Passage to India (21 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Piraeus, Greece to Mumbai, India
Dates: 19 Aug 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

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DAY 1
19 Aug 2018
Piraeus, Greece

Step on board in Athens, where you will have an entire day to explore this ancient city. Perhaps you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus or the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. As we remain in port overnight, you'll have time to enjoy dinner in town.

DAY 2
20 Aug 2018
Piraeus, Greece
Athens, Greece
Piraeus, Greece

Today, you will have the opportunity to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city's heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

DAY 3
21 Aug 2018
Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)

Sail into the Mediterranean Sea today, where civilizations rose and fell throughout history. The ships of Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Visigoths, and innumerable others have plied these waters before you. As you cruise, take in the sea views from the Explorers' Lounge or reserve a soothing massage at The Spa. Linger over tea and scones in the Wintergarden or soak up the sun on deck.

DAY 4
22 Aug 2018
Haifa, Israel

Arrive in Haifa today, an ideal port from which to explore the north of Israel. Ascend Mt. Carmel, where it is said that the prophet Elijah set fire to a sacrifice and ended a drought. On the mountain's slope overlooking the city, you can also stroll the magnificent terraced Hanging Gardens of Haifa, center of the Bahá'í faith. Nearby, explore the fascinating Old City of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Alternatively, you can choose to explore ancient Caesarea, built by King Herod as an early center of Christianity, go up Mt. Carmel for a closer look, and enjoy stunning views of Haifa and the countryside.

DAY 5
23 Aug 2018
Haifa, Israel

Today is free for you to explore more of Haifa and its surroundings. Or you might choose to travel across the coastal mountains of Israel to the city of Nazareth, where Jesus spent his youth, and the fabled Sea of Galilee, where he is said to have performed many miracles and delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Alternatively, combine visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem on one enlightening tour.

DAY 6
24 Aug 2018
Port Said, Egypt

Call on Port Said today, founded about 150 years ago as a working base for the construction of the Suez Canal. Port Said is also a gateway to the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx on the outskirts of Cairo. Join an included tour to uncover their mysteries.

DAY 7
25 Aug 2018
Suez Canal (Transit), Egypt

Suez Canal: Transit the Suez Canal today, a travel milestone. This engineering marvel opened in 1869, connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, changing the region's geographic and commercial landscape forever. The sea-level one-way waterway requires ships to travel in convoys; two lakes, Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake, allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other.

DAY 8
26 Aug 2018
Safaga, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt
Safaga, Egypt

Call in Safaga today, an ancient Red Sea port in use since the 3rd century. Today, it is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of ancient Thebes, today's city of Luxor. Traverse the desert sands to the shores of the Nile River, where you will visit the Great Temple of Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands. Walk through its monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived.

DAY 9
27 Aug 2018
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Visit the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (called "Sharm" by the locals) on the southern tip of the Sinai Desert. This major Egyptian center of tourism on the Red Sea, renowned for its unrivaled scuba diving among vibrant coral, is surrounded by starkly beautiful desert. Embark by glass-bottomed boat to view the colorful reefs, coral gardens, and exotic fish in the Red Sea. Or, leave the city and explore the sands up close during a desert Jeep tour into a world shrouded in legend.

DAY 10
28 Aug 2018
Aqaba, Jordan

Call in Aqaba, Jordan's only coastal city, set amid bleached-out desert hills. History here stretches back centuries, but it is best known as the site where, in 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops in the Battle of Aqaba. Stop to explore Mamluk Fort, won by the Arabs from the Turks during a 1916 camel charge, the opulent house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, and the lively waterfront. You might also journey to the region's must-see archaeological treasure of Petra, an astonishing city of red sandstone carved from the earth millennia ago.

DAY 11
29 Aug 2018
Red Sea (Cruising)

Ancient Egyptians sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. More famously, Moses is said to have parted its waters. And it was a favored route among ancient Romans as they traded with India. History and legend are rich here, and you can learn more about them during an enrichment lecture about the Middle East. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers' Lounge or perhaps an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi's trattoria-style restaurant.

DAY 12
30 Aug 2018
Bab el Mandab Strait

Today's journey traverses the 23-mile-wide Bab el Mandab ("Gate of Grief") strait. It is believed that these waters were once so shallow as to have allowed the earliest migrations of humans from Africa. After construction of the Suez Canal, the English commanded the Red Sea from a lighthouse they constructed on Perim Island, which you will pass during your transit. Take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. Lounge by the Main Pool, with its retractable roof, and enjoy a cocktail at the Aquavit Bar.

DAY 13
31 Aug 2018
Gulf of Aden (Cruising)

Sail a major shipping route as you cruise the Gulf of Aden. Plied by ships for centuries, these waters have linked Africa and Arabia culturally and commercially. Start your day with a walk around the Promenade Deck. Later, you might indulge in the Nordic Bathing Ritual in The Spa or take a tour of your ship's onboard art. Tonight, enjoy an elegant meal in The Restaurant.

DAY 14
01 Sep 2018
Arabian Sea (Cruising)

Critical to trade and central to cultural exchange, the Arabian Sea has been traveled by coastal sailing vessels for thousands of years, as far back as the third millennium BC. You will follow the coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the spirit of those before you, perhaps learning about the Portuguese presence here during an onboard lecture. Enjoy an evening under the stars on the Sun Deck.

DAY 15
02 Sep 2018
Salalah, Oman

Explore the Omani city of Salālah today on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. For centuries, Salālah was a major port for frankincense, a trade which extended far beyond the region. This fascinating cultural history was supported by several sites around the city, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Take in the major landmarks when you stop for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, rich in Islamic architecture, visit the Al-Baleed archaeological site, where you will learn more about the frankincense route, and explore a local souk, brimming with myrrh, incense, and myriad colorful items.

DAY 16
03 Sep 2018
Day-at-Sea

Enjoy a leisurely day as your ship makes its way along the Arabian Coast. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.

DAY 17
04 Sep 2018
Muscat, Oman

Call in the Arabian Peninsula today for a fascinating visit to Muscat, capital of Oman. Enjoy a city tour among its whitewashed buildings, featuring a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, able to accommodate 20,000 worshippers, and explore the low-lying structures of the Old Town, huddled around a small bay. Visit the private House of Al Zubair Museum with its remarkably preserved items of Omani heritage, and take in authentic local color in the city's traditional souk. This sleepy historic enclave serves as the home of the ruling sultan.

DAY 18
05 Sep 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 19
06 Sep 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 20
07 Sep 2018
Mumbai, India

Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today. Constructed across seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The city's Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park, and Dhobi Ghat, where locals still do laundry. You will also visit the National Gandhi Museum, housed in a mansion known as Mani Bhavan that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.

DAY 21
08 Sep 2018
Mumbai, India

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, extend your stay with a post-extension cruise package in Mumbai.

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About the Ship

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Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

  • All port taxes and fees

  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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Shore Excursions

Piraeus, Greece - 19 Aug 2018

Piraeus, Greece - 20 Aug 2018

Athens, Greece - 20 Aug 2018

Piraeus, Greece - 20 Aug 2018

Haifa, Israel - 22 Aug 2018

Haifa, Israel - 23 Aug 2018

Port Said, Egypt - 24 Aug 2018

Safaga, Egypt - 26 Aug 2018

Safaga, Egypt - 26 Aug 2018

Aqaba, Jordan - 28 Aug 2018

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