Voyage of Marco Polo (36 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Piraeus, Greece to Laem Chabang, Thailand
Dates: 19 Aug 2018 - 23 Sep 2018

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DAY 1
19 Aug 2018
Piraeus, Greece

Step onboard 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

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, the Panathenaic Stadium, the 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
Cairo, Egypt
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 Great Pyramids and 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 Grand 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
Arabian Sea (Cruising)

Follow in the wake of traders, seafarers, and adventurers who crossed the Arabian Sea over millennia. The first vessels traced the coastline some 5,000 years ago. In the days of the ancient Greeks, the Indian city of Bharuch to the north of Mumbai was already an established sea port. As you sail, relax by the Main Pool or enjoy the sea breeze from your stateroom veranda.

DAY 19
06 Sep 2018
Arabian Sea (Cruising)

The Arabian Sea has been known variously as the Persian Sea and Erythraean Sea. Spices, metals, precious stones, and wine have all made this crossing throughout history. Take this relaxing day at sea to unwind in The Spa's Sauna and Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Infinity Pool.

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
DAY 22
09 Sep 2018
Mumbai, India

Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today, one of the world's greatest ports. Constructed over 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 23
10 Sep 2018
Goa, India

Arrive in the state of Goa this morning, one of the richest in India. Until 1961, this was the colony of Portuguese India, which had existed for more than four centuries. Its influence remains in the city's grand colonial architecture, some of the most impressive in all of India. See the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji, where mass is still conducted in English, Portuguese, and the local Konkani dialect. In Old Goa, admire the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Sé Cathedral, and numerous Portuguese-style colonial houses.

DAY 24
11 Sep 2018
Laccadive Sea

Cruise around the bottom of India into the Laccadive Sea today, passing through the Gulf of Mannar, one of the richest marine environments in the world, harboring 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Pearl-diving is a rich tradition in these waters, and it is still practiced today. As your ship cruises nears Sri Lanka, learn more about the lush and historic island-nation during this evening's port talk.

DAY 25
12 Sep 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in Colombo for an overnight stay, giving you time to experience its capital and its famed lush countryside in depth. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, who took control of the cinnamon trade. The Dutch followed, then the English ruled it as Ceylon until it became independent in 1972. Visit the British fort and Old Parliament Building, the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district, the Colombo National Museum—with its more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts—and the city's largest temple, Gangaramaya.

DAY 26
13 Sep 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Enjoy a full day in Colombo to venture beyond the city into the Sri Lankan countryside, or explore Colombo by tuk-tuk, the iconic tricycle taxis. You might also visit Pinnawala, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. Or, tour Kandy, the royal city in the hills. Its lush environment and the graceful architecture make it the loveliest city in the entire country.

DAY 27
14 Sep 2018
Bay of Bengal (Cruising)

Bay of Bengal: Sail the history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world. Ancient Hindu calls it Mahodadhi, meaning "great water receptacle". The bay is fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Irrawaddy Rivers. Devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform an aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia and enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.

DAY 28
15 Sep 2018
Bay of Bengal (Cruising)

Continue crossing the Bay of Bengal today, fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Irrawaddy Rivers. Some devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform an aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Enjoy a book in your ship's library. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia. And enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.

DAY 29
16 Sep 2018
Strait of Malacca (Cruising)

Cruise through the Strait of Malacca today. This narrow passage between Malaysia and Indonesia was long a major trade route for the earliest traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory, and sandalwood. As you cross its historic waters, you might attend a lecture to learn about your upcoming ports. This evening, sample some regional cuisine at the World Café or at The Restaurant.

DAY 30
17 Sep 2018
George Town, Malaysia

Visit Malaysia's Penang Island and its capital of George Town. The island is an incredibly diverse mix of cultural influences from all across Asia, the result of centuries of trade and immigration, complemented by generations of colonialism under the British East India Company. Recognized for its eclectic blend of architecture and culture, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire some of its stately Neoclassical buildings, colorful Hindu temples, elegant minarets, and cheerfully painted row houses.

DAY 31
18 Sep 2018
Port Kelang, Malaysia

Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.

DAY 32
19 Sep 2018
Singapore, Singapore

Arrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore's famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown.

DAY 33
20 Sep 2018
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

Gulf of Thailand: As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.

DAY 34
21 Sep 2018
Ko Samui, Thailand

Explore the Thai island of Koh Samui, a paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Thailand's second largest island after Phuket, this self-sufficient community had no roadways until the early 1970s. Today, it is a favored spot for sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond. Visit the island's revered temples and witness some of the scampering monkeys that have been trained to harvest coconuts from the treetops.

DAY 35
22 Sep 2018
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Experience the splendor of Siam of Old during an overnight stay. Cultural and political capital of Thailand, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Marvel at the towering Wat Arun on the river's banks and the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city's canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city's renowned silk merchant.

DAY 36
23 Sep 2018
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Disembark this morning and transfer to the Bangkok airport for your flight home. Or, explore more with our post-extension in this fascinating city.

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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.

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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

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Shore Excursions

Piraeus, Greece - 19 Aug 2018

Piraeus, Greece - 20 Aug 2018

Haifa, Israel - 22 Aug 2018

Haifa, Israel - 23 Aug 2018

Port Said, Egypt - 24 Aug 2018

Port Said, Egypt - 24 Aug 2018

Safaga, Egypt - 26 Aug 2018

Safaga, Egypt - 26 Aug 2018

Aqaba, Jordan - 28 Aug 2018

George Town, Malaysia - 17 Sep 2018

Port Kelang, Malaysia - 18 Sep 2018

Singapore, Singapore - 19 Sep 2018

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