At a glance
25 Day cruise & stay on Silver Shadow, Silversea from £15,099 pp incl. flights
Departure 30 March 2019 | Indian Ocean and Golden Triangle
- At Sea
- At Sea
- New Mangalore
Indian Ocean and Golden Triangle
Exclusive cruise and tour fares
- Direct flights on British Airways to Singapore
- Private overseas transfers
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Singapore at the Shangri-La and private tour
- Accommodation in a Silver Suite
- Butler service in every suite
- Unlimited Free Wifi
- Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
- Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
- 24-hour dining service
- Onboard entertainment
- Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
- Onboard gratuities
- Domestic flight from Mumbai to Delhi
- 7-day private Golden Triangle Tour including the services of a professional English speaking local guide
- Direct flight on British Airways from Delhi to London
Charismatic, exotic and gloriously beautiful, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India offer so much to their visitors. The sacred Batu Caves, north of Kuala Lumpur are rife with spirituality while the turquoise waters of Phuket are a snorkeller’s paradise. Three overnights will alternately give glimpses of village life, British colonial time and mystical Eastern culture, while two days at sea will keep the pace relaxing. Its all brought together with a private seven-night Golden Triangle Tour of India.
Day by day itinerary
After enjoying the use of a VIP lounge, fly direct to Singapore on British Airways, arriving the following day.
Arrive in Singapore where you will be met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel for a two-night stay in a Garden Wing Deluxe City View with breakfast.
Afternoon is at leisure.
The main island of Singapore is shaped like a flattened diamond, 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. It is at the southern foot where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens.
Today enjoy a private 3.5 hour tour with English speaking guide.
Explore the city by driving round the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery consists of the former Supreme Court and City Hall. Stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist- Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. Proceed to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Singapore Botanic Gardens and walk through the National Orchid Garden which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Let your senses come alive at Little India as you walk past shops offering a variety of exotic fruits, spices, jasmine and orchid garlands.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
An island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang is blessed with a multicultural history that's led to a fascinating fusion of East and West. Claimed by the British East India Company in 1786, the island's city center of Georgetown—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is filled with colonial architecture, temples, and museums. The island has also attracted many Chinese immigrants, who now make up the majority of the population. On Penang you'll find an exciting mix of jungle, coast, farmland, and fishing villages, along with the country's largest Buddhist temple.
Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you've never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism. Koh Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and the rest of the world by an international airport.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do.
Trincomalee has one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Because of this several European nations fought over Trincomalee, which was already one of the most visited places of Hindu worship. Close to Trincomalee are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the former capital of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa dating back to the 12th century with its impressive ruins and statues. The second site is Sirigiya; the city of the Rock Fortress. Sirigiya is Asia’s best-preserved city center dating back to the first millennium.
Sri Lanka's capital and largest city, Colombo offers fine restaurants, a buzzing nightlife scene, and good museums, parks, and beautiful Buddhist temples that are all worth visiting. The beach resort of Mt. Lavinia is only a short taxi ride from the downtown area and offers a golden, sandy beach and sunset views to die for. As an exciting blur of colors and cultures, Colombo presents a neatly packaged microcosm of this island nation.
Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses, godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East.
New Mangalore Port, established in 1974, is the major port of Karnataka. It has the distinction of the ninth biggest port of India. Its construction got completed in 12 years using the latest technology to provide the best port facilities. The port has been established in such a way that it can bear all kinds of climatic hazards. Mangalore is named after the goddess Mangaladevi. Mangalore is a panorama of palm-fringed beaches, lush green fields and enchanting forests. It is sheltered by the soaring western ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian sea roaring along its western shores.
As the gateway to Goa, Mormugao is a storied city, surrounded by beaches, fascinating heritage sites, and ocean-wary fortifications. As a former capital of Portuguese India, the colonisers who landed here embarked on an extensive programme of fortification, springing up defences along the region's pretty beaches. Mormugao was also an important location for the spread of Christianity, with significant missionaries landing here including Saint Francis Xavier - whose final resting place can be found in Old Goa.
Delhi may be the capital city, but it's Mumbai that encapsulates all the dynamic, chaotic parts that make up modern India. This is where you'll find everything from succulent street food to haute cuisine, bargain-basement bazaars to the finest haute couture, humbling poverty to staggering wealth, sacred temples to hedonist nightclubs. Mumbai is India—vibrant, hectic, frustrating, enervating, and exhilarating, warts and all. Mumbai is a city of extremes, where slum-dwelling strivers making dollars a day serve Bollywood stars and industrial billionaires.
Debark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, The Claridges, for an overnight stay in a deluxe room.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your private tour.
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. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.
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 in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning 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. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. 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. Also visit a local temple.
After breakfast, take your private transfer and drive to Agra, about 4 hours away.
In the afternoon, visit the 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 and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra.
Arrive at the ITC Mughal Hotel for an overnight stay in a Mughal Chambers Room.
Today, enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise, while it is dazzling white during the day.
Return to the hotel for breakfast followed by check-out and drive to Jaipur, with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri enroute.
Fatehpur Sikri was an imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584. 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. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your hotel, the Samode Haveli & relax in your deluxe room or use the facilities of the hotel.
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 visits of Jaipur city.
You will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art, the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD), 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 and the City Palace Complex.
Return to the Jaipur Samode Haveli hotel.
Breakfast is at the hotel. Your morning is free to relax at the hotel or explore the famous bazaars of Jaipur. Later in the afternoon, take your private transfer and drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at the Holiday Inn Aerocity hotel & relax.
Check out of the hotel and take your private transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, arriving the same day.
Sailing on Silver Shadow
Silver Shadow is slightly larger in size than its predecessors Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, yet manages to maintain the same feelings of intimacy and exclusivity.