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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - BEIJING & XIAN

PRE - BEIJING & XIAN

Explore the breathtaking grandeur of Northern China as this tour bridges the great capital of Beijing and Xian, once a major crossroad of the Asian trade route. On the outskirts of the Xian city, the discovery of ancient life-sized figures vaulted the city into the limelight. More than 10,000 menacing warriors along with detailed horses and archers armed with real weapons have been exhumed. While in Beijing, walk along the best-preserved section of the Great Wall. Stroll around Tiananmen Square and visit the now-accessible Forbidden City.

Day 1 - MARCH 6th, 2014

Upon arrival in Beijing International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on own. Please note that hotel check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available upon arrival, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning, an additional night may be requested and purchased.

Day 2 - MARCH 7th, 2014 (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to the Great Wall at Juyongguan. Explore the amazing Great Wall, actually a series of walls first constructed over 2000 years ago in an attempt to ward off northern nomads. Following lunch, continue to one of the Ming Tombs. Learn more about the burial rituals employed during the Ming dynasty before returning to your hotel.

Day 3 - MARCH 8th, 2014 (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. First excavated in 1974, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses are acclaimed as the "eighth wonder of the world". The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics. After this exciting afternoon tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 4 - MARCH 9th, 2014 (Breakfast and Lunch included)

After breakfast, visit the City Wall of Xian. Built during the Tang Dynasty, when the city, then named Chang'an, was the capital of China, the wall is the only complete city wall extant in China. Continue to the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Built on the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern part of Xian, it is the most comprehensive museum in the province and exhibits unique historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious ceramics, bronze articles and stone carvings. Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 - MARCH 10th, 2014 (Breakfast and Lunch included)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit impressive Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world and site of many important events in Chinese history. Then, visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties and a 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing some of the most important treasures of China's imperial past. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Nautica for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

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.

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 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. 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 - March 6, 2014

Guests arrive in Beijing by different flights.

You are met at the airport by uniformed staff and a local guide and you will transfer to the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar. Check-in is at 3:00pm. It is not guaranteed that romos will be ready before this time. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and dinner on your own.

Day 2 - March 7, 2014

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a full day tour

10:15am Visit to the Great Wall at Juyongguan

12:30pm Chinese lunch at Runze Restaurant with shopping opportunity

2:30pm Visit to the Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

4:45pm Return to hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar

Day 3 - March 8, 2014

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel (large/excess suitcases stored in hotel)

9:30am Arrive at airport

10:55am Flight MU2106 Beijing/Xian (subject to change)

3:00pm Terracotta Warriors Museum

6:15pm Check in at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Hilton Xian or similar

Day 4 - March 9, 2014

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel

8:45am City Wall

10:00am Shaanxi Provincial Museum

12:00pm Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

2:30pm Arrive at airport

4:05pm Flight MU2113 Xian/Beijing (subject to change)

Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar

Day 5 - March 10, 2014

7:00am Buffet breakfast

8:30am Depart hotel for a morning tour

9:00am Tian'anmen Square

10:00am Forbidden City

12:00pm Chinese lunch at Regal Palace Restaurant or similar

1:15pm Depart Beijing for Tianjin Cruise Home Port

3:45pm Cruise check-in and embarkation

Includes:

All transfers and tours as indicated in the itinerary;

Roundtrip coach class airfare Beijing/Xian/Beijing with domestic airport tax;

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

Four lunches as indicated in the itinerary;

Compulsory passenger insurance.

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Excludes

Any other meals not listed above

All other beverages including premium brand drinks

Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases & laundry

Gratuities

Visa fees

Any other services not mentioned above

Accommodation:

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

Beijing:

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel or similar hotel

36 Bei San Huan Dong Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100013, China

Phone: +86 10 5798 8888

Xian:

Hilton Xi'an or similar

199 Dong Xin Road, Shaanxi, 710005 - Xian, China

Phone: +86 29 87388888

Flight details - subject to change

March 8 Beijing/Xian MU2106 10:55-13:10

March 9 Xian/Beijing MU2113 16:05-17:55

Luggage allowance on China Eastern Airline:

For all classes, each passenger can enjoy a free baggage allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 56x36x23cm (22x14x9 in) in size. These dimensions include wheels, handles and side pockets. Different travel classes have different weight limits: Economy Class - 7 kg (15 lbs). Checked baggage - 1 bag maximum per person, 20kg (44lbs). 100cm (39in) length, 60cm (24in) width, 40cm(16in) height. Any excess luggage will be stored at the hotel in Beijing free of charge. Any excess/overweight luggage brought on the trip is subject to airline fees and will be at the expense of the guest.

Weather:

Beijing weather in March - The weather warms up rapidly from freezing to cool, but it is windy. On average temperature reaches 11 °C (52 °F) during the day, and at night drops to -1 °C (30 °F).

Xian weather in March - March is the month when Xian steps into the spring season. Generally speaking, the weather is changeable! On Sunny days, which occupy most days of this month, the temperature climbs up to 14 C / 57 F, and people may just wear thin clothes. However, sometimes a small snow in early March or a cold rain appears to bring Xian back to winter. Rains may happen, very small and lasting for just a few hours every time. Average High Temperature: 14 C / 57 F, Average Low Temperature: 4 C / 39 F

Suggested Clothing: Wearing a sweater and an overcoat is usually enough, but bring gloves and a hat too and maybe windproof trousers, as it can feel much colder with the wind chill. You may be able to wear just a light windproof jacket, if the weather warms up.

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.

$1,599 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ANGKOR WAT EXPERIENCE HCH-BKK

ANGKOR WAT EXPERIENCE HCH-BKK

Experience the magnificent Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation - first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Day 1: 28 March, 2014

Depart the ship in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer by bus to the Tan Son Nhat Airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will met inside the Immigration Lounge by our local ground operators who will assist you in filling out the necessary paperwork for a Cambodian Visa. You will be issued customs cards which must be kept with you as you proceed through the baggage claim and into the Customs Hall. Your passports will be returned to you at the hotel in the evening. Please make sure to have one extra passport photo with you for the Visa service which is included. Once the entry formalities have been completed, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in. Later, you will drive through Siem Reap to the Old Market for a brief visit before dinner accompanied by a Khmer Dance show. Following dinner, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 2: 29 March, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Angkor Thom complex. You will visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Complex whose giant stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The curious smiling faces are said to be the representation of King Jayavarman VII, the creator of Bayon Temple. Next you will move on to the Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan, Takeo.

Another highlight is a visit to the famous Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its forest atmosphere with enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. You may recognize it as it's also the location of many scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie's huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider. Your morning of adventure will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will drive to Bantey Srei, the beautiful 'Women's Citadel' located 32km from Siem Reap town. This is the last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered in Cambodia.

Your day will end with a visit to Angkor Wat. This is the highest and most magnificent temple in Cambodia. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman as a Hinduist temple. His tomb was on the top tower. Angkor Wat has three floors and many roofs, doors and gates and you will see two long snakes with 7 heads which are considered to be dragons, on both sides of the entrance to the complex.

Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat and then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 3: 30 March, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Once you arrive in Bangkok, you will be met and transferred directly to the ship at the port in Bangkok.

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 only and are subject to change.

Day 1

2:00pm Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport

3:40pm Flight to Siem Reap on Vietnam Airlines VN 831 - subject to change

4:40pm Arrival in Siem Reap

4:50pm Meet your guide, Visa formalities and transfer to your hotel to check-in

6:00pm Transfer to old Siemreap quarter for own discovery

7:00pm Dinner with Khmer Show (included are one soft drink or a local beer)

8:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

6:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Transfer to Angkor Thom complex. Visit the Southern Gate the Bayon complex, Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan

11:00am Visit Ta Prohm Temple

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant (included is your choice of one soft drink or one

local beer or one bottle of water)

1:30pm Drive to Bantey Srei, the 'Women's Citadel'

3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat

5:00pm Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat (subject to weather conditions)

6:00pm Return to the hotel

6:30pm Evening at your leisure

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

NOTE: Your guide will give you an Angkor Wat Complex Pass at the beginning of the program. Please ensure to keep it with you for the day's entrance to all temples and restroom facilities

Day 3

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Check out and transfer to the airport

8:30am Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok

9:45am Flight to Bangkok on PG924 - subject to change

10:50am Arrive in Bangkok.

11:00am Meet and greet and transfer to the ship

12:00pm Approximate arrival at the ship

Expected Weather: 30 - 35 C (80-90 F) with very little shade

What to Bring: Casual clothes (there are no dress code restrictions), comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellant.

Currency: US dollars are popular and accepted everywhere. USD 1 = approximately 4,000 Cambodian Riels

Electricity: 220 Volts

Luggage: Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 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.

Documents: Passports are required.

**Please ensure that you have one additional passport photo (3 x 4 or 4 x 6 or 5 x 5 ) for the Cambodian Visa which is included in the cost of this program and which you will obtain at the airport in Siem Reap. Make sure to have it ready to show when you reach the airport in Siem Reap (do not pack it in a checked suitcase)

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or another similar hotel.

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

" 2 nights' accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar hotel

" Two breakfasts

" One lunch and one dinner - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included

" Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air- conditioned buses

" Bottled water will be provided on the buses.

" Cambodian Visa on arrival in Siem Reap

" Air ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (economy class)

" Air ticket from Siem Reap to Bangkok (economy class).

" English Speaking Guide

Program Excludes:

" Any meals or drinks not specified above

" Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

" Gratuities to drivers and guides

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



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 1 ½ hour flight to Mandalay.

Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy an excellent Myanmar-style dinner with a traditional cultural show at the hotel garden.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel 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. 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. Also visit the Mahamuni Pagoda. Built in 1785, the ornate temple holds the magnificent Mahamuni Buddha image, which according to tradition is one of five likenesses of Buddha made during his lifetime.

In the afternoon you will have lunch at your hotel before continuing on to experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including the Golden Palace Monastery, an excellent example of a traditional wooden building and then the guilded 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.

Finally transfer back to the airport where you will board 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 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 transported to the airport for pre-check in

9:30am Disembark and drive into Yangon. Start your Yangon City Tour with an orientation drive

10:30am Visit Shwedagon Pagoda

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Transfer to the Yangon Domestic Airport

2:00pm Check-in at the airport.

2:40pm Depart for Mandalay. The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Flight W9119 (subject to change)

4:40pm Arrive at Mandalay International Airport

5:00pm Proceed into Mandalay by air conditioned coach

6:00pm Check in at your hotel

7:00pm Enjoy dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Mandalay Hill Resort

DAY TWO

AM Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Drive to Amarapura

9:15am Visits will be made at the 200 year Old U Bein teak bridge, a traditional silk weaving work shop and Mahagadayone Monastery

11:30am Visit the famous Mahamuni Pagoda

12:30pm Drive back to your hotel for lunch

2:00pm Visit the Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe-Kyaung) and Kuthodaw Pagoda

3:00pm Transfer to Mandalay Airport

4:00pm Arrive at the airport and check-in

4:55pm Flight from Mandalay to Yangon Flight W129 (subject to change)

6:20pm Arrive in Yangon

7:20pm Transfer to the port

8:20pm Approximate arrival back at 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 Myanmar Visa is required for any guests visiting Myanmar. Please contact the OCI or RSSC Reservations Department for Visa details and pricing as Visa’s will need to be purchased ahead of time.

OCI – 1-800-531-5658

RSSC – 1-800-285-1835

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Mandalay Hill Resort

NOTE: For this program, regularly scheduled domestic air flights are used. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date by your on-board Destination Services Team. As this excursion involves lots of walking, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties. Shoes must be removed when visiting any place of worship and knees and shoulders need to be covered.

Walking information:

Mahagadayone : 30 minutes on the street (shoes ok). If you want to go inside any buildings you have to leave your shoes outside. Streets are concrete.

U Bein Teak Bridge: 30 minutes walking (shoes ok). There are many local gift shops around the bridge.

Maha Muni BuddhaImage: 45 minutes (no shoes). Walking will be primarily on marble which will be warm

Golden Palace Monastery : 20 minutes of walking around (shoes OK) and approximately 10 stairs

Mandalay Hill : Travel from the foot of the Mountain to the middle of mountain by transfer bus (small truck with seats) and from the middle of hill to the top by lift or escalator. There are approximately 50-60 stairs from the middle of the mountain to the top.

Royal Palace : 45 minutes walking (shoes ok) and there are 3-5 stairs to the entrance of each building

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 flight from Yangon –Mandalay and Mandalay –Yangon as per program

• One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel

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

• One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a glass of house wine OR a bottle of local beer, OR soda, 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.

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.

$949 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 1 ½ hour flight to Bagan.

Upon arrival you will proceed to the Pyitthagyi Temple to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Bagan countryside.

After returning to the hotel you will be treated to a Myanmar Royal Dinner with show before you retire for the evening.

Day 2

Following an early breakfast at the hotel, you day begins with a visit to the most significant pagoda and temple of the Bagan - 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.

Next you will enjoy a visit to the local colorful market to experience the daily life of the local people. Continue with a visit to Annada Temple, a white washed masterpiece of Mon Architecture with four standing Buddhas and well preserved 18th century murals.

You will enjoy lunch at the Bagan Viewing Tower which is an amazing place to take photos of the Bagan panorama.

Afterward lunch, visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village and learn of one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts and enjoy a short ride on a local horse 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.

After your day of touring you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon where upon arrival you will be met and transferred back to the port to embark 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 ONE

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

9:30am Disembark and drive into Yangon. Start your Yangon City Tour with an orientation drive

10:30am Visit Shwedagon Pagoda

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:00pm Transfer to the Yangon Domestic Airport

2:00pm Check-in at the airport.

3:00pm Depart for Bagan. The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Flight YH731(subject to change)

5:30pm Arrive in Bagan and proceed to the Sunset Temple for sunset (dependant on flight arrival time)

8:30pm Transfer to your hotel and check in

7:30pm Enjoy dinner with a cultural show at your hotel

Overnight at Aureum Palace Hotel

DAY TWO

AM Breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Visit Shwezigon Pagoda “ built by King Anawrahta in the early 11 century as a religious shrine.

9:30am Visit to the local colorful market

10:00am Continue to Annada Temple

11:30am Stop for a panoramic view of Bagan

11:45am Proceed to the Bagan Viewing Tower for lunch

12:30pm Transfer to your hotel for some leisure time and to check out

2:00pm Visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village

3:00pm Visit a local village to see how the people of Bagan live

4:00pm Local horse cart ride

4:30pm Transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for your flight to Yangon YH732 (subject to change)

5:55pm Flight to Yangon

7:15pm Arrival in Yangon where you are met and transferred back to Thilawa Port

8:15pm Arrive back at the pier 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 Myanmar Visa is required for any guests visiting Myanmar. Please contact the OCI or RSSC Reservations Department for Visa details and pricing as Visa’s will need to be purchased ahead of time.

OCI – 1-800-531-5658

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Aureum Palace Hotel

NOTE: For this program, regularly scheduled domestic air flights are used. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date by your on-board Destination Services Team. As this excursion involves approximately three hours of walking on Day 1, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties. Shoes must be removed when visiting any place of worship and knees and shoulders need to be covered.

Walking information:

Shwezigon Pagoda – Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on marble which will be warm. There are 7-10 stairs at the Pagoda platform.

Anada Temple - Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on smooth cement. There are 3-5 stairs to negotiate.

Gubyaukgyi Wetkyi-inn Temple: Approximately 30 minutes without shoes. Ground may be uneven in spots.

Archaeological Museum : Approximately 45 minutes. No need to take off shoes. 10 steps here. No elevators.

Lacquerware Industry : Approximately 30 minutes. Shoes are ok and there are no stairs.

Damayangyi Temple: Approximately 15 minutes without shoes. There are 5 stairs to the entrance of the Pagoda .

Nyaung –Oo Morning market: Approximately 45 minutes. No stairs and shoes are ok.

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 flight from Yangon and Bagan –Yangon as per the program

• One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel

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

• One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a glass of house wine OR a bottle of local beer, OR soda, 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.

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.

$949 Per Guest


Overland Tours



TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE

TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE

Day 1

After disembarkation from the ship in Cochin, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival at Cochin airport, you will receive boarding passes and proceed through security. Your bags will be transported to the airport in a separate truck for an advance check-in. Snacks will be served onboard the plane.

Upon arrival in Delhi, enjoy a 3 ½ hour scenic drive to Agra. (Box lunches will be distributed). Later, arrive at the Jaypee Palace Hotel and check-in.

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 some leisure time 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.

After the show, a buffet dinner will be served at the hotel and you can spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 2

Rise early in the morning to enjoy refreshments and rolls before departing by coach to the Taj Mahal to experience the colors, hues and serenity of this magnificent building at sunrise. After your visit, you will return to the hotel to enjoy a buffet breakfast.

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 breakfast drive into the Indian countryside to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone former capital of the Mughal empire. According to legend, Emperor Akbar, having no male heir made a pilgrimage to the town of Sikri to seek the blessings of the revered saint Shaikh Salim Chishti. The saint assured Akbar he would have three sons and when his prophecy was fulfilled the king was so overwhelmed that he built a city at Sikri. The city existed between A.D. 1571 up to 1585 and then became a ghost town, abandoned, possibly due to complexities with the water systems.

Upon completing your visit to Fatehpur Sikri, return to the hotel for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you may choose one of the following options:

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 onwards Hourly shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets.

C) Hotel activity

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. At the hotel, Agra's leading astrologer will be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the Oceania Cruises hospitality desk.

At 4:30pm depart to revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset. The monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun.

Later in the evening, a buffet dinner will be served and you may spend the rest of your evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 3

After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed to check out of the hotel and board your transfer vehicle back to the Delhi airport. Upon arrival at the airport, guests will receive boarding passes and proceed through security and then onto the plane. Lunch is served `aloft', with juices, water and soft drinks.

Upon arrival in Goa, drive directly back to the ship. Your luggage will be transferred to the ship in a separate truck.

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 1 Sunday, April 13th, 2014

4:30am Arrive alongside in Cochin.

5:00am Disembark and board the bus for your transfer to the Cochin Airport. Baggage will be collected and sent in a separate truck to the airport for pre-check in.

6:15am Arrive at the airport. Receive boarding passes and proceed through security

7:25am Air India’s scheduled flight (# AI 466) departs for Delhi. Breakfast with refreshments will be served “aloft”.

10:25am Arrive in Delhi and board your bus for the transfer to Agra. Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks will be distributed on the bus.

11:00am Drive 3.5 hours to Agra

2:30pm Arrive in Agra and check in to your hotel.

6:45pm Classical “Kathak” dance performance

7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar

DAY 2 Monday, April 14th, 2014

5:45am Tea/ coffee / juices and rolls are served in the hotel lobby

6:00am Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise

8:00am Return to the hotel for breakfast

9:30am After breakfast, drive 45 minutes to visit Fatehpur Sikri

12:30pm Return to the hotel for lunch on own

Afternoon options:

2-4:00pm a) proceed to visit the Agra Fort

2-4:00pm b) on the hour shopping shuttle to the Marble Inlay Factory and the local market

2-4:00pm c) hotel activity -Agra's leading Astrologer will be available for consultation

4:30pm Revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset

7:30pm Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar

DAY 3 Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

6:00am Early breakfast is served at the hotel

8:00am Check out and drive to Delhi airport

11:00am Arrive at the airport, receive boarding passes and proceed through security

12:15pm Indigo Airlines scheduled flight (# 6E 329 ) departs for Goa. Lunch is served “aloft”

2:40pm Arrive in Goa and transfer to the port. A separate truck will be provided for the transportation of your luggage to the pier.

4:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 86-95 degrees F (30 to 35 ºC). 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. 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 and 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 60.

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.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

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

Accommodation:

Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra or similar

Program Includes:

"2 nights accommodation at the Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra or similar. Meals will include mineral water/soft drinks and beers.

"Transfers, sightseeing and road journeys Delhi - Agra - Delhi as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned deluxe buses with accompanying guides. Soft drinks/mineral water will be provided in the buses.

"Camera/video charges at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments.

"Kathak dance performance

"Internal airfare for scheduled flights

Not Included:

"Alcohol, mini-bar consumption in the rooms, spa treatments, personal laundry, telecommunications and any other items of a personal nature including gratuities or meals not listed above.

Flights (subject to change):

Cochin to Agra:

8:50am Jet Airways scheduled flight (# TBA) departs for Delhi

Delhi to Goa:

12:15pm Air Indigo's scheduled flight (#TBA) departs for Goa

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



BEST OF ISRAEL

BEST OF ISRAEL

This incredible 2-day adventure fully showcases the mesmerizing sights and heritage of this truly extraordinary country. The memories of your time spent immersing yourself in the cultural environment and sounds of this captivating land will no doubt remain with you long after you have left its borders.

DAY 1

Departing the port of Haifa, you will have a scenic drive into the Judean Hills en route to Jerusalem. The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the center of the world. Your tour will begin with a stop at the Mount of Olives. From this viewpoint high above the city, you will have the opportunity to see all of the city spread in front of you. The sight is breathtaking.

Next, you will start you walking tour of the Old City. Entering via the Jaffa Gate, your walk will take you past some of the most sacred sites in religious history. Your route will flank the colorful bazaar, and pass by the Christian Quarter, part of the Via Dolorosa and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, the third-holiest site in Islam. You will then view the famous Western, or Wailing Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on Golgotha Hill, the church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Your morning finishes up with a visit to the Davidson Center, offering a rare opportunity to explore and study the most significant archaeological site in the country by means of exhibitions and illustrations describing Jerusalem's main episodes. The center serves as an extension of the Archaeological Park, highlighting its main features. Here, you'll be invited to take a 60-minute excursion through Second-Temple-period Jerusalem. During your visit you'll be able to interactively explore the Herodian Temple Mount reconstruction using a supercomputer.

Leaving the Old City, it is time for lunch in Jerusalem at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed through the Judean Hills to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, located on the desert rim. Upon arrival, you will visit the renowned Church of the Nativity, built over a grotto that is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

Back on your coach you will drive to your hotel where you will have some leisure time before dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, depart for a sightseeing drive through the streets of Jerusalem. You will pass by some important landmarks, including the Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), the State Supreme High Court and the illuminated Old City walls- an unforgettable site.

DAY 2

Starting your day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart for a fly by drive through Jerusalem city one more time before arriving at the Israel Museum grounds. Upon arrival, you will see the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. You will also stop by the extremely-detailed scale model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. The model was made using the same materials that were used during the times of the original construction, including marble, stone, wood, copper and iron. Completed in 1969, the model is continuously updated based on the latest archaeological findings.

It is now time to leave Jerusalem and drive towards Tel- Aviv to view two of Israel's major must-sees. Your adventure begins with a panoramic drive through Tel Aviv. It's a beachside metropolis of modern tower blocks and skyscrapers that's grown out of Old Jaffa. You'll pass the Tel Aviv Art Museum and the Habimah National Theatre as well as the Yitzhak Rabin's memorial which was erected on the site of his assassination. Next take a drive down Rothschild Boulevard - the new city's centrepiece - to admire the Bauhaus buildings that boosted Tel Aviv into the UNESCO heritage hall of fame. Next, you will pass by the Tel Aviv art museum, the Golda Meir Museum, and the Tel Aviv court Premises. You will then have some free time in the Neve Tzedek renovated train station as well as the colourful market nearby. Your guide will wait in the meeting place next to bus.

Lunch will be at an oriental restaurant before you start your tour of Old Jaffa - one of the oldest cities in the world. You'll drive through the pretty harbour where Jaffa oranges were once loaded onto boats to be shipped all over the world and check out the ancient walled quarter. Then, have your camera ready for a photo stop at Jaffa's observation point, overlooking the 'white city' of Tel Aviv.

Before driving back to the ship in Haifa port, you will have free time to explore a little of Jaffa's art galleries, the Old port place or perhaps sit and relax in one of the cafés you find there.

Please Note: Times are subject to change and your guide will update you as you go. This tour includes extensive walking, and is only recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Please be reminded in religious locations to have shoulders and knees covered. Order of the visits may vary.

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

Ship arrives or is already in Haifa (depending on your cruise itinerary)

7:00am Drive to Jerusalem. The drive is approximately a 2-2.5 hours. Restrooms

are not available on the tour coaches and no comfort stop is scheduled.

Please utilize the ship's facilities prior to departure.

9:00am Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City

9:30am Drive to the Old City

10:00am Walking tour of the Old City. There is a considerable amount of walking

during this portion of the tour, at times on uneven ground. While passing

through the Old Town it is imperative to always follow your guide as this

is also a bazaar which is quite busy. There are steps to negotiate at the

Church. No bare shoulders are permitted and knees must be covered. There

are no extra fees for the use of photo or video cameras.

12:00pm Visit the Davidson Center

1:00pm Drive to lunch

1:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

2:15pm Drive to Bethlehem

2:45pm Visit the Church + 30 minute shopping stop

4:45pm Drive to your hotel in Jerusalem

5:15pm Check in and free time

7:30pm Drive to dinner

9:00pm Panoramic night tour of Jerusalem

10:00pm Back to the hotel

Over night at your hotel in Jerusalem

DAY 2

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and check-out

8:00am Fly by drive through Jerusalem landmarks heading to the Israel Museum

where you will see the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem

9:30am Drive to Tel Aviv

10:30am Fly by drive in the White City - a chance to see all landmarks

11:30am Free time in Tel-Aviv

12:30pm Drive to Jaffa for lunch

12:45pm Lunch in Old Jaffa at an Oriental Restaurant

1:45pm A guided tour of Jaffa as well as 40 minutes of free time

3:15pm Drive back to Haifa

4:45pm Arrive back at the ship

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.

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

US$ 1 = approx. NIS 3.93

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, traveling 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:

One-night stay at Leonardo Plaza or similar hotel

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

One-night stay at a 5* Hotel in Jerusalem.

One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner - includes bottled water and juice.

All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program.

Program Excludes:

All meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour director and other personal items such as hotel 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.

$799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

Drive deep into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle for a traditional Bedouin lunch under a tent, and later to experience Petra by day and night, an astounding city that was carved out of red-hued rock thousands of years ago.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship in Aqaba, you will drive north into the desert, a timeless land of towering monolithic rocks that T.E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and god-like.” At Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, you will stop briefly in the Visitors Center before getting in a 4x4 vehicle to drive deep into the desert. Local Bedouins own and operate these simple vehicles, which are made specifically for the terrain.

After approximately three hours of driving, you will arrive at a Bedouin tent in the desert, where you will enjoy a lunch that is representative of the cuisine in this area.

Then, continuing on, you will drive to Petra and check in to the luxurious Petra Movenpick Resort. Over the next few hours, you may settle in as you please until dinner at the resort.

More wonderment awaits you later in the evening, as you will see Petra by night. Be sure to dress warmly, as the desert cools considerably in the evening. The walk to Petra is about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles), the path illuminated by thousands of candles in paper bags. You will travel through the Siq gorge, the main entryway to Petra, passing eerily eroded cliffs and dramatic looming walls. The experience is stunning and absolutely unforgettable.

In time, you will arrive at the Treasury, which was carved out of solid rock around the first century B.C. Although its purpose remains a mystery, it is thought to have been a temple or royal tomb. Here, you will be treated to traditional Bedouin music as you are served tea while relaxing on a mat.

Following this spectacular glimpse into the desert culture, you will walk back to the hotel to spend the evening.

DAY 2

After checking out of the Petra Movenpick Resort, you will spend the day touring Petra by day. There is much to be seen, and it involves walking five or six miles on uneven ground with gravel.

Known as the “Rose City” because of the hue of its buildings, Petra was carved out of the sheer rock thousands of years ago. Besides the Treasury, the attractions in this World Heritage Site include a Roman-style theater that seats 3,000 people, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. High above, overlooking the valley, lies the Ad-Deir Monastery, which can only be reached by walking up 800 steps cut into the rock.

Following the tour of Petra, you will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant before driving back to Aqaba to re-join the ship.

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

DAY 1

8:45am Disembark at the Aqaba port

9:00am Begin the drive to Wadi Rum

10:00am Arrive at Wadi Rum Visitors Center and restroom facilities

10:15am Begin the 3-hour drive into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle

1:15pm Buffet lunch in a Bedouin tent. (Includes 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water. No alcoholic drinks are available here.)

2:45pm Begin the drive to Petra

4:15pm Arrive at the Petra Movenpick Resort and check in

Time at leisure until dinner

7:00pm Buffet dinner at the hotel. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

8:00pm Brief 5-minute walk to the Petra Visitors Center

8:30pm Begin Petra by Night experience

10:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:30- 8:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out from the hotel

8:30am Tour Petra

1:00pm Buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

2:00pm Explore the site and walk back to the main entrance

3:30pm Drive back to the Aqaba port

5:30pm Arrive at the ship

Expected Weather:

Approximately 21° Celsius or 70° Fahrenheit

What to Bring:

Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Also, bring sunscreen, a swimming suit, and a jacket or a sweater, as it may be cooler at night. Additionally, bring a bottle of water from the bus or the hotel during the visit of Petra.

Local Currency:

Jordanian Dinar (JOD) U.S. dollars are also widely accepted.

Electricity

The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the United States will need a transformer; most hotels can provide one if you don’t have one.

Luggage information

No limitation on luggage. However, as you will be staying only one evening and there are no porters at the port, it is recommended that you take only a handbag for the night.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Valid passport. Certain nationalities require a visa to stay in Jordan. Please consult with your local embassy prior to booking this program.

Hotel address:

Petra Movenpick Resort

P.O. Box 214, Wadi Mousa – Petra 718101

Phone: + 962 – 3 – 2157111

Please Note:

This overland program involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulty or if you utilize a wheelchair. There are a very limited number of horse carriages available for an additional cost to carry guests through the Siq to the Treasury. These cannot be pre-booked. They are first-come first-served and are operated by independent locals. Any sightseeing within the site is on foot.

The 4x4 vehicles used at Wadi Rum are simple 4x4 vehicles owned and operated by local Bedouins through their cooperatives. The drive can be bumpy.

Program Includes:

• Hotel accommodations at the 5-Star Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel (ROH rooms)

• All meals as mentioned in the above itinerary

• Drinks as mentioned in the above itinerary

• All transfers in air-conditioned buses

• English-speaking guide throughout the tour

• Entrance fees to Wadi Rum and Petra

• 4x4 drive at Wadi Rum for 3 hours

• Mineral water on board the bus

• Porterage at the hotel

• Petra by Night experience

Program Excludes:

• Gratuities for guides, drivers and hotel staff, restaurant staff, or horse boy at Petra

• Horse carriage at Petra

• Drinks other than those mentioned in the above itinerary

• Personal expenses and 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.

$799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

Drive deep into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle for a traditional Bedouin lunch under a tent, and later to experience Petra by day and night, an astounding city that was carved out of red-hued rock thousands of years ago.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship in Aqaba, you will drive north into the desert, a timeless land of towering monolithic rocks that T.E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and god-like.” At Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, you will stop briefly in the Visitors Center before getting in a 4x4 vehicle to drive deep into the desert. Local Bedouins own and operate these simple vehicles, which are made specifically for the terrain.

After approximately three hours of driving, you will arrive at a Bedouin tent in the desert, where you will enjoy a lunch that is representative of the cuisine in this area.

Then, continuing on, you will drive to Petra and check in to the luxurious Petra Movenpick Resort. Over the next few hours, you may settle in as you please until dinner at the resort.

More wonderment awaits you later in the evening, as you will see Petra by night. Be sure to dress warmly, as the desert cools considerably in the evening. The walk to Petra is about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles), the path illuminated by thousands of candles in paper bags. You will travel through the Siq gorge, the main entryway to Petra, passing eerily eroded cliffs and dramatic looming walls. The experience is stunning and absolutely unforgettable.

In time, you will arrive at the Treasury, which was carved out of solid rock around the first century B.C. Although its purpose remains a mystery, it is thought to have been a temple or royal tomb. Here, you will be treated to traditional Bedouin music as you are served tea while relaxing on a mat.

Following this spectacular glimpse into the desert culture, you will walk back to the hotel to spend the evening.

DAY 2

After checking out of the Petra Movenpick Resort, you will spend the day touring Petra by day. There is much to be seen, and it involves walking five or six miles on uneven ground with gravel.

Known as the “Rose City” because of the hue of its buildings, Petra was carved out of the sheer rock thousands of years ago. Besides the Treasury, the attractions in this World Heritage Site include a Roman-style theater that seats 3,000 people, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. High above, overlooking the valley, lies the Ad-Deir Monastery, which can only be reached by walking up 800 steps cut into the rock.

Following the tour of Petra, you will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant before driving back to Aqaba to re-join the ship.

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

DAY 1

8:45am Disembark at the Aqaba port

9:00am Begin the drive to Wadi Rum

10:00am Arrive at Wadi Rum Visitors Center and restroom facilities

10:15am Begin the 3-hour drive into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle

1:15pm Buffet lunch in a Bedouin tent. (Includes 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water. No alcoholic drinks are available here.)

2:45pm Begin the drive to Petra

4:15pm Arrive at the Petra Movenpick Resort and check in

Time at leisure until dinner

7:00pm Buffet dinner at the hotel. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

8:00pm Brief 5-minute walk to the Petra Visitors Center

8:30pm Begin Petra by Night experience

10:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:30- 8:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out from the hotel

8:30am Tour Petra

1:00pm Buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

2:00pm Explore the site and walk back to the main entrance

3:30pm Drive back to the Aqaba port

5:30pm Arrive at the ship

Expected Weather:

Approximately 21° Celsius or 70° Fahrenheit

What to Bring:

Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Also, bring sunscreen, a swimming suit, and a jacket or a sweater, as it may be cooler at night. Additionally, bring a bottle of water from the bus or the hotel during the visit of Petra.

Local Currency:

Jordanian Dinar (JOD) U.S. dollars are also widely accepted.

Electricity

The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the United States will need a transformer; most hotels can provide one if you don’t have one.

Luggage information

No limitation on luggage. However, as you will be staying only one evening and there are no porters at the port, it is recommended that you take only a handbag for the night.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Valid passport. Certain nationalities require a visa to stay in Jordan. Please consult with your local embassy prior to booking this program.

Hotel address:

Petra Movenpick Resort

P.O. Box 214, Wadi Mousa – Petra 718101

Phone: + 962 – 3 – 2157111

Please Note:

This overland program involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulty or if you utilize a wheelchair. There are a very limited number of horse carriages available for an additional cost to carry guests through the Siq to the Treasury. These cannot be pre-booked. They are first-come first-served and are operated by independent locals. Any sightseeing within the site is on foot.

The 4x4 vehicles used at Wadi Rum are simple 4x4 vehicles owned and operated by local Bedouins through their cooperatives. The drive can be bumpy.

Program Includes:

• Hotel accommodations at the 5-Star Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel (ROH rooms)

• All meals as mentioned in the above itinerary

• Drinks as mentioned in the above itinerary

• All transfers in air-conditioned buses

• English-speaking guide throughout the tour

• Entrance fees to Wadi Rum and Petra

• 4x4 drive at Wadi Rum for 3 hours

• Mineral water on board the bus

• Porterage at the hotel

• Petra by Night experience

Program Excludes:

• Gratuities for guides, drivers and hotel staff, restaurant staff, or horse boy at Petra

• Horse carriage at Petra

• Drinks other than those mentioned in the above itinerary

• Personal expenses and 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.

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