Authentic Arabia & India
An adventure full of inspirational sights and exciting, simply unforgettable experiences, this cruise presents Arabia and India at their most authentic. Visits to remarkable destinations will highlight the fascinating diversity of these incredible parts of the world, with a mix of modern and ancient marvels, spiritual sites and natural highlights awaiting your discovery.
On the Arabian leg of your exotic holiday, you’ll have a chance to uncover the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Petra – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – on tour from the Jordanian city of Aqaba. Boudicca will also guide you through the Red Sea to Oman. Salalah, with it’s impressive Sultan Qaboos Palace and energetic souks, welcomes you to this eye-catching country, while in Muscat you can unearth the very essence of Omani culture. An overnight stay in the capital affords time to take highlights such as the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; experience traditional Bedouin life on tour to Wahiba Sands; or head for the imposing forts and arches of ancient Nizwa. There’s a chance to witness spectacular landscapes on a Dhow boat tour into the Musandam Fjords from Khasab too, before Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai provide a taste of modern Arabia. High-end shopping malls, atmospheric souks, striking mosques and magnificent skyscrapers – including the breathtaking Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building – await. [ReadMore]
As the birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’ – Porbandar is the perfect place to begin your Indian exploration. Be sure to visit Kirti Mandir – Gandhi’s childhood home – and the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, to capture the spiritual importance of the city. Then there’s Mumbai, for a mix of old and modern India. The historic Colaba quarter, iconic Dhobi Ghat laundry district and the Gateway of India are just a few of the attractions to discover. Look out for Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city too. Stopping overnight in Mormugão also allows you to explore India’s European heritage in Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter at your leisure. Your time in India ends in Kerala state, with two enticing ports. Intoxicating Kochi has attracted explorers, traders and travellers for centuries; and during yet another overnight stay you’ll have chance to see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue and much more. Then in Thiruvananthapuram you can marvel at an impressive array of mosques, temples and churches; and enjoy the impressive views on offer from the Kovalam Lighthouse.