Cultural Treasures of the Far East
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.