Golden Triangle and Asian Discovery

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Departure 14 November 2020 | Golden Triangle and Asian Discovery

Destinations

  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Cruising the Arabian sea
  • Cochin
  • Cruising the Arabian sea
  • Colombo
  • At Sea
  • Yangon/Rangoon
  • Cruising the Andaman Sea
  • Phuket
  • Penang
  • Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang
  • Singapore

Golden Triangle and Asian Discovery

Begin your journey with a private Golden Triangle tour visiting the temples and palaces of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra before cruising to the colourful tapestries of Mumbai and Cochin. Explore the many UNESCO treasures of Sri Lanka, and spend three enlightening days in Myanmar, followed by two days in the lush urban landscape of Singapore.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 — UK to Delhi

Fly overnight to Delhi, arriving the following day

Day 2 — Delhi

Arrive at the airport where you will be met and transferred by private car to The Claridges Hotel for a two night stay on a B&B basis.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Relax at the hotel or venture out an explore on your own

Day 3 — Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour manager who is at your service throughout your trip.

Visit the ancient walled city of Old Delhi. Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. Here you will visit Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi and you will see it come alive as the trading day starts.

Return to New Delhi by the Delhi Metro. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards, impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

Return to the hotel for the evening at your leisure.

Day 4 — Delhi to Agra
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Visit to the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India.

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city.

After the tour check in to your hotel, the 5-star ITC Mughal for an overnight stay on a B&B basis.

Day 5 — Agra to Jaipur
Jaipur City Palace

Jaipur City Palace

Today starts with a sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal, followed by breakfast and a drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your hotel, the 5-star Samode Haveli for an overnight on a B&B basis.

Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour and sound.

Day 6 — Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

After breakfast depart the hotel for a half day excursion to inspiring Amber Fort. Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below.

In the afternoon continue on your visit of Jaipur city.

You will also visit the City Palace Museum, the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar observatory built in 1726 AD, and a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace.

Later in the afternoon, drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, Holiday Inn Aerocity,  & relax

Day 7 to 8 — Mumbai (Bombay), India

Check out after breakfast and take your included transfer for your flight to Mumbai.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the port to embark the ship. The ship remains in port offering you opportunity to explore this vibrant city.

India contains a bewildering variety of tribes, religions, cultures and languages-and most are present in Mumbai, one of the world's most densely populated cities. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods.

Day 9 — Cruising the Arabian sea

Enjoy relaxing on board or taking in one of the many enrichment lectures on board the ship.

Day 10 — Cochin, India
Traditional fishing nets In Cochin Fort, Kerala, India

Traditional fishing nets In Cochin Fort, Kerala, India

Cochin, the commercial hub of the Indian state of Kerala, has a magnificent natural harbor which has attracted overseas traders for hundreds of years. Ancient mariners from Arabia, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this cosmopolitan city, which is often called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea." This diverse influence has generated Cochin's uniquely cosmopolitan atmosphere and interesting architectural styles. Crystal Serenity's premier call at this city of peninsulas and islands will introduce you to a region rarely visited by cruise ships.

Day 11 — Cruising the Arabian sea

Maybe take in a movie at the cinema, learn a new craft or just relax on board the ship, enjoying the open decks, included cocktails and swimming pool.

Day 12 — Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s capital until recent times, this fascinating city is filled with an intriguing blend of cosmopolitan buildings and ancient temples. Enjoy the effects of Colombo’s melting pot of cultures, as Portuguese, Dutch, and British trading companies from earlier times have left behind churches, monuments, religions, and costumes, as well as smatterings of their languages, that have been incorporated into the speech and daily routine of the local Sri Lankans.

Day 13 to 14 — At Sea
Day 15 to 17 — Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar

Through its decades of self-isolation, the unspoiled country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has retained its charm, fascinating traditions and the irresistible politeness of its people. The colonial capital of this timeless land is Rangoon, "Yangon" to the Burmese. Although the initial settlement dates back over 2,500 years, the city itself is not particularly old. It features few high rises, little traffic and vehicles dating from the '50s and '60s, all giving the visitor an impression of a town from the past.

Day 18 — Cruising the Andaman Sea

Enjoy relaxing on board or taking in one of the many enrichment lectures on board the ship.

Day 19 — Phuket, Thailand
Long boats on island Krabi, Thailand

Long boats on island Krabi, Thailand

Residents call Phuket "The Pearl of the South," and one visit to this green, sun-soaked island in the Andaman Sea will show you why. The coast is a succession of magnificent beaches, the forested interior boasts virgin rain forests and numerous plantations-cacao, pineapple, rubber. The culture is a distinctive blend of Portuguese, Chinese and indigenous Chao Naam, a proud seafaring people.

Day 20 — Penang, Malaysia
Chinese New Year Decoration at Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese New Year Decoration at Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Located on the ancient spice routes, Penang is a compelling blend of Old World Asia, Sumatra, India and influences of its various European settlers over the centuries. It has been a historical link between Europe and the Middle East, and its modern identity remains a kaleidoscope of cultures. Lively markets offer adventures for the palate, its emerging art scene adds intrigue to urban jungle, and Penang Bridge and Penang Hill afford sweeping vistas.

Day 21 — Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang, Malaysia

Bustling port Kelang is the principal port of entry for Malaysia. The country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a suprisingly modern city of domes, minarets and spacious, tree-lined avenues. Her symbols of faith are visible at the Jamek Mosque, the city's birthplace.

Day 22 to 23 — Singapore
Singapore

Singapore

Singapore blends the contemporary splendor of a sparkling modern city with influences from throughout the Orient. Its history is one of riches and romance, spice trading and piracy, colonialism and growth. This island state has grown from a small fishing village to one of Asia's greatest success stories. Temples, mosques and churches stand as serene reminders of the varied collection of migrations that have graced its history. Discover the mansions and polo greens of colonial Singapore, the mystique of Chinatown and the heady aroma of spices and curry along Arab Street. You will quickly come to understand why Singapore is acclaimed as the "Crossroads of the East."

Debark on your second day here and take your included private transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, arriving the following day.

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