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Eight top-performing travel advisors from Travel Associates across Australia enjoyed the warm hospitality of Viking on an eight-day voyage from Ravenna (San Marino) to Athens.

Viking and Travel Associates collaborated on an exclusive incentive, offering advisors the opportunity to win a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom on the 8-day journey through the heart of the Mediterranean on board the Viking Venus.

During the eight-day Venice, the Adriatic, and Greece voyage, advisors and their travel companions received Viking’s exceptional onboard hospitality, an opportunity for personalised cultural exploration and time to relax and unwind.

“Our expectations were exceeded the moment we stepped onboard Viking Venus. The warm welcome made us feel at home and set the tone for the entire cruise,” commented Jacqui Smart, Travel Associates Shellharbour.

“I really enjoyed the relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere on the ship. Watching the sunset while cruising into Kotor was the standout highlight of our trip. Ronnie and I strongly recommend Viking and will be lifelong supporters,” added Jacqui.

The journey began in Venice before proceeding to one of Croatia’s oldest cities, Split, home to the ancient Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian, before heading for Dubrovnik’s charming cobblestone streets. Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast exposed the architectural splendour of medieval houses and historic fortresses, while the grand fjords of Kotor in Montenegro offered breathtaking views.

In Greece, Corfu’s Old Town charmed Viking’s guests with its narrow streets, while the scenic fishing village of Olympia, with its well-preserved ruins, evoked glimpses of the glory of the Games. Finally, the journey concluded in Athens.

“I feel honoured to have been invited on a truly enchanting adventure aboard the Viking Venus. I wholeheartedly recommend Viking to anyone who shares a passion for exploring history and antiquity in a sophisticated and indulgent manner,” said Jonathan House, of Travel Associates Runaway Bay, and three-time Viking travel veteran.

“The luxurious appointments of the ship, combined with the exceptional service of the staff, the exquisite fine dining options complemented by an impressive wine list, and the rejuvenating spa and snow grotto, have gifted me with a treasure trove of unforgettable memories from this remarkable journey,” added Jonathan.

The first-hand participation of Travel Associates advisors in authentic cultural enrichment activities will help them inspire and encourage their clients in the future. These experiences will shape these top-selling travel advisors into top Viking storytellers and life-long Viking advocates.

The Atrium on board the Viking Venus

Back row: Roland Kautzky (Travel Associates at Home), Simon Treloar (Sr. Manager, Commercial Marketing, Viking), Ronald Smart, Malcolm Hyslop (Wye & James Travel Associates), Scott Patton.

Middle row: Shaun Kavanagh (Sr. Commercial Manager, Viking), Daniel Rottenberg, Tammy Houston (Houston & Turner Travel Associates), Cat Williams, Marlena Holden, Amanda Hyslop, Jacqui Smart (Travel Associates Shellharbour), Tracey Fros (Travel Associates Hobart).

Front row: Amanda George, Jonathan House (Travel Associates Runaway Bay), Adam Crane (Travel Associates Belconnen), Janelle Patton (Travel Associates Castletown), Anne Fros.

Hiking up Kotor’s Old Town City Walls, Montenegro

the Viking Venus, Shaun Kavanagh (Sr. Commercial Manager, Viking), Daniel Rottenburg, Cat Williams, Simon Treloar (Sr. Manager, Commercial Marketing, Viking), Tammy Houston (Houston & Turner Travel Associates), Roland Kautzky (Travel Associates at Home).