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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Journey to Laos

PRE CRUISE Journey to Laos

Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos to behold its most revered temples, cruise the Mekong River and explore remote villages where traditional customs are still practiced.

Day 1 - Sunday, April 12, 2015

After flying into the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will transfer to the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Check in is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure with meals on your own.

Day 2 - Monday, April 13, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, a city at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Upon arriving and after getting your Laos visa issued (for a separate fee), you will proceed to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel to check in and relax.

The afternoon is devoted to visiting several temples or “wats,” beginning with Wat Visoun. Built in the early 1500s, the temple is perhaps the oldest in the city and is known for the rather odd shape of its lotus stupa, which resembles a watermelon. Adjacent lies Wat Aham, which was constructed about 300 years later in a totally different style. Although no longer the center of religious activities in the city, Wat Aham is still striking, especially its red and gold beams and murals depicting Buddhist precepts.

Then, it’s on to Wat Xieng Thong, the largest temple in Luang Prabang. Constructed in the 16th century on the banks of the Mekong River, it is best known for its Tree of Life mural, which describes the Buddhist story.

Finally, you will ascend Phousi Hill in the center of the old town for a magnificent view of the sunset, and then proceed to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel for the evening.

Day 3 - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Following breakfast at the La Residence Phou Vao hotel, you will transfer to an awaiting boat on the Mekong River, a scenic waterway that snakes through the lush countryside. An hour or so into the cruise, you will stop at the magnificent Pak Ou Caves. While the natural caves are beautiful, it’s what inside that is truly intriguing. The interiors are filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues of all sizes that were donated by local people.

Continuing down the river, you will then visit the village of Ban Sanghai to watch the residents make rice whisky using a traditional technique to distill the spirit. Then after cruising back to the pier, you will return to Luang Prabang to enjoy a traditional Laotian lunch.

Later you will drive to the beautiful multi-tiered Kuangsi waterfalls and then visit the Hmong and Khmu hilltribe village. Both groups are ethnic minorities in northern Laos that follow traditional customs and dress, which presents a fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle that has changed little over the years.

In time, you will transfer back to the La Residence Phou Vao hotel to freshen up before dinner at a renowned restaurant. Afterwards, you will be treated to a private performance of a Baci ceremony, which Laotians traditionally hold to celebrate a special event such as a marriage or birth. You will also visit the wonderfully atmospheric Night Market in Luang Prabang for a bit of shopping before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 4 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive to the Luang Prabang airport for the flight to Bangkok. Upon arriving at Bangkok airport, you will transfer to the ship.

NOTE: There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Wat Xieng Thong, Phousi Hill and Luang Prabang pier.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times and flights indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel. Check in is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

Meet and greet and transfer from the Bangkok airport to the hotel for check-in

Check in is 2:00pm

Remainder of the day and meals are at your leisure

Overnight at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

*Please see notes further below regarding excess luggage and luggage storage. Please pack accordingly.

DAY 2

6:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

7:00am Transfer to the Bangkok airport

10:05am Fly from Bangkok (Flight PG941, subject to change) to Luang Prabang

12:05pm Process on-arrival visa (separate fee payable upon entry)

1:05pm Transfer from Luang Prabang airport to the hotel for check-in

2:30pm Drive from the hotel to Wat Visoun and Wat Aham

2:45pm Visit Wat Visoun and Wat Aham

3:15pm Drive to Wat Xiang Thong

3:45pm Visit to Wat Xiang Thong

4:45pm Drive to Phousi Hill

5:00pm Visit Phousi Hill until sunset

6:00pm Drive from Phoousi Hill to the hotel

Overnight at La Residence Phou Vao

DAY 3

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for the pier

8:30am Cruise the Mekong River

9:30am Visit the Pak Ou Caves

10:30am Cruise the Mekong River

11:00am Visit Ban Sanghai village

11:30am Cruise back to Luang Prabang

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Drive to Kuangsi waterfalls

2:00pm Visit Kuangsi waterfalls, Hmong and Khmu village

4:30pm Drive back to the hotel

6:00pm Dinner at a nearby restaurant

7:00pm Private Baci ceremony and Night Market visit

8:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at La Residence Phou Vao

DAY 4

6:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

10:00am Transfer from the hotel to the Luang Prabang airport

12:45pm Fly from Luang Prabang (Flight PG942, subject to change) to Bangkok

14:50pm Transfer from the airport to the ship

Expected Weather:

Laos has a tropical monsoon climate with wet and dry seasons. November to April is the cooler, dry season. May is very hot with occasional rain. June to October is the humid and wet monsoon season.

Currency:

The unit of currency in Laos is the Kip. However, U.S. dollars and Thai Baht are also accepted currencies. ATMs are widely available in Luang Prabang. VISA credit cards are also accepted in many places.

Electricity:

The electric current is 220 volts. Short power blackouts are common in Luang Prabang. In small towns, the current can be off for long periods of time. After dark, it is best to keep a flashlight or candles handy. In most hotels, adaptors are necessary for French and American electronics.

Required Documentation:

All visitors to Laos require a valid passport with at least 6 months left before it expires. Visas are also required for entry into Laos. A regular tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days and will be issued upon arrival in Laos. Visa prices vary according to your country of residence. For both the USA and United Kingdom, the price is $35 U.S. dollars per person.

**2 passport size color photos will be required for the visa.

**After completing the formalities, you are required to double-check your passport to make sure the stamping is legible to avoid penalty charges on your departure from Laos.

What to Bring:

We recommend bringing a jacket, as it can get quite cool in the evenings. Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended.

Luggage information for flights:

The maximum weight allowance for your luggage is 20 kilograms (44 lbs) per person.

*Any excess luggage will be taken on Day 2 and stored at the hotel. It will be delivered to the ship and your stateroom on embarkation day. Kindly ensure that any excess luggage is tagged properly with your name and stateroom number on the ship.

Accommodation:

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

189 Sukhumvit Rd Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: 66 2 126 9999

La Residence Phou Vao by Orient Express

La Résidence Phou Vao, 3 PO Box 50, Luang Prabang, PDR 84330, Laos

Phone: (+856-71) 212194

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Land cost includes:

? One-night accommodation in Bangkok at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit (Deluxe Room) or similar hotel

? Two-nights accommodation in Laos at the La Residence Phou Vao (Garden Junior Suite) or similar hotel

? Transfers and sightseeing, local English-speaking guide, and admission fees as per the program

? 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners in Luang Prabang (Dinner include a choice of two glasses of house wine or local beer)

? Gratuities to drivers and guides

? Economy-class flights from Bangkok to Luang Prabang to Bangkok

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Land cost excludes:

? Laos on-arrival visa fee (approximately $35 U.S. dollars per person, subject to change)

? Personal expenses

? Additional sightseeing, meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary

? Hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$1,999 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Angkor Wat Experience

PRE CRUISE Angkor Wat Experience

Just outside Cambodia’s Siem Reap, a unique and thrilling adventure awaits you in the jungles of Angkor, where you can uncover the rich history and grand architecture of the Khmer Empire. Obscured by dense vegetation for centuries, the glorious temples of Angkor comprise one of the world’s largest religious monuments. The most famous is the enormous Angkor Wat, whose soaring walls are covered with intricate carvings. You will also pass through the imposing gates of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, to explore the renowned Bayon Temple.

Please also note:

- There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Bayon and Angkor Wat.

- Guests will need to bring two 4x6 photos on photo paper with them for temple pass and Visa.

- Flight schedules are subject to change and tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions.

- Cambodian visa fee is included in the tour and will be applied upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport

Day 1 – Sunday, April 12, 2015

Meet/greet at Bangkok Airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms ready before this time, this cannot be

guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning you may wish to reserve an extra night in order to

guarantee a ready room upon your arrival.

Overnight at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel.

Dinner on own and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 – Monday, April 13, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing and transferring to the airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport meet your local representatives who will assist with obtaining your visa and guide you through customs. *See special notes on required documentation further below. Once you have collected your luggage, continue to your bus and depart from the airport for your transfer to the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel for check in.

The afternoon includes a visit to the Banteay Srey Temple Complex (the Pink Temple). This temple is commonly known as the Citadel of Women. It’s a petite temple possessing some of the most intricate carvings in the Angkor area. Although, this temple is small, the details and quality of its architecture make it an essential must-see destination.

Also visit Banteay Samre, a large and comparatively flat temple displaying a distinctively Angkor Wat style of architecture and Srah Sran (The King’s Bath).

Back at the hotel the evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 3 – Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then proceed for a visit of the city of Angkor Thom including the renowned Bayon Temple, built in the 12th century, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace, a sandstone wall covered with carved hunting scenes and three-headed elephants.

Continue to visit the un-restored temple of Ta Prohm which is famous for its forest atmosphere and enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. It is also the location of many of the scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie’s huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider. After lunch, you will visit the Angor Wat Temple Complex and watch the sunset (weather permitting) before transferring back to the hotel for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4 – Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel you will check out and transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival at the Bangkok Airport you will be met and transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Meet/greet & transfer from Bangkok Airport to your hotel for check-in. Meals are on your own today.

Check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time, this is not

guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning you may wish to reserve an extra night in order to

guarantee a ready room upon your arrival.

Overnight at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:30am Breakfast at hotel and check out

8:30am Transfer from the hotel to the Bangkok Airport for your flight to Siem Reap

11:35am Depart Bangkok by PG 905 for Siem Reap (flight subject to change)

1:00pm Process on-arrival visa

1:30pm Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to your hotel for check-in

2:30pm Drive to Banteay Srey

3:00pm Visit the magnificent Banteay Srey Temple Complex

5:30pm Drive back to the hotel. Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart hotel for Angkor Thom

8:30am Visit the Bayon Temple complex, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Elephant Terrace

10:00am Continue to visit Ta Prohm Temple

11:30am Drive to a local restaurant for lunch and then time to relax back at the hotel

3:00pm Drive to Angkor Wat

3:30pm Visit the Angkor Wat Temple Complex and watch the sunset at Angkor Wat (weather permitting)

6:00pm Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

6:00am Breakfast at hotel and check out

7:30am Transfer from hotel to Siem Reap Airport

9:45am Depart Siem Reap by PG 924 for Bangkok (flight subject to change)

12:00pm Transfer from airport to the ship.

1:30pm Arrival at the ship for embarkation

Expected Weather: Hot and Dry

Average mid-day temperatures can hover to upper 30s C (85-90 F), especially in inland areas like Siem Reap. It is less breezy at this time of year, the sun can be quite intense and the air becomes hazier with the rising humidity. Though sometimes quite hot, the lack of rain still leaves this good time of year to visit the temples.

What to Bring:

On this tour the key words are comfortable and casual. Remember we are visiting a foreign country and local dress codes should be observed. Please avoid uncovered shoulders, shorts or revealing clothing. Trousers or pants covering the knees are required to be worn when visiting Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Although dinners are not formal, you may want to bring something a bit dressier for that time of day.

Bring a hat or a head covering for sun protection and don’t forget your suntan lotion, sunglasses and bug spray (you should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours). It’s also a good idea to bring along a small packet of tissues or wet wipes. It is also suggested that guests wear flat comfortable walking shoes (not sandals or open toed shoes / flip flops). Guest are requested to take-off their foot wear and hats when visiting religious sites.

Currency:

Guests are encouraged to bring US Dollars with them as they are most commonly accepted in Cambodia. The local currency is the Cambodian Riel and the current exchange rate is KHR$4103.02 to USD$1.00 (correct at time of writing). You may want to take smaller denominations of US Dollars with you, as they will keep you from ending up with a lot of local change that you will not be able to re-exchange back home, or on board the ship.

Electricity:

Rooms are equipped with 220-volt, two-pin US style electrical outlets.

Water: Avoid tap water and drinks with ice in them. Drink mineral water and drinks in sealed containers. Water at the hotels in both Bangkok and Siem Reap is potable.

Local Custom: As a matter of courtesy you are asked not to raise your voice nor must you ever show anger as this is deemed in local culture as being very ill mannered.

Luggage:

For a program of this length and nature, we suggest no more than one suitcase per person.

Luggage Weight Restrictions: 20kg (44lbs) - Light luggage would be most suited for this 3 night trip. Please note that the airlines allow a maximum of 1 checked suitcase (20 kg or 44lbs) and one small carry on. Any additional pieces will be paid to the airline at the guests’ expense. If you wish you can store excess luggage with our local ground operator in Bangkok. Excess luggage will be stored in a secure location and then brought to the ship for embarkation. Please ensure that all bags are tagged properly and visibly with your full name and suite number on the ship.

Documentation:

Two 4x6 sized photos should be brought with you. One for visa formalities upon arrival and one for your temple pass. Photos are generally taken electronically for the Temple Passes, however, having a backup is always a good idea.

Guests must carry a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and have spare pages for the Cambodian Visa. Visas will be issued on arrival. As mentioned above, two 4x6 sized photographs will be required.

Accommodations:

Bangkok – Sofitel Sukhumvit or similar

Siem Reap –Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel or similar hotel

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Land program includes:

1 night accommodations in Bangkok – luxury room

3 nights accommodation in Siem Reap – Superior room

Transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioned coach and local English speaking guide

Admission fees as per program

3 breakfasts and 1 lunch in Siem Reap(Lunch include a choice of two glasses of house wine or local beer)

Cambodia on-arrival visa fee

Gratuities to drivers and tour guide

Economy class air tickets Bangkok – Siem Reap – Bangkok

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Land program excludes:

Any meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,699 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE One Night in Bangkok

PRE CRUISE One Night in Bangkok

A wonderful introduction to Bangkok, this excursion presents the absolute highlights, including the Old City, Chinatown, several markets, and the inspiring Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Upon arrival at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bangkok.

Following check in, the day is at leisure, allowing you to explore on your own. If you wish, the cruise line or the hotel concierge can arrange a private tour.

One excellent option is the Grand Palace, which is open until 3:30pm daily. Built in 1782 by King Rama I at the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty, the palace was once the residence of the kings of Siam. Today, royal ceremonies and state events take place here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a half-day tour of Bangkok. Your first stop will be the Flower Market at Pak-Klong-Talad, the city’s largest wholesale and retail fresh-flower market. The brilliant colors, exotic fragrances and sheer number of flowers are astonishing.

Afterwards, you will visit Chinatown, an area settled by Chinese merchants in the 18th century. Later, you will meander through the beautiful streets of the Old City of Bangkok, before traveling by Tuk Tuk, a 3-wheeled motorized taxi, to Wat Pho temple. Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is renowned for its large statue of Buddha covered in gold leaf.

The half-day tour ends with an inspired shopping opportunity, where you may browse for souvenirs, Thai silk, jewelry and local handicrafts. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day doing whatever you please. As a suggestion, you might visit the floating market or take a leisurely boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, which divides the city.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Following breakfast you will check out and transfer to the port for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Upon arrival into Bangkok, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the sites of Bangkok. Private tours can be set up through the cruise line ahead of your cruise. Please contact our Reservations Department for further details on private arrangement options and rates. There will also be a concierge at your hotel who can assist with arrangements for the day.

Overnight at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel in Bangkok

DAY 2

7:30am Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Drive from hotel for Pak-Klong-Talad (Flower Market)

9:00am Visit to Pak-Klong-Tald (Flower Market)

9:30am Drive to visit Chinatown

10:30am Walk around the Old City of Bangkok

11:00am Drive by Tuk Tuk a 3-wheeled motorized taxi to Wat Pho

11:15am Visit to Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha), the oldest temple in Bangkok

11:45am Depart Wat Pho for shopping stop

12:30pm Back to the hotel

Lunch and the remainder of the day at leisure

DAY 3

AM Breakfast at the hotel

Check out from the hotel

TBA Transfer to the port for embarkation

Expected Weather: Hot and Dry

Average mid-day temperatures can hover to upper 30s C (85-90 F). The sun can be quite intense and the air becomes hazier with the rising humidity.

What to Bring:

On this tour the key words are comfortable and casual. Remember we are visiting a foreign country and local dress codes should be observed. Please avoid uncovered shoulders, shorts or revealing clothing. Trousers or pants covering the knees are required to be worn when visiting Temples or places of worship.

Bring a hat or a head covering for sun protection and don’t forget your suntan lotion and sunglasses. It is also a good idea to bring along a small packet of tissues or wet wipes. It is also suggested that guests wear flat comfortable walking shoes (not sandals or open toed shoes / flip flops). Guest are requested to take-off their foot wear and hats when visiting religious sites.

Currency:

Guests are encouraged to bring US Dollars (small bills are recommended) with them as they are most commonly accepted in Thailand.

Electricity:

Rooms are equipped with 220-volt, two-pin US style electrical outlets.

Water: Avoid tap water and drinks with ice in them. Drink mineral water and drinks in sealed containers. Water at the hotels in both Bangkok is potable.

Local Custom: As a matter of courtesy you are asked not to raise your voice nor must you ever show anger as this is deemed in local culture as being very ill mannered.

Documentation:

A valid passport. Please consult with your local Thai Embassy for any visa requirements.

Accommodations:

Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel – Deluxe Room

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

Two nights accommodation with daily breakfast in Bangkok

All tour and transfers by private air-conditioned coach and local English speaking guide, and admission fees as per program

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

Personal expenses including hotel incidentals

Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Any meals or beverages not listed in the program

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Ancient Temples of Bagan

Ancient Temples of Bagan

Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and, today, is one of the world’s major heritage sites. Fly to ancient Bagan to behold it’s seemingly countless pagodas and temples, most of them constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, when the Kingdom of Pagan was at the height of its power.

Day 1

After disembarking the ship in Yangon in the morning, you will depart the pier via coach with your guide for an orientation drive through the country to Yangon, the Garden City of the East. The capital city of Yangon is the gateway to Myanmar, the Land of Pagodas. Yangon is filled with lush tropical trees, evergreen avenues, enchanting parks and beautiful lakes, with little of the skyscrapers, crowds and fast-pace lifestyles found in most modern-day cities. Flanked by water on three sides, Yangon offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, from ancient temples to old Colonial buildings.

En route to Yangon, you will pass by the old town of Thanlyin, then cross over the bridge on the Bago River for a visit to the world-famous Stupa Shwedagon. This 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is located on a 190-foot hilltop on the last mountain-spur, or Singuttra Hillock, stretching from the Bago Mountain Range. For centuries, this glittering stupa has been highly venerated as a symbol of architectural perfection, and the appearance of Gautama Buddha in the present world.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the Yangon Airport for your flight to Bagan.

The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the Archaeological Zone in Bagan is from the top of one of its temples so the day will end with a panoramic view from the top of Sunset Pagoda. From here you can take in the enormity of the surrounding area.

After a picture-perfect sunset, return to your hotel for check-in, dinner and the evening at your leisure.

Overnight at Bagan Lodge or similar

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will begin with a morning visit to the local colorful market to experience the daily life of the local people. Next you will visit the most significant pagodas and temples of the Bagan including the golden stupa of “Shwezigon Pagoda “built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th Century as a religious shrine. It was constructed more than 900 years ago to enshrine a replica of one of Buddha’s teeth. The pagoda is also important architecturally because of its bell shape, which became a prototype for almost all of the pagodas built later in Bagan.

Continue with a visit to Ananda Temple, a white washed masterpiece of Mon Architecture with four standing Buddhas and well preserved 18th century murals. Travel to the Temple via pony cart. Riding by pony cart is a delightful way to venture into areas that are off limits to most motorized vehicles. The covered, two-wheel cart is a simple, eco-friendly means of transportation that has been used for centuries.

Lunch will be served at one of Bagan’s finest restaurants, Amata Boutique Restaurant.

Later in the afternoon you will continue to Sulamani Temple which offers some of Bagan’s finest ornamental work. Built in 1183 by King Narapatisithu, it was restored after the 1975 earthquake and then rebuilt again in 1994.

Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. You will have a visit to this lacquer-ware workshop in order to observe the making of this traditional art.

One last panoramic view will be taken from the top of one of Bagan’s temples before heading to the airport for your flight back to Yangon.

Once you land in Yangon you will be met and transferred to the Thilawa Port to re-board your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

9:00am Luggage and passports are collected and transferred to the airport for pre-check-in

9:00am Transfer to Yangon

10:30am Visit Shwedagon Pagoda

11:30am Transfer to lunch venue

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Transfer to the Yangon domestic Airport

2:30pm Depart for Bagan by scheduled flight

The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

3:50pm Arrive at Nyaung-U Airport in Bagan

4:15pm Transfer to the Sunset Pagoda

4:45pm Enjoy the sunset from the top of the pagoda

5:45pm Transfer to the Bagan Lodge for check-in

7:30pm Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Bagan Lodge or similar hotel

DAY TWO

AM Breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Morning visit to the local colorful market

9:30am Visit Shwezigone Pagoda

11:00am Pony cart ride

11:15am Visit Ananda Temple

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:45pm Dhammayangyi Temple Visit

2:30pm Sulamani Temple Visit

2:50pm Lacquerware workshop visit

3:40pm Panoramic view from top of a pagoda

4:20pm Transfer to the Bagan airport

5:55pm Flight back to Yangon. The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Flight time subject to change

8:25pm Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

9:30pm Approximate arrival at Thilawa Port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

It can be offensive wearing shorts, mini skirts or revealing clothing especially when visiting Temples or any holy sites. Having a large scarf or wrap to wear around the waist is suggested for ladies who may be wearing shorts. Moderate, clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.

Currency:

The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. It is recommended to bring U.S. dollars in small denominations. Dollars are accepted and often preferred throughout Myanmar.

Electricity:

The voltage is 220 V throughout the whole country. Video and camera plugs at hotels are mostly 2 pin plugs.

Luggage:

The luggage weight limit allowed on the domestic flights is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and the hand-carried weight allowance is 7 kg (15 lbs) per person. Excess baggage fees can be paid with Myanmar Kyats at the airline check-in counter and any overweight / excess luggage is the responsibility of each guest.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required

Accommodation:

One night at the Bagan Lodge or similar hotel

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in the program.

Note - Shoes and socks must be removed when visiting any place of worship in Myanmar and the marble you walk on may be warm/hot due to the sun. At times you may have to walk a long distance without your shoes. Guests can stay on the bus if they do not wish to enter sites. Knees and shoulders also need to be covered.

Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.

Program Includes:

•Scheduled domestic flights in economy class from Yangon - Bagan –Yangon as per the program

•One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel, deluxe room

•All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

•One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include water, tea and coffee)

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide and any other personal incidentals.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Royal Mandalay

Royal Mandalay

Explore energetic Mandalay, the former royal capital of the Burmese kingdom, and marvel at its most revered pagodas and a rare wooden monastery that was once part of a royal palace.

Day 1

After disembarking the ship in Yangon in the morning, you will depart the pier via coach with your guide for an orientation drive through the country to Yangon, the Garden City of the East. The capital city of Yangon is the gateway to Myanmar, the Land of Pagodas. Yangon is filled with lush tropical trees, evergreen avenues, enchanting parks and beautiful lakes, with little of the skyscrapers, crowds and fast-pace lifestyles found in most modern-day cities. Flanked by water on three sides, Yangon offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, from ancient temples to old Colonial buildings.

En route to Yangon, you will pass by the old town of Thanlyin, then cross over the bridge on the Bago River for a visit to the world-famous Stupa Shwedagon. This 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is located on a 190-foot hilltop on the last mountain-spur, or Singuttra Hillock, stretching from the Bago Mountain Range. For centuries, this glittering stupa has been highly venerated as a symbol of architectural perfection, and the appearance of Gautama Buddha in the present world.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the Yangon Airport for your flight to Mandalay.

Upon arrival in Mandalay you will drive to your hotel and check in and then end the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill where you will find interesting glass-studded temples. From here you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views at sunset.

Following sunset you will check-in at your hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will begin exploring some of the most hallowed attractions in Mandalay starting with a visit to Mandalay’s impressive marble carving and handicrafts workshops followed by a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, named after the holy image “Maha Muni” housed therein. This is the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Your next visit will be to the Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) - an excellent example of a traditional wooden building. Also visit Kuthodaw Pagoda which was constructed in the mid-1850s, around the time the Royal Palace was built. Modeled after the Shwezigon Pagoda near Bagan, the walled Kuthodaw temple complex is renowned for having the world’s largest book. The book is actually a series of 729 slabs of marble inscribed on both sides with a page of text, each one housed in a separate stupa. The cluster of gleaming white stupas, one right next to the other, is an incredible sight.

In the afternoon you will have lunch at a local restaurant, check-out of your hotel and then proceed with a visit to

Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate Royal Capital. Here you will see the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 and reputed to be the world’s longest teak footbridge. There will also be an opportunity to visit Amarapura’s famed bronze-casting and handicrafts workshops.

Following your sightseeing you will transfer to the Mandalay Airport for your flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Thilawa Port to re-board your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

9:00am Luggage and passports are collected and transferred to the airport for pre-check-in

9:00am Transfer to Yangon

10:30am Visit Shwedagon Pagoda

11:45am Lunch at a local restaurant

12:30pm Transfer to the Yangon domestic airport

2:00pm Flight from Yangon to Mandalay

The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board.

Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

3:25pm Arrive in Mandalay

4:00pm Transfer to your hotel for check-in

5:00pm Drive to Mandalay Hill

5:30pm Enjoy the sunset at Mandalay Hill

6:30pm Return to your hotel

7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Mandalay Hill Resort or similar hotel

DAY 2

AM Breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Drive to Mahamuni Pagoda and marble carving workshops

9:00am Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and marble carving workshops

10:30am Transfer to Golden Palace Monastery

11:00am Visit Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda

12:00pm Transfer to local restaurant for lunch

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Drive to Amarapura Handicraft workshop and U Bein Bridge

2:30pm Visit Amarapura Handicraft workshop and U Bein Bridge

4:00pm Transfer to Mandalay Airport

5:20pm Flight from Mandalay to Yangon. Flight details TBA and subject to change. The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board.

6:45pm Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

8:00pm Approximate arrival at Thilawa Port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

It can be offensive wearing shorts, mini skirts or revealing clothing especially when visiting Temples or any holy sites. Having a large scarf or wrap to wear around the waist is suggested for ladies who may be wearing shorts. Moderate, clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.

Currency:

The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. It is recommend to bring U.S. dollars in small denominations. Dollars are accepted and often preferred throughout Myanmar.

Electricity:

The voltage is 220 V throughout the whole country. Video and camera plugs at hotels are mostly 2 pin plugs.

Luggage:

The luggage weight limit allowed on the domestic flights is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and the hand-carried weight allowance is 7 kg (15 lbs) per person. Excess baggage fees can be paid with Myanmar Kyats at the airline check-in counter and any overweight / excess luggage is the responsibility of each guest.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar hotel

Note - Shoes and socks must be removed when visiting any place of worship and the marble you walk on may be warm/hot due to the sun. At times you may have to walk a long distance without your shoes. Guests can stay on the bus if they do not wish to enter sites. Knees and shoulders also need to be covered.

Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.

Program Includes:

•Scheduled domestic flights in economy class from Yangon –Mandalay and Mandalay –Yangon as per program

•One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel, deluxe room

•All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

•One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include water, tea and coffee)

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide and any other personal incidentals.

Visas

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Jerusalem on Your Own - Deluxe

Jerusalem on Your Own - Deluxe

The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the centre of the world.

For those travellers who prefer independence and flexibility, this is your opportunity to see the sights you want to see at your own pace with the convenience of having the transfers and centrally located accommodations taken care of for you.

DAY 1

Disembark the ship in Haifa and travel by minibus to Jerusalem. On the 2 hour drive to Jerusalem, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide information and answer any questions you may have. He or she will also advise you of your meeting time and place for the return transfer on the following day.

Once you arrive in Jerusalem, check-in at your hotel and the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Any meals are on your own.

Overnight at the David Citadel Jerusalem or similar

Note: Depending on the number of guests booked on each option (Standard / Deluxe), your transfer may include a drop off at each hotel and pick up at each hotel the next day.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

Check out is at 11:00am

Transfer by minibus back to the ship in Haifa

Expected Weather:

Average temperatures: 19 to 29C (66-84F). It can get quite hot during the day. Please remember to stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing.

What to Bring: sunscreen, comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and change of clothing including a light jacket in case of rain. Remember that when visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered.

Currency: The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS).

US$ 1 = approximately NIS 3.93. Currency can be exchanged at your hotel.

Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, travelling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country and check visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in their country of residence.

Accommodation:

David Citadel Jerusalem

7 King David Street

Jerusalem 94101, Israel

Phone: +972.2.6211111

The David Citadel Hotel on King David Street commands a prime site at the most desirable location in Western Jerusalem, across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue and overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the historical Tower of David and Jaffa Gate. The city’s holy sites and cultural attractions are just minutes walking distance from the hotel.

The David Citadel Hotel has everything that one could dream of by way of location and views, quality of design and amenities, unrivalled facilities and a staff that prides itself on providing the best service to our guests from around the world.

The exquisite Lobby Lounge offers a light dairy menu and panoramic views of the Old City. Our large seasonal terrace overlooking the hotel swimming pool and Jaffa Gate offers a wide variety of cuisine.

Scala chef kitchen & bar offers elegant fine dining, a tapas lounge and an extensive bar featuring boutique wines, fine spirits and cocktails.

The Seasons Restaurant offers a rich Mediterranean style breakfast buffet every morning as well as sumptuous meals during the weekend and holidays. The Pool Grill Bar, operating during the summer months, offers a meat menu and a range of snacks.

What’s Included:

One night at the David Citadel or similar – Superior Room (if similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards)

English-speaking guide on the way to Jerusalem

Air-conditioned mini-bus

Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2

Not Included:

All other meals and beverages not listed above

Gratuities for drivers and guide

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Transportation and entrance fees while in Jerusalem

*This program can also be requested as an Executive Collection/Private Arrangement. Please contact our Reservations Department to obtain a quote.

$599 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Jerusalem on Your Own - Standard

Jerusalem on Your Own - Standard

The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the centre of the world.

For those travellers who prefer independence and flexibility, this is your opportunity to see the sights you want to see at your own pace with the convenience of having the transfers and centrally located accommodations taken care of for you.

DAY 1

Disembark the ship in Haifa and travel by minibus to Jerusalem. On the 2 hour drive to Jerusalem, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide information and answer any questions you may have. He or she will also advise you of your meeting time and place for the return transfer on the following day.

Once you arrive in Jerusalem, check-in at your hotel and the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Any meals are on your own.

Overnight at Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem or similar

Note: Depending on the number of guests booked on each option (Standard / Deluxe), your transfer may include a drop off at each hotel and pick up at each hotel the next day.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

Check out is at 11:00am

Transfer back to the ship in Haifa

Expected Weather:

Average temperatures: 19 to 29C (66-84F). It can get quite hot during the day. Please remember to stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing.

What to Bring: sunscreen, comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and change of clothing including a light jacket in case of rain. Remember that when visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered.

Currency: The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS).

US$ 1 = approximately NIS 3.93. Currency can be exchanged at your hotel.

Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, travelling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country and check visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in their country of residence.

Accommodation:

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem

47 King George Street Jerusalem, 91076, Israel

Phone: +972 2-629-8666

The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem welcomes you in a very central location right in the heart of Jerusalem. The Independence Park is right across and shares its magical beauty with the hotel. The Old City and the Western Wall is just a short 15 minute walk away. Both business and leisure travellers benefit from the hotel’s fantastic location. Explore the exciting history of Jerusalem and discover the numerous attractions such as the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Tower of David Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel Museum and Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Delarosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, City of David or Biblical Zoo.

What’s Included:

One night at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem or similar (if similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards)

English-speaking guide on the way to Jerusalem

Air-conditioned mini-bus

Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2

Not Included:

All other meals and beverages not listed above

Gratuities for drivers and guide

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Transportation and any entrance fees while in Jerusalem

*This program can also be requested as an Executive Collection/Private Arrangement. Please contact our Reservations Department to obtain a quote.

$499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Taj Mahal: The Eternal Masterpiece

Taj Mahal: The Eternal Masterpiece

DAY 1 – April 28, 2015

After disembarking the ship in Cochin, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi via Hyderabad.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will proceed through Indian Immigration and Customs formalities and then transfer to the Lalit Hotel or similar. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 2 – April 29, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel you will check out and enjoy a scenic drive to Agra via the new Yamuna Expressway. The farther you drive, the more India’s vast countryside reveals its beauty.

In time, you will arrive in Agra. As India’s premier city in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra became a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Today, it is more famous as the site of the white marble Taj Mahal, perhaps the world’s greatest monument to love, certainly for a mausoleum.

Following check in at the Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar, you can enjoy a leisurely lunch on your own and the following options are available for the afternoon:

(A) Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India’s great 16th-century visionary. Founded during his reign, this red sandstone fortress encompasses fairy-tale palaces,great halls and two beautiful mosques. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble

adorned with artistic carvings.

(B) Hourly shopping shuttle to the marble inlay factory and local markets.

(C) Consult with Agra’s leading astrologer. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the ship’s hospitality desk.

In the late afternoon you will visit the Taj Mahal, remaining until sunset, when the monument appears to change colors and glow. The Taj Mahal, with its lacy white grandeur, is one of the world’s most recognized monuments. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this

extravagant and incomparable monument, built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, the monument is even more astounding close up, where the fine details can truly be appreciated.

Dinner will be served back at the hotel accompanied by a Kathak classical dance performance in the hotel ballroom. This dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, and is characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that dramatically represent themes from Persian poetry and Hindu mythology.

Day 3 – April 30, 2015

Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to your departure. The magical and monumental Taj Mahal is a place of serenity at this time of morning.

Back at the hotel you will enjoy breakfast and then you will one of two options for the remainder of the morning.

Option 1 - Join a morning tour into the Indian countryside to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone former capital of the Mughal Empire. Following your visit you will drive to nearby Bagh for lunch.

Option 2 – For those who opt to have some leisure time at the hotel you will check out later and drive directly to Bagh for lunch.

After lunch you will continue on your drive to the Jaipur Airport where upon arrival you will receive your boarding passes and proceed through security and on to the plane.

Upon arrival in Mumbai you will enjoy a scenic tour as you drive to the port where you will re-board the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

8:00am Arrive alongside in Cochin. Immigration and Customs clearance

8:30am Disembark ship and proceed to the airport. Baggage will be collected and sent in a separate truck to the airport for pre-check in.

9:45am Arrive at the airport and check-in

11:05am Spice Jet flight to Delhi via Hyderabad departs (flight details subject to change) Snacks will be served “aloft”

12:35pm Arrive in Hyderabad

1:15pm Depart Hyderabad on Spice Jet - lunch is served “aloft”

3:35pm Arrive in Delhi. Board busses for transfer to your hotel

4:45pm Arrive at your hotel and check in

7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Lalit Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:00am Breakfast at the hotel

7:30am Depart Delhi by road for Agra

12:00nn Arrive at your hotel and check in

Lunch is on your own

Afternoon options:

2-4:00pm (a) Tour Agra Fort

2-4:00pm (b) Shopping shuttle on the hour to the marble inlay factory and local markets

2-4:00pm (c) Consult with Agra’s leading astrologer

4:30pm Visit the Taj Mahal, remaining for the sunset experience

6:45pm Return to the hotel

7:30pm Dinner at the hotel along with a classical Kathak dance performance

Overnight at the Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

5:00am Tea, coffee, juices are served in the lobby

5:30am Depart for the Taj Mahal

6:00am Re-visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise

8:00am Return to the hotel and have breakfast

Fatehpur Option:

9:30am Check out and depart Agra for Fatehpur Sikri

10:30am Arrive and visit Fatehpur Sikri

11:45am Transfer to Bagh for lunch

Hotel Option:

9:30am Leisure time to enjoy the hotel

10:45am Check out and depart for Agra

12:00nn Arrive in Bagh for lunch

12:00nn Buffet Lunch

1:00pm Busses depart for Jaipur

4:30pm Arrive at the Jaipur Airport and check in

5:30pm Depart Jaipur on Indigo’s scheduled flight to Mumbai (flight details TBA and subject to change) Snacks will be served “aloft”

7:15pm Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to the ship. Baggage will be sent in a separate truck to the pier.

8:30pm Arrive at the port in Mumbai and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 86-95 degrees F (30 to 35ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the mid-70s F (23 to 25 ºC). Temperatures drop as the night progresses.

What to Bring:

Casual wear for the day. Please bring a sweater or jacket for the early morning and evening visit to the Taj Mahal. Also, important is sun block, hat, shades and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum, certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Should you wish, shoe coverings are provided before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with spaghetti straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.

Currency:

Indian Rupee, available in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.

1 U.S. dollar is approximately INR 50.

Electricity:

220 – 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters.

Luggage:

Light luggage is recommended for this 2-night trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on is allowed. The suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline.

Scheduled airlines and type of aircraft:

Spice Jet, Boeing 737 (subject to change)

Indigo Airline, Airbus 320 (subject to change)

All economy class seats

Documents and Visa Requirements:

It is essential to have a valid Indian visa and your passport.

Accommodations:

The Lalit Hotel New Delhi

Barakhmaba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Phone: 91 11 4444 7777

Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra

Fatehabad Road, Agra 282004

Phone: 91-562-233-0800

Please note: If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

1 night at the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi including breakfast and dinner – Deluxe rooms

1 night at the Jaypee Palace Hotel including breakfast and dinner – Deluxe rooms

Beer, mineral water and soft drinks during lunches and dinners

Deluxe buses.

Mineral water onboard the busses at all times

Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments

Guides

Kathak dance performance in Agra

Fortuneteller for consultation

Economy-class airfare from Cochin – Delhi (via Hyderabad) and Jaipur - Mumbai

Program Does Not Include:

Items of a personal nature

Hotel incidentals including mini bar

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Any meals or beverages not listed above.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,399 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Mystical Cappadocia

POST CRUISE Mystical Cappadocia

Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey's enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

DAY 1

Following breakfast onboard the ship, you will disembark for a full-day tour of Istanbul, starting with the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church. In the 15th century, it became a mosque. Today, the Hagia Sophia (meaning “Holy Wisdom”) is a museum containing phenomenal mosaics, Christian and Muslim religious art and remnants of the church that stood here until 532 A.D., when it was burned in a riot.

You will also tour the famed Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

Finally, there’s the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. It’s an extraordinary residence with beautiful courtyards, a harem, sacred relics and a treasury full of exquisite jewelry from the Far East, India and Europe.

Following your exploration of Istanbul, you will drive to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel (formerly known as the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel) for the evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

You will then venture toward the town of Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. You will also visit nearby Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the rock cliffs since ancient times.

Then, it’s on to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More usual rock formations await you near Derbent at the fairy chimneys at Urgup.

The town of Avanos lies ahead and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

After visiting, you will return to the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

After Derinkuyu, you will continue to Sinasos, a former Greek village, and then nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems and the remains of a monastery.

Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul, where you will spend the evening at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel (formerly known as the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel).

DAY 4

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate and are given here for general reference purposes.

DAY 1

9:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Istanbul’s Old City

9:30am Visit the Hagia Sophia

10:45am Visit to Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

2:45pm Visit Topkapi Palace

4:00pm Transfer to the airport

5:40pm Fly to Nevsehir airport (TK2008 V IST-NAV HK20), flight subject to change

7:10pm Transfer to the hotel and have dinner

Overnight at the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar

DAY 2

9:00am After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour in Cappadocia

9:15am Visit the Uchisar area

9:45am Drive for panoramic tour includes Pigeon Valley

10:45am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

12:30pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

2:00pm Panoramic tour includes Derbent and fairy chimneys at Urgup

3:00pm Visit Avanos

4:00pm Shopping in the area

6:00pm Return to the hotel and have dinner

Overnight at the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar

DAY 3

9:00am Depart for Derinkuyu underground city

9:30am Visit the Derinkuyu underground city

10:45am Drive to the Sinasos area

11:15am Visit Sinasos and the Kemal Pasha village

12:00nn Lunch at the Old Greek House restaurant

1:15pm Drive to Zelve and the Pasha bag area

1:45pm Visit Zelve (monastery)

2:45pm Transfer to Kayseri airport

5:20pm Fly back to Istanbul (TK2015 ASR-IST HK20), flight subject to change

6:50pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner on own.

Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

Day 4

Check out is at 12:00 noon, but if you have a late flight you may keep your luggage in the hotel’s storage room until needed. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights via through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. Summer is between June and August. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). Autumn starts in September and ends in November, and is the high season for Cappadocia travel. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

What to Bring: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Please ensure suitable clothing is worn in the mosques. Shoulders and legs should be covered.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey.

Luggage: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return.

Accommodation:

Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar in Cappadocia

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Closed days of attractions:

If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

• Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

Program includes:

• All airport transfers

• Porterage at the airport

• Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

• Service of an air-conditioned vehicle

• Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

• Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

• Accommodations, including breakfast

• Domestic flights

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests: Alcoholic beverages on the tours, gratuities, personal expenses, meals not listed above, and hotel incidentals.

Accommodations:

Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel

Cappadocia Nevsehir, 48 Nevsehir/Cappadocia, Turkey

Tel: +90 384 213 9945

Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

Asker Ocagi Cad. No.1 Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: 90 212 368 4444

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,699 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST CRUISE Iconic Istanbul

POST CRUISE Iconic Istanbul

Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

Day 1:

After disembarking the ship, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

Then, it’s on to the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

After returning to hotel to freshen up, it’s off to a dinner show at the Kervansaray Night Club. You can expect to see belly dancers, musicians and singers in folkloric performances while dining on traditional Turkish cuisine. Afterwards, you will spend the evening at your hotel.

Day 2

After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00/noon to check out. Your transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

Day 1

9:00am Depart from the ship

9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

12:15pm Lunch

1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

4:45pm Return to the hotel

5:30pm Departure for the Kervansaray Night Club

8:00pm Enjoy dinner and show at the Kervansaray

11:00pm Return to the hotel

Day 2

9:15am Departure from the hotel

9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

11:30am Visit the Spice Market

12:30pm Lunch

2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

4:00pm Return to the hotel

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)

Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Please note:

The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum visit substituted.

4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

Standard Program Includes:

•Two overnights at a 4-star-plus hotel in the Pera District of Istanbul closer to the old part of the city - Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel (Superior Golden Horn view room)

•All group transfers

•Two full-day tours as described above

•Two local lunches with soft drinks

•One dinner with limited local drinks

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Not included:

•Gratuities for guides and drivers, hotel incidentals, and meals not listed above.

Expected Weather: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

What to Bring: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V) Plug: European round / 2-prong plug.

Luggage: Luggage will travel with the guests during transfers between the hotel and the airport. A luggage truck will be used during transfers between the hotel and the ship.

Accommodations: We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

STANDARD - Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera or similar:

Evliya Celebi Mah. Refik Saydam Cad. No : 19 Tepebasi , Taksim 34430 Istanbul Phone : (0212) 377 2500

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$899 Per Guest



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