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SOSSUSVLEI DUNE ADVENTURE

SOSSUSVLEI DUNE ADVENTURE

Experience one of the world’s most dramatic desert landscapes in luxury by joining a game drive, stargazing in an observatory, brunching on the high dunes, and zipping about on a quad bike.

Day 1 – Thursday, February 12, 2015

After disembarking from the ship in Walvis Bay, you transfer to the Walvis Bay Airport for a charter flight to Sossusvlei. Upon landing, you will transfer in a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s hauntingly beautiful Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the secluded lodge is a serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. The area’s tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make it one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.

After checking into a luxurious private suite with a skylight over the bed for stargazing, you will then embark on an afternoon game drive accompanied by an expert guide. Driving along in an open-air vehicle ideally suited for viewing, you will look for indigenous desert wildlife.

You may spot the iconic oryx, an antelope with bold black and white facial markings and sweeping horns. The desert is also home to mountain zebra, cheetah, baboon, springbok, Cape fox and ostrich. There is no telling what you will encounter or see, as you explore the fascinating and varied terrain.

Later, you will dine on delectable African cuisine and then head for the lodge’s observatory, which houses the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory. The crisp, dry desert air provides unrivalled opportunities to be mesmerized by the Milky Way, when the weather permits. To help you get the most out of your viewing, knowledgeable field guides will point out the highlights in the southern skies while elaborating on the cosmos.

Afterwards, you will retire to your suite for the evening.

Day 2 – Friday, February 13, 2015

Your adventure begins in the coolness of the early morning, as you board a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle and set out to explore the Sossusvlei Desert Mountains. The orange sand dune belts of the NamibRand Nature Reserve are magnificent and among the world’s highest, offering an incredibly panoramic view of the serene desert below.

Here, in this rare dramatic setting, you will enjoy brunch, followed by a visit to the Dead Vlei, which is Afrikaans for “dead marsh.” Once irrigated by a river, which dried up about 900 years ago, this part of the desert is so dry that the trees not only died, they turned black in the intense sunlight. Yet, they still stand as eerie monuments to the harsh climate as it’s too arid for them to decompose.

By the late morning, you will return to the lodge and settle in to enjoy several hours of free time. Afterwards, you can participate in an activity such as a dune walk, during which you might see a yellow-flowered quiver tree and animals resting in cool burrows. It’s also possible to arrange an expedition to the nearby San cave to see the ancient paintings on the cave walls. Or you might ride a four-wheel quad bike along the desert trails, accompanied by an expert guide.

Come evening, you’ll enjoy dinner before retiring to your suite, where you might stargaze in private through the skylight above the bed.

Day 3 – Saturday, February 14, 2015

While most of the day while be spent traveling back to the ship, you will have time for an optional game activity in the morning. Afterwards, you will transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Walvis Bay and then connect with your scheduled flight first to Windhoek and then to Cape Town International Airport. From there, you will transfer to Cape Town harbor and re-join your cruise ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

1:00pm Depart Walvis Bay Harbor and transfer to Walvis Bay Airport

2:00pm Charter flight from Walvis Bay to Sossusvlei (flight details TBA and subject to change)

3:00pm Arrive at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

7:30pm Dinner and stargazing

Overnight at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call / Tea & coffee

5:30am Sossusvlei desert excursion including brunch

11:30am Return to the lodge

12:00pm Free time

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game activity

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

7:30pm Dinner and optional stargazing

Day 3

AM Leisurely morning with an optional game activity, followed by breakfast

11:30am Check out

11:45am Transfer to the airstrip for the charter flight to Walvis Bay

12:00pm Flight from Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay (flight details TBA and subject to change)

1:00pm Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport

2:20pm Fly from Walvis Bay to Windhoek (flight details TBA and subject to change)

3:00pm Arrive in Windhoek

5:35pm Flight from Windhoek to Cape Town (flight details TBA and subject to change)

7:35pm Transfer to Cape Town harbor

8:30pm Re join the ship

Expected weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sossusvlei, the weather in February tends to represent the middle part of the wet season, although in the desert there is only a low chance of occasional overcast skies and light showers. Daytime temperatures should peak around 31°C/88°F, with nights dipping to 16°C/61°F.

What to bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and personal toiletries.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Due to the charter flight on a 12-seat C208 plane (subject to change), luggage weight is restricted to a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person, including hand luggage.

**Luggage must be soft-sided.

Weight restriction on charter flight:

Guests cannot weigh more than 100 kilograms (200 pounds) each. Weight restrictions do not allow for guests to compensate their weight with fellow travelling guests.

Documents and visa requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than six months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (suites)

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

• Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during activities, nor speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as it will disturb the animals.

• Smoking is not permitted during the drives.

• It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles.

• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. Certain parts of the drive can be bumpy. The program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

• Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended.

• For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles.

• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

• Please consult your local embassy for details on the latest visa requirements for Namibia.

• Only one soft-sided bag of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person is allowed.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

? 2 nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on a fully inclusive basis (accommodation, all meals, local beverages and activities as mentioned above).

? Transfers in Walvis Bay and Cape Town in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system.

? Registered English-speaking driver-guide on transfers

? One 500-ml (17-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for a maximum of one piece of soft-sided luggage per person

? Charter flights between Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei

? Scheduled flight from Walvis Bay to Windhoek and Windhoek to Cape Town

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

? Meals not listed above

? Gratuities for drivers, guides and lodge staff

? All other drinks, including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Any other services not mentioned 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, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests 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 such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$2,999 Per Guest


Overland Tours



PUMBA OVERLAND

PUMBA OVERLAND

Behold some of South Africa's most majestic animals on four game drives in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve, a wonderland of more than 16,000 acres of privately owned bush.

Day 1 - Wednesday, Februrary 18th, 2015

After disembarking the ship in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the coach transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve. The traveling time to this part of Eastern Cape South Africa, which is malaria-free, is approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving at the Pumba Water Lodge, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Lunch follows check-in. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a High Tea before embarking on your first game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it's cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Endangered white lions also live in Pumba, and seeing one stalking prey or lazing in its natural habitat is a rare, unforgettable experience.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served before returning to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 2 - Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Following an early morning wake-up call you will embark on another game drive followed by breakfast and then your four hour transfer back to the ship. For comfort, it's always advisable to bring warm clothing for the morning game drive.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over five biomes of diverse vegetation that support a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the more than 300 species that live in the area. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:00am Depart Port Elizabeth. Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve

1:00pm Arrive at the lodge, lunch and check-in

3:30pm High Tea

4:00pm Depart for game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge for dinner

Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Early-morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:30am Transfer to East London - enjoy a packed lunch en route, prepared at

Pumba Lodge

2:30pm Approximate arrival in East London and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year. The average high in the area in February is 25°C (77°F) and the average low is 18°C (64°F)

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for mornings, evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa's electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. We suggest one soft sided overnight bag per person.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Pumba Water Lodge

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

¢The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve.

¢During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

¢During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game-drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements.

¢Game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

¢This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion or spouse accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

¢Please consult your local physician prior to travel.

¢Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

¢Passports are required to be with guests.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

¢1 night at Pumba Water Lodge on a fully inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 2 game activities daily, local house drinks, all meals

¢All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

¢Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

¢One 500-ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

¢Porterage for maximum one piece of luggage per person

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

¢Any meals not mentioned above

¢Personal expenses such as curio shop purchases, laundry, and telephone calls

¢Guide and driver gratuities

¢Any other services not mentioned 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.

$1,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT SHAMWARI

SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT SHAMWARI

Venture into the pristine bush of Shamwari Game Reserve on up to four game drives, during which you may see the legendary Big Five and other iconic African animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Upon disembarking the ship in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on your coach transfer, to Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The traveling time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving at the reserve, enjoy lunch and then check-in at the Shamwari Long Lee Manor. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a High Tea before embarking on your first game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it's cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served before returning to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 2 - Thursday, February 19th, 2015

This morning you will be woken before sunrise. Meet in the Manor House for hot beverages, before departing with the rising sun on an early morning game drive. For comfort, it's always advisable to bring warm clothing, even in the mid summer, which in South Africa is this time of the year.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over 60,000 acres of reclaimed Eastern Cape terrain that supports a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the chance to see raptors, water birds and unusual ant-eating chats probing the termite mounds. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Upon your return lunch will be served at the lodge followed by some free time.

In the late afternoon you will re-group for tea followed by your open-vehicle game drive.

Enjoy drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 3 - Friday, February 20th, 2015

This morning enjoy one last game drive and then return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before packing your belongings and checking out.

You will be met at the lodge and transferred by coach to the Port Elizabeth Airport to check in for your scheduled flight to Durban.

On arrival at Durban's King Shaka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Durban Harbour where you will re-join the cruise 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

11:00am Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, meet your guide and transfer by road

to Shamwari Private Game Reserve

1:00pm Arrival and lunch followed by check-in

3:30pm Gather at the Manor House for High Tea before your game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the Lodge

8:00pm Pre dinner drinks followed by dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Day 2

5:30am Early morning wake-up call and game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Lodge followed by leisure time and optional

excursions offered by the Lodge (these incur an extra cost and are

payable at the lodge)

1:00pm Lunch is served at the lodge

3:00pm Afternoon tea at the Manor House

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Pre dinner drinks followed by dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Day 3

5:30am Early morning wake-up call and game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Lodge followed by check-out formalities

11:00am Transfer to the Port Elizabeth Airport

12:30pm Check-in for your flight to Durban

1:40pm Flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban (Flight details TBA and Flight

time subject to change)

2:55pm Arrival in Durban

3:30pm Transfer to the Durban harbour

4:30pm Arrival at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Shamwari, summer temperatures range from 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.4 degrees Celsius (90.3 degrees Fahrenheit). Peak rainfall occurs in spring and autumn. Winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa's electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

¢Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

¢Please note that any single piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.) is not accepted as baggage.

¢If exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.), the piece of luggage must be checked as cargo at the specified cargo rate

¢Any excess or overweight baggage fees incurred are the responsibility of the guest

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

¢Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 7 kg (15 lb.) and a total dimension of 115 cm

¢Please note that if the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

¢All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

¢Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Shamwari Long Lee Manor

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

¢The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Shamwari Game Reserve.

¢During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

¢Guests are therefore advised not to forget sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as cameras and binoculars.

¢Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

¢Please consult your physician before traveling

¢Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed

¢Passports are required to be with guests

WHATS INCLUDED

¢2 nights at Shamwari Long Lee Manor on a Fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, all meals, local house drinks

¢All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning & PA-system

¢Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

¢1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

¢Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

¢Economy class scheduled domestic flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

¢All other meals not listed above

¢Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

¢All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits & liquor

¢Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases & laundry

¢Any other services not mentioned 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.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



KRUGER: BIG FIVE IN THE WILD

KRUGER: BIG FIVE IN THE WILD

Venture into the pristine bush on several game drives, looking for iconic African species in their natural habitats, after which you may indulge in the bountiful luxuries of Shishangeni Lodge.

DAY 1 - Friday, February 20th, 2015

Upon disembarking the ship in Durban, you will be met by a local representative, who will accompany you to the airport where you will fly from Durban to Nelspruit.

Upon arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Shishangeni Lodge, located in the southern part of Kruger National Park. Travel time is approximately one and a half to two hours.

Following your check-in at Shishangeni in the late afternoon, enjoy some free time before joining your fellow travelers for dinner at the lodge.

After dinner spend a relaxing evening at the lodge or in your suite.

DAY 2 - Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Start your adventure with a game drive in the early morning and another one in the late afternoon. Imagine taking in a magnificent sunset while you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Or perhaps you'll see elephants strolling to a water hole.

What you see during each game drive will vary enormously, as Kruger supports countless animals. To add even more intrigue, many animals are born this time of the year, and you might catch sight of them.

The Kruger National Park is also home to more than 500 species of birds, including migratory species like the African Hoopoe. The Giant Eagle Owl, kingfishers, storks, shrikes, weavers, herons, eagles and kites are also commonly spotted.

After your game drives, you'll return to the lodge to share stories of the day's adventures while dining on traditional African cuisine. Later, you might gather around a roaring boma fire under the stars and enjoy vivid storytelling by the local community and watch rituals that are still enacted today.

DAY 3 - Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Delve into the bush on yet another glorious early-morning game drive that showcases the bountiful wildlife and nature in the southern region of Kruger National Park.

Afterwards, enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning before checking out and driving to Maputo. Along the way, you will briefly disembark at the border post between Mozambique and South Africa for immigration and customs clearance. Once the formalities are completed, you will resume your journey to Maputo and into the harbor where the ships awaits your return.

Overland Program Step by Step:

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

Day 1

11:30am Disembark in Durban and transfer to the King Shaka International Airport

12:30pm Check-in and board your flight to Nelspruit. Flight details TBA and

subject to change

1:45pm Fly from Durban to Nelspruit

2:45pm Arrival in Nelspruit

3:15pm Collect luggage and transfer to Shishangeni Private Lodge

5:00pm Check-in and enjoy some free time in your surroundings

7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge

Overnight at the Shishangeni Lodge

Day 2

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by free time

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Shishangeni Lodge

Day 3

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Check out and transfer to Maputo crossing the South Africa/Mozambique

border

1:30pm Approximate arrival into Maputo harbor and rejoin the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

The summer months in Kruger Park are very hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers. December temperatures can vary from approximately 18°Celsius (64° Fahrenheit) to 34°Celsius (93° Fahrenheit).

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa's electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Only one suitcase of 20kg (44 pounds) may be checked on the flight. You are also permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 pounds). If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter. All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers. Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Program Includes:

" 2 nights at the Shishangeni Lodge on a fully inclusive basis, i.e.

accommodation, game activities daily, meals and two local house

drinks with both lunch and dinner

" Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and

PA-system

" Registered English-speaking tour guide on the transfers

" One 500-ml (16-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on the

transfers

" Porterage for a maximum of one piece of luggage per person

" Scheduled flight from Durban to Kruger

Not Included:

" All other meals not listed above

" All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and

liquor

" Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge

staff

" Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curio shop purchases and

laundry

" Other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at

the lodge

Please Note:

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the game reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests bring a windbreaker. During the day, it can get extremely hot. As the game drive vehicles are not covered, you will be exposed to the elements. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be "bumpy." This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair due to the difficulty of getting in and out of the game vehicles.

This is a malaria-risk area and necessary precautions should be taken.

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.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



PHINDA OVERLAND

PHINDA OVERLAND

Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game-viewing experiences, Phinda features Africa's wildlife at its best. Often described as the "Seven Worlds of Wonder," with its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife from the largest lion to the smallest antelope. This fully inclusive program promises to be an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1 - Friday, February 20th, 2015

Depart Durban and drive approximately 3.5 hours to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area that sprawls across nearly 57,000 beautiful acres of South Africa. Because of its size, the preserve boasts seven distinct habitats, including woodland, grassland, wetland and mountain ranges.

Upon arriving at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will enjoy a welcome drink and then a sumptuous lunch. Afterwards, you will have time to settle into your accommodations before departing on an afternoon game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it's cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Herds of elephants are often seen meandering through the fever tree forests, while white rhinoceroses are usually found grazing on the grassland.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the Phinda Mountain Lodge for dinner and to spend the evening. The lodge offers spectacular views of the mountain range and surrounding bushveld, so it's quite the setting.

DAY 2 - Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

You may catch sight of a shy red duiker grazing on fallen leaves and fruit. The elegant nyala antelope is seen even more frequently, as Phinda boasts one of the highest densities of the species. The male nyala has a dark brown coat, yellow legs and shaggy mane, making it particularly spectacular. The female nyala features a less flashy, but no less beautiful chestnut coat. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Then, after check out, you will transfer to Richards Bay to rejoin your ship. Travelling time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Overland Program Step by Step:

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

Day 1

11:00am Depart Durban and transfer to the Phinda Private Game Reserve

2:30pm Arrive at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, complete indemnity forms,

welcome drink

3:30pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Phinda lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee is served in the main lodge

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check out

10:30am Depart Phinda for transfer to Durban

1:00pm Approximate arrival at Richard's Bay harbor and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Phinda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Much of the rainfall comes in short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa's electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. However, an overnight soft-sided bag is recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Phinda Mountain lodge features 25 air-conditioned suites, each with en-suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, separate toilet and twin hand basins. All suites have a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda with plunge pool and al fresco shower. Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building, with a central al fresco courtyard and ample sitting and dining areas. These areas lead out onto a shaded terrace and three-tiered spacious veranda with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld. Additional facilities include a Safari Shop, interpretive center, dramatic open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and observation deck.

Program Includes:

" 1 overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge on a fully Inclusive basis, i.e.

accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks

" Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and

PA-system

" Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests for the

duration of the tour

" Two 500-ml bottles of mineral water per person on transfers

" 1 lunch pack per person on Day 1

" Porterage for maximum of one piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

" All other meals not listed above

" All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and

liquor

" Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge

staff

" Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases and

laundry

" Any other services not mentioned above, including optional activities

at the Lodge

Please Note:

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars. Animal sightings are not guaranteed.

Please note: the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be "bumpy." This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

$1,399 Per Guest


Overland Tours



THANDA OVERLAND

THANDA OVERLAND

Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from the Durban harbor to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The integration of South Africa's best climate and rich bush land has made Thanda Private Game Reserve the top award-winning safari destination in South Africa. Thanda, meaning "love" in Zulu, expresses the power of the union between Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Here you will find that unique and sought-after balance between energizing activity and exquisite relaxation. Ignite your imagination and discover an extraordinary experience for the mind, body, and soul.

DAY 1 - Friday, February 20th, 2015

Depart Durban harbour and travel approximately 3.5 hours to Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it's cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

You will travel in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover, the ideal vehicle for unobstructed viewing. Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers familiar with the animals' habits, you will drive into the bush. As the animals are used to seeing people and don't feel threatened, they tend to behave naturally. The experience is sure to be absolutely remarkable.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife such as hyenas. In time, you will return to the lodge to complete your check-in and to get ready for dinner at the Lodge.

Overnight at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 2 - Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover.

While the Big Five may be wandering about the sprawling 35,000-acre reserve, your guides may point out other commonly seen animals such as endangered black rhinoceroses, cheetahs and warthogs. More than 400 species of birds also live within the reserve, and you can expect to see many of them flitting about and perched in the shrubbery.

Following your return to the lodge for breakfast, you will transfer to Richard's Bay, which takes approximately 2 hours.

Arriving in the harbor in the late afternoon, you will rejoin the ship.

Overland 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 and are subject to change.

DAY 1

11:00am Depart Durban harbor and transfer to Thanda Private Game Reserve

3:00pm Arrive at Main gate and check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 2

4:45am Morning game drive with tea / coffee stop

8:30am Return to the Lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check-out

11:00am Depart Thanda and transfer to Richard's Bay

1:00pm Approximate arrival to Richard's bay and re join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere, midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Thanda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May

to August). Much of the rainfall comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige colors clothing no bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer, Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days, Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, Comfortable walking shoes, Camera film and batteries (remember spare batteries) Personal toiletries and lip creams , Anti - Malaria Prophylaxis

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200; R100; R50; R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5; R2; R1; 50c; 20c; 10c; and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although visa and master card are the most widely accepted

Electricity:

South Africa's electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. An overnight soft sided bag is however recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

The main lodge encompasses nine bush villas, which offer guests the epitome of self-contained privacy and luxury. Circular in structure and reminiscent of a traditional homestead against a hill, each villa boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding game reserve. 220 square meters (or approximately 2,500 square feet) in size, each villa has its own spacious lounge area and master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace. A thatched outdoor game-viewing deck (known as a "sala") and an infinity pool offer refreshing solace from the summer heat. Each villa has a full en-suite bathroom with an enormous oval-shaped bath and indoor and outdoor showers.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Thanda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be "bumpy." This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Program Includes:

" 1 Night at Thanda Main Lodge on a Fully Inclusive basis, i.e.

accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks

" Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning &

PA-system

" Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests for the

duration of the tour

" 2 x 500 ml bottles of mineral water per person on transfers

" Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

" All other meals and drinks not listed above including Champagne and

premium brand spirits & liquor

" Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

" Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases &

laundry

" Any other services not mentioned 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.

$1,299 Per Guest


Overland Tours



TAJ MAHAL- ETERNAL MASTERPIECE

TAJ MAHAL- ETERNAL MASTERPIECE

DAY 1 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Following a morning arrival into Male, you will be met and transferred to the airport for your Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Delhi via Colombo.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will proceed through Indian Immigration and Customs formalities before transferring to the Oberoi Hotel.

Dinner will be served at the hotel before you retire for the evening.

Day 2 - Monday, March 9th, 2015

After breakfast and check out, you will drive through New Delhi and proceed toward 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.

After checking in at your hotel, you will enjoy a buffet lunch and then decide how you wish to spend the next few hours. The options are:

(A) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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) 2:00 pm on Hourly shopping shuttle to the marble inlay factory and local markets.

(C) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Consult with Agra's leading astrologer. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the ship's hospitality desk.

4:30 p.m. - 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.

After some leisure time back at the hotel, enjoy 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.

A buffet dinner follows the dance performance, after which you will overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - Tuesday, March 10th, 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 prior to checking out and driving back to Delhi. A buffet lunch will be served at the hotel once you check-in.

The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties - the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which, in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanted nations.

After lunch you will take a drive around New Delhi with its majestic boulevards and grand government buildings. India Gate, Delhi's triumphal arch, stands at one end of the Rajpath. At the other end of the Rajpath stands the official residence of India's president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a complex of buildings that mix Mughal and Western architectural styles. Prior to independence, this was the home of India's last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten. Close by is Sansad Bhavan, the large, though less imposing, parliament building.

Another highlight is the earliest surviving Islamic monument, the Qutb mosque and minar created by the founder of the sometimes-called Slave Dynasty, Qutb-ud-din-Aybak. 73 meters high and consisting of 5 storeys, the Qutb Minar construction started in 1199 on what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower doubles as India's and perhaps Islam's, most massive minaret.

Enjoy a buffet dinner back at the hotel before you retire for the evening.

DAY 4 - Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

You will have an early wake -up call in order to make your flight from Delhi to Cochin. Coffee, tea, croissants and juices will be available before you depart and breakfast will be served on the three hour flight.

Upon arrival in Cochin, transfer to the pier and re-board the ship. Along the way you will tour the famous Fort Cochin area.

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

6:00am Arrive alongside in Male

6:30am Disembark ship and proceed to the airport. This transfer is by boat

7:30am Arrive at the airport and check-in

8:55am Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Colombo departs (Airline and flight

time subject to change)

10:50am Arrive in Colombo and connect to Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Delhi

(Airline and flight time are subject to change)

2:15pm Flight departs for Colombo

5:50pm Arrive in Delhi, proceed through Immigration and Customs and transfer

to the hotel

7:30pm Arrive at the hotel and check-in

8:00pm Buffet dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Oberoi Delhi or similar hotel

DAY 2

7:00am Breakfast

8:30am Depart for Agra

12:00nn Arrive in Agra and check into your hotel

12:30pm Buffet lunch at the hotel

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

7:15pm Classical Kathak dance performance at the hotel

7:45pm Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar

DAY 3

5:45am Tea, coffee, juices are served in the lobby

6:30am Re-visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise

6:00am Breakfast is available at the hotel from 6am onwards

8:00am Return to the hotel and have breakfast

8:30am Check-out and drive to Delhi

12:00pm Arrive at the hotel and check-in

12:30pm Buffet Lunch at the hotel

2:00pm Driving tour of New Delhi with a visit to Humayun's Tomb and Qutub

Minar

6:30pm Return to the hotel

7:30pm Dinner is served at the hotel

Overnight at the Oberoi Delhi or similar hotel

DAY 4

EARLY Tea, coffee, juices and rolls served in the lobby prior to departure

4:30am Transfer to the airport

5:00am Arrive at the airport, check-in

6:00am Air India flight to Cochin (flight time is subject to change).

Breakfast will be served "aloft"

9:20am Arrival in Cochin. Transfer to the port and visit Fort Cochin en

route

1:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship in time for lunch on board

Expected Weather:

Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 73-77 degrees F (23 to 25 ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the mid-50s F (13 to 15 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. 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 3-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.

Airline and type of aircraft:

Sri Lankan Airlines, Airbus 320 (subject to change)

Air India, 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:

Delhi:

The Oberoi

Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi, 110 003, India

Tel : +91 11 2436 3030

Agra:

ITC Mughal

Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh - 282001, India

Tel : +91 562 4021700

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

Program Includes:

2 nights at the Oberoi Hotel, Delhi with all meals or similar

1 night at the ITC Mughal Agra with all meals or similar

House wines, beer, mineral water and sodas during lunches and dinners

Deluxe buses. Bus Delhi-Agra-Delhi with restrooms inside

Sodas and 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 Male-Colombo-Delhi and Delhi-Cochin

Program Does Not Include:

Items of a personal nature, hotel incidentals including mini bar, gratuities to drivers and guides, any meals 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.

$2,699 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

Following an early breakfast on board, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the Yangon Airport for your scheduled flight to Bagan. On arrival in Bagan, you will begin your sightseeing program.

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 11 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.

After lunch transfer to your hotel for check-in.

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 see how it is done.

The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the Archaeological Zone 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.

Overnight at the Bagan Lodge or similar. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the Nyaung-U Airport and depart for Yangon on a scheduled flight. 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 indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

4:00am Disembark the ship which is already in port overnight and transfer to the Yangon Airport

6:00am Depart for Bagan by scheduled flight

Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

7:20am Arrive at Nyaung-U Airport and transfer to the local market.

8:30am Morning visit to Nyaung U Market

9:30am Visit Shwezigon Pagoda

11:00am Visit Ananda Temple via pony cart

12:30pm Lunch at Amata Boutique Restaurant

1:30pm Transfer to your hotel for check-in

2:30pm Drive to Dhammayangyi Temple

2:45pm Dhammayangyi Templ Visit

3:15pm Drive to Sulamani Temple

3:30pm Sulamani Temple Visit

4:00pm Drive to lacquer-ware workshop

4:15pm Lacquer-ware workshop visit

4:45pm Transfer to Sunset Pagoda

5:00pm Enjoy the sunset from the top of the Pagoda

6:00pm Transfer back to your hotel for dinner

7:30pm Dinner at hotel

Overnight at Bagan Lodge or similar hotel

DAY TWO

6:00am Luggage drop off at Reception and buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Transfer to Nyaung – U airport and check in for your flight.

8:45am Flight to Yangon. Flight time subject to change

10:00am Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

12:15pm 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:

Valid passport

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Bagan Lodge or similar

*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 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:

• 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, one lunch 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 be met by your guide and transferred to the Yangon Airport. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will begin exploring some of the most hallowed attractions in Mandalay starting with a visit to Amarapura. In Amarapura, you will see the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital.

Continue on to see Mandalay’s impressive marble carving and handicraft workshops followed by a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda which was named after the holy image “Maha Muni” housed therein. This is the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Transfer to the Sedona Hotel for lunch and then transfer to the Mandalay Hill Resort for check-in.

Late in the afternoon you will visit the Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) as well as Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs.

At the end of the day you will take in all the surroundings with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill. Here, enjoy the sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Return to your hotel for the evening. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Later visit the Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue your visit to a workshop of traditional hand-woven silk. Proceed to Mandalay through varied agricultural landscapes and villages en route to your hotel.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the Mandalay International Airport and depart for Yangon where upon arrival 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 flights and timings indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

4:00am Disembark the ship which and transfer to Yangon Airport

5:00am Check-in at the airport. Depart for Mandalay.

Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

7:25am Arrive at Mandalay International airport

8:00am Drive to Amarapura through varied agricultural landscapes and villages. Brief visits will be made at the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge and Amarapura Handicraft Workshops

10:30am Drive to Mahamuni Pagoda and marble carving workshops

11:30am Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and marble carving workshops

12:30pm Drive to Sedona Hotel for lunch

1:00pm Lunch at Sedona Hotel

2:00pm Transfer to your hotel for check-in

3:30pm Drive to Shwe Nandaw Monastery

3:45pm Shwe Nandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda visits

5:00pm Drive to Mandalay Hill

5:30pm Sunset at Mandalay Hill

6:30pm Return to your hotel

7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

DAY TWO

6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Transfer to Mandalay Airport

10:00am Check in for your flight.

11:00am Departure for Yangon. Flight details TBA and subject to change

12:15pm Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

2:15pm 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:

Valid passport

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

*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 hotel listed in this program.

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:

•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, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include bottled water, tea, or 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



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