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Cultural Treasures of the Far East

9th Jan 2020 42 nights Sails from Cairns Boudicca D200103
FROM ONLY £5,999 per person *
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After immersing yourself in Papua New Guinea’s authentic culture and fascinating history, you’re in for an unforgettable insight into Asia’s remarkable diversity as Boudicca guides you on an epic adventure featuring a collection of contrasting destinations, from the gorgeous islands of Indonesia to stunning Singapore and energetic Indian cities.

Your time in Papua New Guinea will include a chance to experience Alotau’s Cultural Festival, with its live performances of traditional tribal music, dance and chanting that are not-to-be-missed. There’s opportunities to go in search of war ‘relics’, including Japanese World War II tunnels and caves, during calls at Wewak and Madang too. Then Indonesia’s magical island scenes will provide a memorable welcome to Asia. You’ll visit Ambon Island, where gently mountainous landscapes and picturesque bays are yours to explore; stop at Komodo Island to encounter Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest lizard; and visit beautiful Bali for the verdant Ubus rice terraces and inviting, sun-soaked beaches. Stopping overnight in Singapore, boasting soaring skyscrapers and vibrant city life, makes for an interesting contrast, before Phuket provides yet another taste of island paradise. Don’t miss the chance to ride a speedboat to iconic Phang Nga Bay and ‘James Bond Island’. Sailing on to Myanmar, Thilawa is your stopping point for taking in the wonders of this extraordinary country. The awe-inspiring golden and gem-laden spires of the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, awaits your discovery in nearby Yangon, while the spiritual city of Bagan is also within reach on tour. [ReadMore]

Then, after visiting Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, an immersive Indian exploration begins in Kochi. During your overnight stay of Kerala State’s picturesque coast, you can see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets and the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue, or even opt for an overland tour to the iconic Taj Mahal. Goa is a treat to savour next, with another overnight stay affording time to explore Old Goa and the Latin Quarter or relax at postcard-perfect beaches, before continuing on to magnificent Mumbai for an enthralling mix of old and modern India. Take chances visit the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest open-air laundry district – and more. You’re sure to spot busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city as you explore. For a memorable end to your time in India, it’s on to Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi. Be sure to visit Kirti Mandir – Gandhi’s childhood home – and the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to the devotee of Lord Krishna, to capture Porbandar’s spiritual importance.

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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.