STAR COLLECTOR: ARABIA & ANCIENT SPICE ROUTES

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Star Collector: Arabia & Ancient Spice Routes

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Athens, Greece



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Airport
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.



price $115
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Hotel
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.


price $115
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Full Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $899
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $549
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $649
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Hurghada, Egypt



5 HRS

Easy
Hurghada, Day at Hurghada Resort
Here’s a relaxing day in the sun by the Red Sea. You will board your air-conditioned motor coach for the 15-minute ride to one of Hurghada’s delightful resorts.  You will be assigned a room for the day while you enjoy beach activities followed by a buffet lunch.  On your way back to your waiting yacht you will make a 30-minute stop for shopping.

Please note: Bring your towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and your swimsuit if you want to go swimming.

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price $69
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5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

dining

culture
Hurghada, Desert Safari with Lunch
Experience the Red Sea’s Sahara in 4x4 vehicles. Your expert drivers will take you on a thrilling ride while explaining the animals that call this region home and talk about the sycamore trees that are scattered along the way. You will then make a stop by a Bedouin camp where you will learn about the Bedouin traditions, ride their camels and eat their delicious traditional food for lunch before returning to the yacht.

Please note: While wildlife sightings are possible, they are not guaranteed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $89
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Hurghada, Market Visit & Lunch with Local Family
Discover the many things to see and do in this rapidly growing resort city on the Red Sea. Hurghada features a mix of old and new, as you’ll see. You will depart your pier and drive to a mosque followed by a church.  Then you will head for the local market where fruits and vegetables are proudly displayed and you can mingle with the locals. There will be time for a little shopping and drinks at a local coffee shop if you wish.  Another highlight for you will be at an Egyptian farm where you will see their farm animals including ducks, geese, horses and donkeys. A real treat will be the local lunch you will share with an Egyptian family.  On the way back to your waiting yacht you will stop at a local fish market and see the variety of fish found there.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Women should bring a scarf to cover their heads in both the mosque and the church and long sleeves must be worn. The fish market may smell strongly of seafood.

price $99
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

dining

boating
Hurghada, Snorkel Trip with Lunch
Experience the underwater world of the Red Sea with its amazing array of colorful fish and beautiful corals.  A 20-minute drive will take you to your waiting boat. You will get fins and a mask, then, set sail for 45 minutes to the dolphin house. You will have an hour to snorkel, looking for some of the over 1,000 species of fish and 250 coral species live in the Red Sea, including lionfish, blue spotted stingrays, barracudas, triggerfish, sharks, and jellyfish, plus green and hawksbill turtles, dugongs, spinner dolphins and giant moral eels.

Please note: While wildlife sightings are possible, they are not guaranteed. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel. Life jackets and wet suits can be rented for an additional fee.

price $89
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Aqaba, Jordan



11 HRS

Moderate

horseback

outdoors

dining

culture
Aqaba, Petra Day Tour
Once the ancient Nabatean capital, Petra was created as a fortress capital city by nomadic Nabateans who came north out of Arabia dating back over 2,000 years ago. The city of Petra has a story to tell. You will depart from the pier for the drive to Petra, stopping along the way at Wadi Musa village. Your visit will begin at the Visitors’ Center, where each person is assigned a Bedouin-guided horse for the journey down from the entrance to the Siq, which leads to the lost city. After passing ancient tombs that are located outside the city, you will walk through the Siq, an immense crack in the rose red sandstone. It is a winding, one-half-mile-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 328 feet overhead.  Near the end of the Siq in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument el-Khazneh (the Treasury), one of the most elegant remains of antiquity carved out of the rose-colored soft rock from the side of the mountain – nearly 169 feet high and 118 feet wide. Past the Treasury, you will be surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers, and much more. Lunch will be served at the Basin Restaurant inside Petra, in a private area with magnificent views of the Rose Red City. The tour will end with a return to the entrance, from where you will head back to the yacht.

Please note: The pavement around the lost city is very uneven but there are carriages, donkeys, and camels available for guests with mobility limitations, for an additional charge. Guests are advised to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $249
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11 HRS

Moderate

horseback

outdoors

dining

culture
Aqaba, Petra Day Tour
Once the ancient Nabatean capital, Petra was created as a fortress capital city by nomadic Nabateans who came north out of Arabia dating back over 2,000 years ago. The city of Petra has a story to tell. You will depart from the pier for the drive to Petra, stopping along the way at Wadi Musa village. Your visit will begin at the Visitors’ Center, where each person is assigned a Bedouin-guided horse for the journey down from the entrance to the Siq, which leads to the lost city. After passing ancient tombs that are located outside the city, you will walk through the Siq, an immense crack in the rose red sandstone. It is a winding, one-half-mile-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 328 feet overhead.  Near the end of the Siq in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument el-Khazneh (the Treasury), one of the most elegant remains of antiquity carved out of the rose-colored soft rock from the side of the mountain – nearly 169 feet high and 118 feet wide. Past the Treasury, you will be surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers, and much more. Lunch will be served at the Basin Restaurant inside Petra, in a private area with magnificent views of the Rose Red City. The tour will end with a return to the entrance, from where you will head back to the yacht.

Please note: The pavement around the lost city is very uneven but there are carriages, donkeys, and camels available for guests with mobility limitations, for an additional charge. Guests are advised to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $249
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6 HRS

Easy

outdoors

culture

unesco
Aqaba, Wadi Rum Half Day Tour
This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like ..." From the yacht you will drive in to the desert to the Wadi Rum Jeep station, where you will board your Jeep and enter the Wadi Rum Nature reserve. Wadi Rum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a maze of monolithic rockscapes rising up from the desert floor to heights of 5,700 feet. You can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4,000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.

Please note: Guests are advised to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes although there is very little walking, it will be over uneven surfaces.

price $179
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Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt



8 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

outdoors

dining

boating
Sharm el Sheikh, Private boat for Snorkeling
Ras Mahammed National Park is one of Egypt's most popular dive and snorkeling sites, with a large variety of fish, corals, and sharks calling this part of the Red Sea home.  You will enjoy your private boat and an exciting day of snorkeling, exploring the magical underwater world of the Red Sea. Lunch will be prepared on board.

Please note:  Fins and masks for the snorkeling, and bottled water will be provided.  Bring your swim suit, sunscreen, sunglasses and a towel. 

price $89
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8 HRS

Moderate

watersports

outdoors

dining

boating
Sharm el Sheikh, Public Boat for Diving - 2 Dives
Ras Mahammed National Park is one of Egypt's most popular dive and snorkeling sites, with a large variety of fish, corals, and sharks calling this part of the Red Sea home. Your private boat will take you out for two dives and an exciting day exploring the magical underwater world of the Red Sea. Lunch will be served on board.

Please note:  Diving equipment and bottled water will be provided.  Bring your swim suit and a towel, your logbook and C-card. Prior to going to the park, beginning divers will be required to do an intro dive for a fee. In addition, if your diving license has expired you will also be required to take an intro dive for a fee.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm City Tour
Board your motor coach from Sharm Port for your guided tour of the highlights of Sharm El Sheikh.  Known for the excellent snorkeling and diving in this subtropical paradise, the Red Sea is swarming with marine wildlife.  You will see magnificent Al Mustafa Mosque the biggest mosque in the city, which cost $20 million to build as well as Coptic Orthodox Church, considered one of the 10 most beautiful churches in the world.  Continue your walk to the Old Market, where you will have free time to see many cafés serving local food and shops selling jewelry, pottery, Bedouin slippers, and leather.  Appreciate the beauty of the long sandy beach of Neama Bay, where the first hotels were built in the 1980s and which boasts a promenade lined with flowers, numerous shops and sheesha cafés You will  walk around the city center, the Old Town, and Soho Square to see the Dancing Fountain show before you will be transferred back to your yacht.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunglasses, and bring sunscreen. Women must have a scarf to cover their heads in the mosque and the church and shoulders and knee must be covered as well.

price $49
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11 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Sharm el Sheikh, St. Catherines Monestary
Your journey will lead you up the winding roads of Mount Sinai to St. Catherine’s Monastery. The monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I, who reigned from 527-565. You will have a guided tour of the site where Moses was thought to have seen the burning bush. The living bush on the grounds is purportedly the very one seen by Moses. Enclosing the Chapel of the Burning Bush, also known as "Saint Helen's Chapel,” was ordered by Helena, the mother of Constantine I. The grounds of the monastery, as well as the structure itself, are rich with history. Structurally the monastery's king post truss is the oldest known surviving roof truss in the world. The site is sacred to both Christianity and Islam. A Fatimid mosque was built within the walls of the monastery, but it has never been used since it is not correctly oriented towards Mecca. Following your tour of the monastery you will have a 10-minute ride to Wadi El Raha Hotel for a leisurely lunch.  On your way if there is time you will stop at Sharm el Sheikh’s mosque.  

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes as it is a 15-minute walk to the site. Ladies please bring a shawl to cover your shoulders when entering the mosque. Bring sunscreen and your sunglasses.


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

culture
Sharm el Sheikh, Tea with Bedouins
This trip will take you on a camel ride accompanied by Bedouin guides. You will pass through the desert and see it through the eyes of these nomadic people. It is a great chance to meet the Bedouin people and experience the real Bedouin life and culture. Share a cup of the Famous Bedouin Tea with habak, a mint-like herb that grows in the Sinai desert in the winter. 

Please note:  This tour is not available for wheelchair guests. Wear sunscreen and your sunglasses.

price $89
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Luxor (Safaga), Egypt



30 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

culture

unesco

boating
Safaga, Luxor Overnight - 30 Hours
Day One – Depart the yacht for your journey inland to Luxor, the city of the 100 gates. Your first destination in this amazing city will be the East Bank. The East Bank of Luxor refers to the central part of Luxor Township, centered on the twin foci of the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak.  On the way to the hotel you will stop at the Temple of Karnak. Check in at the Hilton Luxor Hotel and have a buffet lunch. Following lunch you will have the opportunity to visit the Temple of Luxor and have time for some shopping.  Afterwards you will return to the hotel and freshen up to get ready for the spectacular sound and light show. The show is held every night and is a magnificent way to discover the amazing beauty and size of the Temple of Karnak. Considered to be the largest sanctuary in the world, it was built over a period of 2,000 years. You will then return back to your hotel and get dressed for you dinner that will be held on the Nile riverbank, at the magnificent Hilton Resort.

Day Two - This morning following a buffet breakfast you will head out to explore the West Bank. This area of Luxor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. It is much more than what is known as the Valley of the Kings. When you look at just the Valley of the Kings, you only see tombs, but the tombs were an integral part of larger mortuary complexes. Indeed, the whole west bank is honeycombed with tombs, not just of the ancient Egyptian Kings, but of their families and the noblemen who served them. You will explore the tomb of the boy king, King Tutankhamun, as well as the Hatsheput Temple.  Going on a felucca ride is a must-do activity in Luxor; Feluccas are the traditional sailboats and you’ll notice huge numbers of them on the Nile. They have been used to sail the Nile since ancient times, when pharaohs ruled this stretch of paradise that is Egypt today. Sailing down the peaceful waters of the majestic Nile River, while watching the imposing Luxor temple on the East Bank and the pink hills of the West Bank go by, is an inspiring and incredibly relaxing experience you’re not about to forget while having lunch. Following lunch you will return to Safaga and re-board the yacht. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, pack your overnight bag and bring sunscreen and your sunglasses.


price $699
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Salalah, Oman



4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Salalah, A Beach Bizarre & Biblical Site
Travel today to Mughsail Beach with its nearly two miles of unspoiled white-sand beach, high cliffs and many picnic areas. If your arrival coincides with the high tide you may be among the lucky ones who view the beach’s spectacular Blow Holes. Depart from the beach and head for Job’s Tomb, where according to legend the remains of the Moslem and Old Testament prophet Job can be found. This is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Moslems, Christians and Jews. Take photos and admire the panoramic views of the striking Qara Mountains the Jubriah Plain. Drive past the magnificent Al Husn Palace where you will have the opportunity to take photos from the motor coach. This is the personal residence of the Sultan of Oman, but the view is limited by the imposing towering walls. Your last stop will be at the Al Husn Souq where you will have time to stroll among the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils and a large variety of artifacts.

Please note: Slip-on shoes are recommended and shorts, beachwear and sleeveless outfits are not allowed. There are approximately 34 steps to the blow holes of Mughsail Beach and the path is rocky and uneven so not recommended for those with mobility issues or wheelchairs.


price $69
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Salalah, Salalah Archeological Heritage
Experience the rich history of this region from ancient times of Queen Sheba, to the “typical” life of a small fishing village. You will drive through Taqah, an old town with an interesting fort and the houses belonging to the local fishermen. Nearby you can find the white stones used to build Taqah’s homes - elegant and naturally heat resistant. Continue on to Samhurum and Khawr Rori Beach. Situated beside the beach is a picturesque freshwater creek; once believed to be connected to the sea. Samhuram is thought to be the citadel of the ancient city of Moscha (the Abyssopolis of Pliny the Elder) and the collecting place and port of the flourishing incense trade. In ruins now, the ancient city dates back to 100 B.C. Your guided walking tour will show you the remains of what is known as Queen Sheba’s Palace standing on a small hill overlooking Khawr Rori. A temple dedicated to the moon goddess and a deep well more than 98 feet in depth, lie within the ruins of the Palace of Queen Sheba.  You will then drive to a city known as Dhufa, which grew between the 12th and 16th centuries.   A guide will take you on a walking tour of the ruins of this magnificent city, seen at the Al Balid archaeological site in the Haffa district of Salalah. It was once surrounded by water and a massive wall complete with gates and turrets. There is evidence of a grand mosque, palace, houses, and tombs indicating the historical standing of the area. There was a thriving export of frankincense and Arabian horses to India and the Far East from here.

Please note: Slip-on shoes are recommended and shorts, beachwear and sleeveless outfits are not allowed. There are approximately 32 steps dug out of the ground at Samhurum so not recommended for those with mobility issues or wheelchairs.

price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Salalah, Serene Salalah
Discover Salalah by driving into the city and surrounding area to see the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the barren, bleak landscape of the desert. Camels can often be seen roaming the roadside. In mid-2009 the massive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was opened in Salalah, 39 years after he had taken the throne. You will have the opportunity to wander inside the Sultan’s Mosque before driving through the grounds of the magnificent Al Husn Palace where you will be able to take some photos from the motor coach. The palace is the personal residence of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman. You will stop at the Al Husn Souq and stroll among the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils, and a large variety of fascinating artifacts. Travel on to the Salalah Handicraft Centre where a group of artists, believing in the importance of transferring culture and heritage to the world established the center in March 2011. It consists of two exhibition halls, bride hall, museum, and working hall. Your center guides will be local Omani women who will explain the different crafts and how they are created. You will also have the opportunity to purchase the local handicrafts made by these women.

Please note:  In the Grand Mosque women must wear modest clothing which covers the body and a scarf to cover their hair.  Arms and legs must be covered to wrists and ankles. Men must wear modest  clothing and shorts are not allowed. Slip-on shoes are recommended as guests must remove shoes before entering the Mosque.  Food, drinks, and smoking are strictly prohibited. Dollars are accepted at the souq.

price $69
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Khasab, Oman



4 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking
Khasab, 4WD Safari to Jebel Harim
Enjoy some of Oman's most stunning vistas with this exciting 4-wheel-drive adventure. While rugged, your vehicle will be enclosed and have air-conditioning, providing a comfortable way to see the sights.  Set off from the yacht on your journey to Jebel Harim, that translates to Mountain of Women. Rising to a height of 6,260 feet, the peak is the highest on the Musandam Peninsula. During your travels, you will appreciate views of terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests, and wadis, or dry river beds. You will spend some time in a Bedouin village called Sayah. Situated at an elevation of 3,000 feet and surrounded by palm trees, it is one of the peninsula's most picturesque villages. Continuing your travels, you will soon arrive at the summit of Jebel Harim, where you will take time to admire the panoramas before returning to the yacht. 

Please note:  This tour involves driving on winding mountain roads. This excursion is the very active and designed for participants in excellent health. Guests with chronic neck and back problems and pregnant women will not be allowed on this excursion. While a primary guide will provide commentary at various stops, the driver/guide assigned to each vehicle will have a limited command of English. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sites visited may vary. This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs.


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

walking
Khasab, City Tour of Khasab and Bukha
This half-day excursion provides an illuminating introduction to the Musandam Peninsula and its capital, Khasab. Your first stop will be Khasab Fort, a picturesque stronghold built in the 17th century by the Portuguese seeking dominion over trade in the Strait of Hormuz. During your visit, admire the teak wood from India used in its construction and the roof fashioned from a mix of palm leaves and clay. Also you will see a large central tower, set within the fort's low, crenellated walls, which is thought to pre-date the fort itself. The structure you will see is the result of extensive restorations carried out in the late 20th century. Take a moment to appreciate the views afforded from the fort before proceeding along the coastal road to the town of Bukha, located about one hour from the fort. Your journey will feature spectacular scenery, and stops will be made to give you the chance to take photographs of this ruggedly beautiful region. Perched above the town are the Bukha Fort and Tower, with a striking location overlooking the sea. Following your visit to the fort you will make a stop at Essra Apartment for tea, coffee and cookies before returning to your yacht.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary.  Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes, and no shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits.  There are approximately 10 steps to enter Khasab Fort and Bukha Fort.

price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

dining

boating
Khasab, Fjords Dhow Cruise with BBQ

Here’s your opportunity to experience a traditional Omani dhow that will take you on a relaxing cruise to a spectacular fjord. This is your chance to discover why the coast of Oman is often called the "Norway of Arabia." Boarding the basic yet comfortable vessel at the pier, you will venture past small fishing villages and perhaps even see dolphins as you enjoy your cruise to the fjords. Not only is the fjord Musandam's longest, but it is also the area's most spectacular, with calm waters contrasting dramatically with creamy white limestone cliffs. A highlight of your outing is time spent at anchor near Telegraph Island. Take a swim or just sit back in the dhow's shaded area. You will enjoy your BBQ lunch surrounded by views of sea and mountains. Time permitting there will be another opportunity for a swim before returning to your waiting yacht.

Please note: Bring your swim suit, towel,sunscreen, and snorkeling gear. Life jackets are provided on board. There are steps to negotiate into the dhow and the tour is subject to weather and sea conditions.


price $129
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates



6 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Dubai, Pre-Cruise Wonders of Dubai & Transfer to Yacht
From the port, you will board your motor coach and proceed to Palm Island, the artificial island on which major commercial and residential infrastructures are constructed. Located off the coast in the Persian Gulf it adds 323 miles of beaches to the city of Dubai. Then you will proceed to Atlantis the Palm resort which includes a water Aquaventure theme park , and Dolphin Bay where people can swim and interact with dolphins. Your next stop will be to Burj Al Arab (outside only), the luxury hotel built on a man-made island, where you will pause for photos. Your journey will then continue to Mall of the Emirates, the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort  features 472 international brands, including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores, the largest Carrefour in the city and over 60 outlets that are unique to the center. See Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East that offers the opportunity to enjoy real snow all year round. Then you will visit Souk Al Bahar (market of the sailor), an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of prestigious downtown on the Old Town Island. Souk Al Bahar features over 100 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade.  You will visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world at over 2,625 feet with more than 160 stories. You will ride to the top of Burj Khalifa and your guide will answer all your questions. You will experience first-hand this modern architectural and engineering marvel and know at last what it is like to see the world from such a lofty height. Next stop will be at Dubai Fountain set on 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 feet, equivalent to that of a 50-story building. The fountain is 900 feet long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. From the Dubai Fountain you will transfer to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk about 1.5 miles over both flat and uneven surfaces with some steps. The sequence of sites visited may vary.


price $149
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6 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Dubai, Wonders of Dubai with Burj Khalifa & Airport Transfer
From the port, you will board your motor coach and proceed to Palm Island, the artificial island on which major commercial and residential infrastructures are constructed. Located off the coast in the Persian Gulf it adds 323 miles of beaches to the city of Dubai. Then you will proceed to Atlantis the Palm resort which includes a water Aquaventure theme park , and Dolphin Bay where people can swim and interact with dolphins. Your next stop will be to Burj Al Arab (outside only), the luxury hotel built on a man-made island, where you will pause for photos. Your journey will then continue to Mall of the Emirates, the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort  features 472 international brands, including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores, the largest Carrefour in the city and over 60 outlets that are unique to the center. See Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East that offers the opportunity to enjoy real snow all year round. Then you will visit Souk Al Bahar (market of the sailor), an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of prestigious downtown on the Old Town Island. Souk Al Bahar features over 100 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade.  You will visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world at over 2,625 feet with more than 160 stories. You will ride to the top of Burj Khalifa and your guide will answer all your questions. You will experience first-hand this modern architectural and engineering marvel and know at last what it is like to see the world from such a lofty height. Next stop will be at Dubai Fountain set on 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 feet, equivalent to that of a 50-story building. The fountain is 900 feet long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. From the Dubai Fountain you will transfer to the airport.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk about 1.5 miles over both flat and uneven surfaces with some steps. The sequence of sites visited may vary.

price $119
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6 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Dubai, Wonders of Dubai with Burj Khalifa & Transfers to Hyatt Regency
From the port, you will board your motor coach and proceed to Palm Island, the artificial island on which major commercial and residential infrastructures are constructed. Located off the coast in the Persian Gulf it adds 323 miles of beaches to the city of Dubai. Then you will proceed to Atlantis the Palm resort which includes a water Aquaventure theme park , and Dolphin Bay where people can swim and interact with dolphins. Your next stop will be to Burj Al Arab (outside only), the luxury hotel built on a man-made island, where you will pause for photos. Your journey will then continue to Mall of the Emirates, the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort  features 472 international brands, including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores, the largest Carrefour in the city and over 60 outlets that are unique to the center. See Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East that offers the opportunity to enjoy real snow all year round. Then you will visit Souk Al Bahar (market of the sailor), an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of prestigious downtown on the Old Town Island. Souk Al Bahar features over 100 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade.  You will visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world at over 2,625 feet with more than 160 stories. You will ride to the top of Burj Khalifa and your guide will answer all your questions. You will experience first-hand this modern architectural and engineering marvel and know at last what it is like to see the world from such a lofty height. Next stop will be at Dubai Fountain set on 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 feet, equivalent to that of a 50-story building. The fountain is 900 feet long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. From the Dubai Fountain you will transfer to the Hyatt Regency.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk about 1.5 miles over both flat and uneven surfaces with some steps. The sequence of sites visited may vary.

price $149
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Mumbai (Bombay), India



5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

culture

boating
Mumbai, Elephanta Caves
Drive to the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark – an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Located along the seafront opposite the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, it was also conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England. From the Gateway pier, you will board a local launch for a one-hour cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island. Located some four miles from the city, its original name was Gharapuri or Fortress City, which later changed to Elephanta by the Portuguese who found a large stone elephant near the landing place. Within the main rock-cut temple, probably dating from between 450 to 750 A.D.,  are  found  large sculptured panels, the  most  interesting  of  which  is the three-headed Shiva shown as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. Other Shiva panels, includes one of the God dancing the `tandava’ and thereby causing the world to shake!  

Please note:  Wear light cotton clothing, comfortable shoes, sun shades and sunblock. Taking videos is not allowed in the main caves.  The caves are closed on Mondays. Palanquins are available for those who do not wish to climb the 120 steps to the caves.  However, these are limited in number and must be paid directly.  The cost is around - US $ 17 each (may be negotiable).




price $69
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Mumbai, Mumbai Highlights
Departing the pier, you will take in some of the elements and sights that have typified the city - starting with Iskcon; the amazing temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Then, even if you are not possessed with an interest in other people’s dirty laundry, you’ll be fascinated by Dhobi Ghat a facet of this city, which literally translates as washerman’s quay. The secret that keeps this operation running smoothly is a coded symbol that each dhobi-wallah (washerman) places on every item. Invisible to the untrained eye, this mark ensures nothing is lost.  You will proceed to the next highlight, Mani Bhawan, driving past the Turf Club and Bombay Race Course. Mani Bhawan was Gandhi’s home between 1917 and 1934. You will see a letter to Hitler asking him not to go to war, along with correspondence with Roosevelt, Tolstoy, and Einstein. Your journey will then take you towards Mumbai’s downtown area along Art Deco Marine Drive. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles, and crowned by a sparkling white dome. The chief attraction here will be the collection of over 2,000 miniature paintings from the various art schools of India. You will return to the yacht making a photo stop at the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark – an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Located along the seafront opposite the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, it was also conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England.

Please note:  A lift is available at the Prince of Wales Museum only. The Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays and National Holidays. Bring local currency, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $59
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Mumbai, Spirtual Legacy
Your first stop today will be in the popular middle class settlement of Dadar at the venerated Guruvayur and Ram Temple Complex. The temple, constructed in South Indian style, has a majestic upper complex containing five sacred gold plated urns.  You will see the impressive three-spired Swaminarayan Mandir (or temple) erected out of pink sandstone in traditional architectural style with intricate carving.  Following your Hindu exposure, you will make your way downtown along the waterfront, passing Haji Ali Mosque and Tomb, the city’s most recognized landmark. A splendid example of Indo Islamic architecture, Haji Ali Dargah was built in 1431 in memory of this wealthy Muslim merchant who renounced worldly possessions.  You will see the oldest sacred fire in Bombay installed in 1709 and housed in the Bomanji Wadia Fire Temple on Princess Street. As a non-Parsee, you will see the temple from the outside.   On your lunch break, you will get to sample some favorite street food, recreated in the Sea Lounge restaurant at the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. Bombay’s original Jews, known as the Bene Israel Community, are believed to be descendants of seven Jewish families, shipwrecked while fleeing persecution in Galilee around the second century B.C.  You will see several of their city landmarks including Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue and drive past several colonial landmarks such as, the Institute of Science, the Prince of Wales Museum and Flora Fountain. The Anglican Church made its presence felt with the coming of the British in 1661. Your stop at St. Thomas’ Cathedral will show you a mixture of sequential styles culminating in a Gothic tower and clock added in 1838, in addition to a chancel and elegant fountain. The Cathedral containing fine stained glass windows and choice objects of worship was selected for UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Conservation Award. You will finish your tour with a short walk back to the yacht.

Please note: Conservative dress is appropriate on this tour of sacred sites. Please refrain from wearing shorts and short skirts. Women are expected to have their shoulders covered and shoes are removed when visiting temples - socks will be provided for comfort. At Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue there are 20 steps to the 1st floor.  Lifts are available at the Taj Mahal Hotel for the Sea Lounge Restaurant, located on the 1st floor.  The Synagogue is closed on Saturdays due to the Sabbath.


price $99
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Mangalore, India



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Mangalore, Highlights of Mangalore
Mangalore is a hilly South Indian town, rarely visited by foreigners, with a quaint mix of old and new. Your tour will begin in a great local scene…at the popular Gokarnath Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Devotees of this temple belong to the industrious Billora community, who were traditionally suppressed by upper castes, treating them as untouchables.  Walking around you will encounter the typical lifestyle, commerce, local activity, and the marketplace surrounding the temple. Contrast the hustle and bustle of Gokarnath with the Chapel St. Aloysius on Lighthouse Hill, which has remarkable 19th century frescoes by Italian masters, depicting the life of Christ. Next you will visit a cashew nut processing plant.  Your morning will end at Belmont House, an old Mangalorean tiled-roofed mansion with striking architecture, open spaces, and tropical gardens. Your hosts, the Peres family, traditional coffee planters, have lived here for generations and will welcome you with refreshments and local delicacies prepared from old family recipes. 

Please note: There are 5 steps to climb to the chapel and Belmont House. The cashew plant is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Bring local currency, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $79
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5 HRS

Strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking
Mangalore, Karkala & Moodbidri Temple Tour
Start your tour with a visit to Karkala, where you will see a 41-foot tall statue engraved from a single stone and erected in 1432 alongside a temple in honor of the great prince Bahubali or “the one with strong shoulders.”   Travel on to Moodbidri, where you will see another masterpiece of the industrious Jain community which became an offshoot of Hinduism.  Commissioned by King Devaraja Woodeyar in 1430 A.D., this striking temple has 1,000 pillars, no two of which are alike. Interspersed between these two highlights you will have a refreshment stop at Soan’s Farm, started by the Swiss- German Basel Missionary Society in 1926. Alfred Soans made innovative changes to a dry laterite soil and with inter- cropping and better water management farmed superior qualities of upland rice, coconut, arecanut, banana, chilies, ginger, tapioca, mango and spices like clove, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. Most famous are his Soans pineapples, which you will get to sample.

Please note:   This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or persons with limited mobility. Bring local currency, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $89
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Mangalore, Southern Indian Traditions
On this tour you will drive approximately 10 miles out of the city toward the rural district of Pilikula in the Western Ghats, recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world and home to several rare plants. Your destination will be the nondescript Moodushedde tribal village, surrounded by coconut groves and acacia plantations, typifying a South Indian rural setting. The Kambala racetrack hosts an age-old folk sport of buffalo racing.  This artisan village has been encouraged by non-governmental organizations to protect, preserve and sustain traditional livelihoods and art forms that were gradually being faced with extinction. You will meet blacksmiths, potters, and weavers at work. Observe wood and stone carving practices, the making of beaten rice, oil extraction, and the crafting of cane and bamboo products. You will visit Guthu Mane, a traditional mansion of coastal landlords, with its elaborately carved columns and ceilings, for a refreshment break and demonstrations of sari and dhoti (the men’s dress) tying and the application of henna, popular during weddings and big occasions.  Return to Mangalore for a contrasting encounter in Hampankatta, the center of town and the main market place to get lost in silks, handlooms, spices, jewelry, sandalwood, fruits, vegetables, and really anything one can think off. Located in “downtown” Mangalore about a half hour from the pier this colorful experience epitomizes the sights, sounds, smells and all that is South Indian. Together with your Mangalorean guide you will venture through its streets, lanes and by-lanes before returning to your yacht.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. 
 
price $99
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Cochin, India



8 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

boating
Cochin, Backwater Beat
Leaving Cochin, you will drive through a lush tropical countryside to the main backwater township, called Alleppey.  Arriving at the Alleppey jetty, you will board a private boat for a cruise exploring Kerala's famous backwaters. Sail along palm fringed canals and lakes, passing little creeks where tiny settlements of thatched houses nestle below palm trees on diminutive patches of land. The waterways are teeming with dragon shaped dugouts with graceful sails, and covered boats transporting copra and cashew nuts from local villages to the ports. You will stop at villages and see the traditional lifestyle of the inhabitants of the backwaters.  Following the cruise, you will arrive at the Lake Palace Resort for lunch. Depart for Fort Cochin for an overview of Chinese fishing nets before returning to the yacht. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests OR guests with limited mobility for the boat ride. 



    
price $109
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Cochin, Colonial Cochin
Today you will drive to the Silk Route trading post of Fort Cochin, these days a `Heritage Zone.’ Walk around Cochin and see the Chinese fishing nets constructed out of teakwood and bamboo poles; they work on a principle of balance.  Visit the St. Francis Church, originally built in 1510. Portuguese hero Vasco Da Gama died on the site and was buried in the cemetery.  Later, you will drive to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built in 1557 by the Portuguese as a gift for the Maharaja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. The striking feature of the palace is a series of murals painted on wooden walls.  You will stop by the Pardesi Synagogue, at the heart of what is locally called Jew town, lined with Spice and Antique stores. The synagogue is an experience of light and airiness accented in its flooring of 18th century hand painted blue Cantonese ceramic tiles. With its collection of great scrolls of the Old Testament, it is very possible that this community shared strong links with the Babylonian Jews.  After a refreshment stop, you will return to the yacht.    

Please note: The Dutch Palace has steep 23 steps to the entrance. Bring local currency, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $59
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7.5 HRS

Strenuous

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Cochin, The Heart Beat of Kerala
Your tour today will be to the village of Vaikom into the heart of the Kerala lifestyle, surrounded by paddy fields, cashew farms, narrow canals, and coconut and banana plantations. You will begin with homage at Vaikom’s Shiva Temple, believed to be the oldest in the country. At the community center for women’s employment you will see khadi being woven in the traditional way using handspun cotton yarn, while the men get busy in the coconut oil extracting factory.  See the nearby local school, a good example of the state’s initiative into achieving a 100 percent literacy rate.  An important aspect of Vaikom’s landscape is its narrow canals which you will explore in local canoes coming face to face with the local people as they go about their daily chores.  Your lunch (catered by the 5-star Brunton Boatyard Resort) will be served in the cool gardens of a local home, set in the heart of the village.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or guests with limited mobility. Shorts and short dresses are not allowed in the temple.  Slip-on shoes are recommended as they must be removed before entering the temple.  Socks will be provided for comfort. Bring local currency, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.

price $109
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6 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing

boating
Cochin, The Spice Route
Today you will drive to the Silk Route trading post of Fort Cochin, these days a `Heritage Zone.’ Walk around Cochin and see the Chinese fishing nets constructed out of teak and bamboo poles, they work on a principle of balance. Visit the St. Francis Church, originally built in 1510. Portuguese hero Vasco Da Gama died on the site and was buried in the cemetery.  Later, you will drive to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built in 1557 by the Portuguese as a gift for the Maharaja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. The striking feature of the palace is a series of murals painted on wooden walls.  You will stop by the Pardesi Synagogue, at the heart of what is locally called Jew town, lined with spice and antique stores. The synagogue is an experience of light and airiness accented in its flooring of 18th century hand painted blue Cantonese ceramic tiles. With its collection of great scrolls of the Old Testament, it is very possible that this community shared strong links with the Babylonian Jews. Your lunch will be served at the Brunton Boatyard Resort, where you will also see a Kathakali dance performance. In addition to international choices the menu will include a variety of local recipes, featuring South India’s celebrated flavors and spices. A kettuvallam is a traditional, large country boat used to transport rice along the internal backwaters. You will board a similarly styled craft for a cruise around this ancient Spice Route harbor.  

Please note: The Dutch Palace has steep 23 steps to the entrance.

price $149
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Galle, Sri Lanka



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

boating
Galle, A Rural Village Experience
You will take a 1-hour boat ride to the serene village of Wackwella  –  famous for agriculture and buffalo curd production.  Along the way witness the local life, lush green paddy fields, observe egrets hunting for fish, eagles looking for prey, water monitors sun bathing on the banks, and rare purple-faced monkeys leaping through the tree canopies. Sit back and enjoy sailing past the village life on either side of the river.  Disembark the boat and visit a Coconut Fibermaking  Factory.  Following this experience,  you will take a  tuk tuk ride from the riverbanks to the middle of a local dwelling.  Along the way you will pass through some stunning landscapes and great sceneries.  Arriving at the local dwelling you will be treated to a cooking demonstration in Sri Lankan cuisine. Then you will depart the village and board a motor coach to return to the port.

Please note: Bring local currency, your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Galle, Culture, Heritage & Tea
Visit the home of Sri Lanka’s most famous author, Martin Wickramasinghe, who has written 95 books and is considered the “Shakespeare of Sri Lanka.”  His home is now a Museum of Folk Culture and Local Lifestyle, surrounded by eight acres of a restored eco-system with hundreds of varieties of indigenous trees and shrubs in which birdlife abounds. There’s a special collection of artifacts and memorabilia offering insight the everyday life of a Sri Lankan family.  Then you will have a short ride to Handunugoda Tea Estate that produces the award winning and globally acclaimed Virgin White Tea, untouched by hands and deemed   “the purest of all.” The 140-year-old eco-friendly estate is rich in flora and fauna. Birds and wildlife, myriad-colored reservoirs and fish ponds give it a special atmosphere. Renowned author and planter Herman Gunaratne will take you around his organic plantations of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, vanilla, rubber, coconut, tea and a variety of spices. You will taste some of the virgin tea and visit the processing factory with its age old machinery. Next you will take a tuk tuk ride to Yatagala Ancient Temple where you will have a guided tour. 

Please note: Bring local currency, your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $89
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Galle, The Dutch Fort & Spices
The ancient trading post of Galle has been referred to as the famous Tarshish of the Bible. Historically, this award-winning World Heritage fortified township was an essential port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders. Javanese and Sumatrans came later, followed by Marco Polo in 1299 A.D.  You will board your motor coach for a 30-minute ride to visit the local vegetable and spice markets.  Then reboard the coach for the 10-minute ride to the Galle Fort. The Portuguese arrived in the 1500s and built this settlement with a fort of palm trees and mud. This was captured by the Dutch (and finally the British) who built the 400-year-old fort with great ramparts and bastions to protect their presence. Narrow streets are lined with old houses displaying Dutch heritage, with their pillared verandahs. Government offices remain in use and the community within the fort is bustling with daily life – a living breathing town, hidden within fortified walls of this ancient, maritime citadel.  You will have time to explore the fort, overflowing with landmarks, strolling past the Dutch church, the governor’s house, the spice warehouses, court square, the Kacheri or Town Hall, the lighthouse and ramparts. Near the old Arab Mosque are streets leading to cricket fields and the district Judge’s house, surrounded by ancient frangipani trees. There’s a variety of exclusive boutique stores to explore.

Please note: Bring local currency, your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $59
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Phuket, Thailand



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Phuket, Birds Eye View over Phang Nga Bay
Considered by many a "must see" sight, there are very few places in the world with a landscape like Phang Nga. Begin your day with a drive from Phuket port by car/minivan to the helipad for an unforgettable helicopter flight.  After arriving at a helipad lounge, refreshments will be served.  Then, you will have a chance to sightsee while flying.  Narrated by the pilot, you will fly over shrimp farms passing above fishermen’s boats before entering the unforgettable sceneries of renowned Phang Nga Bay with its towering sea cliffs and sites such as James Bond Island where the filming of the last scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place, and the well-known Muslim floating village before flying back to the operation center.   You will have a short break at the helipad lounge before transferring back to Phuket port.

Please note: Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes. Pregnant women will have to sign a waiver.

price $999
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4 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Phuket, Canopy Adventure
Canopy adventure shows that Phuket’s island beauty goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand that it is famous for.  The hillsides of Phuket overflow with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.  A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy this vast area, and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land during the wet months and even the trees within the camp reception area have been left untouched.  As the camp understand how important your holiday memories are to you, especially when you do something as unique as ziplining through the jungle, so it offers extra photography and video services that let you relive your experience any time you want. Your 40-minute drive to the ziplining camp will then give you 15 minutes of instruction and an hour to zipline as much as you want.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes and light clothing.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $125
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, change of clothes and your camera.



price $169
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture
Phuket, Iron Chef Cooking Class
Take a break from sightseeing or relaxing on the beach and learn how to prepare authentic Thai food so you can impress your family and friends back home. Thai cooking can be readily envisioned as a work of art. Thai people have a natural and creative sense of beauty and express it in many ways. Both men and women learn to create beautifully shaped fruits and vegetables, carving them with all the skills of a talented artisan. Your tour will start with an introduction to Thai ingredients with a visit to a local market. Then move on to the actual cooking of mouth-watering Thai dishes. A hands-on experience is there for you. The class will be conducted with fun and flair and begins with an in-depth discussion of Thai flavor, followed by tips on selection of herbs and spices. You will be given the recipes. In the workshops, you will learn to cook healthy delicious Thai dishes and get plenty of hands-on experience, enabling you to feel ready to be a sous-chef by the end of the course of the following menu:  Phad Thai, Kung Sod or Stir-fried Thai Noodle with shrimp, green curry with chicken for which you will make the curry paste yourself, Tom Yam Kung or Sour Soup with shrimp, and Sticky rice with ripe mangoes. Then enjoy your own master dishes for your meal.

Please note: Wear light clothes and comfortable shoes.

price $169
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6.5 HRS

Moderate
Phuket, Phang Nga Ba Exploration
Just a one hour drive from your yacht will take you to the pier where you will board the boat to start your day of exploration.  Cruising the inner waters of Phang Nga Bay you will admire the beauty and the natural surroundings in this spectacular setting.  Discover the sea caves made naturally as a result of calcite dripping for over millions of years to form the hongs and tunnels of Koh Panak and Koh Hong.  Enjoy Koh “Hong” which is an open-air, cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoon connected to the outside world only through caves.  Learn about, the ecosystems of these “secret” places.  Sit back and relax in complete comfort and safety – take in the peace and total tranquility of this “lost world.”  Along the way you may see a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles, Brahminy kites, kingfishers, fruit bats, water monitor lizards, and monkeys.  Take a stroll on the sandy beach of Koh Ping Gan and check out James Bond Island made famous by the classic James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

Please note:  There are 15 steps to access the pier.  Bring your raincoat and wear comfortable shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $149
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Phuket, Unique Phuket
This tour will be a combination of highlights which include culture, sightseeing and tasting of Thai foods. You will start with a visit to an old temple in Phuket to attend the Monks’ Blessing Ceremony.  The monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the participants while you will present offerings to them in return.  It is an uplifting start to the day. Then you will walk through Rommanee Alley where scenes from Good Morning Vietnam were shot.  Walking along the roads, you will marvel at the well-preserved old Sino-Portuguese buildings.  You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind market tour which is both enriching and fun. Within the market, colorful characters hawk condiments, sell dried herbs and spices, and proudly display pungent pickled kapi fish, squirming eels and succulent durians.  Be prepared for sensory overload. Then you will take a short walk to the twin Phuket shrines where you will learn your fortune through sticks and wooden blocks.  Here you will see - and participate in – a Lion Dance, gongs, drums and firecrackers in the temple, representing good fortune and good health.  The first one is Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.  It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, built over 200 years ago.  Right next door is the more ornate Jui Tui Shrine.  Proceed to a local restaurant for lunch

Please note:  Wear light clothing, rubber/comfortable shoes.  Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, sunglasses and a raincoat in case of rain. Modest attire is required for visiting the temple and shrines, no tank tops or shorts. You do not have to be Buddhist to join the Monk’s Blessing Ceremony.  Everybody is welcome.


price $169
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Malacca, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Explore Historic Malacca with Lunch
This tour will reveal Malacca’s prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers who include the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You will begin your tour with a photo stop at Porta de Santiago - the only remains of the Dutch fortifications that were blown up by the British – before seeing The Stadthuys, arguably Malacca’s most photographed building.  Constructed in the mid-1600s it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  Continue on to the ruins of St Paul’s Church, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier were briefly enshrined.  Visit the Melaka Sultanate Palace, a replica of the original 15th century wooden palace, which is now a Cultural Museum.  You will take a ride up to the 360-degree viewing tower, Menara Taming Sari, at a height of 262 feet.  You will see a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage City from the cabin deck.  Proceed on to cross the bridge, which will lead you to Chinatown. Walk to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, showing typical 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families.  Continue on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and Kampung Kling Mosque. As you continue on to Jonker Street, you will see many antique and curio shops.  This is the final stop and you will enjoy lunch at Casa Del Rio Hotel or alternative for a taste of mixed culture and traditions!

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with steps to negotiate some sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. 




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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Malacca, Historic Malacca
This fascinating tour reveals Malacca’s glorious heritage. The streets and buildings are steeped in history illustrating its prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers that include the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Princess Hang Li Poh’s Well (King’s Well) – located at the foothill of Bukit China and next to Sam Po Temple. It was built in 1459 by the followers of Princess Hang Li Poh and was the main source of water in the town. Continue your walk to the Bukit Cina (also known as Chinese Hill) Chinese Cemetery, the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves.  You will proceed to the Dutch Square - the hub of the town due to its proximity to the river mouth. You will see town hall (Stadthuys),  the church (Christ Church), market square and a school that all reflect the character of ancient European towns. Cross the bridge to Malacca’s Chinatown. Walk to Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Then visit Jonker’s Street, the main street of Chinatown before you return back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho.

price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

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Malacca, Malacca & Countryside
Departing from the pier, you’ll proceed to a small rubber tree plantation, where you will have an opportunity to see local rubber tappers in action. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the world's natural rubber. Next, you will visit  a palm oil plantation before heading to the village of legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. It is commonly believed that Kampung Duyung (Mermaid Village) was the home of this legendary warrior during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate. The village highlights the cultural, architectural and traditional values of the Malay community and consists of the houses of the five most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate. Stop briefly for photos and souvenir shopping outside the Stadthuys. Built as the official residence for the Dutch governors and their officers, the Stadthuys is an excellent example of Dutch period architecture. Continue to Porta de Santiago—a Portuguese-built fortress—and St Paul's Church, where missionary St. Francis Xavier was briefly interred in 1553. You will also have a chance to take photos outside the Sultan's Palace—a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's now-extinct Sultanate. The palace also houses the Culture Museum.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. There are about 100 steps up and around this tour.

price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

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boating
Malacca, Walk The Dutch Trail
Walk back through time as you discover the great empires of Malaccathe Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.  After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, you will embark on a boat for a scenic cruise on the Malacca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages. Next, a short walk from the jetty will bring you to Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule and features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. It now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753. Proceed to the Porta de Santiago. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, you will head to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace that currently is a cultural museum.  Then you will take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its 3-tiered roof and make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Your tour will conclude with a brief ride by rickshaw back to the tender pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards, at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. 


price $59
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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $65
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.

price $65
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