Ancient Arabia, India & the Med
After stepping on board Boudicca in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, you’ll begin your memorable voyage with a relaxing day at sea as you sail to India. Three enticing Indian cities feature on your itinerary, each showcasing this remarkable country’s fascinating diversity. First up is Cochin, where you can see the famous Chinese fishing nets dotted along the city’s idyllic shores, visit the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue and admire fine examples of India’s European-influenced architecture. Bustling Mumbai will then present glimpses of old and new India, with its mix of centuries-old structures, impressive Hindu temples and vibrant commercial districts. The British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the grand Victoria Railway Terminus are well worth a visit; while you could also opt to take in the unique Dhobi Ghat laundry district and Dadar Flower Market during your overnight stay. Be on the lookout for the dabbawallas at lunchtime too. Your final Indian call is the spiritual city of Porbandar, birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India – and Sudama, devotee of Lord Krishna. [ReadMore]
In Arabia, a day of high-end shopping and sightseeing in Dubai – home of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building – is highly recommended, before Boudicca takes you on an enlightening exploration of Oman. Your day in Khasab could be spent venturing into the beautiful Musandam Fjords via traditional Dhow Boat; while in Muscat you can marvel at the magnificent modern Arabic architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace. Alternatively you could tour from the Omani capital to the pre-Islamic Nakhal Fort, or the ancient city of Nizwa. The Lost City of Ubar, which is celebrated in the Qur’an, will await your discovery from Salalah too before you sail onwards to Aqaba, Jordan for the chance to explore the Lost City of Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to discover the huge tombs and temples carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. In Egypt, memorable scenic cruising along the Suez Canal is sandwiched between an overnight stay in Safaga, gateway to the remarkable Valley of the Kings; and a call into Alexandria, for tours to the Pyramids of Giza – the world’s oldest ancient wonder. As if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll also visit Malta and sail Valletta’s Grand Harbour into the walled capital city; and sail to Spain, stopping at the beautiful island of Mallorca and pretty Cádiz.