Authentic India & Ancient Sites

11th Feb 2021 28 nights Sails from Phuket Boudicca D210304
FROM ONLY £4,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £4,299 per person

Uncover countless iconic sights and inspirational experiences throughout this incredible voyage to stunning destinations in India, Arabia and the ancient Middle East. A mix of modern architectural and cultural delights, awe-inspiring holy sites and remarkable centuries-old wonders, are among many highlights awaiting your discovery, all on one simply unforgettable cruise holiday.

Before you immersive Indian exploration begins, time in Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka is sure to whet your appetite. [ReadMoreMob]You can delight in Phuket’s idyllic island scenes; explore lush jungle and snorkel with enchanting marine fauna at Weh Island; and seek-out the temples, mosques, museums and busy bazaars of Colombo. Kochi is the first of three enticing Indian destinations, where you’ll have the chance to see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets; or even take an overland tour to the iconic Taj Mahal. Mormugão will then serve as your starting point to exploring Goa’s Latin Quarter and Old Goa districts, for a taste of India’s European heritage, before Mumbai offers an enthralling insight into the contrasts of old and modern India. From admiring the British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, to visiting the Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest open-air laundry district – and witnessing busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city, a plethora of diverse experiences and sights await you here. Stopping overnight in Mumbai affords you time to fully immerse yourself in all the legendary hustle and bustle of the city too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onwards to Arabia, a visit to Muscat offers opportunities to 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. Finally, an exciting exploration of the Middle East will present a showcase of some of the world’s greatest ancient sites. In Egypt, you can take advantage of an overnight stay at Safaga to tour to the remarkable Valley of the Kings, famed for its ancient tombs and chambers; and revel in the wonder of the Great Pyramids of Giza on tour from Alexandra. There’s an exciting navigation of the impressive Suez Canal too. In Jordan, the astonishing ‘Lost City’ of Petra awaits during a visit to Aqaba: journey to Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, to see huge tombs, archways and temples that were carved into the sandstone over 2,000 years ago. Meanwhile, Israel’s hallowed sites are yours to explore from Ashdod and Haifa, both ideally located for trips to Jerusalem – a pilgrimage for Jews, Muslims and Christians – and Bethlehem, where you can walk on the ground where Jesus was laid down after his birth, and see the places of significance from nativity stories.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.