’s banks. The revered temples and elegant buildings within the walls of the renowned Grand Palace date to the late 1700s. A gilded array of golden pagodas and stupas (shrines), it has been the royal family’s residence for more than 150 years.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Bali
    • Bali, Indonesia: 5-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day Temple Visit and Dinner
      • Full-day Bali Tour to Lake Beratan
      • Full-day Bali Tour to Ubud
      • Full-day Bali Tour to Mt. Batur
  • 3-night post-cruise land program in Bangkok
    • Bangkok, Thailand:3-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour of Bangkok
      • Evening Dinner and Cultural Performance
      • Full-day tour to Ayutthaya
      • Full-day tour to the Floating Market
  • Tour Leader throughout pre- and post-cruise land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Viking Orion
    • Featuring standard Viking inclusions:
      • One included shore excursion in every port of call
      • Shipwide Wi-Fi
      • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner
      • Specialty coffees, teas and bottled water
      • Complimentary alternate restaurant dining
      • Complimentary 24-hour room service
      • Much more!
      • Special Offer—Ends 2/29: Receive up to $600 Shipboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The land programs in both Bali and Thailand will include visits to numerous temples and local villages, a performance of a traditional dance and delicious local dishes. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Although Bali and many other ports of call during the cruise are beach destinations, please remember to dress conservatively when visiting the temples. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Book by 2/29 for up to $600 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

Please visit the Enrichment Journeys website for current offers and special amenities onboard your Viking cruise!

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1-night Bali Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Bali a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $85 per person(based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Bali with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Note: March 29, 2025 is a national holiday in Bali and the entire island, including the airport, will be completely shut down. Therefore, a 3-night hotel extension is not possible on this Journey. Only 1-night or 2-night hotel extensions are permitted.

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Dates & Prices

04/01/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (V1) $12,665 $9,499 $3,166 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe Veranda (DV6) $12,932 $9,699 $3,233 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe Veranda (DV5) $13,065 $9,799 $3,266 CALL FOR DETAILS
Penthouse Veranda (PV3) $17,865 $13,399 $4,466 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $450 Philadelphia $450
Boston $450 John F. Kennedy $350 Phoenix $450
Denver $350 Los Angeles $0 San Diego $350
Dallas-Ft. Worth $450 Orlando $450 Seattle $350
Newark $400 Miami $350 San Francisco $350
Washington – Dulles $450 Chicago $400
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations

Puri Santrian Resort

Jl. Cemara 35, Sanur,  Bali, Indonesia

Telephone: 62-361-288009

Email: purisantrian@santrian.com

Puri Santrian is a modern Balinese resort strategically positioned on the beach at the tranquil southern end of Sanur. Close to several historic sites of interest, it is an upmarket area with strong cultural roots where tradition permeates all aspects of daily life. Cocooned within a mature tropical garden, the hotel presents a choice of elegant Balinese accommodation options supported by essential lifestyle facilities.

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

444 MBK Center, Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Telephone: +66 2216 3700

E-mail: ppb@pprincess.com

At the heart of Bangkok’s famed shopping, entertainment and arts district, Pathumwan Princess Hotel towers magnificently above the city’s iconic MBK Shopping Center, and is just minutes away from the city’s dynamic BTS Skytrain network.

No other Bangkok hotel can connect you so swiftly and conveniently to the city’s amazing, not to be missed attractions, whilst providing the modern comforts and wide ranging facilities as well as the exemplary care and service you expect from a first class establishment.

Viking Orion

Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises

The Thinking Person’s Cruise®
Created for curious, experienced travelers. Every detail onboard a Viking ship is designed to enrich and enhance your travel experience, helping you fully immerse yourself in the rich cultures you are visiting. From the thoughtfully curated Library and the insights of guest lecturers to regional cuisine and vintages from your destinations, Viking helps you connect to your destination in every possible way.

The Viking Way® of exploration takes you deeper, offering behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities. While they include the expected and iconic, such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks, Viking also works hard to offer Local Life, Working World and optional Privileged Access® experiences in places otherwise difficult to visit.

Ship: Viking Orion

Amid a spectacular celebration that paid tribute to the spirit of exploration, our fifth ocean vessel was officially named in Livorno, Italy. The ship’s godmother, retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for Viking Orion—a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Ship Features

Expand your horizons on our award-winning, all-veranda small ship, with just 930 guests, allowing us to dock where larger ships cannot.

  • Only 930 guests
  • Length: 745 feet
  • Beam: 94 feet
  • Class: small ships
  • Year built: 2018

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

Electric Current
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Indonesia uses the Indonesian rupiah (Rp) currency code IDR

Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar ($ or S$), currency code SGD

Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit (RM), currency code MYR

Thailand uses the Thai Baht (฿), currency code THB

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Tipping is customary in Southeast Asia. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Viking Cruises, please visit https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/frequently-asked-questions.html.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Bali 87/77 88/77 88/77 88/77 87/76 86/75 85/75 85/74 86/74 88/76 89/77 88/77
Singapore 87/75 89/76 90/76 90/76 90/78 89/77 89/77 89/76 89/76 89/76 88/76 87/75
Kuala Lumpur 89/74 90/75 90/76 89/77 89/77 89/77 89/76 88/76 87/76 87/76 88/76 88/75
Bangkok 90/72 92/76 94/78 96/80 94/79 93/79 92/78 91/78 91/77 91/76 90/75 89/71

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some keywords and phrases:

Indonesia: Indonesian

  • Ya (ya): yes
  • Tidak (tee-dak): no
  • Terimakasih (te-ree-ma ka-seeh): thank you
  • Permisi (per-mee-see): excuse me

Singapore: While English is one of the official languages of Singapore and many of its residents are bilingual, Chinese Mandarin and Malay are also very common.

Chinese Mandarin

  • nǐhǎo (Knee how): Hello
  • Zàijiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
  • Shì (Shr): Yes
  • Búshì (Boo shr): No
  • Qǐng (Ching): Please
  • Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
  • Búyòngkèqì (Boo yongsheh): You’re welcome
  • Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
  • duōshǎoqián (Dor sheowchen): How much?
  • Wǒtīngbùdǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
  • kuàizǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.

Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terimakasih (terima ka say): Thank you
  • ya (ya): Yes
  • tidak (ti dak): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.

Malaysia: Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terimakasih (terima ka say): Thank you
  • ya (ya): Yes
  • tidak (ti dak): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.

Thailand: Thai

  • Sa-wat-dii: Hello.
  • Sabaai-dii mái?: How are you?
  • Yin-dii thiidairuu-jak: Nice to meet you
  • Karunaa: Please
  • Khopkhun: Thank you
  • Chai: Yes.
  • Mai chai: No
  • Kho thot: Excuse me
  • Thâo’rai’ or kii: How much, how many?
  • A-ròi: Delicious

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/thai/ for more phrases with sound.

Fun Facts

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Indonesia

  • Indonesia is home to the largest flower in the world: the Rafflessia Arnoldia, or “corpse lily,” which grows in the rainforest.
  • Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands!
  • Bali is about the same size as Delaware.
  • There are two active volcanoes on the island of Bali: Mt. Batur and Mt. Agung.

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem “Majulah Singapura” is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

Malaysia

  • Malaysia is made up of two non-contiguous regions: West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, which consists of 11 states, and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, which consists of two states.
  • Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
  • Some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They are replaced by “3A” as the sound of four (sì) is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (sĭ).
  • Malaysia is the world’s third largest natural rubber producer. It is also famous for being the world’s largest supplier of rubber gloves.
  • Malay brides wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger of their right hand. The ring is placed there by a senior female relative of the groom, instead of the groom himself.

Thailand

  • Of the 67 million people in Thailand, roughly 6.9 million live in the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free”.
  • The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteristhonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand.
  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Bali: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Singapore: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux
  • Singapore: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew
  • Singapore and/or Malaysia: Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia & Singapore by Jim Baker
  • Malaysia: A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson
  • Malaysia: Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O’Hanlon
  • Thailand: Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly

Travel Guides

Films

  • Bali: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Singapore: Saint Jack (1979)
  • Malaysia: Anna and the King (1999) was filmed in Malaysia
  • Malaysia: Entrapment (1999)
  • Malaysia: Sandokan (1976)

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