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					2012 Grand World Voyage
                   Shore Excursions
       ms Amsterdam • January 6 – April 28, 2012




                                 Lake Palace, Udaipur, India




Angkor Wat, Cambodia           Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage,
                                          Colombo, Sri Lanka




                        Ayers Rock, Australia
                                      Dear World Cruise Traveler,
                                   We are excited to present our collection of shore opportunities for the 2012 Holland America
                                   Grand World Voyage. Cruise Specialists is the leader in World Cruise enhancement planning,
                                   providing an unbeatable combination of pricing value, exclusive amenities and
                                   professional service. Our onboard escorts in 2012 will again be Tom Mullen and Ellen Bethel,
    who are eagerly looking forward to seeing you!
    We are thrilled to announce that on the 2012 World Cruise we will be adding a complimentary VOX audio tour guide system
    on select day tours to enhance your tour experience. This exclusive Cruise Specialists amenity consists of a microphone for the
    guide and a small wireless radio receiver and earphone for your personal use during select tours. This compact and lightweight
    system, (pictured below being worn by World Cruise Escort, Ellen Bethel), will allow everyone on tour to better hear the narration
    provided by the local guide. You will receive additional details regarding this amenity from Tom and Ellen onboard.
    Continuing a tradition started in 2007, we will again offer complimentary shore excursions by crediting you with FREE tour
    dollars. This gives you flexibility and a choice of activities. Despite the reduction in compensation by the cruise line for all their
    agency partners, we are pleased to still be able to offer this program benefit and feel strongly our overall amenity package
    remains the most generous in the industry.
    Continuing our enhanced partnership with Holland America Line’s Shore Excursion Department, you will be able to use your
    Cruise Specialists tour dollars on many Holland America Line Overland Adventures. As in the past, a Holland America escort will
    accompany all overland programs as these are not exclusive to Cruise Specialists clients. A Cruise Specialists representative may
    also escort the tour, depending upon participation.
    In addition, Cruise Specialists will operate a private overland excursion to Cambodia and Angkor Wat. This excursion will be
    exclusive to our clients and will be escorted by a Cruise Specialists representative.
    New for 2012 is an evening performance of the “Smile of Angkor” extravaganza in Siem Reap. This spectacular show is unlike any
    other performance in Cambodia. One thousand years of history are brought to life through this amazing show featuring Apsara
    dance, Khmer martial arts and special effects. We hope you will join us on this exotic overland. All overland excursions provide
    rich opportunities to more fully explore the beautiful scenery and historical sites of the regions you visit.
    We have also taken great care in selecting interesting day tour experiences in a large selection of ports on the 2012 Grand World
    Voyage. All day tours will be escorted by a Cruise Specialists representative and operate in private motorcoaches arranged for our
    groups. Special “touches” have been added to many of our day tours to further enhance your experience. These include a fun
    Brazilian-style lunch on our Rio Sugar Loaf tour, lunch at a floating restaurant during your Hong Kong Highlights excursion and a
    stop at the Plaka for a traditional Greek lunch on the Panoramic Athens tour. We have also brought back our popular scenic tour in
    Funchal that includes lunch at the beautiful Reid’s Palace Hotel.
    Continuing a tradition we began in 2010, we will again be offering a “Cruise Specialists Cares” Humanitarian Tour. Our goal is to
    benefit local charities and organizations where the ships call and provide you with opportunities to learn more about the culture
    and challenges faced by local peoples.
    Our tour in Nha Trang, Vietnam will include a stop at the local SOS Children’s Village. SOS Children’s Village is the world’s largest
    charity dedicated to providing a new family home and educational opportunities for orphaned children. The SOS charity helps
    children in over 40 countries. Proceeds from your purchase of the Nha Trang tour will directly benefit the local SOS Village. We
    hope you will join Cruise Specialists and your fellow cruisers in supporting this important program.
    Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to raising a toast together at our Bon Voyage Gala in Fort Lauderdale.
    Happy Traveling!




              Janet Lanterman,                         Greg Nacco,
              Founder                                  Vice President                         World Cruise Escort
                                                                                              Ellen Bethel wearing
                                                                                              her VOX tour guide
                                                                                              system.
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The Shore Excursion Team at Cruise Specialists has carefully selected and designed these unique tours. Before
indicating your choices on the Shore Excursion Order Form, please carefully read the information below:                     As an add
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Levels of Activity: These guidelines are meant to help you select the tours that are best-suited to your                  clients, we e Specialists
physical abilities and level of comfort. If you use a wheelchair, or have any mobility challenges, please               FREE tour are offering
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contact us to discuss your tour options. All tours, regardless of level of activity, involve stepping in and             your shore rs towards
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out of vehicles or motorcoaches. All clients signing up for tours should be able to embark or disembark                See your S xcursions.
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vehicles/motorcoaches with minimal assistance.                                                                          Order Form             ion
                                                                                                                                     for details.
   • Easy: Very light activity. May include short distances to walk and some stairs.
   • Moderate: Requires some effort, including walking medium distances over uneven surfaces
     and/ or stairs.
   • Strenuous: Requires active participation, walking long distances over uneven and steep terrain and/or stairs.
     Strenuous tours are not suitable for anyone who has difficulty walking or who has serious back or knee problems.
Limited Space: We highly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment as space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
If, for any reason, we are not able to accommodate your tour requests, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.
Tour Participation Minimums: All tours require a minimum number of participants in order to operate. This minimum is set by our local tour
operators. If a tour needs to be cancelled due to lack of participation you will receive a full refund for that tour and we will contact you to discuss
alternatives.
Guides, Transportation and Services: The quality of guides and vehicles varies from place to place. Cruise Specialists requests the best
available in each port. Tour descriptions are valid at the time of printing. All venues are subject to change and the order of sites visited, flight
details, accommodations and meals may vary.
What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes are always recommended. When visiting places of worship, dress conservatively and ensure that
your knees and shoulders are covered. Always dress in layers and bring a jacket or sweater on tour with you. We also advise that you bring an
umbrella, hat and sunscreen. Tentative tour departure times are listed on the Shore Excursion Order Form. Actual departure times and meeting
places will be indicated on the shore excursion vouchers you will receive in your stateroom onboard. All tour durations are approximate.
Meals and Drinks: Full day tours generally include lunch and overland tours include all meals, unless otherwise noted. Tours with meals
generally include one or two alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and water.
Weather Conditions: Tours operate in all weather conditions unless deemed unsafe by the local tour operator. If the local operator cancels a
tour, you will receive a full refund for that tour in the form of a shipboard credit.
How to Order Tours: Please use the enclosed addressed envelope to send Cruise Specialists your completed Shore Excursion Order Form along
with payment, if applicable. You may also fax your completed order form to (206) 774-1259. Sorry, we cannot accept shore excursion bookings
over the phone.
Payment Options and Information:
   • Check: Made payable to Cruise Specialists. Guests traveling together may send one check for their combined excursion cost.
   • Credit Card: Please fill out your credit card information on the back of the Shore Excursion Order Form.
Booking Deadlines: We recommend that completed order forms be sent back to us as soon as possible since space is limited on many tours and
requests will be processed in the order received. The final deadline for requesting tours is Thursday, November 17, 2011. All tours must be
finalized and paid in full prior to the cruise.
Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation requests received by November 17, 2011, are 100% refundable. Beginning
Friday, November 18, 2011, all tours are 100% non-refundable as transportation and services have been confirmed. Please note
that all cancellation requests must be made in writing either by email or fax to your Cruise Specialists cruise consultant before the deadline.
General Conditions: Cruise Specialists contracts third-party tour operators for all excursions. You are assuming the entire risk of utilizing these
excursion services subject only to whatever terms or arrangements are made by you or on your behalf with the third-party furnishing these
services. Cruise Specialists does not assume liability for damages or injuries that occur during or as a result of shore excursions. Cruise Specialists
is not liable for loss of or damage to any baggage or other property which occurs for any reason whatsoever. Shore excursions are subject to
cancellations or changes. Tour operators reserve the right to deny participation to guests based on such criteria as they may establish.


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      Summary of Overland Tours
    We are again offering an excellent selection of overland tours for the 2012 Grand World Voyage. Overland tours incorporate must-see
    destinations and include deluxe accommodations, professional guides and most meals.
    Several overland tours will be operated in partnership with Holland America Line, as indicated in the descriptions. Cruise Specialists clients may
    utilize their free “tour dollars” to purchase these tours. Overland tours operated in partnership with Holland America Line will not be private and
    Cruise Specialists guests will travel with other non-Cruise Specialists guests on the overland. A Cruise Specialists representative may accompany
    the tour, depending upon participation. The Cambodia & Angkor Wat Overland Adventure is a private tour for Cruise Specialists clients and will
    be escorted by a Cruise Specialists representative.
    Please Note: These tours have been rated strenuous since they involve a lot of walking and activity, and sites are not wheelchair accessible. Please see
    full tour descriptions for more details.

                             RIO DE JANEIRO: Iguazu Falls & Salta • January 20, 2012 • 4 days/3 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • Iguazu Falls, the Brazilian side                                                • Buenos Aires panoramic city tour
                               • Salta & UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humahuaca Valley                          • Details on page 8
                               • Visits to Tilcara and El Pucara

                             SYDNEY: Ayers Rock and Red Center • February 26, 2012 • 4 days/3 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • Visit to Alice Springs Desert Park, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service   • Experience the beauty of Ayers Rock
                               • Learn about native culture & customs from local Aboriginal guides               • Enjoy sunrise and sunset views of Ayers Rock
                               • Sip champagne and experience an Aussie BBQ in the dunes                         • Details on page 15

                             LEMBAR: Splendid China • March 6, 2012 • 6 days/5 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • Visits to Lingsar & Uluwatu temples, local art market                           • Attend a Kung Fu show and the Peking Opera
                               • The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace                          • Beautiful Li River Cruise and visit to Yangshuo
                               • Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors & the Wild Goose Pagoda                              • Details on page 16

                             PHU MY: Cambodia and Angkor Wat • March 15, 2012 • 4 days/3 nights
                             Exclusive Cruise Specialists Tour
                               • Visits to Reunification Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City • Artisan d’ Angkor Village & Markets
                               • VIP seating at the “Smile of Angkor”show in Siem Reap                      • Details on page 19
                               • Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Banteay Srie, Banteay Samre

                             SINGAPORE: Palace on Wheels • March 19, 2012 • 10 days/9 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • In-depth sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jailsalmer & Jodhpur        • Visit Agra and the Taj Mahal
                               • Magnificent journey on the “Palace on Wheels” luxury train                  • Details on page 21
                               • Experience a camel ride and various cultural programs and local entertainment

                             MANGALORE: The Taj Mahal & Pink City of Jaipur • March 26, 201 • 4 days/3 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • Sightseeing in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur                                             • Details on page 24
                               • Visits to Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Amber Fort
                               • Panoramic tour of Mumbai

                             MUMBAI: Jordan, Israel & Egypt • March 29, 2012 • 8 days/7 nights
                             Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                               • Visit to Amman, Jordan including fascinating Petra     • Sightseeing in Kerak & the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Mujib
                               • Marvelous Temple of Karnak Sound & Light Show          • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Jerusalem & Bethlehem
                               • Cairo & Luxor sightseeing including the Museum of Antiquities & the Valley of the Kings       • Details on page 27
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                                PIRAEUS (ATHENS): Classical Greece • April 9, 2012 • 3 days/2 nights
                                Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                                  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Meteora monasteries                              • Overnight stays in the village of Kalambaka & Delphi
                                  • Delphi and the Grand Temple of Apollo                                                 • Details on page 32


                                BARCELONA: Madrid & Cordoba • April 15, 2012 • 4 days/3 nights
                                Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                                  • High-speed train trip to Madrid                                          • Spanish flamenco show & dinner
                                  • Madrid sightseeing, including the world-famous Prado Museum              • Details on page 34
                                  • Comprehensive sightseeing in Cordoba including the Great Mosque and Alcazar
                                  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo

                                BARCELONA: Madrid & Seville • April 15, 2012 • 4 days/3 nights
                                Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                                  • High-speed train trip to Madrid                                              • Spanish flamenco show & dinner
                                  • Madrid sightseeing, including the world-famous Prado Museum                  • Details on page 36
                                  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo
                                  • Comprehensive sightseeing in Seville including the Cathedral, Reales Alcazares, Santa Cruz Quarter and Plaza de Espana


  Summary of Easy Activity Tours
Easy Activity Tours involve little walking and may include a few stairs to get in and out of the transportation. Occasionally, they may
include more activity, in which participation is optional. If you use a wheelchair, or have any mobility challenges, please contact us to discuss your
tour options.
For those who require or prefer tours with lower levels of activity, we would recommend the following excursions:
• Buenos Aires – Tango Show & Dinner ........................................................................ pg. 9
• Papeete – Tahiti’s Natural Treasures ......................................................................... pg. 14
• Pago Pago –Village Ava Ceremony & Island Entertainment .................................... pg. 14
• Mumbai – Panoramic Mumbai ................................................................................ pg. 30
• Piraeus (Athens) – Panoramic Athens with Lunch at the Plaka ............................... pg. 33



  Private Vehicle Tours

                                                                         Private vehicle tours are ideal for, but not limited to, people with walking
                                                                         difficulties. Each private vehicle includes a driver and a local English-speaking
                                                                         guide, or a driver/guide. The duration of each private tour varies depending on
                                                                         your preferences. The itineraries may be planned ahead of time, but are flexible.
                                                                         For this reason, entrance fees and meals are not generally included. If you would
                                                                         like to book a private vehicle in any of the ports on the Grand World Voyage, please
                                                                         call us for availability and pricing.




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    Port               Date       Tour Name                                          Page #
    Rio de Janeiro     01/19/12   Sugar Loaf, Rio’s Beaches & Brazilian Lunch        pg. 7
    Rio de Janeiro     01/20/12   Corcovado Mountain & Highlights of Rio             pg. 7
    Rio de Janeiro     01/20/12   OVERLAND: Iguazu Falls & Salta                     pg. 8
    Buenos Aires       01/23/12   Buenos Aires Highlights, Recoleta, Café Tortoni    pg. 9
                                  & Subway Ride
    Buenos Aires       01/23/12   Tango Show & Dinner                                pg. 9
    Buenos Aires       01/23/12   Iguazu Falls: Natural Wonder of the World          pg. 10
    Punta Arenas       02/04/12   Panoramic Punta Arenas & Otway Penguin Reserve     pg. 11
    Punta Arenas       02/04/12   Antarctica Landing                                 pg. 12
    Easter Island      02/10/12   Easter Island Mystical Moai Statues & Highlights   pg. 14
    Papeete            02/15/12   Tahiti’s Natural Treasures                         pg. 14
    Pago Pago          02/18/12   Village Ava Ceremony & Island Entertainment        pg. 14
    Sydney             02/26/12   OVERLAND: Ayers Rock & Red Center                  pg. 15
    Lembar             03/06/12   OVERLAND: Splendid China                           pg. 16
    Hong Kong          03/11/12   Hong Kong Highlights with Lunch                    pg. 18
    Nha Trang          03/14/12   Nha Trang Highlights with lunch and visit to SOS   pg. 18
                                  Children’s Village
    Phu My             03/15/12   OVERLAND: Cambodia & Angkor Wat                    pg. 19
    Singapore          03/19/12   OVERLAND: Palace on Wheels                         pg. 21
    Colombo            03/24/12   Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage by                    pg. 23
                                  Train & Motorcoach
    Mangalore          03/26/12   OVERLAND: The Taj Mahal & Pink City                pg. 24
                                  of Jaipur
    Mumbai             03/28/12   Elephanta Caves                                    pg. 26
    Mumbai             03/28/12   Taj Mahal in a Day by Charter Flight               pg. 26
    Mumbai             03/29/12   OVERLAND: Jordan, Israel & Egypt                   pg. 27
    Mumbai             03/29/12   Panoramic Mumbai                                   pg. 30
    Safaga             04/05/12   Karnak, Luxor & Valley of the Kings                pg. 30
    Sharm el Sheikh    04/06/12   A Camel Caravan Ride in the Sinai Desert           pg. 31
    Piraeus (Athens)   04/09/12   OVERLAND: Classical Greece                         pg. 32
    Piraeus (Athens)   04/09/12   Panoramic Athens with Lunch at the Plaka           pg. 33
    Messina            04/12/12   Sicilian Wine                                      pg. 33
    Naples             04/13/12   Ancient Herculaneum                                pg. 33
    Barcelona          04/15/12   OVERLAND: Madrid & Cordoba                         pg. 34
    Barcelona          04/15/12   OVERLAND: Madrid & Seville                         pg. 36
    Cadiz (Seville)    04/18/12   Stunning Seville                                   pg. 37
    Funchal            04/20/12   Scenic Madeira & Lunch                             pg. 37
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                  Sugar Loaf, Rio’s Beaches and Brazilian Lunch
                  Thursday, January 19, 2012 – Morning Departure
                  Duration: 5 hours
                  Activity Level: Moderate
                  Lunch Included

                  Downtown is the business heart of Rio. It is a part of the city where colonial Rio meets modern
                  skyscrapers. On your drive through Rio Branco Avenue, you will pass the Candelaria church, the Opera
                  House and many major Brazilian banks and corporations who have their headquarters on this major
                  avenue. Next, visit Flamengo Park and spectacular Sugar Loaf. This famous mountain is reached by a
                  cable car 1,200 feet high. Upon reaching the top, experience one of the most spectacular views in the
                  world. Pass by the famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Enjoy a fun Brazilian style
                  lunch before returning to the ship. Time permitting, there will also be a brief photo stop at Rio’s modern
                  cathedral.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                  Corcovado Mountain & Highlights of Rio
                  Friday, January 20, 2012 – Morning Departure
                  Duration: 4 ½ hours
                  Activity Level: Moderate
                  Refreshment Included

                  Drive through the city’s main thoroughfare past the Sambodromo, where the legendary Carnival takes
                  place. You’ll pass through the Santa Barbara Tunnel and the quaint Cosme Velho, before reaching
                  Corcovado Mountain – one of Rio de Janeiro’s most impressive landmarks. Atop this natural wonder is
                  the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 125 feet high, made of concrete and soapstone.
                  To gain a different perspective of Rio, board a tram for a 15-minute ride to the top of the “hunchback”
                  mountain – Corcovado. From an elevation of 2,400 feet, the view of the city’s beaches, buildings and
                  bridges is simply unsurpassed. Your return trip takes you past San Conrado and Pepino Beach. A chilled
                  coconut water will be served at Pepino Beach. Back in Rio’s central area, you’ll pass beautiful Flamengo
                  Park.
                  Please note: depending upon crowds, you may experience delays at Corcovado.




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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
                      OVERLAND: Iguazu Falls & Salta Overland
                      Friday, January 20, 2012 – Monday, Jan 23, 2012 – Morning Departure
                      Duration: 4 days/3 nights
                      Activity Level: Strenuous
                      Meals Included

                      This spectacular overland tour takes in two of South America’s most incredible UNESCO World Heritage
                      Sites – the immense waterfalls of Iguazu and the altiplano landscapes of Salta, as well as the Quebrada de
                      Humahuaca.
                      Day One: Friday, January 20, 2012 (L,D)
                      Begin your exciting adventure with a flight from Rio to Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, you’ll head directly
                      to your hotel, the Orient Express Das Cataratas – the only hotel located within the Brazilian side of the
                      Iguazu National Park – with spectacular views over the falls. A guided tour of the falls is included this
                      afternoon, and you will be able to see the myriad of cataracts that straddle the borders of Argentina
                      and Brazil. You’ll also have access to the garganta del diablo viewing platforms. The horse shoe-shaped
                      falls carry millions of gallons of water per second through this tropical paradise and are simply a
                      stunning sight to behold. Overnight at Das Cataratas Hotel.
                      Day Two: Saturday, January 21, 2012 (B, L, D)
                      After breakfast, cross the border into Argentina to fly to Salta in the north of the country close to the
                      border with Bolivia and Peru. This arid region is a complete contrast to the urban centers of Rio and
                      Buenos Aires or the tropics of Iguazu. Salta is in the altiplano region of the Andes and its people and
                      culture are similar to that of Cuzco and Lake Titicaca. After checking into your hotel in the colonial heart
                      of this beautiful city, enjoy a guided tour of Salta aboard an air-conditioned motorcoach.
                      Day Three: Sunday, January 22, 2012 (B, L, D)
                      Today head out early to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Humahuaca Valley. Your full day
                      of touring begins with Pumamarca Town, where you will observe the Hill of the Seven Colors – a
                      remarkable landscape formed in the Cretaceous period, striated in numerous shades of red due to the
                      varying mineral composition of the soil layers. Visit the church and the artisan market in the main
                      square; then head towards the town of Tilcara to visit El Pucara. This pre-Inca fortification is remarkably
                      intact and once housed perhaps 2,000 people, many of whom would have worked in the nearby copper
                      and zinc mines. Continue across La Quebrada de Humahuaca, more than 12,000 feet above sea level as
                      you return to Salta for your overnight stay.
                      Day Four: Monday, January 23, 2012 (B)
                      Transfer to Salta’s airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. A panoramic tour of Argentina’s capital will end
                      at the ship.
                      Please note: The tour to Humahuaca requires traveling to an altitude of 11,200 feet which may cause
                      altitude sickness for some guests. Guests with a heart condition and/or known respiratory difficulties
                      should consult their physician prior to booking this tour. Depending upon nationality, guests may require
                      a visa to join this tour due to the border crossing between Brazil and Argentina. For visa questions please
                      contact your embassy as Holland America Line is not qualified to provide visa information. The tour
                      operator reserves the right to substitute a different hotel in the same category. Tour must be booked 60
                      days prior to sail date. Bring your passport, light rain wear and insect repellent. Be prepared for crowding
                      at the Iguazu Falls site. Mist from the falls will settle on your clothing and make it damp, so bring extra
                      clothes. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of
                      participants.




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Buenos Aires, Argentina
                 Buenos Aires Highlights, Recoleta, Café Tortoni & Subway Ride
                 Monday, January 23, 2012 – Morning Departure
                 Duration: 4 hours
                 Activity Level: Moderate
                 Snack Included

                 Depart on a half day tour of this magnificent city that not only takes in all of the major highlights of
                 Buenos Aires but also gives you the unique chance to ride the oldest underground transport system in
                 Latin America. Your guided tour of the city aboard an air-conditioned comfortable motorcoach will first
                 take you through the beautiful neighborhood of Palermo with its leafy parks, the City Zoo, Botanical
                 Gardens, Horse Track and National Polo Fields. Then head on to Recoleta, one of the city’s most up
                 market areas and home to some architectural gems and stately homes which today house many of the
                 cities high end hotels and embassies. Stop at the Recoleta cemetary, most famous for being the burial
                 ground of Evita de Peron. Continue on to the city’s focal point: Plaza de Mayo, where you will see the
                 Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (Colonial Bastion). Here,
                 starting at Plaza de Mayo metro station and accompanied by your guide, you will travel the “subte” (as
                 it is known to the locals) on the very first subway line to operate in the southern hemisphere. Believe it
                 or not, some of the original wooden wagons are still operating and the city takes pride in this ornately
                 preserved and historical metro station. You’ll get off at Piedras Station, two stops down the line, and
                 then walk to another treasure of the city - Café Tortoni. This quintessential café is a historical landmark
                 in its own right and has been a favorite with the city’s literati, musicians and politicians since opening
                 its doors in 1858. Here you have the chance to relax in its opulent surroundings and enjoy a coffee with
                 croissants and freshly cut sandwiches as you soak up the historical surroundings of this living museum.
                 Back onboard your motorcoach, continue across the city along the Avenida de Mayo, known to be the
                 widest avenue in the world, past the city’s Obelisk and the Colón Theatre, one of the world’s best known
                 opera houses and the cultural pride of the locals, before ending your tour at the pier.




Buenos Aires, Argentina
                 Tango Show & Dinner
                 Monday, January 23, 2012
                 Duration: 3 ½ Hours
                 Activity Level: Easy
                 Dinner Included

                 Enjoy a spectacular show at one of Buenos Aires’ most iconic & authentic theaters steeped in the history
                 and traditions of Argentina’s most passionate and entertaining art form – the Tango. A true highlight
                 of any trip to South America, this evening of Tango will surely leave you taken aback by the quality
                 and passion of this world-class show. You will be served complimentary drinks and a sumptuous three
                 course dinner in opulent surroundings while the artists get ready for the show. Then be amazed by
                 the intensity and precision of the dancers, singers and live orchestra as they take you on an exquisitely
                 choreographed journey through the ages of Argentina’s most celebrated dance.




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     Buenos Aires, Argentina
                     Iguazu Falls: Natural Wonder of the World
                     Monday, January 23, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                     Duration: 12-14 hours
                     Activity Level: Strenuous
                     Lunch Included

                     Your adventure begins with a motorcoach transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires, where you will board
                     a flight to the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, located at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The
                     Falls are one of nature’s most impressive achievements – the locals call them “Big Waters,” but you’ll
                     call them simply unforgettable as you explore the Argentine side of Iguazu. Comprising a spectacular
                     display of 250 giant cascades twice the height of Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls plunges over hard granite to
                     a gorge 260 feet below. Nature’s incredible power is revealed in the thunderous roar of crashing water,
                     and in the magic of the rainbow-colored mist that rises from the cliffs. This is your chance to see a
                     Wonder of the World firsthand. You will ride the train to Devil’s Throat and take a guided walk covering
                     approximately one mile to view the falls. Returning to Cataratas Station, enjoy a buffet luncheon,
                     with a drink included, served at a local restaurant. After lunch, you’ll take in another spectacular falls
                     panorama from the famous Upper Circuit trail. Transfer back to the airport, returning to Buenos Aires by
                     air. You will be back on the ship by evening.
                     Please note: Total time within Iguazu National Park is 4 to 5 hours with total viewing time of the falls
                     approximately one hour. Tour must be booked 60 days prior to sail date. Bring your passport, light rain
                     wear and insect repellent. Be prepared for crowding at the site. Mist from the falls will settle on your
                     clothing and make it damp, so bring extra clothes. Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones for the
                     flight, as the aircraft may be somewhat noisy. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour operates subject to
                     meeting a minimum number of participants. Depending upon the type of aircraft used, tour duration will
                     be 12-14 hours. A snack is provided on all flights. Flight duration is 1 ¾ - 2 ¾ hours each way. Occasionally,
                     private guides may be available at the Falls to provide customized visits for guests with mobility issues. If
                     you choose to engage such a guide, it will be at your own expense. Some areas of the falls may still not be
                     accessible. This service can only be confirmed once on board the ship.




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Punta Arenas, Chile
               Panoramic Punta Arenas & Otway Penguin Reserve
               Saturday, February 4, 2012 – Morning Departure
               Duration: 5 hours
               Activity Level: Moderate
               Snack Included

               The surrounding areas of Punta Arenas are full of majestic scenery and wildlife encounters and this tour
               allows you to take in the best that the region has to offer. Departing the pier, start with a panoramic
               drive through Punta Arenas with a stop at the main square and at La Cruz Hill. Then head 45 miles to the
               northwest along Otway Bay with stunning views of the Pinto Mountains and past immense Patagonian
               sheep farms (Estancias) before reaching the burrows where the Magellanic penguins nest. Here, at
               a protected sanctuary and with your guide, you will walk approximately 800 yards each way along
               marked trails to reach the penguins. Named for the straits on which they live, these fascinating birds
               nest in burrows dug into the sandy shoreline. Bring your camera for some great close-up photos of these
               majestic birds. Wild geese and foxes may be seen on the way, as part of the rich fauna of the Chilean
               Patagonia. Enjoy a snack at the penguin reserve before returning to your ship.
               Please note: Participants must be able to walk over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Because it is windy and
               cold, warm clothing, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Feeding the penguins and
               flash photography are prohibited.




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     Punta Arenas, Chile
                    Antarctica Landing
                    Saturday, February 4, 2012 – Morning Departure
                    Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                    Duration: Duration: 11 – 11 ½ Hours
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Lunch Included

                    Antarctica covers an area of over five million square miles and is the windiest, coldest and least
                    populated of Planet Earth’s seven continents. It differs from the Arctic in that there are no terrestrial
                    animals in Antarctica, but there is terra firma under much of the snow and ice. All the wildlife consists
                    of seasonal visitors that come ashore in the spring and summer. The massive ice sheet represents the
                    largest freshwater reserve in the world, containing approximately 90% of the world’s ice and 68% of its
                    water. Surprisingly, however, Antarctica is also the driest continent in the world – drier than the Sahara
                    Desert. This fantastic excursion to the far reaches of the world is designed for our more adventurous
                    and hardy guests – those who wish to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and adventurers of
                    yesteryear: Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott. Your expedition
                    begins with a motorcoach transfer to Carlos Ibanez del Campo Airport in Punta Arenas. If favorable
                    weather conditions prevail, you will board a BAE-146 (or similar) aircraft and take to the skies, setting
                    course southward over the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego Island, Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.
                    You will cross the Antarctic Convergence, where the Southern Ocean collides with the circumpolar
                    Antarctic current, the natural boundary of Antarctica and, at latitude 60 degrees south, the political
                    boundary as you enter Antarctic airspace. During the 2 to 2 1/2 hour flight, you will learn about the
                    presence of human beings on the White Continent, as well as its history, geography, wildlife and politics.
                    You will hear specifics about King George Island and all that you will see and do there. There will be
                    special emphasis on minimizing your impact on the pristine and fragile ecosystem (IAATO Guidelines of
                    Conduct for Antarctica Visitors). Your aircraft will land at Frei Base, managed by the Chilean Air Force.
                    The base is one of the main meteorological and navigational stations in Antarctica (and is composed
                    of approximately 21 main buildings shared by eight nations). Chile’s station was built in 1969 and
                    houses 150 people during the summer months. The base is situated on an ice-free area of the island as,
                    logistically speaking, less snow is better. As you disembark from your aircraft, brace for below-freezing
                    temperatures and take a moment to acclimate yourself to your location. Separating into smaller groups,
                    you will begin an exploration of Antarctica, specifically focusing on the wildlife that migrates to this
                    region. Your first activity will be a one-mile walk on a dirt road to Villa Las Estrellas. The “Village of the
                    Stars” consists of permanent housing and scientific facilities for researchers and Air Force personnel. You
                    will find that the buildings are neither luxurious nor charming – but they are quintessentially Antarctic.
                    Weather permitting, you will board a zodiac to cross over to Ardley Island, ASPA #150 (Antarctic Specially
                    Protected Area). Ardley is one of the Antarctic’s most protected areas where Chinstrap, Gentoo and
                    Adelie penguins breed. Because of its status, only 20 persons are allowed on the island at one time.
                    Relays are mandatory and you will be accompanied by a certified Antarctic guide. You will spend
                    approximately 4 hours on land before reboarding your aircraft for the return flight to Punta Arenas.
                    Enjoy a late lunch on board before arriving in Punta Arenas, where you will rejoin your ship.
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               Warm winter clothing is acceptable – similar to what you would wear if you were going skiing in a cold
               climate area. Waterproof boot covers will be provided so sturdy hiking shoes are adequate. Other items
               listed below are suggestions that may make your experience more comfortable:
               Please note: Items listed cannot be rented in Punta Arenas.
               • Waterproof trekking boots suitable for snow/mud               • Ski headband or earmuffs and woolen hat
               • 2 pairs of thin wool socks and 2 pairs of thick wool socks • Scarf or neckwarmer
               • 2 pairs of polar fleece or thick waterproof pants             • Sunglasses
               • Windproof Gore-Tex pants or ski pants                         • Ski goggles
               • Thermal/woolen long underwear
               • 2 long-sleeved woolen t-shirts and 2 polar fleece sweatshirts
               • Thin wool or polar fleece gloves and a pair of thick ski-type gloves or mittens
               • Long winter parka made of Gore-Tex

               Accessories:
               • First aid kit including prescribed medications               • Camera, batteries and film
               • High SPF sunblock/sunscreen, lip balm, toiletries            • Backpack and/or fanny pack
               • Binoculars

               Should the Antarctica Landing not be possible due to inclement weather, an alternative route will be
               taken to El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier The tour price will be reduced to reflect the new route,
               cost per person $2,549. No cancellations will be possible due to pre-reserved obligations. A minimum
               number of participants must be met in order for this tour to operate. Booking deadline is 30 days prior to
               sail date. El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier tour is only offered as an alternative route in the event that
               the Antarctica Landing does not operate on the day of the call (historically a 50% chance). See below for
               El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier tour description and notes.

               Alternative Route: El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier 10.5 hours
               Perito Moreno Glacier is the most important of the 13 glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park –
               a world-renowned attraction that, despite its fame, is relatively undiscovered due its remote location.
               Today you’ll travel from Punta Arenas to El Calafate to see this stunning landmark for yourself. A
               motorcoach transfer to the airport marks the start of your adventure. You’ll board a one-hour flight to
               El Calafate and clear Immigration when you land in Argentina. A light breakfast will be served during
               the flight. El Calafate is located in Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province and boasts a population of roughly
               10,000. On the way to the glacier you will pass by Cerro de los Elefantes; then arrive at the gate of Los
               Glaciares National Park. Lake Argentina is on your left – the vegetation here includes forests of lengas,
               cypresses, guindos, calafates, and alerces. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife too – grey fox, guanaco,
               armadillo, red fox or puma. After photographing Curva de los Suspiros, you will see the Moreno Glacier
               for the first time – an astonishing 230-foot wall of ice that sparkles with a thousand shades of blue.
               Reach the glacier by walking along the improved trail and boardwalks and take advantage of the
               viewpoints for some sensational photos. The natural surroundings here evoke a feeling of infinite peace
               and the crisp reality of unpolluted air. The immense silence is interrupted only by the creaks and groans
               of glacier movement and the thunderclaps of breaking ice tumbling into the Canal de los Témpanos.
               You will have a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure while at the glacier. After approximately two hours in
               the area, return to the airport to board the aircraft that will take you back to Punta Arenas. Bring your
               passport. The drive from Calafate to the glacier is approximately 1 ½ hours each way.




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     Easter Island, Chile
                     Easter Island Mystical Moai Statues & Highlights
                     Friday, February 10, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Duration: 3½ hours
                     Activity Level: Strenuous

                     From the port of Hanga Piko, you’ll head to the ceremonial site of Tahai in the village of Hanga Roa. Here
                     you will see three restored platforms and the only statue (Moai) with its eyes re-inserted. Your next stop
                     is Rano Raraku at the south coast, the quarry that yielded stone for all the Moai carved on Easter Island.
                     There are still 397 statues in different states of completion on the slopes of the extinct volcano. Several
                     minutes’ drive away is the restored platform of Tongariki, with fifteen re-erected statues and its platform
                     of 656 feet. Finally, you’ll drive to the beach of Anakena, famous for its pink sand and its two restored
                     platforms, Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huke, before returning to the ship.
                     Please note: Tourism infrastructure is very limited on Easter Island. Transportation will be by way of several
                     different types of vehicles, including minibuses and vans. A guide waits for you at each point of interest and
                     provides narration and explanation with a loudspeaker rather than riding with you in the vehicle. The ship
                     is at anchor on Easter Island and the Immigration clearance process can take more than an hour. Having
                     your immigration card filled in prior to arrival will expedite the process. No fruits or meat are allowed. Very
                     few vendors on Easter Island accept credit cards. Bring US dollars, Chilean pesos, or traveler’s checks.


     Papeete, French Polynesia
                     Tahiti’s Natural Treasures
                     Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Duration: 4½ hours
                     Activity Level: Easy

                     On this charming island tour, discover the natural beauties of Tahiti. You will head towards the east
                     coast with a stop at the Tahara’a View Point to look out at the island of Moorea and Matavai Bay with
                     its black sand beaches and green cliffs. Take a short walk to the waterfall. Continue down to the south
                     of the island, passing steep coastline until you reach the Gauguin Restaurant, where you’ll stop for
                     refreshments and to stretch your legs. At the Spring Garden of Vaipahi, you’ll find rare species of precious
                     wood and tropical flowers. During a short stop, you’ll see one of the island’s prettiest black sand
                     beaches – the famous Papara Surf Beach. The ideal conditions here attract the very best of the local
                     surfers hoping to perfect their skills.



     Pago Pago, American Samoa
                     Village Ava Ceremony & Island Entertainment
                     Saturday, February 18, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Duration: 3 hours
                     Activity Level: Easy

                     Your island-style bus winds along the coastline past scenic bays, inlets and picturesque villages. You’ll
                     drive past the Flower Pot Rocks, known as Fatu-ma-Futi, and stop briefly for photos at the Leone
                     Missionary Monument. Leone, once capital of American Samoa, is the site where the first missionaries
                     landed in 1830. Your next stop will be at a Samoan village. Proud of their heritage and customs, the
                     Samoan people work hard to preserve them. They have managed to withstand outside influences while
                     adapting foreign ideas to their way of life. The simple beauty of the island culture can be seen as you are
                     treated to a traditional ava demonstration. This ceremony is usually performed when important guests
                     visit the island. Enjoy authentic island entertainment, including Samoan songs and dances performed
                     by a local cultural group. Before heading back to the ship, you will also enjoy short stops at the Leala
                     Sliding Rocks and the golf course.
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                    OVERLAND: Ayers Rock & Red Center Overland
                    Sunday, February 26, 2012 – Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Morning Departure
                    Duration: 4 days/3 nights
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Meals Included

                    Day One: Sunday, February 26, 2012 (D)
                    Upon disembarkation in Sydney you will be met by your guide, who will accompany you throughout
                    your tour in Australia. Transfer to Sydney Airport and board your flight to Alice Springs. Arriving in
                    this city that is at the heart of Australia, enjoy a fascinating visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park and
                    discover the unique birds, plants and animals of the Australian desert. See the free flying birds of prey,
                    rare and endangered animals in the world’s largest nocturnal house and experience a cinematic journey
                    through millions of years of desert evolution. The park showcases the landscapes, animals and plants of
                    Australia’s deserts and their traditional use and management by Aboriginal people. After your visit, take
                    in panoramic views of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill Lookout and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service
                    and School of the Air. You will have some time at leisure in the downtown area for the opportunity to
                    purchase quality Aboriginal artwork. Late afternoon is at leisure to discover Alice Springs on your own
                    or relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. This evening join your guide for a hosted welcome.
                    Day Two: Monday, February 27, 2012 (B, D)
                    This morning transfer to Ayers Rock. View Mt. Connor rising up from the sparse surrounds and enjoy
                    an optional stop at a camel farm (at your own expense). This afternoon discover the region on a
                    motorcoach tour of the Olgas and the mighty Ayers Rock monolith itself. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine
                    while watching the changing colors as the sun sets over the Rock.
                    Day Three: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (B, D)
                    Rise early this morning to watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock. Join your Aboriginal guide on an
                    interpretive walk of discovery along a path to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Hear the ancient Tjukurpa (Aboriginal
                    lore) of the Western Brown Snake, the Liru. Watch demonstrations of traditional bush skills such as how
                    to make adhesive resin from spinifex grass, make fire without matches and carve wooden tools with
                    only a sharpened stone. This evening enjoy the Sounds of Silence – the quietest restaurant on earth.
                    You will be transferred to a desert dune where you will sip sparkling wine and listen to the haunting
                    sounds of the didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta. When the sun has finally
                    set, lanterns are lit and a delicious Northern Territory gourmet barbecue is served. After dinner the
                    lights go down revealing a star-filled sky, clearer and brighter than most city dwellers will ever see. The
                    resident astronomer will then introduce you to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that
                    make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
                    Day Four: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (B)
                    This morning is at leisure before your flight to Cairns, where you will transfer to the ship for your
                    onward journey.
                    Please note: This tour is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Sydney.




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     Lembar, Indonesia
                    OVERLAND: Splendid China Overland Adventure
                    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Morning Departure
                    Duration: 6 days/5 nights
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Meals Included

                    Day One: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 (L, D)
                    Depart the ship for a half-day city tour of Mataram beginning with a visit to Lingsar. This large temple
                    complex, built in 1714, is the most important one on the island for the Balinese and the local Sasak
                    who adhere to Wetu Telu Islam. The Hindu temple in the northern section is higher than the Wetu Telu
                    temple. You’ll see a fountain populated by fish who, according to legend, appear only when a wish
                    made at the temple is about to be granted. Continue to Sayang Art Market, where the island potters
                    are considered excellent craftsmen. Among the best of the local crafts in Lombok are baskets, finely
                    woven from strips of rattan, banana leaves and other vegetable fibers, as well as wooden carvings.
                    Next, proceed to Nusa Tenggara Barat museum. One museum showcase holds “mystical” paraphernalia
                    with amulets used to acquire supernatural force, immunity from weapons or to foretell the future.
                    Lunch will be served at a restaurant at an international resort in Senggigi Beach. After lunch, you’ll head
                    to the airport and board a one-hour flight from Lombok to Denpasar, Bali. On arrival in Denpasar, you
                    will transfer to Uluwatu, famous for its surf beach. One of the oldest temples in Bali, Pura Uluwatu, is
                    located here, set atop a cliff with stunning views of the incoming waves. You will be entertained by a
                    family of very mischievous macaque monkeys who see themselves as the real caretakers of the temple.
                    Then, drive down to Jimbaran Bay for dinner. Enjoy lobster, prawns, snapper, squid and an assortment
                    of delicious Balinese condiments. After dinner, transfer to the airport for an overnight flight from
                    Denpasar to Beijing via Singapore.
                    Day Two: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    Arrive in Beijing, China’s Imperial City, this morning. This city is the capital of modern China. You will
                    transfer to your hotel for check-in and breakfast. The whole morning is free – you can walk to the
                    nearby Olympic village, or simply rest at the hotel. Enjoy a buffet lunch at your hotel then set out to
                    tour the Forbidden City. This vast “city within a city” is a sprawling complex that includes temples and
                    Imperial houses, including a harem built for the concubines. Then, you will head to famous Tian’anmen
                    Square, the largest gathering spot in the world. Families flock here in the late afternoon to fly kites and
                    exercise in the enormous open space. This evening there is an added bonus – you’ll be treated to a feast
                    of traditional Peking duck, right here in modern Peking! Tonight, you’ll see the famous 200-year-old
                    Peking Opera.
                    Day Three: Thursday, March 8, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    Begin today’s sightseeing adventure with a hearty hotel breakfast, then set out to discover China’s
                    most spectacular structure and most recognizable landmark – the Great Wall. Running from the sea
                    to the Gobi Desert, this awesome monument to tyranny and separatism is a stark reminder of China’s
                    ruthless Imperial history. Lunch will be served at a local Chinese restaurant with a shopping opportunity
                    afterwards. In the afternoon, head back to Beijing with a visit to the Summer Palace en route. This
                    imperial garden was a beautiful lakeside summer retreat for China’s emperors. A typical Chinese dinner
                    will be arranged at a local restaurant. Enjoy a Chinese Kung Fu Show after dinner.
                    Day Four: Friday, March 9, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight from Beijing to Xian. Lunch
                    will be arranged at a local Chinese restaurant, and in the afternoon you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors
                    Museum. An unbelievable collection of thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors and their horses were
                    unearthed here by archaeologists in 1974. One of the most important finds to date in the world, this
                    legion was created under the command of unified China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang. He was terrified

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               Day Four: Friday, March 9, 2012 (B, L, D)
               that his enemies would pursue him even after death, and so he ordered this “army” to protect his
               burial site – and for centuries indeed it did. Each warrior is different, as you will discover as you are led
               through the vaults where these and other treasures have been found. Marvel at the sheer numbers, and
               the incredible detail in each and every figure. Dinner is at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant, accompanied by
               a cultural program including a concert played on Tang Dynasty musical instruments and colorful dances
               more than a thousand years old.
               Day Five: Saturday, March 10, 2012 (B, L, D)
               After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive to the remarkable Big Wild Goose Pagoda – a multi-story
               temple built in AD 652 to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by traveling monk Xuan
               Zang. Later, enjoy a pleasant shopping stop at the Jade Factory, featuring thousands of products made
               from one of the most beautiful stones in the world. Lunch will be served at a local Chinese restaurant.
               You’ll visit the Ancient City Wall, still completely intact, and conclude today’s visit with a flight from Xian
               to Guilin. A buffet dinner will be served at your hotel in Guilin.
               Day Six: Sunday, March 11, 2012 (B, L)
               After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. “Picture-perfect”
               is how artists and photographers describe the landscape in Guilin and Li River – limestone spires rising
               above a smooth river at one of China’s most aesthetic destinations. The river is like a green silk belt,
               and the hills are like turquoise jade hairpins. The four-hour cruise passes through karst landscape with
               fascinating spires, many with near-vertical cliffs that shoot up eerily from the flat plains. Along the way
               the timeless rural culture of the river is equally well-developed. Fishermen pole their narrow,
               three-bamboo rafts along the waters, perhaps with a group of cormorants on board for fishing. A
               packed lunch will be served on board. At the end of your exciting journey, prepare for your afternoon
               flight to Hong Kong to rejoin your ship.




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     Hong Kong, China
                   Hong Kong Highlights with Lunch
                   Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Morning Departure
                   Duration: 7 hours
                   Activity Level: Moderate
                   Lunch Included

                   Depart the pier for Hong Kong Island and cross under Victoria Harbour by tunnel. Head up to Victoria
                   Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse
                   Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and
                   beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue
                   to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a short
                   sampan ride here, followed by a Chinese dim sum lunch. Continue to the small village of Stanley and
                   Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great knockoffs of designer goods.




     Nha Trang, Vietnam
                   Nha Trang Highlights with lunch and visit to the SOS Children’s Village -
                   “Cruise Specialists Cares” Humanitarian Tour
                   Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – Morning Departure
                   Duration: 5 ½ hours
                   Activity Level: Moderate
                   Lunch Included

                    This “Cruise Specialists Cares” Humanitarian tour combines a visit to many of the highlights of Nha Trang,
                   lunch at a local restaurant and the opportunity to visit the local SOS Children’s Village. The Nha Trang
                   SOS Children’s Village was established in 1999 and has 14 family houses and a nursery for 190 children.
                   The Village has a 1,000-capacity school for both primary and secondary level students with facilities
                   including 24 classrooms, a library, and a canteen. A portion of your tour proceeds will be donated to the
                   Village. Begin your day with a visit to Po Nagar Cham Towers - evidence of the ancient Cham civilization,
                   built between the 7th and 12th centuries. Today, both Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to
                   Po Nagar to pray and make offerings according to their beliefs. You can photograph the abundant fishing
                   boats moored in the shallow Nha Trang harbor from nearby Xom Bong Bridge or from the brightly
                   painted towers. Continue by coach to visit Long Son Pagoda, which was founded in the late 19th century
                   and rebuilt several times. It is now home to fewer than ten monks. The entrance and roofs are decorated
                   with mosaic dragons made of glass and ceramic tile. From the pagoda, you will have the option to climb
                   the 152 stone steps leading to the giant white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom. Enjoy superb views
                   of the city from the platforms around the Buddha. A short drive leads to an embroidery shop where a
                   demonstration of this handicraft will be given. Stop for lunch at a beach front cafe. After lunch, continue
                   on to the Nha Trang SOS Children’s Village where you will tour the facilities and meet many of the
                   children. We hope you will join us on this very special excursion benefiting the local children at the SOS
                   Village in Nha Trang.
                   Please note: Shoes must be removed before entering the four Cham towers.




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Phu My, Vietnam
                  OVERLAND: Cambodia & Angkor Wat
                  Thursday, March 15, 2012 – Sunday, March 18, 2012 – Morning Departure
                  Duration: 4 days/3 nights
                  Activity Level: Strenuous
                  Meals Included

                  Day One: Thursday, March 15, 2012 (L, D)
                  After breakfast onboard, depart the ship for your approximately 2-hour transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.
                  Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, visit the Reunification Hall, a historic landmark built on the site of the
                  former Norodom Palace. Designed as the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War it is where
                  the official handover of power took place during the fall of Saigon in 1975. It was then known as
                  Independence Palace. The building is preserved almost as it was under the old Saigon regime with
                  elegant interiors decorated with fine Vietnamese arts and crafts. One of the many attractions within the
                  building is the underground Command Post of the now exiled president. Make a brief photo stop at the
                  Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It has a neo-Romanesque façade and two bell
                  towers tipped with iron spires that reach a height of 190 feet, dominating the skyline. You will also have
                  a brief visit to the classic 19th century French colonial Post Office. The largest post office in Vietnam,
                  the building has huge vaulted ceilings with vast maps of Vietnam on both sides of the main hall. After
                  lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. During the flight, your
                  escort will provide you a copy of your Cambodian Visa. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your deluxe
                  hotel. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

                  Day Two: Friday, March 16th, 2012 (B, L, D)
                  After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day with a visit to Angkor Thom. This heavily-fortified city was
                  built in the 10th century by King Jayavarman VII, the greatest of the Khmer rulers. With a population
                  in excess of one million inhabitants, Angkor Thom covered an area of 10 square kilometers and was
                  larger than any city in Europe at the time. The city was protected by a wall eight meters in height and
                  was surrounded by a deep moat that was 100 meters in width. Next, proceed to the Bayon, considered
                  by many to be the most outstanding monument of Khmer culture. Constructed during the reign of
                  King Jayavarman VII, this temple complex marks the exact center of Angkor Thom, making it the most
                  venerated of the city’s temples. Early archeologists debated the identity of the great faces ornamenting
                  the central tower with many believing the temple to be a shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva,
                  others to Bahamas, while later specialists concluded (through the assistance of ancient Chinese records)
                  that this was a Mahayana Buddhist temple. The faces depicted however were not the Buddha, but
                  rather the benevolent Bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara. The next site visited is the Terrace of the Elephants,
                  built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of his reign. The terrace takes its name from the outstanding
                  depiction of elephants and an elephant hunt, which takes up the major part of the frieze. Proceed
                  to the Terrace of the Leper-King, which owes its name to a sculpture that used to stand here of King
                  Yasovarman, who originally founded Angkor and was popularly known as the “Leper-King” because he
                  died of leprosy. You will also visit Ta Prohm. There is hardly a temple anywhere else that shows so clearly
                  the destructive power of the luxuriant tropical vegetation. When French archaeologists first discovered
                  the site of the temple, they left the giant trees standing, even though their huge roots were coiling
                  themselves like enormous snakes around the temple, penetrating its stonework and breaking it up. Ta
                  Prohm looks like a smaller version of Angkor Thom. After lunch, transfer to Angkor Wat. This magnificent
                  example of classical Khmer architecture combines Indian and Indochinese culture and the accumulated
                  experience of centuries in one of the world’s most beautiful monuments. At the height of his power,
                  Suriyavarman II, one of the most important of the Khmer kings, ordered the gigantic construction to
                  be started from all four sides at once, so that, by a miracle of planning, it was completed in less than 40
                  years by numberless laborers. After dinner, transfer to the theater for the “Smile of Angkor” show. This
                  show is unlike any other performance in Cambodia. One thousand years of history are brought to life
                  through this spectacular show featuring Apsara dance, Khmer martial arts and special effects. After the
                  show, return to your hotel.
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                   Day Three: Saturday, March 17th, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy visits to Artisans d’Angkor and a local market. Artisans d’Angkor is a
                   school where local children learn the ancient crafts of wood and stone carving, creating lacquerware,
                   painting and silk weaving. Many of the students’ crafts are available for purchase in the school store.
                   Items for sale include beautiful silks, stunning lacquerware and elegant stone and wood carvings. All
                   the proceeds directly support the school. After lunch, embark on an afternoon visit to Banteay Srei.
                   Banteay Srei is built in pink sandstone, rather than the more usual gray, and is one of the few temples
                   that was not endowed by royalty. It was built by Yajnavaraha, a Brahmin priest and key figure at court in
                   the 10th century. Tucked away at the eastern edge of the Angkor complex, is the small, and somewhat
                   isolated temple of Banteay Samre, where you will make your next visit. Named after the Samre, a tribe
                   that lived around Phnom Kulen, the temple’s distinctive, lotus-flower tower immediately identifies it as
                   being from Angkor Wat period of the early 12th century. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
                   Day Four: Sunday, March 18, 2012 (B)
                   After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Siem Reap Airport for your flight to Singapore. After clearing
                   customs and immigration formalities in Singapore, rejoin the ship.




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Singapore
            OVERLAND: Palace On Wheels Overland Adventure
            Monday, March 19, 2012 – Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Afternoon Departure
            Duration: 10 days/9 nights
            Activity Level: Strenuous
            Meals Included

            Day One: Monday, March 19, 2012 (D)
            After lunch onboard, transfer to the Singapore airport for your flight to Delhi, India. Dinner will be
            served enroute. Delhi is the capital of India and its third-largest city. The city actually consists of two
            parts. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries and has many
            mosques, monuments and forts. The other part, New Delhi, is the imperial city created as the capital of
            India by the British. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the renowned English architect, was chosen to design New
            Delhi. Lutyens’ architectural concepts were totally different from the Hindu or Mughal architecture. The
            city center has wide, straight avenues in a strict layout, plenty of parks and low colonial buildings with
            spacious gardens. Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
            Day Two: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (B, L, D)
            This morning is at leisure, so you can explore on your own or rest at the hotel. After lunch, you’ll set out
            on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum,
            senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. This is an early example of Mughal architecture.
            The elements of its design – a squat building, lighted by high arched entrances, topped by a bulbous
            dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years into the magnificent style
            of architecture that was used on the Taj Mahal. Humayun’s wife is also buried here in the red-and-white
            sandstone and black-and-yellow marble tomb. Other tombs in the garden include that of Humayun’s
            barber and the Tomb of Isa Khan, a good example of Lodi architecture. Take in the excellent view over
            the surrounding country from the terraces of the tomb. Next you’ll visit Qutub Minar – a 238-foot-tall
            tower dating back to the 13th century. This is one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture. At its base
            lies the Quwatul-Islam Masjid – the first mosque in India. A famous iron pillar from the 5th century
            stands before it. Amazingly, this pillar has remained rust-free for 1,500 years. Legend holds that if you
            can get your fingers to touch while you have your back to the pillar, your wishes will be granted. Leaving
            the tower, you’ll drive the Raj Path – the Kings’ Way that is another focus of Lutyen’s New Delhi. It is
            immensely broad and is flanked on either side by ornamental ponds. At the eastern end of the Raj Path
            lies the India Gate; and at the western end lies Rashtrapati Bhawan, now the President’s residence but
            built originally for the viceroy. It is flanked by the two large Secretariat buildings. The India Gate is an
            arch of triumph – it bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of
            World War, the Northwest Frontier operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Dinner is served at your hotel.
            Day Three: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (B, L, D)
            After breakfast, you’ll visit Old Delhi. Enter the red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort. Shah Jahan
            started construction of the massive fort in 1638, and it was completed in 1648. He never completed the
            move from Agra to this new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi because he was deposed and imprisoned
            in the Agra Fort by his son. Next you’ll visit Chandni Chowk, the colorful shopping bazaar on the main
            street of Old Delhi. Jama Masjid is the great mosque of Old Delhi—the largest in India and the final
            architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Completed in 1658, the mosque has three great gateways,
            four angle towers and two minarets standing 131 feet tall and constructed of alternating vertical strips
            of red sandstone and white marble. Broad flights of steps lead up to the imposing gateways. The eastern
            gateway was originally only opened for the emperor, and is now open on Fridays and Muslim festivals.
            The general public can enter by the North or South Gates. You’ll also visit the somber Raj Ghat – a simple
            square platform of black marble that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following
            his assassination in 1948. After lunch, board the Palace on Wheels. This magnificent train is one of the
            Great Train Rides of the World and will take you on the adventure of a lifetime that will show you India
            in many different lights. Tonight’s overnight journey is to the city of Jaipur. Enjoy dinner and overnight
            accommodations on board the train.
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                   Day Four: Thursday, March 22, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   The first stop of the Palace on Wheels is at Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan and one of the best planned
                   cities in the whole world in its time. Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur was founded by Maharaja
                   Sawai Jai Singh I, in 1727. An air-conditioned coach takes you past the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of
                   Winds, which is a remarkable five-story building on the main street. It is semi-octagonal and its delicate
                   honeycombed sandstone windows allowed the Queens to observe passers-by without compromising
                   their own privacy. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort (pronounced Ammer) high up on the hill
                   above town. Lunch is served at a local hotel and is followed by a visit to the City Palace Museum and
                   Observatory. The latter is an absolutely fascinating outdoor collection of oversized astronomical and
                   astrological instruments whose sophistication is quite breathtaking given that they were assembled in
                   the 1700s. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight are on board the train.
                   Day Five: Friday, March 23, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   Arriving at Sawai Madhopur, you’ll breakfast on board, then leave the train to explore. This is an
                   exciting day with game viewing in the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary covers an area
                   of 151 square miles of thick forest and abounds in scenic beauty, and is a refuge for both carnivores
                   and herbivores. Tigers and leopards are the main predators found here – they eat everything in sight;
                   sloth bear and wild boar are slightly more discerning carnivores; hyenas and jackals are the primary
                   scavengers; and spotted deer, Sambhar deer, blue bull antelope, Indian gazelles and the common
                   langur keep vegetation overgrowth in check. The numerous valleys and flat hilltops form picturesque
                   surroundings for the remains of the 13th-century historical Ranthambore Fort. Head back to the comfort
                   of the Palace on Wheels for a delicious lunch en route for Chittaurgarh. There is no place in Rajasthan
                   with a history more swashbuckling than that of Chittaurgarh – the center of Rajput resistance against
                   Mughal rule. It was here that Sisodia Rajput warriors on many occasions gave their lives – preferring
                   death to the dishonor of surrender. Chittaurgarh was sacked three times, then finally abandoned when
                   the capital moved to Udaipur. The glory of Chittaurgarh is the Tower of Victory (Jaya Stambha), erected
                   by Rana Khumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohammed Khilji of Malwa in 1440. Its nine stories
                   are covered with sculptures of Hindu divinities. Dinner and overnight on the train.
                   Day Six: Saturday, March 24, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   Udaipur, the City of Lakes & Palaces, awaits you this morning. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh
                   of Mewar, after the Sisodias Dynasty was driven away by the Mughals in AD 1559. Perhaps the two
                   most beautiful sights you will see in Udaipur are its dreamlike marble palaces – the Jag Niwas (the
                   Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir. These both appear to rise in isolated splendor from the blue waters of
                   Lake Pichola. Lunch will served at a local hotel, then you’ll visit the City Palace, complete with rooms
                   of mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies. Dinner and
                   overnight on board the train.
                   Day Seven: Sunday, March 25, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   Arrive in Jaisalmer this morning after a delicious breakfast on the train. Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the
                   Great Indian Desert. Its colossal temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone, and the city itself
                   is a mass of intricately-carved buildings and facades with elaborate balconies. See the breathtaking
                   mansions of Jaisalmer, including the Patwon-Ki-Haveli, a fascinating piece of architecture built by a
                   wealthy merchant banker in the 19th century. The Rajputani-style Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli mansion is
                   more than 300 years old. This enormous house was once home to the Prime Minister. Shop for fine patu
                   shawls, mirror work and embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewelry and curios. Reboard
                   the Palace on Wheels train for lunch and continue to the Sand Dunes. Here you’ll take a camel ride to
                   view the sunset. Rajasthani folk musicians play haunting tunes as the sky catches fire – an unforgettable
                   experience. Dinner and a cultural program will complete your evening. Overnight on the train.
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               After breakfast on board the Palace on Wheels, you will arrive in Jodhpur – gateway to the desert and
               home of the Rathores of Marwa. Visit the local fort, rising up like a vigilant sentinel on a mound that
               overlooks the city. Inside the fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers – Moti Mahal,
               Shesh Mahal, Phol Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana – all impressive examples of architectural
               excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white
               marble. After lunch at a nearby hotel, enjoy some free time in Jodhpur to shop for exquisite handicraft
               articles, including the famous breeches named for the city, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware,
               paintings and tie-dye fabrics. Overnight and dinner on board the Palace on Wheels.
               Day Nine: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (B, L, D)
               Enjoy breakfast on board. Arrive in Bharatpur and leave the train to visit the National Bird Sanctuary.
               Bharatpur, once the former hunting reserve of the royal family, is home to storks and nearly every other
               kind of bird imaginable. More than 250 different species make their homes here. Watch also for snakes,
               lizards and monkeys. Reboard the train and depart for Agra. A sightseeing tour of Agra includes the
               impressive Agra Fort made of red sandstone. It is a sprawling complex that includes palaces, mosques
               and amazing view of the Ganges River. Not far away, of course, is the most perfect architectural
               monument in the world – the Taj Mahal. Enjoy lunch at a local hotel and then set out to explore the
               Taj, which is actually a mausoleum for Empress Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1630. She was the beloved
               wife of Shah Jahan. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportion and rich pietra dura, with minute
               details executed with great skill. The building, often called “a dream in marble,” took 22 years to build
               (1631-1653). Free time will be allowed for shopping for leather goods and jewelry after you leave the
               Taj Mahal. Overnight on board the Palace on Wheels.
               Day Ten: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (B, L, D)
               Arrive at Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. Breakfast on board before you transfer to the airport for
               your flight to Mumbai. You’ll arrive in Mumbai in the late morning and transfer to the ship at Mumbai’s
               pier, with a panoramic city tour en route.
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               Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage by Train & Motorcoach
               Saturday, March 24, 2012 – Morning Departure
               Duration: 9 hours
               Activity Level: Strenuous
               Lunch Included

               Leave the pier and travel to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975. The facility started
               with just seven orphans, but today the grandchildren of many of the original seven were born and
               raised here. The original objective of establishing the orphanage was to foster tourism but, soon after its
               inception, the mission changed and the orphanage became a conservation and educational center. With
               the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientifically-based captive-breeding
               program for elephants. Freedom of movement allowed individual members of the herd to find a mate.
               The first Pinnawela baby was born in 1984. You’ll spend three hours at the orphanage and have a chance
               to watch these gentle giants being fed or bathing in the river.
               Please note: Transfer from the pier to Colombo Station. Board the Viceroy train, exclusive to Holland America
               Line guests, for the 2-hour and 50-minute rail trip (each way) to Rambukana. From the station it is a
               30-minute motorcoach transfer (each way) to Pinnawela. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a
               hat and wear sunscreen.
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                   The Taj Mahal & Pink City of Jaipur Overland Adventure
                   Monday, March 26 – Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Morning Departure
                   Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
                   Activity Level: Strenuous
                   Meals Included

                   Day One: Monday, March 26, 2012 (D)
                   Leaving the ship in Mangalore, you’ll transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi, capital of India and
                   the country’s third-largest city. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th
                   centuries and has many mosques, monuments and forts. The other part, New Delhi, is the imperial city
                   created by the British. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the most renowned English architect of the day, was
                   chosen to design New Delhi. Lutyens’ architectural concepts were totally different from the Hindu or
                   Mughali architecture. New Delhi has wide, straight avenues in a strict layout, plenty of parks and low
                   colonial buildings with spacious gardens. You’ll overnight in this fascinating city, with dinner served at
                   the hotel.
                   Day Two: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train for Agra.
                   Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into the
                   second capital of the Mughal Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, Agra is caught up in
                   a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow alleys, quaint buggies, and
                   that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising that modern
                   Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of
                   the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughali cuisine. You’ll transfer to your hotel
                   for lunch. Then, you’ll visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal lies at the heart and soul of Agra.
                   Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
                   This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad
                   Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly
                   for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work known to mankind.
                   From there it is a short drive to the Agra Fort. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in AD 1565, the fort
                   is predominantly made of red sandstone. The vast halls echo the voices of a bygone era and transport
                   the visitor back through the passage of time. Ensconced within is the picture-perfect Pearl Mosque – a
                   major attraction. Return to the hotel for dinner, then visit a local handicraft shop before setting out on
                   the drive to Jaipur – a five-hour journey through the countryside and towns of India and an opportunity
                   to study at close range the lifestyle of India’s people. Arrive at Jaipur and check in at your hotel.
                   Day Three: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (B, L, D)
                   The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the 18th century and the reign of Jai
                   Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana.
                   Despite growing into a bustling metropolis, Jaipur retains a special character and history. It is a fusion of
                   yesteryear and modernity. Long called the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant
                   pink-plastered stone, many buildings were painted pink in honor of the visit of Prince Albert, the royal
                   consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite
                   temples and lush gardens. This morning you will enjoy a photo stop at the Palace of Winds –
                   a prominent landmark in the heart of Jaipur. Its five-story structure of sandstone plastered pink is
                   encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built
                   in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. High up on the hill,
                   the Amber Fort (pronounced Ammer) is the classic, romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction
                   was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and was completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding
                   exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughali and Hindu styles finds its ultimate
                   expression. After lunch, you’ll visit the amazing Jantar Mantar Observatory. This is the largest and the
                   best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This
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              Day Three: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (B, L, D)
              observatory consists of outsized astronomical instruments and is still in use today. Its accuracy is quite
              astonishing. A delightful blend of Mughali and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace
              sprawls over a large area of the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and
              the City Palace Museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.
              Day Four: Thursday, March 29, 2012 (B, L)
              An early breakfast is followed by a transfer to Jaipur’s airport for a flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in
              Mumbai, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city en route to the pier, where you will reboard the
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                    Elephanta Caves
                    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Morning Departure
                    Duration: 4 hours
                    Activity Level: Strenuous

                    More than a thousand years ago, Hindu craftsmen carved columns and sculptures out of a series of caves
                    located on an island off the shores of Mumbai, creating a temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. The
                    Portuguese named the island Elephanta, after the large statue of an elephant they found near the spot
                    where they docked their ships. Come discover the unique beauty and intriguing tales of these temple
                    caves with today’s memorable excursion. Travel by motorcoach to the Gateway of India, the city’s most
                    recognized landmark. Built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the
                    archway was originally conceived as an entry point for people arriving on steamers from England. Today,
                    the gateway serves as a launching point for your own exploration of the Elephanta Temple. Boarding
                    a motor boat, enjoy the approximately 45-minute cruise to the Elephanta landing. From this staging
                    area, a long stairway leads to the top of the hill, where the caves are located. As you enter, you will see
                    a magnificent sculpture of Shiva as Nataraj, showing an enraptured expression as he removes the veil of
                    ignorance. The most outstanding sculpture is a bust of Trimurti – the three-faced Shiva representing the
                    Hindu trinity, Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. In other panels, Shiva
                    is depicted in service to humanity as he brings the River Ganges to Earth, and at his most fearsome as he
                    crushes the demon of Andhaka. Later, board the motor boat for a return cruise to the Gateway. Reboard
                    the motorcoach for the transfer back to the ship.
                    Please note: Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes. There are approximately 125 stairs to negotiate
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                    Taj Mahal in a Day by Charter Flight
                    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Morning departure
                    Operated in partnership with Holland America Line
                    Duration: 14 hours
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Lunch & Snack Included

                    A charter flight will whisk you from Mumbai to Agra, with a snack served on board. The Taj Mahal, an
                    amazing architectural wonder of the world, is at the heart and soul of every visitor’s sojourn to Agra. It
                    was built by Emperor Shah Jahan – a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This
                    monument took 22 years to complete and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa.
                    Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its
                    elegant domes, intricately carved screens and the finest inlay work known to man. After your visit to the
                    Taj, you will proceed to a nearby hotel for an elaborate buffet lunch. Afterwards, take an optional visit to
                    Agra Fort or spend some time shopping. Agra Fort, built in 1565, is predominantly made of red
                    sandstone. The vast halls echo the voices of a bygone era and transport the visitor back in time
                    Ensconced within is the picture-perfect Pearl Mosque. End your tour with a transfer to the airport and a
                    private charter flight back to Mumbai. Light snacks will be served on board.
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               OVERLAND: Jordan, Israel & Egypt Overland Adventure
               Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Afternoon departure
               Duration: 8 days/7 nights
               Activity Level: Strenuous
               Some Meals Included

               Day One: Thursday, March 29, 2012 (L)
               After breakfast on board the ship this morning, you will transfer to Mumbai International Airport and
               board a Royal Jordanian flight to begin your adventure through the history of the Middle East region.
               On arrival in Amman, Jordan, you will head directly to Mount Nebo and Madaba – the City of Mosaics.
               Perched on an archaeological site with more than 4,000 years of history buried beneath it, Madaba
               boasts such a quality and quantity of mosaic flooring that it is indeed one of the most prominent cities
               in the world for this art form. You’ll visit the St. George’s Church, depicting a large map of Palestine.
               After a quick lunch served at a local restaurant, you will proceed to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses was
               allowed to see the Holy Land but he was not allowed to enter it. At the heart of Mount Nebo lies the
               Church of Moses with a great view over Jordan, the Dead Sea, Israel and Jerusalem. This afternoon it is a
               three hour drive to Petra, where you will check in at your hotel. You have free time tonight. Dinner is at
               your own expense.
               Day Two: Friday, March 30, 2012 (B, L)
               After breakfast, you will visit Petra. This amazing Rose Red City of the Nabataeans lies isolated and is
               so cleverly concealed by the craggy encircling mountains that it was once “lost” for a thousand years.
               Your tour of Petra begins with a walk into the city through a narrow gorge call the siq. This stunning
               natural canyon winds through the towering rock towards the city. As your guide takes you through
               the canyon, you will see remains of water channels, carvings, and representations of Nabataean gods.
               The narrow passage is an adventure in itself, for the towering walls create an artificial gloom until you
               suddenly merge into the blinding light, and there before you is the iconic Treasury building – your
               first glimpse of the Rose Red City. The Treasury is the most famous and outstanding of all Petra’s
               monuments. Local legend holds that treasure was hidden in the urn at the top of the facade and you
               will notice the bullet marks in the sandstone – evidence of treasure hunters attempting to find it, hotly
               pursued by those who would in turn steal it from them. Your guide will lead you down the main street
               past the fine facades of other buildings, then the Greek Theater comes into to view. It is now believed
               that this theater was in fact carved out by the Nabataeans in the 2nd century BC. It seats around 3,000
               spectators. After lunch served at a Petra restaurant, you will head back to your hotel to freshen up. This
               evening is free. Enjoy dinner (at your own expense) at a local restaurant.
               Day Three: Saturday, March 31, 2012 (B, L)
               After breakfast at the hotel, check out and leave Petra with a motorcoach ride to Kerak, situated 93
               miles south of Amman. This site is famous for its Crusaders fortress – a complex of underground
               galleries, rooms and secret passageways, surrounded by thick defensive walls punctuated by narrow
               slits where crusader archers defended their fortress in vain for more than 100 years. The crusaders made
               Kerak famous and Payen le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, built the fortress in 1142. He made Kerak the
               new capital of the province because it was situated on the King’s Highway and it controlled all north-
               south traffic. After lunch at a restaurant in Kerak, you will proceed to Wadi Mujib via the King’s Highway
               and to Um Er Rassas. This archeological site started as a Roman military camp. It later became a town
               and now contains remnants of the Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim period. It is a UNESCO World
               Heritage Site. Some of the churches have very well-preserved mosaic floors. From there, a one-hour
               drive returns you to Amman, where you will check in at your hotel. Dinner is at your own expense.

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                    Day Four: Sunday, April 1, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    After checking out from the hotel, you’ll tour Amman – the capital of Jordan. Amman has been known
                    throughout history as Rabbath-Ammon by the Ammonites and as Philadelphia by the Greeks and
                    Romans. High above the city, at the ancient citadel, you’ll study the traces of Amman’s many lives. The
                    regal columns of a Roman Temple are silhouetted against the sky, the elegant spires of a Byzantine
                    church, endlessly inventive carvings in the Umayyad Palace, fascinating displays in the Archaeological
                    Museum, and digs and ruins everywhere you step. At the foot of the citadel, take a seat in the
                    Roman Amphitheater, a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events. After
                    contemplating the mysteries of Amman, you’ll head to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash. Enjoy lunch at
                    a local restaurant; then you’ll discover that the ancient city of Jerash is remarkable for its long chain
                    of human occupation. Here at a well-watered site in the hills of Gilead, remains from Neolithic times
                    have been found, as well as Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and other civilzations. Jerash is widely
                    acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved provincial cities of the Roman Empire. It was a member
                    of the Decapolis – a dynamic commercial league of ten Greco-Roman cities. When Emperor Hadrian
                    visited Jerash in AD 129, it was already thriving. To honor its guest, the city raised a Triumphal Arch –
                    just one element of a massive building program. Today, you can walk beneath the imposing south gate
                    and then make your way up the Street of Columns – the Roman Cardo running north from the Oval
                    Plaza. As you step over the chariot wheel tracks still visible in the paving stones, imagine prosperous
                    citizens of ancient times window shopping beneath a covered sidewalk. Cross at the northern border
                    into Israel and arrive at your hotel by the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
                    Please note: Guests will incur a departure tax of approximately $12.00 USD
                    Day Five: Monday, April 2, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    After breakfast, visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. The
                    enchanting chapel, built here in 1937, offers one of Israel’s most beautiful panoramas over the lake,
                    the Jordan Valley and Golan Heights. Drive to Capernaum, St. Peter’s village, where Jesus found refuge
                    after leaving Nazareth. In those days, Capernaum was an important frontier town, situated along one
                    of main routes between Syria and Egypt. The archaeological excavations of the site uncovered the glory
                    of bygone days. See the remains of the 1st-century synagogue where Jesus taught and performed
                    miracles, and the elegant 5th-century synagogue built on top of the older one. Just opposite the
                    synagogue are the remains of Peter’s house. Reboard your coach and drive to Yardenit, the official
                    baptismal site by the Jordan River. Leave the Jordan Valley and drive through Cana, where Jesus
                    performed his first miracle of turning water to wine. You’ll head to Nazareth, also called the City of
                    the Annunciation, revered as the spot where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she
                    would bear the Son of God. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant; then visit the Church of the Annunciation,
                    built on the site where Mary is said to have lived. You will also visit the Church of
                    St. Joseph, where Joseph’s carpentry workshop is believed to have stood. Below ground level, an
                    important Judeo/ Christian ritual bath (Mikveh) is preserved. Its black and white shaped stones
                    symbolize the passage from darkness to light. Drive by Mary’s Well – a modern stone structure set in
                    a small garden. The spring feeding the well is believed to flow from a crypt inside the Greek Orthodox
                    Church of the Annunciation located nearby. Continue your journey to Jerusalem and check in at
                    your hotel in time for dinner. An evening drive shows you the illuminated walls and monuments of
                    Jerusalem, including the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and the Shrine of the Book.




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               Day Six: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (B, L, D)
               After breakfast begin your visit to Jerusalem with a magnificent view over the “Golden City” from atop
               the Mount of Olives; then follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk through Gethsemane. It was in
               this peaceful garden of olive trees that Jesus prayed just moments before his arrest. You will visit the
               Church of Agony and see the ancient olive trees surrounding it. Next, drive to Bethlehem, to visit the
               Church of the Nativity, built above the cave where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of
               the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. The birthplace is marked by a silver star. You
               will have lunch at a local restaurant and then drive to Mt. Zion. A stroll through the Jewish Quarter
               leads you down the Roman Cardo to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Following official recognition of
               Christianity, Emperor Constantine constructed a vast sanctuary built on the site of Christ’s crucifixion
               and resurrection. Here you will see the last five Stations of the Cross. Return to your hotel. After a buffet
               dinner, drive to the Western (or Wailing) Wall for an awe-inspiring visit to the Western Wall Tunnels,
               exposing the entire length of the Herodian Wall under the Muslim Quarter.
               Day Seven: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 (B, L, D)
               Check out of your hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for a flight to Cairo. Check in and freshen
               up at your Cairo hotel, then you’ll have lunch before beginning your journey through Egyptian history.
               The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains an astonishing 7,000 years of history. You’ll marvel at
               the different show rooms and, above all, don’t miss the treasures of Tutankhamon with his gold mask,
               solid gold sarcophagus and beautifully-decorated throne. You will also visit the Royal Mummies Room,
               where you will view mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens unwrapped to show their heads,
               including Ramses II, the longest ruling Pharaoh. Next you’ll explore the Islamic phase of the Egyptian
               history. A walking tour leads you through Old Islamic Cairo, starting at Bab El Fotouh, the massive
               fortified gate in the north wall of the historic city. Head down El Khayameyya street, the area devoted to
               the workshops and stalls of traditional craftsmen. Your tour will end with an Egyptian dinner at a local
               restaurant serving delicious Egyptian cuisine. After dinner, drive back to your hotel for your overnight
               stay .
               Day Eight: Thursday, April 5, 2012 (B, L, D)
               After breakfast, check out and you’ll transfer to Cairo’s domestic airport to board an early flight to Luxor
               – seat of the ancient Pharaohs. Head directly to the west bank of Luxor – the city of the dead, where 62
               magnificent tombs have been discovered. Potentially hundreds were originally carved into the desert
               rocks, intricately painted with various mineral and stone dyes which have maintained their rich hues,
               and are filled with treasures for use in the afterlife by many dynasties of Pharaohs. While there, you
               will explore the Valley of the Kings, where New Kingdom pharaohs were buried. Take full advantage
               of the unique opportunity to visit the tomb of Seti I – it will be opened exclusively for you. This tomb
               was discovered in 1817 and it is now considered one of the most important royal tombs. It is the most
               completely finished tomb in the valley and the first that had decorations covering every passage and
               chamber. Pause for a short photo stop at the Temple of Hatshepsut, the mortuary temple that rises out
               of the desert in a series of brilliant white terraces. Then proceed to the second photo stop at the Colossi
               of Memnon, the two immense statutes of Amenhotep III that guarded the entrance to Amenhotep’s
               great temple. On Luxor’s east bank, you will visit the Temple of Luxor. This temple was once connected
               to the Karnak Temple via the Avenue of Human-headed Sphinxes – more than a mile in length. An
               early dinner will be served at one of the leading hotels in Luxor; then a stunning visual encounter
               awaits you as you return to the Temple of Karnak complex to witness the marvelous Sound & Light
               Show. Take a fascinating tour through the history of the world’s largest temple complex, guided by the
               voices of ancient Pharaohs. Ominous shadows play off the enormous columns in the grand hypostyle
               hall – a haunting and unforgettable experience. After the Sound & Light Show ends, you will have an
               approximately three hour drive to marvel at your incredible journey as you travel to the port of Safaga to
               meet the ship.


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     Mumbai (Bombay), India
                     Panoramic Mumbai
                     Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Duration: 2 ½ hours
                     Activity Level: Easy
                     Snack Included

                     Depart from the pier for a drive past some of the most significant sights of Mumbai, including the city’s
                     most famous landmark – the Gateway of India. Built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V
                     and Queen Mary, this archway was originally conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on
                     steamers from England. Today, it is remembered more often as the place from which the British staged
                     their final departure. Travel along Marine Drive, Mumbai’s graceful seaside boulevard and promenade
                     that sweeps from the skyscrapers at Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. At the northern end is
                     lively Chowpatty Beach. Proceeding to Malabar Hill, view Mumbai’s ritziest neighborhood. Its forested
                     slopes and panoramic views have made the area popular since the 18th century, when merchants and
                     colonial governors built mansions and bungalows on the hillsides. Since then, luxury high-rises, home
                     to politicians and movie stars, have dominated the scene. Also perched on Malabar Hill is Jain Temple.
                     Built of marble and featuring a central chamber covered with mirrors and colorful paintings, the temple
                     is dedicated to Adinath, the first of the 24 Jain prophets. Present and past collide at the fascinating
                     dhobi ghats where, each morning, laundry from all Mumbai is brought to be soaped, boiled, beaten
                     and thrashed. After being aired, pressed, folded and wrapped, the clean bundles are returned from
                     whence they came. Stop for a photo. En route, your motorcoach will venture past Victoria Terminus, you
                     will find it simply extraordinary. Inspired by London’s St. Pancras Station, Victoria Terminus was built
                     during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year. It is a showpiece of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and
                     minarets. Half a million people pass through this station every day. Before returning to the pier, you’ll
                     stop at a hotel for non-alcoholic refreshments.




     Safaga, Egypt
                     Karnak, Luxor & Valley of the Kings
                     Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Morning Departure
                     Duration: 14 ½ hours
                     Activity Level: Moderate
                     Lunch Included

                     An approximately 3½-hour motorcoach ride along the desert road leads from Safaga to the city of
                     Luxor, where you will visit the Karnak Temple. The Avenue of Ram-Headed Sphinxes leads to the temple
                     entrance and the Hypostyle Hall – a colonnade featuring 134 immense and richly decorated columns.
                     The complex also boasts the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the Temple of Amen-Re, and the Sacred Lake.
                     Enjoy lunch before crossing the Nile River and driving through the desert to the Valley of the Kings. Your
                     guide explains the world of Egypt’s New Kingdom as (s)he escorts you through the necropolis on the
                     west bank of the Nile River. Explore the interiors of some of the tombs and marvel at their elaborate wall
                     paintings and sheer size. On the way back to Luxor, you will stop briefly at the Colossi of Memnon. These
                     64-foot twin statues of Amenhotep III are all that remain of a once-great temple. At Queen Hatshepsut’s
                     Temple – set at the foot of a limestone mountain – you’ll have time to photograph this exquisite,
                     terraced mortuary temple dating from the 15th-century BC. After lunch, you’ll explore the mysteries
                     of the Temple of Luxor, begun by Amenhotep in the 16th-century BC and added to by other Pharaohs,
                     including Ramses II. The Great Temple of Luxor boasts its own Avenue of Human-Headed Sphinxes
                     and was once linked to the Temple of Karnak. At the end of your tour, the drive back to Safaga takes
                     approximately 3½ hours.



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Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
               A Camel Caravan Ride in the Sinai Desert
               Friday, April 6, 2012 – Morning Departure
               Duration: 4 hours
               Activity Level: Strenuous

               Don’t miss this opportunity to sail across the desert on the back of a camel – a true adventure straight
               out of Lawrence of Arabia. Discover the stark beauty of the desert from your vantage point high atop the
               beast of burden – this traditional means of desert transportation takes you into the Sinai Desert, across
               beautiful sand dunes and into the shade of colorful mountains. Transfer from the ship by motorcoach
               to a location where you will have the option to ride a camel for approximately 20 minutes to a Bedouin
               tent. (You will have the option continue by motorcoach instead). Upon arrival at the tent you will learn
               about the inhabitants. Most of the Bedouins’ ancestors came from the Arabian Peninsula, so Bedouin
               laws, customs and religion blend both Islamic and pagan beliefs. The resilience and amazing hospitality
               of the Bedouins are a product of their lifestyle in the Sinai – crushing isolation, a harsh climate, and the
               need to keep moving in the search of water. Even today, the wealth of a Bedouin is measured in camels
               and children, but Western technology is slowly making its presence felt. Join the Bedouins in their tent
               for a cup of tea in the middle of the desert, and enjoy another photo opportunity with the camels before
               you return to Sharm el Sheikh.




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     Piraeus (Athens), Greece
                     OVERLAND: Classical Greece Overland Adventure
                     Monday, April 9, 2012 to Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Morning Departure
                     Duration: 3 days/2 nights
                     Activity Level: Strenuous
                     Some Meals Included

                     Day One: Monday, April 9, 2012 (L)
                     Leave the ship after breakfast for the drive from Athens to Meteora. Meteora is the largest and most
                     important group of monasteries in Greece after those of Mount of Athos. The rock monasteries at
                     Meteora are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meteora literally means “hovering in the air” and of course,
                     perched atop their rocky spires, the monasteries do indeed seem to hover. What created the rare
                     geological phenomenon of the spires is a mystery of nature. But as amazing as these giant rocks are, the
                     buildings on top of them are perhaps even more astonishing. The area was originally settled by monks
                     who lived in caves in the rocks during the 11th century. As things became more unsure during times of
                     Turkish occupation, theft and lawlessness, they climbed higher and higher up the rock face until they
                     were living on the most inaccessible peaks. Here they built the first monasteries. There were no steps
                     then, and the main access was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope
                     and a hand-cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. The monks used the nets or
                     retractable wooden ladders up to 130 feet long. In the 1920s, roads, pathways and steps to the top were
                     built. You will see examples of these nets, used today for bringing up provisions. Back in the days when
                     these nets were the only way to get to the monasteries a nervous pilgrim asked his monk host if they
                     ever replace the rope. “Of course we do” he replied “whenever it breaks!” Of the original 24 monasteries,
                     only six are still inhabited, and today you will visit two of them. There are many steps involved, but
                     the views over the other monasteries and the landscape are dramatic and well worth the climb. Ladies
                     must wear skirts covering their knees, no trousers; gentlemen should wear long trousers. Shoulders
                     and midriffs must be covered. Departing from Meteora, the tour will proceed to a typical Greek village,
                     where lunch will be served. You will stay overnight at the village of Kalambaka in a four-star hotel.
                     The evening is at leisure and you will find a choice of restaurants offering quintessential Greek food for
                     dinner (at your own expense).
                     Day Two: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 (B, L)
                     After breakfast, you will depart for Delphi. Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical
                     and spiritual center of the earth. This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount
                     Parnassus, exerts a potent grip on the imagination of visitors. Apollo was the most respected oracle of
                     antiquity. Even the most intelligent men – the very brightest in the brilliant civilization of Athens –
                     believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess, the Pythia,
                     and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. Delphi grew fabulously rich with
                     offerings, and though it has almost all disappeared now, you can admire the ruins and try to picture it
                     as it was during its thousand-year heyday. You will see the Castalian Spring, in which the supplicant first
                     purified himself; the Sacred Way, once lined with statues and treasures; the Grand Temple of Apollo,
                     beneath which the Pythia sat; the theater with its excellent acoustics; and well-preserved
                     stadium with the marble starting blocks in position. To complement the ancient ruins, there is a
                     panorama of incomparable grandeur. In the Delphi Museum, you will see such treasures as the
                     Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the
                     finest pieces surviving from the fifth century BC. Enjoy lunch at a local village and stay overnight at the
                     village of Delphi in a four-star hotel, where you will have the evening free to purchase dinner at a nearby
                     restaurant.
                     Day Three: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (B, L)
                     Departing from Delphi after breakfast, you will take the coastal road passing by the town of Nafpaktos
                     and its charming little harbor. Stop briefly there for photos, then proceed to Antirio. The famous
                     cable-stay bridge here was completed prior to the 2004 Olympic Games and is worth a quick photo stop.
                     Lunch will be served at a traditional Greek taverna in the city of Patra. After lunch, you will drive directly
                     to Katakolon and reboard your ship.
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Piraeus (Athens), Greece
                 Panoramic Athens with Lunch at the Plaka
                 Monday, April 9, 2012 – Morning Departure
                 Duration: 4½ hours
                 Activity Level: Easy
                 Lunch Included

                 The remains of ancient Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean – a city
                 that stood for more than 25 centuries. You will pass the Arch of Hadrian, the statue of Lord Byron, and
                 the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which took 700 years to complete. Continuing on towards Constitution
                 Square, view the former Royal Palace where the Evzones National Guard keep watch in their traditional
                 costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. See the marble Olympic Stadium built for the modern
                 Olympic Games in 1896. Pass by the National Gardens and drive along University Street, whose
                 numerous neo-Classical buildings include the University and the Library. A photo stop will be made at
                 the foot of the Acropolis. A tradional Greek lunch will be served in the historic center of Athens known as
                 Plaka, before you rejoin the ship.
                 Please note: There is a walk of 180 - 300 yards from the ship to the motorcoach.

Messina, Italy
                 Sicilian Wine
                 Thursday, April 12, 2012 – Afternoon Departure
                 Duration: 4 hours
                 Activity Level: Strenuous
                 Snack Included

                 Depart from Messina on a scenic drive to one of the famous estates of the Etna region. This region is
                 characterized by a microclimate with frigid winters and temperate summers, abundant rainfall and
                 a wide temperature range. These conditions are in contrast with those of the rest of Sicily, which is
                 generally drier and hotter. These climatic conditions influence the maturation of the grapes and flavor
                 in the local wines, the conservation of primary bouquets, and total acidity. The particular taste of Etna
                 wine is due to the lava soil, rich in potassium and mineral salts. You’ll visit the San Michele Estate, whose
                 winery and the cellars are situated in an ancient, traditional Etna-style building. The vineyards are in
                 a single area, distributed across large terraces. All around is the wonderful panorama from Taormina
                 promontory to Capo Mulini. Mt. Etna dominates this magnificent scene towering up to its summit at
                 11,000 feet. The vineyards cover 62 acres. The method of cultivation is the espalier system with “hooded
                 cordon” pruning. There is no irrigation except during initial planting. The varieties cultivated are those
                 typical of the region: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Mantellato, Caricante and Cataratto. Enjoy a taste of
                 wine and snacks while at the winery. On your return to the ship, enjoy a quick photo stop and view of
                 the 1992 lava flows.
                 Please note: A moderate amount of walking is required; wear suitable footwear. The winery visit involves 45
                 minutes of walking with approximately 30 steps to negotiate at the wine cellar.

Naples, Italy
                 Ancient Herculaneum
                 Friday, April 13, 2012 – Morning Departure
                 Duration: 4 hours
                 Activity Level: Strenuous

                 Head out by motorcoach to the excavated city of Herculaneum, known to the Italians as Ercolano. The
                 upper class Romans built their beautiful villas and maintained luxurious properties in Herculaneum,
                 most of them overlooking the sea. When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, hot ash charred or consumed all the
                 wood of the structures in Pompeii (Herculaneum’s famous neighbor). Herculaneum’s destruction was the
                 result of a flood of hot mud, which buried, sealed and protected entire buildings. This means that today
                 there are still marvelous inlaid marble floors, mosaics, and paintings, and carbonized wood exposed to
                 visitors. Explore on foot with your guide. A stop at a local cameo factory is included before you return to
                 the ship.
                 Please note: Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Wear comfortable
                 walking shoes.                                                                                              33
     Barcelona, Spain
                    OVERLAND: Madrid & Cordoba Overland Adventure
                    Sunday, April 15, 2012 to Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Afternoon Departure
                    Duration: 4 days/3 nights
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Some Meals Included

                    Day One: Sunday, April 15, 2012 (L, D)
                    You will board the high-speed train to Madrid and just 3½ hours later arrive in the capital of Spain.
                    Check in at your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax or explore on your own. Later you’ll set out
                    for dinner at a Tablao restaurant, with a Flamenco show, located in a beautiful 17th-century palace.
                    Opposite is the Sente building designed by the great painter Manuel Mampaso, and renowned designer
                    and architect Pinto Coelho Luis Carruncho.
                    Day Two: Monday, April 16, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    After breakfast, a motorcoach journey brings you to the ancient city of Toledo – one of Spain’s
                    genuinely diverse cities with its rich collections of art and architecture. Arabian and Baroque styles are
                    both reflected here. Toledo is regarded as the city of three cultures (Christian, Jew and Islamic). Not
                    surprisingly, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will spend a full day visiting the old quarter
                    – the cathedral, the synagogue and the Church of Santo Tome. The latter is home to The Burial of Count
                    Orgaz – the benchmark painting by El Greco. Continue to San Juan de los Reyes. Lunch, served at a local
                    restaurant, is an opportunity to rest and enjoy typical local food. Return to your hotel in Madrid in the
                    afternoon – a one-hour drive. The remainder of the afternoon is free to spend as you please in Madrid.
                    Enjoy dinner at the Viejo Madrid restaurant.
                    Day Three: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (B, D)
                    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then relax during a panoramic city tour which passes by many of
                    Madrid’s famous landmarks. You’ll stop at the world-famous Prado Museum. Among Spain’s greatest
                    contributions to world culture is an astonishing diversity and depth of art. Represented at the Prado are
                    three of Spain’s greatest masters – Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. The museum also pays tribute to the
                    great works of Rubens and Titian. It first opened in 1819 to display the Spanish royal art collection. With
                    the anticlerical laws of 1836, many churches, monasteries, and convents were forced to hand over their
                    collections. Now the museum holds some seven thousand pieces of art. Enjoy a light lunch at the Prado
                    Cafe (on your own at own expense). After visiting the Prado, make your way to the Palacio de Oriente,
                    the Royal Palace, constructed on the site of a Moorish fortress that was destroyed by a fire in 1734.
                    Italian architects Juan Bautista Sacchetti and Francisco Sabatini were commissioned for the design of
                    the palace that stands here today. From here, you head to the rail station where you will board the train
                    to Seville.

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Barcelona, Spain continued
               OVERLAND: Madrid & Cordoba Overland Adventure - continued

               Day Four: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (B, L)
               From the Hotel in Seville it is a delightful 1½-hour drive across the Andalusian countryside to Cordoba
               – a proud city standing on a sweep of the Rio Guadalquivir, surrounded by rolling hills stretching in
               every direction. Ten centuries ago, Cordoba was one of the greatest cities in the world, with a population
               approaching one million. It was the capital of Muslim Spain and the center of the Caliph’s power.
               Cordoba was Europe’s largest city as well as a cultural and intellectual center. The Romans founded
               Cordoba, due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the river. Cordoba’s greatest
               hour of glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. At this time
               work began on the Great Mosque, or Mezquita, one of the largest in all of Islam. When the city was re-
               conquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by the mosque’s beauty
               that they left it standing, building their cathedral within and creating the extraordinary church/mosque
               you will visit today. Take a magical walk through the forest of columns, passing beneath its arches,
               breathing in the history of Arabian Cordoba, so brusquely and surprisingly interrupted by the Christian
               cathedral that is set in the center of its vast interior. As well as the unique mosque/cathedral, Cordoba’s
               treasures include the Alcazar, or fortress, built by the Christians in 1328. The Alcazar of the Christian
               Kings takes up one side of the riverbank, crowned with imposing ramparts and a trio of towers. It was
               here that Columbus came to whisper plans for discovery into the ear of Queen Isabella. Next, walk
               through the Jewish Quarter made up of quaint, winding, cobblestone and flower-filled streets dating
               from 1st century AD. Just a few yards away from the small Tiberiades Square lies one of only three
               surviving pre-Inquisition synagogues in all of Spain. A Mudejar construction dating from 1315, the
               interior includes a gallery for women looking onto the sanctuary through small balconies, and ornate
               plaster work of Hebrew inscriptions. Lunch is served at a local restaurant; then you will reboard your
               coach for the drive to Cadiz, where you will meet the ship.
               Please note: You must be able to walk approximately 1½ to 2 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with
               15 to 25 steps. Flash photos are generally not permitted in the cathedrals. Camera and video fees apply in
               some areas. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is required when visiting places of worship;
               knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Hotels are four and five star properties.




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     Barcelona, Spain
                    OVERLAND: Madrid & Seville Overland Adventure
                    Sunday, April 15, 2012 to Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Afternoon Departure
                    Duration: 4 days/3 nights
                    Activity Level: Strenuous
                    Some Meals Included

                    Day One: Sunday, April 15, 2012 (L, D)
                    You will board the high-speed train to Madrid and just 3½ hours later arrive in the capital of Spain.
                    Check in at your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax or explore on your own. Later you’ll set out
                    for dinner at a Tablao restaurant, with a Flamenco show, located in a beautiful 17th-century palace.
                    Opposite is the Sente building designed by the great painter Manuel Mampaso, and renowned designer
                    and architect Pinto Coelho Luis Carruncho.
                    Day Two: Monday, April 16, 2012 (B, L, D)
                    After breakfast, a motorcoach journey brings you to the ancient city of Toledo – one of Spain’s
                    genuinely diverse cities with its rich collections of art and architecture. Arabian and Baroque styles are
                    both reflected here. Toledo is regarded as the city of three cultures (Christian, Jew and Islamic). Not
                    surprisingly, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will spend a full day visiting the old quarter
                    – the cathedral, the synagogue and the Church of Santo Tome. The latter is home to The Burial of Count
                    Orgaz – the benchmark painting by El Greco. Continue to San Juan de los Reyes. Lunch, served at a local
                    restaurant, is an opportunity to rest and enjoy typical local food. Return to your hotel in Madrid in the
                    afternoon – a one-hour drive. The remainder of the afternoon is free to spend as you please in Madrid.
                    Enjoy dinner at the Viejo Madrid restaurant.
                    Day Three: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (B, D)
                    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then relax during a panoramic city tour which passes by many of
                    Madrid’s famous landmarks. You’ll stop at the world-famous Prado Museum. Among Spain’s greatest
                    contributions to world culture is an astonishing diversity and depth of art. Represented at the Prado are
                    three of Spain’s greatest masters – Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. The museum also pays tribute to the
                    great works of Rubens and Titian. It first opened in 1819 to display the Spanish royal art collection. With
                    the anticlerical laws of 1836, many churches, monasteries, and convents were forced to hand over their
                    collections. Now the museum holds some seven thousand pieces of art. Enjoy a light lunch at the Prado
                    Cafe (on your own at own expense). After visiting the Prado, make your way to the Palacio de Oriente,
                    the Royal Palace, constructed on the site of a Moorish fortress that was destroyed by a fire in 1734.
                    Italian architects Juan Bautista Sacchetti and Francisco Sabatini were commissioned for the design of
                    the palace that stands here today. From here, you head to the rail station where you will board the train
                    to Seville.
                    Day Four: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (B, L)
                    After breakfast, begin your day with a 1-hour drive north to Seville – one of the most beautiful cities
                    in Spain. Seville boasts the third largest cathedral in Christendom, which you will visit, as well as other
                    impressive monuments such as the Reales Alcazares. You will spend one hour exploring the latter – a
                    fortress complete with crenellated walls, stunning gardens and Moorish design. A walking tour will
                    take you around the Santa Cruz Quarter, the old Jewish area of Seville. Artisan’s shops and quaint cafes
                    occupy whitewashed houses crowded along meandering alleys and charming squares. Lunch will be
                    served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a panoramic drive will show you the “other” Seville – the
                    new and cosmopolitan city – including monuments such as the Torre del Oro and La Giralda Tower.
                    At the end of your tour you will stop at the Plaza de Espana, a monumental square crossed by a water
                    canal. You’ll have a half-hour to relax in Maria Luisa Park before you reboard the motorcoach for the
                    drive to Cadiz, where you will meet the ship.
                    Please note: You must be able to walk approximately 1½ to 2 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with
                    15 to 25 steps. Flash photos are not permitted in the Seville Cathedral. Camera and video fees apply in some
                    areas. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is required when visiting places of worship; knees,
                    shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Hotels are four and five star properties.
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Cadiz (Seville), Spain
                 Stunning Seville
                 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – Morning Departure
                 Duration: 8 hours
                 Activity Level: Strenuous
                 Lunch Included

                 A drive through Andalusia’s cork plantations brings you to Spain’s fourth largest city. Your walking tour
                 begins with an inside visit at Seville’s cathedral, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. Next, you will spend
                 time in the magnificent Alcazar, a monument to the Moorish occupation of Spain, surrounded by glorious
                 gardens. Following an in-depth walking tour around the old Jewish Quarter, lunch is served buffet-style
                 at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a panoramic drive will show you the new and cosmopolitan part of
                 Seville. The Torre del Oro and La Giralda Tower are seen on this part of the tour.
                 Please note: In case of any unforeseen closures at Alcazar, a visit to the Casa Pilatos will be substituted. Travel
                 time to Seville is approximately 2 hours each way.



Funchal, Maderia
                 Scenic Madeira & Lunch
                 Friday, April 20, 2012 – Morning Departure
                 Duration: 6 hours
                 Activity Level: Moderate

                 Enjoy the amazing scenery of this beautiful island before enjoying a delicious lunch overlooking the bay
                 of Funchal. Winding along the coast, pass by the village of Câmara de Lobos “The Sea Wolves’ Lair”, a
                 picturesque fishing village, once painted by Sir Winston Churchill. Next, head up the mountain and pass
                 by the vineyards of Estreito de Câmara Lobos, one of the most important wine growing areas of the island.
                 Continue to Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world, and the highest in Europe. This viewpoint
                 offers breathtaking views along the coast, over Funchal, and over the distant horizon. The tour then
                 returns to Funchal, via Pico dos Barcelos, which offers a fantastic panorama of Funchal, the bay, and the
                 surrounding hills. The tour continues inland, passing through São Martinho to the Socorridos ravine. Eira
                 do Serrado is reached after a short drive along a winding road, offering spectacular views of the interior of
                 the island. On arrival at Eira do Serrado, it is a short and easy optional walk up to a spectacular viewpoint
                 on Pico do Serrado. The tour then continues to the Resturante Villa Cipriani, in the Reid’s Palace Hotel, for a
                 delicious lunch.
                 Please note: At Reid’s Palace there are approximately 10 steps up to the Restaurant and one flight of stairs to the
                 restrooms. There are no elevators.




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