IT WOULD be difficult to imagine a better way to explore the Mediterranean than cruising its serene waters aboard a 13-day Viking cruise visiting several ancient ports in six countries. Departing Barcelona and terminating in Venice, Viking’s Mediterranean Odyssey journey leaves no sought-after port in the region off the list, with calls at Marseille, Monte Carlo, Naples, and Corfu.

The history and flavours of the Mediterranean can be enjoyed at every point, whether that is by walking through the leafy streets of the fortified town of Aix-en-Provence in Marseille, enjoying a private tour of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco in Monte Carlo, or chowing down on the famous pizza pies of Naples in Italy (home to the world’s first pizzeria in 1830).

One shore excursion is included at each port, with a wide list of optional excursions enabling passengers to customise their journey. The cruise is priced from $6,595 per person and departs at various dates all year around. A free cabin upgrade is available when booked before 30 November.

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