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PRE - CRUISE ANGKOR WAT

PRE - CRUISE ANGKOR WAT

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

Please also note:

- There is extensive walking at the temple sites, with steps at Bayon

and Angkor Wat.

- Guests will need to bring two passport photos with them for the

temple pass and the Cambodian Visa

- Flight schedules are subject to change and tour sequence may vary

depending on traffic conditions.

- Cambodian visa fee is included in the tour and will be applied upon

arrival at Siem Reap Airport

Day 1 - Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

Check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms ready before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning you may wish to reserve an extra night in order to guarantee a ready room upon your arrival.

Overnight at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel or similar hotel.

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

Day 2 - Friday, March 28, 2014

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

The afternoon includes a visit to the Angkor Musuem where you will journey back in time from the creation to the highest point of Khmer civilization. Through the use of interactive exhibits, you will gain a deeper understanding of the customs, traditions and different beliefs of the ancient Khmer Empire. A stop will also be made at the Artisans Angkor Cambodia Fine Arts and Crafts Centre.

Once back at the hotel the evening is at your leisure and dinner will be on your own.

Day 3 - Saturday, March 29, 2014

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

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

Day 4 - Sunday, March 30, 2014

Following breakfast at the hotel you will have a full day visit to the Banteay Srey Temple Complex (the Pink Temple). This temple is commonly known as the Citadel of Women. It's a petite temple possessing some of the most intricate carvings in the Angkor area. Although, this temple is small, the details and quality of its architecture make it an essential must-see destination.

After lunch there will be a visit to Banteay Samre, a large and comparatively flat temple displaying a distinctively Angkor Wat style of architecture. Also visit Srah Sran (The King's Bath) and the Cambodia Landmine Museum where you will have the opportunity to safely see landmines up close, gain an understanding of how they work and what is being done to rid Cambodia and the world of their continuing threat.

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

Day 5 - Monday, March 31, 2014

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

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

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

DAY 1

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

Check in time is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time, this is not guaranteed. If you are arriving very early in the morning you may wish to reserve an extra night in order to guarantee a ready room upon your arrival. Overnight at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:30am Breakfast at hotel and check out

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

Siem Reap

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

1:00pm Process on-arrival visa

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

2:30pm Drive from the hotel to the Angkor Museum

3:00pm Visit the museum

4:00pm Drive from Angkor Museum to the Artisans Angkor Cambodia Fine Arts

and Crafts Center

4:30pm Visit Artisans Angkor Cambodia Fine Arts and Crafts Center

5:30pm Drive back to the hotel. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Le Meridien Angkor Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3 / Saturday, March 29, 2014 / Siem Reap

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart hotel for Angkor Thom

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

the Elephant Terrace

10:00am Continue to visit Ta Prohm Temple

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

the hotel

3:00pm Drive to Angkor Wat

3:30pm Visit the Angkor Wat Temple Complex and watch the sunset at Angkor

Wat (weather permitting)

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

Overnight at the Le Meridien Angkor Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Depart the hotel for Banteay Srei

9:00am Visit Banteay Srey Temple Complex (Pink Temple)

11:00am Drive to a local restaurant for lunch

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant and then some time to relax back at the

hotel

2:00pm Drive to Banteay Samre and Srah Sran

2:30pm Visit Banteay Samre, Srah Sran and the landmine museum

7:00pm Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Le Meridien Angkor Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 5

6:00am Breakfast at hotel and check out

7:30am Transfer from hotel to Siem Reap Airport

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

12:00pm Transfer from airport to the ship.

1:30pm Arrival at the ship for embarkation

Expected Weather: Hot and Dry

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

What to Bring:

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

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

Currency:

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

Electricity:

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

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

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

Luggage:

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

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

Documentation:

Two passport sized photos should be brought with you. One for visa formalities upon arrival and one for your temple pass. Photos are generally taken electronically for the Temple Passes, however, having a backup is always a good idea. Photos should be 3x4 or 4x4 or 5x5 each

To enter Bangkok, any Mexican Nationals will need a Visa in advance of entering Thailand.

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

Accommodations:

Bangkok - Sofitel Sukhumvit or similar hotel

Siem Reap - Le Meridien Angkor or similar hotel

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

Land program includes:

1 night accommodations in Bangkok - luxury room

3 nights accommodation in Siem Reap - Superior room

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

Admission fees as per program

4 breakfasts and 3 lunches (Lunch include a choice of two glasses of house wine or local beer)

Cambodia on-arrival visa fee

Gratuities to drivers and tour guide

Economy class air tickets Bangkok - Siem Reap - Bangkok

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

Land program excludes:

Any meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Additional sightseeing and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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

$2,299 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



LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Your adventure to ancient Thebes begins with a scenic drive past vistas of barren mountains, expanses of desert and fertile farmland. Visit the Karnak Temple, one of the largest religious complexes ever built by man; and the impressive Avenue of the Sphinx, linking Karnak with Luxor Temple. See the statues of Ramses II and the pink granite obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. On the temple walls, you will witness some of the best preserved artwork in Egypt. Drive to the Valley of the Kings where more than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen are situated.

Day 1 - Friday, April 25th, 2014

Upon disembarking the ship at Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and then drive on to the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.

The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.

Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check in and a bit of shopping if you like. In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It's an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

Day 2 - Saturday, April 26th, 2014

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, which lies in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings' formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Next, you will proceed to Medinet Habu, a temple Ramses III built. It stands amongst the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king's conquest of the Libyans.

After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will have a 3.5 hour drive back to the ship in Safaga. Lunch will be available for you when you return to the ship.

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

Day 1

9:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt

9:30am Disembark

10:00am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.25 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

1:30pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

2:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

2:45pm Visit Karnak Temple

4:15pm Proceed to Luxor Temple

4:30pm Visit Luxor Temple

5:15pm Proceed to your hotel

5:30pm Check-in

6:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

7:00pm English sound and light show

8:00pm Drive back to the hotel

8:30pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for those who opt out of the show.

Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Day 2

6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out (eat a hearty breakfast today as lunch will only be available when you return to the ship at approximately 2:00pm)

7:00am Cross the Nile to the West Bank

7:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice.

9:15am Proceed to Habu Temple

9:30am Visit Habu Temple

10:15am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

10:20am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

10:25am Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stops are scheduled.

1:55pm Rejoin the ship in Safaga. Lunch to be available upon your return to the ship.

Expected weather: 22 degrees C / 71 degrees F

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen

Currency: Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted

Electricity: 220- 240 V

Luggage: Carry on suggested for one night stay

Language/ Religion: Arabic language with the majority of people being Moslem

Documents: No visa required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens

Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not

guaranteed)

Included:

1 night at Sonesta St. George or similar (Nile View Rooms not guaranteed)

One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner

Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals

Entrance fees, guide

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above, gratuities, personal expenses, 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.

$599 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


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST- CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

POST- CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and the pope’s summer residence, often enjoying private access to areas off limits to the public.

DAY 1

Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will tour the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. The museums contain some of the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio. Besides seeing the most well-known exhibits, you will also visit areas usually closed to the general public, including the tomb of Pope Pius XII and the Niccoline Chapel, which features gold that Columbus brought from the New World.

Next, you will drive to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Following lunch at one of the restaurants, you will walk to San Crispino’s near the famed Trevi Fountain for a cup of what is touted to be the best gelato in Rome.

Your afternoon is devoted to two more icons. First, you will be treated to an inside visit of the Colosseum, an enduring symbol of ancient Rome that once held 55,000 spectators. Afterwards, you will explore the treasures that lie beneath San Clemente Basilica, which include a 4th-century church, a 2nd-century pagan temple and a 1st-century house. The farther down you go, the more ancient the structures, until you reach the foundations which date from the Roman Republic.

In time, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. During your tour of the castle, you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican Observatory, one of the world’s oldest active astronomical observatories and laboratory.

Around midday, you will drive to a nearby farmhouse for a hearty lunch and an olive oil tasting. You will also learn also how to make pasta at the farmhouse. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.

The evening ends in style with a special Roman farewell dinner served at an extraordinary restaurant in the Via Veneto area near the hotel.

DAY 4

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport based on your flight departure time.

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

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

Check in time is 2.00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Meals are at your leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 2

From 7:00am Breakfast

8:30am Begin your tour of The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

1:30pm Lunch in Piazza Navona

2:30pm Walk to Trevi Fountain and taste the most famous ice cream in Rome, at San Crispino’s.

3:30pm Drive to Colosseum

4.00pm Inside visit of the Colosseum

5:00pm Walk to San Clemente Basilica

5:30pm Visit of San Clemente undergrounds.

6:15pm Drive back to your hotel.

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 7:00am Breakfast

8:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Visit the Vatican Observatory and laboratory

11:30am Walk around Castel Gandolfo

12:00pm Drive to the Farmhouse

12:30pm Lunch in the Farmhouse and oil tasting.

3:30pm Drive back to your hotel

8:30pm Farewell Dinner

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 4

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Check out

Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

*For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2

• Lunch on Day 3

• Farewell dinner on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

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

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• 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, 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.

$2,199 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - CULINARY CREATIONS:ROMA

POST - CULINARY CREATIONS:ROMA

Delve into the culinary delights of Rome through inspired wine and food tastings, a country meal at a rural farmhouse, and at a chef’s home, where you’ll be treated to a private cooking lesson.

DAY 1

Upon disembarkation you will be picked up at the cruise port and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. The castle has been in the church’s domain since 1596, when Pope Clement VIII received it from a local family in lieu of unpaid debts.

After a brief tour of the castle, you will pass by the lovely village of Nemi and several surrounding lakes on the way to a traditional farmhouse. Here, you will enjoy a hearty lunch and a tasting of distinctive, locally produced wines. To complement your culinary immersion, you will also learn how to make pasta from scratch, a staple of nearly every farmhouse meal.

Another wine tasting awaits you on the return drive to Rome, as you stop at Castel de Paolis or a similar winery. The wines produced in this area south of Italy’s capital have long been admired and Castel de Paolis is one of the most respected winemakers, as it strictly adheres to organic principles of production.

By late afternoon, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will accompany an Italian chef to a local farmer’s market to select fresh, seasonal ingredients for the cooking lesson that follows. The menu will be dictated by which ingredients look best, but you can expect it to encompass everything from traditional appetizers through indulgent desserts. To enhance the experience and authenticity, the cooking lesson will be in the chef’s home. Best of all, after the food is perfectly prepared, you will enjoy it during a leisurely lunch.

Then, after a few hours of free time back at the hotel, you will be treated to a walking tour of Trastevere, one of the oldest sections of Rome. As you meander through the labyrinthine streets, you will stop for as many as ten tastings that may include wine, pizza, pasta dishes, cheeses, cookies and gelato. It’s a sampling that reveals a traditional Roman diet and gives you great insight into daily life in this historical neighborhood.

Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for an evening at your leisure.

NOTE: On the RVA140815 (Riviera August 15th) sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

After breakfast , you will be checking out from the hotel for your transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.

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

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel in Rome

Check in time is 2.00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Meals are at your leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 2

From 7:00am American Breakfast

9:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Brief visit of Castel Gandolfo and Nemi with the respective Lakes

12.00pm Drive to the Farmhouse

12:30pm Wine tasting and lunch

3.00pm Drive to a winery on the way to Rome

3:30pm Wine tasting

5:00pm Drive back to your hotel .

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 7:00am American breakfast

9:00am Drive to the market

9:30am Visit of the market

10:30am Cooking lesson & lunch

2:00pm Drive back to your hotel

2:30pm Afternoon at leisure.

5:30pm Walking tour of Trastevere , food and wine tastings

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

NOTE: On the RVA140815 (Riviera August 15 sailing)sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Check out

Transfer from hotel to the Fiumicino Airport based on your flight schedule.

*For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 10:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2 and tastings

• Lunch on Day 3

• Walking tour and tastings on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

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

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• 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, 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.

$2,199 Per Guest



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