Voyage of Marco Polo – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Voyage of Marco Polo – Viking Oceans Cruise

Sail in a great explorer’s wake

Trace the great Spice Routes that inspired Marco Polo himself during a 36-day voyage into the heart of the Mediterranean and Asia. Follow in the wake of ancient merchant travelers, crossing the Suez Canal to discover the regions’ best-loved ports in the Levant, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Enriching overnights in Athens, Haifa, Mumbai, Colombo and Bangkok help you truly connect with this intriguing part of the world.

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Day 1: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Athens has been called the “birthplace of democracy.” Its legacy looms large from atop Acropolis Hill, the pinnacle of ancient Greece. This open air museum is an astonishing repository of once-mighty structures. From its colonnaded Parthenon—more than 2,600 years ago—revered Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle formulated new ideas of government and debated its role in civic life to captivated audiences. Remnants of spiritual life are also here in the several temples to Athena and Zeus.

For a more intimate experience of Athens, the charming Plaka District invites guests with its labyrinth of cobblestone lanes. Neoclassical architecture lines the narrow streets of the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” so named for its location. Browsing its shops or simply perusing its nooks and crannies are pastimes favored by visitors and locals alike. This historic area is the ideal setting in which to enjoy traditional small plates of mezes and a sip of ouzo.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC ATHENS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A MOTOR COACH TOUR OF GREECE’S CAPITAL
See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity.
Please note: on March 25, the National Archeological Museum will be substituted with the Acropolis Museum, as all sites belonging to the Ministry of Culture will be closed to celebrate the Greek Independence Day.

ACROPOLIS & PLAKA DISTRICT BY FOOT
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* UNESCO* Demanding*

EXPLORE THE LANDMARKS OF ATHENS
Immerse yourself in ancient and modern Athens, from the heights of the Acropolis to the intimate Plaka District. Travel with your guide past the harbor of Zea, with its dock dating to the 5th century BC, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. During your visit to the legendary Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb 80 steps through its grand entrance, the Propylaeum, to the plateau of the rock. Here, the mighty Parthenon reigns over the Nike, Erechtheum and other temples. You will have time to take it all in. Your panoramic drive also passes the ancient athletic Panathenaic Stadium as well as the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the laid-back Plaka District, admiring the colorful facades of its buildings and views of the Acropolis.

CAPE SOUNION
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

MYTH AND HISTORY AT THE HEADLAND OF CAPE SOUNION
Venture to the romantic reaches of Cape Sounion, with a rich history touched by gods, kings and poets. In Greek mythology, it was here that King Aegeus, a founder of Athens, committed suicide, giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Drive here with a guide, savoring the cape’s scenic vistas along the Attic Peninsula. En route you will pass the glamorous marinas of Phaleron, Glyfada and Vouliagmeni. On Cape Sounion, visit the Temple of Poseidon, surrounded by the sea and perched atop dramatic cliffs. When it was constructed in 440 BC, it boasted 42 Doric columns; today, 15 remain. At the base of one, you will see the name “Byron” carved into the marble. The English poet visited here in 1810, but we can only wonder if he was the vandal who left this graffiti.

DELPHI & THE ORACLE
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Shopping* Demanding*

TOUR THE CITY AND TEMPLE OF THIS MOST FAMOUS SAGE
Visit Mt. Parnassus and Delphi, where ancient leaders sought advice and prophecies changed the course of nations. The mythical oracle is gone, but the city is a magnificent treasure. Drive with your guide to the foothills of Mt. Parnassus, where the ancient city clings to a scenic slope. Walk up the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle dispensed her advice. Continue uphill to the Theater, dating from the 4th century BC; from the top-row seats, take in stunning views of the Stadium of Delphi and the partially restored Tholos within the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. You may also hike up to the ancient stadium, the best preserved of its kind in Greece. Visit the excellent Delphi Archaeological Museum to view fine examples of votive offerings and statues, including the astonishing life-sized “Charioteer of Delphi.” Enjoy lunch and free time in Delphi before returning to your ship.

BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE & ANCIENT WONDERS
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* UNESCO* Sightseeing* Demanding*

AEGEAN VISTAS LEAD TO THE REMAINS OF GREEK CIVILIZATIONS
Take in the stunning natural beauty of Greece’s coast and explore the fascinating remains of ancient cities. Join your local guide for a drive along the magnificent Attic Peninsula. Along the way, stop for photos at the remarkable Corinth Canal, a 3½-mile waterway carved through limestone during the 19th century. Upon arrival in the modern village of Mycenae, you will gaze upon the ancient citadel above, perched on a spur of Mt. Zara. Walk up the gentle stone ramp, pass through the fantastic Lion Gate and explore this amazing site. Here, you will see the grave circle where the golden mask of Agamemnon was found, the postern gate, the foundations of Agamemnon’s palace, the entrance to the underground cistern and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Among the remains of Epidaurus, marvel at the incredible acoustics of the theater and visit the excellent on-site museum. Another scenic drive leads back to your ship.

THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM & PLAKA DISTRICT
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

ALL THE ESSENTIALS OF THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
Gain an in-depth view of Athens, from the shores of Piraeus to the new Acropolis Museum, with a local guide. En route to the city, you can admire Piraeus’s scenic Zea and Mikrolimano marinas, where sleek yachts bob on the tide. At Athens’s Olympic Stadium, a 19th-century reconstruction built on Roman foundations, imagine the games played here in 1896. Pass some of the city’s most important modern sites, including Syntagma (Constitution) Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue your tour to the new Acropolis Museum, where more than 4,000 objects from the ancient city are preserved, and where you will see a stunning collection spanning the ages. From the second floor of the museum, see the Acropolis on the hilltop in the distance. Enjoy the village-like feel of the laid-back Plaka District as you walk along its cobblestone streets and admire more views of the Acropolis.

GREEK ISLAND AMBIENCE IN THE CITY & THE KANELLOPOULOS MUSEUM
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Demanding*

AN INTIMATE ENCLAVE AND MUSEUM IN THE HEART OF ATHENS
Explore the Anafiotika neighborhood within the historic Plaka District, stopping at the Kanellopoulos Museum. Anafiotika was built in the 19th century in the Cycladic style. With its whitewashed cubic houses and narrow lanes lined with bougainvillea, it provides a taste of the Greek islands in the heart of the city. Terraces, dead-end lanes and ladders are typical of this intimate enclave. Explore by foot with your guide, learning about the more interesting sites as you walk over the neighborhood’s uneven ground and climb its many stairs. Later, peruse the private collection of Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos, containing objects spanning from the prehistoric to the modern eras, from 3000 BC to the 19th century. You will see priceless clay and stone vases plus figurines, busts, weapons, coins and inscriptions. After time to explore, you may return to your ship via shuttle at your own convenience.

THE FULL ACROPOLIS EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

EXPLORE THE ACROPOLIS IN DEPTH
Encounter ancient architecture and legends of the Acropolis during a visit to the magnificent site and its museum. Drive with your guide past the ancient harbor of Zea, its dock dating to the 5th century BC, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. Upon arrival at the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb 80 steps through the Propylaeum, the grand entrance that delivers you to the plateau of the rock. Here, the mighty Parthenon reigns over the Nike, Erechtheum and other temples. After time to explore, continue to the new Acropolis Museum, where more than 4,000 objects from the ancient city are preserved. Built atop Roman and Byzantine ruins, its stunning collection spans the ages, from the Greek Bronze Age through Byzantine Greece. You will have time to explore its priceless artifacts, then return to your ship.

THE NELSON COLLECTION & OLYMPIAS TRIREME
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Privileged Access* Moderate*

VIEW NAPOLEONIC WAR–ERA ARTIFACTS AND ANCIENT BATTLESHIP
Immerse yourself in seafaring culture and learn about a British naval hero and ancient Greek sailing vessels. Visit the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and explore its exhibit about British naval icon Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. The Nelson Collection consists of letters, contemporary newspaper clippings, personal items, and more than 1,500 books about Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars. View personal articles such as a combination knife and fork used by Nelson after the amputation of his right arm and a pair of rings he exchanged with his mistress, Lady Hamilton. Afterward, travel to Flisvos Marina, where a reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme—the Olympias—is on display. The trireme was the dominant warship on the Mediterranean Sea from the 7th to the 4th century BC. Admire the sleek galley and the ship’s ingenious design, which included a tightened rope mounted beneath the deck that spanned from bow to stern and increased the rigidity of the hull.

ATHENS BY ELECTRIC BIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Sightseeing* Demanding*

FAMOUS ANCIENT LANDMARKS AND COLORFUL PLAKA DISTRICT
Pedal past the highlights of ancient Athens on an electric bike and enjoy time in the Plaka District. Take a short drive into the city center, where you will meet your guide and receive your e-bike. After a short safety briefing and time to familiarize yourself with your ride, head out along the wide promenade that rings the storied Acropolis. Your bike-friendly route will give you the opportunity to do some sightseeing as you ride. Pass landmarks such as the Acropolis Museum, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Thision Open Air Cinema, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Gate and the Lysicrates Monument. Continue riding down to the foot of the hill to the vibrant Plaka District and enjoy a well-deserved rest and a refreshing beverage. Afterward, return to your awaiting ship.

ANCIENT CORINTH & CANAL
DURATION: 4 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND A FAMOUS WATERWAY
Discover one of the most powerful cities of antiquity during a visit to ancient Corinth. Vestiges of its importance can be seen in the many archaeological sites that dot the old city. Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour to see iconic landmarks such as the monolithic Doric columns of the Temple of Apollo, the 15,000-capacity ancient theater and the imposing Acrocorinth, a hilltop fortress that had protected the city from antiquity to the 19th century. Afterward, board your motor coach for a short drive to the famous Corinth Canal; plans to build a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth predate the Romans, but the 4-mile long waterway carved through steep limestone was not completed until the late 19th century. After a short stop for photos, you will continue back to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail the ocean stage on which civilizations have risen and fallen, where empires ventured forth in their great armadas to control these strategic waters. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade Deck or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

Haifa is one of Israel’s most important and beautiful cities, built on the slopes of Mount Carmel and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Pilgrims of the Bahá’í faith flock here to visit the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a series of breathtaking terraces on the hillside. Mount Carmel also holds significance to Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths. Most notably, this was the spot of Elijah’s sacrifice by fire by which he miraculously ended a drought. Nearby, the ancient city of Acre, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

AN ANCIENT CITY AND A BREATHTAKING GARDEN
Enjoy a panorama over glorious gardens and discover Israel’s oldest inhabited city. You will meet your guide and drive first to the tabletop summit of Mt. Carmel. From here you can enjoy commanding views of the Mediterranean, inland plains and the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a burst of color and topiary gloriously draped over a wide slope on the mountainside. Continue to the ancient seaport of Acre, continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period. This historic port city is one of the most important sites of the Holy Land for its pivotal role as a major trade center. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with impressively preserved buildings and ruins, including the remains of the ancient harbor and the Ottoman city walls. These sturdy defensive walls, one of Acre’s most distinctive features, still surround the Old City today, forming a sandstone barrier at the harbor’s edge.

NAZARETH & THE SEA OF GALILEE
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Meal* Shopping* Moderate*

PIVOTAL SITES IN THE LIFE OF JESUS
Visit some of the most important places in the life of Jesus. Journey with your guide into Canaan of old, crossing the coastal mountain range to Nazareth, city of Jesus’s youth. Stop at the Church of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announced the coming of Christ, and the Church of St. Joseph. Browse the city’s Arab Bazaar before continuing to the Sea of Galilee. En route you will pass through the village of Cana, where Jesus is said to have turned water into wine, and ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where he delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In the small fishing village of Capernaum, see the ruins of a synagogue where he is believed to have preached. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, named for the miracle of loaves and fishes that occurred here. Later, stop along the banks of the River Jordan at Yardenit, site of Jesus’s baptism.

JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
DURATION: 12 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* UNESCO* Shopping* Demanding*

VISIT THE CITIES OF JESUS’S BIRTH, DEATH AND RESURRECTION
Witness the legacy of Jesus in two of Christianity’s most important cities. After a scenic drive, make a photo stop at the Mount of Olives and its panorama of the Old City. See the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations; then, walk into Jerusalem’s Old City. You will find the Western Wall, where Jews insert written prayers into the mortar’s nooks. From here, view the Temple Mount, crowned by the glittering Dome of the Rock, sacred to Muslims. Follow the Via Dolorosa—or “Way of Sorrows,” the road that Jesus walked while bearing the cross—to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. (A visit inside the tomb cannot be guaranteed.) Continue to Bethlehem for exterior views of the Church of the Nativity, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major place of pilgrimage for Christians.

CAESAREA, TEL AVIV & JAFFA
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Meal* UNESCO* Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

A TOUR THAT SPANS THE CENTURIES
Enjoy a full-day excursion that takes you back thousands of years. Drive along the scenic coast to ancient Caesarea. Built by Herod around 20 BC, the mighty fortifications and defensive moat are still evident today. Enjoy a walk through the ruined city before heading to Tel Aviv, a young, modern city rich in culture, arts and seaside beauty. Continue your journey through the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its fine examples of the Bauhaus architectural style brought here by immigrant Jews from Germany in the 1930s. After a panoramic tour of the vibrant city center, continue to ancient Jaffa. This old port has been inhabited since 7500 BC and was a central base for the Crusades from 1191, when it was conquered by Richard the Lionheart, until 1268. Today, the city is home to a charming artists’ colony. After a walking tour, enjoy free time to explore its fascinating Old Quarter.

ETERNAL JERUSALEM & THE YAD VASHEM MUSEUM
DURATION: 12 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

THE HOLY CITY’S SACRED SHRINES
Pay your respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem. Dedicated to the six million Jews who lost their lives and those non-Jews who made efforts to save them, its exhibits chronicle Jewish life in Europe before and after the atrocities. You will see the Valley of the Communities, where names of 5,000 lost Jewish communities are inscribed on walls; marvel at the several thousand trees planted along the Avenue of the Righteous; and witness the sobering Hall of Names. Pause to admire panoramic views of the city and the Mount of Olives from atop Mount Scopus. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in the New City of Jerusalem before setting out to explore its ancient Old City. View the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and buried, and the Western Wall, Judaism's most holy site.

ROSH HANIKRA, KIBBUTZ VISIT & ACRE’S BAHÁ’Í GARDENS
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

BEAUTY AND EVERYDAY LIFE
Take in some of Israel’s stunning natural beauty and experience life on a kibbutz. Drive with your guide to Bahá’í Gardens at Bahjí in Acre. Explore its colorful blooming flowers and geometric designs, perhaps following the circular pathways around the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith, resided during his final years. You may also visit his shrine. Continue to Israel’s northwestern tip and the rock formations at Rosh Hanikra National Park, the only point in Israel where the sea meets a cliff. Follow some of its pathways and peer into the turquoise waters of chalk grottoes. Next, visit the Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra, established in 1949. You will climb on board electric open cars to get around with ease. Learn from your guide how the kibbutz survives on agriculture, tourism, industry and various enterprises. You can sample exotic fruits from its grounds before returning to your ship.

THE RUINS OF CAESAREA MARITIMA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

DISCOVER A CENTER OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY
Explore an ancient Roman city with strong ties to Christ. You will drive to modern-day Caesarea with your guide before arriving at Caesarea Maritima National Park, location of the ruins of one of Israel’s most splendid ancient cities. Built by King Herod just before the time of Christ, Caesarea was a busy maritime port and center of early Christianity. As you stroll its cobblestone streets, you will see visible remains of early churches and the clear Roman influence in the layout of the city. In 1961, archaeologists discovered the “Pilate Stone” here, the only written record mentioning Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect upon whose orders Christ was crucified. Enjoy a short orientation drive through Haifa en route back to your ship.

SCENIC HAIFA & AMPHORA WINERY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Demanding*

SLOPES OF MOUNT CARMEL, HANGING GARDENS AND WINE TASTING
Enjoy sweeping views of Haifa from atop Mount Carmel and sample fine Israeli wine at a renowned winery. Embark on a scenic drive to the sacred mountain, where you can enjoy unparalleled vistas of the city down to Haifa Bay and the coast. Tour the exquisite Bahá’í Gardens, or “Hanging Gardens of Haifa.” This holy site is recognized by UNESCO and consists of 18 stunning terraced and geometric-shaped flower gardens that stretch up the north side of Mount Carmel to the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, the tomb of the founder of the Bahá’í faith. After time to explore the gardens, depart for the renowned Amphora Winery. Tour the stone buildings and expansive cellar while learning about Amphora’s history and pioneering eco-friendly production methods. You will have an opportunity to sample some wine during a guided tasting in a bucolic valley garden setting before returning to your ship.

PANORAMIC SHORES OF THE SEA OF GALILEE
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Meal* Easy*

GOLAN HEIGHTS OVERLOOK, CAPERNAUM, TABGHA AND YARDENIT
Discover ancient Jewish and Christian sights during a panoramic tour around the Sea of Galilee. Embark on a scenic journey through the Israeli countryside as you ascend to the southern Golan Heights. Here, stop for photos at a viewpoint overlooking the Sea of Galilee, then drive along its storied shores to Capernaum. This ancient fishing village is the site of several archaeological finds, including the ruins of a 4th- or 5th-century synogogue built upon the foundation of an earlier temple and a residence that was the reputed home of St. Peter. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, named for the miracle of loaves and fishes that occurred here. Then, stop along the banks of the River Jordan at Yardenit, site of Jesus’s baptism. The route back to the ship will take you through a kibbutz, or collective community; learn more about this communal lifestyle from your guide as you pass through.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

High above Haifa, brilliant blooms spill down the side of Mount Carmel, a site significant in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This place is also meaningful to those of the Bahá’í faith, who travel here from afar to see the Hanging Gardens of Haifa. The beautifully landscaped swath of flowers and topiary, arranged around wide, elegant mountainside stairways and plazas, creates stunning geometric designs. From Mount Carmel’s tabletop summit, visitors take in the breathtaking terraced gardens against the expansive backdrop of the city below and the Mediterranean beyond.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HAIFA PANORAMA & ACRE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

AN ANCIENT CITY AND A BREATHTAKING GARDEN
Enjoy a panorama over glorious gardens and discover Israel’s oldest inhabited city. You will meet your guide and drive first to the tabletop summit of Mt. Carmel. From here you can enjoy commanding views of the Mediterranean, inland plains and the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a burst of color and topiary gloriously draped over a wide slope on the mountainside. Continue to the ancient seaport of Acre, continuously inhabited since the Phoenician period. This historic port city is one of the most important sites of the Holy Land for its pivotal role as a major trade center. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with impressively preserved buildings and ruins, including the remains of the ancient harbor and the Ottoman city walls. These sturdy defensive walls, one of Acre’s most distinctive features, still surround the Old City today, forming a sandstone barrier at the harbor’s edge.

NAZARETH & THE SEA OF GALILEE
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Meal* Shopping* Moderate*

PIVOTAL SITES IN THE LIFE OF JESUS
Visit some of the most important places in the life of Jesus. Journey with your guide into Canaan of old, crossing the coastal mountain range to Nazareth, city of Jesus’s youth. Stop at the Church of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announced the coming of Christ, and the Church of St. Joseph. Browse the city’s Arab Bazaar before continuing to the Sea of Galilee. En route you will pass through the village of Cana, where Jesus is said to have turned water into wine, and ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where he delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In the small fishing village of Capernaum, see the ruins of a synagogue where he is believed to have preached. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, named for the miracle of loaves and fishes that occurred here. Later, stop along the banks of the River Jordan at Yardenit, site of Jesus’s baptism.

JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
DURATION: 12 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* UNESCO* Shopping* Demanding*

VISIT THE CITIES OF JESUS’S BIRTH, DEATH AND RESURRECTION
Witness the legacy of Jesus in two of Christianity’s most important cities. After a scenic drive, make a photo stop at the Mount of Olives and its panorama of the Old City. See the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations; then, walk into Jerusalem’s Old City. You will find the Western Wall, where Jews insert written prayers into the mortar’s nooks. From here, view the Temple Mount, crowned by the glittering Dome of the Rock, sacred to Muslims. Follow the Via Dolorosa—or “Way of Sorrows,” the road that Jesus walked while bearing the cross—to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. (A visit inside the tomb cannot be guaranteed.) Continue to Bethlehem for exterior views of the Church of the Nativity, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major place of pilgrimage for Christians.

CAESAREA, TEL AVIV & JAFFA
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Meal* UNESCO* Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

A TOUR THAT SPANS THE CENTURIES
Enjoy a full-day excursion that takes you back thousands of years. Drive along the scenic coast to ancient Caesarea. Built by Herod around 20 BC, the mighty fortifications and defensive moat are still evident today. Enjoy a walk through the ruined city before heading to Tel Aviv, a young, modern city rich in culture, arts and seaside beauty. Continue your journey through the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its fine examples of the Bauhaus architectural style brought here by immigrant Jews from Germany in the 1930s. After a panoramic tour of the vibrant city center, continue to ancient Jaffa. This old port has been inhabited since 7500 BC and was a central base for the Crusades from 1191, when it was conquered by Richard the Lionheart, until 1268. Today, the city is home to a charming artists’ colony. After a walking tour, enjoy free time to explore its fascinating Old Quarter.

ETERNAL JERUSALEM & THE YAD VASHEM MUSEUM
DURATION: 12 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

THE HOLY CITY’S SACRED SHRINES
Pay your respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem. Dedicated to the six million Jews who lost their lives and those non-Jews who made efforts to save them, its exhibits chronicle Jewish life in Europe before and after the atrocities. You will see the Valley of the Communities, where names of 5,000 lost Jewish communities are inscribed on walls; marvel at the several thousand trees planted along the Avenue of the Righteous; and witness the sobering Hall of Names. Pause to admire panoramic views of the city and the Mount of Olives from atop Mount Scopus. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in the New City of Jerusalem before setting out to explore its ancient Old City. View the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and buried, and the Western Wall, Judaism's most holy site.

ROSH HANIKRA, KIBBUTZ VISIT & ACRE’S BAHÁ’Í GARDENS
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

BEAUTY AND EVERYDAY LIFE
Take in some of Israel’s stunning natural beauty and experience life on a kibbutz. Drive with your guide to Bahá’í Gardens at Bahjí in Acre. Explore its colorful blooming flowers and geometric designs, perhaps following the circular pathways around the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith, resided during his final years. You may also visit his shrine. Continue to Israel’s northwestern tip and the rock formations at Rosh Hanikra National Park, the only point in Israel where the sea meets a cliff. Follow some of its pathways and peer into the turquoise waters of chalk grottoes. Next, visit the Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra, established in 1949. You will climb on board electric open cars to get around with ease. Learn from your guide how the kibbutz survives on agriculture, tourism, industry and various enterprises. You can sample exotic fruits from its grounds before returning to your ship.

THE RUINS OF CAESAREA MARITIMA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

DISCOVER A CENTER OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY
Explore an ancient Roman city with strong ties to Christ. You will drive to modern-day Caesarea with your guide before arriving at Caesarea Maritima National Park, location of the ruins of one of Israel’s most splendid ancient cities. Built by King Herod just before the time of Christ, Caesarea was a busy maritime port and center of early Christianity. As you stroll its cobblestone streets, you will see visible remains of early churches and the clear Roman influence in the layout of the city. In 1961, archaeologists discovered the “Pilate Stone” here, the only written record mentioning Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect upon whose orders Christ was crucified. Enjoy a short orientation drive through Haifa en route back to your ship.

SCENIC HAIFA & AMPHORA WINERY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Demanding*

SLOPES OF MOUNT CARMEL, HANGING GARDENS AND WINE TASTING
Enjoy sweeping views of Haifa from atop Mount Carmel and sample fine Israeli wine at a renowned winery. Embark on a scenic drive to the sacred mountain, where you can enjoy unparalleled vistas of the city down to Haifa Bay and the coast. Tour the exquisite Bahá’í Gardens, or “Hanging Gardens of Haifa.” This holy site is recognized by UNESCO and consists of 18 stunning terraced and geometric-shaped flower gardens that stretch up the north side of Mount Carmel to the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, the tomb of the founder of the Bahá’í faith. After time to explore the gardens, depart for the renowned Amphora Winery. Tour the stone buildings and expansive cellar while learning about Amphora’s history and pioneering eco-friendly production methods. You will have an opportunity to sample some wine during a guided tasting in a bucolic valley garden setting before returning to your ship.

PANORAMIC SHORES OF THE SEA OF GALILEE
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Meal* Easy*

GOLAN HEIGHTS OVERLOOK, CAPERNAUM, TABGHA AND YARDENIT
Discover ancient Jewish and Christian sights during a panoramic tour around the Sea of Galilee. Embark on a scenic journey through the Israeli countryside as you ascend to the southern Golan Heights. Here, stop for photos at a viewpoint overlooking the Sea of Galilee, then drive along its storied shores to Capernaum. This ancient fishing village is the site of several archaeological finds, including the ruins of a 4th- or 5th-century synogogue built upon the foundation of an earlier temple and a residence that was the reputed home of St. Peter. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, named for the miracle of loaves and fishes that occurred here. Then, stop along the banks of the River Jordan at Yardenit, site of Jesus’s baptism. The route back to the ship will take you through a kibbutz, or collective community; learn more about this communal lifestyle from your guide as you pass through.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

It has been said of Egypt’s exhilarating capital, “He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world.” Certainly, the heart of the nation beats with an unbridled passion in this city made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Amid the stimulating strum, the insistent beauty of everyday life reigns here, with the serene Nile sliding through like an entrancing serpent. Cairo’s very age mesmerizes; its monuments have stood here for more than 5,000 years.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

THE GREAT PYRAMIDS & SPHINX (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 11 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

ICONS OF THE GIZA PLATEAU
Marvel at Egypt’s most magnificent and mysterious landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. To begin this exciting excursion, you will journey 3 hours with your guide via the desert road to Cairo, then pause for lunch near the iconic site. After, continue to the Giza Plateau to walk in the shadow of one of the world’s most astonishing complexes. The only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is believed this trio of pyramids was built to serve as royal tombs for Khufu, his son Khafre and his grandson Menkaure so that their mummified bodies could be preserved for eternity. During your visit, you will also view the legendary Sphinx, carved from solid rock around 2650 BC. This enigmatic statue may have been carved as a monument to the sun god. Steeped in legend and superstition, it faces east to greet the rising sun.

EGYPT’S HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS
DURATION: 13 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

SAKKARA, MEMPHIS AND THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
Explore enchanting Egypt by visiting some of its most historically significant sites. You will depart Port Said and travel to Cairo, where you will visit Sakkara. A vast, ancient burial ground, Sakkara features numerous pyramids, but is best known for the Step Pyramid of King Djoser—the oldest known of Egypt’s 97 pyramids, built by Imhotep in 3100 BC. Next, you will continue to Memphis—the capital of ancient Egypt, and an important center during much of Egyptian history. Here, you can explore what remains of the original white-walled city, and view the statues of Ramses II. Then, after enjoying lunch at a local hotel, you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, constructed by the ancient Egyptians around 2500 BC, it remains one of the most mesmerizing monuments in the world today.

TREASURES OF EGYPT
DURATION: 13 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

CAIRO AND CRUISING ON THE NILE
Delve into Egypt’s rich history, and experience the allure of its great monuments. Travel comfortably by motor coach to Cairo, where you will visit the Egyptian Museum—home to the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities. Here, you can view thousands of statues, jewels and artifacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt, as well as the treasure of King Tutankhamen—the boy pharaoh who ruled Egypt for nine years—and his godlike golden mask. Following your visit, board your river cruise boat to enjoy a buffet lunch and an Egyptian belly dance performance while cruising the Nile. After lunch, continue to the most famous of Egypt’s attractions: the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. These monumental structures are thought to have been constructed by the ancient Egyptians around 2500 BC, and the largest of these pyramids is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA
DURATION: 13 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Moderate*

VISIT TO THE HISTORICAL CITY OF LEARNING
Visit Alexandria, a major metropolis and cultural center since antiquity. Embark on a scenic drive to Egypt’s second-largest city. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria became a major center for trade, spirituality and learning. Visit the Roman Catacombs built in the 2nd century AD. Descend the winding staircase and see murals depicting Egyptian gods in Roman dress, illustrating the blending of Pharaonic and Greco-Roman traditions. Next, you will learn about Alexandria’s history in the National Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with views over the ocean before heading to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The Library of Alexandria was the most prestigious center of learning in the Ancient World until it burned to the ground in the 4th century AD. The Egyptian government and UNESCO collaborated to recreate a modern version of this treasure. Take a guided tour of the library before returning to your ship.

ISMAILIA CITY & THE SUEZ CANAL
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE CITY OF BEAUTY AND ENCHANTMENT
Discover one of Egypt’s most enchanting cities and traverse the Suez Canal. Travel by coach to the city of Ismailia—home to the headquarters of the Suez Canal Authority. Visit the Ismailia Museum, which houses more than 4,000 artifacts from Pharaonic and Greco-Roman times. The museum’s collection includes statues, stelae, scarabs and records of the first canal, built between the Bitter Lakes and Bubastis by the Persian ruler Darius. Here, you will also see a 4th-century AD mosaic depicting classic figures from Greek mythology. Following your fascinating museum visit, your motor coach will board the ferry to cross the Suez Canal, leaving Africa to visit the Asian continent. On the east bank, see

MEDIEVAL CAIRO
DURATION: 13 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

EGYPT’S ISLAMIC HERITAGE
Explore the Medieval Islamic heritage of Cairo—the largest city in the Arab world. Embark on a scenic desert drive by motor coach to Egypt’s capital. Founded by the Fatimids in the 10th century, Cairo represents the core of Islamic Egypt. Explore the medieval citadel of Salah el-Din, built to protect the city from crusaders, and admire the Ottoman-era Mohammed Ali Mosque. Continue your journey and take in the city’s Christian and Jewish heritage as you visit the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Enjoy lunch before heading to Muizz Street, one of the oldest districts in Cairo and home to some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture, superbly reflected in the mosques and monuments that line the street. Explore Khan el-Khalili, the bustling old souk where locals have been trading their wares since medieval times.

THE GREAT PYRAMIDS & EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
DURATION: 13 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Moderate*

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION
Visit the legendary sights of ancient Egypt and learn about its intriguing culture. The cradle of one of the earliest advanced civilizations in the world, Egypt’s astonishing feats are still admired today. Embark on a scenic desert drive by motor coach to Cairo. Visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities; established in 1897, it is celebrated for its comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Wander through nearly 4,000 years of history and step inside the Royal Mummies Hall, which houses the most important collection of mummified ancient Egyptian royalty in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then drive to a plateau for a memorable view of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Built in the 26th century BC, the pyramids are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still exists today. Marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx, with its lion body and human head. Enjoy time for shopping before returning to your ship.

PORT SAID BY HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

PASS CITY LANDMARKS ON A RELAXING RIDE
Discover Port Said, the gateway to the Suez Canal and one of the most modern cities in Egypt. Port Said was founded in 1859 by Ferdinand de Lesseps, a French diplomat and the engineer responsible for developing the Suez Canal. Located on the Mediterranean coast at the entrance to the Suez Canal, Port Said’s cosmopolitan flair originates from a diverse business community, attracted to its shores since early days. Meet your guide at the pier and walk to the Ferdinand de Lesseps Monument. Here, board a horse-drawn carriage for a relaxing ride that will take you past the city’s main landmarks. See the imposing Roman Catholic Cathedral, numerous colonial houses with grand verandas, picturesque Obelisk Memorial and beautiful Salaam Mosque, known as the “Mosque of Peace.” Complete your journey with a visit to the Military Museum and learn about Egypt’s recent defense history.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

An engineering marvel, the Suez Canal was completed in 1869. The sea-level, single-lane waterway has no locks, and only two lakes allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other: Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake. Along this historic waterway, stark desert sands stretch into Egypt and an occasional giant mound of sand appears on its banks, dug from the canal. Small patches of swaying palms are fed by canal waters. Nearby lies the town of Ismailia, known as the “City of Beauty and Enchantment,” which was built to serve the canal’s construction and maintenance.

Luxor is set on the east bank of the Nile River and once served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with beautiful colonial hotels and some of the world’s most ancient and significant ruins. Many consider this city, watched over by graceful single-sailed feluccas plying the Nile, one of the world’s great open air museums. The sprawling Temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank are linked by the ancient Avenue of the Sphinxes. On the west bank, in the Valley of the Kings, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

THE TEMPLE COMPLEX OF KARNAK (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* UNESCO* Moderate*

THE MAGNIFICENT TREASURE OF ANCIENT THEBES
Visit what many believe to be the largest temple ever built, Luxor’s ancient Temple of Karnak complex. Drive for 3.5 hours with your guide on a desert road to Luxor, the ancient city along the mighty Nile River. At the spectacular Temple of Amun, marvel at the Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of 140 ancient columns that once supported a towering ceiling. This massive complex, embellished over centuries by every major pharaoh, could fit the equivalent of ten cathedrals within its walls. Wander among its well-preserved temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings, pausing to gaze up at the 97-foot-tall Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, remarkably carved from a single piece of pink granite. Walking deep into the complex, you will arrive at the sacred lake, where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of the god Amun. You will enjoy lunch at an elegant hotel before returning to your ship.

KINGS & QUEENS OF EGYPT
DURATION: 13 HOURS
UNESCO* Meal* Sightseeing* Moderate*

EXPLORE KARNAK AND GAIN EXCLUSIVE ENTRY TO TWO HIDDEN TOMBS
Discover the massive Karnak temple complex, then sail across the Nile for exclusive access to two amazing tombs. Egypt’s pharaohs and their wives are buried in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Travel overland for about 3.5 hours to Luxor and visit Karnak, a 4,000-year-old complex of temples, pylons, obelisks and the great Hypostyle Hall, with 16 rows of 134 columns. Afterward, board a traditional dahabeya sailboat and enjoy lunch as we cross the Nile to the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings, where Egypt’s pharaohs built great mortuary temples. Marvel at the tomb of Queen Nefertari, opening exclusively for us and covered in exquisite hieroglyphics. Next, enjoy another private viewing at the 446-foot-long Tomb of Seti I, whose 11 chambers are connected by a tunnel. See the nearby tomb of King Tut and perhaps have time to explore further before we travel back to your ship.

KARNAK TEMPLE & THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
DURATION: 13 HOURS
UNESCO* Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

DISCOVER THE MOST IMPORTANT TREASURES OF ANCIENT THEBES
Travel to Luxor, site of ancient Thebes, to see the Temple of Karnak and the amazing Valley of the Kings tombs. Journey overland for about 3.5 hours, arriving at this city that straddles the Nile and commencing your exploration at the Karnak temple complex. Dating back to about 2050 BC, it was the largest and most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt. Today it is strewn with temples, pylons, obelisks and the great Hypostyle Hall, with 16 rows of 134 columns. After, enjoy lunch at a deluxe hotel before riding to the Nile’s west bank and the Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of 63 Egyptian pharaohs. Among the ones you will see is that of Tutankhamen, the most famous archaeological discovery of the last century. Stop to see the Colossi of Memnon, two giant twin statues of Amenhotep III, before traveling back to your ship.

LUXOR, KARNAK & THE LUXOR MUSEUM
DURATION: 13 HOURS
UNESCO* Meal* Sightseeing* Moderate*

SEE THE TREASURES OF LUXOR’S EAST BANK
Travel to the Nile Valley and Luxor, formerly Thebes, to explore Egypt’s two most important temples: Karnak and Luxor. The overland journey takes 3.5 hours; upon arrival, learn about Thebes at the Luxor Museum, home to priceless pottery, jewelry and ceremonial objects. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the massive temple complex of Karnak. Dating back to about 2050 BC, it is strewn with temples, pylons, obelisks, a Sacred Lake and the great Hypostyle Hall, with 134 columns. Karnak was once linked to Luxor Temple by a grand avenue of sphinxes. Marvel at some of these half-lion, half-human statues as you approach Luxor Temple, and admire the mosque that now dominates the first court once inside. Dating to the late Roman era, it was built atop earlier Christian basilicas—indicating that Luxor has been used continuously as a place of worship for about 35 centuries. Ride back to your ship after your unforgettable journey.

BEDOUIN CAMP JEEP SAFARI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Moderate*

A 4X4 CULTURAL EXPEDITION IN THE EGYPTIAN DESERT
Journey into the enchanting Egyptian desert and experience the culture of the Bedouin people. Depart from the pier and travel in comfort by air-conditioned coach to the desert, then change to an open air jeep for the ride to the camp. Picturesque views await you as you leave paved roads behind and venture into Egypt’s Eastern Desert. Here, you will be welcomed at an authentic Bedouin camp to explore and experience their nomadic culture and daily lives. With most of their ancestors hailing from the Arabian Peninsula, Bedouin laws, customs and religion blend both Islamic and pagan beliefs. Even today, the wealth of a Bedouin is measured in camels and children, but Western technology is slowly making its presence felt. You will have the opportunity to sip their famous aromatic tea, sample flatbread prepared over a wood fire and get a true taste of Bedouin culture.

RED SEA SNORKEL
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Natural World* Demanding*

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER SNORKELING DESTINATIONS
Take the plunge and explore what lies beneath Egypt’s Red Sea in one of the best snorkeling spots in the world. Due to an unusual combination of environmental factors, the Red Sea supports a number of complex coral and delicate ecosystems. You will have the chance to discover its beautiful marine life escorted by an experienced guide who will assist you throughout the tour, accompany you in the water, and point out the best spots for a potential stingray sighting. You will travel a short distance from the Safaga pier, by coach, to board your motorboat and head out to sea. Then, dive in and discover the underwater world of colorful tropical fish and intricate coral formations. Bottled water and soft drinks will be available to you on the boat, and you will have the chance to experience two different prime snorkeling locations before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Egypt’s seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is often called the “City of Peace” for the number of international peace conferences held here. Its location, where major bodies of water meet, has transformed from a modest fishing village into a major port. However, “Sharm,” as it known by locals, is renowned for its unrivaled scuba diving among vibrant coral, dramatic rock formations and reef walls. The surrounding desert, too, though less colorful, exudes its own stark beauty. A Jeep safari is the ideal way to explore beyond the scenic jagged mountains that hug the town.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT RIDE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Snack* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Easy*

LOOK DOWN INTO THE RED SEA’S TEEMING REEFS
View colorful reefs, coral gardens and an incredible variety of exotic fish by boat without getting your feet wet. You will enjoy a memorable cruise on a glass-bottom vessel. Depart the pier and ride through Sharm el-Sheikh, continuing on to the Hilton Fayrouz Hotel at Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh’s tourist area. Upon arrival, you will walk across a floating bridge to your awaiting glass-bottom boat. During your cruise you can spot a variety of tropical fish and other marine life—manta rays, trigger fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, barracuda, seahorses, grouper and so much more. Equally eye-catching are the brilliantly colored coral reefs. The boat has two decks; the lower one features a transparent bottom for easy viewing, while the upper deck provides good opportunities for taking photographs. Refreshments are served during the cruise. After your cruise you will be transferred back to the pier.

OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK DESERT JEEP TOUR
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

LOCAL HOSPITALITY IN A STUNNING SETTING
Discover the Bedouin lifestyle and admire breathtaking scenic vistas on this off-road safari in the Sinai Desert. Meet your guide pier-side and set out in a Jeep. On your way out of the city, pass the picturesque Naama Bay, with its hotels and resorts, and a charming fishing village. Later, you will stop at Nabaq National Park, where a mangrove forest thrives in salty sea water. Then you will drive into Wadi Kharayza, a dramatic region ringed with mountains and rich in photo opportunities. In Wadi Mandar, pause to visit a Bedouin camp, where your hosts offer a warm welcome with tea and traditional rustic bread prepared over a wood fire. During your stay, you may wish to climb upon one of their camels for a photo. As you end your visit, you may browse your hosts’ handmade products for sale before returning to your ship.

RED SEA SNORKELING
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Active* Natural World* Moderate*

WITNESS THE UNDERWATER BEAUTY OF THE RED SEA
Experience one of the world's finest undersea locales during this half-day snorkeling adventure on the Red Sea. You will depart the pier and ride to Naama Bay, where you will board a boat and cruise out to our snorkel site. A qualified instructor will accompany you, providing information and assistance along the way, and pointing out the best spots to snorkel. Here is your chance to swim among the colorful tropical fish, intricate coral formations and exotic marine life for which the Red Sea is famous. Underwater sightings may include blue-spotted stingrays, barracuda, seahorses, grouper, trigger fish, turtles, and hundreds of other rainbow-colored species. At the conclusion of your snorkeling session you will cruise back to the Naama Bay Pier, and travel back to your ship by motor coach.

HIGHLIGHTS OF SHARM EL-SHEIKH
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Shopping* Easy*

MODERN BEACHSIDE RESORTS AND OLD TOWN CHARM
Explore the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on a tour of its main sights. Embark your coach and drive to Um el-Sid. Enjoy a photo stop at its lighthouse with panoramic views of the turquoise waters, mountain backdrop and beach resorts below. A five-star buffet lunch awaits, with a live performance of traditional song and dance. After lunch, head to Naama Bay. Famed for its Arab-European vibe, enjoy free time to explore its bustling beachfront and shopping district. Next, visit two of Sharm el-Sheikh’s religious sites. See Al-Mustafa Mosque and admire its beautiful Islamic architecture. Its white marble facade and towering minarets are a sight to behold. Continue to the Heavenly Cathedral, Sharm el-Sheikh’s largest Coptic church, and marvel at its impressive frescoes and religious murals of biblical scenes. After, visit the Old Market, where you can explore the scented alleys strewn with spice-filled stalls on your own, or visit the Ottoman-style Al-Sahaba Mosque.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH BEACH BREAK
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Easy*

RELAX ON THE SHORES OF NAAMA BAY
Kick back and unwind as you relax at a five-star beach resort in Naama Bay. Embark your coach for the short drive to one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s most popular spots. The golden sands of Naama Bay offer panoramic views of the turquoise sea against the rocky backdrop of the mountains. Take in the sweeping vistas as you sit back under the shade of an umbrella, and sip on a complimentary soft drink from the hotel’s beach bar. If you are feeling more energetic, enjoy a stroll along the beach. For guests who prefer to take to the water, there are several activities available on the beach. Enjoy a swim in the azure waters or experience the underwater world of tropical fish as you snorkel in the bay. Equipment is available for hire. After a relaxing time by the sea, return to your ship.

UNDERWATER WORLD OF SHARM EL-SHEIKH
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Natural World* Snack* Easy*

EXPLORE MARINE LIFE BY SEMI-SUBMARINE
Discover the Red Sea’s vast array of marine life and get up close during this underwater tour in a semi-submarine. First, you will stop at El Maya Bay. This quiet beach resort in a scenic cove is surrounded by steep cliffs, and its bay is ideal for a paddle along the shore. Here, you will board your Aquascope vessel. Its unique design features decks both above and below the water. The lower deck offers viewing access to the spectacular underwater world of the Red Sea. Get an up-close look at tropical fish, colorful coral and marine life, and experience an underwater dive without getting wet. From the upper deck, enjoy open air coastal views of the mountains and the stunning scenery of the Gulf. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as you sip on a chilled refreshment before returning to the Aquascope landing pier, and back to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba is set amid coffee-colored desert hills. With its central location between Africa and Asia, it has played a significant role in the region’s trade for thousands of years. Today, its prosperity rests in its position as the sole port of the nation and in its pristine dive sites. The city’s history, too, draws inquisitive travelers. In 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops here in the Battle of Aqaba. The white-robed English ally helped the Arabs run the Turks from the city’s fortress during a camel charge.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

AQABA HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

JORDAN’S SEASIDE CULTURAL TREASURE
Experience the history and culture of Arabia during an orientation tour of historic Aqaba. Located at the southernmost point of Jordan on the Red Sea, at the crossroads of Africa and Asia, Aqaba has long held an important place in trade. You will meet your guide and trace the shores of Aqaba to Mamluk Fort, also known as Aqaba Fort. This mighty stronghold on the waterfront was made famous when Lawrence of Arabia coordinated a camel charge on its fortifications when it was held by the Ottoman army in 1916, resulting in an Arab victory. Pass by the house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, great grandfather of King Abdullah II, stopping for views of its extravagant exterior. Absorb the city’s vibrant culture at the bustling market, a rich blend of fabrics, carpets, incense and other local wares. After time to explore, return to your ship.

MAGNIFICENT PETRA
DURATION: 10 HOURS
UNESCO* Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

A CITY CARVED IN RED SANDSTONE
Marvel at one of the ancient world’s most astonishing sights: the rock-hewn city of Petra. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Petra is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sculpted into cliffs and rocky mounds 3,200 years ago at the height of the prosperous Nabataean culture, it was once a bustling trade center that controlled ancient routes between Arabia and the Mediterranean. Drive with your guide and set off on foot to explore, approaching via the half-mile-long narrow siq, a gorge surrounded by towering walls that block out the sun. At the end of the slim passage, marvel at the Khaznah, or Treasury, the iconic facade carved into a 130-foot cliff that was featured in the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Continue on to view more of Petra, a vast repository of homes, temples, royal tombs and an amphitheater, all sculpted into the rose-red rock.

WADI RUM: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
UNESCO* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Moderate*

A SPELLBINDING DESERT MOONSCAPE
Journey into the starkly picturesque landscape of Jordan's largest valley, Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Massive canyons, wind-sculpted rock formations and mountains of rock that reach more than 2,500 feet above the desert floor make this one of the most magnificent and mesmerizing places on Earth. During the Arab Revolt of 1917 to 1918, Lawrence of Arabia used Wadi Rum as base camp, calling it “vast, echoing and god-like.” You are sure to quickly understand his assessment when you ride a 4x4 truck into its wide-open environs with your Bedouin guide. As you explore the valley’s sun-washed contours, you may recognize its mystical beauty as the setting for the David Lean movie that depicted Lawrence’s adventure. As you explore, you will pause to enjoy some genuine Bedouin hospitality at a semi-nomadic camp, where you will learn about life in this remarkable environment over tea.

SHOBAK CRUSADER CASTLE
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Natural World* Moderate*

DISCOVER A DRAMATIC MEDIEVAL CRUSADER'S CASTLE
Explore one of Jordan’s best-preserved Crusader castles, Shobak Castle, perched nearly 4,300 feet above the sea. Nestled on the side of a rocky mountain, the early 12th-century Shobak Castle is a lonely reminder of former Crusader glory. Known to Crusaders as Mont Real (Crak de Montreal or Mons Regalis), meaning the Fortress of the Royal Mount, this impressive castle was constructed by Baldwin I of Jerusalem in 1115 to guard the road from Damascus to Egypt. Saladin attacked it on several occasions, eventually capturing it after an 18-month siege in 1189, when the Crusaders were losing their foothold throughout the Holy Land. Koranic inscriptions in Kufic script can be seen in the keep, possibly dating back to Saladin’s time, and beneath the church lie catacombs containing Christian carvings, Islamic tablets, rocks used in catapults and what is claimed to be Saladin’s throne.

WADI RUM: 1916 ARAB REVOLT REENACTED
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Natural World* Moderate*

HISTORIC ACCOUNT OF THE VICTORIOUS BEDOUIN WARRIORS
Follow in the path Lawrence of Arabia on the Al Hijaz Railway, and relive a big battle of the Great Arab Revolt. You will travel to the vast, beautiful desert of Wadi Rum—Jordan’s largest wadi, it is cut into sandstone and granite and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was here in 1916 that T.E. Lawrence rallied local Bedouin tribesmen to overthrow the Ottoman Turks who then occupied the region. During a thrilling reenactment of a pivotal battle, you will join a detachment of Ottoman troops as they raid a Hijazi train, and watch in awe as Bedouin warriors sweep across the sands on horseback and camels, defeating the Turks in a blaze of gunfire and explosions. During the show, you will hear a historic account of the story from your knowledgeable guide. Refreshments will be provided prior to returning to your ship. Witness how the Arab nations were born.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers who sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. History and legend are rich in this narrow stretch of sea between Asia and Africa. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Follow the centuries-old trade route linking the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea. This historic waterway was named for the former British Crown Colony city of Aden, an adjacent port in today’s Yemen. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and destination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

The Omani city of Sal?lah is situated on the southeastern edge of the Arabian peninsula and was a major port on the 13th-century frankincense route. This fascinating cultural history was supported by several sites around the city, such as ancient towns and caravan oases, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Sal?lah is often called the “Garden City” for the greenery and coconut trees that line its streets and boulevards. One of its most impressive sites is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its richly adorned Islamic architecture.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SAL?LAH CITY VIEWS (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*

ALONG THE FRANKINCENSE ROUTE
Delve into the history of Sal?lah, a major stop on the legendary 13th-century frankincense route. Often called the “Garden City,” the streets and boulevards of Sal?lah are dotted with greenery and coconut trees despite the surrounding desert. Stop for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, with its richly adorned Islamic architecture. You will also visit the archaeological site of Al-Baleed, central to the trade route along which merchants moved frankincense between Africa and Asia. Learn about the aromatic resin from your guide as you explore. Next, you will enjoy a panoramic drive back to the city. Along the way, call on a local fruit seller and sample some delicious freshly picked fruits. Due to its climate, Sal?lah is renowned for its variety of fresh produce. After your refreshing snack, you will return to your ship.
Please note: depending on the timing of your visit, you may have an opportunity to enter the mosque. Modest attire must be worn.

SAL?LAH & SURROUNDINGS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

VIEW STUNNING NATURAL VISTAS
Experience the contrast between verdant Sal?lah and its more rugged surroundings. Leave the lush greenery of the city behind as you head into the barren desert for a visit to the scenic, white-sand beaches surrounding the lagoon at Al Dahariz, as well as an opportunity to view nearby historic residences. After time to explore, return to Sal?lah and view the magnificent Al-Husn Palace—the summer residence of the Sultan of Oman. This 19th century palace has been used for generations of sultans and has welcomed dignitaries and royalty from across the globe. Travel to the unspoiled beauty of Al-Mughsail Beach—two miles of white, sandy beach capped with high cliffs at both ends. If you arrive during high tide, you may be able to view the beach’s spectacular “blowholes,” natural water jets that can reach almost 100 feet in height.

SULTANATE HERITAGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* UNESCO* Moderate*

STUNNING REMNANTS FROM MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATIONS
Discover the rich culture and important medieval trading roots of Sal?lah. Take a scenic drive to Al-Baleed—a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the Middle Ages—for a guided tour of this open air archaeological site. Portions of the settlement’s stone trenches, defensive wall and mosque remain intact against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Visit the Land of Frankincense Museum to learn more about Oman’s role in the medieval Silk Road. Drive through the fishing village of Taqah, an old town with a well-preserved 19th-century fort and white-stone residences, en route to Khor Rori creek. There, explore the ruined city of Sumhuram—the capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade and a UNESCO Site. View ruins that date back to the 2nd century BC; excavations have linked this ancient city to trading destinations in the Far East and even Greece.

BEACH BREAK
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Special Interest* Easy*

RE-ENERGIZE WITH TIME AT RESORT
Recharge while relaxing in lavish surroundings or exercising in state-of-the-art facilities. Spend time at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Sal?lah—located in the heart of the city and nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens next to the beach. Here, you can take advantage of its many fitness and wellness options. Head to the resort’s gymnasium for a vigorous cardiovascular or weight workout, then take a dip in the whirlpool or unwind in the sauna and steam room. Head outdoors, where you can improve the backhand of your tennis game or participate in an energetic beach volleyball match. After finishing your exercise, relax with a refreshing welcome drink while lounging under shady palm trees next to the resort’s temperature-controlled swimming pool. Later, board your motor coach for a return trip to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Cross the Arabian Sea, originally called the Erythraean Sea, after King Erythras of Greek mythology. Its modern-day moniker derives from the Arab sailors who dominated trade on its waters from the 9th century onward. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant for authentic fare with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan-inspired classics.

Muscat enjoys a stunning setting between the Arabian Sea and the rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains. A rich and romantic canvas of low whitewashed buildings watched over by traditional dhow fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, the city is also a trove of royal and Islamic treasures. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was named for the beloved leader who has bolstered the country’s economy; a dazzling expanse of white marble, intricate wooden panels and magnificent stained glass windows. Hints of the country’s past as a Portuguese outpost can be found in Old Muscat.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

MUSCAT CITY TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE POLISHED JEWELS OF OMAN
Enjoy an excellent introduction to Muscat, the country’s political, economic and commercial hub. An exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture, Muscat exudes an ambience all its own. Set off with your guide, stopping for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; this vast center of worship can accommodate 20,000 worshippers. In the city center, visit the House of al Zubair museum, a private collection owned by His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Economic Planning Affairs. Enjoy time to browse well-preserved items of Omani heritage, including weaponry, jewelry, clothing, photographs, paintings, maps and more. Stop to peruse the treasures of the Muttrah Souk, an outdoor emporium of shops steeped in local culture and color. You may explore here as long as you wish and return to your ship by shuttle at your leisure.
Please note: depending on the timing of your visit, you may have an opportunity to enter the mosque. Modest attire must be worn.

ESSENCE OF ARABIA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Working World* Moderate*

A RICH SENSORY EXPERIENCE
Indulge in a feast for all five senses as you fully experience the robust culture of Oman. Drive with your guide to the renowned Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Islamic architecture at its finest. In the Grand Mosque, marvel at breathtaking Swarovski crystal chandeliers, vibrant stained glass windows and fine gold-leaf embroidery. Next, visit the famous Amouage Perfumery. Arabia’s centuries-old perfumes are among the greatest treasures of the world. In 1983, the sultan restored the art of perfumery to the region, creating Amouage, the most valuable fragrance in the world, whose bottles continue to be individually finished by hand. Continue to Bait Adam Museum, a trove of Omani antiquity, and enjoy a private tour with the owner/curator. Savor an authentic Omani meal at an elegant local restaurant before returning to port.
Please note: during your mosque visit, you must dress modestly.

OMANI DHOW CRUISE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Snack* Sightseeing* Natural World* Easy*

SAIL IN THE WAKE OF ANCIENT ARABIANS
Embark a dhow sailboat, a traditional wooden vessel, and trace the Muscat coast as Omanis have done for centuries. Long, thin hulls and triangular sails typically set these crafts apart. Historians differ on whether they were invented by Arabs or Indians, but all agree they were critical to ancient commerce throughout the Indian Ocean, designed to carry heavy items such as crates of fruit, vegetables or water. Still today, they are used to transport goods. You will embark your dhow near our berth and settle in for a relaxing sail powered only by the wind. An Arabian Sea breeze at your back, you’ll delight in the coastal views of Muscat with its low, whitewashed cityscape and coffee-colored hills. Pass the old capital area and several of Muscat’s picturesque bays, marveling at the skill of your pilot. During your sail, you can enjoy onboard refreshments and regional snacks.

OMAN FORTS
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

BEHOLD OMAN'S MOST IMPRESSIVE DEFENSIVE ARCHITECTURE FROM PRE-ISLAMIC TIMES
Discover the ancient architecture of some of Oman’s most impressive forts. You will journey westward from Muscat, past many of the city’s impressive landmarks, to the oasis city of Nizwa. Renowned travelers like Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo have traveled this same famous route to the traditional capital of the vast interior region of Oman. Here, you will visit the charming Nizwa Souq marketplace, and the impressive Nizwa Tower Fort. The main part of the fort is an enormous drum-like tower—an amazing example of old Omani architecture dating back to pre-Islamic times. After enjoying lunch at the Falaj Daris Hotel, you will continue on to view the oasis (falaj), and see the restored Bait Al-Radidah Fort in the village of Birkat Al Mawz. Then, you will board your coach and travel comfortably back to Port Sultan Qaboos to rejoin your ship.

WADI AL ARBAEEN
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Natural World* Moderate*

AN EXCITING, OFF-ROAD DESERT EXCURSION
Take the path less traveled and enjoy an off-road trek into Wadi Al Arbaeen for a true desert adventure. You and your fellow explorers will travel from the port in a convoy of air conditioned, chauffeur-driven 4x4 vehicles. You will first visit the seaside village of Quriyat, where you will see fisherman bringing their catch and local buyers eagerly waiting to barter at the fish market. Then, continue on to Wadi Al Arbaeen—a serene wadi (canyon) in the Eastern Hajar Mountains that is only accessible by 4x4. You will also have the chance to visit the picturesque village of Mazara, and the mango groves of Hail Al Ghaf. Appropriate footwear and a reasonable level of fitness are required to navigate the wadi’s rugged terrain, and due to the off-road component and adventurous nature of this tour, it may not be suitable for guests over 65, or those with chronic back conditions.

OMAN’S MARINE LIFE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

A DOLPHIN WATCHING CRUISE & SNORKELING ADVENTURE
Discover amazing marine life along the coast of Oman with a dolphin-watching boat ride and snorkeling adventure. Experience the power, grace and speed of these friendly marine animals. While sightings are not guaranteed, Oman is one of the best places in the world to spot dolphins and migrating whales the whole year round. You will travel to the marina and board your boat to search the seas for some of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals. Then, you will have the chance to snorkel in the coral-filled crystal waters of Bandar Khayran. The sheltered coves and bays make for calm waters and optimal snorkeling conditions where you may observe an array of exotic marine life. Clown fish, seahorses, and striped sergeant fish live here, and you may even have the thrill of witnessing the rays, cuttlefish, and sea turtles that are often spotted in this region.

OMAN FISH MARKET & AL HAZM CASTLE
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

SEE THE CATCH OF THE DAY AND VISIT A FOREBODING FORTRESS
Experience Omani culture at the vibrant Barka Fish Market and see the magnificent Al Hazm Castle. You will travel by motor coach along the Batinah Coast, from Port Sultan Qaboos to the Barka Fish Market. This charming market is a traditional spot for the locals, whom you may witness bartering for the catch of the day. Continue on to Al Rustaq to view Al Hazm, an early 18th-century structure that doubled as a foreboding fortress and opulent residence of the iman. Enjoy a guided tour of the interior, where you will admire such features as the main building’s intricate Indian wood gate and cannon exhibition room in the castle tower. After stopping at a nearby hot springs, continue on to the World Luxury Hotel Award–winning Al Nahda Resort & Spa, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch prior to returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

OMANI DINNER
DURATION: 4 HOURS
After Dark* Meal* Easy*

BEACHSIDE MEAL AND LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Savor a taste of Oman during a delicious dinner on the beach, accompanied by a live music performance. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the elegant Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah hotel in Muscat, a stunning seaside oasis on the shores of the Gulf of Oman. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an Omani band playing traditional music, as well as two camels. After an optional henna painting for female guests, take a seat at your outdoor, beachside table under the evening sky and prepare for a sumptuous buffet-style dinner, accompanied by your choice of beer or wine and an assortment of nonalcoholic drinks. While you dine, a live performance by oud and tabla players will entertain you, setting a festive mood and filling the air with stirring Middle Eastern melodies. At the conclusion of your meal, you will board your coach and return to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail the Arabian Sea, an important marine trade route since Antiquity. During the Age of Sail, all manner of spices, metals and precious stones were carried back and forth across these waters by industrious traders. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Mumbai is spread over seven islands and is a major cultural capital of India. Bombay, as it was known until 1995, still enjoys its magnificent seaside setting and is home to some of India’s most beloved landmarks. Perhaps none is as glamorous as the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, it has hosted celebrities and presidents. Adjacent, the impressive Gateway of India was built to salute the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Mumbai also hosted the headquarters of Mahatma Gandhi.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

MUMBAI AT A GLANCE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BOMBAY OF OLD
View the architectural and cultural treasures of one of India’s grandest coastal capitals. You will meet your guide for a panoramic tour. Along Marine Drive, admire splendid art deco architecture. Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park for sweeping views of the city. Drive past the Parsi Towers of Silence to Dhobi Ghat, where some locals still today wash their laundry. Visit Mani Bhavan, the Mumbai residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi; today, it is a fascinating museum. You will also drive through the business districts of South Mumbai, passing monuments built by the British Raj: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) railway station, Mumbai University, the High Court and the Prince of Wales Museum. Pause for photos at the stately Gateway to India, built for the 1911 visit of King George V and Queen Mary, before returning to your ship.

ELEPHANTA CAVES
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* UNESCO* Demanding*

SPLENDID ROCK-CUT TEMPLES
Journey to a sacred island to explore a labyrinth of 450–750 AD cave temples, gaining rich insight into Hinduism. Drive with your guide to the Gateway to India to embark your motorboat for the hour-long trip to Elephanta Island. Upon arrival, you will walk 20 minutes (or ride a 5-minute train) to the entrance of the caves, a 120-step stairway. Some of India’s most breathtaking rock carvings are here, remarkable reliefs depicting episodes from Indian mythology. Your guide will bring the panels to life, explaining the stories behind the scenes. The carvings center on the life of Shiva (the Destroyer), but the most impressive stands 20 feet tall, a three-faced Shiva depicting the trinity of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer). After time to explore with your guide and on your own, you will return to your ship.

ARCHITECTURE & HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

TREASURES OF OLD BOMBAY
Visit some of Mumbai’s most beautiful monuments, a rich architectural blend of British and Indian styles. You will walk with your guide to the Asiatic Library, or the Old Town Hall, and the enormous Gateway to India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Continue to the David Sassoon Library, the Army and Navy building and Bombay University, where you can admire their rich exteriors and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Marvel at the Gothic architecture of the High Court, then drive through the Fort district, passing the Municipal Corporation building and the General Post Office. You will also see the magnificent Victoria Terminus train station; India’s first trains departed from here in 1853. At the Prince of Wales Museum, built in the Indo-Saracenic style, browse a treasure trove of art, sculpture, china, rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings.

MUMBAI WALK & DRIVE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE UP CLOSE
Explore Mumbai’s Fort district by foot and by coach and experience two of the city’s bustling markets. Drive with your guide to the city’s Heritage Precinct, where numerous historic buildings stand in the area once enclosed by British fortress walls. Ride past the General Post Office, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (Victoria Station), the Municipal Corporation building. Next, browse Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, brimming with fruits and flowers. Continue your drive past St. Xavier’s College, the Western Railway Headquarters and Bombay Gymkhana. Pause at the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas to explore its stunning interior. Then continue on foot to view the spectacular exteriors of the Flora Fountain, Bombay University, High Court buildings, David Sassoon Library, Army and Navy building, Jehangir Art Gallery and Prince of Wales Museum. At the Gateway to India, enjoy free time for shopping along Colaba Causeway, before returning to your ship.

MUMBAI TEMPLES & LAMP LIGHTING CEREMONY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

DISCOVER THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF MUMBAI
Explore Mumbai’s spiritual heritage on this tour of the city’s most interesting places of worship. Focusing on diversity, first call on the Hindu Babulnath Temple. Dedicated to the God Shiva—preserver, destroyer and the most powerful in the Hindu trinity—this popular temple is frequently thronged with devotees. Explore the temples of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The God Krishna is often depicted as a cheeky child or young man with blue skin, often with butter in his hand and playing a flute. While here, you will also witness the evening Sandhya Aarti, or lamp lighting ceremony, an enthralling experience where men and women are divided into two sections and sing and dance to the rhythm of religious beats. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

MUMBAI MARKETS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Shopping* Special Interest* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE MOST COLORFUL MARKETS OF CENTRAL MUMBAI
Immerse yourself in a cavalcade of colors, sounds, tastes and smells on a tour of Mumbai’s most memorable markets. Start at Bhuleshwar, one of the most popular markets in Mumbai. Find your feet in this crowded market known for colorful glass bangles, saris and costume jewelry for women. Next, visit Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. A blend of Flemish and Norman architecture, it has a bas-relief above its main entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields that was created by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous author Rudyard Kipling. Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50-foot-high awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. Later, at Colaba Causeway, enjoy free time shopping at the numerous small shops and footpath outlets selling everything from slippers to books, shawls to antiques and carpets to curios.

BOLLYWOOD DANCE & DINNER
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Meal* Special Interest* Easy*

ENJOY A SUNSET DRIVE, DINNER AND A COLORFUL BOLLYWOOD SHOW
Enjoy an evening dinner outing that celebrates the glamour and pizzazz of the world of Bollywood. You will ride along Mumbai’s boulevards just as the sun fades to view the glittering art deco cinema palaces. The Regal, Plaza Central, New Empire, Broadway, Eros and Metro cinemas were all built during the 1930s boom years in the Indian film industry. Continue to Marine Drive, Mumbai's seaside promenade, with its graceful arched curve sweeping from the skyscrapers at Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. After sunset, the promenade’s twinkling street lights resemble a string of jewels, popularly known as the “Queen’s Necklace.” You will then visit a local venue for a 45-minute Bollywood Dance performance. Set to foot-tapping music, the Bollywood show has love, action, drama, romance, humor, costumes and unlimited energy. From here you will go to the Khyber Restaurant for a dinner of mouth-watering northwestern frontier cuisine, then return to port.

MUMBAI BY COMMUTER TRAIN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

EXPLORE INDIA'S TRAIN SYSTEM
Experience a slice of everyday Mumbai life as you explore its historic train stations and ride the rails. Starting with a photo stop at the Gateway of India and colorful Crawford Market, you then drive past the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus). It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. From there you are whisked away to Churchgate Station. Watch as the famous dabbawalas carry thousands of tiered, cylindrical “tiffin” lunch boxes to area workers. The tiffins are a staple of Indian work life and the walas use a complex and efficient delivery system to keep one of the world’s biggest economic hubs fueled and happy. Then, you will board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. These commuter trains carry as many as seven million people each day. Your tour ends at Dhobi Ghat, the open air Indian laundry.

THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MAHATMA GANDHI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Special Interest* Privileged Access* Easy*

MEET THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF INDIA’S “FATHER OF THE NATION”
Discover the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi through the eyes of his great-grandson in Mumbai. Mahatma (Great Soul) Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement, and inspired movements for civil rights across the world. You will drive past important venues, such as Jinnah House and August Kranti Maidan (traditionally known as Gowalia Tank Maidan), learning of their relevance to Gandhi’s efforts. Then, proceed to the historic Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi’s great-grandson, Mr. Tushar Gandhi, will welcome you. This modest building served as Gandhi’s Bombay (Mumbai) headquarters from 1917 to 1934. You will enjoy a guided tour, as well as a short film showcasing India’s struggle for freedom. Then, you will have the chance to participate in a discussion with Tushar Gandhi over a cup of coffee or tea. Guests will each receive a copy of Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, as a memento of this memorable and enriching experience.

LOCAL LIFE OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RESPLENDENT TEMPLE AND GARDENS
Immerse yourself in the daily life of the residents of Mumbai as you discover its historic train stations and ride the rails. Stop for photos at the Gateway of India before passing the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus—formerly Victoria Terminus. It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. Continue on to the colorful Crawford Market, where locals come daily to buy produce and fruit. Then, travel to Churchgate Station and board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. The commuter trains of Mumbai carry as many as 7 million people to work each day. At Mahalaxmi Station, climb the stairs to the street and take a short walk to Dhobi Ghat, an open air Indian laundry that is popular with residents. After a visit to the terraced Hanging Gardens, stop at Kamala Nehru Park for panoramic views of the city before returning to your ship.

PRIVATE ART COLLECTIONS & HIGH TEA AT THE SEA LOUNGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Privileged Access* Snack* Moderate*

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INDIA’S ARTISTIC LEGACY DURING A PRIVILEGED ACCESS TOUR
Discover India’s extensive art history during a Privileged Access visit to a premier museum followed by high tea. Travel to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly called the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early 1900s, this esteemed institution is home to a rare collection of paintings, sculptures, bronze articles, manuscripts and decorative arts. Meet the museum’s curator, who will take you on a private tour through several galleries displaying collections that are not open to the public. See artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries, plus contemporary works from the likes of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group. After a walk through the vibrant Kala Ghoda neighborhood you will drive to the Taj Mahal Palace, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the monumental Gateway to India. Relax amid the colonial charm of the hotel’s Sea Lounge while enjoying a traditional high tea accompanied by a buffet of classic English delicacies and local favorites.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Mumbai encompasses every element of humanity and is a striking blend of cultures and traditions. Millionaires and laborers rub shoulders on bustling streets. Bollywood film directors create big-budget films among a culture of fashionistas and financiers. The city’s streets reflect every subculture, religion and cuisine of India, as people migrated here from all over the country. And the city’s festivals honor both Western and Indian traditions, from Good Friday to the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, a celebration of local music, dance, theater and film.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

MUMBAI AT A GLANCE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BOMBAY OF OLD
View the architectural and cultural treasures of one of India’s grandest coastal capitals. You will meet your guide for a panoramic tour. Along Marine Drive, admire splendid art deco architecture. Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park for sweeping views of the city. Drive past the Parsi Towers of Silence to Dhobi Ghat, where some locals still today wash their laundry. Visit Mani Bhavan, the Mumbai residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi; today, it is a fascinating museum. You will also drive through the business districts of South Mumbai, passing monuments built by the British Raj: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) railway station, Mumbai University, the High Court and the Prince of Wales Museum. Pause for photos at the stately Gateway to India, built for the 1911 visit of King George V and Queen Mary, before returning to your ship.

ELEPHANTA CAVES
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* UNESCO* Demanding*

SPLENDID ROCK-CUT TEMPLES
Journey to a sacred island to explore a labyrinth of 450–750 AD cave temples, gaining rich insight into Hinduism. Drive with your guide to the Gateway to India to embark your motorboat for the hour-long trip to Elephanta Island. Upon arrival, you will walk 20 minutes (or ride a 5-minute train) to the entrance of the caves, a 120-step stairway. Some of India’s most breathtaking rock carvings are here, remarkable reliefs depicting episodes from Indian mythology. Your guide will bring the panels to life, explaining the stories behind the scenes. The carvings center on the life of Shiva (the Destroyer), but the most impressive stands 20 feet tall, a three-faced Shiva depicting the trinity of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer). After time to explore with your guide and on your own, you will return to your ship.

ARCHITECTURE & HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

TREASURES OF OLD BOMBAY
Visit some of Mumbai’s most beautiful monuments, a rich architectural blend of British and Indian styles. You will walk with your guide to the Asiatic Library, or the Old Town Hall, and the enormous Gateway to India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Continue to the David Sassoon Library, the Army and Navy building and Bombay University, where you can admire their rich exteriors and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Marvel at the Gothic architecture of the High Court, then drive through the Fort district, passing the Municipal Corporation building and the General Post Office. You will also see the magnificent Victoria Terminus train station; India’s first trains departed from here in 1853. At the Prince of Wales Museum, built in the Indo-Saracenic style, browse a treasure trove of art, sculpture, china, rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings.

MUMBAI WALK & DRIVE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE UP CLOSE
Explore Mumbai’s Fort district by foot and by coach and experience two of the city’s bustling markets. Drive with your guide to the city’s Heritage Precinct, where numerous historic buildings stand in the area once enclosed by British fortress walls. Ride past the General Post Office, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (Victoria Station), the Municipal Corporation building. Next, browse Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, brimming with fruits and flowers. Continue your drive past St. Xavier’s College, the Western Railway Headquarters and Bombay Gymkhana. Pause at the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas to explore its stunning interior. Then continue on foot to view the spectacular exteriors of the Flora Fountain, Bombay University, High Court buildings, David Sassoon Library, Army and Navy building, Jehangir Art Gallery and Prince of Wales Museum. At the Gateway to India, enjoy free time for shopping along Colaba Causeway, before returning to your ship.

MUMBAI MARKETS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Shopping* Special Interest* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE MOST COLORFUL MARKETS OF CENTRAL MUMBAI
Immerse yourself in a cavalcade of colors, sounds, tastes and smells on a tour of Mumbai’s most memorable markets. Start at Bhuleshwar, one of the most popular markets in Mumbai. Find your feet in this crowded market known for colorful glass bangles, saris and costume jewelry for women. Next, visit Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. A blend of Flemish and Norman architecture, it has a bas-relief above its main entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields that was created by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous author Rudyard Kipling. Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50-foot-high awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. Later, at Colaba Causeway, enjoy free time shopping at the numerous small shops and footpath outlets selling everything from slippers to books, shawls to antiques and carpets to curios.

MUMBAI BY COMMUTER TRAIN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

EXPLORE INDIA'S TRAIN SYSTEM
Experience a slice of everyday Mumbai life as you explore its historic train stations and ride the rails. Starting with a photo stop at the Gateway of India and colorful Crawford Market, you then drive past the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus). It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. From there you are whisked away to Churchgate Station. Watch as the famous dabbawalas carry thousands of tiered, cylindrical “tiffin” lunch boxes to area workers. The tiffins are a staple of Indian work life and the walas use a complex and efficient delivery system to keep one of the world’s biggest economic hubs fueled and happy. Then, you will board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. These commuter trains carry as many as seven million people each day. Your tour ends at Dhobi Ghat, the open air Indian laundry.

THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MAHATMA GANDHI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Special Interest* Privileged Access* Easy*

MEET THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF INDIA’S “FATHER OF THE NATION”
Discover the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi through the eyes of his great-grandson in Mumbai. Mahatma (Great Soul) Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement, and inspired movements for civil rights across the world. You will drive past important venues, such as Jinnah House and August Kranti Maidan (traditionally known as Gowalia Tank Maidan), learning of their relevance to Gandhi’s efforts. Then, proceed to the historic Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi’s great-grandson, Mr. Tushar Gandhi, will welcome you. This modest building served as Gandhi’s Bombay (Mumbai) headquarters from 1917 to 1934. You will enjoy a guided tour, as well as a short film showcasing India’s struggle for freedom. Then, you will have the chance to participate in a discussion with Tushar Gandhi over a cup of coffee or tea. Guests will each receive a copy of Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, as a memento of this memorable and enriching experience.

LOCAL LIFE OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RESPLENDENT TEMPLE AND GARDENS
Immerse yourself in the daily life of the residents of Mumbai as you discover its historic train stations and ride the rails. Stop for photos at the Gateway of India before passing the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus—formerly Victoria Terminus. It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. Continue on to the colorful Crawford Market, where locals come daily to buy produce and fruit. Then, travel to Churchgate Station and board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. The commuter trains of Mumbai carry as many as 7 million people to work each day. At Mahalaxmi Station, climb the stairs to the street and take a short walk to Dhobi Ghat, an open air Indian laundry that is popular with residents. After a visit to the terraced Hanging Gardens, stop at Kamala Nehru Park for panoramic views of the city before returning to your ship.

PRIVATE ART COLLECTIONS & HIGH TEA AT THE SEA LOUNGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Privileged Access* Snack* Moderate*

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INDIA’S ARTISTIC LEGACY DURING A PRIVILEGED ACCESS TOUR
Discover India’s extensive art history during a Privileged Access visit to a premier museum followed by high tea. Travel to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly called the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early 1900s, this esteemed institution is home to a rare collection of paintings, sculptures, bronze articles, manuscripts and decorative arts. Meet the museum’s curator, who will take you on a private tour through several galleries displaying collections that are not open to the public. See artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries, plus contemporary works from the likes of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group. After a walk through the vibrant Kala Ghoda neighborhood you will drive to the Taj Mahal Palace, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the monumental Gateway to India. Relax amid the colonial charm of the hotel’s Sea Lounge while enjoying a traditional high tea accompanied by a buffet of classic English delicacies and local favorites.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The skyline of Mumbai is an eclectic combination of architectural styles, from Gothic to Victorian and from art deco to contemporary expressions. Several of these structures are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, a 19th-century Victorian neo-Gothic train station built to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The city is also home to a collection of 94 UNESCO-protected Victorian-era and art deco buildings set around the spacious greenspace of Oval Maidan.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

MUMBAI AT A GLANCE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BOMBAY OF OLD
View the architectural and cultural treasures of one of India’s grandest coastal capitals. You will meet your guide for a panoramic tour. Along Marine Drive, admire splendid art deco architecture. Visit the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park for sweeping views of the city. Drive past the Parsi Towers of Silence to Dhobi Ghat, where some locals still today wash their laundry. Visit Mani Bhavan, the Mumbai residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi; today, it is a fascinating museum. You will also drive through the business districts of South Mumbai, passing monuments built by the British Raj: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) railway station, Mumbai University, the High Court and the Prince of Wales Museum. Pause for photos at the stately Gateway to India, built for the 1911 visit of King George V and Queen Mary, before returning to your ship.

ELEPHANTA CAVES
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* UNESCO* Demanding*

SPLENDID ROCK-CUT TEMPLES
Journey to a sacred island to explore a labyrinth of 450–750 AD cave temples, gaining rich insight into Hinduism. Drive with your guide to the Gateway to India to embark your motorboat for the hour-long trip to Elephanta Island. Upon arrival, you will walk 20 minutes (or ride a 5-minute train) to the entrance of the caves, a 120-step stairway. Some of India’s most breathtaking rock carvings are here, remarkable reliefs depicting episodes from Indian mythology. Your guide will bring the panels to life, explaining the stories behind the scenes. The carvings center on the life of Shiva (the Destroyer), but the most impressive stands 20 feet tall, a three-faced Shiva depicting the trinity of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer). After time to explore with your guide and on your own, you will return to your ship.

ARCHITECTURE & HISTORIC BUILDINGS OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

TREASURES OF OLD BOMBAY
Visit some of Mumbai’s most beautiful monuments, a rich architectural blend of British and Indian styles. You will walk with your guide to the Asiatic Library, or the Old Town Hall, and the enormous Gateway to India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Continue to the David Sassoon Library, the Army and Navy building and Bombay University, where you can admire their rich exteriors and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower. Marvel at the Gothic architecture of the High Court, then drive through the Fort district, passing the Municipal Corporation building and the General Post Office. You will also see the magnificent Victoria Terminus train station; India’s first trains departed from here in 1853. At the Prince of Wales Museum, built in the Indo-Saracenic style, browse a treasure trove of art, sculpture, china, rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings.

MUMBAI WALK & DRIVE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE UP CLOSE
Explore Mumbai’s Fort district by foot and by coach and experience two of the city’s bustling markets. Drive with your guide to the city’s Heritage Precinct, where numerous historic buildings stand in the area once enclosed by British fortress walls. Ride past the General Post Office, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (Victoria Station), the Municipal Corporation building. Next, browse Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, brimming with fruits and flowers. Continue your drive past St. Xavier’s College, the Western Railway Headquarters and Bombay Gymkhana. Pause at the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas to explore its stunning interior. Then continue on foot to view the spectacular exteriors of the Flora Fountain, Bombay University, High Court buildings, David Sassoon Library, Army and Navy building, Jehangir Art Gallery and Prince of Wales Museum. At the Gateway to India, enjoy free time for shopping along Colaba Causeway, before returning to your ship.

MUMBAI MARKETS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Shopping* Special Interest* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE MOST COLORFUL MARKETS OF CENTRAL MUMBAI
Immerse yourself in a cavalcade of colors, sounds, tastes and smells on a tour of Mumbai’s most memorable markets. Start at Bhuleshwar, one of the most popular markets in Mumbai. Find your feet in this crowded market known for colorful glass bangles, saris and costume jewelry for women. Next, visit Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. A blend of Flemish and Norman architecture, it has a bas-relief above its main entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields that was created by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous author Rudyard Kipling. Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50-foot-high awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. Later, at Colaba Causeway, enjoy free time shopping at the numerous small shops and footpath outlets selling everything from slippers to books, shawls to antiques and carpets to curios.

MUMBAI BY COMMUTER TRAIN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

EXPLORE INDIA'S TRAIN SYSTEM
Experience a slice of everyday Mumbai life as you explore its historic train stations and ride the rails. Starting with a photo stop at the Gateway of India and colorful Crawford Market, you then drive past the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus). It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. From there you are whisked away to Churchgate Station. Watch as the famous dabbawalas carry thousands of tiered, cylindrical “tiffin” lunch boxes to area workers. The tiffins are a staple of Indian work life and the walas use a complex and efficient delivery system to keep one of the world’s biggest economic hubs fueled and happy. Then, you will board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. These commuter trains carry as many as seven million people each day. Your tour ends at Dhobi Ghat, the open air Indian laundry.

THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MAHATMA GANDHI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Special Interest* Privileged Access* Easy*

MEET THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF INDIA’S “FATHER OF THE NATION”
Discover the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi through the eyes of his great-grandson in Mumbai. Mahatma (Great Soul) Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement, and inspired movements for civil rights across the world. You will drive past important venues, such as Jinnah House and August Kranti Maidan (traditionally known as Gowalia Tank Maidan), learning of their relevance to Gandhi’s efforts. Then, proceed to the historic Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi’s great-grandson, Mr. Tushar Gandhi, will welcome you. This modest building served as Gandhi’s Bombay (Mumbai) headquarters from 1917 to 1934. You will enjoy a guided tour, as well as a short film showcasing India’s struggle for freedom. Then, you will have the chance to participate in a discussion with Tushar Gandhi over a cup of coffee or tea. Guests will each receive a copy of Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, as a memento of this memorable and enriching experience.

LOCAL LIFE OF MUMBAI
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A RESPLENDENT TEMPLE AND GARDENS
Immerse yourself in the daily life of the residents of Mumbai as you discover its historic train stations and ride the rails. Stop for photos at the Gateway of India before passing the Gothic-style Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus—formerly Victoria Terminus. It was here, in 1853, that the first train in India began its journey. Continue on to the colorful Crawford Market, where locals come daily to buy produce and fruit. Then, travel to Churchgate Station and board a commuter train for a ride to Mahalaxmi Station. The commuter trains of Mumbai carry as many as 7 million people to work each day. At Mahalaxmi Station, climb the stairs to the street and take a short walk to Dhobi Ghat, an open air Indian laundry that is popular with residents. After a visit to the terraced Hanging Gardens, stop at Kamala Nehru Park for panoramic views of the city before returning to your ship.

PRIVATE ART COLLECTIONS & HIGH TEA AT THE SEA LOUNGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Privileged Access* Snack* Moderate*

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INDIA’S ARTISTIC LEGACY DURING A PRIVILEGED ACCESS TOUR
Discover India’s extensive art history during a Privileged Access visit to a premier museum followed by high tea. Travel to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly called the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early 1900s, this esteemed institution is home to a rare collection of paintings, sculptures, bronze articles, manuscripts and decorative arts. Meet the museum’s curator, who will take you on a private tour through several galleries displaying collections that are not open to the public. See artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries, plus contemporary works from the likes of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group. After a walk through the vibrant Kala Ghoda neighborhood you will drive to the Taj Mahal Palace, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the monumental Gateway to India. Relax amid the colonial charm of the hotel’s Sea Lounge while enjoying a traditional high tea accompanied by a buffet of classic English delicacies and local favorites.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Goa was the cultural center of Portuguese India for 450 years. This was the first region in India colonized, and the last to get its freedom. Nowhere in India is the colonial influence so prominent. About a third of Goans are Catholic and the colonial styles of the Old Town have earned it a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among its magnificent cathedrals and monasteries, the Sé Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Asia. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, a fine example of baroque architecture, holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the city’s patron saint.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

A DRIVE THROUGH THE GOA REGION (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Local Life* Easy*

A TASTE OF PORTUGAL IN INDIA
Take in the colonial wonders of the former Portuguese state of Goa, set amid a lush and tranquil countryside. This is a land of spice farms and welcoming people. You will drive with your guide to Old Goa, the region’s historic city where the Basilica of Bom Jesus stands as testament to the city’s Catholic heritage. You will also see the renowned Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. In Goa’s capital of Panaji, admire the charm of red-roofed houses, sunny squares and well-kept gardens spread along the wide Mandovi River. Absorb the city’s relaxed atmosphere along the leafy avenues that thread their way past balconied Portuguese-style houses. Visit the Largo de Igreja, or Church Square, where the baroque Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception once welcomed Portuguese sailors after their long voyage from Lisbon. You will have time to explore the market here before returning to your ship.

GOAN HERITAGE
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Sightseeing* Natural World* Local Life* Moderate*

WITNESS A FASCINATING RURAL HISTORY AND A STUNNING COAST
Delve into the rich traditions of old Goa at an open air museum and enjoy the picturesque coast at a beach resort. Drive with your guide to Goa Chitra, an ethnographic museum that pays tribute to the region’s ancestors and their deeply held customs. This typical Goan village enjoys a rural setting on an organic farm amid natural grazing grounds and plains rich in tree ferns, mosses and flowering plants. You will accompany the museum’s founder on a tour among more than 4,000 objects that reflect Goa’s culture. Learn about the farm’s irrigation system and harvesting methods that blend modern and indigenous techniques. Admire craftsmanship that employs centuries-old elements salvaged from more than 300 heritage homes. Later, you are invited to a folklore performance. You will continue to a local Beach Resort, where you can enjoy its beach, pool and other facilities. Return to your ship via Goa’s scenic coastline.

THE SPICE FARM
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Easy*

CULINARY AND MEDICINAL SECRETS
Visit the state of Goa’s fascinating spice farm to gain unique insight into the fragrant and flavorful crops. These delicious spices once lured colonists to these shores. You will meet your guide and drive into a lush countryside of emerald-green hills and fertile fields. Amid these verdant surroundings, you will stop at the Spice Farm. The plants grown here, from cinnamon and clove to pepper and cardamom, are used for much more than local cuisine. Many of them offer other benefits, enhancing the everyday lives of Indians. After enjoying a refreshment, you will join your host for a tour of the farm's vast plantation area and learn how its numerous and varied spices grow as plants and are tapped for their potency. Later, you are invited to lunch on traditional Goan delicacies prepared with the farm’s ingredients, an occasion that the locals enjoy using their bare hands. After, return to your ship.

PORTUGUESE HERITAGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Working World* Moderate*

COLONIAL CHARM AND SPLENDOR
Discover the rich legacy of the Portuguese in Goa’s colonial architecture and traditions. Goa was the first Indian state to be colonized by Europe and the last to be liberated, in 1961. For 450 years, the region was steeped in colonial and Christian influences from Portugal. Today, deeply rooted echoes remain in countless buildings and numerous churches. Meet your guide and drive to the village of Chandor in Margao. Here, you will stop to explore a 213-year-old palatial mansion built by Portuguese nobleman Menezes Braganza, the largest heritage house in Goa. Admire its colonial facade and step inside to see its grand chandeliers, lush paintings, fine porcelain and crystal and period furniture. After your visit, continue to the Latin quarters of Margao City, where you will walk among a rich blend of Portuguese and Indian architectural styles. After time to explore on your own, you will return to your ship.

CROCODILE CRUISE & PLANTATION VISIT
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Local Life* Working World* Easy*

EXPLORE GOA'S CROCODILE TERRITORY AND VISIT A PLANTATION
Cruise the backwaters in search of crocodiles and rare, exotic birds, and visit a tropical plantation. You will board your boat at Cortalim Jetty for a cruise along the Cumbharjua Canal. Also known as “Crocodile Dundee,” these scenic backwaters run through the most densely inhabited crocodile territory of Goa. Your local crew has years of experience and keen eyes to spot and point out the estuarine crocs, which are often well camouflaged. The boatmen maneuver the craft slowly and cautiously, so as not to spook the crocs, and guests will be requested to remain silent as well. This mangrove-lined canal is also a haven for lizards, mongoose and monkeys, and is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Following your cruise, you will visit a local tropical plantation, and enjoy a guided walking tour among a wide variety of plants, trees and spices. Enjoy a delicious lunch here before returning to the pier.

GOA BEACH RESORT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Natural World* Easy*

ENJOY A LUXURIOUS IDYLL
Indulge in some Indian relaxation at a 5-star resort in Goa—the land of beaches. A short drive from the pier, you will be welcomed and pampered by the resort’s expert staff. You will have more than two hours to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings and the amenities of this beach resort before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary drink as you kick back and relax by the pool, or choose to make your way down to the curving white-sand beach for a leisurely stroll as waves lap your feet. You can also simply relax and catch some rays on the coconut tree–lined beach, surrounded by picturesque greenery and hills. During your stay, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch of Indian, Western and Oriental fare.

GOAN MARKET & COOKING CLASS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Easy*

GOAN CUISINE AT ITS FINEST
Get a taste of Goa during this market tour, cooking demonstration and luncheon. You will travel to Vasco, where you will enjoy a guided market tour showcasing local fruits,vegetables, spices and seafood before continuing on to Rita’s Gourmet. Here, you will be welcomed with Indian snacks and beverages, and a brief introduction to Goan cuisine. Learn how the Portuguese introduced different fruits and vegetables, and influenced local gastronomy during their rule here. Your host will present an array of dry and fresh spices and chilies and then, in the lovely garden gazebo, you will take part in a hands-on cooking class covering one appetizer, a main dish and dessert. Then, feast on your sumptuous brunch of Goan favorites like hot rissois de camarao (prawn puffs), chicken cafreal, butter-garlic recheado prawns and calamari, all accompanied by fresh Goan bread. Then you will return to your ship.

RURAL GOA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Working World* Snack* Moderate*

AN AUTHENTIC VILLAGE VISIT
Discover authentic and unspoiled Goa in the coir-making community of Betul, and enjoy a local snack. Travel by motor coach along the coast, through small villages that still follow old traditions and observe a simple way of life. You will have the chance to observe locals as they create handicrafts, and enjoy a beautiful viewpoint over the Sal River. You will then continue on to Betul Village, a rural haven on the estuary of the river in which life centers on fishing and coir production. Here, the villagers live amicably in their simple dwellings and the community gathers during the evenings to socialize. You will visit the local factory here, and learn how spindle woven mats are made from coir, or coconut fiber that is extracted from the coconut's husk. Partake in Goan specialties and drinks at a local restaurant before enjoying a scenic drive back to the pier.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail the azure waters between the island nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives at the tip of India’s southern point. The Laccadive Sea has been a thriving region for pearl fishing for thousands of years. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in The Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Brimming with old-world charm, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest cultural center. With its large harbor and strategic seaside location, Colombo quickly earned favor among ancient traders. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, then the English, who ruled until the country gained independence in 1948. Still today, evidence of all three nations is clear in the cuisine, language and architecture. Within the city’s 19th-century fortress stands the neobaroque Old Parliament Building, and the city’s streets carry the names of former British governors.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SNAPSHOTS OF COLOMBO (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A COLONIAL ISLAND GEM
Witness the old-world British charms of Sri Lanka’s largest cultural center. Here, skyscrapers mingle with historic buildings. You will meet your guide for a drive past the British fort and the Old Parliament Building, a neobaroque treasure built during the British period—an influence you will also notice in the city’s streets, which were named for former British governors. Pass through the affluent residential district of Cinnamon Gardens and see the University of Colombo and prestigious Royal College before arriving at Independence Square, built after the island gained independence from the British in 1948. You will also drive past the Galle Face Hotel, another British-era landmark, and stop to explore Gangaramaya Temple, the largest in Colombo and a Buddhist learning center. Admire its holy bodhi tree and inspiring interior before returning to your ship.

COLOMBO CITY BY TUK-TUK
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Sightseeing* Local Life* Easy*

AN EXHILARATING RIDE PAST COLONIAL TREASURES AND LOCAL MARKET VISIT
Journey through the streets of Colombo in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk as you take in the sights of Sri Lanka’s capital. Take a break from modern transportation and marvel at the driver’s ability as he weaves through the traffic. Imagine the days of old Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s former name under British rule, as you pass colonial treasures in the Cinnamon Gardens district, including the Old Parliament Building and the Colombo National Museum. Admire the eclectic mix of Asian architecture at the Gangaramaya Temple, Sri Lanka’s most influential center for Buddhist worship and religious learning. Observe the hive of activity at Pettah Market and immerse yourself in its multicultural flair as you witness the colors, scents and sounds of its Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim mix of ethnicities. Following your time at the market, a motor coach will transfer you the short distance back to your ship.

CEYLON TEA EXPERIENCE AT INGIRIYA
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Working World* Moderate*

SAMPLE SRI LANKA’S MOST FAMOUS EXPORT
Gain insight into the island’s hugely successful tea-producing industry, from the plant leaf to the teacup. Enjoy a scenic drive through lush landscapes as you climb into the hills of Ingiriya. Upon arrival at the tea plantation in Ingiriya, you will enjoy a traditional welcome with garlands made from tea leaves. Some of the finest teas in the world are produced in this region, and during your tour, you will learn why it has become one of Sri Lanka’s most famous and principal exports. Delve into the island’s culture and history as you observe the tea crop being plucked, graded, tasted, bagged and packed. Your guide will explain the process, and you will enjoy a taste of the finished product at the plantation manager’s bungalow. Rubber production is also a significant industry in this area and is essential to the local economy. If conditions are favorable, you may also observe the rubber tapping process.

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

WITNESS THE NURTURING OF THESE GENTLE GIANTS
Visit Pinnawala for a rare sight of a herd of elephants at Sri Lanka’s leading wildlife conservation center. Be captivated by the sight of these gentle giants as you witness their daily walk to bathe in the river, and their play and interaction with their handlers. Enjoy a traditional buffet lunch at a local restaurant by the water’s edge. After lunch, you will head to the nearby orphanage. This sanctuary for abused or orphaned elephants provides a truly unforgettable opportunity for you to view these remarkable animals up close, benefiting from the exceptional care of their handlers. Obtain firsthand knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation as you watch the largest herd of captive elephants in the world roam free across large expanses of land. At the end of an exhilarating day, you will return to Colombo and your awaiting ship.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF GEOFFREY BAWA
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Meal* Easy*

SEE MODERNIST ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Learn about the inspiring work of one of the most influential Asian architects of the 20th century. Geoffrey Bawa was the main proponent of “tropical modernism,” an architectural style based on the availability of materials and reflecting the needs and traditions of a local population. Visit Bawa’s former residence in Colombo; built during the 1960s through the artful addition of different units, it reflects Bawa’s principles. Wander through the labyrinth of rooms and gardens, which give the illusion of unlimited space. Travel by motor coach to Kotte, where you will view the Parliament building—possibly Bawa’s crowning achievement. Built on an artificial island, the elegant complex of copper-roofed pavilions is a masterpiece of modern regional architecture. Next, drive to The Gallery Café for lunch. Located in Bawa’s old offices, the building was converted into a café-restaurant and art gallery. Conclude your tour with a visit to Barefoot, a local business that designs, hand-weaves and exports textiles.

CENTRAL COLOMBO WALK
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Snack* Demanding*

EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE OF COLONIAL CEYLON
Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s multicultural heritage in the bustling commercial district of Pettah. Meet your guide and take the short drive to Pettah; located next to the central Fort district, it still reflects Sri Lanka’s past as a meeting and trading point for people from around the world. Your guide, a Colombo native, will walk with you through the busy streets while relating stories about the history of Pettah and Colombo. Learn more about the diverse cultural landscape of this area in which Moors, Sinhala, Tamil, Burghers and other communities that comprise modern Sri Lanka meet. Witness the trading of a variety of goods in the open air bazaars—from spices and textiles to car parts and electronics. See old colonial mansions from the Dutch period and conclude your walk at the Galle Face Hotel, a renowned Dutch villa that was converted into a hotel in 1894. Enjoy refreshments before heading back to your ship.

TASTE OF SRI LANKA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Meal* Easy*

COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH LOCAL CHEF
Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a fascinating hands-on demonstration by a local chef. Sri Lanka’s historic location along the Silk Road’s oceanic trade route is reflected in the many influences that flavor its regional cuisine—Indian, Indonesian and European tastes mixed with local staples such as rice, coconut, spices and fresh vegetables and fruits. Meet your host and transfer to a private kitchen, where you will embark on a culinary journey that explores Sri Lanka’s flavorful traditions. Gain insight into local ingredients and how to use them to create mouthwatering dishes. Roll up your sleeves and take part in this interactive cooking master class, then enjoy a delicious lunch made up of the dishes you have prepared. Afterward, your appetite sated, return to your ship, taking home with you the recipes and a selection of Sri Lankan spices.

GALLE FORT & OLD TOWN
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Moderate*

DUTCH COLONIAL FORTRESS AND MARITIME MUSEUM
Visit Galle, the largest remaining fortress in Southeast Asia, built by its previous European settlers. During the 16th century, Portuguese explorers built a mud fort to control the most important port in Sri Lanka: Galle. The Dutch took the city in 1640 and built the mighty fortress, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through the plains of southwestern Sri Lanka en route to Galle. Walk around the fort and see evidence of its previous occupants on a visit to the Dutch Church, and observe the lighthouse and clock tower. Marvel at the inspiring sea views from the ramparts before heading to a local hotel for a traditional lunch of rice and curry. Call on the Maritime Museum, which occupies an enormous old spice warehouse, and learn about the seafaring history of Galle. Take some time to explore the streets of Galle before returning to your ship.

TRADITIONAL DANCES OF SRI LANKA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Privileged Access* After Dark* Special Interest* Meal* Easy*

CULTURAL EVENING WITH DINNER AND DANCE SHOW
Enjoy a colorful extravaganza of dance and music and learn about Sri Lanka’s traditions. Sri Lanka’s dances reflect the country’s age-old history of cultural encounters, with roots in the country’s pre-Buddhist past. Travel by motor coach to a renowned local hotel, where you will enjoy dinner and watch a display of some of Sri Lanka’s most representative traditional dances. The Kandyan dances are considered the classical dance form of Sri Lanka. Watch an elegant performance of the Vess Netuma, which recreates scenes from the epic Hindu poem Ramayana. Also see the low-country dances of the southern plains, which more closely reflect the country’s Buddhist past and are often called the “Devil Dances.” In the dramatic Naga Raksha, male performers wear brightly colored carved wooden masks—so important in Sri Lankan folklore. Admire these and other dance styles while enjoying some delicious Sri Lankan fare.

BEIRA LAKE DINNER CRUISE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Privileged Access* After Dark* Meal* Easy*

EVENING ON BOARD FLOATING RESTAURANT
Enjoy a relaxing evening dinner cruise on a lake in central Colombo. To provide protection against their inland enemies, Portuguese colonists built the artificial Beira Lake during the 16th century. Its waters were infested with crocodiles, and at the time of the Dutch occupation a large artificial island was created to house a village and a large coconut plantation. Today, Beira Lake is a peaceful oasis within the business district of the bustling metropolis of Colombo. Take a short drive to the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel and board the hotel’s floating restaurant. Get settled on board with a refreshing beverage as you begin your leisurely cruise of Beira Lake. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner while two local musicians provide light background music. Gaze up through the translucent roof of the floating restaurant and admire the stars above you as you cruise.

ORGANIC AGRO FARM
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Working World* Meal* Moderate*

EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE IN RURAL SRI LANKA
Experience Sri Lankan hospitality while interacting with locals during an immersive visit to a rural village. An eclectic mix of cultures, ethnicities and religions, Sri Lanka has a reputation for generosity and friendliness. Begin your immersion in Sri Lankan culture at Kithsiri Mewan, a 1,700-year-old Buddhist temple spread across different levels atop a rock cliff in Pokunuvita. Admire the temple’s artwork and natural beauty as you explore, then travel to the village of Millaniya. Here, enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through the village and down a narrow path flanked by rice paddies and a rubber plantation en route to the Agropark Millaniya. Meet your host and their family, then take a guided tour of the farm. Savor a delicious lunch before participating in several demonstrations, including learning how locals make rubber sheets out of tree sap. Afterward, say farewell to your newfound friends before returning to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Sri Lanka’s rich culture, colonial history and stunning setting merge along the mile-long Galle Face Green, nestled between the ocean and the business district. On this welcoming lawn kissed by sea breezes, young men play cricket, couples stroll and children fly kites. Food vendors may tempt passersby with isso wade—deep-fried shrimp cakes—or other treats. The prestigious Galle Face Hotel, built by the British in 1864, serves refreshing gin and tonics and offers a complete tea service. Its veranda is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SNAPSHOTS OF COLOMBO (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A COLONIAL ISLAND GEM
Witness the old-world British charms of Sri Lanka’s largest cultural center. Here, skyscrapers mingle with historic buildings. You will meet your guide for a drive past the British fort and the Old Parliament Building, a neobaroque treasure built during the British period—an influence you will also notice in the city’s streets, which were named for former British governors. Pass through the affluent residential district of Cinnamon Gardens and see the University of Colombo and prestigious Royal College before arriving at Independence Square, built after the island gained independence from the British in 1948. You will also drive past the Galle Face Hotel, another British-era landmark, and stop to explore Gangaramaya Temple, the largest in Colombo and a Buddhist learning center. Admire its holy bodhi tree and inspiring interior before returning to your ship.

COLOMBO CITY BY TUK-TUK
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Sightseeing* Local Life* Easy*

AN EXHILARATING RIDE PAST COLONIAL TREASURES AND LOCAL MARKET VISIT
Journey through the streets of Colombo in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk as you take in the sights of Sri Lanka’s capital. Take a break from modern transportation and marvel at the driver’s ability as he weaves through the traffic. Imagine the days of old Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s former name under British rule, as you pass colonial treasures in the Cinnamon Gardens district, including the Old Parliament Building and the Colombo National Museum. Admire the eclectic mix of Asian architecture at the Gangaramaya Temple, Sri Lanka’s most influential center for Buddhist worship and religious learning. Observe the hive of activity at Pettah Market and immerse yourself in its multicultural flair as you witness the colors, scents and sounds of its Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim mix of ethnicities. Following your time at the market, a motor coach will transfer you the short distance back to your ship.

CEYLON TEA EXPERIENCE AT INGIRIYA
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Working World* Moderate*

SAMPLE SRI LANKA’S MOST FAMOUS EXPORT
Gain insight into the island’s hugely successful tea-producing industry, from the plant leaf to the teacup. Enjoy a scenic drive through lush landscapes as you climb into the hills of Ingiriya. Upon arrival at the tea plantation in Ingiriya, you will enjoy a traditional welcome with garlands made from tea leaves. Some of the finest teas in the world are produced in this region, and during your tour, you will learn why it has become one of Sri Lanka’s most famous and principal exports. Delve into the island’s culture and history as you observe the tea crop being plucked, graded, tasted, bagged and packed. Your guide will explain the process, and you will enjoy a taste of the finished product at the plantation manager’s bungalow. Rubber production is also a significant industry in this area and is essential to the local economy. If conditions are favorable, you may also observe the rubber tapping process.

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

WITNESS THE NURTURING OF THESE GENTLE GIANTS
Visit Pinnawala for a rare sight of a herd of elephants at Sri Lanka’s leading wildlife conservation center. Be captivated by the sight of these gentle giants as you witness their daily walk to bathe in the river, and their play and interaction with their handlers. Enjoy a traditional buffet lunch at a local restaurant by the water’s edge. After lunch, you will head to the nearby orphanage. This sanctuary for abused or orphaned elephants provides a truly unforgettable opportunity for you to view these remarkable animals up close, benefiting from the exceptional care of their handlers. Obtain firsthand knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation as you watch the largest herd of captive elephants in the world roam free across large expanses of land. At the end of an exhilarating day, you will return to Colombo and your awaiting ship.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF GEOFFREY BAWA
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Meal* Easy*

SEE MODERNIST ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Learn about the inspiring work of one of the most influential Asian architects of the 20th century. Geoffrey Bawa was the main proponent of “tropical modernism,” an architectural style based on the availability of materials and reflecting the needs and traditions of a local population. Visit Bawa’s former residence in Colombo; built during the 1960s through the artful addition of different units, it reflects Bawa’s principles. Wander through the labyrinth of rooms and gardens, which give the illusion of unlimited space. Travel by motor coach to Kotte, where you will view the Parliament building—possibly Bawa’s crowning achievement. Built on an artificial island, the elegant complex of copper-roofed pavilions is a masterpiece of modern regional architecture. Next, drive to The Gallery Café for lunch. Located in Bawa’s old offices, the building was converted into a café-restaurant and art gallery. Conclude your tour with a visit to Barefoot, a local business that designs, hand-weaves and exports textiles.

CENTRAL COLOMBO WALK
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Snack* Demanding*

EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE OF COLONIAL CEYLON
Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s multicultural heritage in the bustling commercial district of Pettah. Meet your guide and take the short drive to Pettah; located next to the central Fort district, it still reflects Sri Lanka’s past as a meeting and trading point for people from around the world. Your guide, a Colombo native, will walk with you through the busy streets while relating stories about the history of Pettah and Colombo. Learn more about the diverse cultural landscape of this area in which Moors, Sinhala, Tamil, Burghers and other communities that comprise modern Sri Lanka meet. Witness the trading of a variety of goods in the open air bazaars—from spices and textiles to car parts and electronics. See old colonial mansions from the Dutch period and conclude your walk at the Galle Face Hotel, a renowned Dutch villa that was converted into a hotel in 1894. Enjoy refreshments before heading back to your ship.

TASTE OF SRI LANKA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Meal* Easy*

COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH LOCAL CHEF
Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a fascinating hands-on demonstration by a local chef. Sri Lanka’s historic location along the Silk Road’s oceanic trade route is reflected in the many influences that flavor its regional cuisine—Indian, Indonesian and European tastes mixed with local staples such as rice, coconut, spices and fresh vegetables and fruits. Meet your host and transfer to a private kitchen, where you will embark on a culinary journey that explores Sri Lanka’s flavorful traditions. Gain insight into local ingredients and how to use them to create mouthwatering dishes. Roll up your sleeves and take part in this interactive cooking master class, then enjoy a delicious lunch made up of the dishes you have prepared. Afterward, your appetite sated, return to your ship, taking home with you the recipes and a selection of Sri Lankan spices.

GALLE FORT & OLD TOWN
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Moderate*

DUTCH COLONIAL FORTRESS AND MARITIME MUSEUM
Visit Galle, the largest remaining fortress in Southeast Asia, built by its previous European settlers. During the 16th century, Portuguese explorers built a mud fort to control the most important port in Sri Lanka: Galle. The Dutch took the city in 1640 and built the mighty fortress, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through the plains of southwestern Sri Lanka en route to Galle. Walk around the fort and see evidence of its previous occupants on a visit to the Dutch Church, and observe the lighthouse and clock tower. Marvel at the inspiring sea views from the ramparts before heading to a local hotel for a traditional lunch of rice and curry. Call on the Maritime Museum, which occupies an enormous old spice warehouse, and learn about the seafaring history of Galle. Take some time to explore the streets of Galle before returning to your ship.

ORGANIC AGRO FARM
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Working World* Meal* Moderate*

EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE IN RURAL SRI LANKA
Experience Sri Lankan hospitality while interacting with locals during an immersive visit to a rural village. An eclectic mix of cultures, ethnicities and religions, Sri Lanka has a reputation for generosity and friendliness. Begin your immersion in Sri Lankan culture at Kithsiri Mewan, a 1,700-year-old Buddhist temple spread across different levels atop a rock cliff in Pokunuvita. Admire the temple’s artwork and natural beauty as you explore, then travel to the village of Millaniya. Here, enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through the village and down a narrow path flanked by rice paddies and a rubber plantation en route to the Agropark Millaniya. Meet your host and their family, then take a guided tour of the farm. Savor a delicious lunch before participating in several demonstrations, including learning how locals make rubber sheets out of tree sap. Afterward, say farewell to your newfound friends before returning to your awaiting ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal are considered sacred by many Hindus. In ancient Hindu lore, the bay is called Mahodadhi, meaning “great water receptacle.” Still today, the devout perform a daily aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. During the early 1600s, Britain’s East India Company sailed along the coast, settled throughout India and established a trading body; soon after, half of the world’s maritime commerce of goods such as cotton, silk and tea were traded exclusively through them.

This narrow passage between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra was a major route for early traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. Today, it is one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Along this historic waterway, the lush shores of Sumatra grace the horizon to the south, stretching out to lowlands, mangroves and swamps. The more urban skylines of Malaysia—George Town and Kuala Lumpur among them—shimmer in the distance to the north.

Capital of the Malaysian island of Penang, George Town has long been a crossroad. Today, it is a glorious celebration of culture, one of Asia’s most colorful corners. Malays, Indians and Chinese all share a past here, as a ride around town via a pedaled trishaw will show. George Town’s unique cityscape features shops from colonial days, Buddhist and Taoist temples, and kongsi, brightly painted clanhouses that traditionally open their doors to all who share a surname. The town’s rich literary past includes residents such as Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Noël Coward.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HISTORIC GEORGE TOWN (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

BRITISH AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN INFLUENCES MIX IN MALAYSIA’S OLDEST CITY
Explore the melting pot of cultures that have helped create Malaysia’s oldest city. George Town is where East meets West and old meets new, with an intriguing blend of British and Southeast Asian influences. Embark on a scenic tour by motor coach through the city. Your guide will explain how George Town developed as an important trading post during the 18th century. See snapshots of old England at Downing Street—which, as in London, was once a seat of government—and the whitewashed facade of St. George’s Church. Take a guided walk through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take time to photograph the whimsical street art. Board your coach for a scenic drive past landmarks such as Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and the eye-catching State Mosque. You will also pass the sacred Hindu Waterfall Hill Temple, Botanical Gardens and Fort Cornwallis en route to your ship.

PENANG IN A DAY
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

A RICHLY LAYERED TROPICAL CANVAS
Witness the cultural and natural splendor of Penang on one wide-ranging excursion. Meet your guide and drive into the hills, where you will visit Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Chinese temple in Southeast Asia. From its setting, you will have a commanding view of George Town. Step into the colorful Buddhist temple to view the world’s fourth largest Reclining Buddha, measuring 108 feet long. Across the way, you will see the Burmese Buddhist Temple, a hint of Penang’s cultural diversity. Continue to the Batu Ferringhi region of Penang in the north. At the Penang Butterfly Farm, enter a magnificent glass enclosure to admire many tropical butterfly species taking wing. Continue into the countryside, where paddy fields and Malay villages dot an emerald landscape of softly rolling hills. After time at a local fruit and spice stall, a visual and fragrant feast of colors and scents, return to your ship.

TEMPLES & TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

VIBRANT TEMPLES AND COLORFUL CULTURE
Visit some of the island’s most notable temples, discover traditional handicrafts and visit lush market stalls. Meet your guide and drive to the Thai Buddhist Temple (Wat Chaiyamangkalaram), which houses the fourth largest Recling Buddha in the world. Across the way, the Burmese Buddhist Temple hints at Penang’s cultural diversity. Continue to the Batu Ferringhi region, stopping to visit a batik factory, where colorful cloths are patterned with a centuries-old wax and dye process. Continue past fruit orchards and plantations growing clove and nutmeg, pausing at a farmer’s fruit stall, a burst of color and fragrances. Next, explore the legendary Temple of the Azure Cloud, or Snake Temple, dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong. The god’s disciples included pit vipers, tamed by incense smoke. You may safely view the live snakes that still reside here before returning to your ship.

GEORGE TOWN BY TRISHAW
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Easy*

GET AROUND LIKE THE LOCALS
Tour George Town’s Chinatown and its Old Town in the most authentic way: by traditional trishaw. Board your private three-wheeled vehicle for a leisurely ride amid the city’s vibrant colonial-flavored streets, glimpsing images of day-to-day life as you go. Stop at the majestic Khoo Kongsi, the most elaborately adorned clan house built outside China. Admire its detailed wood, granite and stone carvings. Continue to the Chung Keng Kooi mansion, once a private home of a Chinese Kapitan—head of the Hai San secret society. Marvel at its remarkable restoration work, period furniture and glimmering porcelain. Cap your tour by exploring the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the historic monuments and landmarks, then enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets to gaze upon the impressive street art and murals on display, before returning to your ship.

BUKIT MERAH ORANG UTAN ISLAND
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

EXPLORE A SANCTUARY FOR MALAYSIA’S ORANGUTAN
Observe orangutans roaming free at Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation, a sanctuary dedicated to their care. Travel from the island of Penang to mainland Malaysia via the fifth-longest bridge in the world, taking in views of the Malaysian countryside and sprawling palm plantations. A short boat ride takes you to the Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation. This world-renowned center is dedicated to the care of Malaysia’s orangutans, an endangered species and one of only two exclusively Asian species of great apes. The island serves as a five-acre breeding sanctuary, as well as a research and education center. You will have the chance to observe orangutans roaming free in their natural habitat and stop by the Education Zone for an expert briefing before returing to your ship.

PENANG HILL & TEMPLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Snack* Moderate*

ENJOY A FUNICULAR RIDE TO MALAYSIA’S LARGEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Ride the funicular railway to the peak of Penang Hill, and visit Kek Lok Si, Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple. Your tram will climb to the summit of Penang’s highest hill, Bukit Bendera, which reaches an altitude of over 2,700 feet above sea level. From here you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view overlooking George Town and the Strait of Malacca. Next, travel to the Kek Lok Si Temple—one of the best-known Buddhist temples on the island and one of the biggest and most stunning in all of Southeast Asia. Its striking seven-tiered pagoda blends Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship, and the sacred Pond of Longevity is home to hundreds of tortoises. In Chinese culture, tortoises are a symbol of longevity, strength, and endurance, and here they are set free by local worshippers. You will marvel at the splendor of this jewel in the crown of Malaysia’s heritage temples.

PENANG BOTANIC GARDENS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Working World* Moderate*

VISIT A BOTANICAL SPICE GARDEN AND BUTTERFLY FARM
Discover the diversity of Malaysian flora at two unique botanical gardens, and see the Penang Butterfly Farm. Climb on board your motor coach and journey with your knowledgeable guide through Penang’s capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town. At the Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as the “Waterfall Gardens,” discover a peaceful haven of indigenous and exotic plants. Then, you will take a scenic drive along Batu Feringhi—one of Asia's most beautiful beaches—to observe an impressive collection of butterflies and other insects at the Penang Butterfly Farm. Sitting at the foot of the Teluk Bahang Hills, it features more than 4,000 butterflies representing 120 different species. Finally, you will continue on to the lush Tropical Spice Garden on Penang’s northern shores. Once an abandoned rubber plantation, this award-winning ecotourism destination now offers eight magnificent acres of native plants and exotic herbs including bamboo, ginger, heliconias, and stunning orchids.

THE ART OF BATIK
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest* Local Life* Working World* Easy*

CREATE BATIK USING AN AGE-OLD ARTISTIC METHOD
Tap into your artistic side and learn the traditional art of batik fabric painting. Travel by motor coach to the district of Teluk Bahang. Here, a local artisan will teach you the traditional techniques of using wax and dyes to create your own 36-inch x 36-inch batik cotton voile scarf. Malaysian batik is typically created by four methods: block printing, freestyle drawing, silk screening, and tie dyeing. You will use block printing to create your scarf, dipping a copper mold design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material. After the first dyed color has dried, a second wax design is stamped, and the material is dyed again. After the process is repeated a few more times, the cloth is boiled to melt the wax away, resulting in an intricate and beautifully colored pattern. Your handcrafted scarf will be treated to set the colors, then packed and mailed to your home.

GEORGE TOWN GASTRONOMY
DURATION: 5 HOURS
UNESCO* Special Interest* Meal* Local Life* Moderate*

INSIGHTS INTO MALAYSIAN CUISINE
Learn to prepare traditional Malaysian dishes in a stunningly restored 19th-century shop-house café. Travel to the Edelweiss Café nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Armenian Street, an enclave built in the early transitional style of mid-19th century Penang. You will be welcomed here by the owner—your guide and chef—who will escort you to the local market to source ingredients while sharing his insights on the traditional goods sold here. You will then return to the café to learn the methods involved in preparing select local dishes and enjoy a hands-on cooking experience. After practicing your newfound skills, savor the sumptuous Malaysian lunch that you had a hand in preparing while marveling at the beauty of the fantastically restored 1860s building. After lunch, continue to a local tea shop, where you will observe and sample the art of teh tarik (Malaysian tea pulling) before heading back to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur was built by Chinese tin prospectors in the mid-1800s. Since then, the city of KL, as the locals call it, has grown into a stunning mix of colonial, Moorish, Tudor, neo-Gothic and Grecian-Spanish architecture. The two-story shophouses of Old Market Square, with storefronts below and residences above, reveal the lives of merchants. The magnificent Petronas Towers are the centerpiece of this fascinating city; the side-by-side twin spires resemble a pair of rockets, connected by a two-story sky bridge that spans the 41st and 42nd floors.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

A GLIMPSE OF KUALA LUMPUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE HEART OF MALAYSIA
Discover Malaysia’s city of delightful contrasts, one of the most vibrant metropolises in Asia. You will join your guide for a panoramic tour that takes you to the National Museum, a fascinating collection that chronicles the nation’s past from prehistory through the Malacca Sultanate, colonial era and present day. Also visit the National Monument, a huge bronze monument built in tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives during the Communist Insurgency of the 1950s. Make photo stops at the elegant, historic 1910 Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the National Mosque of Malaysia. In Merdeka Square (Independence Square), admire the wide cricket green and the British-style Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Drive through the Golden Triangle, the city’s entertainment district, before stopping to gaze up at the soaring Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk. This architectural wonder is the pride of Malaysia.

MALAY HOME & ROYAL TOWN
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Snack* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

VISIT A LOCAL FAMILY RESIDENCE, PALACE, AND LANDMARK ART COLLECTION
Enjoy a taste of Malay culture in Selangor state, visiting a family home, sultan’s palace and royal art collection. With a local guide to interpret and facilitate the cultural exchange, you will be invited into an authentic village home to enjoy coffee, tea and some traditional Malay cakes. This is a rare chance to experience the daily customs that inform everyday Malay life. Then, enjoy a photo stop at Alam Shah Palace, the residence of the former Sultan of Selangor. Before returning to the port, you will also stop at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Royal Gallery, a priceless collection of art and artifacts, many of which were presented to the sultan by visiting foreign dignitaries over the years.

KUALA LUMPUR’S BLUE MOSQUE & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE CAPITAL’S HIGHLIGHTS AND MORE
View striking Kuala Lumpur highlights including the Blue Mosque, and enjoy free time in the city’s Golden Triangle. Ride from port past some impressive new developments, then enjoy a photo stop at the landmark Blue Mosque. The largest mosque in Southeast Asia, it measures over 350 feet in diameter and can hold 24,000 worshippers. Next is the National Monument, a bronze statue honoring soldiers who died during the Communist Insurgency in the 1950s. It was designed by Felix De Weldon, who also created the Iwo Jima monument. After lunch we’ll see Independence Square, and stop for a photo of the world’s tallest twin skyscraper, Petronas Towers. Near the Golden Triangle you will have time at the Karyaneka Handicraft center to shop for pewter, crystal, glass, and textiles, or to watch a batik painting demonstration. Finally, before returning to port you will ride to the top of the needle-like Kuala Lumpur Tower for 360-degree views.

PUTRAJAYA LAKE CRUISE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

EXPLORE MALAYSIA’S “INTELLIGENT GARDEN CITY”
Putrajaya, an oasis of green some 16 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, is a remarkable example of modern urban planning. Its gardens and residences are built around serene wetlands. Nicknamed “the Intelligent Garden City,” Putrajaya was conceived by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. Planned down to the most minute detail, it includes government and administrative offices, homes and parks that stretch over 11,320 acres—more than 70 percent of which is devoted to nature, with 13 different gardens. Stop at Perdana Putra, the Prime Minister’s office complex, and Putra Mosque, incorporating Islamic architecture from Turkestan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. See the 1,200-foot-long Seri Wawasan Bridge and Putra Square, formed with a combination of star shapes that represent the development of Malaysia. Stop for photos at the Palace of Justice, and round off the tour with a leisurely, air-conditioned cruise before returning to your ship.

NATIONAL TEXTILE MUSEUM, CITY GALLERY & KL TOWER
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Working World* Moderate*

BEHOLD THE FABRICS AND COSTUMES OF MALAY CULTURE, AND ASCEND THE KL TOWER
Admire textiles and apparel dating to prehistoric times at the National Textile Museum, and ascend KL Tower. This heritage building with its bold striped exterior lies in Merdeka Square, and is designed in the Moghul-Islamic architectural style. Each of its four galleries houses textiles, jewelry and costumes from different regions and eras. Marvel at embroidered shawls, beaded shoes, Iban ceremonial cloth, songket silk and headgear. The museum also features tools and exhibits demonstrating processes such as gilding, calendaring, beading and batik painting. Artisans represented come from mainland Malaysia to the tribes of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo. Across the street you will visit the City Gallery, an information center with arts displays, artisanal demonstrations and a fine shop. The tour concludes at the signature KL Tower, which at 1,381 feet is the seventh tallest communication tower. Before heading back to port enjoy the views from its 1,000-foot high observation deck.

MAH MERI CULTURAL VILLAGE & MASKED PERFORMANCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

A CULTURAL INTRODUCTION TO THE "SEA NOMADS" OF MALAYSIA
Encounter one of Malaysia’s indigenous tribes and see their ritual mask dances at the Mah Meri Cultural Village. The Mah Meri are part of the Senoi group of native (orang asli) Malaysians, former sea nomads who now live on land in kampong (villages) in a kinship community overseen by a batin headman who doubles as a bomoh or shaman. It is his task to administer to the moyang (ancestral spirits) who provide the village with guidance and protection. The unique mask dance that you will see is traditionally performed during ancestor day celebrations, weddings and other joyous occasions. It is performed by 7 dancers accompanied by 5 musicians playing drums, brass gongs and bamboo sticks, and singing uplifting songs to the spirits. The village is also known for fine woodworking, origami and pandanus weaving. Enjoy this must-see cultural experience along with refreshments and local delicacies such as local Malay cakes.

KUALA LUMPUR & THE TWIN TOWERS
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

WALK THROUGH OLD KUALA LUMPUR AND GO INSIDE THE PETRONAS TOWERS
Take a nostalgic walking tour of historic Kuala Lumpur, then glimpse the future at the sky-high Petronas Towers. Your tour meanders past landmarks like the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers, where Kuala Lumpur’s first residents, Chinese tin miners, established a settlement. You will also see the popular Chinatown covered street bazaars, the artsy Central Market, the former seat of the British colonial government, the Old Tudor Cricket Club, Anglican Church, Masjid Jamek (the oldest mosque) and a sampling of old Buddhist and Hindu temples. Following a relaxing pause for lunch the next stop will be a photo opportunity at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s seventh tallest buildings. They are connected at the 41st and 42nd level by a unique, three-hinged Skybridge. Ride to the Skybridge and take in the views from this architectural wonder and symbol of Malaysia.

BATU CAVES & PEWTER FACTORY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Local Life* Working World* Demanding*

EXPLORE A NETWORK OF HINDU CAVE SHRINES AND A PEWTER CENTER
Marvel at the Batu Caves, a massive Hindu temple complex housed within a 400-million-year-old limestone hill. Located just six miles north of Kuala Lumpur, the caves attract thousands of devotees from around the world, thanks to its religious significance and the sheer scale of its treasures. It comprises a complex network of caves, with three main ones including one situated at the top of a steep, 272-step climb. Called the Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, it has a spectacular 330-foot high arched ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. There is also a 142-foot-high statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, and an impressive art gallery and museum. Afterward, visit the Royal Selangor Visitor’s Center, the world’s largest pewter manufacturer. Watch the artisans at work before learning how to create your own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods. The finished product is yours to take home as a memento.

CUISINE OF KUALA LUMPUR
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*

FOOD CULTURE OF MALAYSIA’S CAPITAL CITY
Savor the melting pot of Kuala Lumpur’s cultures through its mouthwatering cuisine. Sample Malay, Chinese and Indian food in authentic settings and learn how these different cuisines have been shaped by history as your guide leads you through the city’s bustling alleyways. On your walking tour, sample home-style Malay delicacies, then follow the enticing aromas into Chinatown and the Petaling Street market, where yong tau foo (filled tofu) and apam balik (pancake) may be on the menu. Try the likes of tasty roti and banana leaf rice created by Indian chefs. Please note that the eating opportunities may vary according to your guide’s recommendations. While on your culinary journey, you will also learn how religions intertwine in this multiethnic society—as do their places of worship. You will come across temples such as the Taoist Sin Sze Si Ya and the richly decorated Sri Mahamariamman, sacred to Hindus in between stops at local eateries.

PUTRAJAYA LAKE & BOTANICAL GARDEN
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

LAKE CRUISE WITH MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND BEAUTIFUL GARDENS
Discover natural and architectural gems of Malaysia’s “Garden City” during a cruise through the Putrajaya Wetlands. Putrajaya is a showpiece of urban design with ambitious modern buildings harmoniously set around a large manmade lake and lush wetlands. Board your boat for an enchanting cruise, admiring such sights as the elegant double-decker bridge; the eclectic blend of Malay, Islamic and European influences in the prime minister’s residence; and the distinctive, rose-tinted Putra Mosque. Your guide will explain how the serene, 1,500-acre lake was created to act as a natural cooling system for the city and a recreation destination for residents. You will encounter more abundant greenery during a stroll through the thoughtfully landscaped botanical garden filled with hundreds of exotic plant species from around the world. After your cruise, enjoy photo stops at the prime minister’s residence, the Putra Mosque and the hilltop convention center before returning to your ship.

KUALA LUMPUR OLD & NEW WITH LUNCH AT THE ICONIC MPC
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Sightseeing* Privileged Access* Meal* Moderate*

CHINATOWN, COLONIAL SETTLEMENTS AND MALAYSIAN PETROLEUM CLUB
Explore Kuala Lumpur’s past and present and enjoy a Privileged Access lunch at the iconic Malaysian Petroleum Club. Your guided tour will pass landmarks such as the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers, where Kuala Lumpur’s first residents established a settlement. You will also see Chinatown’s popular covered street bazaars, the artsy Central Market, the former seat of the British colonial government, the Old Tudor Cricket Club, the Anglican Church, Masjid Jamek and a sampling of old Buddhist and Hindu temples. Savor a delicious lunch at the members-only Malaysian Petroleum Club, located in the magnificent Petronas Towers. Afterward, enjoy a photo opportunity at the towers, the world’s seventh-tallest buildings. They are connected at the 41st and 42nd levels by a unique, three-hinged Skybridge. Ride to the Skybridge and take in the views from this architectural wonder and symbol of Malaysia. Please note: Formal attire is required for entry into the MPC.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. Established in 1819 for the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom the famed hotel is named, it grew from a secluded backwater into a shabby port city before transforming itself into a sophisticated metropolis. The technology and economy are highly advanced here, yet the islands host plentiful green parks with tree-lined footpaths and the stunning National Orchid Garden. For a panoramic view of it all, the observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands towers offers the perfect solution.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SINGAPORE CITY TOUR & NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Shopping* Sightseeing* Easy*

DISCOVER WHY SINGAPORE IS A “CITY IN A GARDEN”
See Discover the cultural diversity of Singapore on a relaxing coach tour of its cultural and natural highlights. In this island-state that has been called “Asia in microcosm,” you will see futuristic skyscrapers and old Chinese shop houses, mosques and churches, shopping centers and clean green parks. Stop at Mount Faber where you will admire the panoramic views over the harbor and the city. Drive through the financial district and enjoy the impressive vistas of Marina Bay from Merlion Park. In China Town, you will visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and see its impressive exhibit of a hundred Buddha statues in the Hundred Dragon’s Hall. Stop in Little India and immerse in the colorful display of flower garlands and exotic fruits. A highlight will be your stop at Singapore’s Botanic Garden, whose National Orchid Garden displays more than 1,000 species (and 2,000 hybrids) of these rare and delicate blooms.

SINGAPORE EXPLORER
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Shopping* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

EXPLORE SINGAPORE EVERY WHICH WAY
Ride a public bus, a riverboat, a trishaw and the MRT subways during this fun, hands-on exploration of Singapore. You will be given a Singapore “Survival Kit” with essential and quirky items like a map, mineral water, coins for the MRT and public bus, tiger balm ointment and more. Then, get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant ethnic melting pot that has been called “Asia in microcosm.” You will see futuristic skyscrapers and old Chinese shop houses, mosques and churches, shopping centers and clean green parks. Explore neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little India, The Colonial District, and Singapore River. During your tour, enjoy a stop at a local coffee shop for refreshments.

SINGAPORE ODYSSEY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

CELEBRATE SINGAPORE’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Discover Singapore’s contrasting cultures and fascinating history on a tour of its eclectic neighborhoods. You will begin with a visit to the Chinatown Heritage Center. Housed within three traditional shop houses, each level of the center takes you to a different period in Chinatown’s history. Get ready for some sensory overload in Little India, where the scent of spices and jasmine garlands is as intense as the eye-popping displays of silver, brassware, rattan, wood carvings and silken saris. Continue on to Arab Street, the old center of the Malay community that is now the place for opulent notions and textiles: lace, semiprecious stones, ostrich feathers, gold thread and wholesales bales of silk and organza. The gold-domed Sultan Mosque is also here. After a photo stop at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, savor a delicious eight-course lunch at a local seafood restaurant and sample a taste of Singapore’s world-famous chili crab before returning to your ship.

PERANAKAN CULTURE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

DISCOVER THE CHINESE-MALAY BABA NYONYA CULTURE IN JOO CHIAT AND KATONG
Discover Singapore’s unique Peranakan culture in the Joo Chiat and Katong neighborhoods. The Peranakans represent a particularly vibrant thread in Singapore’s ethnic tapestry. The name Peranakan means “local born,” as the Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married indigenous people from the Malay Archipelago during the 15th century. After a brief walk through the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park, head to the neighborhoods of Joo Chiat and Katong, occupying a charming corner of eastern Singapore in which to discover quirky shop houses, hidden temples and quaint stores featuring Peranakan wares. Enjoy a talk on this rich culture and sample local delicacies prepared in the Baba Nyonya culinary style. This delicious cuisine blends Chinese and Malay cooking techniques using a range of indigenous herbs and spices, and its wide appeal has made the bustling Joo Chiat and Katong area one of the country’s top destinations for cuisine.

FENG SHUI
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Local Life* Easy*

LEARN TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF PEACE, HARMONY AND BEAUTY
Learn feng shui, a Chinese art that seeks to align the physical environment with positive metaphysical forces. The practice dates back thousands of years and approaches architecture in metaphoric terms of invisible forces that bind the universe, earth and humanity together. These forces, known as Qi (pronounced “chee” in English) are positive or negative energies that can be diverted to promote harmony, balance, prosperity and well-being. Your session also explores the complementary principles of yin and yang; and the creative and destructive powers of feng shui’s five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water.) Your guide will highlight a number of examples around the city, including the iconic Marina Bay Sands. At the forefront of Singaporean architecture, it is believed to be at the core of a strong stream of positive energy. Take in the sights and discover tips on how to maximize the flow of positive Qi in your own home.

BIRD SANCTUARY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Easy*

SEE ASIA’S LARGEST BIRD PARADISE
Discover the more than 5,000 exotic avians that inhabit Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird paradise. Travel by bus to this 49-acre aviary on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region. The park is committed to breeding and conservation, and has been awarded international accolades for its success. Its Breeding & Research Center is open to the public, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how endangered or abandoned eggs and chicks are cared for at the sanctuary. You will discover the Park’s exploratory landscape, where Asian and African birds fly freely around visitors in a tropical rain forest environment. You will have the chance to enjoy the many exhibits, shows and feeding times, and witness up to 400 species of exotic birds from all over the world—from flamingos to toucans and parrots to penguins.

ICONIC SINGAPORE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Local Life* Moderate*

GARDENS BY THE BAY & MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK
Visit Gardens by the Bay, a futuristic horticultural park, and take in panoramic views from Sands SkyPark. Travel to Gardens by the Bay—a national garden and premier horticultural attraction whose more than 1 million plants are showcased in ingenious, modern landscape designs. Enter a world of perpetual spring in the Flower Dome, the world’s largest columnless greenhouse. Glimpse the future of horticulture at the Supertree Grove, an ecological marvel where vertical metal gardens shaped like trees of up to 160 feet support a diversity of ferns, orchids and vines. They are maintained using photovoltaic cells, advanced water and air filtration systems and other green technologies. Next, ascend to the 650-foot-high Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, the world’s largest cantilevered observation deck. Take in unparalleled views from Marina South Pier all the way to Singapore Strait. Then, enjoy a boat ride up the Singapore River before returning to your ship.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The Gulf of Thailand, the massive sea basin bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, is still known as the Gulf of Siam to the Malay and Khmer people. Long stretches of sandy beach, low-lying emerald hills and soaring mountains surround this oval-shaped gulf. The lush hills of Botum Sakor National Park unfold north of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Along Thailand’s shores, several beach-ringed islands point the way to Laem Chabang port.

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket and a paradise of swaying palms and scenic beaches. Sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond come to the island to wade, swim and lounge in the lapping tides. Until the early 1970s, this self-sufficient community had no roadways; crossing the island required a full-day trek across nine miles of mountainous jungle. Today, Koh Samui retains the slower pace of simpler times. The cherished traditions of old Siamese fishing villages, too, are preserved as tiny boats gently bob on turquoise waters.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

BEACH EXCURSION (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Beach Experience* Easy*

CALM WATERS AND SOOTHING SANDS
Indulge in the shimmering white sand and turquoise waters of one of the finest beaches in Thailand. You will tender to Koh Samui and transfer to the beach, where calm waters overlooked by rolling mountains make for a tranquil visit and the soothing sounds and warm sun wash over you. Then lie back and bask in the sunshine or find some shade under swaying palms, the lapping waters of the Gulf of Thailand at your feet. You will have ample recreational equipment available to rent. Lounge on a beach float, drift on a kayak, soar on a jet ski or enjoy a swim. Browse the nearby shops or relax in a beachside café or restaurant and watch the world go by. Or simply stroll along the beach or spend time reading a favorite book. Your time in paradise is yours to plan.

INTRODUCTION TO KOH SAMUI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

A TEMPLE-STREWN ISLAND
Delve into Koh Samui’s spiritual side as you visit the island’s revered temples. You will meet your guide and drive inland, passing lush tropical vegetation, unspoiled villages and white-sand beaches along the way. At the Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha Temple, witness a 39-foot golden statue of Buddha sitting atop a wide staircase decorated with sculpted dragons and carved n?ga, deities in the form of snakes. You will also see Wat Plai Laem, where some styles of temple art date back centuries. During your visit, admire the large statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, housed outside the shrine within the temple compound. You will stop for refreshments at a local restaurant overlooking Chaweng Bay, then visit a coconut plantation to see how the coconuts are processed by this small family business. After time to explore, you will return to your ship.

ISLAND OF KOH PHA NGAN & SNORKEL
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Beach Experience* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THAILAND’S NATURAL WORLD
Enjoy an invigorating speedboat ride through the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Pha Ngan. Thailand’s fifth-largest island, beautiful Koh Pha Ngan is renowned for its lush green mountainous landscape, white-sand beaches and crystalline waters, which are a favored spot for diving and snorkeling due to the wealth of marine life that call these waters home. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and enjoy time to relax among the beautiful surroundings or take a swim in the ocean. You will also have an opportunity to snorkel from your boat off the shores of Koh Ma, a tiny nearby island off the coast of Koh Pha Ngan. Don your snorkel, then slip beneath the water to explore a rich underwater world full of marine life and colorful coral reefs. Later, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before returning to Koh Samui and your ship.

BOPHUT BEACH GETAWAY
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Meal* Beach Experience* Easy*

ENJOY THE SERENITY OF THIS LUSH ISLAND PARADISE
Relax on the shores of Bophut Beach on the tropical island of Koh Samui. Board your vehicle and transfer to the northwest side of the island, enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. Arrive at the Peace Resort Samui, where you will receive a warm welcome. During your visit, you can enjoy full use of the hotel’s facilities; take a stroll through the hotel’s landscaped tropical gardens or a cooling dip in the swimming pool. Or, simply relax with a book on a beachside lounge chair and soak up the sunshine. You may also choose to experience a traditional Thai massage, either poolside or at the air-conditioned treatment room; bookings can be made upon arrival at the hotel and are subject to availability. After a tranquil morning, savor a delicious seafood lunch at the hotel’s restaurant before returning to your ship.

THAI CUISINE DISCOVERY
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*

VISIT A LOCAL MARKET AND TAKE PART IN A COOKING CLASS
Shop for fresh produce at a local market and retire to a resort hotel to learn how to prepare fine Thai cuisine. Meet your guide and enjoy a scenic drive. Stop for a stroll through the stalls of a fresh food market as your guide describes the key ingredients commonly used in Thai cooking. Next, head to the Nora Beach Resort, located in a spectacular setting north of Chaweng Beach. You will receive a warm welcome and a delicious herbal beverage before donning your chef’s hat and apron and meeting your chef. Under expert guidance, learn how to prepare a tasty appetizer and seafood entrée, assisting the chef in the preparation and cooking. After, you will sit down to savor your creation and enjoy a refreshing dessert of coconut ice cream. Two drinks of your choice (beer or soft drinks) will accompany your meal.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Often called the “City of Angels,” Bangkok is Thailand’s largest and most populous city. A sprawling and heady mix of modern skyscrapers, floating markets and longtail boats skimming the Chao Phraya River, the scintillating capital of old Siam engages all the senses. Yet it all seems devoutly grounded by the presence of its revered gilded wats, or temples. Wat Arun, in particular, can be seen from all corners of the city. This majestic riverside “Temple of Dawn” catches the first light of each day like a pearl, casting a soft glow on one of Asia’s most remarkable cities.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC BANGKOK (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Easy*
INSPIRING TEMPLES, VIBRANT CULTURE AND CULINARY DELIGHTS
See the highlights of glittering Bangkok during a panoramic tour designed to help you make the most of your time. Straddling the winding Chao Phraya River, this fascinating metropolis blends Thailand’s most cherished traditions with the advances of the modern world. View the vibrant streets of Chinatown, one of the oldest areas of the city. And drive along the famous Ratchadamnoen Road, the Royal Way, a tree-lined boulevard commissioned by King Chulalongkorn after he visited the grand cities of Europe in 1897. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, where you will savor the light, fresh cuisine of Thailand. Then, travel to the splendidly ornate Wat Benchamabophit, or Marble Temple. Completed in 1911, this Buddhist temple is a fine example of traditional Thai architecture. Admire the symmetry and proportions of its high gables and stepped roofs, before returning to your ship.

BANGKOK IN DEPTH
DURATION: 10 HOURS
UNESCO* Meal* Sightseeing* Local Life* Demanding*

EXPLORE BY LAND, RIVER AND CANALS
Immerse yourself in the culture of Bangkok as you explore this fascinating city. With your guide, drive to the Thai capital’s most important landmark, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, which has housed the kings of the Chakri dynasty, the rulers of Siam, since 1782. The Grand Palace, with its bright gold temples, pavilions and gardens, centers on Wat Phra Kaew, the temple that houses the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered icon. Continue to Wat Pho, home to the enormous Reclining Buddha. Ferry across the Chao Phraya River to enjoy lunch at a sumptuous riverside Thai restaurant. After, embark on a scenic cruise along the Chao Phraya, the heart of Bangkok. Explore the city’s legendary khlongs, or canals, and pass Wat Arun, the towering Temple of Dawn, adorned with colorful ceramics that glitter in the sun. Please note that modest dress is required to enter temples and shoes must be removed before entering the Emerald Buddha temple.

AYUTTHAYA, THAILAND’S ANCIENT CAPITAL
DURATION: 10 HOURS 30 MINUTES
UNESCO* Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE FORMER CAPITAL’S UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Experience one of Bangkok’s lesser-known treasures on a full-day visit to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. King Ramathibodi I founded the city in 1350 AD; it served as the kingdom’s capital for 417 years, until in 1767 AD it was conquered and destroyed by the Burmese. The magic of this former capital can be found in its stunning temples, majestic statues, tropical gardens and lush location. In all, there are eight forts and 22 gates around the palace structures. Explore two royal monasteries that were important temples in the kingdom: Wat Phra Si Sanphet, situated within the Royal Palace grounds and used to conduct Royal Court ceremonies, and Wat Maha That, where the Buddha’s relics were enshrined. Also discover the Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, a captivating collection of pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles set amid a beautiful garden. Pause during your exploration to enjoy an included lunch.

BANGKOK BY NIGHT
DURATION: 12 HOURS
After Dark* Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Working World* Moderate*

WALK THROUGH CHINATOWN AND PATPONG
Take a guided stroll through Chinatown and the infamous Patpong district. Start with a walk through Bangkok’s colorful Chinatown, seeing the Old Market and Dragon Temple, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. Peer in the doorways of Chinese curio shops, goldsmiths and most importantly, Wat Trimitr. This is where you will see the Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, the world’s largest solid gold statue, weighing 5.5 tons. Afterward, you will be guided through small alleys to Tep Bar, a watering hole hidden amid old Chinese and colonial buildings. Here, you can try a shot of Thai herbal whisky that is reputed to have medicinal benefits. Stay to hear Thai classical music and then relax with an hour-long foot massage with aromatic balms. Conclude with free time in the Patpong Night Market, perhaps purchasing some beautiful Thai silk.

RAYONG TROPICAL FRUIT FARM
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Working World* Moderate*

A HANDS-ON FARM VISIT AND TROPICAL TASTING TOUR
Taste some of the most delicious and unusual tropical fruits and see where they are grown on this farm visit. You will receive a warm and friendly welcome at Supattra Land Orchard in Rayong Province. Supattra Land is a fruit paradise, with 320 acres growing more than 25 varieties of the best tropical fruits such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen, starfruit, dragonfruit, jackfruit and passion fruit. Explore the farm on an open air bus and enjoy delicious samples from various displays, or just pick the ripe fruit straight off the trees. There is also a rubber tree section where your guide will demonstrate rubber tapping, and an apiary where the beekeeper will explain the care of the hive and offer you a taste of fresh honey straight from the comb. At the end of the tour you will savor the farm’s hydroponically grown lettuce alongside a delicious papaya salad, known as som tam.

PATTAYA & THE SANCTUARY OF TRUTH
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Moderate*

SEE AN UNUSUAL MONUMENT DEDICATED TO SPIRITUAL WISDOM
Admire Pattaya’s elaborate Sanctuary of Truth, an all-wood structure known for its soaring roof and visionary art. Described as the “magnificence of heaven recreated on earth,” this wooden monument stands 340 feet on a commanding promontory overlooking the Bay of Pattaya. It is one of the most distinguished architectural monuments in Thailand, built entirely without nails and adorned with exquisite carvings and sculptures that cover every square inch. These are all visionary in nature, representing Thai, Khmer, Indian and Chinese beliefs on themes like the ancient vision of earth, ancient knowledge, and eastern philosophy. Though the temple appears old it was actually only created in 1981, and is not scheduled to be fully complete until 2050. After exploring it you will spend some time in lively Pattaya City, and enjoy stunning sea views from Pattaya View Point, which lies just beyond the sanctuary.

BANGKOK’S TEMPLES & THE PRASART MUSEUM
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Natural World* Local Life* Moderate*

GLORIOUS PALACES AND THE WONDROUS WORLD OF ANTIQUES
See Bangkok’s two most important monuments and a private antiques collection from all eras at the Prasart Museum. During a panoramic drive along the King’s boulevards, marvel at opulent monuments such as the gilded Grand Palace (which houses the famous Emerald Buddha) and glittering Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn on the west bank of the majestic Chao Phraya River. Here, you will be treated to a delicious Thai lunch before continuing on to the Prasart Museum, a private museum containing a vast collection of artifacts from the prehistoric to the modern eras. The museum grounds also house different replicas of important Thai architectural treasures. The museum is a center for education and research for those interested in Thai antiquity, and a legacy for future Thai and foreign generations interested in the history of Bangkok.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

FLOWER MARKET & RIVER CRUISE
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Moderate*

VIBRANT FLORA AND BUSTLING LIFE ALONG THE CHAO PHRAYA
Discover the exotic beauty of Bangkok’s primary flower market and cruise the bustling Chao Phraya River. Stroll the numerous stalls brimming with brightly colored flowers at the renowned Pak Khlong Talat market. A market has existed on this site since the late 18th century; the current incarnation has been operating for more than 60 years. Breathe in the fragrant air as you walk among the extensive floral arrangements of fresh roses, sunflowers, lotus flowers and more. Then, embark on a private boat cruise along the bustling Chao Phraya and some of its more peaceful canals. Watch as the river buses, ferries and water taxis ply their trade, and see how locals live and work along the water. Admire the stunning Wat Arun, or “Temple of Dawn,” a Buddhist temple decorated entirely with colored porcelain and seashells. After lunch, continue through the Old City for some shopping before returning to your ship.

WAT PHO & TUK-TUK RIDE
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Moderate*

REVERED BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND ITS FAMOUS STATUE
Explore the ornately decorated Buddhist temple of Wat Pho, or the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha.” One of Thailand’s most revered temples, Wat Pho dates back to the 17th century, making it one of Bangkok’s largest and oldest. Its complex is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images as well as its famous reclining Buddha. Gaze upon this immense statue, which measures 150 feet long and 50 feet high; the Buddha’s body is covered in gold leaf, with mother-of-pearl inlays in its eyes and on the soles of its feet. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as you stroll through the complex, viewing the many statues and intricately detailed murals that cover the temple’s walkways. After, take a ride in a tuk-tuk—an open-motor tricycle—on a scenic drive through the bustling streets of Bangkok’s Old Town. After lunch, continue through the Old City for some shopping before returning to your ship.

BANGKOK NIGHTS & SUNSET CRUISE
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

OPEN AIR BAZAAR, CITY SIGHTS AND LIFE AFTER DARK
Explore Bangkok’s premier nighttime market after enjoying iconic city sights and a sunset cruise. Upon arrival in Bangkok, visit Wat Saket (“Temple of the Golden Mount”). Climb the 300 stairs up to this sacred site for rewarding views of the city. Then, board a tuk-tuk—an open-motor tricycle—for a ride through Chinatown and the Old Town. See iconic landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (home of the Emerald Buddha) as you make your way to the pier. Board your vessel for a sunset cruise along the Chao Phraya River, admiring the cityscape as twilight approaches. You will dock next to the Asiatique, a vast, bustling open air mall. Here, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Browse the more than 1,500 shops or savor dinner at one of its many restaurants. Alternatively, take in a cabaret show or Thai boxing match before returning to your ship.

JOMTIEN BEACH STAY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Beach Experience* Easy*

SCENIC HILLTOP VIEWPOINT AND LEISURE TIME AT THE BEACH
Relax the day away while soaking up the sun and enjoying splendid coastal views. Embark on a drive to Phra Tamnak Hill, located between the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien. One of the region’s most renowned viewpoints, this hilltop lookout offers sweeping views of the city as it stretches out along the crescent-shaped bay. Continue on to Jomtiem Beach, where you will disembark at Alexa Beach Pattaya. Savor a delicious set lunch of Thai cuisine accompanied by a soft drink or local beer. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the amenities of the club at your leisure. You will have access to both the beach and the pool, and use of a beach lounger or bed with an umbrella, towels and a locker room. Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere or head to the water for a dip. At the end of your time at Alexa Beach, return to your ship relaxed and rejuvenated.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, and its origins are reflected through centuries-old Buddhist wats, or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the river’s banks. The revered temples and elegant buildings within the walls of the renowned Grand Palace date to the late 1700s. A gilded array of golden pagodas and stupas (shrines), it has been the royal family’s residence for more than 150 years. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Access to The Nordic Spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service

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  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
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