Iconic India & Ancient Civilisations

2nd Feb 2022 30 nights Sails from Phuket Boudicca D220203
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siting inspirational Indian and ancient Middle Eastern destinations presents an abundance of iconic sites and authentic experiences to discover, and unravels centuries of fascinating history, every step of the way on this immersive cruise adventure on board Boudicca.

Kochi makes for a perfect introduction to India; you’ve a day to see famous sights such as the famous Chinese fishing nets and the Paradesi Synagogue, and taste the spicy flavours of local cuisine. Goa is a treat to savour next, with time to explore Old Goa and the Latin Quarter or relax at postcard-perfect beaches, before magnificent Mumbai awaits. You’ve an overnight stay to capture the very essence of the bustling capital; you can admire the historic, British-style buildings, including the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, witness the world’s largest open-air laundry district in action, and even help busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city. For the perfect end to your Indian exploration, explore the country’s spiritual beginnings in Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi and home to the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to the devotee of Lord Krishna.

In Egypt, you can take advantage of an extended, full-day stay at Safaga to tour to the remarkable Valley of the Kings, famed for its ancient tombs and chambers – including the tomb of Tutankhamun; 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.

Your Itinerary

  • Unravel centuries of fascinating history and spirituality, and discover an abundance of iconic sites and authentic experiences, at inspirational Indian and ancient Middle Eastern destinations.
  • See famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, and sample traditional flavours in Kochi; explore Goa’s rich European heritage; and immerse yourself in Mumbai’s legendary hustle and bustle.
  • Seek-out some of the world’s great ancient sites in Egypt and Jordan, including the Great Pyramids of Giza; and take chances to visit holy Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Israel.
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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.

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