Cultural Treasures of the Far East

9th Jan 2020 42 nights Sails from Cairns Boudicca D200103
FROM ONLY £6,399 per person
Benoa sand beach, Bali, Indonesia Benoa sand beach, Bali, Indonesia
FROM ONLY £6,399 per person

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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.