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OVERLAND: TAJ MAHAL:ETERNAL MASTERPIECE MUM-MAL

During your voyage, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the world’s most fascinating destinations in small, private groups, with knowledgeable guides to help you discover off –the-beaten- path gems. On an Overland Program, you’ll disembark the ship for one-night or more to enjoy a more authentic insider’s view, experiencing firsthand the colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks before rejoining your ship

One of the best-known structures in the world, Agra’s fabled Taj Mahal will awe your senses and forever capture your heart. Considered to be the finest example of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal is a glistening mass of white marble and semi-precious stones set amid impeccably landscaped grounds.

Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

DAY 1 - December 14, 2019

After disembarking the ship in Mumbai, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks will be served on the flight. Luggage will be transferred in a separate van for pre-check-in.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will board a coach and drive approximately 4.5 hours via the Yamuna Expressway to Agra. This is a scenic drive with visas of India’s rural farming countryside. The farther you drive, the more India’s vast countryside reveals its beauty. Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks will be distributed on the bus.

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.

Upon arrival in Agra you will proceed to your hotel for check-in.

After some leisure time, enjoy the classical dance form of Kathak in the ballroom along with refreshments. 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 performance.

Day 2 - December 15, 2019

Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Coffee, tea, juices and rolls are served in the lobby prior to your departure.

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.

Back at the hotel enjoy breakfast followed by a choice of optional activities:

Morning Options:

A)Visit 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)Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura’, the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal.

Lunch is on your own.

Afternoon Options:

A)Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city, the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of `pietra dura’, the inlay work of marble, so characteristic of the Taj Mahal.

B)Take a shopping shuttle (departs hourly) to the marble inlay factory and local markets.

C)Agra’s leading astrologer is available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the hospitality desk at the hotel.

At sunset, you will re-visit the Taj Mahal, as the monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun. Following the visit, dinner will be served at your hotel.

DAY 3 – December 16, 2019

You will have an early morning check- out and transfer to the Delhi Airport for your flight to Mangalore via a stop in Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mangalore you will be met and transferred to the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

DAY 1

8:30am Disembark ship and transfer to the Mumbai airport

9:30am Arrive at the airport and check-in

10:50am Flight to Delhi (Flight details are TBA and subject to change. Direct flights are not guaranteed.)

1:10pm Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your coach for the drive to Agra. Packed lunches served on the bus

5:30pm Arrive in Agra and check-in to hotel

7:00pm Classical Kathak dance performance

7:30pm Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Jaypee Palace or similar hotel

DAY 2

5:45am Tea, coffee, juices and rolls available in the lobby

6:00am Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn

8:00am Return to the hotel for breakfast

Morning Options

10-12:30pm Visit Agra Fort

10-12:30pm Visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the Old City

Lunch is on your own

Afternoon Options

2-4:00pm Visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the Old City

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

2-4:00pm Hotel Activity – Agra’s leading astrologer is available for consultation

4:30pm Re-visit the Taj Mahal for a sunset experience

7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Jaypee Palace or similar hotel

DAY 3

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

6:00am Check out and transfer to the airport. Luggage is collected in advance and transferred separately to the airport for pre-check-in

10:00am Arrive at the Delhi Airport and check in

11:35am Flight to Mangalore (Flight details are TBA and subject to change. Direct flights are not guaranteed.)

2:25pm Arrival in Mangalore. Transfer to the pier. Luggage is transferred separately to the pier in a luggage van.

3:30pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

Days are sunny and comfortable with temperatures between 73-77 degrees F (23 to 25ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the upper 50’s 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 mornings and evenings. 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 thin straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.

Currency:

Indian Rupee. USD are accepted in most stores.

Electricity:

220 – 240 volts. We recommend bringing a travel adaptor kit for electrical devices.

Luggage:

Light luggage is recommended for this trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on (max 7kg / 15 lbs) is allowed. Your suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline – payable at the airport during check in.

Proposed airline and types of aircraft – TBA and subject to change:

Airbus A320 or Boeing 737-700

All economy class seats (business class upgrades are not available on these flights)

Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights in India (as per Airline regulations):

1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regard to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at OCI at least 1 month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

4. Failure to comply with the above regulations will result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Oceanian Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa purchased in advance and bring your passport.

Accommodations:

Jaypee Palace Hotel

Fatehabad Road, Agra 282 004

Phone: 91 562 233 0800

Please note: If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance of any changes.

Program Includes:

2 nights at the Jaypee Palace Hotel (deluxe room) including breakfasts

1 packed lunch and 2 dinners Beer, mineral water and soft drinks during lunch and dinner

Deluxe buses

Mineral water onboard the busses at all times

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

English speaking guides

Kathak dance performance in Agra

Fortuneteller for consultation

Economy-class airfare from Mumbai - Delhi and Delhi - Mangalore (via Mumbai) (Flight details are TBA and subject to change. Direct flights are not guaranteed.)

Program Does Not Include:

Items of a personal nature

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Any meals or beverages not listed above.

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

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations.

Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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OVERLAND: HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF NEPAL

During your voyage, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the world’s most fascinating destinations in small, private groups, with knowledgeable guides to help you discover off –the-beaten- path gems. On an Overland Program, you’ll disembark the ship for one-night or more to enjoy a more authentic insider’s view, experiencing firsthand the colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks before rejoining your ship.

Explore the key attractions in and around Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, many of them World Heritage Sites, including temples, royal cities and other architectural treasures.

Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

Day 1 – Friday, December 13

After clearing immigration and Customs in Mumbai, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. A light snack will be served on board.

Home to eight of the world’s 10 tallest peaks, the tiny kingdom of Nepal is ringed by the Himalayas. It is a land of contrasts, harboring a wealth of Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture. Nepal’s colorful capital city Kathmandu reflects 2,000 years of peaceful co-existence and exudes a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, which is distinctly Nepalese in character.

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will be helped with visa issuance and baggage collection.

NOTE: Please have on hand, US $25 cash (subject to change) per person and 1 passport sized photo for the Nepal Visa. This will be collected by your tour manager in flight.

You will then have a short transfer to the Dwarika’s Hotel. Described as a “living, breathing museum, displaying Nepal’s best craftsmanship from the 13th century,” the hotel rooms and public areas reflect medieval architectural traditions. Every brick is handmade, every piece of wood original and centuries old.

Nepal has eight World Heritage sites and has won two Heritage Awards, one for the city of Bhaktapur and the other for the Dwarika’s Hotel, where you will spend the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 2 – Saturday, December 14

Early in the morning, you will transfer to the airport for a flight-seeing excursion (weather dependent), soaring over glacier-clad, cloud-shrouded peaks and other landscapes around Mount Everest. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for breakfast.

Following breakfast, enjoy some leisure time at the hotel before driving to the Traditional Inn restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, you will visit Patan, one of three royal cities in the valley. Commissioned by India’s great emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century, this World Heritage Site within four stupas is known as the City of Fine Arts.

The temples around the main square are impressive as is the Patan Museum, which is housed within a picturesque palace setting. In an international campaign by UNESCO for safeguarding monuments in Kathmandu Valley, the Austrian government joined hands with Nepal to restore and preserve Patan.

Newari architectural style blossomed in the form of temples, palaces, residences and squares between the 12th and 18th centuries, representing a timelessness in Nepalese architecture and its definitive characteristics, often guided by religious and socio-cultural norms.

You will enjoy a cup of tea in a 150-year-old restored Newari home. Its ground level is for daily activities and storage, while the floors above contain living spaces and bedrooms. The top floor serves as the family shrine and cooking and dining area.

Next, you will see Patan’s Living Goddess, who typically acknowledges greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Known as kumaris, Nepal’s living goddesses live in seclusion and rarely speak in public.

After a private audience with the goddess, it’s on to the Thangka Painting Studio, which renowned artist Lok Chitrakar founded. The sacred art form of Thangkas is a visual interpretation of Buddhist and Hindu philosophies that date from before the 7th century C.E.

Another feature in Patan is its Singing Bowl workshops. According to the oral traditions, singing bowls were brought to Nepal from India in the 8th century along with Buddha’s teachings. The Nepalese were expert bronze makers which allowed them to perfect these bowls which are commonly used as a tool for meditation. The beautiful rich tones the bowls produce are thought to help achieve a state of deep relaxation.

There is time for independent exploration before you depart for Durbar Marg, Khatmandu’s main avenue. Enjoy drinks and dinner at Sam’s Big Tree Café along the city’s main avenue. Then return to the Dwarika’s Hotel to spend the remainder of the evening.

Day 3 - Sunday, December 15

After breakfast, you will drive to the World Heritage city of Bhadgaon, also known as Bhaktapur. Founded in the 9th century, Bhaktapur, also known as the City of Devotees, is revered for its medieval art and architecture. As you meander around Durbar Square, you will see the 55 Window Palace and Nyatapola temple, considered to be the finest example of Pagoda-style architecture.

Following lunch at Kathmandu’s popular Chez Caroline Café, you will return to the hotel.

Later, you will visit the great Stupa at Bodhnath, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Constructed in the 14th century, the stupa is built on an octagonal base, inset with prayer wheels. Bodhnath is also a center of the Tibetan community in Nepal, where you will visit a monastery and interact with a senior monk.

You will then visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples and a major pilgrimage site dedicated to the god Shiva. Situated within a natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple features a pagoda style, a gilded roof and a richly carved silver door.

After watching the Aarti prayer offering ceremony at the temple, you will return to the hotel to spend the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4 - Monday, December 16

Enjoy breakfast and the morning at leisure at the Dwarikas hotel.

Later, after a snack in the courtyard, you will transfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Mumbai.

Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will pass through immigrations, collect bags, complete customs and transfer to the Taj Lands End Hotel or similar hotel for the night. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5 - Tuesday, December 17

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cochin. Snacks will be served onboard.

Upon arrival in Cochin, you will transfer to the pier to re-embark the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

Day 1

1:30pm Disembark and transfer to Mumbai Airport

3:00pm Arrive at the Airport and complete check-in formalities, receive boarding passes and proceed through security

5:25pm Flight to Kathmandu (flight details TBA and subject to change – Direct flight are not guaranteed) – snacks are served on board

8:10pm Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet at immigration, assistance with visa issuance

(US $25 per person and 1 passport photo) customs and transfer to nearby Dwarika’s hotel

9:00 pm Arrive at Dwarika’s, check-in

Dinner is on your own

Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

5:30am Tea /Coffee served in the lobby before transferring to the airport

6:00 am Transfer to the domestic terminal

6:15am Arrive, receive boarding passes and proceed to security before boarding the aircraft

6:45am Depart on an hour’s flightseeing (weather permitting) to the Everest Region, featuring Mt. Everest and other legendry Himalayan peaks

7:45am Return to Kathmandu Airport and transfer back to Dwarikas

8:15am Breakfast in the Toran Restaurant

11:30am Transfer to Patan

12:15pm Lunch at the Traditional Inn

1:30pm Visit the Museum, the Main Square and ancient temples, a private

Home, Living Goddess, Thangka Painting School and Singing Bowl Workshop

3:30pm Free time for individual exploration

4:00pm Transfer to Thamel for exploration with guide

5:30pm Transfer to Kathmandu’s Main Avenue

5:45pm Drinks and dinner at Sam’s One Tree Cafe

7:30pm Return to Dwarikas hotel in Kathmandu

Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel or similar hotel

Day 3

From 7:00am Breakfast in the Dwarikas Courtyard

9:30am Proceed to visit Bhadgaon City (Bhaktapur) and later walk around its Durbar Square to see the Palace of 55 windows and Nyatapola temple

12:00pm Lunch at the Chez Caroline restaurant

1:30pm Return to the hotel

3:30pm Depart for Bodhnath Stupa

3:45pm Arrive and visit Bodhnath Stupa

5:00pm Visit the nearby Tibetan Monastery, followed by time for individual exploration

5:45pm Depart Bodhnath for Pashupatinath temple

6:15pm Visit Pashupatinath and witness the Aarti Ceremony (Evening Prayer Ritual)

7:00pm Return to the hotel, dinner on own

Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel or similar hotel

Day 4

From 7:00am Breakfast in the Toran restaurant

12:00pm Lunch in the courtyard

Check-in bags picked up from rooms and transferred to the airport for a pre-check-in

1:15pm Checkout, settle extras and transfer to the International Airport for the flight to Mumbai – (flight details are subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

1:30pm Arrive at the Airport, receive boarding passes, before proceeding to

immigration & security

3:25pm Flight departs for Mumbai – Snack served on board

6:20pm Arrive Mumbai and pass through immigration and customs and transfer to The Taj Lands End Hotel

Dinner is on your own

Overnight at the Taj Lands End Hotel or similar hotel

Day 5

From 7:00am Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Check-in bags picked up from rooms and transferred to the airport for a pre-check-in

8:45am Checkout, settle extras and transfer to the International Airport for the flight to Cochin – (flight details are subject to change)

9:15am Arrive at the Airport, receive boarding passes, before proceeding to

immigration & security

10:40am Flight departs for Cochin – Snack served on board

12:50pm Arrive in Cochin and pass through immigration and customs and transfer to the pier

2:30pm Arrive at the pier and re-board your ship

Expected Weather:

December is the winter season in Nepal. Days are sunny, but cool and pleasant while the evenings can get pretty cold. The average daytime temperatures are around 20°C or 68°F, wheras the minimum temperatures are about 4°C or 40°F.

What to Bring:

Casual clothing through the trip along with comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunblock, swimwear and insect repellent. Early mornings and late evenings can sometimes get a bit chilly so it’s advisable to carry warm clothing, a woollen sweater, jacket or similar warm outfits.

Currency:

Nepali Rupee : One dollar is approximately Rupees 105. Our hotel has an exchange facility.

Electricity:

Nepal has a 230-volt, 50-hertz cycle power supply and 2-pin cylindrical sockets and plugs. However, our rooms are fitted with necessary adaptors.

Aircraft type (subject to change):

TBA

Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights in India (as per Airline regulations):

1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regard to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at OCI at least 1 month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

4. Failure to comply with the above regulations will result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Oceanian Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

Luggage Information :

On internal flights, checked bags should not weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs) and carry-ons are max of 7 kgs (15 lbs). Guests are permitted one checked bag and 1 small carry plus a personal item such as a purse.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

It is essential to have a multiple entry valid Indian Visa for the trip obtained in advance.

*Nepal visa will be issued on arrival – all guests will be required to have US $25 cash per person and 1 passport photo for this Visa. Price is subject to change

Accommodation:

Dwarikas’ Hotel

Battisputali Kathmandu, Nepal, P.O. Box : 459,

Phone : (977-1) 4479488

Taj Lands End Hotel

Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra (West) Mumbai – 400050

+91 22 6668-1234

Program includes:

•Accommodation for 3 nights at the Dwarika’s Hotel or similar in Kathmandu in a Heritage room on a room-plus-breakfast basis

•Accommodation for 1 night at the Taj Lands End Hotel or similar in Mumbai in a Deluxe room on a room-plus-breakfast basis

•Transfers, sightseeing and road journeys in Nepal and transfers in Mumbai and Cochin

•Mineral water and sodas in the vehicles

•Lunches during full-day excursions in Kathmandu, with mineral water and soft drinks

•1 dinner, day 2 with beers & wine

•Economy-class air fares for the scheduled flights: Mumbai to Kathmandu, Kathmandu to Mumbai and Mumbai to Cochin – direct flights not guaranteed

•Entrance fees and camera charges at monuments

Program excludes:

•Valid tourist visa for India

•Nepal Visa - $25 USD per person + passport photo

•Gratuities to drivers and guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

•Meals or beverages not indicated in the itinerary

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, 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.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations.

Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

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