Exploring the Far East & Authentic India
For an unforgettable insight into Asia’s remarkable diversity, Boudicca will guide you to a collection of stunning destinations to present you with a taste of the contrasting sights and authentic experiences on offer in spectacular islands and cities across this incredible region.
After meeting your ship in Benoa you’ll have a chance to discover the many attractions of Bali, from untrodden beaches and fauna-rich forests to charming villages and beautiful ancient temples, even before you set sail to Singapore, your first port of call. With its soaring skyscrapers and vibrant city life, Singapore is Asia at its most modern. You’ll have time to explore the city-state’s bustling Financial and Chinatown districts, and even enjoy high tea at the famous Raffles Hotel. For a taste of paradise it’s then on to fabulous Phuket. The glistening clear-blue waters and palm-lined beaches here are sure to tempt, though you may wish to choose to seek-out the impressive temples and shrines of Phuket Town. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, don’t miss a speedboat tour to legendary Phang Nga Bay and ‘James Bond Island’. In 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, is not-to-be-missed in nearby Yangon, while the spiritual city of Bagan is within reach on a tour from Thilawa too. [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.