Tour Overview

Sail in search of Oriental adventures on this truly epic voyage befitting the elegant and much-loved Marco Polo. India will ignite your senses with its ancient traditions, artistic heritage and astonishing architecture before reaching the Far East. This is the ultimate Oriental adventure visiting Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Continue to South Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore before crossing the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bristol Avonmouth, United Kingdom

Embark CMV Marco Polo at Bristol Avonmouth.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic. The ‘Queenstown Story’ is a wonderful exhibition telling of this rich maritime history. From Cobh’s waterfront, streets lined with brightly coloured houses climb the steep slope of a hill, which is crowned with the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral. A charming little town, Cobh is a gateway to the city of Cork and excursions to Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: At Sea

Day at sea.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: La Coruña for Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

A charming mix of both modern city and old town, La Coruña is capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name in the rugged and beautiful region of Galicia. The symbol of La Coruña, nicknamed the ‘Crystal City’ for the glass-fronted buildings along its attractive seafront promenade, is the 2nd century lighthouse Torre del Hercules. Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Gibraltar (BCC)

Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea.In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain. A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, Gibraltar was named Jebel al-Tarik by the Moorish General Tarik who landed there in 711 AD. See the famous Barbary apes that occupy the island as well as St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels or admire the view to Africa from a cable car.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 7 - 8: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Valletta (Malta)

As the capital city of Malta, Valetta provides the perfect balance between the buzz of hectic city life and the tranquillity found in its peaceful palace and gardens. The majority of the magnificent buildings found in this city are Baroque in character and date back to the 16th century during the reign of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, but there are also hints or neo-classical and modern architectural design to be found. Valetta was named after Jean Parisot de la Valette who not only laid the first foundation stone of the city, but also protected it against Ottoman invasion in 1565. Tragically, he passed away before his city was completed at the age of 74, but his remains now rest at St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valetta is a rare urban treasure that has preserved nearly all of its original features and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 10-11: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Limassol (Cyprus)

Cyprus' second-largest city appeals to a wide range of tourists, from those interested in sun and sand vacations to those who prefer to delve into the island's culture at its museums and sites of archaeological interest. This large seaside resort on Akrotiri Bay on the sunny southern coast offers café and bars which line the bustling seafront.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 13-14: Ashdod (Israel)

The ancient port to Tel Aviv, Ashdod is the gateway to the sacred city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. There’s much to see and do – optional tours will give you a broad view but be sure to see the gold-plated Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the City of David.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Transit the Suez Canal

Transit the Suez Canal


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Aqaba for Petra (Jordan)

The port of Aqaba has been an important strategic and commercial centre since Roman times. It presents the opportunity to visit the lost city of Petra, which lies in the surrounding desert - a city that is estimate


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Hurghada (Egypt)

Hurghada is a city in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. It is one of the country's main tourist centres located on the Red Sea coast. Stunning coral reefs and turquoise waters perfect for windsurfing have made Hurghada, on Egypt's Red Sea Coast, a busy resort town.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 18-24: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 25: Mumbai (India)

Your first glimpse of Mumbai, a densely populated and intoxicating city, will be the iconic Gateway of India that sits on the waterfront. A trip to Elephanta Island visits the temple carved out of rock. Visit too, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus whose exterior is a jungle of stone. Be sure to experience the furious energy of Mumbai’s markets.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 26: Mormugao (Goa) (India)

From Mormugao, travellers can easily reach several beautiful, expansive beaches on which to spend the day, some of which are excellent for snorkelling and diving. Active travellers will enjoy kayaking, fishing, windsurfing, parasailing and more. History lovers can spend a few hours exploring the ruins of a 17th-century fort and perusing the local aviation museum.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 27: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 28: Cochin (India)

Beautifully situated in Kerala, Cochin has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. If you’re not tempted by an overland excursion to Delhi or Agra and the Taj Mahal, take in some of Cochin’s fascinating cultural legacy, which includes a synagogue, churches, mosques, temples and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. Don’t miss the Mattancherry Palace or a stroll along the lovely beach, scattered with unique Chinese fishing nets.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 29-31: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 32: Port Blair (Andaman Islands) (India)*

Floating 780 miles across the Bay of Bengal from Kolkata, this port city in the Andaman archipelago is the splash-down point for the Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park. *Land by launch or tender.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 33-34: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 35: Port Klang (Malaysia)

The British made Kuala Lumpur the capital of Peninsular Malaysia in the late 19th century, erecting grand colonial buildings that continue to stand proudly today. Since then, a virtual ‘race to the sky’ has seen the graceful buildings and mosques surrounded by steel and glass towers. As well as museums and temples to visit, there’s an elephant sanctuary and rainforest canopy walk.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 36-38: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 39: Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (Malaysia)

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in Borneo, is a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest, it is known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. It is also a gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of Mount Kinabalu.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 40: Sandakan, Borneo (Malaysia)

Sandakan formerly known at various times as Elopura, is the capital of the Sandakan District in Sabah, Malaysia. It is the second largest town in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu. It is located on the Sandakan Peninsula and east coast of the state in the administrative centre of Sandakan Division and was the former capital of British North Borneo.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 41: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 42: Manila, The Phillippines

This city has endured every disaster man and nature has thrown at it, yet today, the capital of the Philippines, whose moniker is ‘pearl of the orient’, is a thriving chaotic metropolis with outstanding sightseeing opportunities. Discover Manila’s creative soul – from edgy galleries to a lively indie music scene. From Manila you can also visit the Malacanang Palace, Pagsanjan Falls and Taal volcano.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 43-44: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 45: Keelung (Taiwan)

This bustling port in northern Taiwan borders the capital, Taipei. It is surrounded by a number of historic forts, some dating from the Qing dynasty, and Chinese history and culture are acutely felt. The imposing National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, dedicated to the former President of the Republic of China, are well worth a visit, as is the National Palace Museum — which boasts a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts, spanning 10,000 years of history.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 46: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 47: Kagoshima (Japan)

Located at the southerly tip of Japan, Kagoshima is often compared with its Italian sister city of Naples due to its similar climate and palm tree-lined streets. The Senganen Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers beautiful Japanese style landscaped gardens with views over the striking Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 48: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 49: Shimizu (Japan)

Sail into the Port of Shimizu and you will understand why it is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful ports. The sight of Mount Fuji soaring above the surrounding area belies the fact that Shimizu is not only a scenic area, but a culturally significant one as well. In addition to Fuji, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, the area also overlooks Miho-no-Matsubara, a pine tree grove included as one of the World Heritage’s constituent properties. These assets combine to mark the port as one of Japan’s prime sightseeing destinations.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 50: Yokohama (Japan)

Travel about an hour north of the port of Yokohama to experience the frenetic energy and bright lights of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. While the city is one of the most densely populated in the world, and is constantly evolving, it is also deeply rooted in its traditions and has areas of calm amidst the rush hour crush.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 51-52: Days at Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 53: Vladivostock (Russia)

Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It's known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city centre is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 54: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 55: Busan (South Korea)

Busan, a large port city in South Korea, is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. Busy Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a Folk Square with traditional games such as tug-of-war, while Gwangalli Beach has many bars and views of modern Diamond Bridge. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 56: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 57: Incheon (South Korea)

Incheon, a South Korean city bordering the capital of Seoul, has long been a transportation hub. The ultramodern, massive Incheon International Airport, with railway connections to Seoul, features a casino, spa and golf course. Yeonan Pier, close to the popular Incheon Fish Market, is the starting point for many boat tours. Incheon is also known for its beach-lined islands, including Yeongjong and Muui-dong.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 58: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 60-61: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 62: Shanghai (China)

Sitting majestically at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is China’s most cosmopolitan city. It has a mind-blowing, ancient past which is displayed in a wealth of museums and temples. A visit to the Art and History Museum, China’s premier museum and home to priceless collections and life-sized terracotta figures from the third century B.C., is an absolute must.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 63-65: At Sea

Days At Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 66: Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

The city boasts a vibrant cultural scene that features the influences of its Chinese roots and colonial connections. Take the tram up to Victoria Peak where you’ll get a spectacular 360-degree view of the island. Board one of Hong Kong’s fabled sampan boats for a cruise through the bustling harbour. In Kowloon see the Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden and bustling Nathan Road.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 67: Cruising Hainan Strait (China)

Cruising Hainan Strait (China)


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 68: Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Halong Bay rests beautifully over the Red River Delta on the coast of Vietnam. From here, visitors can travel inland to the politically historic, Hanoi, one of the country’s most fascinating cities. The most renowned monuments are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the austere former residence of the revolutionary leader. Visit the temple dedicated to Confucianism and explore the Old Quarter.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 69-70: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 71: Phu My (Vietnam)

Still commonly referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before catching up with the present in designer malls. The real beauty is this city’s blend of two worlds into one thrilling, seething mass. A host of exhilarating tours gets you way off-the-beaten-track.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 72: At Sea

Day at sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 73-74: Sihanoukville (Cambodia)

Cambodia offers you the chance to unwind and relax on its perfect white beaches and enjoy the warm tranquil waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Perhaps choose to visit Wat Krom, a unique and beautiful Buddhist temple overlooking Sihanoukville and the sea. The temple was built to dedicate to the local deity Yeah Mao and is a holy place.



Day 75: Laem Chabang (Thailand)

Full of contradictions, the City of Angels - Thailand’s capital city, has a rich, multifaceted personality. What Bangkok lacks in museums, it makes up for in impressive temples and shiny palaces. There is a series of beautiful Buddhist temples to visit, including the Wat Pho and Wat Arun. The Grand Palace is definitely worth visiting, and a longtail boat ride - thrilling.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 76-77: At Sea

Days at Sea



Day 78: Singapore (Singapore)

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and South East Asia’s oriental star. Retaining its heritage of colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars, this modern island is today more about contemporary art and hi-tech architecture. Victorian buildings and Chinese shop-houses with their red tiled roofs make for striking state-of-the-art conversions.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 79: Cruising Malacca Straits

Cruising Malacca Straits


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 80: Phuket (Thailand)

The fabulous island resort of Phuket is an oriental gem with beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, elephant rides and sightseeing opportunities. Sites and sights to savour range from N’Ga Bay, famous for its unique limestone islands; to the popular Patong beach with its open air bars to the quieter areas of Kata and the bustling old charm of Kamala.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 81-83: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 84:Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka’s capital is a delightful concoction of past and present. Its busy, man-made harbour, from which tea, spices and rubber are exported, stands side-by-side with historical museums and monuments. Colombo offers an array of charms, from the Royal Botanical Gardens to the Pettah Bazaar.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 85: Day at Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 86: Malé (Maldives)*

The pocket-sized Maldivian capital is the throbbing, heart of an extraordinary nation. Male is pleasantly quirky with alcohol-free bars and restaurants that jostle with shops and lively market. Attractions include the National Museum, the imposing Islamic Centre and Grand Friday Mosque, and pleasant Sultan Park. *Land by launch or tender


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 87-94: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 95: Safaga (Egypt)

Reached across the Eastern Desert from Safaga, Luxor, in the celebrated Valley of the Kings, is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the ancient monuments. 


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 96: Sokhna (Egypt)

Ain Sokhna is a town in the Suez Governorate, lying on the western shore of the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez. If exploration is what you are looking for, then Ain El Sokhna should be your destination of choice. The city is a short drive away from Cairo, marking the perfect location from which to enjoy both the Pyramids of Cairo and the glorious beaches.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 97: Transit the Suez Canal

Transit the Suez Canal


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 98: At Sea

Day at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 99 Morning: Santorini (Greece)

Santorini, or Thira, is a Greek Island in the Aegean Sea approximately 120 miles south east of the Greek mainland and is home to a rich variety of landscapes and villages. Perched 900ft high on the dramatic cliffs overlooking the bay is the Island’s capital, Fira. A short cable car ride from the port brings you to this quaint old town with whitewashed buildings lining narrow cobblestoned streets bursting with shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes. Beyond the town there is a beautiful countryside where tradition still survives. Cave houses, gardens, vineyards and tiny churches are all waiting to be discovered. *Land by launch or tender


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 99 Evening: Mykonos (Greece)

Mykonos is a Greek Island in the Aegean Sea approximately 90 miles east of the Greek mainland. The island’s capital, Chora or Mykonos Town, is a charming maze of tiny streets lined with white washed buildings and home to little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. To the west of the town you will find ‘The Windmills’ dating back to the 16th century and one of the most recognised landmarks on the island. These overlook a picturesque area known as ‘Little Venice’, famous for its medieval two and three storey houses with colourful wooden balconies standing facing the sea. *Land by launch or tender


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 100: Piraeus for Athens (Greece)

Piraeus is the gateway to Athens, the city of Plato and Socrates. Visit the Acropolis with its mighty Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. In the heart of the city there’s the National Archaeological Museum and the Olympic Stadium used for the first modern games.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 101-102: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 103: Civitavecchia for Rome (Italy)

Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome, Italy's capital and 'Eternal City'. Steeped in a 3000 year history, Rome is a living monument to explore and discover. From the wonderfully preserved Pantheon to the impressive Colosseum, Rome is full of monuments. Be sure to visit the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the famous Spanish Steps, and stop by the designer boutiques, pavement cafes and inviting restaurants. Rome also incorporates the independent state of the Vatican City, which is the seat of the Pope. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica here dominates the skyline.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Days 104-105: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 106: Cádiz for Seville (Spain)

The oldest continuously populated city in Spain, Cadiz is a unique ocean port in south west Spain that has been inhabited for the last 3000 years.
Located on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Cadiz, the city is surrounded almost entirely by water and thanks to its historical trade links, it has many foreign influences that are still visible today. Narrow cobbled streets, small squares and weather-beaten buildings dating back to the Moors make the old city a charming place to explore with look-out towers used by merchants to spot returning trade ships scattered along the skyline. Cadiz also has a fine collection of ancient and contemporary art in its many museums.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 107: Lisbon (Portugal)

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, is home to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, 25th April Bridge and Monument of the Discoveries. Wander through the maze of narrow streets in the delightful Alfama district and ride one of the famous old trams.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 108: Leixões for Oporto (Portugal)

Situated just north of the mouth of the River Douro, Leixoes is one of Portugal’s major seaports and a gateway to Oporto. Optional excursions feature the country’s second city that is known throughout the world as the home of the famous port wine. A boat trip on the River Douro gives a different view of the city where dark buildings seem to be stacked one on another along the narrow, labyrinthine streets. In Oporto’s São Bento Station traditional tile panels depict the history of Portugal. Oporto is home to the Museum of the Tram giving insight into this traditional and often preferred mode of transport.


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 109 -110: At Sea

Days at Sea


Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 111: Bristol Avonmouth (United Kingdom)

Early morning arrival into Bristol Avonmouth. Disembarkation information will be given on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Marco Polo

With her handsome profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull, Marco Polo is a classic ocean liner. Offering a traditional maritime experience in cosy surroundings, she can accommodate up to 800 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience.


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